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Guy Ligier, an all-round athlete who went on to a lucrative business career and fame as a Formula One team owner, has died at age 85, French media reported Sunday.



In this animation Giorgio Piola illustrates forms that F1 cars may have from 2017, when the new regulation comes into force, compared with those of the Mercedes W06 Hybrid.

By: Giorgio Piola, Technical Editor

Wider rear tyres

The rear tyres are wider – up to 420mm – compared to the 380mm ones used now. The greater contact patch will give cars more “muscle” and higher mechanical grip.

The nose will extend 200mm further towards the front starting from the front axle, while the front wing width could increase from the current 825mm to 925mm.

Lower rear wing?

The rear wing will be substantially lower but with a greater projection towards the rear of the car: the top flap is down from 945mm to 800mm, while the lower flap is down to 600mm from 740mm.

Longer diffuser

In order to increase downforce, the rear diffuser will be longer. The side plates of the rear wing will be inclined towards the rear.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson takes a look at some of the biggest news stories this week in Formula 1 ahead of the 70th British Grand Prix, which is expected to bring in a record crowd of 350,000 people over four days.

McLaren perform well in Wednesday’s test session at the Red Bull Ring in Speilberg, and could Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross be about to launch anF1 takeover bid worth around £5 billion?

Elsewhere, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner responds to speculation about his future.

The BBC has live TV and radio coverage of the entire weekend, with Onboard, Timings, Driver Tracker and Pit Lane streams available online via connected TVs and the BBC Sport website and app.

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Did you know that Monaco’s hairpin is the slowest, tightest corner on the calendar? Or that Rubens Barrichello has recorded the most podiums in the Principality without a win? We bring you all the need-to-know stats, facts and trivia ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2015 …
  • Monaco hosted the second round of the inaugural Formula One World Championship in 1950, the race being won by Juan Manuel Fangio in an Alfa Romeo. However, there was then a four-year gap before Formula One racing returned to Monte Carlo in 1955. The Monaco Grand Prix has remained on the calendar ever since, with only Monza having played host to more races.
  • Although the basic layout of the circuit has remained the same since the inaugural world championship race in 1950, several revisions have been made over the years, most notably in 1973 when the building of a swimming pool on the harbour front necessitated the use of a new section. The current final corners, La Rascasse and Anthony Noghes, were introduced in the same year in place of the Gasworks hairpin.
  • The circuit will be revised again for the 2015 race – very slightly. Minor realignment of Turns 12-14 (Tabac to the Swimming Pool) means this year’s lap will be 3m shorter than in 2014. As a result, Michael Schumacher’s lap record, which has stood since 2004, will change hands on Sunday.
  • An extraordinary amount of equipment is required to turn Monaco’s ordinary roads into a fully-fledged race circuit. Included in that list is 33 kilometres of safety rails, 20,000 square metres of wire catch fencing, 3,600 tyres for tyre barriers and 1,100 tonnes of grandstand seating for spectators. Some 650 marshals are also stationed around the track on a race weekend.
  • Graham Hill was nicknamed ‘Mr Monaco’ for his five victories in the Principality, but it’s Ayrton Senna who holds the record for the most wins in Monte Carlo – six, including five consecutive victories from 1989 to 1993. Of course, were it not for an uncharacteristic crash at Portier 12 laps from the end of the 1988 race the great Brazilian would have seven victories to his name. Having finished second in 1984 and third in 1986, Senna also holds the record for most Monaco podiums with eight.
  • Nico Rosberg is going for his third successive Monaco win in this year’s race. The only other drivers to have won three or more in a row are Senna, Alain Prost and Graham Hill. Fernando Alonso is the only other multiple Monaco winner on the current grid, having won in 2006 and 2007. Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel have all won once.
  • In terms of manufacturers, no one has been as dominant in Monaco as McLaren, who have triumphed at the street track on 15 occasions. By contrast Ferrari have taken eight wins, but considerably more overall podium finishes (48 to McLaren’s 26).
  • Alonso’s 2007 win was achieved at an average speed of 155.551km/h (96.654 mph) – the fastest winning speed in Monaco history. The slowest winning speed – 98.700 km/h (61.329 mph) – came at the first race in 1950, though in the same event Juan Manuel Fangio recorded the joint biggest winning margin in Monaco history – one whole lap. Graham Hill and Denny Hulme also won by a lap, in 1964 and 1967 respectively. The smallest winning margin came in 1992 when Ayrton Senna beat Nigel Mansell by just 0.215s.
  • Rubens Barrichello holds the record for the most Monaco podiums without a win – five. Double world champion Jim Clark holds the record for most Monaco pole positions without winning the race – four. And Nigel Mansell holds the record for the most laps led in Monaco without ever winning – 104. Michael Schumacher – a five-time Monaco winner – holds the record for the most laps led in the Principality – 435.
  • As overtaking is so difficult at Monaco, it’s perhaps unsurprising that nine of the past ten races have been won from pole position (the only outlier being Lewis Hamilton’s win from third on the grid in 2008). However, pole hasn’t always been so important at the venue – in fact, the pole sitter has only emerged victorious 28 times in 61 races.
  • Olivier Panis holds the record for winning from the lowest grid slot, having triumphed from 14th on the grid in 1996. The same race featured the lowest number of cars running at the flag – just four. Panis incidentally is one of three drivers whose only career wins came at Monaco. The other two are Jean-Pierre Beltoise (1972) and Jarno Trulli (2004).
  • Two drivers have represented Monaco in Formula One history – Olivier Beretta and Louis Chiron. Chiron took his one and only F1 podium finish on home soil in 1950, finishing third behind Fangio and Alberto Ascari. Aged 50, he remains the second oldest F1 podium finisher.
  • At 3.34 km, Monaco is not only the shortest circuit on the calendar, it can also boast the sport’s slowest, tightest corner. Turn 6 – the hairpin – is taken at around 50 km/h (31 mph) and requires the drivers to apply maximum steering lock in order to make it around.
  • Not surprisingly given the nature of the circuit, the safety car tends to make frequent appearances in Monaco. In fact, ten of the last 15 races have featured one or more safety-car periods. Last year there were two, both the result of collisions: the first when Sergio Perez spin and collided with Adrian Sutil and Romain Grosjean, and the second when Sutil lost control coming out of the tunnel and crashed at the chicane.

