Tag Archive: Auto Motor und Sport

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

Reports link Brawn, Costa, Bottas with Ferrari

The latest names linked with Ferrari are Ross Brawn and Valtteri Bottas.

2014-04-20 - Scuderia Ferrari - China (1)On Saturday, reports emerged that amid its thorough 2014 shakeup, the beleaguered great Ferrari could now be set to oust its new boss Marco Mattiacci. 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 22

Red Bull wants louder, cheaper V6 power for F1

Red Bull has proposed a new engine formula for the sport.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Daniel Ricciardo (14) Struggling with Renault power all season, the outgoing world champions and also Ferrari are frustrated efforts to convince Mercedes to ease the engine development ‘freeze’ have until now failed. 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 21

Wolff sure title fight will not boil over

Toto Wolff is sure Mercedes’ in-house battle for the biggest prize in motor sport this weekend will not boil over.

2014-01-31 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Toto Wolff 01 Nico Rosberg on Thursday was piling on the psychological pressure, even urging Lewis Hamilton to keep their on-track fight “clean” in Abu Dhabi. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 20

European Union ‘turns eye’ to F1 crisis – report

The threat of a major civil war within formula one is growing by the day.

Circle of 12 gold stars on a blue backgroundThat is the claim of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, following reports disgruntled small teams Lotus, Sauber and Force India are furious talks to have more income released by F1 owner CVC are failing to bear fruit. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

Mercedes rivals warn ‘freeze’ could end completely

“Nothing was agreed on anything”

2014-10-29 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (2)With progress also having stalled over the small teams’ touted ‘fighting fund’, Toto Wolff emerged from a big team bosses meeting at Interlagos on Saturday with little news. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 08

Alonso says ‘there is life after Ferrari’

Fernando Alonso remains the big player as the F1 driver ‘silly season’ reaches its climax for another year.

2014-09-04_0187 - Scuderia Ferrari - Italy - Fernando Alonso Further down the grid, the field of 2015 is now beginning to shape up.  Lotus is set to keep Romain Grosjean, and Jean-Eric Vergne is getting one more year at Toro Rosso. 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 07

Symonds says Alonso not right for Williams

Williams is not ready to welcome a driver of Fernando Alonso’s stature.

Pat Symonds - photo © DPPI - F. Gooden That is the claim of Pat Symonds, a veteran engineer who has led the British team’s technical progress in 2014 to an impressive third spot in the constructors’ championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 05

Caterham and ‘Manor’ on 2015 entry list

Caterham and Marussia have both entered the 2015 world championship.

2014-03-16 - Caterham F1 Team - Australia - Marcus Ericsson 02 teamsThe backmarkers, in administration amid financial problems, sat out the US grand prix and will again be absent in Brazil, where the F1 world began on arrive early on Wednesday amid heavy rain. 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

Renault denies signing Mario Illien

“We are negotiating but we have not decided whether Ilmor will be a supplier”

Norbert Haug - Mario Illien Renault has denied reports it has recruited renowned former F1 engine guru Mario Illien to help close the gap on dominant Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 02

Van der Garde set for second Sauber seat in 2015

That is despite Sutil having a signed 2015 contract.

2014-06-05_0225 Sauber looks set to field an all-new driver lineup next year, after confirming Caterham refugee Marcus Ericsson is joining the Swiss team in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Renault recruits Illien to improve F1 engine

Renault has recruited renowned F1 engine guru Mario Illien as it and works partner Red Bull vow to close the gap on dominant Mercedes.

2013-02-27 - Renault Sport F1 engines (18) As efforts to relax the sport’s so-called engine ‘freeze’ look set to fail in the face of Mercedes’ defiance, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reveals that Renault has hit back by signing up one of the most famous engine designers in F1 history. 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 »

Oct 30

Stewards to rule on Austin qualifying tweak – report

F1 is heading awkwardly into the US grand prix weekend, following the collapse of the two backmarkers Caterham and Marussia.

