July 26th, 2015
The factory-supported Marc VDS squad claimed a first Spa 24 Hours victory for BMW since 1998 with the Z4 GT3 driven by Nicky Catsburg, Markus Paltalla and Lucas Luhr. The BMW trio triumphed over the WRT Audi R8 LMS shared by Frank Stippler, Nico Muller and Stephane Ortelli by a lap at the end of a race interrupted by heavy and prolonged rain early on and no fewer than 10 safety-car periods. The winning Z4 took to the front of the double-points Blancpain Endurance Series race after playing catch-up from earlier delays, the result of the wrong tyre choice in wet conditions and a penalty for a yellow-flag infringement, shortly after the sister car of Maxime Martin, Augusto Farfus Jr and Dirk Werner retired in the 19th hour with transmission [...]
July 26th, 2015
The WRT Audi squad led the Spa 24 Hours round of the Blancpain Endurance Series with the R8 LMS shared by Frank Stippler, Stephane Ortelli and Nico Muller. The leading second-generation R8 held a 42-second lead over the chasing Marc VDS BMW Z4 GT3 driven by Maxime Martin, Augusto Farfus Jr and Dirk Werner, although the Audi was due a pitstop. The Audi moved ahead of the BMW and the Rowe Racing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG of Daniel Juncadella, Stef Dusseldorp and Nico Bastian, which had battled it out at the front through the small hours, when the leaders had to stop for scheduled changes of brake discs and pads. Fourth place was held by the second Marc VDS entry in which team regulars Nicky Catsburg and Markus Palttala were joined [...]
June 28th, 2015
Robert Wickens claimed his second Norisring DTM victory in as many seasons, capping a dominant weekend for Mercedes in race two. With its second win of the weekend, and seven of its eight cars inside the top nine, Mercedes remains unbeaten at the street circuit since 2003. Wickens started third but slotted into second off the line, between polesitter Bruno Spengler’s BMW and stablemate Christian Vietoris. A quarter of the way into the race, Mercedes took control. Wickens sliced down the inside of Spengler at Turn 1 to take the lead. Vietoris then passed Spengler at the chicane, while Lucas Auer and Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom also got past Spengler, who dropped from first to fifth in the space of a single lap. From there, Wickens kept Vietoris half-a-second behind until [...]
June 28th, 2015
Bruno Spengler claimed his first DTM pole position since October 2013, as BMW crashed Mercedes’ Norisring party in Sunday qualifying. Mercedes has dominated the weekend, including a 1-2-3-4 finish led by Pascal Wehrlein in Saturday’s race, and its drivers looked strong again on Sunday morning. Saturday polesitter Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens both spent considerable time at the top of the order, and began the final minute with Vietoris just 0.009 seconds ahead. However, three-time Norisring winner Spengler improved on consecutive laps, with his 48.280s effort good enough to put him on top. By this time, Vietoris had already pitted, and while Wickens set a session-best time in the second sector, he could not snatch pole after the chequered flag “Unfortunately I didn’t improve on the second set of tyres, [...]
by Justin Sutton on April 18th, 2014
The 2014 Formula 1 season has been steeped in drama since long before the cold, wet weekend in Australia ever began. Pessimists and naysayers had been dismissing the radical changes and not one championship point had been given out (some such pessimists are from Italy and have red cars with horses on them). F1 is known for pushing boundaries, but how exciting is it when the boundaries are fuel conservation and efficiency coupled with a safety standard unrivaled in the sport? No longer is lap time the ultimate measure of a race winner, and gone are the days of racing dozens of qualifying laps in a row. The whole thing has been turned upside down and yet the racing is as good, or better, than it has been in recent [...]
March 15th, 2013
Adrian Sutil reckons McLaren’s early season woes give his Force India team a proper chance of making it through to Q3 now. McLaren is bracing itself for a difficult start to its campaign as it struggles to get its MP4-28 up to speed.
March 9th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes allows him to focus on his driving more than his previous Formula 1 team McLaren. The 2008 world champion spent his whole career at McLaren, which nurtured him through junior racing, before switching to Mercedes this season. Asked how his past and present employers differed, Hamilton said he preferred Mercedes’ approach to its drivers so far
March 4th, 2013
Formula Renault 3.5 race winner Sam Bird will return to the category for this week’s pre-season test at Paul Ricard as a benchmark driver for ISR. The Mercedes Formula 1 test driver was a championship contender for the Czech squad last year, eventually finishing third in the standings behind Robin Frijns and Jules Bianchi. ISR has so far only signed Sergey Sirotkin for 2013, and it has recruited Bird to help with its pre-season preparations in France
February 19th, 2013
Leading Formula 1 drivers are predicting the 2013 season will start with higher tyre degradation and more pitstops than the early races of 2012.
February 19th, 2013
Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull were quickest by a comfortable half-second margin as Formula 1 2013 winter testing resumed at Barcelona on Tuesday morning. Even by testing standards, the initial session featured little activity at first, with most teams remaining coy and focusing on shakedowns and aero tests for the opening part of the morning
February 6th, 2013
Romain Grosjean set the pace on the second day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Jerez, while Lewis Hamilton’s first outing for Mercedes was cut short by a crash. Lotus driver Grosjean, who led the way in the morning , went faster on a series of short runs on the soft tyre in the afternoon
January 29th, 2013
Lotus technical director James Allison will remain with the team in 2013 despite being linked with a move to McLaren, according to team principal Eric Boullier. AUTOSPORT understands that Allison was approached by McLaren as a potential replacement for Paddy Lowe, were he to move to Mercedes , and that the highly-rated Lotus man has also been sounded out by Mercedes and Ferrari
January 29th, 2013
Two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom believes that the interest shown by Timo Glock and Robert Kubica in the series is proof that it is getting stronger. Glock is the latest driver to choose to continue his career in the German-based series after leaving Formula 1, following the likes of Jean Alesi, Mika Hakkinen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard
January 21st, 2013
Lewis Hamilton says the ‘incredible determination’ of his new Mercedes team spurred him through the winter after his first meeting with his 2013 crew.
October 26th, 2012
Mercedes boss Ross Brawn admits his team needs a ‘pretty substantial’ car redesign for next year, but insists his outfit will not go radical just for the sake of it. After a season that has failed to live up to early expectations , Brawn is aware of the step that Mercedes must make in 2013 if it is to do better than the pole position and race win it has delivered so far this campaign. But his time in Formula 1 has also taught him that electing to go aggressive with a car concept is no guarantee of success in the future
January 17th, 2011
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is certain that Michael Schumacher (pictured) will be a serious Formula One title threat in 2011. (Steve Etherington Photo) BLOOMINGTON, Minn.
December 28th, 2010
CHAMPION: Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel won the last two races of the Formula One season to beat Fernando Alonso and win the Formula One World Driving Championship. (Steve Etherington Photo) Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver to win the Formula One World Driver’s Championship, clinching the title by winning the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and defeating former World Champion Fernando Alonso by four points.
December 14th, 2010
CONTROVERSIAL: Ferrari teammates Felipe Massa (left) and Fernando Alonso were accused of listening to team orders during the German Grand Prix, which led to Massa pulling over to allow Alonso to pass him for the victory. (Steve Etherington Photo) BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The ban forbidding team orders has been deleted from the 2011 regulations.
December 6th, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Sauber has officially dropped BMW from of its name and is entered next year as the Sauber F-1 Team.
December 5th, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The FIA has released the entry list for 2011