• Overhead shot of Vettel

    2015 Australian Grand Prix

    Albert Park, Melbourne: March 2015. A Grand Prix in a park you say? That’s right; the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne is held...

  • Malaysia Grand Prix race start

    2015 Malaysia Grand Prix

    Sepang International Circuit: March 2015. The Malaysian, or Malaysia Grand Prix as it is now known (they dropped the...

  • Bahrain pit exit

    2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

    Bahrain International Circuit: 4th, 5th, 6th April 2014. The Bahrain Grand Prix is Formula 1′s only visit to a proper desert circuit. The...

  • Fernando Alonso in Shanghai

    2014 Chinese Grand Prix

    Shanghai International Circuit: 18th, 19th, 20th April 2014. The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai is an early round in the Formula 1 World...

  • Alonso exiting the pits

    2014 Spanish Grand Prix

    Circuit de Catalunya: 9th, 10th, 11th May 2014. The Spanish Grand Prix is held at the Circuit de Catalunya, located on the...

  • Start of the Monaco Grand Prix

    2014 Monaco Grand Prix

    Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo: 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th May 2014. The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most exciting races...

  • View from turn 1

    2014 Canadian Grand Prix

    Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve: 6th, 7th, 8th June 2014. The Canadian Grand Prix has got a lot going for it. Held in the awesome city...

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    2014 British Grand Prix

    Silverstone Circuit: 4th, 5th, 6th July 2014. One of the only real “classic” races left on the F1 calendar, the British Grand Prix...

  • Vettel into turn 1

    2014 German Grand Prix

    Hockenheimring: 18th, 19th, 20th July 2014. 2014 will see the German Grand Prix return to the Hockenheimring once again. Last years...

  • First lap into turn 1

    2014 Hungarian Grand Prix

    Hungaroring: 25th, 26th, 27th July 2014. The Hungarian Grand Prix takes place in the beautiful city of Budapest and is towards the end...

  • Start line crash in 2012

    2014 Belgian Grand Prix

    Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps: 22nd, 23rd, 24th August 2014. Ranked by most drivers as among their favourite tracks, Belgium’s...

  • Start of the Italian Grand Prix

    2014 Italian Grand Prix

    Autodromo di Monza: 5th, 6th, 7th September 2014. One of the longest running events on the Formula One calendar...

  • Turn 1 in Singapore

    2014 Singapore Grand Prix

    Marina Bay, Singapore: 19th, 20th, 21st September 2014. After Monte Carlo, in a close second place in the glitz and glamour awards is...

  • Spoon curve Suzuka

    2014 Japanese Grand Prix

    Suzuka: 3rd, 4th, 5th October 2014. The Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka may not count as one of the European “classics”, but it...

  • First lap at COTAS

    2014 United States Grand Prix

    Circuit of the Americas: 31st (Oct), 1st, 2nd November 2014. Formula 1 returned to the USA after a five year absence for the...

  • McLaren in the Senna S corner

    2014 Brazilian Grand Prix

    Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo: 7th, 8th, 9th November 2014. So often a World Championship deciding round, the Brazilian Grand...

  • Turns 2 as Yas Marina

    2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    Yas Marina Circuit: 21st, 22nd, 23rd November 2014. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Yas Island has earnt the unique title of being...


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This is the video that has caused a stir amongst F1 fans around the world. It features a direct comparison from a fans perspective between the 2013 and 2014 engine sounds at full speed. At the time of writing, it has nearly hit 1 million views as it does the rounds on twitter, facebook and Google+.

Is all the hysteria justified or are some F1 fans being a little narrow minded? Here’s my view…

Formula 1 runs through my veins but I’m also quite open-minded about future technologies and more importantly – change. This video doesn’t shock me one bit. We knew when they announced that F1 was moving from V8 2.4 litre to V6 1.6 litre turbo charged power units that it was going to mean much quieter engine notes. The 2014 part of the clip was actually far louder than I even expected.

Sports car fans flood to circuits around the World to cheer on the likes of the diesel powered Audis which literally just whistle round the race circuit in near silence. There are some incredible technologies in Sports Car racing and F1 had to follow suit at some point. The world is changing – fast and F1 can’t be a sport that is looked upon as standing still. It has to be the pinnacle of driver and team talent, as well as the technologies which power the cars themselves.

I think the V8 had had its day. Engine development had been over for years and the performance was so similar it was barely a talking point over the last few seasons. They were ridiculously reliable meaning very little surprise ever came from the engine department.

People are calling for the rule makers to “do something about the sound!” Are they talking about suggesting improvements to maybe the exhaust pipe, or actually creating rules to make them more noisy. It seems utterly bizarre thought that the FIA could even conceive of bringing in a rule to make racing cars louder. Where would this lead to?

“The race stewards deemed that the winning car of Nico Rosberg was running under the minimum 140 decibel limit stipulated in the Technical Regulations. The driver has been excluded from the result.”

People say F1 should be loud. Should it? Or is just that F1 has been loud in the past? Funnily enough, we are moving into the future and the future of F1 is – a more economical and road relevant sport.

There are numerous advantages to Formula 1’s new note. Here’s just a few:

  • Tyre lock ups. Have you heard how awesome that now sounds on the TV coverage?
  • Pit lane burn outs. Again, did you notice how violent the tyres get punished as the drivers drops the clutch out the box after a pit stop?
  • The likes of Ted Kravitz and other reporters can now tell the story of what’s going on in the pit lane without seemingly having a nervous breakdown as they try to compete with the V8’s. Information is golden…
  • Radio transmissions from driver to team are now much clearer and not such a panicky shouting match.

We were treated to a really interesting race at the weekend. Some big names fell out of contention very early on and some young rookies made outstanding debuts. The season is set up nicely and will not be the bore fest that so many people claimed the last few seasons have been. Is an engine sound really worth the arguments?

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With only hours to go until the 2014 F1 season begins, the Sky Sports F1 team have been busy preparing for the long year ahead – by having a massive paint fight.

When the opportunity arose to head to the Sky studio in Middlesex last week to watch the team film their pre-season promo, naturally I jumped at the chance to see what it was all about. Read More

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With only days to go until the 2014 Formula 1 season kicks off in Australia, I spent some time with the BBC F1 crew in London to get their views on the impending championship. Here’s my interview with the straight talking David Coulthard…

 

James: Do you miss Formula 1 during the winter? Or is it exactly that, a break to you?

DC: Well… I think yes, I see it as a break. The only reason I hesitate is because I’m so used to this being the cycle, that I just accept it for what it is – you know, I have been with people close to the end of the Formula 1 season and they go “Ah, I can’t wait for the season to be over” and they can’t wait to get away from Formula 1. I’ve never felt that – you know, if the season kept on going, that’s what I would do because this is the sport I love, this is the sport I want to race in, this is the sport I enjoy commentating on. So, life is always going to be full of things you really enjoy and things you less enjoy, but some of the things we less enjoy we have to do on a daily basis but we just accept them for what they are. So, now I’ve got my answer… (He laughs), I don’t miss Formula 1 during the off season because I see it as an essential reset for everybody for the fans, for the teams and for the drivers. Read More

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Bahrain pit exit

The teams take to the track officially for the second time in 2014. They’ve ditched the European winter conditions of Jerez and are all out in the Gulf State of Bahrain. Can Red Bull and the other Renault powered cars finally get some meaningful running? Can Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren continue to rack up the mileage. Follow the 2014 Bahrain test live below: Read More