Category: Grand Prix

No Reason to Change Hartley

Brendon Hartley may yet hold onto his Toro Rosso race seat for next season after qualifying a career-best P6 at Suzuka. In mixed weather conditions that tripped up several drivers, Hartley came to the fore for Toro Rosso at engine partner Honda’s home race. He progressed to Q3 before qualifying a career-best sixth for Sunday’s…



Hamilton tops Mercedes 1-2 in FP1 at Suzuka

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Friday’s first practice for the Japanese GP, over four-tenths quicker than his nearest rival, Valtteri Bottas. There were some concerns about McLaren and Renault in the build-up to the race weekend as their Castrol oil was held up in customs due to a backlog of flights delayed by typhoons….



Zandvoort would need minimal change for F1 GP

FIA race director Charlie Whiting believes Zandvoort would need “minimal” changes in order to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix. Whiting recently visited Zandvoort to determine what course of action would be needed to bring the circuit up to modern F1 specification, having last hosted the Dutch GP in 1985. The track was then rebuilt…



Ocon in negotiations with Williams for 2019

Esteban Ocon has revealed that he is still hopeful of securing his Formula 1 future as he is currently negotiating with Williams for the 2019 season. The talented Frenchman, still part of the Mercedes’ programme, is going to be replaced by Lance Stroll after Lance’s father, Lawrence, completed his takeover of Force India. Renault and…



Will Kimi now fight Vettel for wins?

Now that Ferrari’s dropping of Kimi Räikkönen for Charles Leclerc – and Räikkönen’s move in the opposite direction – next year has been confirmed, there is an intriguing question left hanging in the air regarding the balance of this season. Will Räikkönen be prepared to support’s Sebastian Vettel’s increasingly tenuous title bid? Or will he…



Giovinazzi to replace Ericsson at Sauber in 2019

Antonio Giovinazzi will replace Marcus Ericsson at Sauber for the 2019 Formula 1 season. The 24-year-old Italian will partner Kimi Räikkönen, who will be replaced by rookie Charles Leclerc at Ferrari. Giovinazzi made his F1 debut with Sauber at the 2017 Australian Grand Prix, finishing 12th, and competed at the Chinese GP that season but failed to finish. Alongside…



Mercedes won’t release Ocon says Wolff

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says Esteban Ocon won’t be released from its junior programme and is convinced the French driver will show rival teams “made a mistake” turning him down. Ocon’s Formula 1 future was thrown into jeopardy during the summer break in a flurry of driver switches triggered by Daniel Ricciardo’s decision to…



Alain Prost: ‘Getting Renault back on top’

The four-times F1 champion is back at the heart of the sport as a special adviser to Renault. As he explains, being an outsider battling against the odds is a key motivating factor It is striking how short silences punctuate Alain Prost’s replies, pauses during which it is impossible not to be caught by the…



Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix

In indomitable form, there is now a relentless, intimidating quality to Lewis Hamilton’s driving that seems to simply brook no dissent. His win at the Singapore Grand Prix was the culmination of a weekend when he put together moments of almost transcendent skill and a ruthless execution when it mattered that was untouchable. Reminiscent of…



Lewis Hamilton clinches Singapore GP Pole

Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix from pole position after a stunning opening lap in the final stage of qualifying at Marina Bay as Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel finished six-tenths of a second behind, down in third place. After surviving a scare in Q1 as Mercedes squeaked him through on the…