“The introduction of the six cylinder engines is a huge technical challenge”
It is simplistic to say Red Bull has sped into the 2012 title favourites’ role due to its new ‘double DRS’ device.
A German F1 pundit has advised Niki Lauda to take an axe to Mercedes’ current personnel lineup.
Lauda, the great Austrian triple world champion, has been signed on as Mercedes’ non-executive chairman — effectively a decision-making link between the German marque’s Stuttgart headquarters and the racing team in the UK.
“The timing is certainly not beneficial” – Marc Surer
Just as the Mercedes board is set to meet on Tuesday, Michael Schumacher is the unhappy subject of an intense round of bad press in his native Germany. Some publications have nicknamed the seven time world champion ‘Schussel-(clumsy) Schumi’ after his latest mistake in Singapore; the crash with Jean-Eric Vergne that has cost him ten places on the Suzuka grid.
Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team boss, has revealed he thinks Lewis Hamilton will probably stay at McLaren in 2013.
The F1 grapevine is currently alight with speculation the 2008 world champion – who flirted with Red Bull until the energy drink-owned team re-confirmed its existing lineup for next season – is about to jump ship to Mercedes.
“I ask for your understanding that we are not going to constantly give statements about our decision-making process” – Ross Brawn
Team boss Ross Brawn on Thursday would not be drawn on speculation Michael Schumacher and Mercedes have now agreed to stay together at least another year. German commentator Christian Danner, a former grand prix driver, earlier brought the seven time world champion’s uncertain future back to the headlines when he revealed he thinks Schumacher, 43, has decided to stay in F1 in 2013.
“If it had happened to a young driver, we’d all say he’s not ready for F1.”
Former F1 driver Christian Danner has scolded Michael Schumacher for making rookie errors in Hungary last weekend. Germany’s Bild claims the 43-year-old is very close to announcing a new deal to keep racing at Mercedes beyond 2012, but at the same time the newspaper wondered if the seven time world champion might “need glasses?”
Australia’s last world champion Alan Jones has urged Mark Webber to join Ferrari.
After the Red Bull driver won his second Monaco grand prix last weekend, his team boss Christian Horner moved to play down the 35-year-old’s rumoured 2013 switch to Maranello based Ferrari. “Why would he want to leave?” Horner is quoted by the Sun.
It is wrong to say Sebastian Vettel has entered a period of “crisis” after winning two world championships on the trot.
Amid speculation regarding Felipe Massa’s immediate future, Sergio Perez’s father has revealed that Ferrari approached Sauber.
Earlier, Sauber driver Perez played down the rumours about Massa’s future, including the suggestion he was at the very top of Ferrari’s replacement list. “Sergio is focused one hundred per cent on (performing in) Malaysia,” the 22-year-old Mexican’s father Antonio is quoted by the Spanish-language Medio Tiempo.
Kimi Raikkonen’s chances of returning to formula one next year with Williams seem to have receded.
The Italian magazine Autosprint reports that the 2007 world champion’s prospective sponsors may have withdrawn their interest, leaving fellow Finn and rookie Valtteri Bottas at the top of the candidates list now.
Felipe Massa was penalised for the collision with Lewis Hamilton in India because it “could have been avoided”.
That is the claim of former grand prix winner Johnny Herbert, who was serving as the fourth FIA steward at the inaugural Delhi race. Although McLaren’s beleaguered Hamilton is usually the one receiving the penalties at grands prix, Herbert said it was the embittered Massa who deserved the blame this time.
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