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That damn power unit!

After leading every session of every day Charles Leclerc got a mediocre start and lost out to team-mate Vettel. After the race it was released that after Vettel got ahead of the Monegasque driver Ferrari told him to remain behind the 4 time world champion for at least 2 laps... thankfully Leclerc ignored these orders and overtook into turn one. After the round of pitstops, in which Ricciardo and Hamilton went onto a sub-optimal strategy, while it didnt have a significant effect of Hamilton's race, Ricciardo was like a sitting duck after his tyres had degraded. On lap 56 it was BOOM time for the Renault engines, Hulkenberg... BOOM, Ricciardo... BOOM Sainz...BOOM! Unfortunately, one of the most likablen drivers on the grid suffered a decrease in power causing both of the Mercedes to cruise past while Leclerc watched his dream of his first win drift away... so sad!  

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F1 Capital X Fabio Scherer

We are absolutely delighted to announce our partnership with FIA Formula 3 (GP3) driver Fabio Scherer. The Swiss driver has completed the first of the pre-season tests at the Paul Richard circuit in France where they will be racing in June alongside F2 and F1. Fabio is backed by sun and weather protection specialists STOBAG and ATS who will be supporting him in his debut F3 season in which he has high hopes, during an interview with F1.Capital he described the pre-season tests as “not easy [as there] are lots of cars on track. [But] the race simulations were good and the qualifying pace is nearly there“. We will be bringing you updates here on GP capital and on Instagram via F1 Capital

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Mikkel Jensen's run-down of VLN1

Mikkel completed the VLN 1 race at the Nurburgring at the weekend (23/24th march) and during an interview with F1.Capital he told us that "the team played two different strategies on our cars and it turned out that the one for the sister car was better". It was also Mikkel's first time driving a GT3 car around the Nordschleife, "i lost some time in the traffic, the team knows that im new and its a learning process to prepare me for the 24 hours [race]", Mikkel told us. The team finished P3 after starting on pole and "under the circumstances [i'm] more than happy with P3 my first time around [however] usually i wouldnt be satisfied with 3rd after fighting for the lead for the lead for the majority of the race". Overall Mikkel believes it is "perfect preperation for the 24hr [race]". GP Capital and F1 Capital will be bringing updates for the VLN3 race in April.

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Herta wins IndyCar Classic at CoTA

After a strong performance at the first Indycar race at the Circuit Of The America’s Colton Herta won in just his first season of Indycar.  The son of the legend Bryan Herta took control of the race after an incident in which Félix Frovenqvist‘s race was ended after he was punted into in turn 19, where drivers were allowed to run ridiculously wide.  The yellow flags meant that Will Power, who had lead every lap after securing pole, lost his significant gap to cars behind and when things couldng get any worse... he stalled it in the pits. Yup! After a flawless weekend on course to winning $100,000 as a prize, Power watched his prize money dissapear before his eyes! Former 2nd place man Alexander Rossi also dropped down due to the yellow flags and finished in 9th.

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Mikkel Jensen prepares for 24hr Nürburgring race

After a race to forget in Bathurst Mikkel Jensen is preparing to race his BMW M6 GT3 car along side his teamates; Tom Blonqvist and Conner de Phillipi. During an interview with F1.Capital Mikkel discussed his aims and ambitions for this race, “it’s all for laps and experience for the 24hr Nürburgring in June”. This is Mikkel’s first time driving a GT3 car on the Nordschleife, this weekend he will complete the race with ROWE racing and you can watch it live on YouTube, we will publish more viewing information on F1.Capital as soon as possible!

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Sebastian Alvarez X F1.Capital

We are proud to announce another partnership for this year, F1.Capital will be partnered with Sebastian Alvarez, the Formula 4 driver with Double R Racing. Look out for the F1.Capital logo on the front wing! After coming one place in the championship ahead of Jamie Sharp, read about our involvement with Jamie in 2019 in an article to come as he embarks on a new chapter in his motorsport career. 

Why on earth did Ferrari deploy team orders in race 1?

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Post race footage was released in which Charles Lecleric asked for permission to challenge his team-mate, Sebastien Vettel, however after asking his team if he was allowed to close the gap he was told: “yes [stay behind]” “back off to create a margin”... Will we see more team orders from Ferrari this season? 

