This year, the entirety of pre-season testing was compressed into three days at the Bahrain International Circuit to help minimise costs and ensure that cargo could be shipped to the same venue as the opening round, following the postponement of the Australian Grand Prix.
The complete overhaul in F1’s regulations for next season, in which there will be no carryover in aerodynamics as the …Keep reading
The blue, white and gold branding of Rothmans had become a motorsport staple of the 1980s and ’90s, having emblazoned Porsche’s 956 prototypes, the Prodrive-run Subaru World Rally Championship team and Honda’s 500cc grand prix bikes across the years. Then assuming title sponsorship of Williams’ Formula 1 team at its peak, it enjoyed four successful years culminating in back-to-back titles …Keep reading
After a 2020 campaign where Alfa Romeo duo Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi struggled at times to make much of an impression in the midfield battle, the Swiss outfit was left more encouraged by its run in Bahrain.
The new C41 showed signs of being a step forward over its predecessor, and on the final day of the test Raikkonen was fourth quickest.
With Williams set to be locked …Keep reading
During the run of 2021 car launches this year, the lengths that some teams went to to hide their new ideas became a big talking point.
Mercedes and McLaren both blanked out areas of their cars in launch images, while AlphaTauri released renders of its 2021 car with a completely different nose and suspension design.
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Red Bull went a step further by …Keep reading
The four-time world champion has just signed a deal to become an ambassador for Austrian water treatment company BWT, which is pushing a number of sustainability projects.
It wants to cut back on single-use plastic bottles around the world by expanding the use of water treatment facilities so more clean tap water is available.
Vettel’s partnership with BWT includes him wearing an iconic …Keep reading
Verstappen led Red Bull to the top of the timesheets as the team enjoyed a smooth three days of running in Bahrain with the updated RB16B.
Contrasting Red Bull’s strong showing was defending champion team Mercedes, as both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas reported issues with the rear end of the W12, causing instability on-track.
Mercedes says it is yet to fully understand what was …Keep reading
Williams regular Russell was drafted in by parent team Mercedes for the second race in Bahrain last December when a positive test for COVID-19 ruled out Lewis Hamilton.
Russell qualified second and dominated the majority of the race on the Bahrain International Circuit’s outer loop, only for a tyre mix-up by Mercedes and a late puncture to deny him a possible victory. He …Keep reading
Drive to Survive has been a hit for Netflix since it was first shown in 2019, helping bring rafts of new fans to F1 with unparalleled behind-the-scenes access.
Haas team boss Steiner has become a fan favourite through the first two seasons of Drive to Survive, most notably for his forthright demeanour and interactions with his drivers.
Steiner is once again a key part of the third season …Keep reading
The four-time champion has switched Formula 1 squads this year, moving from Ferrari to the rebranded Aston Martin outfit that has taken over from Racing Point.
After his first official public outing with the team during pre-season testing at Bahrain last weekend, Vettel has highlighted the key areas where he feels there are gains still to be made.
“It’s just getting to know the people, as …Keep reading
Ferrari heads into 2021 looking to recover from its worst campaign in 40 years as it slumped to sixth in the constructors’ championship last season, scoring just three podium finishes.
The team struggled with a troublesome SF1000 car that was compromised by a lack of straight-line speed, owing to its underperforming power unit and draggy aerodynamic concept.
Ferrari also began the delayed …Keep reading