Tag Archive: Daily Telegraph

Oct 04

Ecclestone says F1 board reports ‘rubbish’

Bernie Ecclestone has slammed reports his return to formula one’s executive board has been denied.

2012-11-15_0006 British newspapers on Friday had said that despite his German legal troubles now being over, the board of F1’s holding company Delta Topco put “conditions” on Ecclestone’s return that were not met. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 08

Wolff looking to sell more of Williams stake

Toto Wolff is still working on offloading his stake in the Williams team.

2013-01-21 - Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd. - Suzie Wolff - Toto Wolff (2) Ever since the Austrian bought into Mercedes and began working as the German marque’s F1 and motor racing chief, his more than 15 per cent stake in Williams has been quietly on the market. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 19

Ecclestone troubles ‘not good for F1′ – Kaltenborn

Ecclestone’s troubles are the big talking point behind closed doors in F1 circles

2013-06-09_0348Bernie Ecclestone insists CVC, the owners of formula one’s commercial rights, are “very happy” to keep him in charge of the sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 22

Lowe to follow Hamilton to Mercedes – report

McLaren could be set to lose its technical director.

2012-06-09_00672013-01-21 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart - Lewis Hamilton (7)Germany’s Sport Bild is reporting that Paddy Lowe, who has been with the Woking based team for twenty years, is following Lewis Hamilton to Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 22

London Olympic stadium F1 race news ‘strange’ – source

Bernie Ecclestone confirmed he has been approached.

Flagworld - F1Olympic Park, London, 14 June 2011 (2) cropped.jpgBritain could be set to secure a second grand prix, after the Daily Telegraph reported on Friday that plans are afoot to host a race in and around London’s Olympic stadium.

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Apr 12

‘Everybody or nobody’ to race in Bahrain

‘No reason’ to axe Bahrain – FIA

Bahrain International CircuitFlagworld - FIAThe vast majority of the 12 F1 teams have declined to comment on the sport’s deepening Bahrain crisis. With uncertainty surrounding the staging of next week’s race at Sakhir by the controversial Bahraini government, CNN contacted every one of the competing teams. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 22

Aerolab ruling to cost Force India millions – report

Force India has been ordered by a British court to pay over a million dollars.

2011-10-29 - Force India - India - Dr. Vijay Mallya 022011-10-29 - Force India - India - Dr. Vijay Mallya 03With team boss Vijay Mallya already in financial strife over his collapsing airline Kingfisher, his Silverstone based team must now pay Italian wind tunnel Aerolab. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 09

Hamilton back in hot-seat as Sutil saga continues

Lewis Hamilton looks set to be recalled as a witness as the Adrian Sutil assault saga rolls on.

2011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Lewis Hamilton 112011-03-26 - Force India F1 Team - Australia - Adrian Sutil 05German Sutil, and his father Jorge, described former close friend and 2008 world champion Hamilton as a “coward” and “pathetic” after the McLaren driver did not appear at the recent hearings in Munich.

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Feb 06

Hamilton not worried Button to derail F1 status

Lewis Hamilton insists he is not worried his McLaren teammate is set to spoil his reputation as one of the very best drivers in formula one.

2012-02-01 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton helmet 022012-02-01 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton - 01Both Britons are former world champions, but it was 2009 title winner Button who finished higher in his last’s points standings — a rare inter-team defeat for 27-year-old Hamilton. But Hamilton insists he has made efforts over the winter period to remedy the personal problems that saw his 2011 season drive off the rails.

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Jan 19

F1 ready to return to Bahrain – Hill

Damon Hill thinks F1 is ready to return to Bahrain this season.

Damon HillBahrain International CircuitWith the island Kingdom in turmoil last year, the 1996 world champion urged the sport to cancel the 2011 race.

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Nov 29

Season finale win good news for Webber – Horner

Mark Webber’s Brazil win is good news for the Australian heading into the winter, according to his boss.

