With the first year of Liberty Media’s reign over Formula 1 in the books, it is time to assess the impact they have made since taking over from Bernie Ecclestone.“F1 has huge potential with multiple untapped opportunities,” said new chairman and CEO, Chase Carey, upon confirmation of Liberty Media’s £8bn takeover in January 2017.“I have enjoyed hearing from the fans, teams, FIA, promoters and sponsors on their ideas and hopes for the sport.“We will work with all of these partners to enhance the racing experience and add new dimensions to the sport and we look forward to sharing these plans overtime.”12 months on, Liberty are beginning to tap into those opportunities – but do those aforementioned partners really have faith in their vision? Bridging the gapThere was only one reason why there were multiple untapped opportunities in Formula 1 and that was because of Bernie Ecclestone.His dictatorship kept the sport in the dark ages and … [Read more...] about Are Liberty taking Formula 1 in the right direction?
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There has been a lot of conjecture on social media about the 2014 Formula 1 cars after the first race of the season in Melbourne last weekend. People have been lamenting the loss of the 2.4 V8s that ran for the past eight years, saying that the new “power units” sound terrible and that the racing is weird and it doesn’t feel like Formula 1 anymore. Earlier this week, the organisers for the Australian Grand Prix claimed that they planning to sue the Formula 1 management, claiming that the quieter engines reduced the spectacle of the sport, breaching their contract. Even Bernie Ecclestone himself has been, ahem, vocal about the engines’ lack of volume. What utter cobblers. The whole point of Formula 1 is that it’s supposed to be the pinnacle of technology. For years, it’s been behind the curve, banning electronic this and variable valve that. But now the innovating spirit of the sport is back, and people are complaining that the sound of the engines … [Read more...] about Why aren’t we more excited about Formula 1 in 2014?
Alfa Romeo is rejoining the ranks of Formula 1 after a 32-year absence from the top-tier racing series. The brand partners with Switzerland’s Sauber F1 Team for the 2018 season as the outfit’s title sponsor. Though the team will wave the Alfa Romeo banner, it will continue to use Ferrari engines through 2018. FCA signed a multi-year technical and commercial partnership with Sauber that begins with the 2018 season. The agreement includes “strategic, commercial, and technological cooperation,” and will lend Sauber the use of Alfa’s technical staff. The racing outfit will officially be known as Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. “This agreement with the Sauber F1 Team is a significant step in the reshaping of the Alfa Romeo brand, which will return to Formula 1 after an absence of more than 30 years,” said FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, in a release. Alfa’s participation in Formula 1 and the sport of Grand Prix racing dates back to the pre-war era … [Read more...] about Alfa Romeo Returns to Formula 1 in 2018
The FIA recently invited possible entrants for the 2011 Formula 1 season to register their interest, but the recruitment drive wasn’t too successful. The deadline is up, and apart from former GP2 team Durango, no other party is fighting for the 13th slot vacated by USF1. Lola and Prodrive, who both applied for a place in this year’s grid but were unsuccessful, declined the offer. Race car manufacturer Lola feels there is not enough time to be ready for the start of the season. “A 2010 entry under the cost capped and performance balanced criteria was perfect for Lola. We already have F1 standard facilities at our headquarters in Huntingdon. Sadly our well-developed 2010 F1 project, which included a significant wind tunnel programme, had to be frozen in June 2009. The recently announced applications for 2011 has left us with insufficient time to prepare for what would be a quite different programme,” owner Martin Birrane told Autosport. Prodrive on the other … [Read more...] about Prodrive and Lola not entering Formula 1 in 2011
According to Rio Haryanto’s mother Indah Penywati, her son will not be taking in the 2017 season due to a lack of funds. The Indonesian driver made his debut in the sport last year with Manor but only managed to complete half of the season and was replaced by Esteban Ocon. Despite the youngster saying there was a good chance of his return in 2016, his mother has ruled out a comeback. "Rio will not race in Formula 1 this year; the deadline set by Sauber has passed," his mother told Rappler. Spokesman for the Youth and Sports Ministry of Indonesia Gatot S. Dewa Broto also expressed his disappointment following the news that Haryanto will not be in Formula 1 this year. "We were of course very sorry when we heard the news that Rio could no longer compete in Formula 1," he said, "We hope that Rio's career does not stop just because of a matter of funds." … [Read more...] about Haryanto ruled out of Formula 1 in 2017
