Formula 1 News

Philippe Gurdjian, 1945 - 2014

Former French Grand Prix promoter Philippe Gurdjian has passed away at the age of 69. Born in the suburbs of Paris in 1945, Gurdjian also helped establish a number of new F1 events, including those in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi. Gurdjian began his career in advertising and was a keen gentleman racer, competing several times in the famed Le Mans 24 Hours in the 1970s and '80s.

Lotus drivers back changes to Monza's Parabolica

Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado have welcomed the decision to replace the gravel run-off area at Monza's Parabolica corner with asphalt ahead of next weekend's Formula 1 Gran Premio d'Italia 2014. “Parabolica is a very challenging and quick corner so from a safety point of view it is a good thing to have some more margin for the drivers,” said Grosjean

Hamilton: Rosberg and I have both made mistakes

Lewis Hamilton maintains that he and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg still have a strong foundation to work from after the latter accepted responsibility for their controversial coming-together at last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. Rosberg has apologised for the error of judgement that wrecked Hamilton's Spa-Francorchamps race

Italy preview quotes - Lotus on Monza

Two weeks on from a thrilling race at Spa-Francorchamps, the Formula One paddock moves on to historic Monza where the cars are expected to reach the highest speeds seen all year. Those involved in the Formula 1 Gran Premio d'Italia 2014 discuss their prospects…

Mercedes duo remain free to race after Rosberg apology

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will continue to race each other for the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship after Mercedes held 'clear the air' talks with the duo regarding their clash in Belgium. During a meeting at Mercedes' UK headquarters on Friday, Rosberg 'acknowledged his responsibility' for the contact that occurred on lap two at Spa-Francorchamps

The Ferrari challenge - exclusive Marco Mattiacci Q&A

It's been almost six months since the enigmatic Marco Mattiacci took on one of the toughest jobs in Formula One racing - team principal at Ferrari - tasked with returning the Italian team to winning ways. Ahead of the Scuderia's home race at Monza next weekend, we spoke to Mattiacci about his honeymoon period, Alonso's leadership, Raikkonen's revival and more

Lenny Kravitz to headline race weekend concert in Russia

Organisers of the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix have announced that multi award-winning musician Lenny Kravitz will headline a spectacular concert for fans attending the inaugural race in Sochi. The singer, known for his classic hits 'Are You Gonna Go My Way', 'Fly Away' and 'American Woman' as well as his elaborate live performances

Moving McLaren forward - exclusive Ron Dennis Q&A

McLaren have not scored a victory since 2012 - a long barren spell for a team with eight constructors' championship trophies in their cabinet - and this season they've seen a driver on the podium just once. So how are Ron Dennis's plans to return his team to winning ways really progressing - and will those plans continue to involve Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen? We spoke to the McLaren Group CEO to find out

The First Time - with Marussia's Jules Bianchi

Jules Bianchi scored the first points of his Formula One career earlier this year with a brilliant drive to ninth place in Monaco - rather apt considering the first Grand Prix the 25-year-old Frenchman ever attended as a child was in Monte Carlo. Discover more of the Ferrari Driver Academy member's 'firsts' in this exclusive interview, including crashes, kisses, cooking and more

Vettel's race engineer handed promotion by Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel will have a new race engineer from next season after Red Bull confirmed that Guillaume Rocquelin will be promoted to head of race engineering from the start of 2015. Rocquelin, who can regularly be heard communicating with Vettel over race radio, has worked with the German for the past six years, engineering him to all four of his world titles

McLaren concede line-up uncertainty “uncomfortable” for drivers

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has said that he understands if Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen feel “uncomfortable” about their futures, but insists that it is right that the team takes its time in deciding its 2015 driver line-up. The Woking-based squad are set to start a new long-term partnership with Honda next season - a factor that Boullier indicated was key to McLaren's thinking going forwards

Vettel samples Russia's new F1<sup>®</sup> track in Sochi

Sebastian Vettel has become the first F1 driver to lap the newly completed Sochi Autodrom, the circuit which will host Russia's inaugural Grand Prix in October. The Red Bull Racing driver travelled straight to Sochi from Spa-Francorchamps after finishing fifth in Sunday's 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix

Belgium analysis - the gloves come off in Mercedes title fight

While Daniel Ricciardo was revelling in a third, well deserved win for Red Bull, it was Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton who dominated the post-race headlines after their lap-two tussle at Spa-Francorchamps. Rosberg's seemingly minor error of judgement had major consequences, costing the team a potential one-two, ending Hamilton's victory hopes, and ratcheting up the pair's already tense championship rivalry yet another notch

Raikkonen: Incident-free race was all I needed

Kimi Raikkonen believes having a clean race for the first time in 2014 was fundamental to his season-best finish of fourth at Spa-Francorchamps. The Finn briefly led during the first round of pit stops and was in podium contention throughout, eventually securing his best result of the year - and beating team mate Fernando Alonso for the first time

Mercedes: "Unacceptable" clash must never be repeated

Mercedes-Benz's head of motorsport Toto Wolff says the "unacceptable" collision between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at Spa-Francorchamps "cannot - and will not - happen again". Wolff said the accident, which occurred at Les Combes on the second lap, was a clear transgression of the fundamental rules Mercedes have laid down in an effort to allow the pair to race together

Spa stats - Ricciardo hands Red Bull 50th F1<sup>®</sup> victory

Early contact between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on the back foot in Belgium, and once again, just as in Canada, it was Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who was there to take advantage. The 25-year-old took his third victory of the year - just one fewer than Rosberg - and, having won last time out in Hungary, he's now done something the German hasn't done this season - win two races in a row

Daniel Ricciardo Q&A: Great to taste winner's champagne again!

Daniel Ricciardo has proved himself a master at seizing opportunities in 2014, and as soon as the Mercedes drivers hit trouble in Belgium, the Red Bull star took control of the race. After becoming the first Australian to win at Spa-Francorchamps since Jack Brabham in 1960, Ricciardo spoke about his triumph

FIA post-race press conference - Belgium

Drivers: 1 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), 2 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Eddie Jordan) Q: What a race. Exciting? You loved it? What about this man here? Let's hear it for him

Race - selected team and driver quotes

Sauber's Sergio Perez on avoiding 'crazy battles' at Spa-Francorchamps; Marussia's Max Chilton on a positive end to a tumultuous weekend; and Caterham's Andre Lotterer on the premature end to his Grand Prix debut. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on a dramatic, incident-filled race in Belgium

Magnussen loses points after Alonso incident penalty

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen has been handed a 20-second post-race time penalty by the stewards in Belgium for forcing Ferrari's Fernando Alonso off the road during the closing stages of Sunday's Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. The incident occurred on the penultimate lap of the 44-lap contest as Magnussen, trying to defend fifth place from Alonso on the approach to Les Combes, edged the Spaniard onto the grass