Tag Archive: Abu Dhabi

Nov 26

Formula One teams Abu Dhabi testing report day 2

Formula One Abu Dhabi day 2 test report

150x80-flagworldf1 Today’s testing report from Formula One teams & drivers at Yas Marina.

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Nov 26

Vettel’s Ferrari appearance ‘legally not ok’ – Marko

Sebastian Vettel breached his contract by kicking off his Ferrari career early on Tuesday.

Vettel -Raikkonen - photo Getty Images Just days after his last grand prix with Red Bull, the quadruple world champion on Tuesday appeared in the Ferrari garage at the Abu Dhabi test, albeit wearing plain clothes. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 26

Bottas’ managers play down Ferrari ‘rumours’

Valtteri Bottas’ managers have played down rumours linking the on-form Finn with a move to Ferrari.

2014-07-26 - Williams Martini Racing - Hungary - Valterri Bottas 04 Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport reported this week that, perhaps in view of replacing its current Finn Kimi Raikkonen in 2016, Ferrari has made exploratory advances towards 25-year-old Bottas in recent days. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 25

Alex Lynn to make Formula One test debut

The 21-year-old Englishman will drive the car on the final day of the last test of this season at Abu Dhabi

Alex Lynn 01 Newly crowned GP3 Series champion Alex Lynn is to make his Formula One debut tomorrow (Wednesday 26 November) when he takes the wheel of the current Lotus F1 Team E22 Formula One car. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 25

Formula One teams Abu Dhabi testing report day 1

Formula One Abu Dhabi day 1 test report

150x80-flagworldf1 Today’s testing report from Formula One teams & drivers at Yas Marina. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 25

Hamilton wants to keep number 44 in 2015

2014 world champion Lewis Hamilton wants to keep his personal race number 44 next year rather than switch to number 1.

Hamilton - UK flag Traditionally, the reigning world champion in F1 wears the coveted number 1. But a change early in 2014, mimicking the system in MotoGP, meant drivers were able to pick their own number between 2 and 99 to keep for the rest of their careers. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 25

Driver reunion could make McLaren stronger – Dennis

Even Ron Dennis is now beginning to hint that Fernando Alonso is set to return to McLaren.

2012-11-18_0013 In late 2007, when the Spaniard left Woking amid acrimony and the ‘spygate’ furore, a reunion with Dennis even years later appeared impossible. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 25

Sainz waits for imminent Toro Rosso announcement

Carlos Sainz jr says he hopes Toro Rosso will shortly announce his 2015 debut.

Carlos Sainz champion The major Spanish sports newspapers AS and Marca are separately reporting that the 20-year-old has been selected by Dr Helmut Marko to race alongside fellow rookie Max Verstappen next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 25

Qatar to break F1 fee record in 2017 – report

Qatar, the small Arab country, looks set to break F1’s record for the highest-paying grand prix host.

F1 business journalist Christian Sylt, who is close to the sport’s chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, cited ‘sources’ in reporting that Qatar looks set to pay about $78 million a year beginning with its first race no later than 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

New deal with champ Hamilton may take time – Wolff

With Lewis Hamilton now a double world champion, Mercedes has vowed to waste no time in signing him up for the future.

Hamilton UK flag - photo Getty Images Officials for the German team on Sunday insisted that, with the British driver and Nico Rosberg finishing first and second in 2014, their rivalry will be back on track in silver cars next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

Rosberg gracious in title defeat

As their fierce rivalry this year came to its zenith on Sunday, Nico Rosberg was notably gracious in defeat.

Hamilton-Rosberg after Abu Dhabi - photo Getty Images The bullish German had spent the Abu Dhabi weekend firing psychological barbs at Lewis Hamilton, but on Sunday he was beaten off the line by the Briton before technical problems began to strike. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

Mattiacci focused on Ferrari top job ‘at the moment’

Marco Mattiacci has done little to reject rumours he is set to depart as Ferrari’s team boss.

Marco Mattiacci  - photo Getty Images Reports throughout the Abu Dhabi weekend suggested the Roman and former Ferrari North America chief, who arrived at Maranello in April to replace the suddenly-ousted Stefano Domenicali, is on the verge of himself being replaced. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

Former Spanish King says Alonso ‘going to McLaren’

“It will not be a surprise” – Alonso 

2014-06-07_0254 Fernando Alonso completed his Ferrari career on Sunday still refusing to confirm widespread speculation his next move is to McLaren-Honda. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

Mallya slams Red Bull as F1 ‘cheats’

Rival F1 team Force India has blasted outgoing world champions Red Bull as the “cheats” of the sport.

2014-03-17 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Australia - Dr Vijay Mallya 02 “Red Bull gives you flexible wings,” team supremo and co-owner Vijay Mallya said on Twitter on Sunday. The former Indian billionaire’s attack on the energy drink-owned team follows not just the latest flexible wing saga, but also team boss Christian Horner supposedly enraging his counterparts in a recent meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

Toro Rosso tipped to announce Sainz this week

Carlos Sainz jr could be unveiled within days as Toro Rosso’s new driver for 2015.

