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JENS MARQUARDT AND JOCHEN NEERPASCH: “IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TO INVEST IN THE DRIVERS AS IN THE TECHNOLOGY.”

The history of BMW Motorsport’s promotion of talented youngsters is inextricably linked with its founder: Jochen Neerpasch. The former BMW Motorsport Director launched the legendary BMW Junior Team in 1977. Neerpasch and BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt met up at an event to mark the 40th anniversary of the talent promotion programme.

Red Bull ‘content’ with pre-season preparations – Horner

Red Bull were tipped by many to challenge for the title in 2017, but come testing it was Ferrari and Mercedes who starred - and Red Bull who kept a low profile. So are the team dark horses for Australia - and do Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen have the car underneath them to fight for victory this season? We sat down with team principal Christian Horner to get some answers......

Racing for now and the future – Carlos Sainz on 2017

Left to fight on at Toro Rosso last season as team mate Max Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull, Carlos Sainz proved himself no less a hot property in his own right with a string of tenacious drives and impressive qualifying results. But despite rumours of a growing interest in his services from some of F1’s top teams, Sainz insists his focus will not shift from delivering Toro Rosso the performances both he - and the team - expect…...

Points at every race – Esteban Ocon reveals his 2017 target

In his nine races with Manor last year Esteban Ocon’s best finish was a 12th place. This season he is aiming to score points at every Grand Prix with Force India. A realistic expectation? Given the team’s performance last year, and how well the Frenchman has already integrated himself, perhaps not. We caught up with Ocon for an exclusive chat about his rise from the rear of the grid to potential top-ten regular…...

Exclusive – Hamilton on tattoos, team mates, and the toughest cars ever

It was a difficult end to 2016, losing the title at the final round to his team mate - despite employing some tactics that did not go down too well at Mercedes. But everyone knows that Lewis Hamilton is about far more than just the racing. After an off-season enjoying some of the other highs that life has to offer, the three-time world champion is back - freshly pierced and inked, and ready to take on the challenge that is 2017…...

Stroll: First week mishaps not weighing on me

Lance Stroll endured a baptism of fire on the first week of pre-season testing at Barcelona, as several incidents disrupted and ultimately curtailed his and Williams' running across the four days. Some were quick to point to the Canadian rookie's age, but the 18-year-old insists he has already moved on from last week, and won't suffer any ill effects when he climbs back into the cockpit of the FW40 this afternoon......