Formula One

The F1 Turbo Era: How It All Started

The F1 Turbo Era: How It All Started

This is one of my favorite Formula One documentaries of all time. It tells a great story but I think its the behind the scenes look at developing an F1 engine that makes it so good. It follows the development of the Ford F1 turbo engine in the early 1980’s…
Provisional F1 Calendar And New Rules

Provisional F1 Calendar And New Rules

The provisional calendar for the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship was updated yesterday and it looks pretty good. It’s sad to see all the historic tracks go away but pretty cool to see all the countries that F1 will visit in 2016. 20 March Melbourne Australia 3 April Bahrain…
SUNDAY AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED: PICTURE GALLERY

SUNDAY AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED: PICTURE GALLERY

The 22nd Goodwood Festival of Speed drew to a close this evening, with the winner of the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend, Nico Rosberg, having thrilled the assembled crowds in his MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W04 V8 Formula One car. Having harmed tyres on the 1.16-mile Goodwood Hill, Nico Rosberg…
SATURDAY AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED: PICTURE GALLERY

SATURDAY AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED: PICTURE GALLERY

The new Mercedes-AMG A 45 made its public debut today on the Goodwood Hill, with the Chairman of AMG, Tobias Moers, behind the wheel – marking the very first time the 381 hp machine had been seen in action, just hours after it was unveiled. Glorious sunshine prevailed, and Saturday…
Manor F1 Passes The Crash Test

Manor F1 Passes The Crash Test

Manor Marussia F1 team, which was almost shut down last year, passed all of the mandatory FIA crash tests and will be on its way to Melbourne. Following is their oficial statement for the 2015 season: The Manor Marussia F1 Team looks forward to its participation in the 2015 FIA…
Susie Wolff Blames Nasr for Barcelona Crash

Susie Wolff Blames Nasr for Barcelona Crash

Williams test driver Susie Wolff had an unfortunate collision with Felipe Nasr during the first day of Formula One testing at Barcelona. She called the incident an “unnecessary coming together” and pretty much said it was his fault. By the sounds of the incident she seems right. Wolff was hit…
Ferrari Doesn’t Like The V6

Ferrari Doesn’t Like The V6

Ferrari submitted a proposal to the Formula One Strategy Group asking that they replace the current V6 engines with twin Turbo V8 power for 2017. Naturally it was rejected. Mercedes and Honda rejected it outright and supposedly threatened to leave F1. Looks like we’ll hear the V6’s for a while. …
McLaren Honda MP4-30

McLaren Honda MP4-30

It’s not the white and orange livery we were hoping for, but it’s a great looking race car. Is it fast? We’ll find out next week at the first test in Jerez, Spain as this is really all we know about the new car. But the partnership is one of…
“I Was Just driving”

“I Was Just driving”

Robert Kubica wasn't born rally driver but take a look at this video from Monte Carlo a week ago and you would never know he drove those fancy Formula One deals. He was hustling all weekend and sure he had some off's, but his pace seemed way faster than previous…
LEGO Speed Champions!

LEGO Speed Champions!

This is amazing! I love legos! I love motorsport! It’s like the Reese’s peanut butter cup of toys! This spring there there will be a complete line of legos focused on car racing called Speed Champions! So this is just a teaser of the future product, but it looks incredible! …
McLaren Honda to Return to Historic Colors?

McLaren Honda to Return to Historic Colors?

The Spanish Newspaper El Mundo Deportivo reports that McLaren might return to using its historic orange color! Keep in mind they are Honda powered like there back in the Senna Prost days. The reports says there’s a chance the car could be all white as it was in McLaren’s first year…
Turbo F1 Engines – How They Started

Turbo F1 Engines – How They Started

2014 isn’t the first year that Formula One has tried turbo power. Back in the early 1980’s there was a little rule allowed the use of a turbo charged engine but with smaller displacement. It was Renault that first moved to turbo power but the other teams quickly caught on.…
2014 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix

2014 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was the man of the moment today, as he took the chequered flag and became the winner of the FIA Formula One 2014 Belgian Grand Prix. The Australian driver’s sensational victory at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit makes it his third of the season and 50th for the…
2000 Ferrari F1-2000

2000 Ferrari F1-2000

At the start of the 2000 Formula One season, Technical Director Ross Brawn said, “I think we’ve probably had the best car we have ever had at the beginning of the season since the present group has been working together here at Ferrari.” With team principal Jean Todt at the…
1997 Ferrari F310 B

1997 Ferrari F310 B

Nineteen ninety-seven was a landmark year for the Scuderia, as it marked the company’s 50th anniversary, and it had quite a lot to celebrate. Motorsport, especially Formula One, had always been near and dear to the company’s heart. It was through its success in Formula One that Ferrari was catapulted…
1959 OSCA Tipo J Formula Junior

