8 Things we learnt from the Austrian Grand Prix

Hamilton wins but team-orders may be on the cards at Mercedes. Here are eight things we learnt from the Austrian Grand Prix.

With Hamilton pushing hard to catch Rosberg after an alternative strategy left the German ahead of pole-sitter Lewis, a final lap crash between the Silver Arrows left team bosses fuming and pondering the prospect of team-orders. Mercedes staff, however, were pleased with the work carried out by their test driver – with Pascal Wehrlein scoring his, and Manor’s, first point of the season.
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Monaco Grand Prix Preview

Monaco Grand Prix, the most prestigious motor race in the world. Read on to preview the 2016 Formula One Grand Prix.

The race around the Principality of Monaco has been a figurehead of Formula One from its inaugural season. With the race forming part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport. Another piece of the crown is also up for grabs this weekend, as the IndyCar Series hits Indianapolis for the 100th running of the Indy 500. Both races will be broadcasted live in the UK, with Hamilton hunting his first win of the F1 season at a track victory was snatched away from him at last year.

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Brazilian Grand Prix Preview

For the penultimate race in the 2015 season, Formula One returns to Interlagos for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

After a glorious return to Mexico, Formula One moves on to one of the permanent fixtures on the calendar, the Brazilian Grand Prix. The race at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo has been on the F1 calendar since 1973 and will this year host its 44th Grand Prix, where Hamilton will look to break his Brazilian duck.

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Japanese Grand Prix Preview

Back-to-back race weekends in the East see’s Formula One travel to Suzuka for the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix.

One year on from Jules Bianchi’s fatal crash, Formula One makes an emotional return to Suzuka. In light of last year’s events, the race has been brought forward by one hour, but early forecasts have seen a tropical cyclone formation alert being enforced that could affect this year’s race.

This year’s Japanese Grand Prix is vital for Rosberg and Vettel’s championship hopes after Hamilton failed to finish the race last time out. Now the pair sit 44 and 49-points off of Lewis respectively as Formula One travels to a circuit which has brought Vettel great rewards in the past.

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Jules Bianchi: The rising star Formula One has lost

The Sport Space’s F1 writer, Kyle Archer, pays tribute to Jules Bianchi after the French Formula One driver passed away. 

Following his crash in Japan last October, Jules Bianchi has lost his fight and passed away at the age of 25. He was tipped for success in the future while battling at the back for Marussia, but nine-months on from the incident where he suffered critical head injuries, the rising star passed away leaving the Formula One world in sorrow.

Jules broke into the world of Formula One back in 2009 when he was signed by Ferrari to be the first driver in their young driver programme after showing early signs of his potential. But even after displacing Formula One talents such as Giancarlo Fisichella and Marc Gené for the Ferrari test and reserve driver role in 2011, what the future had in store for the young Frenchman will still very unclear.

But with the desire to one day be world champion Jules kept pushing towards the dream and finally got a race seat in F1 with Marussia for the 2013 season, just two weeks before the season opener in Australia. Yet the short time was no barrier for Bianchi as he settled in rapidly and out-qualifying his then team-mate Max Chilton by three-quarters of a second. The rest of the season continued to show why Jules was given the chance to shine and why Ferrari and Marussia had put their faith in him.

And that faith continued into the following year with Marussia keeping him on for another season alongside Chilton, who was out shone by Bianchi most rounds. But the highlight of 2014 for both Bianchi and Marussia would surely have been in Monaco when Jules made history for the team and the world rejoiced as the plucky back marker scored their first points in Formula One.

It was marvellous work by Bianchi to work his way through the field as the 22 starters dwindled down to 14. Bianchi also managed to stay within one lap of the lead while his team-mate, Chilton, fell to three laps down and in last place. But this was just a glimpse of what Bianchi was capable of after spending most of his time challenging at the back and striving for a chance to fight with the bigger teams.

But that chance he clutched at in Monaco was all he could savour as in the pouring Japanese rain, Jules carried too much speed into turn seven and aquaplaned under the JCB sent out to recover Sutil’s stricken Sauber. The world gasped as the news came through of Jules being rushed to the hospital following the incident and the sight of his crash will haunt this writer having been born in the era safety was developing and no driver had lost his life through Formula One racing since Senna’s crash all those years ago.

