Tag Archive: Der Spiegel

Oct 31

Mercedes not ready to let drivers ‘off leash’

Mercedes is not yet willing to let its drivers “off the leash” in their three-race fight for the drivers’ title.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Lewis Hamilton - Nico Rosberg (2) That is despite the German squad having wrapped up the crucial and lucrative constructors’ championship three weeks ago in Russia. It was said at the time that Mercedes, having tried to contain the hostility of the duel between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, might react to its title success by giving the drivers freer reign to battle for F1’s biggest prize. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

Wolff denies Mercedes will punish Hamilton

Toto Wolff has dismissed suggestions Mercedes will sanction Lewis Hamilton for ignoring team orders in Hungary.

2014-07-19_0904 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Lewis Hamilton Although it was potentially explosive, the German team closed ranks after the incident but rumours persisted that the 2008 world champion will be punished behind closed doors. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 25

Vettel refuses to stamp out Mercedes rumours

The big paddock rumour in Hungary is that Mercedes has made a move to sign Sebastian Vettel.

2014-07-20 - 99001 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel The speculation was even pushed along by Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko, who suggested rivals like McLaren and Mercedes have indeed made big-money approaches to the German. Read the rest of this entry »

May 24

Mercedes not commenting on Rosberg reports

Mercedes says it is making no further comment about Nico Rosberg’s contract.

2014-05-09 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Spain - Nico Rosberg 06 Amid reports the German has inked a further two-year extension to his already five-season stay at the Brackley team, a Mercedes spokesman said: “We have long term relationships with both our drivers.” Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19

Nico Rosberg is sure Red Bull is playing down its title chances for “tactical” reasons

‘Tactical’ rivals playing down chase – Rosberg

2014-01-31 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Nico Rosberg 11Although Mercedes’ chasers Red Bull and Ferrari appear closer to the pace in Shanghai, world champion Sebastian Vettel on Friday said he was driving behind a W05 in Shanghai and “it looked as though they could do whatever they liked”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

New Nurburgring owner to keep ‘affordable’ F1

Capricorn is committed to keeping formula one at the Nurburgring

GP3 - Nürburgring F1’s Nurburgring future now appears brighter, after the embattled German grand prix venue was bought for a reported EUR 100 million. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 26

Maldonado triggers final ‘silly season’ dominoes

The final pieces of the 2014 grid are now set to fall into place.

2013-03-23 - Williams F1 - Malaysia - Pastor Maldonado 03With the possible – albeit unlikely – exception of Caterham and Marussia, the only team with full driver stability heading into next season will be Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Raikkonen already regretting Ferrari return – pundit

“Kimi is annoyed that his manager is sending him back to Ferrari”

2013-10-26 - Lotus F1 Team - Kimi Raikkonen 09Kimi Raikkonen might already be regretting his impending return to Ferrari, according to a pundit

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Oct 29

Vettel helped mechanics pack up India garage

“I think he can get 15 titles as well.  Why not?”

2013-10-26 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel - 99010Sebastian Vettel halted his title-winning party in India to help his mechanics pack up the Red Bull garage, it has emerged. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 29

Alonso’s mind games ‘like Muhammad Ali’ – Mateschitz

“He is the worst of all at the psychological warfare”

2013-06-09_0234Dietrich Mateschitz has likened Fernando Alonso to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 09

Reports – Renault to woo Alonso to Lotus?

“If Fernando knocks on my door, I will answer it.” – Eric Boullier

2013-06-05-0262As the formula one paddock emptied at Monza, one rumour had moved into the realm of fact — Kimi Raikkonen is returning to Ferrari in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27

Alonso hopes bad luck strikes Vettel

“He is on track to break all of Michael Schumacher’s records.”