Bottas’ hairodynamics lead to domination

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After a not-so-exciting race, Bottas will be incredibly pleased with his race result after finishing over 20 seconds ahead of Hamilton whilst the Ferrari’s finished approximately a minute behind the Finn... The Scuderia have got some work to do for Bahrain in 2 weeks time! Will this year show Bottas’ worth and defend his seat from the French Esteban Ocon who has been tipped to drive for the German team in 2020. 

Williams are back on track!

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After a pretty dismal start to winter testing for ROKiT William racing they have arrived at Barcelona for the third day of testing. 

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Heartbreak down under for BMW

After a mechanical failure in the first hour of running the 34 BMW was forced to forget the “capability of a top 5 finish”. During the race Grandprix.Capital had a conversation with BMW driver Mikkel Jensen, we asked about the technical difficulties faced by teams during a 12 hour race, we understood that “the [brake] discs can easily last the full race [but] the pads can be an issue for some manufacturer, however not the BMW M6 GT3”. The race was littered with failures for other teams, incidents, spins and chaos; it’s why we love the Bathurst 12 hour! After 11 hours of on track action the safety car came out due to a stoppage on track and a sprint to the line was set up.... and it was spectacular! The Earl Bamber Porsche was gaining on the Aston Martin that set the fastest lap in qualifying and when a small gap appeared in front the Porsche made its way through and took the chequered flag of a memorable 2019 Bathurst 12 hour!

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F1.Capital X Mikkel Jenson

One of the most anticipated GT races of the year takes places this weekend: the Bathurst 12 hours. This weekend F1.Capital and Grandprix.capital have been given the exclusive opportunity to have a sticker placed on Mikkel Jenson's Helmet. Mikkel will race along side his fellow BMW team mates; Christian Matias Krognes and Nicky Catsburg in the number 34 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW team. Watch this space for more updates, exclusive insights and all general information you'll need.

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Bathurst 12 hour... YAY!

With the first F1 car launches fastly approaching, this weekend we have some motorsport action: the iconic Bathurst 12 hours. After the Race Of Champions featuring Vettel and Mick Schumacher as well as the amazing win at Daytona for Alonso, the Bathurst 12 hours will provide some entertainment for motorsport fans around the globe. Grandprix.Capital loves the iconic circuit in Australia with the brilliant racing it provides year after year. This year our Instagram sister page; F1.Capital, have been given an amazing opportunity to have a sticker placed on Mikkel Jensen’s helmet (for more information read our article ‘F1.Capital X Mikkel Jensen’. After qualifying 14th and half a second behind the Aston Martin Vantage driven by Jake Dennis, we have our fingers crossed for a smooth race and a good result for the 34 BMW team. You can stream the race on uk.motorsport.tv from 18:30 GMT (GMT+11 in New South Wales Australia). Make sure to tune in and look out for F1.Capital on Mikkel’s helmet - if there’s any onboard shots.... We will be providing an update part way into the race and once it has concluded. 

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Ford might join Formula E

Earlier this year it was announced that Ford were seriously considering new motorsport series. According to several sources Ford have been considering the ABB Formula E series for 2020, after detailed discussions the head of Ford Automtive Motorsport clarified that as well as the electrified series, RallyCross is also on thei shortlist. In Formula E Ford  would not be able to develop its own powertrain for season six because it is not on the list of manufacturers published last April and would need to register by Frebruary 1st next year.

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Race Of Champions line up so far...

One of the perks of the F1 off-season is the Race Of Champions event, this year it will take place in Mexico during the weekend of the 19th-20th of January. It is a great opportunity to watch racing between different series' drivers, from World Rally to Formula One to NASCAR. The confirmed drivers for this year so far are: David Coulthard, Sebastian Vettel, Mick Schumacher, Daniel Suarez, Memo Rojas, Patricio O'ward, Benito Guerra, Tom Kristenssen, Johan Kristoffersen, Ryan Hunter Raey, Helio Castroneves, Lucas Di Grassi, Josef Newgarden. Will Vettel add to his tally of ROC championships? Or will Coulthard beat him once again? Find out next saturday on Sky Sports F1 or on Youtube.

 

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Bottas’ seat in danger...