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Descendent of the F1, check out the top features of the McLaren 12C

1. Seamless Shift Gearbox- 

Seven-speed gearbox delivers uninterrupted power supply during gear shifts.

2. Carbon MonoCell-

25% lighter than regular aluminium chassis

3. Tuning the airflow-

Guide vanes at the back and front divert turbulent air and keep it off from interfering with air-floe over the body

4. Steer-by-brakes

These brakes were invented by McLaren itself. Powerful for tightening corner lines.

5. McLaren designed V8 engine-

592hp produced by the 3.8 litre V8 twin-turbo engine. Presumably, the most efficient supercar engine ever produced.

6. Aluminium Copper wiring

Electrical system developed by McLaren is entirely new. Aluminium-copper combination is used saving approximately 4kg over regular wiring.


Young Indian driver Jehan Daruvala will embark on his single-seater racing career with the reputed Fortec Motorsport squad in the Formula Renault Renault 2.0 championship after three successful seasons in karting.



The Vijay Mallya-backed driver today confirmed that he will be doing seven rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC), three rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and a couple in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS.

The NEC series is expected to get underway in April and that alone costs around 300,000 pounds a season, clearly suggesting that one can’t just survive on skills in the expensive world of motorsport.

The 16-year-old from Mumbai is aware that the required transition from karts to junior single seaters could pave the way for bigger things including his ‘dream’ Formula 1 drive with Force India.

“This could be the beginning of something big but I am just thinking about performance like I did in karting. Anyway, I think I will have to do a bigger series after this (Formula Renault 2.0) to have a shot at Formula 1. I can’t think of anyone else other than Kimi Raikkonen, who has made it to F1 straight after 2.0,” Daruvala told PTI from Mumbai.

He secured the Fortec seat after 16 days of testing across Nurburgring, Spa, Barcelona and Jerez.

