Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Hockenheim, Germany, Thursday 17 July 2014.

Tech Talk: Hockenheim Analysis

Tech guru Matthew Somerfield took a good look under the skin of some of the cars of the major players during the German Grand Prix weekend at Hockenheim. Just as the German Grand Prix was the backdrop...
Mercedes W05 front suspension

FRIC saga disappears with a whimper

Mercedes W05 front suspension As quickly as the FRIC saga swept into the Formula 1 paddock grabbing headlines for a week, it also disappeared - with barely a whimper. "It changed nothing," said Niki...
No fuel boost for Red Bull

No wings for Red Bull with new fuel

No fuel boost for Red Bull New fuel did not give Red Bull the boost it was hoping for in Germany, world champion Sebastian Vettel has revealed. Pre-Hockenheim, it was reported the new blend supplied by...
Jo Bauer with Charlie Whiting

FIA confirm no F1 team using FRIC in Germany

Jo Bauer with Charlie Whiting The FIA has announced that no teams will be running with FRIC suspension systems during the German Grand Prix and beyond. Ahead of the Hockenheim race teams were...
Mercedes mechanics working at Hockenheim

Mercedes unconcerned by FRIC removal

Mercedes mechanics working at Hockenheim Mercedes are unlikely to suffer any significant setback from a decision to ban a particular type of suspension system from this weekend's German Grand Prix,...
Niki Lauda

Lauda wants F1 rules audit spanning past decade

Niki Lauda Mercedes F1 boss Niki Lauda has proposed a sweeping review of every rule change in Formula 1 for the past decade. For some, the all-new era of quiet turbo V6 engines was the final straw that...
Mercedes W05 suspension

Mercedes to run without FRIC at Hockenheim

Mercedes W05 suspension Formula 1 World Championship leaders Mercedes are taking no risks this weekend and will remove the sophisticated FRIC suspension system from the dominant W05 for the German Grand...
Scrutineering in Germany should be interesting

Will any team lodge FRIC protest at Hockenheim?

Scrutineering in Germany should be interesting The big question ahead of the German Grand Prix weekend, at Hockenheim, is whether any team will lodge a protest against rivals running FRIC suspension...
Mercedes W05 front suspension

Caterham expected to protest FRIC at Hockenheim

Mercedes W05 front suspension The word on everyone's lips ahead of the German Grand Prix weekend is FRIC, and in the days before scrutineering on Thursday, the biggest questions are: will teams continue...
Mauro Forghieri with Jody Scheckter in 1979

Forghieri: Get rid of the ridiculous DRS

Mauro Forghieri with Jody Scheckter in 1979 Legendary Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri has a couple of simple suggestions to spice up Formula 1, and one of them is to get rid of DRS. Amid a dwindling...
Creating sparks in F1

Titanium skids for safety, not sparks, insist FIA

Creating sparks in F1 Formula 1 rule makers are adamant that they are not mandating titanium be fitted underneath next year's cars solely to create sparks, the governing body insists. After tests on a...
Caterham CT05 nose

Ugly Caterham nose to go amid new updates

Caterham CT05 nose The distinctive but decidedly ugly 'anteater' nose of the Caterham CT05 car could be a thing of the past amid a new development push by the backmarker team. "New management, new...
Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Day One, Tuesday 8 July 2014

Tech Talk: Silverstone analysis

Technical guru Matthew Somerfield looks back on the British Grand Prix weekend and provides analysis of what he saw up and down the Silverstone pitlane. Mercedes The Silver Arrows have clearly made...
Niki Lauda

Lauda says no FRIC won’t change much for Mercedes

Niki Lauda Niki Lauda has played down the effect that the removal of the complex FRIC suspension system will have on Formula 1's dominant team. The triple world champion is the Formula 1 chairman at...
Mercedes W05 front suspension

Mercedes to remove FRIC system for Hockenheim

Mercedes W05 front suspension Mercedes will remove the complex FRIC system from its dominant W05  ahead of next weekend's German Grand Prix, their home race. The FIA surprised the entire world of...
Mercedes W05 suspension

FIA set to ban FRIC suspension

Mercedes W05 suspension technical detail Lewis Hamilton left Silverstone without making a single comment to the media after testing on Wednesday. He might have been advised to steer a wide course around...