1959 OSCA Tipo J Formula Junior

In 1958, Count Giovanni “Johnny” Lurani, one of the Italian aristocrats who had established the Mille Miglia in 1927, was concerned at the lack of young Italians coming through as potential Formula One drivers. He initially established the Lurani Championship for Formula Junior racing cars in Italy, but it was…
CATERHAM LAUNCHES FIRST RACE SERIES IN SOUTH AMERICA

CATERHAM LAUNCHES FIRST RACE SERIES IN SOUTH AMERICA

Caterham’s foothold in South America has strengthened after launching its first race series in the region in partnership with its new Colombian dealership. The British sportscar maker has agreed a 21-car grid for the new Caterham Superlight R300 series, with the first race planned for March 2015. The Superlight R300…
SEBASTIEN OGIER RETURNS TO THE PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPERCUP

SEBASTIEN OGIER RETURNS TO THE PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPERCUP

Sébastien Ogier (F) returns to the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup for a brief cameo. The defending champion and current leader in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) will contest the third race of the season this coming weekend, as the series forms part of the Formula One weekend in Spielberg. This…
1989 Ferrari F1-89 Formula One

1989 Ferrari F1-89 Formula One

British designer John Barnard was given virtual carte blanche to restore Ferrari’s Formula One fortunes to the top rank when he agreed, in 1987, to an enormous salary and the opportunity to establish a new Ferrari Technical Centre in England.  Ferrari had not won a Formula One race since the…
VIRGIN RACING ANNOUNCES ALGUERSUARI & BIRD AS FORMULA E DRIVERS

VIRGIN RACING ANNOUNCES ALGUERSUARI & BIRD AS FORMULA E DRIVERS

Virgin has today announced that Jaime Alguersuari and Sam Bird will join the Virgin Racing Formula E Team to compete in the 2014/2015 all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. Spaniard Alguersuari became the youngest-ever driver to make a Formula One race appearance in 2009 when he competed for Toro Rosso. After…
SENDING FORMULA ONE INTO HYBRID-DRIVE!

SENDING FORMULA ONE INTO HYBRID-DRIVE!

The technical revolution of 2014 can be expressed in one simple phrase: the engine is no more, long live the Power Unit! This change in terminology reflects the fact that the new powertrain is far more than simply an Internal Combustion Engine. Where the previous V8 format utilised a KERS…
A TO Z OF FORMULA ONE

A TO Z OF FORMULA ONE

MILTON KEYNES, UK – Infiniti Red Bull Racing has launched a new mini-series: The A to Z of Formula One. Featuring Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastien Buemi, Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, the series offers a unique insider view to the key aspects of Formula One connected to each letter of…
1955 Lancia D50A Formula One

1955 Lancia D50A Formula One

For the 1954 grand prix season, Lancia’s legendary chief engineer, Vittorio Jano, created yet another landmark automobile. The Lancia D50 boasted a twin-cam 90-degree V-8, which was located as a stressed member within the chassis and mounted at an angle so that the driveshaft could be placed beside the driver,…
1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 Formula One

1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 Formula One

When the FIA announced in late 1963 that a three-litre limit would be imposed on Formula One racing in 1966, a scramble ensued amongst competitors to develop suitable new engines. The Coventry Climax inline four-cylinder engine, already in use by numerous teams, offered the most obviously adaptable foundation for the…
1980 Tyrrell 010 Formula One

1980 Tyrrell 010 Formula One

Ken Tyrrell’s Formula One team won three World Championships with driver Jackie Stewart in their first five seasons. Following Stewart’s retirement at the end of 1973, Tyrrell remained a force throughout the 1970s, winning races with Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler. The addition of sponsorship from Candy Domestic Appliances during…
RED BULL JUNIOR TEAM MEDIA DAY 2014

RED BULL JUNIOR TEAM MEDIA DAY 2014

Carlos Sainz Jr., Alex Lynn and Pierre Gasly all enjoyed the traditional Red Bull Junior Team Media Day at the Red Bull Ring on Wednesday. Beautiful Styrian spring weather graced the event and while construction work in preparation for June’s Austrian Formula One Grand Prix continues at a tremendous the…
2004 Ferrari 575 GTC

2004 Ferrari 575 GTC

Once Ferrari backed out of all their other racing enterprises in 1973 to focus on Formula One, the Scuderia saw an increase in demand for FIA GT class-specification race cars from privateers. Many private race teams campaigned the 365 GTB/4 Daytona in the FIA GT classes, but Ferraris slowly began…
1967 Ferrari Dino 206 S Spider

