After countless rumors, the Scuderia has finally made an official announcement regarding the team’s future driver lineup, with Sebastian Vettel confirmed as driver for the 2015 season. The announcement was made a few minutes after the team officially announced that Fernando Alonso will leave the team at the end of this season. [Read the full article…]
The 2014 German Grand Prix offered once again an interesting race, with plenty great duels and contacts throughout the entire race. Following the pole position won on Saturday, Nico Rosberg was one of the few drivers that wasn’t involved in any “combat”, the German proving why he was considered favorite to win the race, doing that with a 20-second lead.
However, the second position was extremely disputed especially in the last laps, after Lewis Hamilton’s spectacular comeback. The Brit was involved in a pretty rough crash during qualifying on Saturday and his gearbox had to be replaced, which meant he was forced to start the race from the last position on the grid. Despite starting 20th, he had a great start and after only 10 laps he was already in the points. Hamilton’s pit stop strategy was also chosen almost perfectly, allowing him to avoid several direct challenges, so he was able to easily get pass Daniel Ricciardo or Fernando Alonso.
Towards the end of the race, Hamilton got right behind Valtteri Bottas, who was in second but drove slower in order to preserve tires and avoid a third pit stop. However, once Williams told Bottas that his tires should have no problems holding up to finish, he successfully defended his position. Despite running on supersoft tires, Hamilton wasn’t able to overtake Bottas, who was faster on the straights, and also decided not to risk, because a third place was a great result following the awful qualifying session on Saturday. After the German race, Rosberg consolidates his lead, which is now 14 points, while Bottas scored his third consecutive podium, which is not bad at all for the Finn. [Read the full article…]
Despite being an incredibly spectacular competition, the World Rally Championship has been struggling for some time with declining audience and financial difficulties. To straighten things out, all parts involved in the competition have been analyzing different solutions and according to several sources inside FIA, it looks like the teams reached an agreement about major changes to the point scoring system which will be introduced starting with next season.
The current format will basically be abandoned and drivers will get points at the end of each day during a rally stage and before the special stage, the time gap between the first two drivers will be “artificially” modified depending on the special stage’s length. For example, if the leader was faster on a kilometer by 1/10th of a second than second fastest one and the final stage will take place on a 10 km course, the leader will start with a 1 second advantage. [Read the full article…]
A team of engineers from the British carmaker helped Team Sky, last year’s winner of the Tour de France, to develop the bike for this year’s edition of the famous French race. The Jaguar team worked side by side with the specialists from Pinarello, one of the most famous bicycle frame manufacturers in the world, to perfect the current project, called Dogma 65.1. According to a recent press release, almost all the bike’s components were redesigned, including the frame’s profile, seat post, front fork, many components attached to the frame and the entire rear part. The final result was tested in a computer simulator 300 times, before the team went on and also tested the bike in a wind tunnel.
The new bike is called Dogma F8 and, compared to the previous version of the bike, Jaguar’s changes brought a 26.1 percent improvement to the aerodynamics. Both Jaguar and Team Sky are excited about the results of this project and everyone is confident that the team will be able to defend the title they won last year. The Dogma F8’s first race will take place on June 8, at the Criterium du Dauphine, before entering the Tour de France on July 5. [Read the full article…]
Formula One and the entire world of motorsport is mourning after the legendary Sir Jack Brabham passed away today. According to an announcement released by his family, the Australian died this morning in his Gold Coast home on the Eastern coast of Australia.
Sir Jack Brabham made his Formula One debut in 1955 driving for Cooper, but during his first years he also raced in other forms of motorsports such as dirt races. However, starting with 1958 he raced exclusively in Formula One and the results quickly came, winning his first World Championships in 1959 and 1960. Two years later he founded his own team, but it took a while before Brabham Racing Organisation started getting results. He won the World Championship again in 1966, becoming the first and only driver in Formula One history to win a Championship while also being the team’s owner. Next year, he came in second at the end of the season, only 5 points behind the Champion, Danny Hulme, which was his team mate. Brabham’s last season in Formula One was in 1970, when he finished 5th. During his career he won 14 races, 13 pole positions and finished on the podium on 31 occasions. [Read the full article…]