Tag Archive: Auto Plus

Aug 03

Vergne ‘very happy’ to stay at Toro Rosso

“I know exactly what I have to do”

2013-05-23 - Toro Rosso - Monaco - Jean-Eric Vergne - Daniel Ricciardo 1Jean-Eric Vergne has admitted being left out of Red Bull’s plans initially left him “upset”. Read the rest of this entry »


May 26

Mercedes confirms Williams engine talks

“It would be for 2014.”

2013-05-12 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Spain 02Toto Wolff has confirmed reports Mercedes is in talks with Williams about the supply of engines in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 08

Journalist expects 2014 turbo cars to ‘howl’

“The ERS F1 engine will be fundamentally different”

2013-03-28 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Mercedes-Benz engineOne respected veteran correspondent has allayed fears F1’s scream will become a whimper when the new V6 rules take over next year. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 20

Sutil, Bianchi shape up for Barcelona ‘shootout’

Barcelona will this week host a head-to-head ‘shootout’ for the final race seat on the 2013 grid.

2011-10-29 - Force India - India - Adrian Sutil 032013-02-10 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Jerez - Jules Bianchi 00Just like Williams weighed up Jenson Button versus Bruno Junqueira in 2000, and Nick Heidfeld versus Antonio Pizzonia in 2005, this time it will be Adrian Sutil and Jules Bianchi fighting for a single place at Force India. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 17

Ferrari wants Bianchi to ‘prove his worth’

Stefano Domenicali has refused to expand on his confirmation that Ferrari is trying to give Jules Bianchi’s F1 career a boost.

Bianchi et Bird2012-10-14 - Ferrari - Korea - Felipe Massa - Stefano DomenicaliAnnouncing that Frenchman Bianchi will continue to enjoy Ferrari’s support in 2013, Domenicali was widely quoted as admitting the Italian team is “trying to find him a role in formula one”. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 14

Bianchi still ‘waiting’ on Force India decision

Jules Bianchi is still in the running to become Paul di Resta’s teammate at Force India in 2013.

2012-02-07 - Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 - Jerez - Jules Bianchi 012012-06-09_0113At the weekend, Scottish driver di Resta admitted he is “surprised” the Silverstone based team is taking so long to make its decision. Reportedly, 2012 reserve driver and Frenchman Bianchi is a leading candidate. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


Jun 01

Hamilton may have decided to quit McLaren – source

Lewis Hamilton may already have decided to quit McLaren, according to a reliable source.

2012-05-27 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Monaco - Lewis Hamilton 022012-05-27 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Monaco - Lewis Hamilton 04That is the claim of the French TF1 television commentator Jean-Louis Moncet, writing in his Auto Plus column. It emerged recently that McLaren has offered the 2008 world champion – whose current contract runs out this year – over $30 million a season to stay at the British team for five more years.

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May 08

Shareholders to vote on Mercedes’ F1 exit – source

Mercedes’ continued participation in formula one could be put to a shareholders’ vote at the end of the year.

2012-04-22 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - 022012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - 01That is the claim of the respected French commentator Jean-Louis Moncet, writing in his Auto Plus column. Norbert Haug on Monday denied reports the German carmaker is on the verge of quitting the sport because it is not being offered the same Concorde Agreement deal as rival top teams Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 26

FIA also involved in Concorde talks – report

There are more laps to run in the 2013 Concorde Agreement story, according to a respected analyst.

Flagworld - FIAFlagworld - F1French commentator Jean-Louis Moncet said that amid reports Bernie Ecclestone has done commercial deals with most teams, one important element has been left out of the tale. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 02

Lotus back on the pace after chassis problem

Lotus has overcome a serious chassis flaw to lead the field as the final pre-season test began at Barcelona.

05 - Lotus F1 Team2012-02-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 03The former Renault team had to sit out last week’s running at the Circuit de Catalunya as designers grappled to fix a problem with the front suspension mounting. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 02

Tongues were wagging in the Barcelona paddock on Thursday when some drivers hit the Spanish circuit wearing odd-looking Pirelli tyres.

