It’s been 22 years since McLaren and Honda last raced together, forming a near-unbeatable partnership that dominated Formula 1 in the 1980s and ’90s. The racing landscape may have changed immeasurably since the days of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, but there are still clear links that bind the two manufacturers together.

Take a close look at the brand-new MP4-30 chassis – the car that will contest the 2015 FIA Formula 1 World Championship – and discover how Honda and McLaren’s racing DNA links this car to one of its most illustrious forebears, 1991’s McLaren-Honda MP4/6.

The successes of our first era together serve as a permanent spur for everybody at McLaren and Honda of the standards we want to achieve together in the future.

Via: McLaren F1 / YouTube

January 29, 2015 Formula 1

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads, but we do need racetracks…”

McLaren-Honda drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button get ready for the 2015 season with an unlikely encounter with something that looks more than a little reminiscent of one of the movie world’s most famous time machines.

Equipped with a shiny silver McLaren 650S, the duo are faced with the ultimate question on the lips of any racing driver: ‘Would I rather have driven in grands prix gone by, or should I cast my eyes to the horizon and aim for the future?”

The answer, they learn, is clearcut – but can they fit the MP4-30 with a flux capacitor…?

(via McLaren F1 on YouTube)

January 29, 2015 Formula 1

GP Spanien 2013

Mexico will have a Formula 1 Grand Prix for the first time in 23 years, as Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that Mexico City will host a race from 2015. Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez will be restyled in order to receive the World Championship. Is the same venue that hosted the last Mexico Grand Prix, back in 1992 with victory for Nigel Mansell.

Mexican drivers were obviously delighted to know the news. “It’s great, I’m so happy,” said Sergio “Checo” Pérez. “Since I left my home at 13, 14 years, I never raced in Mexico. I never raced in my home country. Now to go back after so many years and race actually in Formula One is great. They’ve been really pushing for so many years, since I came to Formula One four years ago. The spirit of the fans is massive back home. It’s great for my country, for all the fans back home and I’m sure you all will be surprised at how good the event will be. I’m just very proud and excited. It’s great that we can confirm that we will have a Mexican GP next year.”

Esteban Gutiérrez agreed with his countryman Pérez: “I have good feelings about it, because all these years that Mexico has been involved in Formula One with obviously first Checo getting to Formula One and now myself, we are two in Formula One, and I think this is a great step to have a Grand Prix. It’s really a dream come true for many of us. I had the chance to race once in Mexico City, back in 2008, when we did the world finals of Formula BMW. It was a great experience. I think it was an introduction to what it can be, obviously very, very small by comparison but now we will be able to going into the biggest thing in Mexico and to really share with our fans, with our supporters, to share with them physically the sport.”

Photo: Sauber Motorsport AG

 

July 27, 2014 Formula 1

Cristobal-Hicha

We recommend you to not miss the interview that our guys on Racing5 did on Cristóbal Hiche, a chilean engineer that works for Lotus F1 Team in the Fórmula 1. Hicha is not part of the team that travels from race to race, most of his work is done in Lotus’ facilities in Enstone, Great Britain. Hicha has some really interesting answers, some of them are highlighted here in english for you. But check the complete piece on Racing5. 

On the work environment in F1:

“It is difficult to answer because it depends who you compare it with. There is a great contrast to the glamor you see on TV and what happens behind the scenes or in the factory. In the factory is like any other company. Obviously if you add the fact that most are British (cold itself) and the vast majority are engineers, I think it must be a “Antartic cold” for any Chilean (laughs). ”

On James Allison, who is leaving Lotus:

“I’m not allowed to comment on my team. So I can only say that it is always usually a loss for any team when key people leave. However they are more than 500 people who form an F1 team therefore goes beyond one person or another … maybe when I retire from F1 I can give a more honest (laughs).”

On the 2014 car for Lotus F1 Team:

“There are many technical changes for next year. Some more subtle than others. Most notable are the engine that happens to be a turbocharged V6 instead of a V8. In addition to the current system of energy recovery (KERS) will be much larger (hence now be called ERS), more power and longer use lap. Visually the most significant change will be in the nose. Many people will be surprised! ”

 

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November 5, 2013 Formula 1

Sebastian Vettel India F1 World Champion

By winning the Indian Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel has become the youngest-ever four-time world champion; only the fourth person in history to ever achieve four titles. Vettel claimed the race with a two-stop strategy, starting on the Pirelli soft tire and then completing two stints on the Pirelli medium tire. His first stint only lasted two laps, but Red Bull and Vettel were able to make this strategy work through traffic, to win his third Indian Grand Prix in a row. He is the only Formula 1 driver to win a race in India so far, as he has claimed the three races held there.

“First of all I would love to say thank you to the crowds, it was an unbelievable reception today and it’s a shame we are not racing here next year. I’m speechless. I crossed the line and I was empty. I took ages to think about something to say. It’s one of these moments where you want to say so many things but you can’t. It’s been such a phenomenal season. I think the team and the spirit inside the team is so strong; I said it on the radio already – it gives me so much power. It’s a pleasure to jump in the car and go out for the guys and girls and try to give it all I have. The car was fantastic today. I didn’t think about the do-nuts before the race today – it just happened. My engineer directed for the usual procedure, but I said ‘not this time!’. There are so many people on the main grandstand here, I just had to do it. I want to say a big thank you to the team to all the people behind us. It was for sure not an easy season and even though people on the outside thought we had it in our hands, I think it was difficult. It a was tough season for me personally, to receive boos even though we haven’t done anything wrong; to overcome that and give the right answer on the track and get acceptance makes me very proud. To join people like Prost, Fangio and Michael (Schumacher) is unbelievable. I think this is one of the best days in my life so far. There are so many people that I have to thank; I’ve always tried to listen and learn and it’s incredible to race some of the best drivers in the world.” said Sebastian after the race.

The podium was completed by Nico Rosberg and a brilliant Romain Grosjean, who started 17th. Latinoamerican drivers finished 5 th (Checo Pérez), 12th (Pastor Maldonado) and 15th (Esteban Gutiérrez).

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

October 27, 2013 Formula 1