Tag: F1 2018

Formula 1 – F1: Raikkonen expects no change to Vettel relationship after Ferrari exit

Formula 1 – F1: Raikkonen expects no change to Vettel relationship after Ferrari exit

Kimi Raikkonen does not expect his relationship with Sebastian Vettel to change despite the end of their four-year stint as Formula 1 teammates at Ferrari for 2019. Vettel and Raikkonen have been friends throughout their time together in F1, but became Ferrari teammates in 2015 when Vettel joined the team. Raikkonen made his final Ferrari…

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Formula 1 – F1 Max Verstappen: ‘Never my intention’ to put Renault down in 2018

Formula 1 – F1 Max Verstappen: ‘Never my intention’ to put Renault down in 2018

Max Verstappen claims he never intended to put Red Bull Formula 1 engine suppler Renault down with his criticism through 2018, but was only eager for progress to be made and more performance to be found by the French manufacturer. Verstappen was vocal in his criticism of Renault’s power unit throughout the 2018 season as…

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Formula 1 – F1: Mercedes saw a ‘new Lewis’ in final F1 2018 races after title victory

Formula 1 – F1: Mercedes saw a ‘new Lewis’ in final F1 2018 races after title victory

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff felt Lewis Hamilton’s on-track performances reached another level following his championship victory in Mexico, allowing the team to see a “new Lewis.” Hamilton clinched his fifth F1 world title with two races to spare in the 2018 season, moving into an unassailable lead following the Mexican Grand Prix. Hamilton…

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Formula 1 – F1 Vettel: Ferrari ‘still too far away’ from Mercedes in F1 2018

Formula 1 – F1 Vettel: Ferrari ‘still too far away’ from Mercedes in F1 2018

Sebastian Vettel feels Ferrari was “still too far away” from Mercedes through the 2018 Formula 1 season, citing a “significant drop in performance” as proving costly in the closing stages of the season. Vettel led the drivers’ championship at the halfway point in the season ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, only to suffer a downturn…

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Formula 1 – F1: Hamilton, Mercedes receive F1 championship trophies at FIA gala

Formula 1 – F1: Hamilton, Mercedes receive F1 championship trophies at FIA gala

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have officially been crowned Formula 1 world champions for 2018 after receiving their championship trophies at the FIA’s end-of-season prize giving on Friday night. Hamilton clinched his fifth drivers’ championship at October’s Mexican Grand Prix after defeating Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in a close head-to-head battle through 2018, while Mercedes clinched…

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Formula 1 – F1 Brown: ‘Lack of consistent leadership’ led to McLaren F1 struggles

Formula 1 – F1 Brown: ‘Lack of consistent leadership’ led to McLaren F1 struggles

“A lack of consistent leadership” was the root cause of McLaren’s Formula 1 struggles through 2018 that meant it was years in the making, according to team CEO Zak Brown. McLaren targeted a return towards the front of the F1 field in 2018 following the switch to Renault engines, only to finish sixth in the…

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Formula 1 – F1: Bottas ‘not worried’ about 2020 F1 seat amid Ocon to Mercedes rumours

Formula 1 – F1: Bottas ‘not worried’ about 2020 F1 seat amid Ocon to Mercedes rumours

Valtteri Bottas insists he is “not worried” about rumours linking Esteban Ocon to his Mercedes Formula 1 seat for the 2020 season. Bottas endured a winless 2018 season and struggled to match teammate Lewis Hamilton, who in contrast claimed 11 victories and pole positions on his way to clinching a fifth drivers’ world title. The…

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Formula 1 – F1: The driver under most pressure heading into F1 2019

Formula 1 – F1: The driver under most pressure heading into F1 2019

The contrasting fortunes following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could not have been more different for Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. 2018 heralded another championship triumph for Mercedes, with the German manufacturer continuing its perfect record of clinching every title on offer since the start of the V6…

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Formula 1 – Silverstone warns F1 it won’t pay ‘any price’ to keep British GP

Formula 1 – Silverstone warns F1 it won’t pay ‘any price’ to keep British GP

Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle has warned Formula 1 officials the circuit will not pay “any price” to keep the British Grand Prix beyond the end of its existing contract in 2019. Silverstone bosses triggered a break clause in its F1 deal last year that would come into force after the 2019 British Grand Prix…

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Formula 1 – F1: Who was Formula 1’s best ‘number two driver’ in 2018?

Formula 1 – F1: Who was Formula 1’s best ‘number two driver’ in 2018?

