Jul 8

F1: New FIA ban on ‘FRIC’ suspensions could hurt front-running teams

2014 F1 Pre Season Test 1 - Preview Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain. Monday 27 January 2014. The front suspension on the new Toro Rosso. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _R6T8110

A ban on ‘FRIC’ suspension systems will be most detrimental to the teams that have had the most success via the system. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

The FIA is planning a clampdown on ‘FRIC’ or front-to-rear interconnected suspension systems, which have been in widespread use in recent seasons as a tool for controlling constant ride height.

In essence, Charlie Whiting has decided that teams have been pushing the limits – and feels that systems planned for 2015, and systems that the FIA is already well aware of, will be a step too far.

Jul 8

Carlos Sainz Jr. in frame for Formula One seat

Carlos Sainz Jr. may soon find himself a full-time driver in Formula 1. (Photo: Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz Jr. may soon find himself a full-time driver in Formula 1. (Photo: Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz Jr. has emerged as a possible candidate for Caterham, thanks to the Formula One team’s relationship with Red Bull, and a deal has been discussed for the Spaniard to race for the team this season.

Sainz Jr., his father and Helmut Marko were seen paying a visit to the Caterham motorhome during the course of this past weekend.

Jul 7

F1 Monday notebook – many drivers left frustrated after British GP

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel engaged in a heated battle late on in Sunday's British GP. (Photo: Andy Hone/LAT Photographic)

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel engaged in a heated battle late on in Sunday’s British GP. (Photo: Andy Hone/LAT Photographic)

Christian Horner says that the battle between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso at Silverstone was a fair one, despite some controversy about how much of the run-off area they were using.

Both drivers complained on team radio about their rival exceeding track limits, something that the FIA had brought up before the race. Vettel eventually got past, and pulled away to claim fifth.

Jul 6

F1: Bottas Shines With Charge To Second Straight Podium

Valtteri Bottas celebrates on the podium after finishing second at Silverstone. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Valtteri Bottas celebrates on the podium after finishing second at Silverstone. (Photo: LAT Photographic) 

Valtteri Bottas proved to be one of the stars of the British Grand Prix as he converted 14th on the grid into second place at the flag.

The Williams driver actually qualified 17th, but gained three places from penalties before a sensational first lap saw him jump up to ninth before the red flag.

Thereafter, he made some great passing moves as he worked his way up the order with his late and sole pit stop proving just the ticket. The result came on the heels of his third-place effort in Austria.

Jul 5

F1: Updated British GP Grid After Penalty Shakeup

The British Grand Prix grid was hit with several changes due to penalties. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

The British Grand Prix grid was hit with several changes due to penalties. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Three penalties mean that the back half of the British GP grid looks very different with some drivers gaining as many as three places from their original qualifying positions.

Esteban Gutierrez was carrying a 10-place penalty from Austria, which was applied before Max Chilton received 5-places for a gearbox change. Gutierrez trumps Pastor Maldonado, who was excluded and sent to the back of the grid, but the Venezuelan in turn is allowed to start ahead of the Caterhams, which technically did not qualifying but are allowed to start.

With all of the movement, we’ve put together a final look at what the grid will look like for Sunday’s race at Silverstone.