His Name is Emerson Fittipaldi

Forty years ago on October 6th 1974, Emerson Fittipaldi, the father of Brazilian motorsport, brought home McLaren’s first-ever world championship trophy.

Our exclusive video pays tribute to not only to McLaren’s first world title, but tips its hat to the man, the myth and the legend that is Emerson ‘Emmo’ Fittipaldi…

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F1 driver suffered serious brain injury

Jules Bianchi’s family says the driver is suffering from a brain injury after a racing accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Get ready for a new era of Honda F1 history

Take a look at our new power unit currently in development for the 2015 Formula One (F1) World Championship. The whole team is concentrating on development, getting ready for the forthcoming start of F1 participation in 6 months time. Stay tuned for further updates.

Russian Grand Prix: Provisional grid – after gearbox/engine penalties

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No Driver Team Grid
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2
77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 3
22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 4
26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 5
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 6
14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 7
7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 8
25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 9
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 10
20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 11
11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 12
21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 13
99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 14
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 15
9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 16
27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 17
19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 18
10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 19
4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 20
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 21

Sochi’s Formula One track opens to fanfare

Race fans are congregating in Sochi, Russia to witness the first competition at the world’s newest Formula One track. Weaving through the Olympic Village used by athletes this past February, the track is described by drivers as fast and technical, ensuring an exciting race this upcoming weekend. RT’s Neil Harvey is in Sochi to take a look.

Sochi gears up for Russia’s first Grand Prix

Sochi is gearing up for its second major sporting event of the year, as the Russian resort city hosts the country’s very first Formula One Grand Prix this week. But for some people there, it’s a mixed blessing.

Putin to attend Russia Grand Prix

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F1 will court further controversy this weekend when Russian president Vladimir Putin oversees the inaugural Grand Prix at Sochi.

Amid the Ukraine crisis, the MH17 atrocity and tough anti-Russian sanctions imposed by Europe and the US, there had already been calls for Formula One to cancel its first race in the country.

But mere days after the Japanese Grand Prix, F1 is now busily setting up at the new Sochi Autodrom, based around the central venue of the Winter Olympic Games earlier this year.

The sanctions do not affect us and what we are doing is not illegal.

Bernie Ecclestone

Having skipped Japan, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone will be at Sochi this weekend, having travelled to the former Soviet state Azerbaijan on Tuesday to unveil the sport’s next destination, the 2016 European Grand Prix at Baku.

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Putin puts foot down in Formula One car, speeds up to 240 km/h

The Russian PM Vladimir Putin seems to be looking to become the fastest politician in the world. His need for speed was fulfilled in St. Petersburg, where he took to the track on four wheels. He reached speeds of up to 240 km/h (150 mph) in a Formula One car, after a full safety rundown from trained professionals. This sudden interest in racing comes after Russia’s successful bid to hold an F1 event after the Sochi Olympics in 2014. A deal for a Russia’s first Grand Prix in Sochi was signed three weeks ago.

Formula One comes to Azerbaijan

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Formula One group CEO Bernie Ecclestone and Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport, unveiled the layout of the exciting new Hermann Tilke-designed Baku European Grand Prix street circuit at a special press event in Baku, Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

The Baku European Grand Prix will take place in 2016 and Tuesday’s event saw Mr Ecclestone and Minister Rahimov presenting the layout of the street circuit that will see Formula One cars racing through the streets of Baku on F1’s newest track.

Bernie Ecclestone: “Azerbaijan is the latest addition to the Formula One calendar and I am pleased to see they have designed an innovative new street circuit that will definitely help to create a world class event when we race there in 2016.”

Azad Rahimov: “This is a very exciting milestone for everybody involved in the Baku European Grand Prix and I would like to thank Mr Ecclestone for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to come and help us unveil the newest F1 circuit to join the world’s most exciting sport.

“We have been working very closely on the circuit layout with Hermann Tilke and his team since early 2013. Our brief to Tilke Engineering was simple – create a circuit that is unique, one that will help the Grand Prix in Baku quickly establish itself as one of the most exciting, thrilling venues on the F1 calendar, and one that the fans and teams alike are excited about. Most importantly, we wanted a track that would showcase the best of Baku, our capital city, and I am delighted that the circuit the F1 teams will race on in 2016 has achieved exactly that aim.

“Now the next phase of hard work begins and we are all excited about seeing the circuit evolve over the coming months. We know there will be challenges, but with the support of Mr Ecclestone, Tilke Engineering and everyone involved in helping to create F1’s newest Grand Prix, we know we will deliver a spectacular event in 2016 that will add to Azerbaijan’s well-earned reputation as a modern European country that is the perfect venue for the planet’s highest profile sports and entertainment events.”

Hermann Tilke, CEO Tilke Engineering: “I am absolutely thrilled about the Baku European Grand Prix project and delighted we can now unveil the track design. We have created a challenging street circuit, in terms of engineering and design, and one that thrives on Baku’s very attractive urban atmosphere and its great combination of history and 21st century style. The historic city centre, the beautiful seaside promenade and the impressive government house all combine to provide the perfect backdrop for a spectacular new track.

“Obviously street circuits present a number of challenges, in terms of circuit design, but we have been able to incorporate some unique features that will provide the teams and fans with fascinating racing. For example, there will be an extremely narrow uphill section at the old town wall that will reward pinpoint accuracy and courage, and we have an acceleration section of almost 2.2 kilometres along the promenade which will see the cars running flat out at very high top speeds – something that will create an incredible spectacle for the race fans on track and the viewers at home.”

Anar Alakbarov, Executive Director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the president of Azerbaijan Automobile Federation was also present at today’s event. Mr Alakbarov said: “Formula One, the world’s fastest motorsport championship is already very popular in Azerbaijan as a spectator sport. We are deeply honoured by the privilege awarded to us by the Formula One family in welcoming us to their party and enabling us to host the Baku European Grand Prix in 2016.

“We are also confident that hosting this Grand Prix will act as a catalyst for the sport of Formula One in our country and I expect youngsters throughout the city will be so impressed by this spectacular event taking place on their doorstep that dreams of becoming the first Azerbaijani Formula One world champion will take root.”

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