2013-06-09_0234Fernando Alonso has admitted his championship hopes would get a boost if Sebastian Vettel crashes at the start of a grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 25

Sauber seat for Sirotkin ‘not a mistake’ – Marko

“You can’t cut him down just because of his age and his father.” – Kaltenborn

2013-08-21 - Sauber F1 Team - Sergey Sirotkin 04Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s often hard-talking F1 consultant, has a surprising view regarding the sport’s likely newest rookie. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 23

Sirotkin signs 2014 Sauber race contract – report

Sergey Sirotkin has finally signed a real contract to race a Sauber in 2014.

2013-08-21 - Sauber F1 Team - Sergey Sirotkin 05Before the Russian teen’s visit to Hinwil this week, Sirotkin’s race seat was a mere ambition as part of the Russian rescue deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 24

Ferrari ‘disappointed’ to be dragged into Mercedes defence

“It was unfortunate that we became the object of their defence in this way”

2013-06-08_0161Ferrari has admitted it is “disappointed” to have been used as part of Mercedes’ defence as the German team escaped from the test-gate scandal with a light penalty. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Rumour mill considers Webber’s successor

There have even been some calling for Sebastian Vettel to be suspended for a race.

2013-03-23 - Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Mark Webber (7)As the ‘Multi-21′ affair races on, the F1 rumour mill is already beginning to churn out potential candidates for Mark Webber’s seat. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Vettel ‘surprised by his own brutality’ – the fallout

“I didn’t mean to ignore the call”

2013-03-23 - Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Sebastian Vettel (3)The victim of Sebastian Vettel’s decision to ignore his team’s instructions, Mark Webber predicted on Sunday that Red Bull would “protect” its triple world champion “as usual”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Ecclestone model ‘starving’ small teams – Glock

F1’s funding model is ‘starving’ the smaller teams, Marussia refugee Timo Glock claims.

2012-11-04 - Marussia F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Timo Glock (6)2012-11-15_0008The 30-year-old German has had to leave formula one for the DTM touring car series for 2013, because Marussia need to replace him with a pay-driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 27

Ecclestone calls off Nurburgring talks – report

Bernie Ecclestone has called off negotiations with the Nurburgring, according to Germany’s Der Spiegel.

2012-11-15_0008Nurburgring logoThe famous circuit’s financial problems are well known, but F1 chief executive Ecclestone had been in talks with Nurburgring officials about pressing ahead with plans for a scheduled July race date. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 30

Ecclestone, FIA, say Vettel will stay 2012 champion

Bernie Ecclestone has slammed as a “complete joke” Ferrari’s efforts to question the outcome of the 2012 world championship.

Sebastian Vettel  - Ecclestone -  photo Getty ImagesFlagworld - FIAThe controversy erupted when video footage emerged – and was circulated widely by “Fernando Alonso’s management” according to Sport Bild – of Sebastian Vettel purportedly overtaking illegally under yellow flag conditions at Interlagos. Ferrari confirmed that it asked the governing body for “clarification”, and spokesman Luca Colajanni insists the Maranello team has “until tomorrow (Friday) to file an appeal”. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 25

Germany slams ‘clumsy Schumi’ as contract expires

“The timing is certainly not beneficial” – Marc Surer

2012-06-10_13462012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 05Just as the Mercedes board is set to meet on Tuesday, Michael Schumacher is the unhappy subject of an intense round of bad press in his native Germany. Some publications have nicknamed the seven time world champion ‘Schussel-(clumsy) Schumi’ after his latest mistake in Singapore; the crash with Jean-Eric Vergne that has cost him ten places on the Suzuka grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Hamilton’s winning mood hints McLaren tenure ending

Lewis Hamilton gave away more clues about his future after winning Sunday’s Italian grand prix.

2012-06-09_13452012-04-15 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Chinese Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton - 01Although at Monza the Briton matched Mika Hakkinen’s career tally of 20 wins, he looked miserable as he celebrated the Monza victory with his team. Observing the post-race events, Express journalist Bob McKenzie wrote: “Hamilton looked like a man who has the world on his shoulders rather than in front of him”.

