Tag Archive: Niki Lauda

Jul 31

F1 ‘popularity’ meeting cancelled

A crisis meeting to plot formula one’s future has been cancelled.

150x80-flagworldf1 The meeting was set to take place in London on Thursday, involving Bernie Ecclestone, Ferrari’s Marco Mattiacci, Red Bull’s Christian Horner, Force India’s Bob Fernley and Mercedes’ Toto Wolff.
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Jul 31

Mercedes’ title-warring drivers have been told they must follow team orders over the remaining eight races of 2014

Mercedes drivers told to obey team orders in future

2014-07-20_0919 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Nico Rosberg The Brackley based team moved to play down Lewis Hamilton’s defiance in Hungary last Sunday, accepting that the Briton was right to refuse to let Nico Rosberg past. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Mercedes will try again to turn up F1 volume – Lauda

Niki Lauda has put his mind to the problem of F1′s dwindling television and spectator audiences.

2014-07-19_0909 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Nico Rosberg Before the sport breaks for the summer, key meetings will take place this week, including the brand new ‘popularity working group’ reportedly headed by Flavio Briatore. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30

F1 looking ahead to summer ‘shutdown’

Tired faces left the Hungaroring paddock last Sunday looking forward to a break.

150x80-flagworldf1 Not only is there now a rare month-long gap between the races in Hungary and Belgium, the teams have agreed to close their factories and even turn off email servers for a two-week period. 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

Wolff denies Mercedes will punish Hamilton

Toto Wolff has dismissed suggestions Mercedes will sanction Lewis Hamilton for ignoring team orders in Hungary.

2014-07-19_0904 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Lewis Hamilton Although it was potentially explosive, the German team closed ranks after the incident but rumours persisted that the 2008 world champion will be punished behind closed doors. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

Mercedes to rethink team orders after Hamilton defiance

Mercedes has moved to put the intensifying battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg behind closed doors.

2014-07-19_0914 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Toto Wolff “Corporate answer,” boss Toto Wolff smiled late on Sunday, when the extent of the potential controversy triggered by the Hungarian grand prix became clear. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

Hamilton angling for new EUR 90m contract – report

Lewis Hamilton is angling for a pay-rise at Mercedes, the major German newspaper Bild-Zeitung reports.

2014-07-19_0902 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Lewis Hamilton The big ‘silly season’ rumour in Hungary last weekend was about Hamilton’s silver-coloured seat beyond the end of his 2015 contract. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

Raikkonen eyes ‘better’ Ferrari for 2015

F1 now breaks for three full weekends before hostilities resume in Belgium late next month.

2014-07-20 - Scuderia Ferrari - Germany - Kimi Raikkonen 02 Kimi Raikkonen was looking ahead to 2015 rather than seeing Sunday’s Hungarian grand prix as the start of an immediate Ferrari revival. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

Marko playing contract poker with Vettel – Lauda

The source of the rumour was undoubtedly Marko.

2014-07-05 - 99033 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel Niki Lauda has accused fellow Austrian and F1 rival Dr Helmut Marko of playing games to secure the services of world champion Sebastian Vettel. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

Briatore to inject more ‘show’ into F1 – reports

Bernie Ecclestone sees friend Flavio Briatore as the key to rescuing formula one’s flagging ‘show’.

Flavio Briatore - Enzo Coloni That is the claim of publications including the Spanish sports daily AS, in the wake of a meeting of team bosses in the Hungaroring paddock on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

Lauda pressures Lowe after Hamilton fire

“I think it’s getting beyond bad luck” – Hamilton

2014-06-07_0336 Niki Lauda was putting the pressure on team boss Paddy Lowe late on Saturday, as technical trouble dented Lewis Hamilton’s title hopes for the second time in the space of a week. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

‘Silly season’ strikes F1 throughout 2014 grid

The rumour went full circle in the space of a couple of days

2014-07-20 - 99005 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo The unofficial ‘silly season’ has officially hit F1, as talk of a move to Mercedes for world champion Sebastian Vettel buzzes the paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

Hamilton’s hopes up in flames in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton’s championship hopes went up in Mercedes-flavoured fire on Saturday.

2014-07-19_0903 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Lewis Hamilton Far from keeping his target of a Hungaroring hat-trick on pole position, having aced every practice session this weekend, the Briton’s silver Mercedes erupted in flames with a fuel leak at the very start of Q1. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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