Tag Archive: Belgian Grand Prix

Sep 05

BMW denies F1 return rumours

“There are currently no considerations about coming back”

2013-08-04-2013-08-04-GTMJB47BMW has denied the latest rumours suggesting a return to formula one is on the cards. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

Ecclestone plays down Michelin return reports

“All the teams that have talked to me about it say they are very happy with Pirelli”

2013-06-30 - Britain - Pirelli (12)Bernie Ecclestone has moved to play down reports Michelin could replace Pirelli as F1′s official tyre supplier next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27

F1 organisers tried to hurt me – Greenpeace ‘Julia’

“They tried to cut my rope”

It's time to separate the sponsor from the sportThe Greenpeace activist who disrupted the podium ceremony at Spa on Sunday has accused race officials of trying to hurt her. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 26

Red Bull plays down chance of Monza dominance

Designer Adrian Newey is also unsure

2013-06-09_0984Red Bull is playing down expectations Sebastian Vettel will continue his dominance next weekend at Monza. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 26

Horner, Ricciardo, deny Webber’s 2014 seat news

 “I have never known a driver sign another driver.”

Daniel Ricciardo - photo © FRANÇOIS FLAMAND  DPPI Christian Horner and Daniel Ricciardo have denied Mark Webber’s suggestion the decision about his 2014 successor is already made. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 26

FIA could penalise Spa for Shell protests – reports

“It’s a worry”

GP3 - Spa-FrancorchampsF1′s governing body could penalise organisers of the Belgian grand prix, after the extensive Greenpeace protests on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 25

Greenpeace protests F1 sponsor Shell at Spa

‘Save the Arctic’

2012-05-10 - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe MassaEnvironmental activists Greenpeace on Sunday staged an audacious protest against race sponsors Shell at the Belgian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 24

Drivers could boycott over Spa tyre danger

The new saga has arisen after Sebastian Vettel suffered a rear failure

Eau Rouge Spa FrancorschampsF1 drivers are threatening to ‘boycott’ the Belgian grand prix if their concerns about tyre safety are not eased, according to Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 22

Grid grooves at Spa worry Vettel

“There is probably a disadvantage for the start”

GP2 - Spa-FrancorchampsDrivers and engineers were surprised on Thursday when they inspected the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 21

Ferrari tries to ease 2014 driver rumours

Ferrari has moved to ease the speculation about its 2014 driver lineup.

2013-06-30 - Scuderia Ferrari - Silverstone - Fernando Alonso (2)With the Italian team’s number 1 driver Fernando Alonso linked with a sensational switch to Red Bull, the future of teammate Felipe Massa is also uncertain beyond his expiring contract. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

Unpaid Ferrari could switch off Sauber engines – report

Peter Sauber told the Swiss newspaper Sonntagsblick: “That’s nonsense.”

2013-06-09_0998Embattled Sauber could have its engine power switched off permanently on the day after the forthcoming Hungarian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 09

Grosjean did not apologise for Spa crash – Sauber

Peter Sauber has slammed as a “lie” suggestions Romain Grosjean and Lotus apologised for last weekend’s Belgian grand prix crash.

2012-06-10 - Sauber F1 Team - Canada - Peter Sauber 1Romain Grosjean crash Spa - photo © WRI2 Fernando Alonso, who narrowly escaped injury when the now-banned Grosjean’s Lotus flew across his cockpit at Spa, confirmed that the French driver subsequently said sorry by text message. And Lotus boss Eric Boullier said Grosjean has also spoken to the others caught up in the shunt, including Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 07

Michael Schumacher can breathe easy, having worried after last week’s Belgian grand prix that he would have to take a five-place grid drop at Monza.

Schumacher escapes grid penalty after Spa gearbox problem

2012-09-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Belgium - Michael Schumacher 072012-09-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Belgium - Michael Schumacher 06Knowing that unscheduled gearbox changes carry the penalty for the next race, the great German finished at Spa with a broken sixth gear. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 06

Massa ‘needs’ many more good results – Domenicali

Felipe Massa must continue his race-by-race quest for a new Ferrari contract, boss Stefano Domenicali has suggested.

2012-09-02 - Ferrari - Belgium - Felipe Massa 2Felipe Massa - photo © J.F GaleronAfter F1′s five-week summer break, he went into the Belgian grand prix last weekend acknowledging that the remaining races of 2012 are crucial “regarding my future”. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 05

No ‘wedge’ between McLaren and Hamilton – boss

McLaren has denied rumours the British team and Lewis Hamilton are falling out of love.

Jenson Button -Lewis Hamilton 2012-07-312012-06-09_0358Amid reportedly intense negotiations over the 2008 world champion’s new contract, the parties got caught up in the ‘Twittergate’ scandal last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 05

F1 must not axe standing-starts – Alonso

Fernando Alonso has rejected claims F1 should consider abandoning its standing-starts in the wake of last Sunday’s Belgian grand prix.

2012-09-02 - Ferrari - Belgium - Fernando Alonso2012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 5 0101The Spaniard was lucky to escape serious injury when the now-banned Romain Grosjean’s Lotus flew dangerously close to Alonso’s exposed cockpit opening. The incident has triggered renewed calls for F1 to ramp up the cars’ head protection, while some have even suggested the sport might follow Indy’s lead by getting its races up and running with a rolling start.

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Sep 04

Big lead over Hamilton is ‘good news’ – Alonso

Fernando Alonso has singled out Lewis Hamilton as a greater threat to his title chances than Sebastian Vettel.

2012-09-02 - Ferrari - Belgium - Fernando Alonso 22012-06-09_0923Being smashed out of Sunday’s Belgian grand prix by Romain Grosjean’s flying Lotus means Spaniard Alonso lost the chance to break the all-time record for the number of consecutive points finishes. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

Alonso out as Button, Vettel big winners at Spa

Alonso unhurt after scary Spa crash

2012-07-21 - Ferrari - Germany - Fernando Alonso 032012-06-09_1279Jenson Button dominated the Belgian grand prix from pole, but Sebastian Vettel had an equally-big smile at Spa-Francorchamps. Fernando Alonso visited the medical centre on Sunday after the terrifying first corner crash at Spa-Francorchamps. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

Schumacher plays down Ecclestone retire comments

Michael Schumacher on Sunday played down Bernie Ecclestone’s suggestion the Mercedes driver is set to return to retirement.

2012-04-22 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 032012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 07“I’m sorry that he’s leaving us not being a winner (with Mercedes),” the F1 chief executive told BBC One television before the Belgian grand prix. Schumacher, 43, smiled when asked about Ecclestone’s comments after the race.

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Sep 03

D’Ambrosio on pole for Monza race seat

Jerome d’Ambrosio is on pole position to replace the banned Romain Grosjean at Monza.

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 0192012-06-09_0119The FIA has banned Frenchman Grosjean for one race after causing the crash that ended championship contenders Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton’s Belgian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

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