Esteban Gutierrez
Apr 18

Maldonado and Gutierrez disagree on severity of Bahrain penalty

Pastor Maldonado believes the new shape of the F1 nose is to blame for Gutierrez flipping. (Photo: Marwan Naamani/Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado (L) ran into the back of Esteban Gutierrez (R) while the former was leaving pit road in Bahrain. (Photo: Marwan Naamani/Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado has hit out at the new ‘penalty points’ system that could see him having to serve a race ban later in 2014.

After just the opening three grands prix of the season, the Venezuelan already has three ‘demerit points’ against his F1 super license.

Apr 6

F1: Gutierrez Uninjured After Flipping In Bahrain Grand Prix

Esteban Gutierrez flips after being hit by Pastor Maldonado during the Bahrain GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Esteban Gutierrez flips after being hit by Pastor Maldonado during the Bahrain GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Medical tests have shown Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez escaped without injuries after his frightening accident in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, when his car flipped over in a collision.

The Mexican’s car was hit by the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado at the first corner after the Venezuelan came out of the pits. The car flipped over completely before pivoting and landing back on its wheels.

Mar 15

F1: Bottas, Gutierrez Hit With Gearbox Penalties

Valtteri Bottas was an early race favorite, but now faces a five-place grid penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas was an early race favorite, but now faces a five-place grid penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez will both take five-place grid penalties in Australia after being forced to change their gearboxes.

All teams put their race gearboxes in for today, and both drivers suffered problems almost immediately having recorded only two laps apiece. Their teams have confirmed that they will need a change.

Under the 2014 rules, gearboxes are supposed to complete six consecutive Saturday/Sundays. Gearbox use remains free on Fridays.

Feb 20

F1: Magnussen On Top For McLaren In Bahrain — Testing Update

Kevin Magnussen of McLaren pilots the 2014 MP4-29. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Kevin Magnussen of McLaren pilots the 2014 MP4-29.
(Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Kevin Magnussen and McLaren were fastest on the second day in Bahrain today as the teams gradually began to pick up the pace.

However, they are still far from the sort of lap times they are likely to achieve in full qualifying form come April.

Jan 28

F1: Teams Face Uphill Battle As Jerez Test Gets Going

Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives in the pitlane in the new STR9 during day one of F1 Winter Testing at the Jerez on January 28, 2014.  (Photo: Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives the new STR9 during Day One of F1 winter testing in Jerez, Spain. (Photo: Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Preparations for the 2014 season got underway in Jerez on Tuesday, and it was all too clear how much work the teams will have to do before the first race in March.