Stefan Ehlen

Stefan Ehlen

To write about motor racing. That's what Stefan always wanted to do from an early age. He was still at school when he got his first chance to do so with Eurosport in 2002. His next steps included a freelance position at the local newspaper in Schramberg and German studies at Tübingen University. Even before he took his final exams in 2008, Stefan began to work for His first experience in motor racing reporting came with the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with which he travelled to race events across five continents. At the moment Stefan is focussed on Formula 1, the series he has been following for decades, after Michael Schumacher had sparked his interest in the sport. In 2019 Stefan published "Grand-Prix-Geschichte(n)", a non-fiction Formula 1 history book. He regularly talks about Formula 1 and all things motor racing in podcasts and on TV.

Latest articles by Stefan Ehlen


Vettel: Silence was no option amid shock of Russia's Ukraine invasion

Sebastian Vettel has said staying silent over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was no option for him – which is why he had no qualms in being the first driver to speak out.

Hulkenberg sees no chance of making F1 comeback in 2022
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Hulkenberg sees no chance of making F1 comeback in 2022

Nico Hulkenberg doubts he has any chance of making a Formula 1 comeback in 2022 after revealing he is not in talks with Alfa Romeo about a drive.

Red Bull: Verstappen "called himself in" for slow pitstop Spanish GP
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Red Bull: Verstappen "called himself in" for slow pitstop

Red Bull’s slow pitstop for Max Verstappen in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix was caused by the Dutchman arriving for a tyre change without being called in by the team.

Red Bull: Perez progress 'incredible' in Imola qualifying

Red Bull has labelled Sergio Perez’s progress with its Formula 1 team as ‘incredible’, after the Mexican grabbed a front row slot for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg takes on dual reserve role with Aston, Mercedes

Nico Hulkenberg has confirmed he will take on a dual reserve driver role this year for both the Aston Martin and Mercedes Formula 1 teams.

Gallery: All Williams F1 cars since 1978

The legendary Williams Formula 1 team was formed in 1977, although Frank Williams had been running cars in F1 since 1969, and manufactured its first design a year later. Here are all of its cars...

Gallery: All McLaren F1 cars since 1966

In 1966 Bruce McLaren founded his Formula 1 team which went on to become a world beater, with 12 drivers’ championships and eight constructors’ titles, via 182 grand prix victories – making it the second most successful squad in history. Here are all of its F1 cars…

Gallery: All Ferrari F1 cars since 1950

Ferrari is the longest serving team in the Formula 1 World Championship. Founded by the legendary Enzo Ferrari, the Scuderia has competed in every season since the championship's inception in 1950. Here are all Ferrari's cars in order...

BMW: FE "favourite" tag is an Audi smokescreen

BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt reckons Audi labelled his outfit the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E pre-season favourite because it “wants to distract” its rivals.

Red Bull rules out Ticktum as Ferrucci replacement

Red Bull says its Formula 1 protege Dan Ticktum will not replace the banned Santino Ferrucci at Trident Racing in Formula 2, despite intense rumours within the paddock.

WTCR to use special one-off tyre for Nurburgring

Yokohama has developed a one-off tyre for the Nurburgring Nordschleife WTCR round in reaction to accidents in WTCC races in recent years.

Gallery: Top testing-only Formula 1 liveries

Formula 1 teams often ran unique one-off testing liveries before, but this tradition has almost died in recent years. Here are some of the best testing-only liveries from the last three decades.

Gallery: All Williams F1 cars since 1978

Williams is one of F1's longest-standing teams and also one of the most successful ones in grand prix racing's history. Here's a gallery of all cars designed by the British outfit since 1978.

Habsburg: Last-corner Macau crash better than second place

Formula 3 ace Ferdinand Habsburg has no regrets over his unsuccessful last-corner overtaking attempt at Macau GP, as he feels it was preferable to finishing second.

Gallery: 17 years ago, Michael Schumacher took the world championship for Ferrari

In the fall of 2000, Michael Schumacher delivered for the Tifosi. After 21 years since 1979, he fetched the world Formula 1 title for Ferrari. We present a gallery on this momentous achievement.

Top statistics from the Malaysian GP

Malaysia will host its last F1 race this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit. Here are some important statistics and figures from this South Asian race.

All engine suppliers that partnered McLaren in Formula 1 since 1966

Engine supplier Renault and McLaren just announced a new partnership for the 2018 Formula 1 season. Renault is not the first French engine supplier that has had a tie-up with the British team.

