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Fernando Alonso says it is his “intention” to extend his stay at Ferrari beyond his current contract.
Although reportedly frustrated with the performance of his red car, the Spaniard is scheduled to stay at Maranello for two more years.
Mercedes’ Toto Wolff has admitted Lotus is close to securing F1′s field-leading V6 engine for the 2015 season.
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.
Toto Wolff has admitted Mercedes came close to signing up F1 rookie sensation Max Verstappen.
Ultimately, the 16-year-old Dutchman and his father-manager Jos went with Red Bull’s famous driver programme, after Dr Helmut Marko promised him a race seat for 2015 at Toro Rosso.
Sauber has singled out its ‘power unit’ as a major cause of its struggles in 2014.
The Swiss outfit and Caterham are the only teams yet to score a single point this year. Chief engineer Giampaolo Dall’Ara on Wednesday acknowleged to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that the C33 is not the best car Hinwil has ever produced.
Luca Marmorini has lashed out at Ferrari after being ousted as the fabled team’s engine boss.
Also well-known for his position at Toyota, the Italian’s F1 career dates back more than two decades to Maranello. But he was ousted by new team boss Marco Mattiacci a few weeks ago, amid the general feeling that he was to blame for Ferrari’s underpowered turbo V6 ‘power unit’.
Boss Christian Horner has admitted it is “unlikely” Red Bull will catch up with dominant Mercedes in 2014.
But F1′s surprise on-form youngster Daniel Ricciardo, who entered the current summer break with a second win of the season, is more confident.
Even amid his pointless first half-season with Lotus, Pastor Maldonado has signed up with the Enstone team for 2015.
In his third consecutive campaign with Williams last year, the Grove team hit rock-bottom and Maldonado decided to take his PDVSA sponsorship to Lotus.
He will remain in European formula 3 for now.
Red Bull has confirmed reports that highly-rated teenage rookie Max Verstappen has joined the energy drink company’s driver development programme.
“We are 320 people at Viry, but together with the chassis and the engine there were up to 1,250 at Mercedes.”
Recently departed Renault F1 boss Jean-Michel Jalinier says the struggling French marque was out-spent as the sport entered its new V6 era.
“Is it more of an engine formula this year?”
Force India chief Otmar Szafnauer is “sure” Mercedes’ field-leading V6 engine concept will be copied by rivals Renault, Ferrari and Honda in 2015.
McLaren’s current car is a “rolling laboratory” for the start of the works Honda era beginning in 2015.
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.
Ferrari could learn from Williams’ recovery from the doldrums of the British team’s past few seasons.
That is the claim of Felipe Massa, Williams’ new driver who moved to Grove for 2014 after a long Ferrari career. Undoubtedly aided by the dominant Mercedes engine, Williams has been arguably the surprise team of 2014, having finished a woeful ninth in the 2013 constructors’ table to now trail only the top three teams and proving a regular front row and podium challenger.
“We are stunned a shocked” – Sabine Kehm
The Michael Schumacher camp is “stunned and shocked” as the story of the F1 legend’s skiing crash and recovery took a tragic twist this week.
Aldo Costa insists he is “sorry” to see his old team Ferrari struggle in formula one.
Amid an earlier dip in the fabled Maranello team’s form, the 53-year-old was ousted by Ferrari in 2011 and he joined Mercedes, who are now utterly dominating the sport.
If he is able to get $100 million together within a week, all charges will be dropped.
Bernie Ecclestone walked out of court on Tuesday with the corruption scandal that threatened to end his F1 reign and leave him in jail effectively over.
“Last Sunday there was no emergency situation”
Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche insists there will be “no team orders” to settle the outcome of the title battle between warring Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Max Verstappen’s father has admitted the 16-year-old might be fast-tracked into formula one with a Toro Rosso race seat.
Recently, it was thought the young Dutchman, whose meteoric rise from karting to F3 this year caught the notice of the F1 world, had now signed a development deal with Mercedes.
F1 chiefs have now cancelled until further notice a scheduled meeting of the newly-formed ‘popularity working group’.
Originally scheduled for last Thursday, it was called off when Mercedes’ Toto Wolff had to see a doctor after falling ill in the wake of his recent cycling crash.
“If Bernie stops, it would have been a disaster for formula one”
Niki Lauda says F1 should “welcome” the news that Bernie Ecclestone looks to have settled the high-profile corruption case that threatened his role at the top of the sport.
“We are pleased with the positive development” – Zetsche
Mercedes has vowed to stick with Michael Schumacher as the F1 legend continues his recovery from a skiing fall last December.
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