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Mark Webber (4)2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Mark Webber - Bernie Ecclestone - Sebastian Vettel - Christian HornerUntil Sunday, the 35-year-old struggled all season to match up to his teammate Sebastian Vettel, failing to win a single race compared to the sister Red Bull driver’s eleven.

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Nov 02

Massa ‘could have avoided’ Hamilton crash – Herbert

Felipe Massa was penalised for the collision with Lewis Hamilton in India because it “could have been avoided”.

2011-10-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - India - Felipe Massa 012011-10-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Japan - Felipe Massa 02That is the claim of former grand prix winner Johnny Herbert, who was serving as the fourth FIA steward at the inaugural Delhi race. Although McLaren’s beleaguered Hamilton is usually the one receiving the penalties at grands prix, Herbert said it was the embittered Massa who deserved the blame this time.

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Oct 19

Webber reveals ‘amazing’ interest from rival teams

Mark Webber has contradicted recent reports that said he re-signed with Red Bull for 2012 because he had no other options.

2011-10-07 - Red Bull Racing - Japan - Mark Webber (1)2011-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Mark Webber (1)The Australian revealed that, in fact, the interest expressed by rival teams when he was still on the market was “amazing”. Webber, 34, has had a difficult season alongside Sebastian Vettel, failing to win a grand prix compared with his dominant teammate’s ten so far.

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Oct 15

Hamilton must adapt to F1’s new era – Coulthard

The current regulations are a reason for Lewis Hamilton’s current struggles, according to David Coulthard.

2011-06-10_12402011-10-14 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Korea - Lewis Hamilton 03The veteran Scot analysed the reasons for the 2008 world champion’s difficult season, with Hamilton’s teammate Jenson Button the leading McLaren at present, in his latest column for the Daily Telegraph.

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Oct 13

Rumours say Mallya may exit Force India

Some in the F1 paddock reacted “with cynicism” to Vijay Mallya’s sale of almost half of the Force India team.

Sahara Force India logo 2Vijay Mallya 2Just last week, the Indian billionaire said he was “shocked” to read the media speculation about his negotiations with Sahara’s Subrato Roy.

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Sep 27

Title contenders not 100pc in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel fended off pain to win the Singapore grand prix, a German daily claims.

2011-09-24 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Singapore 042011-07-24 - Red Bull Racing - Germany - Sebastian Vettel 2Bild newspaper said the Red Bull driver’s shoulder became covered in blisters after the hot and bumpy practice sessions on the floodlit street circuit.

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Sep 05

Ecclestone ‘tempted’ to buy Renault team in 2009

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he was “very tempted” to buy Renault’s formula one team when the French carmaker pulled out as an owner.

Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone2009-01-19Actually, the Enstone based team was bought by its current owners Genii Capital, but there are reports of financial trouble and rumours a group involving David Richards might step up to take over.

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Sep 01

McLaren should ‘forget’ 2011 title now – de la Rosa

“Perhaps it is the moment to forget the drivers’ world championship”

2011-08-28 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Lewis Hamilton 022011-08-28 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Jenson Button 04Yet more drivers, experts and pundits are crowning Sebastian Vettel the likely 2011 champion after his latest victory in Belgium. At the German’s rival team McLaren, team boss Martin Whitmarsh insists giving up on the championship would not be right despite Vettel’s huge points lead.

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Aug 30

Button wants McLaren to trigger 2012 contract

Jenson Button is pushing McLaren to trigger the one-year option the British team has on his services for 2012.

2011-08-28 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Jenson Button 062011-08-28 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Jenson Button 05The Daily Telegraph said the 2009 world champion would be happy with that solution for now, with the 2012 option expiring next month, “rather than hurrying into” a new longer-term deal.

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Aug 25

Renault to divulge more on Heidfeld/Senna saga

Renault on Thursday is set to release more details about the loss of Nick Heidfeld’s race seat.

2011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Bruno Senna 022011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Bruno Senna 01In a brief statement on Wednesday, following intense speculation, the team announced that Bruno Senna will be driving alongside Vitaly Petrov this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.

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Aug 24

Briatore in Russian champagne scam

A group of Russians have scammed former F1 team boss Flavio Briatore to the tune of EUR 86,000.

