Tag Archive: F1

Jul 31

Teams to argue with Ecclestone over 22-race calendar

F1 team bosses are heading for a clash with Bernie Ecclestone over the shape of the next grand prix calendars.

2014-06-08_0747 It has emerged that Mexico is joining the schedule next year, and Azerbaijan and possibly New Jersey in 2016. That would blow the number of races out from 19 – comfortably under the Concorde Agreement limit of 20 – to a potential 22. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Mercedes will try again to turn up F1 volume – Lauda

Niki Lauda has put his mind to the problem of F1′s dwindling television and spectator audiences.

2014-07-19_0909 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Nico Rosberg Before the sport breaks for the summer, key meetings will take place this week, including the brand new ‘popularity working group’ reportedly headed by Flavio Briatore. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Former manager says Alonso ‘best thing about Ferrari’

The new era of social media and F1′s traditional ‘silly season’ may not mix well together.

2014-07-20 - Scuderia Ferrari - Germany - Fernando Alonso 01 Fernando Alonso turned 33 on Tuesday, and as far as official congratulations go, many spotted McLaren’s first. The Spaniard, undoubtedly frustrated with title-lacking life at Ferrari after five years, might be on the move and Honda is clearly on the hunt for a top driver to spearhead its new works McLaren foray. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Pundit says Kvyat F1′s ‘man of the future’

Fresh blood is in no short supply on the F1 grid this year, as Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas impress.

2014-06-07_0010 But if you ask Marc Surer, a former driver turned commentator for German television, he doesn’t hesitate for a second when asked who he would sign up if he ran a team. “Kvyat,” he told Speed Week instantly. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30

F1 looking ahead to summer ‘shutdown’

Tired faces left the Hungaroring paddock last Sunday looking forward to a break.

150x80-flagworldf1 Not only is there now a rare month-long gap between the races in Hungary and Belgium, the teams have agreed to close their factories and even turn off email servers for a two-week period. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

Ecclestone offers EUR 25m to settle bribery case

Bernie Ecclestone is willing to pay EUR 25 million to settle the corruption case, media reports said on Tuesday.

The German news agency DPA said the F1 chief executive’s lawyers made the proposal to pay the money to BayernLB, despite arguing the bank suffered no financial loss. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

Ecclestone says F1 to scrap 2015 grid restarts

“We do not need Flavio.  We can do it ourselves”

Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone Bernie Ecclestone says F1 will abandon its highly controversial plan for standing re-starts after safety car periods from 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

F1 to ‘look at rules’ to stop ‘negativity’ – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone thinks formula one needs to act now to prevent a downward trend of unpopularity.

Donald MacKenzie - Bernie Ecclestone Before qualifying in Hungary, amid a climate of paddock doom about dwindling spectator and television numbers, the F1 chief executive met with team bosses. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

‘Hired to race’ not obey team orders – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has hit back at suggestions he was wrong to ignore team orders during Sunday’s Hungarian grand prix.

2014-07-18_0885 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Lewis Hamilton Niki Lauda, who after Hamilton’s qualifying fire had cheered the Briton up over pizza, insisting with typical clarity that the driver was “right” and the German team “wrong”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

Alonso, Hamilton say Ricciardo among F1′s best

Daniel Ricciardo has joined the upper echelon of F1′s very best drivers.

2014-07-19 - 99015 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo In the paddock, a big rumour is that for its new works Honda partnership beginning next year, McLaren is on the market for one of the sport’s ‘big three’ drivers. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

New war erupts between F1 teams and media

Lewis Hamilton versus Nico Rosberg is not the only raging battle in formula one.

2014-06-22 - Williams Martini Racing - Austria - Felipe Massa 01 teams Red Bull’s Christian Horner lost his temper with “the negativities” being spread by journalists during the Friday press conference in Hungary. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

Honda targeting wins for McLaren return

Honda is targeting nothing other than victory as it prepares to return to formula one in 2015.

2014-01-16_0495Every other engine supplier in F1 – Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault – subsidises the huge costs of producing a highly-sophisticated turbo V6 ‘power unit’ by also selling it to customers for millions of euros. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

‘Silly season’ strikes F1 throughout 2014 grid

The rumour went full circle in the space of a couple of days

2014-07-20 - 99005 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo The unofficial ‘silly season’ has officially hit F1, as talk of a move to Mercedes for world champion Sebastian Vettel buzzes the paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

Zetsche wants Ecclestone to give up F1 marketing

At the height of the Michael Schumacher era, Hockenheim was a capacity-filled hotbed of German passion.

2014-07-20_0929 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Toto Wolff - Niki Lauda - Dr Dieter Zetsche Dieter Zetsche, the chairman of Mercedes parent Daimler, has pointed the finger at Bernie Ecclestone in the wake of the unpopular German grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

Even Renault looking forward to summer shutdown

Even F1′s engine suppliers will take a ‘summer break’ in August.

2014-01-22 - Renault Energy F1-2014 (6) Eleven races into the season, and after the hectic back-to-back dash from Germany to Hungary, there are a lot of tired faces in the paddock this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

F1 teams to ‘follow’ Ecclestone to Russia

F1 team bosses have swerved around the political crisis in the wake of the MH17 air disaster.

2014-07-15 - Sochi Autodrom - photo Igor Chernov 03 The sport is scheduled to race on Russian soil for the first time in October, but there is pressure to cancel or boycott the race amid the deepening controversy. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 25

Vettel refuses to stamp out Mercedes rumours

The big paddock rumour in Hungary is that Mercedes has made a move to sign Sebastian Vettel.

2014-07-20 - 99001 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel The speculation was even pushed along by Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko, who suggested rivals like McLaren and Mercedes have indeed made big-money approaches to the German. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 25

Lauda rubbishes Vettel-to-Mercedes rumour

With the summer sun baking in Budapest, ‘silly season’ has well and truly arrived in the F1 paddock.

2014-06-08_0833 The big name is Sebastian Vettel, with rumours suggesting the Red Bull driver could be on the move to Mercedes in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 25

Wife selling Schumacher’s private jet

Michael Schumacher’s wife is selling the private jet the seven time world champion used to fly around the world.

The grey Falcon 2000EX, bearing the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver’s ‘MS’ logo on the tail and the personalised registration ‘M-IKEL’, clocked up thousands of air miles not only during his F1 career but also afterwards.

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Jul 25

Azerbaijan, New Jersey next for F1 calendar – Ecclestone

With Mexico set to join the 2015 calendar, two more new grands prix should follow the year after.

Three equally sized horizontal bands of blue, red, and green, with a white crescent and an eight-pointed star centered in the red bandThat is the news of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, even though on Thursday there was scepticism in the Budapest paddock that Mexico will actually happen in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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