Tag Archive: FIA

Sep 30

2015 nose rules benefit Mercedes, Ferrari

The nose is central to the entire “aerodynamic philosophy” of the car,

2014-06-07_1201 Two teams already have a “big head start” when it comes to the 2015 regulations, according to Force India technical boss Andy Green. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 30

F1 ‘too easy’ as teen Verstappen makes debut

F1’s governing body has cleared the way for Max Verstappen to make history this week at Suzuka.

2014-08-22 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Max Verstappen (6) Under existing rules, a hopeful rookie can qualify for the mandatory ‘super license’ credential by testing for more than 300 kilometres under FIA supervision. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 29

Verstappen passes medical and waits for license

Max Verstappen is clearing every hurdle as his fast-track to formula one leads to this weekend’s Japanese grand prix.

2014-08-22 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Max Verstappen (4) The Dutchman’s ultimate seventeenth birthday present this week will be the Friday morning practice session at Suzuka, ahead of his full race debut in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 28

Hansen wins Italy RX as Solberg snatches World Championship title

Norway’s Petter Solberg has entered the record books after becoming the first FIA World Champion in two different disciplines.
World RX - Italy - Hansen He scored enough points in Italy this weekend to secure him the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.  After a sensational performance for Team Peugeot-Hansen, Timmy Hansen was awarded the World RX of Italy event victory. Supercar debutant Richard Goransson finished runner-up. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Lowe disagrees with Wolff over clampdown

“I think Charlie (Whiting) and the FIA have realised that this needs another look”

2014-06-07_0336 Paddy Lowe and Toto Wolff, the team bosses at dominant Mercedes, do not see eye-to-eye over the new radio clampdowns in formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Lauda slams Formula E series

Niki Lauda is the latest F1 figure to slam the new ‘Formula E’ series.

2014-07-09 033The all-electric and nearly silent single seater series, promoted by Alejandro Agag and sanctioned by F1’s governing FIA, kicked off recently on the streets of Beijing with a talented field and healthy grid.

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Sep 26

Drivers allowed to gamble at race start – Whiting

Drivers are allowed to gamble on making a false start in formula one, the FIA’s Charlie Whiting has confirmed.

2014-06-05_0016 At Monza, some observers were both amazed and bemused when Lewis Hamilton reacted to the five starting lights to the tune of 0.05 seconds. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said it is “virtually impossible” that the Mercedes driver legitimately reacted to the lights, as the minimum human reaction time is much longer. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Public opposed to Russian GP

“Sport is outside politics and this principle must be observed” – Dmitry Kozak

Autodrome in Sochi Just two weeks before F1 action kicks off at Sochi, the sport’s decision to press ahead with the inaugural Russian grand prix remains highly controversial. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 25

Cost issue could end ‘freeze’ relaxation talks

Teams are pushing hard behind the scenes for even more freedom

2014-06-08_0747 Toto Wolff says F1’s struggling teams would be the victims if a push to relax the engine development ‘freeze’ is successful. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 24

FIA should rethink ‘nightmare’ radio clampdown – Wolff

Toto Wolff thinks Sunday’s Singapore grand prix proved F1 needs to rethink its new clampdown on radio communications.

2014-03-17 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Australia - Toto Wolff 01 Ultimately, a last-minute compromise meant only driver ‘coaching’ was banned in Singapore and for the rest of the season. But the governing FIA is still planning to outlaw all ‘performance’-related messages from the start of 2015, including any radio call that helps the driver to manage the technical systems aboard his car. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 24

Vergne hopes 2015 employer noticed Singapore drive

Jean-Eric Vergne hopes his impressive drive in Singapore will open a rival team’s garage door for him in 2015.

2014-06-07_0890 Dumped as a Red Bull-backed driver, the Frenchman will leave the energy drink company’s second team Toro Rosso at the end of the season, to be replaced by teenager Max Verstappen. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

Red Bull denies making illegal radio calls

Red Bull has denied claims it sent illegal coded radio messages to Daniel Ricciardo during the Singapore grand prix.

2014-07-06 - 99355 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo After the FIA’s new communications clampdown took effect last weekend, McLaren pointed the finger at its rivals for disguising driver-performance related radio calls to Ricciardo as legal technical messages. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

Schumacher’s son on path to F1 glory

Michael Schumacher’s son is well on the road to formula one glory.

As his famous father continued to recover from his skiing fall of last December, 15-year-old Mick Schumacher has become become the vice-champion of the FIA’s KF-Junior karting category. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

McLaren accuses Red Bull of clampdown breach

McLaren has pointed the finger at Red Bull for allegedly breaching the FIA’s new clampdown on radio communications.

2014-06-08_0643 Although the governing body intended to immediately impose a comprehensive ban on ‘performance’-related messages, the compromise reached ahead of track action in Singapore ultimately outlawed only driver coaching-style calls. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

Grosjean slams Renault in Singapore qualifying

“Bloody engine, bloody engine.  We break our balls for this?”

2014-06-07_0899 Romain Grosjean made his thoughts about Renault’s below-par 2014 ‘power unit’ more than clear as he bowed out in Singapore qualifying. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

FIA clampdown dubbed ‘Radio Ga-Ga’ in Singapore

The FIA’s Charlie Whiting addressed the media in Singapore

2008-06-05_0049 F1’s intended clampdown on performance communications between teams and drivers has been dubbed ‘Radio Ga-Ga’ up and down the bemused paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

Toro Rosso targets Suzuka debut for Verstappen

Toro Rosso intends to give Max Verstappen his F1 weekend debut in Japan early next month.

2014-08-22 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Max Verstappen (2) Earlier, it was expected that the second Red Bull team’s confirmed 2015 rookie, who is still just 16, would debut in Friday practice sessions later this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 19

FIA backtracks on car performance radio clampdown

The FIA has backtracked over its total clampdown on “performance”-related radio communications in formula one.

2014-06-04_0030 The earlier-announced comprehensive clampdown has been discussed at length in the Singapore paddock, but team managers went into Thursday’s long meeting with Charlie Whiting arguing that it should in fact be relaxed for now. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 19

Ecclestone admits ‘double points’ could go

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted his ‘double points’ innovation may be axed after the 2014 finale.

Bernie Ecclestone portrait This year, in a bid to keep the championship alive until the dying moment, F1 will allocate double points in the Abu Dhabi finale. But the scheme has been controversial and almost universally criticised, prompting F1’s chief executive to admit it may fall by the wayside. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 18

FIA could ease radio clampdown in Singapore

The FIA could back down over its newly-imposed radio communications ban.

2012-06-09_0020 It was the hot topic of controversial conversation in Singapore on Thursday, as the teams and drivers prepare for the rest of 2014 with tight restrictions on what they can and cannot say over the pit-to-car radio. Read the rest of this entry »

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