Top junior single-seater outfit Hitech GP is the latest team to declare their intention to join the Formula 1 grid in 2026 . Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free They doubled up yesterday’s announcement of their plans with news of major new investment in the team. But does that plus the team’s racing pedigree mark it out as being worthy of the coveted 11th slot on the grid? Founded by Oliver Oakes in 2015, it at least the third team to use the name ‘Hitech’. The former racer obtained permission to use the name from David Hayle, who launched the original Hitech Racing team in 2003 to race in British Formula 3, and knew Oakes as a World Karting Championship-winning youngster. Another Hitech squad raced in Brazilian F3, but Oakes brought the name back to European competition when he was just 27. Oakes’ entity was also launched with the intention of competing in F3, and made its first appearances in 2015 at the end of the European championship season. Right … [Read more...] about Hitech’s high hopes: The billionaire-backed F2 team planning a leap up to F1
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In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari’s performance in the Malaysian Grand Prix wasn’t just down to the very hot weather. Links Your daily digest of F1 news, views, features and more. Kimi Raikkonen: Malaysia pace not just down to heat (ESPN) "It might be the conditions (in Malaysia), very hot and good for us but I think even in Melbourne if we got behind them at the beginning I don't think they would have pulled away a lot." Could Ferrari have won without the Safety Car? Bottas says back will be '100 per cent' (Autosport) "It was much better than Sunday in Melbourne which is good and the new driving position I had felt good." Tweets All packed and ready to go. First time to China and first time driving in an official F1 session, exciting week ahead! #ChineseGP — Jolyon Palmer (@JolyonPalmer) April 6, 2015 @f1fanatic_co_uk French Documentary w/ English subs about Bianchi. https://t.co/Vjt8fmQLeO Round-Up material? — Oli … [Read more...] about Ferrari can be quick in cool conditions too – Raikkonen
Friday’s practice day at Suzuka saw Red Bull return to the head of the field with Max Verstappen, but there was plenty of off-track F1 news as well… Max Verstappen was the quickest man in Friday practice, restoring the usual status quo after Red Bull’s awful weekend in Singapore last time out. But, off-track, there were plenty of storylines emerging from the paddock – catch up on all the latest F1 news here! Simulator session will determine Daniel Ricciardo’s return Daniel Ricciardo’s possible return for the Qatar Grand Prix hasn’t yet been confirmed, and AlphaTauri’s Jonathan Eddolls says there’s no rush to get him back in the car just yet. “We all saw him in Singapore,” Eddolls said. “He’s still going through that recovery phase. We’re still talking a while away so I wouldn’t put a timeframe of it.” “It’s going well,” he added. “From our side and his side, there’s no rush to get him back too early. Watch this space.” But Eddolls revealed it will be a crucial … [Read more...] about Sim session critical for Daniel Ricciardo’s return, Sebastian Vettel ‘hurting’ as a spectator – F1 news round-up
The three rookie drivers who will take their places on the grid for the 2023 F1 season arrive with differing expectations heaped upon them. Not only due to the different paths they’ve taken to reach F1, but also because of the teams they are joining. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free The most experienced of the trio is AlphaTauri’s Nyck de Vries , who has one F1 start to his name courtesy of a last-minute call-up to replace the ill Alex Albon at Williams for last year’s Italian Grand Prix. His performance that weekend made him a target of multiple teams for 2023, and Red Bull’s interest won out over Williams’, so de Vries signed for its secondary AlphaTauri team for his long-awaited rookie F1 season. De Vries qualified 13th at Monza but started eighth due to others being penalised. He scored two points by finishing ninth in a car he had only driven in two practice sessions before his first run in qualifying. Team mate Nicholas Latifi came in 15th. … [Read more...] about De Vries vs Piastri vs Sargeant: Which rookie is best prepared for their F1 debut?