Finnish reports state that Wihuri, Bottas’ main sponser that helped him get the 2017 Mercedes drive, have left Mercedes following a disappointing 2018 campaign. Rumours suggest that the company may strike a deal with Mercedes’ main rivals, Ferrari! Could this provoke a change to the Mercedes driver line up? We are doubtful it will impact 2019, however it might turn in Esteban Ocon’s favour for 2020 after havung to sit out on the 2019 season. Ocon lost his drive after a take over of Force India led by Lawrence Stroll. What do you think will happen? You can tell us your opinion via DM on Instagram or use the contact form on the home page.

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Marrakesh E-prix race week!

Since the 2016/17 Formula E campaign, Morocco has hosted the Marrakesh E-Prix, Sebastian Buemi won the inaugural race however Mahinda Racing's Felix Rosenqvist won last season's edition of the race. After Antonio Felix da Costa's win at the the Saudi Ad Diriyah E-prix will another team rise and win this weekend? BMW andretti autosport and DS Techeetah team were early pace setters however Mahinda and Jaguar Racing also showed significant speed, what can they do this weekend?

2019 Ferrari team principal, Mattia Binotto, Image vie The Racing Line Netwrok

Management change at Ferrari

After four years of dedication and perseverance Maurizio Arrivabene's  time at Scuderia Ferrari  is over. In an official statement by the Italian team it clarified that "Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team's increasing competiveness over the past few years". With immediate effect the current technical officer Mattia Binotto will take over Arrivabene's roles, further clarrified in the official statement was that "all technical areas will continue to report to Mattia."

MP4/4 mclaren in the Donington museum that closed on the 5th November 2018

Sad day for British F1 fans.

Today, the 5th of December, marks the closing of the well known Donington F1 Museum. Situated at the Donington track, which hosted the British Grand Prix in 1993, he museum has been open to the public to see their vast array of amazing cars for 45 years! The Wheatcroft family, the owners of the museum, decided to close its doors due to a currently unknown reason, probably financial instability. The 5th of December 2018 marks a sad day in Donington Park history, and an even sadder day in British motorsport history.

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"Inspirational" Alonso will be missed

GP.Capital interviewed two McLaren garage technicians and asked about their personal opinions on Fernando Alonso. Lee Mathurin, who has been with the McLaren team for several seasons, described Alonso as "inspirational" whilst he was described as a "diva" by another garage technician (who requested to remain anonymous)! During conversation with Lee Mathurin we learnt that he got on best with the "always hungry" Kevin Magnussen however in our second interview we were under the impression that Alonso was frequently the most interesting driver to be with, one reason why Alonso will be missed by those who worked along side him during McLaren's hardest years; battling bad reliability, inter-team politics and poor results. When we asked some of our Instagram followers why they will mis the Spaniard the most common responses were: his determination, perseverance and his positive attitude to racing. Will you miss him?

Polish company Orlen are an official partner of Williams Racing in 2019

Williams announce partnership with Orlen

After finishing last in the 2018 constructers championship, Wlliams Racing have announced their all-new line up consisting of British superstar, George Russell and surprise comeback Robert Kubica. Just 4 days after the season finale Williams Racing have announced their brand new partnership with Polish oil company; Orlen. Will we see a Orlen inspired livery in 2019?

Cherles Leclerc in his new Ferrari colours

Leclerc is fastest in Abu Dhabi tyre test

Whilst showcasing his new Ferrari branded overalls and helmet, Charles Leclerc beat Vettel's best time from yesterday. During the endurance of the 2019 tyre test Pierre Gasly, also adapting to his new team, was Leclercs biggest rival. A strong showing by the F1 rookies, Markelov, Russell and Deletraz saw them complete the test in 6th 7th and 9th. The slowest driver of the day, only completing 39 laps, was Robert Kubica. The Polish driver has possibly the greatest F1 comeback of all time ahead of him but won't want to complete 2019 5 seconds adrift of his young superstar teamate, George Russell.

Note the fantastic wing mirrors.

F1 Capital starts on pole in Abu Dhabi

Our instagram site dedicated to F1 featured on Juan Manuel Correa's pole sitting car. After a great start he led for much of the race only being overtaken by Mazepin just before the end. An unlucky penalty caused by inaccurate GPS dropped him to 6th.

Hopefully Alexander can keep smiling throughout the 2019 F1 season.

The 2019 Grid is pretty much finalised.

Alexander Albon has secured a return to the Red Bull fold as Torro Rosso announce him as the partner for Daniil Kvyat in 2019.

