Tag Archive: Auto Hebdo

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 »

Oct 27

Alonso future unclear amid Audi, Lotus rumours

A major sponsor of the Lotus team has stirred up the already confusing speculation about Fernando Alonso’s next move.

Fernando Alonso - Audi  (photo Audi) Most insiders believe the Spaniard and Ferrari have already dissolved their contract, paving the way for Sebastian Vettel to join Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian team in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 24

Vergne hopes 2015 employer noticed Singapore drive

Jean-Eric Vergne hopes his impressive drive in Singapore will open a rival team’s garage door for him in 2015.

2014-06-07_0890 Dumped as a Red Bull-backed driver, the Frenchman will leave the energy drink company’s second team Toro Rosso at the end of the season, to be replaced by teenager Max Verstappen. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 06

Lotus at Monza is ‘worst car’ – Grosjean

Romain Grosjean is pulling no punches at Monza as he assesses the performance of his Lotus car.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Romain Grosjean 01 Reportedly eyeing the exit at the struggling Enstone team, the Frenchman’s season looks to have hit rock bottom in Italy as he led only the Caterhams in practice. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 12

Renault, Ferrari simply out-spent by Mercedes – Jalinier

“We are 320 people at Viry, but together with the chassis and the engine there were up to 1,250 at Mercedes.”

2014-07-19_0913 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany Recently departed Renault F1 boss Jean-Michel Jalinier says the struggling French marque was out-spent as the sport entered its new V6 era. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 10

Renault situation ‘not acceptable’ – Grosjean

The 27-year-old is sounding increasingly frustrated

2014-03-30 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysia - Romain Grosjean 04 Romain Grosjean is apparently becoming more and more frustrated with the situation at troubled Lotus this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Williams to show Martini livery on March 6

Williams’ deal to be announced prior to Australian grand prix

Felipe Massa Williams 19 - photo G.N. ToileF1.com Williams’ new Martini-themed 2014 livery will be unveiled on 6 March, a week before the F1 circus gathers in Melbourne for the season opener. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 03

Lotus, Marussia pay 2014 entry fees – reports

Other reports said the FIA has confirmed the news

2014-01-30 - Marussia F1 Team - MR03 - Max Chilton (5) Lotus and Marussia have ended doubts about their official participation in the 2014 championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

FIA’s Whiting says ‘clever’ Lotus nose is ‘legal’

“The approach is – without a doubt – different, but it is legitimate”

Lotus - Yota Device Lotus’ innovative double-pronged nose solution for 2014 has been declared legal by the FIA’s Charlie Whiting. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 07

Lotus to miss first winter test

Lotus is on track for a competitive 2014

2013-06-09_0142 Lotus will not take its new 2014 car to the first official test of the pre-season, the Enstone based team has announced. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 19

Career could have ended in mid 2013 – Grosjean

Grosjean ended the recently-concluded season as a standout of 2013

2013-10-26 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 01 Even with a 2013 contract in his pocket, Romain Grosjean has admitted he remained perilously close to seeing his now flourishing F1 career end. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 18

F1 rookie Esteban Gutierrez has revealed the extent of his struggle for form this year

Gutierrez admits ‘tensions’ affected F1 form

2013-06-09_0463 The 22-year-old Mexican has struggled for much of 2013, but an improved Sauber and boosted confidence led to his maiden points – 6 of them – at Suzuka last weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 25

Lotus not ruling out name change to Renault – Lopez

Lopez said taking the next step is in fact crucial for Lotus

2013-05-12 - Lotus F1 Team - Spain - Romain Grosjean 01Team owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed Lotus is hoping Renault offers ‘works’-style support to the Enstone based outfit. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 17

Lotus structure can cope with personnel losses

“A team should not be a house of cards that collapses when someone leaves.”

2013-06-06_0282Lotus has been the victim as more powerful teams waved chequebooks to lure key people. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 18

The vacant race seat at Red Bull for 2014 is the headline act in this year’s driver ‘silly season’.

Webber’s seat the main act in 2014 ‘silly season’

2013-06-07_0356The world champions are giving Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo a trial at the Silverstone test this week, and the other candidate to replace the Le Mans-bound Mark Webber is Kimi Raikkonen. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 02

Pirelli changed tyres without consent at Silverstone – report

Pirelli’s Paul Hembery denies the charge

Pirelli - F1 - photo © FLORENT GOODEN - DPPI F1’s tyre scandal could be set to deepen yet further, as a Spanish sports newspaper claims Pirelli – already under reprimand for ‘test-gate’ – blatantly broke the rules. Read the rest of this entry »

May 30

F1 ‘no place for Grosjean to practice’ – Salo

“Grosjean is incredibly fast, but too prone to error for this series.”

