Defending Mercedes F1 driver programme

Mercedes F1 junior driver programme came in for significant criticism when Valtteri Bottas was given the nod to partner Lewis Hamilton. Despite Pascal Werhlein’s lack of F1 experience many expected the young German to replace his compatriot Nico Rosberg. When he did not, the Mercedes junior driver programme – particularly in contrast to the Red Bull…

Rosberg retires: what happens next?

In a year of completely unexpected results Nico Rosberg’s decision to retire from F1 is one of the more shocking. Less than a week after clinching a maiden F1 World title the German has decided to walk away from Formula 1 and the dominant Mercedes team. Mercedes now have to find a replacement for the outgoing…

F1: Belgian Grand Prix preview

After the summer break F1 returns to Spa. MotorSportNotes previews what could prove once again to be the pivotal race in the quest for the World Championship. Slightly less gizmos Fairly significant changes have been rolled out to F1’s start procedures, commencing at Spa this weekend. In short, teams will not be able to adjust…

F1 2015 – New Year mind games & engine development

The first serious skirmishes of the 2015 F1 season kicked off last week. Deep in contract negotiations with World Champion Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff opened 2015 with some early mind games. Reading between the lines Despite his relative lack of F1 management experience, the Mercedes boss indulged in some Ron Dennis-esque mind games. Publicly stating…

2015 – Nico Rosberg’s year

The dust of Abu Dhabi has barely settled and the broken pieces of Nico Rosberg’s car have not been fully analysed. Testing proper for 2015 is still weeks away but there is every reason to believe next season could be Nico Rosberg’s year. His 2014 challenge ended in disappointing fashion. Whilst his team-mate was romping…

F1: Monza race preview

Monza offers a chance for F1 to reset after the drama of Spa. Points of interest however are not limited just to the Mercedes intra-team battle.

F1: Belgian GP preview

Find out what the summer break, driver ‘silly season’, shock moves and contracts mean for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

F1 too quiet?

Why quieter F1 engines might not necessarily be a bad thing.