Force India is to be renamed Racing Point F1.

Lance Stroll is, as expected, confirmed for Racing Point.

The new drivers have selected their racing numbers for 2019.

View the exciting grid for F1 '19
Alonso to contest Daytona 24 hours

He’s like a Duracell bunny. Alonso signs for Daytona 24 hours.

Not one for stepping back and putting his feet up Alonso has signed to race in the Daytona 24hours. He’ll race for Wayne Taylor Racing and partner Kamui Kobayash, Renger van der Zarde   and Ricky Taylor.

F1 Pirelli Tyre Test Times Day 1

Vettel tops Day 1 of Pirelli Test

The teams got to try some of the new for ‘19 tyre compounds. For many drivers it was a chance to settle into new surroundings.

Hartley on F1

Hartley: ‘I’ve unfinished business in F1’

Hartley speaks out on Twitter:

‘’I left the [Yas Marina] circuit on Sunday with my head held high’’

"I'm very proud of my story and my journey so far but I'm left feeling I have unfinished business in F1. For the moment, that has been put on hold.’’

"I've hit speed bumps before and I am a strong believer that tough situations make you stronger.’’

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How long until Schumacher name returns to F1?

Having won the European Formula 3 championship this year Mick Schumacher's going to graduate to F2 next year.

Mick took the title with Prema Powerteam and steps up into their F2 sister team Prema Racing 

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'It has been a quite difficult and exhausting year for me. I definately need a bit of gap' Vettel.

Speaking after the season finale in Abu Dhabi Vettel explained that he plans to relax; 'Just enjoy my home, my family, friends. Do staff that you don't usually have much time for, some DIY, do some fixing at home, small jobs'.

We might sometimes be a bit harsh with our Vettel memes but we sincerely wish him a great break and hope he comes back even stronger. We all want to see another great title battle.

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Hanging upside down 'like a cow'

Lewis Hamilton won the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi but the race was overshadowed by Hulkenberg's crash. Unable to extract himself he told his team 'Get me out of here, there's fire. I'm hanging hanging like a cow'.

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Ricciardo heading for a different kind of paddock

Daniel finished his final race for Red Bull in a solid P4.  His immediate plans are to 'close everything off with the Red Bull family in the factory'. Ricciardo then looks forward to going home to the family farm 'and to talking to the cows and the sheep for a bit, when they talk sense'. What is it with F1 drivers and farmyard animals today??

Hamilton wins in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton wins in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton signed off on his successful 2018 campaign with an 11th win of the year.

Vettel and Verstappen completed the podium after an eventful, and in some cases emotional, race for many drivers.

  • Hulkenberg flipped by Grosjean early on.
  • Raikkonen retires from his final race for Ferrari with engine failure on lap 7. 
  • Ricciardo chases down his Red Bull team mate but can't make it onto the podium for his last race in a Red Bull. Will we see him on the podium in a Renault next year?
  • Bottas fades from 2nd to 5th to round off a mentally draining season for him.
  • Alonso fails to make the points and finishes 11th despite some surreal corner cutting towards the end. He rounds off his current F1 career in joining Hamilton and Vettel for some accomplished donuts on the start finish straight.
  • It's also good bye, at least for now, to Stoffel Vandoorne, Esteban Ocon, Sergey Sirotkin, Marcus Ericsson and Brendon Hartley

George Russell crowned F2 champion.

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George Russell sealed the title in winning Race 1 in Abu Dhabi.

In race 2 Antonio Fuoco took the lead from pole sitter Roberto Mehri at the start and managed the gap to the flag.

Lando Norris fell back at first before finding some speed to grab second place by the end. With Alexander Albon only managing 8th Norris pinched second in the final title standings with the top three all about to graduate to F1 in 2019.

Hubert wins final GP3 title, Mazepin wins last race

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Hubert had already secured the GP3 title in race 1 but there was plenty of pride left to race for in the second Abu Dhabi race and it was one not to miss.

Juan Manuel Correa started on pole and fought off challenges from first Alesi then Hughes and Mazepin. We were a little robbed of the expected showdown in the final stages when both Correa and Alesi received 5 second penalties for speeding under VSC. Correa didn't give up and held off Mazepin until the final tour. Jake Hughes was promoted to 2nd and Laaksonen to third as Correa's penalty dropped him to 6th.