Grosjean-Boullier - photo © JEAN MICHEL LE MEUR - DPPI Romain Grosjean’s days in F1 could be numbered, according to former driver and Finnish pundit Mika Salo. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 04

Villeneuve thinks Raikkonen could win title

“It’s true, we didn’t have a good race at Sepang” – James Allison

2013-03-23 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysia - Kimi Raikkonen (3)Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion turned TV pundit, thinks Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen would be a good bet for this year’s championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 26

2013 season ‘really starts in Spain’ – van der Garde

“The season really starts for me in Spain”

2013-03-23 - Team Caterham - Malaysia - Giedo van der Garde 02Giedo van der Garde has admitted he is prepared to endure a couple more painful grands prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

HRT’s ‘Ma to race in 2013′ reports wrong

The Chinese media appears to have got it wrong by announcing on Tuesday that Shanghai native Ma Qinghua will race for HRT in 2013.

11 - HRT F1 Team2012-07-12 - HRT F1 Team - Ma Qing HuaChinese outlets made the call after the 24-year-old and HRT officials fronted a press conference in Shanghai. But it seems to be a misunderstanding. The press conference was to congratulate Ma on his ‘debut’ as an ‘official’ F1 driver this year, as he appeared three times at FIA-sanctioned grands prix for free practice sessions. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

More trouble but no blame for embattled Grosjean

Romain Grosjean was back in the wars in Abu Dhabi, but this time no one is calling for the embattled Frenchman to be banned.

2012-11-04 - Lotus F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Romain Grosjean 012012-11-04 - Lotus F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Romain Grosjean 03It was rumoured recently that more collisions for the Lotus driver could result in him sitting out the rest of the 2012 season — and perhaps missing out on a seat for 2013. In Abu Dhabi, he clashed with Nico Rosberg on the opening lap. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 04

Lotus will not race double-DRS ‘device’ at Monza

Lotus’ double DRS-inspired “device” will remain on the back-burner for yet another grand prix.

2012-09-02 - Lotus F1 Team - Belgium - Kimi Raikkonen 012012-09-02 - Lotus F1 Team - Belgium - Kimi Raikkonen 04The Enstone based team wanted to qualify and race the device at Spa last weekend, but Lotus changed course due to Friday’s practice washout.

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Aug 17

More sources reporting Mercedes-rebranding rumours

More publications and sources are reporting rumours Mercedes could be looking to reshape its commitment to formula one.

2012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - 012012-07-21 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Michael Schumacher 01The latest edition of the French weekly Auto Hebdo reported that, still yet to agree a new Concorde Agreement deal, the Stuttgart carmaker could field only a ‘semi-official’ team from 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 14

Mercedes is considering a partial withdrawal from formula one at the end of 2013, the French weekly Auto Hebdo is reporting.

Mercedes eyes partial F1 withdrawal for 2014 – report

2011-06-11_11312012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Ross Brawn 01The Stuttgart carmaker, still yet to agree a new Concorde Agreement deal with Bernie Ecclestone, reportedly could then field only a ‘semi-official’ team from 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 06

World of F1 now closed for business

Formula one is officially on holiday.

Flagworld - F12012-05-27 - Red Bull Racing - Monaco - Mark Webber 99000A gentleman’s agreement between the 12 competing teams means every factory has closed its doors and sent home its staff for a full 14 day period.

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Jul 27

Ferrari has best car in 2012 – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel insists Ferrari has the best car on the 2012 grid.

2012-06-21 - Ferrari - Felipe Massa 00072012-07-20 - Ferrari - Fernando Alonso 0015In an interview with journalists from O Estado de S.Paulo (Brazil), Corriere della Sera (Italy) and Auto Hebdo (France), the reigning world champion reportedly laughed at Alonso and Ferrari’s constant claims that the Spaniard is leading the world championship despite not having the best car.

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Jul 12

Team owner and boss Vijay Mallya has played up Jules Bianchi’s hopes of eventually moving into the race cockpit

Mallya hints race seat likely for Bianchi

2011-10-29 - Force India - India - Dr. Vijay Mallya 022012-06-09_0113This year, the Ferrari-linked Frenchman and former GP2 driver, who is managed by Felipe Massa’s manager Nicolas Todt, is Force India’s reserve and occasional ‘Friday’ driver.

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Jun 08

Grosjean denies ‘crash-prone’ charge

The word ‘Grosjean’ still ignites emotion in the Sauber garage.

2012-06-07_02522012-06-06_0051Sergio Perez was furious with the Frenchman after a collision in Barcelona, and then Kamui Kobayashi had to retire with suspension damage after the first corner in Monaco.

(More pictures in Flagworld’s photo album of the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix)

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Apr 30

Politics still threatening French GP

Politics are still in play, as France pushes to return to the formula one calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceAccording to Bernie Ecclestone, a financial deal is in place that will see Paul Ricard join the 2013 calendar, alternating annually thereafter with the fabled Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19

More pull out as F1 resists Bahrain axe pressure

A support-race team and a respected journalist have become the next to pull out of this weekend’s highly controversial Bahrain grand prix.

Bahrain International CircuitBahreïn 2012-04-08The Porsche Supercup team MRS said its decision to skip the support race in the divided island Kingdom is the “first time in our history that we have had to cancel”. “In the end we have the responsibility for our employees,” said team boss Karsten Molitor, citing security concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

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