2011: A LEADER LOST
By James Roberts
It's not a Lotus. It's not a Renault. Nor is it a Ferrari. Robert Kubica is sitting in a Mercedes as it peels south along the B4027 towards Woodstock. That means a tight turnaround for the taxi driver, who has to hurry him back to the airport in time for his flight back home to Italy.
This is just a short trip to Oxfordshire for Kubica's seat-fitting in the R31, the car on which Renault and Lotus are pinning their hopes in 2011. It's an innovative new chassis, with its fancy forward-facing exhausts, but it needs to take the Enstone crew back to the top step this year. Not only for the team's sake, but to convince their lead driver that Renault is the team he should stay with for the long haul.
What happens, asks MATT KEW, if the old adage of win on a Sunday, sell on a Monday is no longer true for F1 manufacturers?
The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old
Formula 1's incoming engine rules shake-up has multiple targets. But it may also solve what has been a bone of contention since the hybrids arrived in 2014. The new plan will allow the series to pump up the volume
Nyck de Vries appeared to have missed his opportunity to break into Formula 1 as he was passed over for more exciting talents who have now become frontrunners and title fighters. But after catching the eye outside of the F1 sphere, before his stunning impromptu grand prix debut in Italy, will it lead to a delayed full-time race seat?
The Singapore Grand Prix has, explains BEN EDWARDS, played an important role in Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 career. As the series returns to the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the first time in three years, he faces the latest challenge with an underperforming Mercedes car
Although Ferrari's chances of title glory in 2022 have evaporated, chairman John Elkann expects the team to have chalked up both championships by 2026. Both require drivers to play the team game and, having now become more comfortable with the F1-75, Carlos Sainz may be Ferrari's key to title glory
With Formula 1’s future engine regulations now agreed, MARK GALLAGHER wonders if they will provide a more competitive field than past attempts actually managed
STUART CODLING charts the development of the Williams FW09, the ugly duckling that heralded the start of the title-winning Williams-Honda partnership
Kimi Raikkonen stars in Russian ice race
Massa believes final F1 test will be crucial for Ferrari