“Next I will head back to the UK to some simulator time and by first race of the season, I would have done another 12 days of testing,” said Daruvala.

He claimed that he was only two tenths of a second slower than reigning NEC champion Ben Barnicoat during testing, giving him confidence ahead of his debut.

How was it like driving a Formula car after karts?

“The biggest change I found is that you feel stuck in the car and because of that your vision is blocked. It is also very physical on the neck so I have to work out more and on the key areas. I am sure by the time season starts, I will fully get used to the car,” added Daruvala.

Mallya, who has backed Daruvala ever since he became part of the Force India Academy, has already said the teenager has a good chance of being the next Indian in F1 provided he does well in the junior formula.

Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok are only ones from the country to have reached the pinnacle of motorsport.

Philippe Streiff said the seven-time F1 World Champ “had yet to recover the power of speech” but had “limited movement”

Michael Schumacher and Philippe Streiff.
Improvement: Michael Schumacher and Philippe Streiff

Stricken Michael Schumacher can now recognise close family and friends, according to another former Formula One driver.

Philippe Streiff said the seven-time F1 World Champ “had yet to recover the power of speech”.

Streiff, 59, told Le Parisien Schumacher was “nevertheless starting to recognise those close to him”.

But Sabine Kehm, 45-year-old Schumacher’s manager, said he faced a “long, hard fight” to recover from the skiing accident which almost killed him.

Streiff, who was left quadriplegic after a crash in 1989, claimed he got his information from Schumacher’s wife and his surgeon.

But Kehm said: “I do not know where Mr Streiff has got his information.

“He has no contact with us and he never has.”

Monday is the first anniversary of the Formula 1 legend’s skiing accident in the French Alps which left him fighting for life in an induced coma.

Streiff, described by the newspaper as a long-time friend, said he had gleaned the information from contact with the German-born driver’s wife, Corinne, and with his surgeon, Gerard Saillant, whom he knows as a result of his own racing accident in 1989.


ABACA/Press Association ImagesFormer French Formula One driver Philippe Streiff speaks to journalists as he arrives to visit German Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher at the Grenoble University Hospital Centre, on his 45th birthday, Grenoble, France, on January 3, 2014.
Getting better: Philippe Streiff

Strieff is a French racing driver who took part in 55 Grand Prix but was left quadriplegic in March 1989 during a pre-season training crash in Brazil.

But Kehm said: “We need a long time. He is making progress appropriate to the severity of the situation,” she added, reiterating a statement she made a month ago.

Schumacher, who will turn 46 on January 3, suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in Meribel in the French Alps.

The seven-time Formula One World Champion emerged from an induced coma in June, and recovered enough to leave hospital in September and is now rehabilitating at his home in Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

 While previous ARXs were evolutions, the fourth-generation Honda ARX-04b LMP2 car is a clean sheet design that, as a result, looks radically different from its predecessors. Aside from the obvious addition of a roof, HPD worked with Wirth Research to shape the 04b to be as aerodynamically efficient as possible. It also gets a new ACO-mandated drive-by-wire throttle system and cost-capped chassis construction. Power comes from the same twin-turbo 2.8-liter HR28TT that powers the current ARX-03b LMP2 cars but now features a new fresh-air valve system that reduces turbo lag and improves efficiency.

Honda Racing Development’s ARX racers have been slugging it out in prototype classes around the world for several years now. Since 2007, three generations (and several iterations within each generation) have won races in both LMP1 and LMP2 classes. The ARX-04b will be eligible for competition next season in the WEC LMP2 and USCC Prototype classes.

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Sebastian Vettel has said that while his third qualifying defeat of the season to team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is “not to my liking”, he has to accept that “if he’s quicker than me, he’s quicker, nothing else.”

After losing out to his new team-mate in Australia, where he was dumped out in Q2 as Ricciardo went on to claim a front-row start, and then suffering the same fate in Bahrain, where he again exited qualifying in the second phase, Vettel has again struggled against the Australian here in China.

