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Sep 01

Ferrari exit could open for Alonso on Monday – report

Monday could be the magic day in Fernando Alonso’s current Ferrari contract.

IMG_4042 Boss Marco Mattiacci has been happily – and unofficially – ‘confirming’ for 2015 the Italian team’s existing driver lineup of Alonso alongside Kimi Raikkonen. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 01

Top speeds at Monza to be lower than expected

Top speeds at Monza this weekend may not be quite as spectacular as earlier expected.

GP3 - Autodromo Nazionale Monza That is the claim of the specialist German publication Auto Motor und Sport, despite predictions the new turbo V6-powered machines could soar beyond the old 370+kph top-speed record of the 2005 Italian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

No F1 ‘popularity’ crisis meeting for now – report

F1 chiefs have now cancelled until further notice a scheduled meeting of the newly-formed ‘popularity working group’.

2014-07-20 - Williams Martini Racing - Germany - Valterri Bottas 01 teams 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 10

Mercedes to remove ‘Fric’ for Hockenheim

Lauda called on the FIA to take a precise position on the legality of the system.

IMG_6444Mercedes will remove the complex ‘Fric’ system from its dominant F1 car ahead of next weekend’s German grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 10

Dominant Mercedes to lose ‘extreme’ Fric advantage

Lewis Hamilton left Silverstone without making a single comment to the media after testing on Wednesday.

2014-06-08_0644 He might have been advised to steer a wide course around the ‘Nico Rosberg is not German’ controversy. But there could be another issue he – and Mercedes – were keen to swerve. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 10

Hockenheim ticket discount offer backfires

A marketing gimmick has backfired ahead of next weekend’s German grand prix.

Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said a EUR 11 ticket discount was being offered for every goal scored by the national team in its world cup semi-final against Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 03

F1 teams also battling to buy into sport

“Lawrence Stroll, of Tommy Hilfiger, who apparently has Ferrari on board

2014-06-08_0747Formula one teams may not just be competing for trophies and sponsors, according to a report by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

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Jul 01

Lotus in ‘contact’ with Mercedes for 2015 power

Lotus could be set to move on from its disastrous 2014 season.

IMG_6200 Fourth in the constructors’ championship not only last year but also in 2012, the Enstone-based team has struggled with the newly V6-powered E22. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 24

Renault’s F1 engine project ‘for sale’ – report

The rumours surrounding troubled engine supplier Renault continue to swirl

Renault logo The French marque had a nightmare race weekend in Austria, beginning with paddock rumours of a split with Red Bull, worsened by yet another failure for Sebastian Vettel, and ending with a stinging rebuke by Christian Horner. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 20

F1 to adopt standing re-starts in 2015

Hot on the heels of exhaust trumpets and titanium sparks, the latest radical F1 innovation has now emerged. 

2014-06-08_0764Multiple authoritative sources are reporting that, at last week’s F1 Commission meeting, it was agreed that standing re-starts will spice up the show from 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 20

Red Bull planning ‘Infiniti’ F1 engine – report

Plans are afoot for an ‘Infiniti’ engine in formula one.

2014-06-07_0849 It is already known that reigning world champions Red Bull will compile a ‘final report’ about current supplier Renault’s progress since its disastrous pre-season after this weekend’s Austrian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 20

F1 to create ‘sparks’ in Austria practice

Hot on the heels of the exhaust ‘megaphone’, F1 is now courting more controversy with its latest push to spice up the show.

2014-06-08_0944 Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has been the loudest critic of the entertainment factor in 2014, and on Thursday Kimi Raikkonen agreed that the volume of the engines may be turning off the fans. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 19

F1 abandons short GP weekend idea – report

F1 failed to make significant cost-saving progress at a meeting on Wednesday, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports.

2014-06-08_0757Earlier, it was reported that the F1 Commission – involving the FIA, Bernie Ecclestone, the teams and other key stakeholders – voted through the proposal to cut Friday morning practice from next year’s race weekend format. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 07

Big teams propose Friday practice axe

F1 is proposing to shake up the format of the grand prix weekends for 2015.

IMG_0749It emerged in Montreal on Friday that the plan, already agreed by the powerful Strategy Group including the sport’s major teams, is designed to cut costs. Read the rest of this entry »

May 26

F1 could be destroyed without a ‘dictator’ – Briatore

Formula one “needs a dictator”, according to the flamboyant former team boss Flavio Briatore.

Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone Embroiled in a corruption scandal that could end his reign, F1′s current ‘supremo’, Bernie Ecclestone, has hinted that his bosses at CVC could be about to replace him. Read the rest of this entry »

May 20

Haas building 200-strong F1 workforce – report

Amid the F1 paddock’s usual scepticism, the sport’s newest team is pushing ahead with its plans.

Gene Haas portrait Gene Haas – a top Nascar team co-owner and boss of Haas Automation, a world-leading machine tool maker – has secured a two-year license to make his F1 debut either in 2015 or 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

May 19

Fuel playing big role in new V6 era – report

Fuel has emerged with a big role to play in F1′s new V6-powered era.

2014-03-30 - McLaren Mercedes - Malaysia - 02 Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said struggling Renault took a 12 horse power step forward last time out in Barcelona, thanks entirely to a new blend of fuel supplied by French partner Total. Read the rest of this entry »

May 16

Renault admits teams could run out of engines

Some Renault-powered F1 drivers could run out of engines later in 2014, the French supplier has admitted.

2013-02-27 - Renault Sport F1 engines (19) Renault chief Rob White said the French marque’s recovery from its early-season struggle for power and reliability is still ongoing. “At the first test we were miles off.  We were in a crisis,” he admitted to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, “but we didn’t panic. Read the rest of this entry »

May 14

Caterham behind in engine, gearbox bills – report

Is the F1 backmarker Caterham for sale?

2014-03-16 - Caterham F1 Team - Australia - Marcus Ericsson 04 That was the question being asked on Wednesday by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, recalling paddock rumours from the Spanish grand prix venue in Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

May 14

Vettel’s old chassis was ‘bent’ – report

“The chassis he (Vettel) used in the first four races was in fact crooked.”

2014-05-09 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Spain - Sebastian Vettel (9) The chassis used by Sebastian Vettel in the first four races of 2014 was bent, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Read the rest of this entry »

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