The “strange transition” underpinning Mercedes’ next F1 chapter

While that run of eight successive crowns is remarkable in itself, what is especially impressive is that it has been done under different eras of technical director.With James Allison having taken up the reins from Paddy Lowe in 2017, last year he stepped into a new senior group role with his place as F1 technical director being taken by Mike Elliott.Having been head of aerodynamics at …Keep reading

Autosport Podcast: F1 2022 – Discussing the new technical regulations

After a short winter break, attention has turned from a controversial title-decider to how teams will have interpreted a new rule book.This year we’ll be talking about the Venturi effect, listed parts and wheel covers. The rule-makers have even mandated some open source parts which will force teams to upload their designs for anyone to see.Autosport technical editor Jake Boxall-Legge …Keep reading

Changes in F1 “fantastic” and create more opportunities – Ocon

In 2021 F1 trialled sprint races at three grands prix to a mixed reception, the latest push by F1’s owners Liberty Media to find new ways of engaging fans and growing the sport.Efforts to improve the spectacle also include drastic new technical regulations for 2022 as well an ever-decreasing budget gap, awarding a point for the fastest lap and other novelties.While not all fans are …Keep reading

How “lazy bastard” Tsunoda banished his F1 rookie problems

But despite a rollercoaster of a rookie F1 campaign in 2021, from the highs of a headline-grabbing first race in Bahrain to the lows of a run of crashes that risked his future, the Japanese star never shied away from owning up to the errors of his ways.Instead, Tsunoda admitted that a combination of over-confidence and a lack of application helped trigger a sequence of incidents that left his …Keep reading

Williams parts company with F1 engineering boss Carter

Carter had been with the Grove team since May 2016. He was twice the most senior team member present at a track on a race weekend, first when acting team principal Simon Roberts was sidelined by COVID at the 2020 Turkish GP, and again when Capito tested positive prior to last year’s Saudi Arabian GP.In a short statement about his departure, Capito said: “As we look ahead at our engineering …Keep reading

Red Bull and Aston Martin end dispute over aero guru Fallows

Aston Martin announced last year that it had signed Fallows from his role as Red Bull’s head of aerodynamics to be its new technical director.However, the matter went legal with Red Bull insisting that it would hold Fallows to the terms of his contract which ran until 2023.Speaking at the time, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said that the team had little interest in letting …Keep reading

F1 head of marketing Norman leaves role

Norman was one of the first key executive hires after Liberty Media officially acquired F1 in January 2017.Her appointment in the top marketing role was announced in June that year and started in August, reporting Sean Bratches, the then managing director of commercial operations.Prior to joining F1 Norman had worked at Honda Motor Europe, where she was communications manager, and Virgin …Keep reading

Ferrari could tweak its F1 2022 colours after launch

The Maranello outfit is set to launch its new F1 challenger with an online event on 17 February, the week before the first pre-season test begins at Barcelona in Spain.Its new car, which has yet to be given an official designation, is set to feature some radical concepts as well as an upgraded power unit.The plan is for the launch to take place a few days before the car is flown to …Keep reading

Prost to depart Alpine F1 advisory role; Szafnauer, BWT set to join

Alpine is currently undergoing structural changes as CEO Laurent Rossi flexes his muscles after the team’s first season under the name of the specialist sportscar division.Last week Alpine announced that executive director Marcin Budkowski, who served as de facto team principal in 2021 despite the role not officially existing, has left the team. Rossi is currently running the team himself on …Keep reading

Villeneuve: Hamilton must “be aggressive” to reclaim F1 world title

Villeneuve won his 1997 championship for Williams following a controversial finale at Jerez, where Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher crashed into him as they battled over the title.Speaking at Daytona, where he was testing ahead of a planned NASCAR Cup Series comeback next month, Villeneuve said the disputed ending to the 2021 F1 season in Abu Dhabi was “good for the sport” as it sets up a …Keep reading