Briatore QPR footFlavio Briatore 11According to the Unione Sarda newspaper, they got off a superyacht and entered Briatore’s ultra-expensive Billionaire club in Sardinia, charging 90 bottles of EUR 900 Cristal champagne to a Russian oligarch’s account.

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Aug 23

Heidfeld to sue Renault if dropped – report

Prepared to use legal channels to hang on to his race seat

2011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Nick Heidfeld 022011-07-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Britain - Nick Heidfeld 04Nick Heidfeld could sue Renault if the team confirms its reported plans to drop him for the rest of the 2011 season. Enstone based Renault on Tuesday released its usual pre-race quotes ahead of the Spa-Francorchamps race weekend but did not mention the proposed driver lineup.

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Aug 18

Former F1 owners sue Ecclestone for $100m

The Gerhard Gribkowsky saga has gone from bad to worse for F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

2011-06-09_0303Already under investigation by German prosecutors, the 80-year-old now faces a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by the sport’s former 50 per cent shareholder Constantin Medien.

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Aug 08

Ferrari to switch focus to 2012 in September

“The more time we can spend on the wind tunnel the better.”

2011-07-30 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Hungary - Felipe Massa 12011-07-30 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Hungary - Fernando Alonso 2Although refusing to write off the 2011 title, Ferrari has announced that its full focus will switch to next year’s car project in September.

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Jul 22

Ecclestone says he paid Gribkowsky after threats

“He (Gribkowsky) was shaking me down and I didn’t want to take a risk.”

Bernie Ecclestone-11-2010Bernie Ecclestone has finally confirmed reports he paid $40 million to jailed German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky. But the F1 chief executive, who was officially named in the Munich prosecutors’ charges against Gribkowsky this week, denies it was a bribe, hinting instead that he was effectively blackmailed.

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May 18

Get on the starting grid for 24 Hours of Karting at Le Mans

46 teams of eight drivers will compete in the event

Karting Le Mans 2010 Circuit Karting Alain ProstThe historic Le Mans La Sarthe complex, France, will once again echo to 24 hours of racing when the Karting Le Mans 2011 event descends on the Circuit Karting Alain Prost on October 15th/16th, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

May 05

Big teams schedule meeting on F1 future

The governing Concorde agreement expires at the end of next year

2011-04-17 - Red Bull Racing - China - Sebastian Vettel 1 teamsF1’s biggest teams have scheduled a meeting in Stuttgart next weekend to discuss the future of the sport, according to reports. The news was reported by the Daily Telegraph but also Sky News’ City editor Mark Kleinman, who has been very well informed so far on the possible Rupert Murdoch-led takeover of formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 29

Bahrain’s May deadline still in place – FIA

The FIA is sticking to its May 1 deadline for the possible rescheduling of Bahrain’s 2011 grand prix.

Flagworld - FIABahrain International CircuitWith the date fast approaching amid reported continuing problems inside the island Kingdom, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone on Thursday indicated he is now willing to wait for Bahrain until “early June”. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 07

Teams want 75 per cent of F1’s revenue – reports

F1 teams will reportedly demand more money than ever when the next Concorde Agreement is negotiated.

Flagworld - F11999_06_13__start02It emerged this week that the teams last year shared $658 million of the sport’s commercial revenue, a 21 per cent increase over 2009. That was the third successive annual pay-rise for the teams, due to their negotiation of more favourable terms when the last Concorde was signed amid the threat of a ‘breakaway’ championship in 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 03

F1 figures support Ecclestone’s ‘rain button’ idea

Three F1 figures have come out in support of Bernie Ecclestone’s ‘rain button’ proposal.

Bernie Ecclestone - Tom Bower (2)2011-01-18 - Pirelli 0044Other commentators have slammed the idea or accused the F1 chief executive of doing nothing more than drum up publicity. The 80-year-old has proposed that, to spice up the action, tracks could be artificially watered during races “maybe with a two minute warning”. Read the rest of this entry »

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