Tag Archive: Autosprint

Nov 26

Todt says Red Bull’s twin-turbo plan ‘nonsense’

FIA president Jean Todt insists he does not have unlimited powers to force change within the seemingly crisis-struck world of formula one.

2014-06-14-1001 Two backmarkers collapsed in 2014 and three other outfits are furious about the concentration of power and income in the paddock. Efforts to cut costs this year notably failed, and fingers of blame have been pointed in the direction of the sport’s ultra low-profile Todt, who many are now contrasting with his dictatorial predecessor Max Mosley. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 25

Vettel has ‘passion for Ferrari’ – Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, the new de-facto number 1 at Red Bull, says he can understand why Sebastian Vettel is heading to Ferrari.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel - Daniel Ricciardo It has been suggested that, after winning four titles on the trot, German Vettel could not cope with being comprehensively beaten by team newcomer Ricciardo in 2014. 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 »

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 28

Horror month for collapsing backmarker Marussia

October was a horror month for the F1 backmarker Marussia.

2014-02-22_0032 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Jules Bianchi The first, tragic blow came in the shadow of the Suzuka typhoon, when the promising talent Jules Bianchi skidded into a recovery vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

F1 world still guessing on Alonso’s next move

Yet another week in F1 history is passing by with little more known about the future of arguably the sport’s biggest name.

2014-09-04_0187 - Scuderia Ferrari - Italy - Fernando Alonso Insiders suggest Fernando Alonso is wavering between a McLaren-Honda contract on his terms or the very real prospect of a sabbatical as he waits for a seat at dominant Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

Berger rumours return to F1 headlines

Rumours linking Gerhard Berger with a return to the F1 paddock have resurfaced.

20131019-0045 Earlier, McLaren slammed as “complete and utter nonsense” reports the former team driver is a candidate for a prominent role, amid suggestions of unrest between shareholders Ron Dennis and Mansour Ojjeh. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 22

Weber doubts Vettel can handle Ferrari ‘pressure’

Michael Schumacher’s former manager doubts Sebastian Vettel can emulate the F1 legend’s success at rebuilding a beleaguered Ferrari team.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel (15) Willi Weber, also known as the lucrative ‘Mr 20 per cent’ after brokering Schumacher’s mammoth Ferrari contracts, is worried quadruple world champion Vettel’s personality might not be as suited to the task. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Montezemolo confirms Alonso leaving Ferrari

Luca di Montezemolo has admitted Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari.

2014-10-05_0199 - Scuderia Ferrari - Japan - Fernando Alonso The Spaniard’s falling out with the Maranello team and recent dissolving of his contract is an open secret in F1 circles, but it is yet to be officially confirmed. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Report links Domenicali to Audi

Stefano Domenicali could be Audi-bound, according to a report in Italy’s Autosprint.

2014-03-04_0021 - Scuderia Ferrari - Bahrain - Stefano Domenicali Amid Ferrari’s struggle at the start of the new turbo V6 era, the 49-year-old Italian was replaced as the Maranello team’s boss earlier this year by Marco Mattiacci. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

F1 to test yellow flag speed limits in Austin

“It seems to be a feasible idea” – Alonso 

Austin - Circuit of the Americas F1 looks set to test new software and procedures next time out in Austin that will automatically limit the speed of the cars through double waved yellow flag zones. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Father says ‘no change’ in Bianchi’s condition

“Professor Saillant and the Italian specialist who came at the request of Ferrari are cooperating fully with the local doctors” – Philippe Bianchi.

2014-06-05_0050 Five days after Jules Bianchi’s life-threatening crash at Suzuka, there is “no significant change” in his health condition, father Philippe has revealed. Bianchi’s father was speaking on Thursday to the French daily Nice-Matin, adding that the messages of support from the F1 paddock and around the world have been encouraging to the family. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

McLaren denies Stroll rumours

McLaren has denied claims Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll may be looking at buying into the British team.

2013-06-09_1355 Italy’s Autosprint reports that after Stroll recently held ultimately failed talks with Marussia and Sauber, he may then have been approached by McLaren shareholder Mansour Ojjeh. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

Wurz tells drivers to keep quiet after Bianchi crash

“Before drawing conclusions it is right to listen to the views of all the parties involved”

Alex Wurz portait 1 Gerard Saillant, the well-known trauma surgeon with close links to Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher, has arrived in Japan to get involved with Jules Bianchi’s fight for life. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

Questions explode as Bianchi crash video emerges

“Was it the direction of the race or the officials who were at the corner?”
 

2014-06-07_0535 As Jules Bianchi lies critically ill in a Japanese hospital, grave questions are being asked about the circumstances surrounding his terrifying collision with a recovery vehicle on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 03

Vettel’s chief mechanic leaves Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel’s chief mechanic has left Red Bull.

