Formula 1 News

Friday analysis - Ferrari out to ruffle Mercedes' feathers

Overcast and smoggy skies and cold temperatures made things a little tricky for the teams in China on Friday, though most completed their intended programmes. As expected, Pirelli's softer compound was around two seconds a lap faster than the medium, though several teams encountered graining. The really exciting news was that Mercedes didn't have everything all their own way

FIA Friday press conference - China

Team representatives - Pat Fry (Ferrari), Charlie Whiting (Fia), Yasuhisa Arai (Honda), Andy Cowell (Mercedes AMG HPP), Rob White (Renault Sport F1) Q: If we can start with you Charlie? The new power units have excited a lot of debate since the beginning of the year. Will you once again briefly take us through the philosophy behind this technology and why F1 believes it was the right time to introduce it

Nico Rosberg Q&A: This time I want to beat Lewis

Nico Rosberg's thrilling battle with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain was still the hot topic of conversation when the teams and drivers arrived in China. After an opening day of running in Shanghai that suggested the two silver cars could again be fighting it out for victory on Sunday, Rosberg spoke to the media about the fallout from the race in Sakhir

Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Jean-Eric Vergne on Toro Rosso's long-run confidence; Marussia's Jules Bianchi on a luckless but nevertheless positive start; and Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi on coping with severe tyre degradation The drivers and senior team personnel give their feedback on an intriguing first day in China

FP2 - Hamilton edges ahead of Alonso in China

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton saw off the challenge of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in Shanghai on Friday afternoon, despite not being entirely happy with the balance of his car throughout FP2. Nico Rosberg was third fastest in the second Mercedes, while Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel completed the top five. Meanwhile it was a bad day for Lotus' Pastor Maldonado who crashed out early on

FP1 - Alonso shades Rosberg in opening Shanghai session

Fernando Alonso edged out Mercedes' Nico Rosberg to set the pace in a chilly FP1 session in China on Friday, which was also the first for Ferrari under new team principal Marco Mattiacci. Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest for Red Bull, with McLaren's Jenson Button and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg completing the top five

Pre-Shanghai analysis - Ferrari hoping for revival under Mattiacci

As Stefano Domenicali's replacement, Marco Mattiacci, prepared for his first weekend as Ferrari team principal, the Italian company's president Luca di Montezemolo promised a return to winning ways very quickly. "I will help him, I will do like I did in the past,” Montezemolo vowed on Thursday

Jenson Button Q&A: Drivers must push teams to catch Mercedes

McLaren's Jenson Button will be aiming for another podium finish in Sunday's 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix. The former champion admits there is little hope of overhauling Mercedes in Shanghai, but insists he and his fellow drivers can play a key role in gradually closing the gap to the Silver Arrows

Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Top-five China finish would be good

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has had a tough start to his title defence - three rounds into the 2014 season, just one podium finish, a new team mate pushing him hard, and little sign of Red Bull challenging for victories. Talking to the media in Shanghai ahead of this weekend's 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix, Vettel spoke about Daniel Ricciardo, Mercedes' dominance, Stefano Domenicali's departure and more

Vital Statistics - the Chinese Grand Prix

Shanghai's spectacular circuit has played host to F1 racing on ten occasions, but do you remember who won the inaugural race in 2004? Discover this and more as we examine all the need-to-know facts and stats ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix

FIA Thursday press conference - China

Drivers - Adrian Sutil (Sauber), Sergio Perez (Force India), Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) Q: Daniel, some bad news earlier on at the start of this week for you, what was your reaction to that

China preview - Mercedes duo ready to fight it out again

After their electrifying battle for the lead in Bahrain just under two weeks ago, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go into the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai with victory on their minds once more. The question is, if, as expected, Mercedes emerge as the pacesetters again, which one of their drivers will get the upper hand

China preview - Mercedes duo ready to fight it out again

After their electrifying battle for the lead in Bahrain just under two weeks ago, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go into the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai with victory on their minds once more. The question is, if, as expected, Mercedes emerge as the pacesetters again, which one of their drivers will get the upper hand

Five years on - Red Bull's first win remembered

It is easy to forget, given the incredible level of success Red Bull have recorded in recent seasons, that the team's breakthrough win came just five years ago in China. On the eve of this year's Shanghai race, we look back on that momentous victory - and the phenomenal achievements that have followed

FIA press conference schedule - China

Amongst the drivers who will take part in the official FIA press conference in Shanghai on Thursday will be last year's China winner Fernando Alonso and the man who has just lost his appeal against exclusion from the season opening race in Australia, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo

Moments in Time - the Chinese Grand Prix

In our series exploring the history of Grands Prix through a selection of iconic images, we focus the lens on China and the impressive Shanghai International Circuit. This trip down memory lane takes in Lewis Hamilton's pit lane hiccup, Michael Schumacher's final Formula One victory, Mark Webber's epic charge through the field, and more

Ferrari prioritise becoming second-best 2014 team

After experiencing their least competitive showing of the season in Bahrain, Ferrari's engineering director Pat Fry has said that the team's short-term priority is to establish themselves as the second-best team in F1 racing - not to catch runaway championship leaders Mercedes. Following the race in Sakhir, in which Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen claimed ninth and tenth places respectively

Red Bull lose Ricciardo disqualification appeal

Red Bull have lost their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from last month's Australian Grand Prix results. Ricciardo was disqualified from second place after his car was found to have exceeded the maximum permitted fuel flow rate. Following Monday's sitting in Paris in which it heard evidence from all parties, the International Court of Appeal has decided to uphold the decision of the Melbourne stewards

Haas could defer F1 entry until 2016

Gene Haas could postpone debuting his planned American Formula One team until the 2016 season, with a final decision to be made “within weeks”. The NASCAR team owner had an application to enter the F1 world championship accepted by governing body the FIA last week. “The FIA has told us we have to elect which year we want to participate,” Haas explained, “with a timetable around June

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