Leclerc: End-of-season gains for Sauber were ‘unexpected’

Charles Leclerc admits he didn’t expect Sauber’s C37 to perform as well as it did in the latter part of the season given the team’s total lack of development work. Sauber’s performance in the first few races of the 2018 season were nothing to write home about, but progressively the Swiss outfit improved and foundRead moreRead more

Hamilton wants to land ‘painful’ KO blow on rivals

Mercedes might not have got off to quite the flying start they were hoping for in the first week of pre-season testing in Spain, but Lewis Hamilton is still setting his sights on delivering a knockout blow to their rivals in 2019. “Each year the goal is to get better,” the reigning champion told theRead moreRead more

Defiant Lowe can’t turn around Williams ‘single handedly’

Williams technical director Paddy Lowe is confident the beleaguered team can return to its former glory but insists he can’t turn around its fortunes on his own. After enduring one of the worst seasons in its history, Williams has entered its 2019 campaign on the back, the Grove-based outfit rolling out its FW42 with aRead moreRead more

Ticktum’s 2019 superlicence hopes crushed by eligibility rule

Dan Ticktum’s hopes of securing an F1 superlicence this year may have hit a major roadblock after it was revealed that the Asia F3 Winter series in which the Red Bull junior is competing may not be eligible to distribute superlicence points. Ticktum is missing just five points to reach the required total of 40Read moreRead more

Hamilton mightily impressed with ‘very strong’ Ferrari

It’s early days still but from what he’s seen so far in pre-season testing, Lewis Hamilton admits that Ferrari is looking “very, very strong”. The Scuderia’s new SF90 has been running like clockwork in Barcelona, sitting the pace on the first two opening days of winter testing. However, while he’s been impressed by the ItalianRead moreRead more

McLaren: 2019 Indy effort ‘completely different’ from 2017

McLaren boss Zak Brown says the Woking-based outfit’s onslaught on the 2019 Indy 500 will be a “completely different experience” compared to its last visit to the Brickyard two years ago. McLaren will return to the Speedway this week with Fernando Alonso almost twenty-four months after the Spaniard’s first attempt at winning the American blueRead moreRead more

Bouillier ‘comfortable’ French GP has solved traffic issues

French Grand Prix strategic advisor Eric Boullier says organisers are relying on an “analytical” approach to traffic management to avoid the massive congestion that impacted race fans in 2018. The French event returned to the F1 calendar last year after a decade-long absence, and it was memorable come-back for thousands of spectators albeit for theRead moreRead more

Russell ‘pushed the limits’ in Monaco, believed in points

Williams’ George Russell went all in on Sunday in Monaco, pushing himself and his Williams FW42 to the point where his team thought that a top-ten finish was in the cards. Sharing his usual spot on the last row of the grid with team mate Robert Kubica, Russell lost a position to the Pole atRead moreRead more

As Cameron Bangs War Drum, Voices for Peace Rally Around Corbyn

As British Prime Minister David Cameron declared from Paris on Monday his desire to escalate the UK’s military campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) in both Iraq and Syria, campaigners are looking to Jeremy Corbyn to see whether the Labour Party leader can temper the nation’s march to war. Cameron is trying to rally supportRead moreRead more

Steiner: Haas performance crippled by tyre graining phase

Haas boss Guenther Steiner says the team’s current tyre issues are rooted in its car’s inability to deal with the graining phase of Pirelli’s new thinner tread rubber. Haas’ tyre problems this season, which have undermined the performance of its 2019 contender since Bahrain, have been well chronicled, with temperatures and a narrow operating windowRead moreRead more