Tag Archive: David Richards

Jun 09

David Richards and Mark Webber honoured

2017 Le Mans 24 Hours

2017 Le Mans 24 Hours - David Richards and Mark Webber honouredIt has now become a tradition. Every year major figures in the world of the motor car are honoured at the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 2017 (race on 17-18 June) David Richards will be awarded the Spirit of Le Mans Trophy while Mark Webber will fill the role of Grand Marshal. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 08

Chicherit and Prodrive to enter World RX with new Renault Megane 

The Renault Megane RX Supercar will be unveiled at this year’s World RX of France in Loheac (1-3 September).

Chicherit and Prodrive to enter World RX with new Renault Megane Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit and British-based company Prodrive will develop an all-new rallycross car – the new Renault Megane RX – for the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

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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 »


Nov 01

Kobayashi in Austin to keep F1 dream alive

Like his 2014 teammate Marcus Ericsson, Kamui Kobayashi has travelled to Austin without a formula one car to drive.

IMG_5973 But unlike the Swedish rookie Ericsson, who reportedly carries up to $20 million in personal backing, Japanese Kobayashi looks less likely to secure a race seat elsewhere for 2015, following the collapse of the Caterham team. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 06

Senna swaps F1 for Le Mans in 2013

Bruno Senna is bowing out of formula one.

Aston Martin - Bruno Senna - photo © DPPI - Clément Marin 2012-11-17_0012Despite hoping to find a new seat after being replaced at Williams by Valtteri Bottas, the Brazilian has been signed up for 2013 by Aston Martin’s sports car team. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 24

Prodrive interested in buying Cosworth

Prodrive boss David Richards has admitted he is interested in buying F1 engine supplier Cosworth.

ProdriveCosworth logoIt emerged last week that HRT and Marussia supplier Cosworth, currently owned by well-known US racing names Gerry Forsythe and Kevin Kalkhoven, is for sale. And former BAR and Benetton boss Richards, the majority owner of Prodrive, told the Daily Mail: “We’ve just started to take a look at Cosworth although I think they have rather over-priced themselves as I understand they don’t own the brand and they will be out of the formula one business within 12 months. Read the rest of this entry »


May 08

Schumacher world’s second-richest sportsman

Michael Schumacher has been pipped at the post in the race to be the world’s richest sportsman.

2012-04-22 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 022012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 05According to the Sunday Times’ annual listings, the seven time world champion’s (US) $823 million in career earnings is beaten only by golf legend Tiger Woods. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 15

Button working to build McLaren around him

Jenson Button’s push to prominence at McLaren has been a deliberate attempt to build the famous team around him.

2011-10-14 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Korea - Jenson Button 022011-10-14 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Korea - Jenson Button 01Many commentators viewed the 2009 world champion’s arrival last year to be the highly rated Lewis Hamilton’s new teammate as akin to walking into “the lion’s den”. But less than two seasons later, Button is poised to beat the beleaguered Hamilton in the drivers’ standings and has signed a new multiple year contract.

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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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Aug 31

Richards and billionaire eye embattled Renault – report

Richards was the team principal at Enstone based Renault when the team was known as Benetton

David Richards2011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 02Renault is still in “big” financial trouble and David Richards has expressed interest in buying into the Enstone based team. That is the claim of the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, adding that one of the richest Dutch entrepreneurs Marcel Boekhoorn has been asked to support Prodrive chief Richards’ interest.

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May 16

Irvine tops British F1 rich list

Eddie Irvine has outpaced F1’s current British stars on the Sunday Times’ sporting rich list for 2011.

Eddie Irvine.jpgP1010065The former Ferrari and Jaguar driver and 1999 championship runner-up has made a US $128 million fortune in property development since retiring from formula one in 2002. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 03

MINI keen to ‘annoy’ WRC rivals

MINI seeks to ‘annoy’ its rivals when it joins the WRC later in 2011

Mini rally no 37WRCBMW board member Ian Robertson says MINI is keen to ‘annoy the opposition as soon as possible’ when the marque returns to the World Rally Championship later this year. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 19

MINI targeting podiums in 2011

Title by 2013

David RichardsMini X-RaidDavid Richards has set ambitious targets for the new Prodrive-run MINI World Rally Championship (WRC) programme – podiums this year, and the title by 2013… Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 17

No F1 for Prodrive in 2012 – Richards

Prodrive is re-entering the world rally championship in 2011 with Mini and BMW.

ProdriveSIAM_2011_SP_184After this year ruling out a bid to launch a team in 2011, Prodrive chief David Richards has confirmed that the Oxfordshire based group will also not be in formula one next season. Read the rest of this entry »


Aug 17

USF1 should have used Toyota car for debut – Windsor

Rather than close its doors

Peter Windsor has admitted USF1 should have considered racing Toyota’s 2010 package this season.  The principal of the ill-fated American outfit, British journalist Windsor has resurfaced as a new writer for the online F1 magazine GP Week. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 28

MINI confirms WRC comeback

The iconic MINI name will return to the World Rally Championship stages next year

After its parent BMW group announced a multi-year comeback for one of the most charismatic names in the sport’s history. From 2011, MINI will compete at selected rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship and will go on to contest the entire season from 2012 onwards. BMW says this involvement is planned ‘for several years’. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 20

Prodrive, Toyota, to find F1 refuge in rallying

Prodrive is expected to team up for a world rallying bid in 2011 with Toyota.

Toyota RacingProdriveBidding to form a team in 2011 was too great a risk for  Prodrive, the famous motor racing brand’s boss David Richards has admitted. The Briton and Aston Martin chief had attempted to form a team in previous years, but said in April that Prodrive will instead concentrate on world rallying and sports car racing. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 02

Prodrive set to apply for 2011 team entry

Prodrive could be set to lodge an application to fill F1’s thirteenth team spot on the 2011 grid.

ProdriveHeaded by the experienced former Benetton and BAR chief David Richards, the British outfit was granted an entry in 2008 but pulled out due to a row about ‘customer car’ rules. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 19

Richards not surprised by new teams’ troubles

Richards warned that he is not ready to step in at the last moment

David Richards says he is not surprised to hear about the problems being encountered by F1’s confirmed new teams. Although a solution to Campos’ financial problems appears to have been found and is set to be announced, it has been reported this week that the death knell is tolling for USF1. Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 21

Citroen’s Quesnel says no to Renault role – report

Olivier Quesnel is the sports boss for Peugeot and Citroen

Another potential full-time successor for the departed Renault team boss Flavio Briatore can be scratched from the list. Former F1 drivers Alain Prost and Gerhard Berger have been linked with the role, and although it is believed the quadruple world champion is still interested, Berger denies that talks even took place. Read the rest of this entry »


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