Formula 1 drivers may nickname their cars and engines – but the world nicknames them! Sometimes they are about drivers’ skill, the way they look, or they catch on after a scandal. Everyone on this list, however, deserves theirs and more!
Williams driver Valtteri Bottas at the Hungaroring last week The Finn has had a very good year – currently 4th on the drivers’ championship leaderboard just behind 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, Bottas has had high finishes nearly every race of the season, with points in all but two – Monaco and Hungary. Bottas is currently contracted to Williams, under whom he first entered Formula One as a test driver
Part of the fun of watching a Formula One race live is listening in to team radio. The communication between drivers and their teams is often revelatory, giving viewers an insight into what is really going on – but it can also be inadvertently hilarious. Kimi Raikkonen is known for being curt and quick with his replies, and finds himself on our list. Here are some others:
Fernando Alonso’s car stalls in the middle of the track at the Hungaroring Mercedes continued to dominate as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg find themselves at the top of the grid at the end of qualifying at the Hungaroring today. While Hamilton dominated sessions 1 and 2, Rosberg did well to catch up in third qualifying. Although Rosberg was the polesitter at last year’s race, he lost it to Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull.
The 2014 Hungarian GP: Winner Daniel Ricciardo(L) with Fernando Alonso (C) in 2nd and Hamilton in 3rd The first two Free Practice sessions at the Hungaroring concluded yesterday. With Qualifying set for 5:30 p.m this evening, here’s what we learned from the two sessions: Mercedes look to continue their domination: Although Nico Rosberg had complained of brake problems prior to FP1, he had no issues during either session.
The wreckage of Perez’s car is towed away following his crash The first of two Free Practice sessions at the Hungaroring was extremely eventful, with last minute changes, substitutions and a dramatic crash. In a horrific moment, Sergio Perez of Force India-Mercedes was riding on the track when his rear suspension failed as he mounted the kerb. Perez spun out of control, his front left tyre flat, and hit the opposite wall as his
After a two weeks break, F1 returns this Friday. Following the high speeds of Silverstone, this time F1 faces a different challenge; we fly to Hungary, to the Hungaroring, near Budapest. Described as "Monaco without the walls" by the Aussie who won last year, Hungaroring doesn't favour a high engine power, meaning the field should be bunched. It will be the last stop before the summer holidays, followed by the Belgian G
Bianchi (L) with close friend Fernando Alonso of Ferrari Luca di Montezemolo was the head of Italian auto company Ferrari’s iconic racing team, Scuderia Ferrari. He said in an interview to Sky Italia yesterday that the team had decided to replace Kimi Raikkonen with Bianchi once the Finn’s contract was up. Bianchi died on Saturday as a result of injuries sustained in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka
Williams-Martini driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland will move to Ferrari before the next racing season Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, who is currently signed to British team Williams Racing, has been offered a seat at Ferrari for next year, according to reports from Italy’s Corriero dello Sport. Said to be worth $13mn, it will mean Bottas will partner four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel next year. He is currently partnered by Bra
Hulkenberg at this year’s Austrian Grand Prix He is arguably Formula One’s most underrated driver, but what you can’t take away from Nico Hulkenberg is the talent to survive in a highly competitive world of motorsport and the will to drive with a top team and perform at the highest possible level in Formula One. As someone who started with karting at the age of 10 and has found his way to the pinnacle of motorsport, Hulken
Bottas (L) and Raikkonen earlier this year the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai The Finn has been flying for the past two years, and his performance only seems to have stepped up from last year, his first with the newly rechristened, revamped Williams-Martini team. He has had a brilliant year so far, finishing 7 of the 9 races so far in the top 5. Bottas made his Formula 1 debut with Williams in 2012, and is contracted to remain to the United
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen Over a month a half back on 22nd May, the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GDPA) had established and lauched the Global Fan Survey in order to gather fans’ opinions. To avoid a further dip in the TV ratings and in order to connect more to a younger audience, the drivers launched a Global Fan Survey which includes proposals such as refuelling and potentially louder and faster cars for the 2017 season.
Lewis Hamilton during qualifying at the British GP Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes took pole at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone today, beating out his teammate Nico Rosberg by 0.113 seconds. This marks yet another Mercedes 1-2, and the Silver Arrows continue their absolute domination this season. Ferrari suffered today, beaten out by the Williams of Felipe Massa of Brazil and Valtteri Bottas of Finland. Williams have seen a marked improve
Who will rule Silverstone? With Silverstone just around the corner, the Formula One world championship is reaching its zenith. Almost halfway into the season, it is clear that Mercedes will wrap up the drivers championship. But the Big Question is, Which Mercedes Will It Be? Lewis Hamilton has dominated the season till date, but teammate Nico Rosberg has started clawing back the lead. When the season started, first blood went to Hamilton wh
Fernando Alonso at the inaugration of the Fernando Alonso museum while seated on th McLaren MP4-30 Every team in the Formula 1 is allowed to use only four engine units for the entire season. Crossing the limit, the driver and team is slapped with a 10 place grid penalty which can be quite costly when it comes to grabbing championship points. Honda told Sky Sports that they would be changing the engine for Fernando Alonso’s car ah