F1's greatest cars: Brawn BGP 001

Ross Brawn's eponymous outfit Brawn GP had a fairytale Formula 1 debut in 2009, clinching both the drivers' and the constructors' championship. We recap one of the most remarkable stories in F1.

F1's greatest cars: Jordan 191

Michael Schumacher made his debut behind the wheel of a Jordan 191 in 1991. But there are several other reasons why this car is regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

F1's greatest cars: Ferrari F2002

Piloted by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, the Ferrari F2002 is one of the most successful F1 cars of all time.

Gallery: First F1 tests of current drivers

Wondering when current grand prix drivers tested an F1 car for the first time? We've compiled a list..

Gallery: Michael Schumacher's F1 helmets

Michael Schumacher largely stuck to a red-coloured helmet during his Formula 1 career. We look back at all his lid designs - from his first season in 1991 to his last in 2012.

Hulkenberg brands Magnussen a "wannabe Verstappen"

Nico Hulkenberg insists he took no insult from Kevin Magnussen’s ‘suck my balls’ comment, as he branded the Dane a ‘wannabe Verstappen’.

Opinion: Mercedes exit spells the end of DTM as we know it

Monday's shock news that Mercedes will quit the DTM after 2018 will likely spell the end of the championship in its existing form, argues's German Editor Stefan Ehlen.

DTM rule-makers to drop performance weight rules

Germany's motorsport authority DMSB has announced its intention to drop the DTM's current system of performance weights going forward.

Paffett “pretty lucky” to escape major injury in Norisring shunt

Mercedes DTM driver Gary Paffett admits he was “pretty lucky” to escape major injury in his crash with Mike Rockenfeller in Sunday’s Norisring race.

Bernhard's works-backed Porsche squad enters Spa 24 Hours

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Timo Bernhard will enter his factory-supported Porsche outfit Team 75 Motorsport in next month's Spa 24 Hours.

Gallery: The latest tracks to join the F1 calendar

The Formula 1 calendar expanded rapidly under the stewardship of former F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, with 14 race tracks joining or returning to the calendar (after significant overhauls) since 1999. We list them all.

Nurburgring 24h: Audi still in control, BMW closes in

The #29 Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS remains in the lead of the 2017 Nurburgring 24 Hours with a little under a quarter of the race remaining, with the #9 WRT Audi behind in second place.

Nurburgring 24h: Audi holds 1-2 heading into the night

The #29 Land Motorsport Audi is in command of the 2017 Nurburgring 24 Hours at the six-hour mark after several of its rivals hit trouble during the opening stages of the race.

Nurburgring 24h: Glickenhaus grabs shock Nordschleife pole

James Glickenhaus and his SCG003C scored a shock pole position for the 2017 Nurburgring 24 Hours during Friday evening's top-30 shootout, beating works-backed teams from Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.

Nurburgring 24h: Farfus takes provisional pole for BMW

BMW works driver Augusto Farfus set the fastest time in the first qualifying session for the 2017 Nurburgring 24 Hours, claiming provisional pole for the #43 Schnitzer Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.

Gallery: Eccentric aero elements on F1 cars through the years

Formula 1 designers have come up with all sorts of aerodynamic appendages to exploit the sport's ever-tightening regulations. However, not all of them appeal to the eye..

Barcelona F1 test: Combined fastest laptimes

With the two weeks of pre-season F1 testing now over, here is a chart with the combined fastest laptimes from the eight days of running at Barcelona.

30 years ago: The drivers and teams of F1 1987

The world title was decided by Nigel Mansell's practice crash at Suzuka, and Nelson Piquet went on to claim his third F1 crown. Here were the runners and riders of F1 1987...

Gallery: The drivers and teams of F1 1997

One of the toughest title duels in recent Formula 1 history had a controversial ending 20 years ago. Here are the 29 drivers...

Gallery: The drivers and teams of F1 2007

Ten years ago, Formula 1 served up a thrilling season. The title race went down to the wire, and Lewis Hamilton burst on to the scene with McLaren. These were the 27 drivers...

DTM begins testing for 2017 cars at Oschersleben

DTM's three manufacturers have begun testing elements of next year's cars at Oschersleben, where BMW, Mercedes and Audi are running two cars each.

Scheider gets new Audi offer after being sacked from DTM

Timo Scheider has revealed he could yet continue as a factory Audi driver next season despite being dropped from the German marque's DTM line-up.

