Is F1 a balanced competition? Sauber isn't so sure.
A member of European Parliament has written to the European Commission, asking it to review the FIA and how the small teams in the sport are treated. The FIA appears to have breached an agreement it made with European regulators in 2001, and the F1 Strategy Group is accused of running teams and support companies out of business.
With McLaren's long-awaited confirmation of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, the grid for the 2015 Formula One World Championship is finally complete. (That is, at least, aside from the bankrupt Caterham and Marussia teams, whose fate for next season still remain open.) But with the big game of musical chairs now drawn to a close, not everyone who had a seat this year will have one the next. And that includes one Esteban Gutiérrez, who lost his ride with Sauber but has landed a test dri
UPDATE: F1 appears to have successfully blocked video footage of Bianchi's crash from appearing on YouTube, as the footage we previously had available for viewing has been pulled. You can read more about the racing series' efforts to get video providers to expunge images of the accident in our related story here.
The Formula One history books are hardly filled with female racing drivers. Maria Teresa de Felippis competed in a few grands prix in the late 1950s. Lella Lombardi remains the only woman to have scored championship points (albeit just a half of one when she finished sixth in the tragically aborted 1975 Spanish Grand Prix). Davina Galica, Desiré Wilson and Giovanna Amati all tried but failed to qualify for F1 races. Far from stellar results, then, but lately several teams have signed fema
We're not sure if it's the Robocop paint jobs or the lack of sponsors and kaleidoscopic colors, but Sauber has again managed to make the most of the regulations and put out what might be the second-best looking car we've seen so far, the C33-Ferrari, behind the black-tipped Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10. Or it might be that we haven't been given a full-frontal glimpse yet. No matter, here we have the pre-season iteration of the Swiss outfit's Formula One challenger, powered by the 1.6-liter turb
The big ol' game of musical chairs that is the Formula One off season plays on as two solid drivers switch between midfield teams. First up is Sergio Perez, who moves to Force India for next season and onward. The young Mexican has been on the grid for three seasons, driving for the first two with Sauber before moving to McLaren last year. He's since been replaced at the Woking outfit by newcomer Kevin Magnussen.
Formula One fans and commentators have spent the three weeks since the Malaysian Grand Prix discussing two things more than any other: that pass, and tires. Sebastian Vettel spent days giving his tongue an Olympic workout on the verbal gymnastics parallel bars before finally admitting he passed his Infiniti Red Bull teammate Mark Webber on purpose partly for reasons of payback, partly out of a desire to win – he doesn't apologize for it and he would do it again.
Sauber Motorsports F1 has launched the most radical of this season's Formula One cars to date, its C32 getting a partially stepped nose, exceptionally narrow sidepods and a wasp-waisted rear end. Lotus F1's technical director said he expected other teams to stick with the stepped nose, but everyone else so far has opted for a vanity panel; only Sauber has even come close to keeping the step, with the step being visible from the front but the profile view being a smooth line to the cockpit.
For three years we have ridden the high seas when it comes to Volkswagen's reported entry into Formula One. In 2009, the German juggernaut's interest was piqued by the idea of supplying engines when the new regulations mandated 1.6-liter turbocharged V6s in 2014. By the end of 2010, it was said that VW had decided not to join the F1 circus, but that hasn't stopped repeated speculative announcements to the contrary.
Looking at the outside of a Formula One race car is all well and fine, but apart from its aerodynamic elements, it really doesn't tell you very much about how it works. The secrets, as with a great many things, are hidden inside. And that's not a place many F1 teams – hard as they've worked on developing their cars and keeping their inner workings secret – would be eager to show to the world.
If you were watching the Malaysian Grand Prix early Sunday morning, you may have picked up on something that seemed a little fishy. Sergio Perez, who's only in his second year on the Formula One grid having debuted with Sauber just last season, was way up in second place, ahead of proven race winners and World Champions. That was surprising enough, but what raised some eyebrows is what happened when he closed the gap in front of him to Fernando Alonso, who was leading the race in the Ferrari F20
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