DTM champion Bruno Spengler (BMW) is sixth
Martin Whitmarsh has not categorically denied reports McLaren could team up with former engine partner Honda for F1′s new turbo V6 era.
It had been reported engineers belonging to the Japanese marque, having withdrawn its works team from the sport in 2008, might now already be working at Woking. The reports said Honda could possibly be ready with a turbo V6 next year, but that a new one-year deal between McLaren and Mercedes for 2014 is the most likely option before a change of tack in 2015.
The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team today unveiled its 2013 Formula One car, the F1 W04, at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton arrived at the official photo call at the wheel of two Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, the fifth Black Series model from Mercedes-AMG. Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 race car, the new car offers a blend of breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics and lightweight construction in line with the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy.
Toto Wolff new shareholder and executive director of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd.
Niki Lauda, chairman of Mercedes-Benz Grand-Prix Ltd., also a new shareholder
Daimler AG plans to reorganize its Formula 1 activities. In this context, Daimler has signed a letter of intent with Austrian investor and motorsport manager Toto Wolff, according to which Wolff will acquire a significant minority interest in the Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd. (MGP) and will also head that company as its executive director. Furthermore, Niki Lauda, currently non-executive chairman of MGP, will also acquire a stake in the company. Together with Ross Brawn, Lauda and Wolff will complete the management of the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 racing team.
Considerations about “money” played a role in McLaren choosing Sergio Perez.
That is the claim of Paul di Resta, the Force India driver who admits to having talks with McLaren when the British team was deciding Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 replacement. “I’m not going to give away too much, but yes, there were discussions,” 26-year-old Scot di Resta, who is staying at Force India for a third consecutive season this year, said.
After more than 22 years as Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Daimler AG Vice President Norbert Haug will conclude his career at the end of 2012.
His contract will come to an end by mutual agreement with the Board of Management. Preparations for the forthcoming season continue as planned. Norbert Haug has led the Motorsport division of Mercedes-Benz since 1 October 1990. In that time, Mercedes-Benz and its partners won six Formula One world championship titles and took 87 Formula One victories.
Now, financial media sources Bloomberg and Reuters report that Mercedes has indeed bought back Aabar’s stake.
Mercedes-Benz has taken back total control of its formula one team by buying the 40 per cent stake held by Aabar, the Abu Dhabi investment arm. We reported in April that Aabar, who were then already watering down their involvement with Mercedes’ parent Daimler, was set to pull out of the Brackley based Mercedes GP team.
The Mercedes-powered team – holding the record for the most starts in the series – looks forward to battle for the 2013 title
Caal Racing, the manufacturer-supported team of Mercedes-Benz Italia, has always been one of the benchmarks of the Superstars International Seriessince the championship’s inception in 2004, establishing their name as a premium presence in the sport.
But Zetsche told German weeky Die Zeit: “We do not intend to increase our budget.”
Dieter Zetsche, the chairman of Mercedes’ parent Daimler, has denied reports he has approved an increase in the F1 team’s budget for 2013. Reportedly on new recruit Niki Lauda’s recommendation, it emerged recently that Mercedes-Benz is prepared to boost the Brackley based team’s coffers to the tune of many millions.
Bernie Ecclestone has hinted he wants many more American races on his F1 calendar.
After a five-year absence from the country, F1 has returned to the US in 2012, this weekend christening the brand-new and bespoke Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. And Ecclestone wanted two American stops on next year’s schedule, until plans for a street race amid the Manhattan skyline were put on hold for financial reasons until at least 2014.
Martin Whitmarsh says he suspects Lewis Hamilton already regrets accepting a bigger-money offer to switch to Mercedes next year.
The McLaren chief answered “I don’t know” when asked why he thinks the 2008 world champion decided to leave his boyhood team, but thinks a big factor is Hamilton’s desire to spread his wings after six years with the famous British outfit.
Mercedes signs Hamilton, Concorde, Lauda, not Schumacher
Following the signature of the commercial agreement with FOM this week by Mercedes-Benz, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team is pleased to announce that Lewis Hamilton has signed a three-year agreement to race for the team from the 2013 Formula One season.
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