1967 Ferrari Dino 206 S Spider

It is almost impossible to mention a Ferrari bearing a six-cylinder engine without mentioning Enzo Ferrari’s late son, Alfredo. Whilst young “Dino” passed away at the age of 24 due to muscular dystrophy, it was clear that he already had a solid understanding of the engineering behind his father’s company.…
1974 Hesketh 308 Formula One

1974 Hesketh 308 Formula One

Lord Hesketh’s first grand prix racing car was designed and engineered in-house by Harvey “Doc” Postlewaite (the team previously ran a 1973 March 731). Their new 308, which referred to the three-litre, eight-cylinder DFV engine that powered the car, was assembled by B.S. Fabrication Ltd. in Luton. When James Hunt…
1982 Renault RE30B Formula One

1982 Renault RE30B Formula One

Following a long absence in international motor racing, Renault entered Formula One in 1977. The first two years proved to be focused on development, as their first win came on home turf at the 1979 Dijon Grand Prix, with Jean-Pierre Jabouille driving. The following year, Renault secured two victories with…
1980 Alfa Romeo 179B Formula One

1980 Alfa Romeo 179B Formula One

Alfa Romeo’s Formula One racing revival in the 1980s came after the firm spent decades as an engine supplier. However, that is not to say that Alfa’s F1 efforts were relegated to the back room. Under the guise of Carlo Chiti’s Autodelta competition department, Alfa Romeo carved out a deservedly…
FORMULA 1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX

São Paulo In 1938 a huge plot of land was bought in Sao Paulo by two local property developers who intended to build a large housing development. It soon became clear, however, that one part of the land was not suitable for housing and so they decided to build a…
FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

Austin The 2012 season saw Formula One racing return to the United States for the first time since 2007 with an all-new venue in Austin, Texas. The Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is the first purpose-built F1 facility in the US designed for any and all classes of racing and…
FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX

Sochi The Sochi circuit, located in the Black Sea resort of the same name, is the first purpose-built Formula One facility in Russia and hosts the country’s inaugural Grand Prix in October 2014, in the same year that the city also stages the Winter Olympics. Sochi’s Formula One relationship formally…
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

Suzuka One of the greatest tracks used in Formula One racing today, Japan’s Suzuka circuit is a massive test of car and driver ability. Built by Honda as a test facility in 1962, the track was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholz, the Hermann Tilke of his day. A huge theme…
FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX

Singapore In 2008 Singapore had the honour of hosting the first night-time event in Formula One history. The inaugural Singapore Grand Prix proved a huge hit, staged on a new street circuit, with the city’s famous skyline providing a truly spectacular backdrop. The race was announced in May 2007 following…
FORMULA 1 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX

Monza Monza is regarded by many as the embodiment of Formula One racing. Not only is it a fantastic example of a track that combines speed with skill, it also has a heart and soul all of its own. It has seen some of the finest races of all time,…
FORMULA 1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

Spa-Francorchamps Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit is among the most historic on the Formula One calendar, having hosted a (non-championship) Grand Prix as long ago as 1924, and remains one of the most popular venues with drivers and fans alike. Run on narrow public roads, the original Spa layout was an amazing…
FORMULA 1 GERMAN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 GERMAN GRAND PRIX

Hockenheim The original Hockenheim circuit was built in 1939 as a high-speed test track for Mercedes-Benz, who needed a venue to test for the Tripoli Grand Prix. It was almost eight kilometres long and was formed of two long, curved straights with a long corner at either end. When war…
FORMULA 1 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX

Budapest Hungary first hosted a grand prix in the 1930s, but following the Second World War and the building of the Iron Curtain it was not until the 1960s that motorsport began to find a place in the country. At the start of the 1980s there was a general wish…
FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Silverstone Like so many of England’s racing circuits, Silverstone started life as an aerodrome. When the Second World War ended in 1945, England’s other two circuits, Donington Park and the legendary Brooklands, had fallen into disrepair. And so it was that the outer taxiways and interconnecting runways of Silverstone became…
FORMULA 1 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX

Spielberg The story of the Austrian Grand Prix begins, as with most Grands Prix, with a local group of motor racing enthusiasts in the 1950s. They created an L-shaped circuit with cones and hay bales in the town of Zeltweg. The first race held there in 1958, for international sportscars,…
FORMULA 1 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX

Montréal In the 1960s the rivalry between French and English speaking Canada meant that the country’s Grand Prix had two homes: Mosport Park one year and Mont-Tremblant the next. By 1970, however, Mont-Tremblant was deemed too dangerous and the race moved full time to Mosport Park. In 1977 the French…