Nico Rosberg is in the best form of his life, according to Mercedes’ executive director, Toto Wolff, after taking the lead in the Formula One world championship from Lewis Hamilton at the Singapore Grand Prix.
The challenge of Singapore at night, a bumpy, relentless, unforgiving track that saps the energy through its gruelling 23 turns, puts every driver under the spotlight.
Nico Rosberg had the edge for Mercedes over the two practice sessions for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday, setting the fastest time of 1min 44.152sec in the second session on the fastest ultra-soft tyres. He was just over two-tenths ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, followed four-tenths back by the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.
The sale of Formula One to Liberty Media has been agreed in a takeover which values the sport at $8bn.
A media mogul nicknamed “Darth Vader” is close to taking control of Formula One in a deal that will net billions of pounds for the private equity firm that controls the sport.
Bernie Ecclestone’s control of Formula One, which has endured for 40 years, appears to be at an end, with speculation mounting that the sport is close to a takeover by Liberty Media.
The fall of Ron Dennis, one of the great beasts in the Formula One jungle, has been confirmed. The chairman and chief executive of the McLaren Group – but, more than that, the image and personality of one of the biggest and most successful of F1 teams – was told by his fellow shareholders he must give up his position.
Radio Sebastian Vettel is becoming something that should be confined to a post-watershed time slot.
Max Verstappen has compared himself to Zlatan Ibrahimovic after brushing away criticism of his aggressive overtaking and defensive methods in recent races.
Formula One’s ruling body, the FIA, and its dominant team, Mercedes, were both left red-faced here on Thursday when the world champion, Lewis Hamilton, made a mockery of the official drivers’ press conference before Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.
The Marussia team finally scored their first Formula 1 points in Monaco after four seasons of hard graft at the rear of the grid.
After another humbling defeat to team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, questions must be asked about four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel's performance levels.
Mexico City is in the mood for a fiesta and clearly has no intention of doing it by half. That Formula One has arrived in town is impossible to miss – the posters, the promotion and the beaming local fans are all too obvious. Better still there is a buzz – a throbbing sense of excitement and anticipation that is unique to venues where passion for the sport far outweighs crass commercialism or political agendas.
Jenson Button has said he is "surprised and disappointed" that his McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton revealed secrets of their car on Twitter before the Belgian Grand Prix.
12 months ago he had a pre-contract agreement with Ferrari, but Nico Hulkenberg will still be at a midfield team in 2015. Will he ever break out?
British world champion Lewis Hamilton is the last of a dying breed of Formula One drivers from less privileged backgrounds and the sport will never see his like again, says his father Anthony Hamilton.
In Abu Dhabi this weekend Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will – metaphorically at least – touch gloves like a couple of heavyweights as the bell chimes for the final round. The Mercedes duo’s slugfest for the Formula One world championship has endured for eight months and 20 rounds and the Yas Marina Circuit has got what it paid for: the decider.
It does not rain much at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit but there is a strong feeling that everyone could be on full wets this weekend.