28 AUGUST 2015

Silly season calmer after Raikkonen news

In the wake of Ferrari's re-signing of Kimi Raikkonen, the 2016 'silly season' appears set to calm down.

McLaren not best car on 2015 grid says Honda

Honda insists it is not solely to blame for McLaren's woeful 2015 season.

Hamilton not excited to secure pole trophy

With eight races still to run in 2015, Lewis Hamilton already has his hands on one prize.

Hakkinen can understand Vettel outburst

Mika Hakkinen says he can understand Sebastian Vettel's outburst in the wake of the Belgian grand prix.

Honda exploited good faith of penalty cap

Charlie Whiting has admitted the new rule scrapping in-race penalties was exploited by McLaren-Honda last weekend in Belgium.

Toyota, Bell Helmets among Lotus creditors

Charles Pic is not the only creditor at embattled Lotus, it has emerged.

Mercedes working on race start solution

Mercedes is working on changes to its clutch system, following a series of bad race starts.

27 AUGUST 2015

Vettel wrong to attack Pirelli says Jordan

Eddie Jordan has hit out at Sebastian Vettel for his fierce criticism of Pirelli in the wake of his Spa-Francorchamps tyre blowout.

FIA to back Pirelli after tyre blowout saga

Four days on, the high-speed blowouts suffered by Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel are still causing high consternation in the F1 world.

Lotus cars finally leave Belgium

Four days after the Belgian grand prix, Lotus and its black and gold cars have finally left Spa-Francorchamps.

No desire for F1 switch says Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick, the world's most famous female racing driver, has finally ruled herself out of the running for a switch to formula one.

Chilton on Haas shortlist for 2016

Max Chilton has counted himself among the drivers shortlisted to race for the new American outfit Haas in 2016.

26 AUGUST 2015

F1 to test cockpit-halo idea in September

The death of Justin Wilson, mere weeks after F1's first race fatality since 1994, has put the spotlight back on cockpit protection.

Ferrari plays down Monza hopes

Ferrari will debut an upgraded engine at its forthcoming home race, boss Maurizio Arrivabene has announced.

Susie Wolff admits F1 race dream nearing end

Susie Wolff has admitted she might be nearing the end of her patience in the quest for a formula one seat.

Briatore backs Pirelli as Vettel anger continues

Flavio Briatore has backed Pirelli in its spat with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Briatore urges Mercedes to supply Red Bull

Flavio Briatore has urged Mercedes to supply engines to Red Bull.

Promoter says Ecclestone milk stunt ended protest threat

The promoter of the Belgian grand prix has admitted local dairy farmers posed a real threat to the smooth running of last weekend's race.

No panic as Lotus looks into uncertain future says Grosjean

Even amid high speculation about the team's future, Lotus is continuing to plan ahead.

Ferrari blocked Porsche seat for Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne was offered a seat alongside Le Mans winner Nico Hulkenberg at Porsche for 2015, it has emerged.

25 AUGUST 2015

Former F1 driver Wilson dies

Former Minardi and Jaguar driver Justin Wilson has died, one day after a horror incident during an Indycar race.

Pirelli, Ferrari move to end Vettel-fuelled war

Pirelli and Ferrari, both Italian companies, will get together prior to the forthcoming Italian grand prix.

Experts say Pirelli controversy is boost to Michelin

Michelin's bid to oust Pirelli as F1's official tyre supplier may have got a boost from the fallout of the Belgian grand prix.

Vergne admits F1 return possible

Jean-Eric Vergne has added fuel to speculation he is a major contender to return to F1 next year with Haas.

Lotus stuck at Spa as Renault decision still looms

For embattled Lotus, time may be running out just as Renault enters a further period of delay in its decision about the future.

Honda has Ferrari-like plan to improve says Boullier

Honda "has a plan" to dramatically improve a crucial element of its current power unit, according to McLaren team boss Eric Boullier.

Popular Raikkonen not low cost driver

Ferrari did not decide to retain Kimi Raikkonen for 2016 because he is cheap and popular, boss Maurizio Arrivabene insists.

Blanchimont bravery was typical Max says father

As his teenage son inspired gasps and cheers at fabled Spa-Francorchamps, Jos Verstappen was not surprised by what he saw.

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Straight Talk - Give them an inch...

By Luis Vasconcelos

...and they'll take a mile, I found myself thinking during the Belgian Grand Prix, last weekend. Through the once daunting Eau Rouge/Radillon section many drivers were going completely off the track to achieve better lap times, from the start of free practice until the end of the race. The FIA had put a sausage kerb at the top of the Radillon but after many drivers went over it during Friday sessions it was removed for being "scary and dangerous". Going slower and avoiding it didn't seem to be an option drivers would contemplate though...

Straight Talk - Too much for the boys!

By Luis Vasconcelos

Jules Bianchi was in everyone's mind when we landed in Budapest, and drivers were bombarded with questions about the late Frenchman, as this was the first funeral many of them had attended - not an easy experience for anyone, let alone when you're there to say goodbye to someone so young.

Straight Talk - When small is not beautiful

By Luis Vasconcelos

Last week's meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved the 2016 F1 calendar, extending the season to 21 Grand Prix. That decision alone should be enough reason for concern for the teams, for the amount of travelling and days away from home will be increased - and we will all have the mammoth task of working over the space of just 35 weeks.

Straight Talk - Hulkenberg back in the game

By Luis Vasconcelos

Formula One can be a funny old business, particularly when it comes to drivers choices - mainly about the way some top teams make decisions that can cost them Grand Prix victories and even World Championships.

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