2014-07-19 - 99024 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel Already this year, it was announced that the reigning quadruple world champion’s well-known race engineer, Guillaume ‘Rocky’ Rocquelin, is being promoted for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 02

Alonso says he can decide F1 future

After two weeks of intense speculation, Fernando Alonso on Thursday had to admit his future at Ferrari is currently unclear.

2014-07-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Hungary - Fernando Alonso 02 “I don’t live on Mars,” said the Spaniard at Suzuka, when asked by swarms of reporters if he was up to date with what has been happening in the press since Singapore. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 02

Honda set for McLaren driver talks at Suzuka

McLaren will not be making a driver announcement this weekend at Suzuka.

2014-01-16_0495With speculation about his future rife, Spain’s Diario AS has claimed Fernando Alonso’s situation at Ferrari is now “almost unbearable”, and an announcement of a split could be the next item on the agenda. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 01

Honda hits back after F1 delay reports (+photo)

Honda has apparently hit back at rumours its 2015 F1 programme is facing delays.

2014-01-16_0495Italy’s Autosprint reported on Tuesday that, despite making an audacious bid to lure Fernando Alonso to McLaren for 2015, the Japanese manufacturer is three months behind in the development of its all-new turbo V6 ‘power unit’. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 30

Honda delay could thwart Alonso switch – report

It has stirred real fears that McLaren could dump its protege Kevin Magnussen after just a single season

2014-01-16_0495 The high uncertainty surrounding Fernando Alonso’s future could be connected with rumours emerging from the Honda camp.

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Sep 29

Ferrari loses legal battle with engineer

Ferrari has lost a legal battle with a disgruntled F1 engineer.

2014-06-05_0029 For 2012, Briton Steve Clark joined the fabled Maranello team from Mercedes, where he was a highly respected senior technical advisor. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 16

FIA clarifies radio clampdown for F1 teams

The governing body has banned any radio messages between the pitwall and the drivers that relate to “performance”.

FIA - Karting Com The FIA has furnished teams with more information about how it intends to enforce its new clampdown on radio communications in Singapore and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Sauber sale to billionaire Stroll in doubt – reports

Sauber’s potential sale to a Canadian billionaire could have collapsed.

2010-07-11-0109 It has been strongly rumoured in past days that Lawrence Stroll, a fashion mogul with close links to Ferrari, could buy the financially struggling Swiss team. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Schumacher stopped Ferrari move – Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya says F1 legend Michael Schumacher blocked his potential move to Ferrari a decade ago.

Juan Pablo Montoya P1Award Pocono The Colombian, now 38 and having switched to Indycars at the end of a long stint in Nascar, was back in the formula one paddock last weekend at Monza. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 09

Montezemolo accepts Ferrari at ‘end of an era’

All signs continue to point towards a major change of direction at crisis-struck Ferrari.

Luca di Montezemolo - photo Getty Images Although long-time president Luca di Montezemolo played down the waves of speculation at Monza, his likely successor Sergio Marchionne issued a series of highly critical statements about the 67-year-old on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 08

An obvious dispute is playing out between Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and his potential successor, Sergio Marchionne

Marchionne says even Montezemolo ‘can be replaced’

2012-06-10_0424 At Monza, Montezemolo half-heartedly denied increasingly insistent reports that he is set to step down and become boss of the Italian airline Alitalia. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 06

Montezemolo plays down ‘excessive’ rumours

Rumours of Montezemolo exit gather steam at Monza

2014-01-24 -  Scuderia Ferrari - Team - Luca di Montezemolo Luca di Montezemolo was coy on Saturday as he played down swirling speculation about his future. Rumours are gathering steam by the hour that Luca di Montezemolo’s regular visit to Monza on Saturday will be his last as Ferrari president. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

Designer spotted Ricciardo potential at Toro Rosso

“I was struck by the feedback he was able to give to the team”.

2014-07-17 - 99005 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Ricciardo’s rise from the deep midfield to title-contending prominence in F1 has been a surprise to almost everyone in the paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 01

Ferrari exit could open for Alonso on Monday – report

Monday could be the magic day in Fernando Alonso’s current Ferrari contract.

IMG_4042 Boss Marco Mattiacci has been happily – and unofficially – ‘confirming’ for 2015 the Italian team’s existing driver lineup of Alonso alongside Kimi Raikkonen. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 22

Alonso reveals ‘intention’ to stay at Ferrari

Fernando Alonso says it is his “intention” to extend his stay at Ferrari beyond his current contract.

2014-06-07_0841 Although reportedly frustrated with the performance of his red car, the Spaniard is scheduled to stay at Maranello for two more years. Read the rest of this entry »

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