Despite easing through Q1 and Q2 ahead of Ricciardo, Vettel could not find the extra burst of pace need to seal the deal in the final 10 minutes and Ricciardo surged ahead of his team-mate with his final run to claim second place on the grid, beating Vettel out by just under half a second.

Afterwards, a magnanimous Vettel admitted that Ricciardo currently has the upper hand on merit alone.

“Daniel is doing a very good job, he has not just had one good weekend, he had good weekends and so far he seems to be able to get the maximum out of the car,” said the four-time champion who will line up third for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix. “On my side, maybe I’m struggling a little bit more, but at the end of the day we have the same car, so if he manages to beat me, then he beats me on the circuit, fair and square. Of course, that’s not to my liking but equally, I know that I have to do a little bit better.”

Vettel continued by saying that he feels that improvements made in testing in Bahrain recently have improved his feeling fro the RB10, but he added that there is “a still a long way to go”.

“All in all I’ve felt happier this weekend,” he said. “We’ve made some improvements. The test after Bahrain helped on that front. But there is still a long way to go. Obviously a lot of things have changed but I don’t think that’s the reason for today’s performance. I would have loved to have got a bit more out of the last qualifying (the top 10 shootout) but I think I struggled a bit more than the front two.”

However, asked to detail the areas of the car that he is currently struggling with Vettel was cagey.

“I don’t want to blame anything on the car,” he said. “There are a lot of things that have changed, I don’t need to tell you. The cars are very different, everything underneath the body is very, very different, so I think there is a lot of work to be done to get it back to where I want it.”

Ricciardo, meanwhile, is looking increasingly confident and after landing his second front-row start of the year said that the fact that he has settled into the team quickly has helped his performance.

“I couldn’t have settled into the team any better to be honest, they made me feel at home very quickly and it’s helping me,” he said. “I’m really enjoying the driving and it seems to be showing with the results. I’m really pleased. The team is closing the gap to the front and we’re getting better each race.”

He admitted too that he had struggled in the early part of today’s qualifying session.

“To be honest, I struggled a bit throughout the session, at least personally I didn’t feel like I was getting on top of the conditions,” he said. “But then the last set of inters, right at the end of Q3, we managed to get a bit more out of it and I put a good lap together, so pretty pleased to be on the front row.

“It’s a challenging circuit, especially when a bit of water falls on the track it always makes it more challenging wherever you are,” he added. “And there’s a few places across the track here where there’s a tarmac change and you get quite a big difference in grip through some of these corners – so trying to basically find the right line and the best way to drive around, particularly these trickier parts of the track with tarmac changes, is a bit complex. Took a bit of time to understand that but I think we got it in the end.”

Ricciardo’s growing confidence, his ability to apparently match and outstrip Vettel’s usually impeccable one-lap pace and the champion’s obvious discomfort with the 2014-spec Red Bull add up to perhaps the biggest challenge he has yet faced. When it was later remarked that his body language and demeanour suggested he was somewhat downbeat, Vettel didn’t deny it.

“You know, I’m thinking a lot about the car. There are a lot of things going on in my head, maybe that’s why,” he said. “Formula One has got very complex and as a driver I think we have lost a lot of features, let’s say, and given a lot to the engineers, so it’s not that easy to understand and stay on top of everything. That’s why I think maybe I’m thinking more about the car in the last couple of years.

“Of course I’m not happy,” he concluded. “I’m not here to finish third in qualifying or second, or behind my team-mate. Generally I’d love to… I’m here to win. As I said before, [Daniel’s] doing good. We have the same car and if he’s quicker than me, he’s quicker, nothing else. Maybe the car is not the way I like 100 per cent but I’m trying to work on that but for now, if the result is like this, I have to accept it.”

Even though he’s under the contract with McLaren, Formula One World Champion Jenson Button will drive Rolls Royce’s pinnacle range of cars during the 2014 …

Even though he’s under the contract with McLaren, Formula One World Champion Jenson Button will drive Rolls Royce’s pinnacle range of cars during the 2014 Formula One season.

