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Teams

A place to find out what constitutes the eleven biggest, most complex and technologically developed sports teams in the world - the teams that make up Formula 1. Find out about their drivers, their key personnel, equipment and factories and the history that makes them special.
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Caterham: An Historic Name Enters F1 With a Young Team
The new Caterham team was born, fittingly, out of the old Team Lotus changed its name following a dispute over the Lotus name. But it is a fitting name for the team, given the Caterham car heritage and its Lotus 7 cars.

Sam Michael Discusses the Australian Grand Prix of 2010
Sam Michael, the technical director of the Williams team, spoke about the Australian Grand Prix, in which the driver Rubens Barrichello, scored points for the team for the first time this year.

Willy Rampf, Technical Director of BMW Sauber F1 Team, Discus…
Willy Rampf, the technical director of the BMW Sauber F1 team, discusses the first test of the 2010 season by the team at Valencia, Spain, in which the drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi covered exactly 1,001 kilometers.

USF1: F1's Only American Team
An all-American Formula 1 team? The idea sounds strange to most ears, especially those of F1 fans, who know how Euro-centric the sport is. In fact, most teams are based in England where the greatest technical minds in the sport come from. But several different elements came together in 2009 and a former American F1 technical director and a broadcaster joined forces to realize the dream.

Mercedes Grand Prix: German Car Company Leaves McLaren, Buys Brawn
Brawn GP was born suddenly in March of 2009, three weeks before the start of the new season as a result of the equally as sudden pullout by Honda Motor Co. from F1 three months before. After six seasons powering the BAR cars as an engine provider, the Honda Motor Co. bought the team and raced under its own name from 2006, only to withdraw entirely from the sport after it said the economic crisis…

Three McLaren Directors Discuss Jenson Button
Three top McLaren Mercedes directors spoke about the arrival of Jenson Button to the team for 2010 and how the team would handle having two British world champions as its drivers.

Entry List of Teams in the 2010 Championship
In June the International Automobile Federation announced the official entry list of the teams confirmed for the 2010 Formula 1 championship. Certain teams are provisional, pending acceptance of new rules for the 2010 season.

Brawn GP: Director Leads Honda Management Buyout
Brawn GP was born in March of 2009, three weeks before the new season, after a sudden pullout by Honda Motor Co. from F1. After six seasons powering the BAR cars as an engine provider, Honda bought the team and raced under its own name from 2006, only to withdraw entirely during the economic crisis. Ross Brawn bought the team.

Martin Whitmarsh Discusses the European Grand Prix of 2008
Martin Whitmarsh discussed the McLaren Mercedes team's results at the European Grand Prix of 2008 in a team debrief.

Martin Whitmarsh Discusses the Bahrain Grand Prix of 2008
Martin Whitmarsh discussed the McLaren Mercedes team's results at the Bahrain Grand Prix of 2008.

Pascal Vasselon Discusses the New Toyota F1 Car
Pascal Vasselon discussed the prospects of the Toyota F1 team shortly before the 2008 season began.

Force India: A Country Increases its Formula 1 Involvement
The Force India F1 team grew out of the Spyker team, which grew from the former Jordan team, by way of a year as the Midland F1 team. Bought in 2007 by the Indian financial tycoon, Vijay Mallya, the team is seen as a first step toward a greater involvement by India in Formula 1 racing. This should culminate in an Indian Grand Prix by 2010.

Mike Gascoyne on Spyker's Chances as an F1 Customer Team
Mike Gascoyne spoke in an interview about Spyker's life as a Ferrari engine customer team. Gascoyne, the team's technical boss, has worked at several teams, both independant and car manufacturer owned teams, from Jordan to Renault and Toyota. Gascoyne said that thanks to the new rules, it is a much better time than ever to be a small, F1...

Daniel Audetto on Super Aguri as Smallest F1 Team
Daniel Audetto, the managing director of the Super Aguri Honda F1 team, spoke in an interview about the advantages and disadvantages of being the smallest team in Formula 1. Super Aguri scored its first point in only the fourth race of its second year in the sport, at the Spanish Grand Prix of 2007. Audetto spoke about the miracle of the small team's birth and rapid, relative, success.

Patrick Head on the Williams Fight to Return to the Top
Patrick Head spoke in an interview about his team's first season in Formula 1 using the Toyota engine. Williams is the third most successful team in F1, but in 2006 it dropped to its lowest position in the series in three decades. Head, along with Frank Williams, is a part owner of the team, which was founded 30 years ago.

McLaren Mercedes: F1's Second Most Successful Team
McLaren Mercedes has won races in five different decades of racing in the Formula 1 world championship. From its earliest years, in the 1960s, it has been one of the top teams. It made a successful transition to new management in the 1980s, when Ron Dennis took over running the team, and the period when Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna raced as...

Spyker: The Little Team With Big Ambitions, and a Name
The Spyker F1 team grew out of the former Jordan team, by way of a year as the Midland F1 team. Bought in 2006 by the Dutch sports car company Spyker Cars N.V., it has ambitions - like Ferrari or McLaren - to sell sports cars using the racing team's name as a draw. Spyker uses Ferrari engines, and as a sign of its ambitions, it hired Mike Gascoyne, one of Formula 1's top technical directors.

