Tag Archive: Dr Helmut Marko

Nov 27

Vettel to take Italian language lessons – report

Sebastian Vettel will take private lessons in Italian as he gets up to speed with life at Ferrari.

2014-07-17 - 99003 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel After racing a Red Bull for the last time last Sunday, the German stayed in Abu Dhabi for the post-race test and appeared in the Ferrari garage in plain clothing. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 27

Toro Rosso set to announce Sainz jr on Monday

Red Bull will announce the identity of Jean-Eric Vergne’s successor at the junior team Toro Rosso in the coming days.

Carlos Sainz Jr 24-year-old Vergne, the Faenza based team’s driver for the past three seasons, revealed on Wednesday that he will not be rookie Max Verstappen’s teammate in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 25

Sainz waits for imminent Toro Rosso announcement

Carlos Sainz jr says he hopes Toro Rosso will shortly announce his 2015 debut.

Carlos Sainz champion The major Spanish sports newspapers AS and Marca are separately reporting that the 20-year-old has been selected by Dr Helmut Marko to race alongside fellow rookie Max Verstappen next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 22

Red Bull wants louder, cheaper V6 power for F1

Red Bull has proposed a new engine formula for the sport.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Daniel Ricciardo (14) Struggling with Renault power all season, the outgoing world champions and also Ferrari are frustrated efforts to convince Mercedes to ease the engine development ‘freeze’ have until now failed. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 22

Alonso’s Ferrari failure ‘hard to grasp’ – Trulli

Jarno Trulli has admitted he is surprised his old F1 teammate Fernando Alonso did not make his five-year Ferrari marriage work.

2011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - Jarno Trulli 03 Alonso, who was paired with Italian Trulli at Renault a decade ago, has split with Ferrari and is expected to move to McLaren-Honda for 2015 and beyond. “It’s hard to grasp that it did not work for Fernando,” Italian Trulli, in Malaysia for the second round of the new Formula E series, told the Spanish news agency EFE. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Oct 29

Sainz must wait another month for Toro Rosso news

An increasingly impatient Carlos Sainz jr says he will have to wait another month for Red Bull to decide his future in formula one.

GP3 - Carlos Sainz Jr (MW Arden) “After what we have achieved this year,” the new Formula Renault 3.5 champion told Spain’s Marca, “there is no alternative choice for me other than formula one.” Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

F1 set for three-car teams as more risk collapse

F1 risks sliding into crisis and having to reinvent its very DNA as struggling backmarker teams begin to succumb to collapse.

2014-06-08_0747 HRT folded in 2012, and now F1’s two other newest teams Caterham and Marussia are in the throes of financial administration. Organisers of next weekend’s US grand prix look set to welcome just 9 teams to an 18-car grid, unprecedented since BAR-Honda was banned for a time almost a decade ago.
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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 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 20

Marko yet to tell Sainz of plans for 2015

Even now crowned the new Formula Renault 3.5 champion, Carlos Sainz jr is still in the dark about his F1 future.

Carlos Sainz - Spa 2014 Clearly the cream of Red Bull’s hopeful clan of young development drivers, the 20-year-old is in the running to replace Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso in 2015. But with the 17-year-old Max Verstappen already signed up, it is clear that team boss Franz Tost and owner Dietrich Mateschitz think keeping the experienced Jean-Eric Vergne on board might be the smarter play. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Red Bull blocks Vettel’s Ferrari test debut in Abu Dhabi

Also in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli will test its proposed 2015 tyres for the first time.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel (7) Sebastian Vettel will not be able to make his test debut for Ferrari in the days immediately after next month’s Abu Dhabi grand prix finale. Italy’s Omnicorse claims that, even though the Maranello team is yet to officially confirm that the German will be wearing red in 2015, it wanted Vettel to drive the F14-T at the post-Abu Dhabi test. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 08

Alonso in ‘tough’ McLaren negotiations – report

Fernando Alonso is locked in “tough negotiations” with McLaren, the F1 correspondent Luis Vasconcelos claims.

2014-06-07_0235 Although the Spanish driver insists Sebastian Vettel’s switch to Ferrari is a mere symptom of his own plans for the future, there are sections of the media who think the German actually caught Alonso off guard. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

Red Bull thinks Alonso is McLaren-bound

Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko believes Fernando Alonso is headed to McLaren.

2014-06-07_0254 When it emerged that the reigning world champion team is losing Sebastian Vettel, many were surprised to learn that Red Bull would not simply replace the departing German with Alonso. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

Not just Sainz in running for Kvyat seat

Carlos Sainz jr is not the only candidate to replace the Red Bull-bound Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso next year.