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Jul 25

Vettel penalty like ‘death for chicken stealing’

Red Bull has stepped up its attack on the FIA after Sunday’s German grand prix.

2012-07-20 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel - 990022012-07-19 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel - 99004After stewards demoted Sebastian Vettel from second to fifth place for his late-race pass on Jenson Button, Dr Helmut Marko admitted it had left an “aftertaste”.

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Jul 23

Red Bull saga – track spat or high-stakes politics?

Lewis Hamilton questioned world champion Sebastian Vettel’s maturity after the Red Bull driver called him “stupid” at Hockenheim.

2012-07-20 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel - 990152012-07-21 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Germany - Lewis Hamilton 02German Vettel disliked the way Hamilton overtook him despite being a lap down during the German grand prix. “That was not nice of him,” said Vettel.  “It’s a bit stupid to disturb the leaders.” When told about the 25-year-old’s comments, Briton Hamilton responded: “Hmm.  Maturity has come through I guess.  It shows his maturity.”

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Apr 23

‘The dead live longest’ beams Marko after Bahrain

With Red Bull the latest to hold a trophy aloft this year, yet another potential 2012 champion has emerged.

2012-04-21 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 990052012-04-20 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Marc Webber 99023In theory, back to back world champion Sebastian Vettel, the Bahrain grand prix winner, was always a contender for a third drivers’ crown this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 11

Kubica would have replaced Massa – Ecclestone

If not for Robert Kubica’s predicament, Felipe Massa would have lost his Ferrari seat by now.

2011-02-03 - Lotus Renault GP - Robert Kubica 022012-02-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 13That is the view of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. He told Austria’s Der Spiegel that Kubica, still recovering from horror injuries sustained in a rally crash in February last year, would have replace the struggling Brazilian Massa. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 12

Schumacher return ‘a waste of time’ – Irvine

Eddie Irvine is convinced his former Ferrari teammate’s return to formula one is a “waste of time”.

2011-05-20 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Spain - Michael Schumacher 07P1010065Michael Schumacher, who shared the Ferrari team with the outspoken Ulsterman in the late 90s, had a strong weekend at Monza but his comeback has generally been regarded as mediocre.

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Sep 05

Schumacher still as good as Webber – Berger

Michael Schumacher is not as good as Sebastian Vettel or Nico Rosberg, but he’s still up to speed with Mark Webber.

2011-08-28 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Belgium - Michael Shcumacher 002011-07-30 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Hungary - Michael Schumacher 02That is the view of former ten time race winner Gerhard Berger, who until 1997 shared the circuits with F1’s only seven time world champion. Der Spiegel quotes the Austrian as saying Schumacher, while once the fastest driver in the sport, no longer holds that mantle.

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Aug 29

Emotions run high over tyre blistering saga

Emotions were running high on Sunday between Red Bull and Pirelli, amid the situation at Spa-Francorchamps over blistering tyres.

2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Sebastian Vettel  1 2011-08-28 - Pirelli - Belgium Paul Hembery 01Pirelli chief Paul Hembery was spotted in a row with Sebastian Vettel, after the German driver and Mark Webber were told they could not start the Belgian race with new tyres. Red Bull argued that the tyre blisters that appeared in Q3 was a safety issue, with F1’s official supplier hitting back that the phenomenon was the team’s own fault.

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Aug 22

Schumacher should stay if F1 still ‘fun’ – Tost

Michael Schumacher should stay in formula one for as long as he wants to.

2011-07-24 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Germany - Michael Schumacher 042011-07-24 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Germany - Michael Schumacher 03That is the claim of Franz Tost, the Austrian team boss of Red Bull’s second F1 team Toro Rosso. According to Der Spiegel, Tost knows the 42-year-old German well, and so he was asked about widespread speculation that Schumacher should return to retirement rather than race on in 2012 and beyond.

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