Super Aguri: A Small F1 Team Takes on the Giants
Founded in 2006 by Aguri Suzuki, a former Formula 1 driver, the Super Aguri team had the help of the Honda Motor Company as it set up as an F1 racing team to support the career of Takuma Sato. Both Sato and Suzuki are stars in Japan, and the Honda team dropped Sato for the 2006 season.

Scuderia Toro Rosso: Former Minardi F1 Team Reinvents Itself as Red Bu
Toro Rosso was built on the base of the Minardi Formula 1 team after the Red Bull energy drink company bought it in 2005 as the second team in its F1 empire. In fact, Toro Rosso means Red Bull in Italian. But not long after the Austrian company bought the team, it sold half of the shares to Gerhard Berger, the former Formula 1 driver, who took over the job of directing the team.

Toyota: A Bold Team With Racing at its Heart Makes its Own Way in F1
Unlike the other recent car manufacturer teams in Formula 1, Toyota started its team from scratch when it entered the series in 2002. It scored only two points that year. But the team has worked methodically until it finished fourth in the series in 2005. In 2006 it dropped back to sixth, but only one point behind BMW Sauber in fifth. 2007 is a crucial year.

Honda: Fourth Most Victorious F1 Engine Maker Returns as a Full Team
After six seasons powering BAR as an engine provider, the Honda Motor Co. bought the team to race under its own name from 2006. It was the second period for the Japanese company as a full team in Formula 1, as it also raced from 1964 to 1968. The fourth most victorious engine F1 company, Honda won its first race since the Italian Grand Prix of 1967 at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2006.

Red Bull Racing: The Fun Team With the Big Ambitions
The Red Bull team joined F1 in 2005 after buying the Jaguar team. After a first promising season, it did less well in its second year. But by hiring one of the best technical directors, Adrian Newey, and changing to the world champion Renault engine, the 2007 season looks promising. The team is part of the marketing program of the Red Bull...

BMW Sauber: A Team to Challenge the Old Guard
While the BMW Sauber team is in only its second year as a car manufacturer team, it was built on the solid basis of the team founded by Peter Sauber. Sauber was always a top team in style, although it never found the budget necessary to graduate to the next level. Since BMW bought the Swiss team based in Hinwil, it has invested in the factory...

Renault: World Champions Against the Odds
Although the Renault car manufacturer was long one of the most successful engine builders in Formula 1 motor racing, it was not until 2005 that Renault managed to win a world constructors' title as both engine and chassis builder. It also won the drivers' title that year with Fernando Alonso, and then won both titles again in 2006. But after...

Ferrari: Formula 1's Most Successful Team Enters a New Era
Ferrari is the only Formula 1 team to have raced in the series since the championship was founded in 1950. It is also the most successful team in F1 history. After dominating for the last decade and breaking F1 team records with Michael Schumacher driving, Ferrari now enters a new era after the German's retirement.

Williams: A Racer's Team, an Engineer's Team - but Where to From Here?
Williams is the third most successful team in the history of Formula 1, behind Ferrari and McLaren. But the team, joint owned by Frank Williams and Patrick Head, has not won a world title since 1997. After a brief return to the forefront in 2003, the team dropped down, but not out. It starts the 2007 season with a new engine supplier, in Toyota, and new hopes.

McLaren-Mercedes: A Team Back on the Verge of Success?
McLaren is one of the most successful teams in Formula 1 history. But it has not won a world title since 1999, and in 2006 it failed even to win a race for the first time in a decade. With two new drivers, including double world champion Fernando Alonso, and with the best factory in the sport, is the team set for a return to victory in 2007?

Lotus: the Historic Return to F1 of a Great Name and Team
The new Lotus Racing team was born in a revival of the old Lotus racing team in 2010, with the backing of Clive Chapman, the son of the founder, Colin Chapman, who died in 1982. After his death, the team continued with different directors before finally closing down after the 1994 season. The last race victory had come in 1987 at the United...

Franz Tost Discusses the 2010 Season
Franz Tost, the director of the Toro Rosso team, discusses the 2010 season at its halfway point.

Marussia Virgin: The Experimental F1 Team With the Russian Roots
It was one of the three new teams in the 2010 season, and the Virgin team, like its majority owner, Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, entered the series with a plan to do things differently.

Hispania: The Spanish Formula 1 Team, Based in Germany
Started by the Spanish entrepreneur José Ramón Carabante, Hispania Racing makes do with a small staff and budget.

Entry List of Teams and Drivers in the 2012 Championship
With three name changes in the series the good news is there are still 12 teams in 2012 as the list of the teams and drivers confirmed for the 2012 Formula 1 championship filled out bit by bit. The teams that changed their names were Lotus Renault GP into Lotus F1 Team, and Team Lotus into Caterham F1 Team and Marussia Virgin into Marussia F1...

Owner of Sauber F1 Team
Peter Sauber, 67, is the owner of the Sauber team, which is based in Switzerland. After 20 years in sports car racing, the Sauber team entered Formula 1 in 1992 and quickly became one of the top independent teams. It is now the fourth-longest-lasting team in the series - with only Ferrari, McLaren and Williams having been in Formula 1 longer....

Vijay Mallya Talks About Force India and India Racing
Vijay Mallya is the chairman of United Breweries Group and of Kingfisher Airlines. He is also a member of Parliament in India, and he has worked in Indian motor sports for many years. He is one of the catalysts behind the Indian Grand Prix. Since the end of 2007, he has owned and directed the Formula 1 team Force India. He also owns an Indian...

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