Austin - Texas The sport has always had a dubious relationship with America, although Austin’s inaugural races in 2012 and last year were proclaimed definite successes, featuring big crowds and the exciting Circuit of the Americas layout. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 29

Alonso in severance standoff with Ferrari – report

It is perhaps the burning question in F1 at present — what is Fernando Alonso going to do next?

2014-10-04_0198 - Scuderia Ferrari - Japan - Fernando Alonso Hopeful rookie Carlos Sainz jr, a fellow Spaniard, summed up the mood of the entire paddock when he told AS newspaper on Wednesday: “I have no idea.” Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 29

Prost doubts Renault can catch Mercedes in 2015

F1 legend Alain Prost doubts struggling engine supplier Renault can catch dominant Mercedes in 2015.

2014-05-16 - Renault - Formula E - Alain Prost Having faltered at the start of the new turbo V6 era, Renault – whose prominent F1 partner is the outgoing world champion team Red Bull – can upgrade its 2014 engine to the tune of 48 per cent under the existing ‘freeze’ regulations. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 28

Force India avoids joining backmarkers on US bench – report

Force India has avoided becoming the next formula one team to drop out of this weekend’s US grand prix.

2014-06-07_0910 Now in administration, backmarkers Caterham and Marussia will miss not only Austin but also the penultimate round of the 2014 world championship a week later in Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

F1 set for three-car teams as more risk collapse

F1 risks sliding into crisis and having to reinvent its very DNA as struggling backmarker teams begin to succumb to collapse.

2014-06-08_0747 HRT folded in 2012, and now F1’s two other newest teams Caterham and Marussia are in the throes of financial administration. Organisers of next weekend’s US grand prix look set to welcome just 9 teams to an 18-car grid, unprecedented since BAR-Honda was banned for a time almost a decade ago.
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Oct 25

Marussia also won’t race in America – Ecclestone

Marussia will join fellow F1 straggler Caterham in not racing in Austin next weekend, Bernie Ecclestone has announced.

2014-03-30 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysia -Sergio Perez - Teams The news follows the sport’s chief executive giving Caterham special dispensation to miss the US-Brazil double header as it enters administration. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 24

Marussia also in danger of missing US GP – reports

F1’s grid may have shrunk to just 18 cars by the time of the US grand prix next weekend.

2014-03-02_0061 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Max Chilton Caterham’s troubles – with administrators locking the green cars inside the Leafield factory amid an unseemly spat with former owner Tony Fernandes – are now well documented. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 20

Lauda not sorry about Mercedes ‘unfreeze’ defiance

Dominant Mercedes is unapologetic amid increasing pressure to agree to an engine ‘unfreeze’ for 2015.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Sochi - Niki Lauda The new constructors’ champions came under fire recently when Red Bull’s Christian Horner claimed Mercedes went back on an earlier pledge to agree to relax the sport’s tight restrictions on in-season engine development. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 20

Teams should make own tyre compound choice – Force India

Force India has a radical suggestion about how F1 should proceed in the sport’s Pirelli-tyred era.

2014-06-07_0789 Earlier in the Italian supplier’s F1 tenure, Pirelli was famed – and often heavily criticised – for spicing up the race action with its aggressive tyre compounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Domenicali’s new job to spark Alonso rumours

Stefano Domenicali has accepted an offer to work for the German manufacturer Audi.

Stefano Domenicali  - photo Getty Images Earlier this week, we reported that the former Ferrari team boss could be moving to the Ingolstadt-based marque to replace Le Mans team chief Wolfgang Ullrich. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Engine switch to bring half-second boost – Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado has admitted he is looking forward to Lotus’ switch from Renault to Mercedes power for 2015.

IMG_3927 The Venezuelan has said consistently this year he does not regret moving last winter from Williams to the Enstone-based team. But almost a full season on, while Williams made an impressive leap from the rear of the midfield to the upper grid hatchings in 2014, Lotus’ reverse in fortunes has been just as dramatic. Read the rest of this entry »

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