Ex-Formula 1 owner Eddie Jordan believes Mercedes will quit Formula 1 at the end of next season and focus on developing engines. Jordan reckons that the Silver Arrows will launch one last title challenge in 2018 before "pulling the plug" as they have achieved everything they possibly can already and the only way is down. "Mercedes will probably pull the plug at the end of 2018," Jordan told Auto Bild. "I think they will go for the titles this and next year and then the board of directors in Stuttgart will decide to sell the team and stay only as an engine maker. "I would do the same," Jordan added. "Because Mercedes have won everything and can only get worse from now. So it's better to go back to their old core business in Formula 1, which is developing and delivering high tech engines." … [Read more...] about Jordan tips Mercedes to quit Formula 1 in 2018
Audi’s long-rumoured entry to F1 appears to have taken another blow, after Stefan Knirsch, the firm’s new member of the board in charge of technical development said that the sport “was not a topic” for the company. Knirsch, who replaced Ulrich Hackenberg as Audi’s technical boss in the wake of the dieselgate emissions scandal, has been charged with leading the firm’s hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered future. “F1 for Audi is absolutely not a topic,” said Knirsch. “We are focusing on the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and DTM. We want to win Le Mans in a championship where electric and hybrid technology plays a very major role, while we are in discussions with the DTM about when we can introduce this kind of technology.” Knirsch’s comments follow those of Wolfgang Dürheimer, who heads the VW Group’s motorsport strategy. Dürheimer told Autocar that the company could not consider entering the sport … [Read more...] about Audi rejects Formula 1 in favour of Le Mans and DTM
Formula 1 racing. It's arguably the most complicated and technologically advanced sport in the world, with an ever-changing rule book, aerospace-level engineering, and the most elite driver talent. It's enough to make any fan's head spin. Fortunately we've got a tidy infographic that lays it all out for you.Submitted (interestingly enough) by online bingo site Ladbrokes.com, this infographic breaks down everything, including the newest features on the 2012 cars, each team and the equipment they use, the full race calendar, the lap times from the pre-season test sessions, and a smattering of other interesting information. Check it out after the jump. … [Read more...] about Infographic breaks down the intricacies of Formula 1 in 2012
Maybe it was seeing Eric Clapton live on too many occasions, or our use of over-the-ear headphones, or too much time spent in pitlanes mere feet from open-exhaust race cars, but the result is that the collective hearing in our office isn’t as good as it probably should be. We have no complaints. But based on the video Mercedes-Benz AMG’s Formula 1 team has put together—which you can watch below—future generations of F1 attendees can at least rule out the exposure to race cars as a cause of hearing loss. Blame it on the rules, primarily the turbocharger that caps the single exhaust of next year’s 1.6-liter 90-degree V-6s. This is all part of the FIA’s attempts to make Formula 1 more relevant and responsible in our eco-age.Technically it’s all very cool, the advancements of the sport’s energy-recovery systems. Although the redline will be cut from 18,000 rpm to 15,000, indications are that the new turbo V-6s will have roughly the same 750 … [Read more...] about The Sound of Formula 1 in 2014, According to Mercedes-Benz AMG
Confirming a rumor that has been making the rounds for years now, and picked up quite a bit of steam within the past six months, Honda has announced it will return to Formula 1 as an engine supplier beginning in 2015. Honda didn’t explicitly say why it wouldn’t join up next season when the 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 becomes the series’s formula, but as the automaker will enter into a “joint venture” with McLaren, we expect the Woking-based operation’s contractual obligations to run Mercedes-Benz engines in 2014 has something to do with it.Somewhat ironically, Honda withdrew from F1 after the 2008 season, turning over its team to Ross Brawn, who, with Jenson Button, won the constructor’s and driver’s titles in 2009. Brawn F1 was powered by Mercedes, who then bought the team and turned it into a factory effort ahead of the 2010 season.The combination of McLaren and Honda evokes memories of their last partnership, which delivered … [Read more...] about Honda to Return to Formula 1 in 2015 with McLaren