Feb 1

F1: Ross Brawn Insists That He Has Retired

Former  Mercedes GP Team Principal Ross Brawn. (Photo: Getty Images)

Former Mercedes GP Team Principal Ross Brawn. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ross Brawn said Saturday that he’s retiring from Formula One – and insisted that he was not joking.

Brawn made the comments at a fishing event in Scotland, where he was invited to mark the traditional Feb. 1 opening of season on the River Dee

His comments would seem to put an end to speculation that he could return to the sport with McLaren or Honda.

Feb 1

F1: Ricciardo Upbeat Despite Testing Issues

Daniel Ricciardo (Left) Red Bull Racing talks with his Team Principal Christian Horner. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo (Left) Red Bull Racing talks with his Team Principal Christian Horner. (Photo: Getty Images)

It can’t have been easy for Daniel Ricciardo to maintain his trademark smile over the past week in Jerez, given the problems with the RB10.

Nevertheless despite realising that the upcoming season might not be the one he had hoped for the Aussie remains upbeat about the prospects of his team turning things around.

Jan 31

F1: Pirelli Ready To Adapt After Proper Testing In Bahrain

Pirelli Ready To Adapt After Proper Testing In Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pirelli Ready To Adapt After Proper Testing In Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Given the mechanical carnage in Jerez this week tires have not received a lot of coverage, but nevertheless it was an important test for Pirelli as the company had its first chance to run with the new cars, and in both wet and dry conditions.

Pirelli also gave the teams a helping hand by providing a ‘winter compound’ designed to allow them to log miles in the cool of a European January. The fastest time of the week, Kevin Magnussen’s 1m23.276s on Thursday, was set on new mediums.

Jan 31

F1: Williams And Massa Fastest On Damp Final Day In Jerez

Felipe Massa in the  Williams FW36. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Felipe Massa in the Williams FW36.
(Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Felipe Massa was quickest for Williams on the final day of the opening 2014 F1 test in Jerez.

Rain for the first half of the day gave drivers the chance to get in wet running, but conditions were better later on. However, a series of red flags disrupted progress, and in effect the overall times were meaningless.

Jan 31

F1: Ecclestone Slams New Formula 1 Rules As A ‘Total Farce’

Bernie Ecclestone. (Photo: Steve Etherington/LAT Photographic)

Bernie Ecclestone. (Photo: Steve Etherington/LAT Photographic)

Bernie Ecclestone has done little to reassure fans who harbor doubts about the new F1 rules by branding this week’s testing in Jerez as a “total farce.”

Ecclestone has long made his feelings about the rule change clear, especially with regard to the noise made by the engines.