2014-06-05_0142 Christian Horner and Dr Helmut Marko have already admitted the talented Spaniard, the current cream of Red Bull’s famed young driver programme, is the frontrunner for the newly-vacant seat in the wake of Sebastian Vettel’s shock news.
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Oct 07

Red Bull denies departing Vettel now ‘number 2′

Sebastian Vettel will not be marginalised by Red Bull despite shocking the team with his sudden departure news last week in Japan.

2014-07-19 - 99038 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel That is the claim of team chief Dr Helmut Marko, who is already fending off claims the Ferrari-bound German received second-rate treatment during the Suzuka race. 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 06

Immediate success unlikely for Vettel at Ferrari – Lauda

“For me there is only one question — did he tell Didi Mateschitz beforehand?”

2014-04-20 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - China - Dr Helmut Marko - Sebastian Vettel - Niki Lauda Sebastian Vettel’s move to Ferrari may be good for the Italian team, but not so good in the short term for the reigning world champion. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Bianchi in surgery for ‘severe head injury’ – FIA

Jules Bianchi is undergoing surgery for a “severe head injury”, F1’s governing body has announced.

2014-06-05_0125 At the same time, the French driver’s father has told the L’Equipe sports daily that his son is in a “critical” condition at the Mie hospital near Suzuka. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Vettel masterminded massive Ferrari deal

The word at Suzuka on race-day Sunday is that Sebastian Vettel pulled off a masterstroke.

2014-07-17 - 99000 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel Not only has he exposed Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari split and revealed that Red Bull’s doors are closed to the Spaniard, the reigning world champion has reportedly single-handedly brokered perhaps the most lucrative deal in F1 history. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 04

Shock at Suzuka as Vettel leaves Red Bull

A wild rumour is now a certainty: Sebastian Vettel is leaving Red Bull to replace Fernando Alonso at Ferrari in 2015.

IMG_3788 With a Super Typhoon already bearing down, the reigning world champion team sent gasps through the media centre on Saturday morning with its press release. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 04

Lauda rules out Mercedes move for Alonso

The two leading theories about Alonso’s next move is that he will either go to McLaren-Honda, or take a season off.

IMG_2291 As the morning’s sensational news heads into late afternoon at Suzuka, tongues are still wagging far and wide in the Suzuka paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 03

McLaren says ‘works’ status could attract Alonso

Not many well-informed insiders in the Suzuka paddock still believe Fernando Alonso will be a Ferrari driver in 2015.

IMG_6345 In fact, the growing consensus is that the Spaniard’s contract termination will be made public after the Japanese grand prix weekend. 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

Mercedes admits ‘no peace’ between warring drivers

“There is no need for a peace pact to show to the public”

2014-03-30 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Malaysia -  Lewis Hamilton 02 Toto Wolff has admitted tension between Mercedes’ title-warring teammates is inevitable over the decisive final five races of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 01

Mercedes ‘can throw championship away’ – Marko

“Every single one of us wants to finish 2014 in style”  – Toto Wolff

2014-06-08_1186 With five full races to spare, Mercedes this weekend has its first opportunity to wrap up the 2014 constructors’ world championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 01

Father plays down ‘superstar’ Verstappen’s Suzuka debut

Jos Verstappen has moved to ease the pressure on his son’s shoulders ahead of the Japanese grand prix weekend.

2014-08-22 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Max Verstappen (6) The former F1 driver is already in Japan, where his newly seventeen year old son will make history at Suzuka as the youngest ever driver to participate in an official grand prix programme. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 29

Sainz eyes F1 future despite Verstappen setback

Carlos Sainz jr hopes a timely show of dominance can put him back in the spotlight after a challenging couple of months.

Record victory for Carlos Sainz

The Spaniard put up an impressive double-victory in the Formula Renault 3.5 category in France at the weekend, moving tantalisingly close to securing the title. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Vettel eyeing Red Bull ‘comeback’ despite rumours

The ‘Fernando Alonso rumours’ have dominated this week’s F1 headlines.

2014-06-21 - 99007 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel Many respected sources throughout the sport’s international media landscape are now convinced that the Spaniard and Ferrari are in the throes of divorce. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

Grosjean slams Renault in Singapore qualifying

“Bloody engine, bloody engine.  We break our balls for this?”

2014-06-07_0899 Romain Grosjean made his thoughts about Renault’s below-par 2014 ‘power unit’ more than clear as he bowed out in Singapore qualifying. Read the rest of this entry »

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