Carlos Sainz champion That is the claim of the Spanish sports daily Marca, following reports in Abu Dhabi at the weekend that Jean-Eric Vergne now seems resigned to leaving Faenza after three full seasons with the Red Bull-owned junior team. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

Stevens to test with team in Abu Dhabi

Will Stevens to drive for Caterham F1 Team at Abu Dhabi test

11 - Caterham F1 TeamThe CaterhamF1 Team is pleased to announce that Will Stevens will drive on both days of the official Formula 1 test in Abu Dhabi this week to work with the Team and continue to gain experience together. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Hamilton takes second title with win in Abu Dhabi

As team-mate and title rival Rosberg’s race is wrecked by technical issues

2014-07-18_0877 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton took his second Formula One world title with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as championship rival Nico Rosberg’s challenge was ended by technical problems that wrecked the German’s race. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Mercedes-Benz celebrates one-two victory in the Formula 1 drivers’ world championship

Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton is the new Formula 1 world champion

2014-11-23 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 03A triumphant end to the 2014 Formula 1 season for Mercedes-Benz as Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton wins the concluding race of the campaign at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi to take the Formula 1 world championship title for the second time in his career. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Ecclestone ready to ‘tear up’ income contracts

“Personally, I would tear up all of the contracts and discuss the redistribution of money.  No problem,”

2012-06-07_0277 Bernie Ecclestone on Saturday said he is prepared to “tear up” contracts and start again, as the sport’s civil war appeared to ease slightly in Abu Dhabi. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Newey says ‘all’ F1 cars’ front wings flexing

Red Bull cried foul on Saturday after its cars were disqualified from qualifying in Abu Dhabi.

2014-01-28 -  Infiniti Red Bull Racing - RB10 unveil - Christian Horner - Adrian Newey - Sebastian Vettel - Daniel Ricciardo (5) During the session in Abu Dhabi, television replays appeared to show the ends of the front wings flexing significantly towards the ground. According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, FIA inspectors checked all the top teams after qualifying, but only Red Bull emerged with penalties. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Red Bull still blocking Vettel’s Ferrari test

Sebastian Vettel has hit out at Red Bull for blocking him from making his Ferrari test debut next week.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel (8) As soon as the German’s impending departure from Red Bull was announced, team owner Dietrich Mateschitz said Vettel will only be free to go in the days after the post-race Abu Dhabi test. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Rosberg’s mind games reach title zenith on Sunday

Nico Rosberg has been busily playing the psychological game this weekend as he clings to his world championship chances.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Nico Rosberg (21) Needing Mercedes teammate and title favourite Lewis Hamilton to finish no higher than third on Sunday, German Rosberg has been firing thinly-veiled barbs at his British rival all weekend at the Abu Dhabi finale. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Alonso hits back after Mattiacci jibes

Fernando Alonso has lashed back at Marco Mattiacci for questioning his commitment and motivation.

2014-06-08_0719 Since confirming that Sebastian Vettel will replace the apparently McLaren-bound Alonso next year, Ferrari boss Mattiacci has referred to the issue of commitment several times. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Magnussen can be Danish ‘sporting legend’ – Dennis

A new name “might” have leapt into contention to become Fernando Alonso’s teammate at McLaren-Honda next year.

2014-06-07_1055 Former team driver Martin Brundle on Saturday told McLaren supremo Ron Dennis that everyone in the paddock knows Alonso has now inked a deal for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Caterham F1 Team clarifies driver choice

“The level of interest was really very high”

11 - Caterham F1 Team Finbarr O’Connell, CaterhamF1 Team’s Team Principle, has sought to clarify the many claims by drivers stating to have been “offered” the CaterhamF1 Team drives this weekend in Abu Dhabi. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 22

Angry teams happier after Mackenzie meeting

F1’s three angry teams seemed slightly less angry on Saturday after a meeting with Donald Mackenzie.

2014-03-30 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysia -Sergio Perez - Teams The usually paddock-shy CVC chief made the trip to Abu Dhabi to meet with Bernie Ecclestone and Lotus, Sauber and Force India, with the three teams crying foul over how the power and income is distributed within formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 22

F1 civil war rages on in Abu Dhabi

The civil war in formula one continues to rage.

2012-11-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina Circuit 03 Earlier, the governing FIA summoned Bob Fernley (Force India), Gerard Lopez (Lotus) and Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber) to mandatorily attend Friday’s official press conference in Abu Dhabi. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 22

Big chance of showdown crash in Abu Dhabi – Lauda

Niki Lauda has admitted it is possible Sunday’s championship showdown will end with a crash.

2014-06-07_0333 Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have endured a tense relationship all season, they actually clashed at Spa and now the 2014 world champion will be decided in Abu Dhabi. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 22

McLaren runs Red Bull front wing ‘copy’

McLaren’s new front wing bears a striking resemblance to the one fitted to the 2014 Red Bull.

McLaren-Honda SAP 2 In the last race before the British team switches to Honda power, it was fitted to Kevin Magnussen’s MP4-29 during Friday practice in Abu Dhabi. The Danish driver said the new wing is a “very different philosophy” for McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 22

Van der Garde denied pass for Abu Dhabi – report

Giedo van der Garde was denied access to the Abu Dhabi paddock, the Swiss newspaper Blick reports.

IMG_5366 The Dutchman has been Sauber’s reserve driver in 2014, and this weekend was reportedly scheduled to drive in the first Friday practice session. Read the rest of this entry »

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