Spyker is set to be renamed Force India next year pending approval from the World Motor Sports Council. Bernie Ecclestone has already approved the move. The team’s new owner Vijay Mallya wants to re-brand the team, giving it its fourth name in as many years. It will continue to be based near Silverstone circuit in … Continue reading F1’s new team for 2008: Force India
Fernando Alonso: I’d be delighted if I didn’t carry on with Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton: I’d much rather it were Fernando at Ferrari and me at McLaren. But it looks ever more likely that Alonso will return to Renault rather than switch to Ferrari.
Ralf Schumacher’s prospects of racing in F1 in 2008 look slim as Toyota have announced he will not race for them next year. The announcement comes one day after Timo Glock, who has been linked his fellow German’s Toyota drive, won the GP2 championship. The past two GP2 champions, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, both … Continue reading Toyota drop Ralf Schumacher
A British company has confirmed it is working with a top F1 team on the development of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System planned for 2009. Torotrak is working with two other companies, Xtrac and Flybrid Systems, to supply several important technologies. These are Torotrak’s traction drive technology, a continuously variable transmissions (CVT) by Xtrac and … Continue reading KERS technology revealed
Max Mosley’s words highlighted in bold in the FIA president’s latest letter to the teams spells out his position on green technologies, entertainment and costs as plainly as possible: All items on the cars which are not known, visible and understood by the public should be standardised and manufactured at minimal cost. The technical contest … Continue reading Mosley wants standardised F1 cars
After several years of messing around with qualifying a neat system was devised for 2006 – two knockout sessions would leave the top ten battling for pole position. But there’s still one problem with the system, which F1 bosses are considering changing for next year. Making drivers qualify with their race fuel loads makes no … Continue reading Top ten… Reasons race fuel qualifying must go
Five races to go until the traction control ban – assuming it isn’t jeopardised by the row over ECUs. We’re going to see more spins next year, according to Nico Rosberg: It’s going to be exciting. I tried it recently and it was quite shocking actually. In the difficulty sense it is not ideal – … Continue reading Rosberg excited by traction control ban
David Richards is expected to announce a deal next month for his new Prodrive F1 team to use this year’s McLaren chassis as the basis for their 2008 campaign. The report in this morning’s Times claims it will spare Prodrive the ?Ú?˙150m cost of developing their own cars. Richards said: “McLaren is one of three … Continue reading Prodrive set to use McLarens in 2008 – report
Next year’s F1 calendar will include three street circuits – the most since the 1991 calendar took in Monte-Carlo, Adelaide and Pheonix. Are you glad to see F1 bringing the show right into the hearts of major cities? Or are street tracks slow and potentially unsafe gimmicks that belong in Champ Car and the Indy … Continue reading Debate: More street tracks good for F1?
BMW’s Mario Theissen wants the FIA to delay rules planned for 2009 that would require teams to use energy recovery systems on their cars. FIA president Max Mosley is pushing for kinetic energy recovery systems to be mandatory on F1 cars to make them more environmentally friendly and road relevant. Do you want to see … Continue reading Debate: Postpone energy recovery rules?
Formula1.com has had a lick of paint and looks all shiny and new. But before you get all excited, no, they still aren’t offering any video. But I’m sure they’ll keep on tearing F1 videos down from other sites with the monotonous regularity of Ralf Schumacher’s contract extensions. The ‘social media’ revolution appears to have … Continue reading Official F1 site gets new look – but no video
European F1 rounds will benefit from an expanded support race package next year. Formula BMW, the championship BMW rookie Sebastian Vettel won in 2004, will join the bill. Vettel won the German category, which is set to merge with its British equivalent, to create Formula BMW Europe. The sub-GP2 single seater category will have a … Continue reading New F1 support race for 2008
It’s the year of the super-rookies. Seven races in and Lewis Hamilton hasn’t been off the podium yet. Sebastian Vettel just became the first teenager to score an F1 point. Has F1 gotten too easy? Or is it just coincidence?
Bernie Ecclestone’s goal of having 20 races could be recognised as early as next year. The F1 calendar is set for more upheaval as the series continues to look to new venues beyond its European heartland. France is set to lose its race and there are question marks over the American and British rounds. Plus … Continue reading 2008 F1 calendar may have 20 races
Bill France – the Bernie Ecclestone of NASCAR – passed away two weeks ago. France had a plan for who would run NASCAR after him – but does Ecclestone? France, the man who transformed NASCAR from a niche south American series into one of American’s top sports died at the age of 74. He suffered … Continue reading Bernie Ecclestone, Bill France and the future of F1
Who will be driving for the top teams in 2008? Last year saw enormous changes in the driver market. Next year we’re likely to see most of the top drivers remaining where they are. But with BMW and Red Bull getting ever more competitive we could be in for a few surprises. And what about … Continue reading F1 driver line-up changes for 2008
Max Mosley is on a mission: F1 must became the vanguard of environmentally friendly car technology. Mosley wants F1 to be a showcase for the world’s car manufacturers to display their environmental credentials. And he wants a radical set of F1 rules for 2011 to enshrine that. It’s deeply divisive and controversial. I agree with … Continue reading Green F1: Right idea, wrong approach
McLaren are under investigation for allegedly using team orders to influence the outcome of yesterday’s race in favour of Fernando Alonso over Lewis Hamilton. Team orders were banned after the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, when Ferrari ordered Rubens Barrichello to let Michael Schumacher win. McLaren ordered their drivers to hold station after the first round … Continue reading Outrage over McLaren ‘team orders’
A turbo F1 car with a 2.2-litre V6 engine running on bio-ethanol, limited to 10,000 rpm and 770hp with traction control, four wheel drive and 13 seconds of power boost per lap. Does this sound like a realistic vision of the future of F1 to you?
Once again F1 looks like it’s about to dip its toes into the murky waters of the street race. Not since 1991 has there been more than one street track on the calendar – the glamorous Monte-Carlo track, which is benchmark for every other street race in the world. So can F1 make the formula … Continue reading The Ben Evans column: F1 gets streetwise