Jenson has selected a number of the iconic car company’s models including Wraith, Phantom Drophead Coupé and Ghost to transport him in style for ten of this year’s Grands Prix. As a long time admirer of the marque, Jenson will enjoy the best of British luxury whilst traveling abroad this season.

Jenson Button, Formula One World Champion said, “I am absolutely delighted to be accompanied by the very best in British luxury as I travel the world this year. I especially look forward to driving Wraith, a fantastic addition to the Rolls-Royce fleet and quite simply a stunning car to look at and drive.”

Jenson Button will drive Rolls Royce cars during the 2014 F1 season

Richard Carter, Director of Global Communications, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “We feel privileged to provide a British icon with the consummate British car as he travels the world during the 2014 Grand Prix season. Jenson Button’s commitment to success echoes Rolls-Royce’s constant pursuit of perfection; we look forward to following his achievements and wish him the very best of luck.”

Jenson Button will drive ten Rolls-Royce motor cars this Grands Prix season.

Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix, 28-30 March

Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, 4-6 April

Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix, 18-20 April

Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada, 6-8 June

Formula 1 Grosser Preis Von Österreich, 20-22 June

Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, 4-6 July

Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander Von Deutschland, 18-20 July

Formula 1 Gran Premio D’Italia, 5-7 September

Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, 31 October – 2 November

Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 21-23 November


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Mercedes has disclosed that had Formula 1 stayed with loud V8 engines beyond 2013 it would have surely quit the race.

It was considered that Renault was the important driving impact behind the new yet disputable turbo V6 regulations. But Dr Thomas Weber, Daimer board member said that Mercedes was also pretty interested to see the sport drive into the future. He said that, the old V8 rules had become “hard to explain” amidst the current tendency for “downsizing” and fuel competency in the road car market. He admitted having hard discussions with Mercedes about the old regulations to be changed.

After the setting up of the new rules it’s been easy to convince the decision-making board that Formula 1 has become pertinent and worth the investment.

Mr. Weber clarified that the recent statements of the rules being too complicated were “stupid” and that it was all done because a sound future demands quiet engines.

“Of course we can look if there is a little bit more (volume) possible,” said Weber.

“But in the meantime all the road cars are going for turbos, downsizing, so even a Porsche now sounds similar. So people learn it. That’s easy.”



Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton (C) raises his trophy after winning the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix as he celebrates with his teammate Nico Rosberg (2L) and Force India driver Sergio Perez (R) of Mexico on the podium at Sakhir circuit in Manama on April 6, 2014. Hamilton won the race ahead of Mercedes teammate Rosberg after a thrilling wheel-to-wheel duel, with Perez in third place. AFP PHOTO / MARWAN NAAMANI

Lewis Hamilton edged out Nico Rosberg by a time gap of 1 second to win at Bahrain Grand Prix. Both the drivers of Mercedes had a close and tough competition from each other.

Rosberg had the advantage of softer tyres for the showdown and had several stabs at passing Hamilton using DRS into the Michael Schumacher corner. But none of these helped him to defeat his teammate. Hamilton still prevailed with his medium tyres and at the end stood ahead of everyone else out there.

helped Force India get their first podium a long time after Spa 2009.

It had been a long time since both Force India and Perez himself had a podium. However, it only took three races for Perez with Force India to be back to the top three.

Perez had started fourth following a penalty to Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. After this there was a tough battle again between team mates, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.

“Nico had newer tyres than I did, but the stops made a massive difference,” he said. “I had to jump him back and overtake a Williams. It was a really enjoyable race, just like karting days.

“When I got to the finish line it was a great feeling. To be able to qualify fourth and straightaway be able to fight for the podium was a great feeling and an amazing podium.”



By the end of the race Red Bull managed to end up in fourth. World champion Sebastian Vettel was asked to give way to Daniel Ricciardo when he reported about the loss of DRS system to his team.  “Daniel is faster than you, Seb, Let him pass,” ordered Red Bull.

The Red Bulls also had the advantage of soft tyres towards the end. Ricciardo went past his team mate Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg to finish fourth. Vettel could not find his way past Hulkenberg so had to spend the final two laps defending Williams pair Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas for sixth.

The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top 10.

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