Mercedes reveals launch date for 2023 F1 car, the W14

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 07:25
The German manufacturer is aiming to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 F1 campaign when it slipped to third in the world constructors’ championship behind Red Bull and Ferrari, as the team struggled to get on top of the porpoising and bouncing problems that plagued its car ride and performance in the early rounds.
Through a stern development push, Mercedes put in a solid recovery across ...Keep reading
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Alfa Romeo targets quicker rate of F1 updates after mid-2022 slump

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 05:05
After a difficult 2021 season that saw it pick up just 13 points, Alfa Romeo made an impressive start to last year as new signing Valtteri Bottas helped establish the team as regular points scorers.
Alfa Romeo benefitted from being the only team that had got close to the weight limit under the new regulations, allowing it to pick up 51 points in the opening nine races courtesy of Bottas and ...Keep reading
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Cadillac not put off by lukewarm F1 reaction to Andretti entry plans

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 03:59
In response to the FIA president revealing he wanted to explore expanding the F1 grid, Andretti Global announced a new partnership with Cadillac’s parent group, General Motors, last week with a view to joining the F1 grid in the coming years.
The partnership would take General Motors into F1 via its Cadillac brand and form Andretti Cadillac Racing, pending the formal expression of interest ...Keep reading
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Alpine F1 management “overlap” better than reverse - Szafnauer

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 11:04
After Alpine operated without a clear team principal in 2021 last season, Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi returned to a more traditional structure.
Szafnauer reports to Rossi, who has overall responsibility for the road car division as well as the racing team, and as such has a hand in big decisions such as driving hirings.
After leaving Aston Martin at the start of last year Szafnauer said a team ...Keep reading
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Williams reveals date for F1 2023 livery unveil and season launch

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 09:12
Williams confirmed on Wednesday that it would be holding a season launch event on 6 February, making it the earliest unveil date of the six teams who have confirmed their plans so far.
The event will take place at 2pm UK time on 6 February via the Williams website and its app, during which the team will reveal its livery for the 2023 season.
The announcement made no mention of the team’s ...Keep reading
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Verstappen: Impossible for understeery F1 car to be fast

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 09:04
Although Verstappen went on to claim the 2022 title with four races to spare and with a total of 15 victories, his title rival Charles Leclerc won two of the opening three events for Ferrari and might have won more in the first phase of the year but for his team’s issues with strategy and unreliability.
While Verstappen’s Red Bull squad also had early-season retirements due its fuel pump ...Keep reading
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Magnussen: No pressure to be best pals with Hulkenberg at Haas

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 08:17
Haas announced ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi that Hulkenberg would be joining the team for the 2023 season, replacing Mick Schumacher as Magnussen’s team-mate.
Magnussen and Hulkenberg previously clashed in the wake of the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2017, when Hulkenberg called the Dane “the most unsporting driver on the grid.” Magnussen replied by telling Hulkenberg to “suck my ...Keep reading
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Giovinazzi, Shwartzman set to share Ferrari F1 reserve role in 2023

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 05:36
After missing out on an F1 return for this year, Giovinazzi was announced as part of Ferrari’s driver line-up in the Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship on Tuesday.
Although the sportscar programme and return to Le Mans will be Giovinazzi’s primary focus through 2023, he is due to remain on hand for Ferrari as its F1 reserve driver through this year, according to  ...Keep reading
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F1 will not go back to one race director, says Ben Sulayem

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 04:13
In the wake of the controversy over former F1 race director Michael Masi’s handling of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the FIA overhauled the way that grand prix events were run last season.
Rather than having a single race director, the FIA shared out the role last year – with Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas dividing up the F1 season between them.
However, from the Japanese Grand Prix ...Keep reading
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Andretti says "greed" is behind F1 negativity of entry plans

Tue, 01/10/2023 - 10:33
The American, who plans to lodge an entry with the General Motors Cadillac brand to join F1 as soon as possible, has found little support among the current competitors for his ambitions.
While FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem is eager to add more teams to the grid and believes GM's involvement will be a boost to the series, Andretti has not found the support he hoped for among potential ...Keep reading
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Sebastian Montoya joins Red Bull junior team for 2023

