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Vips gets Red Bull FP1 nod at Spanish GP

The Estonian, who is competing in this year’s Formula 2 championship, will take over Sergio Perez’s car for the Friday morning session at Barcelona.Vips’ opportunity with Red Bull comes as part of a new regulation introduced by the FIA to help ensure more mileage for young drivers.For 2022, teams have to run a rookie driver – who has not participated...

FIA could train rally co-drivers to become F1 race directors

Race directors have become a hot topic since the controversy of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year, which resulted in F1 race director Michael Masi being removed from the role.This season, F1 has been rotating its race director position between Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas, who had worked in the role in DTM and the World Endurance Championship...

2022 F1 Spanish Grand Prix session timings and preview

With Barcelona having already held a pre-season test earlier this year, teams will have plenty of data to compare with. This is particularly important in 2022, with F1 having introduced new generation of cars this year that require heavily on ground effect.Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have won the Spanish GP for the last five years in a row, but judging...

Andretti wants to give American drivers "legitimate shot" in F1

Andretti is currently pushing to establish an F1 operation that would join the grid from 2024 as an 11th team after seeing his bid to acquire Sauber, which operates the Alfa Romeo squad, fall apart late last year.Although the FIA is yet to open up the official process for new teams to join F1, Andretti - the son of 1978 world champion Mario Andretti...

No replacement for Russian GP as F1 schedule stays at 22 races

The decision creates a gap of two free weekends between the end of the European season at Monza on September 11, and the start of the run of six flyaway races in Singapore on October 2.The Sochi event was cancelled, along with the event’s ongoing contract, shortly after the Russian attack on Ukraine began.F1 immediately began looking for alternative...

Is F1 set heading a budget cap showdown over Red Bull/Ferrari development war?

It was perhaps inevitable therefore that with the implementation of the FIA financial regulations the focus would move towards how closely those new rules are being followed.The top teams are all well aware how tight their own budgets are this year, and they know how carefully they have to control funds spent on development. They now have to pace themselves...

De Vries expects to be "thrown in the deep" in F1 practice debut

Reigning Formula E champion de Vries, part of Mercedes' F1 reserve roster in addition to his duties with the German manufacturer's FE squad, has earned a call-up to drive in FP1 at Barcelona - his first outing in an official F1 session. This was helped in part due to new rules mandating teams to run rookie drivers in at least two free practice sessions. De...

Horner: Angsty Verstappen nothing to worry about

Verstappen has appeared to be quite agitated at times this season as the battle with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has been pretty intense throughout.Things have not been ideal on the reliability front, with Verstappen losing podium finishes – and valuable points – with failures in both the Bahrain and Australian Grands Prix.He also said the team needed...

Williams thinks qualifying issues hiding true F1 car potential

At the last race in Miami, Alex Albon featured in the top 10 in practice but a problem with tyre temperatures in qualifying – specifically balancing the front and rear axles – consigned him to 18th on the grid.From there, the former Red Bull driver recovered to 10th, before gaining another position through a penalty for Fernando Alonso.Albon has had...

Alpine to bring new F1 rear wing to Spanish GP

The French car manufacturer has shown some encouraging pace throughout the start of the 2022 F1 campaign, but a run of reliability problems and bad luck has hurt its points-scoring opportunities.The team is confident, however, that it has a package that can allow it to regularly fight at the front end of the midfield pack.With a lot of squads bringing...

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