When Jules crashed into the recovery vehicle it was a horrible moment as the severity hit home but with every following day, week and month you hoped you would hear news of him getting better and one day returning to the paddock with the smile back on his face. But news was slow, his development was limited and sadly this morning he lost his fight. The driver that could have had the third Ferrari seat in 2015 had three car teams been introduced will never return to the paddock and the world has lost a star, but more importantly the family lost a son they cherished.

Having never met the man I can not talk of what he was like to know, but he always seemed a genuinely nice person when I saw him on TV or read something about him, regardless of how talented he clearly was. And now he has gone the world of motorsport and beyond have paid tribute to Jules in a loving way.

In a statement early today, the Bianchi family thanked the world for their kind words as they announced the loss of Jules.

“It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Mélanie, wish to make it known that Jules passed away last night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) in Nice, (France) where he was admitted following the accident of 5th October 2014 at Suzuka Circuit during the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix.

“Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end,” said the Bianchi family. “The pain we feel is immense and indescribable. We wish to thank the medical staff at Nice’s CHU who looked after him with love and dedication. We also thank the staff of the General Medical Center in the Mie Prefecture (Japan) who looked after Jules immediately after the accident, as well as all the other doctors who have been involved with his care over the past months.

“Furthermore, we thank Jules’ colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over these past months, which gave us great strength and helped us deal with such difficult times. Listening to and reading the many messages made us realise just how much Jules had touched the hearts and minds of so many people all over the world.

“We would like to ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time, while we try to come to terms with the loss of Jules.”

Jules’ Formula One team, Manor-Marussia, joined the tributes on their Facebook page as they bid farewell to the “shining talent”.

Manor’s Team Principal, John Booth, said: “Words cannot describe the enormous sadness within our team this morning, as we come to terms with losing Jules. He has left an indelible mark on all our lives, and will forever be part of everything we have achieved, and everything we will strive for going forward.

“Jules was a shining talent. He was destined for great things in our sport; success he so richly deserved. He was also a magnificent human being, making a lasting impression on countless people all over the world. They recognised, as did we, that at the same time as being a fiercely motivated racer, he was also an extremely warm, humble and intensely likeable person, who lit up our garage and our lives.

“We are incredibly grateful that we were able to provide Jules with the opportunity to show the world what he could do in a Formula 1 car. We knew we had a very special driver on our hands from the first time he drove our car in pre-season testing in 2013. It has been an honour to be able to consider him our race driver, our team-mate, and of course our friend.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the wonderful Bianchi family, who have remained so strong for Jules throughout the past nine months. In turn, Jules was an absolute credit to them.

“Finally, we would like to thank everyone who has supported Jules since his accident in Japan last October. Your kindness has been such a source of comfort to his family and to us, his team. We will rely on your continued support over the coming days and months as we race on for Jules.”

Rest in peace Jules. You will always be remembered.

Jules Bianchi and Manor-Marussia celebrate first points after P9 at the Monaco GP 2014 - copyright Sky Sports F1

Jules Bianchi: 1989-2015 #ForzaJules

Kyle Archer

The Sport Space

The Sport Space’s F1 writer, Kyle Archer, pays tribute to Jules Bianchi after the French Formula One driver passed away. 

Following his crash in Japan last October, Jules Bianchi has lost his fight and passed away at the age of 25. He was tipped for success in the future while battling at the back for Marussia, but nine-months on from the incident where he suffered critical head injuries, the rising star passed away leaving the Formula One world in sorrow.

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Monaco Grand Prix: FP2 recap – Hamilton tops rained out session

Following his fastest lap in FP1, Hamilton took the top spot once more in second free practice at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Rain poured down upon the principality on Thursday afternoon, leaving the streets of Monaco empty with just water dripping across the circuit for almost an hour. In what turned out to be very limited running, Lewis Hamilton once again posted the fastest lap of the session with Nico Rosberg improving heavily to claim second place.

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Lewis Hamilton tops First Free Practice for the Monaco Grand Prix

Round 6 of this year’s Formula One World Championship kicked off with a Thursday opening free practice, topped by Lewis Hamilton.

Around the streets of the principality, the sun decided not to make an appearance straight away and instead left the famous roads damp and slippery for the first session of the week. Nevertheless, Lewis Hamilton weaved his way around the circuit to top the opening practice session from Max Verstappen by 0.149 seconds.

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