Tag Archive: Austin

Nov 20

Barrichello rules out Caterham return

Rubens Barrichello has denied he is about to make a sensational return to F1 to complete the 2014 season with Caterham.

Rubens Barrichello Medley portrait With Caterham back up and running after missing Austin and Brazil, the team is still yet to announce an Abu Dhabi teammate for Kamui Kobayashi. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 16

Kobayashi’s teammate unclear for Caterham return

Caterham’s administrators have reappointed Kamui Kobayashi to contest the 2014 finale in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

2014-06-08_0925 The beleaguered backmarker team missed Austin and Brazil amid its high-profile fight for survival, but a controversial crowdfunding scheme means the green cars will be back for the last race of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

Future still clouded for three small teams

But a meeting at Interlagos late on Saturday broke with no solution in place.

2014-03-16 - Caterham F1 Team - Australia - Marcus Ericsson 03 teams A week after the boycott threats of Austin, struggling teams Lotus, Force India and Sauber travelled to Brazil apparently close to a ‘fighting fund’ bailout that would secure their future. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 08

Ecclestone slams Caterham’s ‘begging bowl’

Bernie Ecclestone has joined those who are heavily critical of Caterham’s plea for fans’ money to get the struggling team back on track.

2012-11-15_0006 In administration and missing in Austin and Brazil, the outfit has launched a crowdfunding scheme to raise the almost $4 million it says it needs to make it to this year’s Abu Dhabi finale. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 08

Engine marques still arguing over 2015 ‘unfreeze’

Progress on the 2015 engine ‘unfreeze’ may not be as simple as first thought.

2013-02-27 - Renault Sport F1 engines (11) Although F1’s dominant force Mercedes slammed the initiative as “ridiculous” mere days ago, it emerged the German camp is now close to agreeing to help struggling rivals Ferrari and Renault to catch up with their V6 ‘power units’. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Rosberg missing aggression for 2014 ‘combat’ – pundits

“And that’s the only way you win a world championship.”

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Lewis Hamilton - Nico Rosberg (2) Lewis Hamilton has produced championship-winning performance alongside former title favourite Nico Rosberg in the latter stages of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Caterham preparing for Abu Dhabi return

Caterham is preparing to return to formula one for F1’s 2014 finale in Abu Dhabi next month.

2014-06-08_0925 As it was put into administration following founder Tony Fernandes’ ill-fated sale to Colin Kolles-managed investors, the team as well as backmarker Marussia sat out Austin and will again be absent in rainy Brazil this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 05

Santander met with McLaren in Austin – report

Evidence is building by the day that Fernando Alonso is definitely McLaren-bound.

2014-06-07_0248 Writing in the Swiss newspaper Blick, veteran correspondent Roger Benoit claims the deal was actually all but finalised a few weeks ago in Sochi, Russia. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 05

Only ‘positive pressure’ on Raikkonen – boss

The pressure on Kimi Raikkonen to up his game is of the “positive” variety, Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci insists.

IMG_1689 It is a near-certainty that disgruntled Fernando Alonso is leaving the Maranello team, but also with a solid 2015 contract is his Finnish teammate. Any speculation Raikkonen might also depart Ferrari, however, has been mild at best, even though Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport is questioning whether the 2007 world champion should be kept in red. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 05

Mallya says Force India to ‘absolutely’ keep Perez

With Nico Hulkenberg already signed up for 2015, all eyes at Force India are now on Sergio Perez.

2014-03-17 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Australia - Dr Vijay Mallya 02 The 24-year-old brings key Mexican backing to the Silverstone based team, but he has scored less than 40 per cent of Force India’s points so far this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Rosberg ‘not thinking about’ title defeat

“I am not thinking about how I will react if I don’t win the title” – Rosberg

Nico Rosberg - pole position Austin - photo Getty Images Earlier the runaway title leader, Nico Rosberg’s championship hopes have faded dramatically after five straight wins for teammate Lewis Hamilton. The in-house Mercedes showdown is now guaranteed a ‘double points’ finale in Abu Dhabi, but it is true that German Rosberg’s fightback is now slipping out of his grasp. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

‘Base payment’ could resolve boycott threat – Lopez

F1 authorities are scrambling this week to put down a lingering boycott threat ahead of the Brazilian grand prix.

2014-05-04 - Lotus F1 Team - Gerard Lopez As the sport’s air freight touches down in Sao Paulo, the Brazilian news agency Estado reports that organisers of the Interlagos race are dismissing claims of a boycott threat, insisting that 18 cars – every team with the exception of insolvent Caterham and Marussia – will line up on the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Haas could keep Sutil’s F1 dream alive

Adrian Sutil could keep his F1 dream alive by moving to the new Haas F1 Team for 2016.

IMG_5994 The German, and his Mexican teammate Esteban Gutierrez, both look set to lose their race seats at the Swiss team Sauber after November’s Abu Dhabi finale. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Wolff moves to end boycott threat with ‘a few per cent’

F1 may have moved a small step towards ending the boycott threat.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Sochi - Toto Wolff Although Bernie Ecclestone’s rare ‘mea culpa’ averted the threat in Austin when he admitted his income distribution system was broken, small teams Lotus, Force India and Sauber are still unhappy as they trek this week to Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

F1 now guaranteed ‘Abu Double’ title finale

Abu Dhabi will count for twice as many points as usual

2012-11-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina Circuit 01 Lewis Hamilton on Sunday continued to charge towards his second world title, but his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg is guaranteed to still be in the title fight for the finale that could be referred to as ‘Abu Double’. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Santander to stay even if Alonso leaves – report

The Spanish multinational Santander is staying at Ferrari even if the closely-aligned Fernando Alonso jumps ship.

