Tag Archive: Spa

Sep 02

Lotterer could return for Caterham at Monza

Mere days before the Italian grand prix, the identity of Caterham’s second race driver is still unclear.

André Lotterer - Caterham - (photo Getty Images) Reports from Japan suggest Kamui Kobayashi will definitely not be back at the wheel of the car at Monza, having already sat out Spa-Francorchamps. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 01

F1 experts criticise Mercedes over driver duel

“They are being run by two drivers who are like spoilt kids doing what they want to do.”

2014-06-05_0207 F1 experts have accused Mercedes of mismanaging Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton’s dramatically imploding relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 29

2014 Spa pace faster than last year – analysis

Two tenths quicker than the corresponding race of 2013

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium Last Sunday’s Belgian grand prix was the first time the new ‘power unit’ era proved faster than the screaming V8-powered machines of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27

Vettel made ‘many mistakes’ in 2014 – Webber

Mark Webber’s honest clarity has been missed from the formula one paddock in 2014.

2014-07-04 - 99000 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel Amid the typical PR-speak, the Australian – having left Red Bull and the paddock for semi-retirement and Le Mans – was always relied upon for a blunt assessment. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27

Silver duo still warring long after Spa crash

Days after their carbon-fibre crunching at Spa, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are still exchanging barbs.

2014-07-18_0876 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Toto Wolff - Lewis Hamilton After Hamilton said Rosberg had admitted in a post-race briefing that Sunday’s crash was on purpose, the championship leader had replied only that he has a “very different” tale to tell. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27

Verstappen tipped for Friday debut at Suzuka

Max Verstappen made his debut in a formula one car on Tuesday.

F3 - Max Verstappen - Van Amersfoort Racing The well-connected Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claims Red Bull, having newly signed the 16-year-old son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, has targeted October’s Japanese grand prix as a potential first official outing for Max in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 25

Rosberg gives ‘difficult’ review of Spa clash

“I’ve been told what Lewis said in the press” – Rosberg

2014-07-20_0925 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg on Monday remained reluctant to talk about his explosive clash with title rival and teammate Lewis Hamilton at Spa. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 25

Struggling Vettel gets new engineer for 2015

Struggling world champion Sebastian Vettel will get a new race engineer for the 2015 season.

2014-07-19 - 99024 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel This year defending his fourth consecutive drivers’ title, the German has notably struggled in 2014 alongside new teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 25

Mercedes rethinking team orders after Belgium clash

Rosberg, booed in the podium and slammed by his bosses, refused to apologise.

2014-07-18 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton (20) The fallout of Sunday’s explosive clash between warring teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is only just beginning to hit the ground. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 24

Lauda relieved Mercedes extending gap on rivals

Niki Lauda has expressed relief at Spa as Mercedes pulled out an even greater advantage over the chasing pack.

2014-06-07_0324 The F1 legend and Mercedes’ team chairman said that after Red Bull’s victory in Hungary prior to the summer break, he had been worried the field was closing in. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 24

McLaren will end driver uncertainty within season

The delayed announcement of McLaren’s 2015 lineup will not drag on until the winter, boss Eric Boullier insists.

2014-06-07_0813 On paper, the Woking team is the only F1 grandee whose driver plans for next year are not at all clear. It is known that McLaren’s new works engine partner Honda is pushing for a truly top name – like Alonso, Hamilton or Vettel – to spearhead the project. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 24

Caterham lines up new Kobayashi substitute for Monza

The big frontrunner now is Roberto Merhi

20131020-0097 Roberto Merhi has admitted he is in the running to be the next occupant of sidelined Caterham racer Kamui Kobayashi’s seat. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 23

Chilton fumbles as F1′s next ‘pay-drivers’ line up

“What everyone seems to think has happened is not the case”

IMG_6058 He didn’t want to say the words, but Max Chilton insists a Marussia kerfuffle in Belgium should not be interpreted as a simple ‘pay-driver’ in distress. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 22

Hamilton, Rosberg disagree over need for talks

“He wants to discuss it.  I on the other hand think it’s in the past — it’s done and dusted.”

2014-07-18 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton (4) Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg emerged from F1′s summer slumber disagreeing about how to tackle their rivalry over the remaining eight races of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 21

Shell invites Alonso and Räikkönen to demonstrate some of the world’s most energy efficient vehicles at Spa

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen drive ultra energy efficient vehicles at Spa-Francorchamps

2014-08-21 - Shell - Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen drive ultra energy efficient vehicles at Spa-FrancorchampsAhead of the 2014 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX, Shell invited Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen to demonstrate ultra energy efficient Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) vehicles on the historic Spa-Francorchamps track.

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Aug 21

Red Bull using electric engine for pitstop practice

Red Bull was experimenting with an all-electric formula one car at Spa on Wednesday, publications reveal.

2014-06-07_1561 Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport and Italy’s Autosprint say the reigning world champions’ electric prototype was in fact a 2013 Red Bull RB9 sporting a 2014 nose. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 18

Gutierrez in talks with ‘other teams’ for 2015

Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez has revealed his management is in talks with “other teams” about 2015.

2014-06-07_0133 With the prominent backing of Telmex, the 23-year-old has driven for the struggling Swiss team since last year. When asked about 2015, he told local media whilst in his native Mexico at the weekend: “We are in negotiations with Sauber and we have opened discussions with other teams. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 18

Ravetto confirms new nose for Caterham at Spa

New team deputy Manfredi Ravetto has confirmed Caterham will debut a new nose at this weekend’s Belgian grand prix.

Will Stevens - photo Caterham F1 Team After founder Tony Fernandes’ exit and the new management’s ousting of 40 staff, the struggling backmarker team pressed the throttle on a development push in the hope of re-capturing the lucrative tenth in the constructors’ championship. 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 27

Blancpain Endurance Series: Belgian Audi Club Team WRT takes home win after nail-biting finish

Total 24 Hours of Spa

The 66th running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa became a classic edition of the Belgian highlight of the Blancpain Endurance Series, with the fight for the win only decided in the closing minutes of a very demanding race.

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