There are a number of ‘old rules’ in motorsport, but one of the most-quoted is: “The first person you have to beat is your teammate.” Formula 1 has seen a number of tense teammate moments in 2018, the strongest example coming in Baku when Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo collided. Force India teammates…

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Formula 1 – F1: Zak Brown denies McLaren ceased development on 2018 F1 car in May

Formula 1 – F1: Zak Brown denies McLaren ceased development on 2018 F1 car in May

McLaren chief Zak Brown has denied the team ceased development on its 2018 Formula 1 car after the Spanish Grand Prix in May, claiming it continued to work on updates for the MCL33 until October. McLaren saw its recent poor form continue in 2018 as the team failed to finish a race any higher than fifth…

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Formula 1 – F1 Charles Leclerc: ‘Emotional’ Ferrari test felt different to past runs

Formula 1 – F1 Charles Leclerc: ‘Emotional’ Ferrari test felt different to past runs

Charles Leclerc says his Ferrari Formula 1 test in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday felt different to previous appearances for the team, calling it “emotional.” While Leclerc has tested for Ferrari on numerous occasions in the past, his run-out at the Yas Marina Circuit was the first since he was confirmed as part of its F1…

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Formula 1 – F1: Charles Leclerc closes out Abu Dhabi F1 test fastest for Ferrari

Formula 1 – F1: Charles Leclerc closes out Abu Dhabi F1 test fastest for Ferrari

Charles Leclerc closed out the final official Formula 1 running in 2018 at the top of the timesheets for Ferrari as he finished almost 1.5 seconds clear of the field on the second day of testing in Abu Dhabi. In his first official outing for Ferrari since being named in a 2019 race seat alongside…

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Formula 1 – F1 2018: Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Post-Season Testing – Day 2 Results (FINAL)

Formula 1 – F1 2018: Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Post-Season Testing – Day 2 Results (FINAL)

Complete results from the second day of post-season Formula 1 test running at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Post-Season Test – Day 2 Results 1. Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m36.450s2. Pierre Gasly FRA Aston Martin Red Bull Racing + 1.466s3. Lance Stroll CAN Racing Point Force India F1 Team + 1.594s4. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport…

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Formula 1 – F1: Haas elects not to appeal F1 stewards’ Abu Dhabi ruling on Force India

Formula 1 – F1: Haas elects not to appeal F1 stewards’ Abu Dhabi ruling on Force India

Haas has confirmed it will not appeal the decision taken by the Formula 1 race stewards in Abu Dhabi following its protest of both Force India cars. Haas issued a protest relating to the intellectual property of both Force India VJM11 cars in Abu Dhabi, claiming the team had breached the regulations by continuing to…

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Formula 1 – F1 Hartley: I have unfinished business in F1 after Toro Rosso exit

Formula 1 – F1 Hartley: I have unfinished business in F1 after Toro Rosso exit

Brendon Hartley has issued his first comments since his exit from Toro Rosso’s Formula 1 team for 2019 was confirmed, saying he has “unfinished business” in the sport. Toro Rosso announced on Monday that Alexander Albon would be joining the team next year alongside Daniil Kvyat, leaving Hartley without a seat after just one full…

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Formula 1 – F1 Vettel: Changes in Formula 1 tyre compounds for 2019 ‘quite small’

Formula 1 – F1 Vettel: Changes in Formula 1 tyre compounds for 2019 ‘quite small’

Sebastian Vettel feels the difference between Pirelli’s 2018 and 2019 Formula 1 tyre compounds are “quite small,” believing a shift in the Italian manufacturer’s race weekend selections would have a bigger impact for next year. Vettel set the pace for Ferrari during the first day of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, completing 69…

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Formula 1 – Honda F1 chiefs pay tribute to Brendon Hartley after Toro Rosso exit

Formula 1 – Honda F1 chiefs pay tribute to Brendon Hartley after Toro Rosso exit

Honda Formula 1 chiefs Toyoharu Tanabe and Masahasi Yamamoto have paid tribute to Brendon Hartley after his exit from Toro Rosso was confirmed. Toro Rosso announced on Monday that Alexander Albon would be racing for the team in 2019 alongside Daniil Kvyat, leaving Hartley without a drive. Two-time WEC champion and 2017 Le Mans winner Hartley…

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Formula 1 – F1: George Russell pleased with ‘very positive’ 1st Williams F1 test

Formula 1 – F1: George Russell pleased with ‘very positive’ 1st Williams F1 test

George Russell hailed a “very positive” first Formula 1 test outing with Williams in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday as he continued his integration with the team. Formula 2 champion Russell will make his F1 debut with Williams in 2019, partnering Robert Kubica, and has spent a lot of time embedding himself within the team since…

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