Tue, 01/10/2023 - 08:03
The son of seven-time Formula 1 race winner Juan Pablo Montoya was previously a Red Bull athlete, but has now become a full member of the academy.
Red Bull Racing advisor Helmut Marko said in a recent interview with Auto Motor und Sport that Montoya would be making the step up to Formula 3, but his racing seat for this season is yet to be announced.
He is set to take part in the Formula ...Keep reading
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How Mercedes W13 struggles prompted F1 factory rethink

Tue, 01/10/2023 - 07:44
Mercedes' 2022 challenger has gone down as its worst since it became a regular title-winning force at the start of the V6 hybrid era in 2014, with the first Silver Arrow since 2019 most closely associated with the porpoising problem that impacted all F1 squads in the first season of the championship's return to ground-effects regulations.
After the team discovered the severity of its porpoising ...Keep reading
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F1 should encourage, not spurn, new teams - FIA president

Tue, 01/10/2023 - 05:41
Amid a developing political battle over the plans by Andretti Global to enter F1 with the General Motors-backed Cadillac name, Sulayem has been a lone voice so far in publicly supporting the team's ambitions.
F1's commercial rights holders, FOM, plus the majority of teams on the grid, are sceptical about the added value an Andretti-Cadillac project could bring to the sport, and some squads ...Keep reading
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FIA should not be a ‘platform for private personal agenda’, says president

Tue, 01/10/2023 - 03:58
Last month, the FIA updated its International Sporting Code to prohibit drivers in all its championships from making “political, religious or personal” statements or comments that go against the neutrality outlined in its statutes unless they have permission. 
In recent years, a number of F1 drivers have used their platforms to speak up about important issues such as LGBTQ+ rights ...Keep reading
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Verstappen found F1 points gap in 2022 ‘a bit surprising’

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 12:35
Verstappen clinched his second F1 title with four races to spare, and went on to score a record 454 points in single season with 15 victories to his name.
It meant Verstappen ended the year 146 points clear of Leclerc in the final standings despite the Ferrari driver initially looking like his most likely rival for the championship.
Leclerc won two of the first three races to pull a 46-point ...Keep reading
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F3 race winner Colapinto joins Williams F1 academy

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 10:21
Colapinto, 19, made his debut in FIA Formula 3 last year with Van Amersfoort Racing, taking pole on debut in Bahrain before scoring sprint race victories at Imola and Monza. The Argentinian finished ninth in the drivers' standings with three further podiums to his name.
Williams announced on Monday that Colapinto had become the latest young driver to join its junior programme, as well as ...Keep reading
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Renault expects FIA to get tougher in allowing F1 engine tweaks

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 08:51
As F1 enters the second year of a power unit freeze that lasts until the end of 2025, there are now strict limits on what elements on engines can be changed.
Hardware tweaks solely aimed at delivering a boost in power are not allowed, but the FIA is able to approve changes aimed at solving genuine reliability problems.
However, such tweaks can cause controversy if, as a consequence of ...Keep reading
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Why F1 and teams are still not impressed by Andretti’s entry plans

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 06:07
After months of facing a cold shoulder from rival outfits and F1 owners Liberty Media, it appeared on the face of it he had got all his ducks in a row.
FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem had gone public in his desire to get more teams on the grid, and the GM-backing for a Cadillac-badged operation certainly seemed a big enough deal to prove the value his new team would bring to grand prix ...Keep reading
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Why Vasseur will have no excuses for Ferrari failure

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 04:18
While Vasseur is wise enough to know there is no magic switch he can flick that will automatically propel Ferrari to the front, he's equally aware that he has been drafted in for one thing: world championship glory.
With Ferrari chiefs John Elkann and Benedetto Vigna having lost patience with and faith in Vasseur's predecessor Mattia Binotto, who they could so easily have given another year for ...Keep reading
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Albon: Williams’ 2022 car could have been ‘much quicker’ with right balance

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 10:21
Albon made his F1 return with Williams last year after spending 2021 in a reserve and development role at Red Bull, and quickly emerged as the team leader at Grove.
The Anglo-Thai driver recorded a best finish of ninth in Miami along with points finishes in Australia and Belgium, and won praise for his performances throughout the season.
But Williams struggled to regularly compete with ...Keep reading
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