Formula 1

Giovinazzi to learn from ‘teacher’ Raikkonen

Antonio Giovinazzi says he wants to learn from his experienced teammate in 2019. The Italian, with only two grands prix under his belt, is making his full F1 debut this year for Alfa Romeo. “With Kimi next door, for me he can be a teacher and I have a lot to learn,” said Giovinazzi, a 25-year-old Ferrari junior. 39-year-old Kimi Raikkonen has won 21 grands prix, and the world championship for Ferrari in 2007. “He has more experience than me, he is a reference and his results will be connected to mine,” Giovinazzi is quoted by Sky Italia. “I think I have a great teammate, very strong, and he can be a good teacher and a point of reference.” Alfa Romeo, formerly called Sauber, has had a strong start to the 2019 winter test. Giovinazzi said: “In the en...

Pressure on Leclerc ‘unfair’ – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton says the pressure being put on Charles Leclerc is “unfair”. Lewis Hamilton says the pressure being put on Charles Leclerc is “unfair”. Many are predicting that, after Sebastian Vettel‘s difficult 2018 season, youngster Leclerc can challenge him in his first season with Ferrari. The speculation even prompted Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto to come out and say Vettel will still get “priority” in 2019. “It is unfair to put so much pressure on Leclerc,” world champion Hamilton said in Barcelona. “It’s just his second year. He has already shown that he is fast, he surprised many people, but next to him now is a four-time world champion with a lot of experience. “The only way to get experience is to get experience...

Williams delay F1 testing because car is not ready

Claire Williams says hold-up ‘not ideal, but not the end of the world’. Williams have been forced to withdraw from the opening day of Formula One pre-season testing because their car is not ready. The British team were due to be among the sport’s 10 outfits to hit the track at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Monday for the opening winter running. But in a blow to the team, which last year finished rooted to the foot of the constructors’ championship, Claire Williams has revealed they will only be watching from the sidelines. Williams Formula One deputy team principal Claire Williams admitted the news was “not ideal” (Adam Davy/PA) The Williams deputy team principal said: “Unfortunately, we have had to delay the start of our pre-season Barcelona test to Tuesday morning. “We ...

Perez eyes ‘maybe even a win’ in 2019

The team formerly known as Force India is targeting fourth place in the championship this year. The team formerly known as Force India is targeting fourth place in the championship this year. Although a highly competitive midfield runner, the Silverstone based team ran into financial problems last year and was taken over by billionaire Lawrence Stroll. And so for 2019, those money problems are over. “Anything less than fourth would be a huge disappointment to me. We’ve worked hard to put the difficult times behind us,” said boss Otmar Szafnauer. However, there has been early criticism of the new name — Racing Point. Alternatives including Lola and Brabham were investigated, but deals ultimately not done. “We considered the name for a while and came to the conc...

Max Verstappen feeling positive ahead of new F1 campaign

The Dutchman has been speaking at the launch of Red Bull’s new car.

Hamilton fires title warning as new Mercedes hits the track

Lewis Hamilton has delivered an ominous warning to his Formula One rivals by vowing to improve on his almost flawless championship-winning campaign. Hamilton emerged from his winter hibernation at Silverstone on Wednesday to see the Mercedes he hopes will fire him to a sixth world title. The 34-year-old British driver delivered the season of his career, winning 11 of the 21 races, to beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and secure his fifth championship with two rounds to spare last year. New year. New look. Same target ?#WelcomeW10! ✨✨✨ pic.twitter.com/hrIZLNdLO2 — Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) February 13, 2019 And as he enters the first campaign of the new two-year Mercedes deal which will earn him £40million-a-season, a fully-refreshed Hamilton is ready to continue his dominance of the s...

PM hopes Malaysia returns to F1 calendar

Malaysia’s prime minister hopes formula one returns to the country. Malaysia’s prime minister hopes formula one returns to the country. The Sepang Circuit near Kuala Lumpur was built specifically for F1 ahead of its 1999 debut. In 2017, the government pulled out of its contract with a year to run, with sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin declaring: “Costs too high, returns limited”. But PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has now told the local Star newspaper that he has “hope” Malaysia will host F1 again. “I remember my visit to Estoril in Portugal, which inspired me to have a similar track in Malaysia,” he said. “Malaysians took up racing themselves and are now very well into motor racing and also the engineering behind the cars. So we have gain...

Williams could miss start of winter testing

Williams’ car might not be ready for the start of winter testing next week. Williams’ car might not be ready for the start of winter testing next week. On Tuesday, Renault ‘launched’ a newly liveried and modified version of its 2018 car, with boss Cyril Abiteboul saying the 2019 machine is still “in pieces”. Williams’ 2019 car might also be delayed, according to Polish media sources. Sport.pl, which is closely tracking Robert Kubica‘s return to F1, claims the dead-last-in-2018 British team might need to cancel a scheduled filming day on Saturday. The report quoted an FIA-accredited engineer as saying: “I do not have good news. “Williams is very late with the construction of the car.” Official winter testing begins in Barcelo...

Mercedes dominance could now be over – Rosberg

Nico Rosberg thinks Mercedes’ utter dominance of the ‘power unit’ era may finally be over. Nico Rosberg thinks Mercedes‘ utter dominance of the ‘power unit’ era may finally be over. Before retiring, Rosberg won the 2016 title for the German team. And since 2014, when the turbo V6 era began, Lewis Hamilton has won every other championship. “This year, everything resets to zero because of the rule changes,” Rosberg told DPA news agency. “Perhaps Mercedes will no longer be the dominant force. I’m really looking forward to seeing that,” he said. Rosberg said Red Bull could play a bigger role now that the team has paired with Honda, but thinks the pressure is piling on the shoulders of Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel. “Of cour...

2019 Renault car ‘still in pieces’ – Abiteboul

Renault’s 2019 car is yet to see light of day. Renault‘s 2019 car is yet to see light of day. Ostensibly, the French team ‘launched’ its new single seater on Tuesday, but it was actually the 2018 car with 2019-style bodywork. One theory is that the car is delayed, and another is that Renault doesn’t want to reveal its secrets. Team boss Cyril Abiteboul admitted it is “the biggest step we have taken since the introduction of V6 engines”. Team advisor Alain Prost says Renault has been working over recent months to build up, declaring on Tuesday: “We are now a big team.” And with Daniel Ricciardo now in the cockpit, Abiteboul says Renault has “perhaps the strongest” driver lineup of any team. Nico Hulkenberg, he added, is ̶...

Williams has ‘bright’ look for fresh start in 2019

Claire Williams wanted a “fresh” and “bright” new livery to mark an end to the British team’s horror period. Claire Williams wanted a “fresh” and “bright” new livery to mark an end to the British team’s horror period. Williams, a once-great name in F1, finished dead last in 2018 and lost the backing of title sponsor Martini. The team has a new sponsor for 2019, and Claire Williams said that was the perfect opportunity for a new livery. “Frank loved it, and you might be surprised to hear that,” she said as the new mainly white and sky blue livery was unveiled. “I was a little nervous presenting it to him but he is fully behind it. If he didn’t like it, he would have fired me,” Williams, team founder Si...

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