Hembery explains ‘blank’ Pirelli tyres in Spain

2011-10-09 - Pirelli - Japan - Paul Hembery 012011-11-13 - Pirelli - Abu Dhabi 11Some of the tyres, whose compounds are normally visibly differentiated with coloured branding, featured significantly different markings. The big rumour was that, now just two weeks before the start of the season in Australia, teams had requested the blank tyres in order to hide their test programmes from their rivals.

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Feb 09

Whiting says 2012 exhaust layouts ‘legal’

Charlie Whiting has given the 2012 cars at the Jerez test this week an early clean bill of health.

IMG_3338Flagworld - FIAIt was reported the FIA’s technical delegate decided to attend the opening test of the 2012 pre-season amid speculation the teams may have overstepped the mark with their new exhaust layouts.

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Oct 29

Brundle leaving BBC for Sky says Eddie Jordan

The BBC’s television punditry team looks set to break up at the end of the season.

Martin Brundle2011-06-12_1572Former McLaren driver and lead BBC commentator Martin Brundle earlier this week denied a report in London’s Telegraph that said he is poised to accept a $1.6 million offer to switch full-time to Sky in 2012.

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Oct 24

Charles Pic on pole for Virgin race seat – report

A Frenchman may have moved into pole position for a Virgin race seat in 2012.

GP2 - Nurburgring - Barwa Addax Team - Charles Pic2011-08-28 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Belgium -   1 Reporting that Jerome d’Ambrosio’s seat is in danger, the Belgian newspaper De Morgen this month said Charles Pic, fourth in this year’s GP2 series, has “more money” from his sponsors to spend next year.

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Sep 28

Concerns still linger over first Indian GP

A month before the inaugural race date, uncertainty still persists about the readiness of India’s new Buddh circuit.

BuddhInternational CircuitHorizontal tricolour flag (deep saffron, white, and green). In the centre of the white is a navy blue wheel with 24 spokes.The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council said in Singapore that the organisers and Bernie Ecclestone are giving “positive” briefings about the Delhi venue. “We’re very happy, they’re doing a good job,” the F1 chief executive told the AP news agency on Saturday.

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Jun 07

Todt vows to help push for French GP revival

French prime minister Francois Fillon has appointed Eric Boullier to help

Grand Prix de FranceJean Todt - Bernie EcclestoneJean Todt has backed reports France could return to the formula one calendar in future with a race to alternate annually with famous Belgian venue Spa-Francorchamps. A French newspaper quoted Spa promoter Andre Maes on Sunday as saying he had been recently “asked about” an alternating deal by French officials. Read the rest of this entry »


May 22

Todt firm on 2013 rules after Barcelona meeting

“As I said before, we will not change (the 2013 rules)” – Todt

2011-05-07 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Turkey Jean TodtFlagworld - FIAF1 is racing ahead with its four-cylinder turbo engine formula, despite speculation the sport was pushing to have the scheduled 2013 regulations repealed. FIA president Jean Todt, and his engine deputy Gilles Simon, met with the engine manufacturers in Barcelona on Saturday, amid rumours at least three of the sport’s four suppliers now wanted to stick with the current V8 technology beyond 2012. Read the rest of this entry »


May 12

Sutil apologises for injuring Renault official

In other news, Paul di Resta’s stepfather Dougie McCracken has died

2011-05-07 - Force India F1 Team - Turkey - Adrian Sutil 032011-05-07 - Force India F1 Team - Turkey - Adrian Sutil 02Adrian Sutil has apologised for injuring a senior formula one team official amid reports the German driver got in a nightclub fight after last month’s Chinese grand prix. It was widely reported on Wednesday that Sutil, who drives for Force India, left Renault owner Genii executive Eric Lux bleeding from the neck after a scrap whilst in a VIP room at Shanghai club M1NT with his friend Lewis Hamilton. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 28

Red Bull to race Infiniti-branded engines in F1

It is believed Ghosn, who is president and co-chairman of Nissan, will make the announcement.

2011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - Jerez 00172011-02-19 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - 0006The Renault engines used by reigning world champions Red Bull are set to be rebranded as ‘Infiniti’ for the 2011 season. Infiniti is the premium division of the Japanese carmaker Nissan, which is also headed by Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn. Read the rest of this entry »


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