2014-06-05_0035That is the claim of the Spanish sports daily Marca, reporting that the banking group has pledged to fulfil its 2017 contract with Ferrari independent of Alonso’s next move.

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Nov 03

Boycott threat still lingering for Brazil GP

Two hours before Sunday’s US grand prix, the risk that only 12 cars would race still existed.

2010-11-06 - F1- Interlagos - Sao Paulo - Brazil As promised, Bernie Ecclestone negotiated an eleventh hour solution, and the boycott threat posed by angry privateers Lotus, Sauber and Force India was put down. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 02

Formula One teams United States Grand Prix race report

United States Grand Prix Formula One race report

150x80-flagworldf1 Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Austin, Texas.

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Nov 02

Austin, Race: Hamilton extends title lead with US GP win over Rosberg

Daniel Ricciardo finished third for Red Bull Racing.

Hamilton- Rosberg - GP USA , photo Getty Images Lewis Hamilton extended his title lead over team-mate Nico Rosberg to 24 points, as he took a comfortable third career US Grand Prix win after passing the German for the lead as the race approached its midpoint. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 02

Ecclestone vows to work to end F1 crisis

The smell of crisis is in the air in Austin, as Bernie Ecclestone scrabbles to end a boycott threat and put failing teams back on track.

2013-06-06_0008 With Caterham and Marussia absent from the US grand prix garages, the next set of struggling privateers – Lotus, Force India and Sauber – have reportedly threatened to also sit out Sunday’s race in protest of the sport’s income distribution model. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Formula One teams United States Grand Prix qualifying report

United States Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report

150x80-flagworldf1 Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Austin, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Boycott threat emerges as next teams face collapse

Battle lines are being drawn as F1 reacts to the ‘crisis’ of collapsing teams.

2014-07-20 - 99005 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo But Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko declared unequivocally ahead of the US grand prix: “We are ready.” He was referring to the concept of three-car teams, as he admitted to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that it might cost the sport’s big players up to $30 million each. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Vettel to qualify in Austin ‘out of respect’

Sebastian Vettel will make a brief appearance during qualifying on Saturday ahead of the US grand prix in Austin.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel (8) Earlier, team figures suggested the reigning world champion would sit out the session because penalties for running his sixth ‘power unit’ of 2014 means he will start the race from pitlane. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Kobayashi in Austin to keep F1 dream alive

Like his 2014 teammate Marcus Ericsson, Kamui Kobayashi has travelled to Austin without a formula one car to drive.

IMG_5973 But unlike the Swedish rookie Ericsson, who reportedly carries up to $20 million in personal backing, Japanese Kobayashi looks less likely to secure a race seat elsewhere for 2015, following the collapse of the Caterham team. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Formula One teams United States Grand Prix free practice report

United States Grand Prix Formula One free practice report

 

150x80-flagworldf1 Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Austin, Texas.

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Oct 31

Mercedes not ready to let drivers ‘off leash’

Mercedes is not yet willing to let its drivers “off the leash” in their three-race fight for the drivers’ title.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Lewis Hamilton - Nico Rosberg (2) That is despite the German squad having wrapped up the crucial and lucrative constructors’ championship three weeks ago in Russia. It was said at the time that Mercedes, having tried to contain the hostility of the duel between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, might react to its title success by giving the drivers freer reign to battle for F1’s biggest prize. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Alonso keeps F1 guessing over future

Fernando Alonso is keeping the F1 paddock in the dark over his future, as a string of rival drivers also wait impatiently for his next move.

2014-10-03_0196 - Scuderia Ferrari - Japan - Fernando Alonso Undoubtedly the most powerful player on the driver market, the Spaniard is said to have definitely split with Ferrari, but reports suggest a contractual impasse is in play between Alonso and the Italian team. Once that is past, Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari switch will surely become official, but for now even Kimi Raikkonen – the other driver wearing red – is on standby. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Grosjean reveals Lotus exit clause

Romain Grosjean has revealed an exit clause will allow him to walk away from Lotus at the end of the season.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Romain Grosjean 03 Insiders believe the Frenchman, obviously frustrated by the Enstone team’s struggles in 2014, is waiting for the Fernando Alonso situation to clear before re-committing to Lotus for another season. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Family denies Bianchi to leave Japan

Jules Bianchi’s family has denied reports the French driver could soon be transferred from the hospital in Japan.

2014-06-05_0125 This Sunday will mark four weeks since the Marussia driver’s life-threatening Suzuka crash, and the family announced in a new statement late on Thursday that Bianchi is still in a “critical but stable” condition. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

Berger advises Ferrari to ‘keep Alonso’

With Ferrari currently having three champion drivers under contract, speculation about Fernando Alonso’s future continues to run wild.

20131019-0045 Some reports suggest the Italian team and the Spaniard are in a sort of Mexican standoff, each wanting the other to legally terminate their contract for financial reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

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