Manor’s Ocon reveals car number ahead of F1 debut

From the beginning of 2014, all F1 drivers were asked to select a number that they would carry throughout their Formula 1 careers. The reigning champion, however, always has the option to use #1 on his car.
Ocon, who won the GP3 championship in 2013, has selected #31, Manor has revealed on Instagram.
Although the reason behind the Frenchman’s selection is unclear, he won the 2007 … Keep reading

Renault not “writing off” Magnussen, Palmer for 2017

Speculation continues to swirl regarding the Enstone-based team’s driver line-up for 2017, as it evaluates a number of possible options – including Sergio Perez, Valtteri Bottas and current reserve driver Esteban Ocon.
Magnussen has scored points only once all season, finishing seventh in Sochi, while F1 rookie Palmer has yet to register his first top 10 finish.
But, discussing the … Keep reading

Tech analysis: Explaining Red Bull’s mysterious pace improvement

Initially, it seemed Ferrari had closed the gap to Mercedes, keeping pace in the opening few races. But, as the season unfolded, its pace dropped away, whilst Red Bull have come to the fore.
This is where the battle between development philosophy lay, as Ferrari’s relative gains to Mercedes came from the improvements made to its powe runit over the winter. But, as tends to be the case … Keep reading

Analysis: How F1’s minnows can boost their balance sheets

In the world of academia, Formula 1 often makes for a useful case study in research relating to global business, and much has been written on the subject of asset monetisation in F1, not least by Dr Paolo Aversa of City University London’s Cass Business School.
“Business model configurations are especially important in technology-based environments where firms often ‘require distinct … Keep reading

Haas not willing to delay driver decision

The American squad is yet to confirm whether Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez will stay at the team in 2017.
An announcement is expected around the Italian Grand Prix.
While waiting for other teams to finalise their line-ups could mean drivers like Felipe Massa, Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen would be available to hire, Steiner insists his team will not wait for them.
“I don’t … Keep reading

Ricciardo Q&A: “If I keep my eyes on the prize, I’ll get it”

What’s most frustrating for you as a sportsman – not being able to fight for wins regularly, or great chances like Monaco being taken from you?
“Probably the missed opportunities, especially when they’re not coming around often. If it happened to Lewis, for a example, then probably in a week’s time he would have one again, so it would have been easier to let go.”
So, you’ve learned … Keep reading

Analysis: Why isn’t F1 in the Olympics?

The last time motor racing played an active role during an Olympic Games was in Paris in 1900 – but then again so did cricket, croquet and ballooning!
The Games were run in conjunction with the World’s Fair, it all took about six months to complete, and there was even a class for electric delivery vans (take that, Formula E).
Since then, rallying has come closest to being a part of … Keep reading