Tag Archive: McLaren

Aug 22

Drivers back teen rookie Verstappen

As F1 woke from its summer slumber, the big talking point at Spa was 16-year-old Jos Verstappen.

F3 - Nosiring - 30 Max Verstappen - Van Amersfoort Racing - 31 Tom Blomqvist - 5 Jordan King “At least Red Bull’s marketing is working well because almost all the questions are about that,” smiled Fernando Alonso. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 22

Alonso reveals ‘intention’ to stay at Ferrari

Fernando Alonso says it is his “intention” to extend his stay at Ferrari beyond his current contract.

2014-06-07_0841 Although reportedly frustrated with the performance of his red car, the Spaniard is scheduled to stay at Maranello for two more years. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 22

Lotus close to Mercedes engine deal – Wolff

Mercedes’ Toto Wolff has admitted Lotus is close to securing F1′s field-leading V6 engine for the 2015 season.

2014-06-08_1072 Enstone based Lotus has struggled with Renault power this year and it is an open paddock secret that a deal with Mercedes has essentially been struck. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 20

Vergne targets 2015 after ‘cruel’ career blow

Jean-Eric Vergne insists he is not giving up on formula one.

2014-06-07_0087 Two and a half seasons into his F1 grooming by Red Bull, the energy drink company’s famously-harsh driver programme – led by the gruff Dr Helmut Marko – has given the 24-year-old Frenchman his notice.
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Aug 18

Alonso should spend career at Maranello – Piero Ferrari

“Honestly,” Piero Ferrari said, “I hope Alonso remains at Maranello until the end of his career.

2014-06-08_0583 Enzo Ferrari’s only living son says he wants Fernando Alonso to stay with the Maranello team for the rest of his F1 career. The Spanish driver, widely recognised as perhaps the best and undoubtedly the highest paid on the grid, is under contract to Ferrari but also linked with a potential move to a rival team like next year’s Honda-powered McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 14

McLaren looking to ‘refresh’ driver lineup – Boullier

Eric Boullier has admitted McLaren is looking to eventually “refresh” its driver lineup.

2014-06-07_0813 Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen only debuted this year, but Mexican Sergio Perez was also only a single season into his McLaren career when he was ousted at the end of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 08

Alonso denies rumours over F1 future

Fernando Alonso has taken time out of his summer vacation to deny speculation about his future.

2014-06-08_0574 Currently on a cycling tour in the Italian Dolomites, the Spaniard has obviously read rumours about his potential switch to McLaren, or perhaps his demands for $50 million a year to sign a new Ferrari contract. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 07

2014 McLaren ‘a laboratory’ for Honda car – Boullier

McLaren’s current car is a “rolling laboratory” for the start of the works Honda era beginning in 2015.

2014-06-08_0647 That is the news of team boss Eric Boullier, who arrived at Woking this year and is overseeing the British grandee’s struggle to even stay in the top five constructors in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

Perez says Hulkenberg ‘strongest F1 teammate’

Sergio Perez has singled out Nico Hulkenberg as “the strongest teammate I’ve had in formula one”.

2014-06-06_0067 Having moved from McLaren after a disappointing single season with the struggling British giant, Mexican Perez switched to Force India and was paired for 2014 with Sauber refugee Hulkenberg. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 04

Marko eyes F1 debut for rookie Verstappen

Red Bull may not be giving up on hot talent Max Verstappen.

F3 - Max Verstappen The talented 16-year-old son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, in the midst of a meteoric switch from karting to junior single seaters, recently visited the paddock on the invitation of several formula one teams. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 04

Indycar driver linked with Honda F1 test

A leading contender to become a test driver for Honda’s F1 return has emerged.

Simon Pagenaud Wins Houston -photo © IndyCar Series - Chris Owens The publication Racer said Honda-powered Indycar frontrunner Simon Pagenaut is in talks to make his F1 test debut with Japanese power next winter ahead of Honda’s works McLaren foray for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 01

Marmorini out at Ferrari, Hakkinen worries about Fry

Earlier this week, the fabled Italian team denied reports that Fry is also in danger of being axed.

2014-06-05_0038 Weeks after the rumours first emerged, Ferrari has this week finally admitted that engine boss Luca Marmorini is leaving the Italian team. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 01

McLaren rumours ‘natural’ for on-form Bottas – Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen has acknowledged rumours linking his protege Valtteri Bottas with McLaren.

IMG_0597 The fellow Finn and double world champion has been a key to Bottas’ formula one foray so far, culminating in the 24-year-old’s debut at Williams last year after a season on the testing and Friday practice bench.
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Aug 01

Mallya granted bail on tax case in India

Indian media report that flamboyant Mallya, dressed all in white including his shoes, was granted bail.

2014-03-17 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Australia - Dr Vijay Mallya 02 Although the meeting was ultimately cancelled, it was expected that one of the touted ‘popularity working group’ protagonists would be Vijay Mallya. 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 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 29

Ferrari denies Pat Fry axed

Ferrari on Tuesday denied reports Pat Fry has been sacked.

2012-06-09_0043 The Maranello team recently did not confirm speculation engine chief Luca Marmorini has been similarly ousted. 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

Team performance firing Lotus exit rumours – Grosjean

It does nothing to quieten the rumours about his next move.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Romain Grosjean 01 Romain Grosjean has admitted Lotus’ lack of competitiveness in 2014 is driving rumours he could be set to leave the Enstone team. Read the rest of this entry »

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