GT3 speeds on Nordschleife becoming dangerous - Manthey

Nordschleife expert Olaf Manthey has criticised the rapid development of the GT3 category, warning that ever-increasing speeds make racing on the track "dangerous".

Track test: Behind the wheel of BMW’s M6 GT3 racer Germany editor Stefan Ehlen recounts his experience of track-testing the new-for-2016 BMW M6 GT3 race car at the Bilster Berg test facility in Germany.

Nurburgring 24h: Mercedes claims historic 1-2-3-4

Mercedes AMG customer teams claimed a commanding 1-2-3-4 in the 2016 Nurburgring 24-Hour race at the infamous Nordschleife that saw the closest ever finish of all 44 editions so far, too.

Nurburgring 24h: Four Mercedes out front at half-way point

After 12 of 24 hours on the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife, Mercedes reigns supreme with four cars at the top of the standings.

Nurburgring 24h: Mercedes rules at the one-third point

Going into the night hours of the 2016 Nurburgring 24-Hour race, Mercedes is leading the field with several of their cars after crazy weather conditions had made the first part of the race extremely tricky.

Mercedes claims pole in frantic Nurburgring 24h qualifying

Black Falcon Mercedes driver Maro Engel smashed the competition in today’s top 30 qualifying session for the 2016 24-hour race at the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife.

Audi prevails in first qualifying sessions at the Nordschleife

Defending Nurburgring 24-Hour champions Audi Sport Team WRT set the pace in the early qualifying sessions for the 2016 endurance classic at the infamous Nordschleife.

Mateschitz eyes future MotoGP switch to Salzburgring

MotoGP's Austrian round could be set for a switch to the Salzburgring in future, after Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz acquired the historic track.

Top Stories of 2015; #9: 'Push Him Out' DTM scandal

The most famous words of the 2015 DTM season were spoken by Audi boss Wolfgang Ullrich when he instructed his driver Timo Scheider to get rid of the championship leader.

GT3 power to be reduced by 10 percent at Nurburgring Nordschleife

The top class racing at Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife is set to lose speed in 2016 as the engine power of all GT3 cars will be reduced by 10 percent.

Book review: Porsche Victory 2015 – recalling a milestone win

In his latest book about the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours, author Rene de Boer goes behind the scenes of the Porsche works effort and tells the story of the brand’s record 17th win at the world-famous endurance race.

The very best photos from Wales Rally GB

This year's Wales Rally GB was by far the best edition photo-wise this season. Some spectacular weather made for amazing images (the wooded scenery helps too). Check out these top photo picks from the final WRC event of 2015. Enjoy!

Gallery: The fairytale story of Porsche's return to WEC and Le Mans

From zero to world champion in four years: shows the success story of Porsche in the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2011!

German F4: Dienst wins title, Schumacher third-best rookie

Marvin Dienst takes overall honours in the 2015 German ADAC Formula 4 Championship while Mick Schumacher finishes the season as third-best rookie.

Asch/Ludwig take GT Masters title in Hockenheim finale

Sebastian Asch and Luca Ludwig won the 2015 ADAC GT Masters title as the fight for the drivers’ crown went down to the wire at Hockenheim.

Glock slams Mercedes for "fooling the fans"

BMW's Timo Glock had harsh words for Mercedes over its use of team orders in Sunday’s DTM race at the Nurburgring, accusing the three-pointed star of "fooling the fans."

Audi attacks Mercedes over use of team orders

Audi's Dieter Gass has attacked Mercedes over use of team orders to help championship leader Pascal Wehrlein to gain positions in today’s second DTM race at Nurburgring.

Nurburgring DTM: Molina scores maiden win

Audi driver Miguel Molina took his maiden DTM race win in the second race at Nurburgring.

Nurburgring DTM: Molina takes Sunday pole for Audi

Audi driver Miguel Molina took pole position for the second DTM race of the weekend at the Nurburgring.

Nurburgring DTM: Martin wins from Mortara and Wehrlein

BMW driver Maxime Martin scored his second DTM career victory at the Nurburgring, while Mercedes protege Pascal Wehrlein in third extended his championship lead.

Nurburgring DTM: Rookie Auer takes surprise pole

Mercedes driver and DTM rookie Lucas Auer claimed his maiden series pole position for Saturday's first race at the Nurburgring.