Tag Archive: Niki Lauda

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 24

Hamilton’s engineer breaks ribs in cycling crash

Toto Wolff was not the only senior member of Mercedes’ management team hurt in a cycling pileup this week.

2013-06-09_0059 In a team-building exercise along the Danube river on Tuesday, the 42-year-old Austrian crashed, badly breaking his arm in four places. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 23

Lauda apologises for calling Ferrari car ‘sh*t’

“I have not seen the interview in the Spanish daily, but I was too heavy with my words — forgive me.”

IMG_3777 Niki Lauda has swiftly hit reverse, after using an expletive to describe the cars fielded in 2014 by Mercedes’ grandee rivals McLaren and Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 23

Alonso could be free to leave Ferrari – sources

Fernando Alonso could be contractually free to walk away from Ferrari.

2014-06-07_0248 Technically, the Spaniard remains under contract to the struggling Maranello team until the end of 2016. “I’m sure he is very frustrated,” Niki Lauda told the Spanish newspaper El Pais earlier this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 22

Vettel blamed for turning off Hockenheim crowd

Or maybe the German fans listened to their reigning world champion.

2014-06-07_0952 World champion Sebastian Vettel is copping some of the blame for the small crowd at Hockenheim last weekend. After buzzing atmospheres and big crowds in Canada, Austria and Silverstone, the empty seats for the German grand prix were conspicuous. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 22

‘Fric’ storm exits F1 with a whimper

As quickly as the ‘Fric’ storm swept into the paddock, it left with barely a whimper.

2014-06-08_1055 “It changed nothing,” said Niki Lauda, chairman of the Mercedes team that supposedly would suffer most from the effective banning of the suspension technology. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 20

Mercedes slams ‘unacceptable’ Brembo failure

“It is impossible to determine in such a short time why the disc has broken” – Toto Wolff

2014-06-06_0010 Mercedes has slammed as “unacceptable” the failure of Lewis Hamilton’s Brembo brand brake disc during qualifying at Hockenheim.

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Jul 20

Lauda slams Williams for fudging Susie Wolff ‘PR move’

“Williams unfortunately missed the chance to do global women’s racing a big favour”

2014-03-17 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Australia - Toto Wolff - Susie Wolff Niki Lauda has criticised Williams, in the wake of female driver Susie Wolff’s Friday morning appearances at Silverstone and Hockenheim. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 19

Empty track leaves F1 at ‘five minutes to 12′ – Lauda

Niki Lauda wants formula one to think urgently about what is turning off the fans in 2014.

2014-06-07_0333 Big crowds were buzzing in Austria and Silverstone recently, but it was impossible not to notice some almost completely empty grandstands at Hockenheim on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 18

Raikkonen hits back at calls for Hockenheim ban

Kimi Raikkonen has hit back after critics called on him to be banned for his British grand prix crash.

2014-06-29 - Goodwood Festival of Speed - Kimi Raikkonen (6) The Finn has recovered from a bruised ankle, knee and ribs after the 47G crash at Silverstone, in which Felipe Massa was also involved and Max Chilton’s head narrowly avoided a flying tyre. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 17

Lauda wants re-think after decade of F1 revolution

Niki Lauda has proposed a sweeping review of every rule change in formula one for the past decade.

2014-06-07_0333 For some, the all-new era of quiet turbo V6 engines was the final straw that broke the floodgates of fierce criticism. The harshest critic has been Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who has called for an emergency meeting with F1′s major stakeholders. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 17

Fans enjoyed ‘kindergarten’ complaining – Vettel

World champion Sebastian Vettel has dismissed Niki Lauda’s criticism in the wake of the British grand prix.

2014-06-05_0185 Having heard his excitable radio calls about Fernando Alonso’s driving during their thrilling Silverstone duel, Mercedes chairman Lauda denounced Vettel for “screaming like a small, startled child”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

F1 legend Forghieri slams ‘ridiculous’ DRS

Legendary Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri has a couple of simple suggestions to spice up formula one.

2011-06-11_1148 Amid a dwindling television audience in 2014, most of the blame has fallen on the brand new engine rules, with smaller, quiet turbos replacing the screaming V8s of the past. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 14

Mercedes won’t ‘interfere’ with title battle – Lauda

Niki Lauda insists Mercedes’ two drivers will continue to enjoy a free run to the 2014 title.

IMG_2291 Amid Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s ever-intensifying clash for the world championship, boss Toto Wolff warned recently that “transparency” within the Brackley based team was beginning to suffer. Read the rest of this entry »

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