Tag Archive: El Mundo

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 »

May 10

Alonso to Mercedes, Newey to Ferrari – rumours

Ferrari is a hotbed of rumours at the scene of the Spanish grand prix.

2014-04-20 - Scuderia Ferrari - China - Fernando Alonso (2) The first rumour was that Ross Brawn, the team’s ultra-successful technical director during the Michael Schumacher years, could be on the way back to Maranello full-time following a recent visit during his retirement. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 07

‘Relief’ as Schumacher’s condition improves – reports

“Michael Schumacher is no longer in imminent danger of death.”

2012-11-18_0006 Nine days into his coma, positive news is finally emerging from the Michael Schumacher camp. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 12

Valencia in talks to break F1 contract – report

Despite earlier reports that Valencia and Barcelona agreed to alternate

Valencia Street Circuit logoValencia’s formula one foray is set to be officially folded, according to a media report. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

Valencia left off F1’s 2014 calendar – report

Valencia has been left off F1’s provisional calendar for 2014, it has emerged.

Valencia Street Circuit logoAbsent from this year’s schedule, the street race was set to return next year according to a new agreement with Barcelona to annually alternate the Spanish grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

Fernando Alonso is not expecting to “surprise” with world-beating pace this weekend in Hungary

Alonso hopes for faster Ferrari ‘after the summer’

2013-06-07_0023The Spaniard does, however, think Ferrari has ended its recent trend of stagnant development, and hopes to be at the wheel of a faster car “after the summer”. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 10

Barcelona denies Valencia alternation talks

“The agreement is (now) awaiting the signature of the Catalan president Artur Mas”

Circuit de Catalunya logoCircuit de Catalunya chief Salvador Servia has played down reports Barcelona could annually alternate the Spanish grand prix with Valencia. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 27

‘No new contract’ for Webber in 2014 – report

“What has happened is still in their minds.  It does not go away.”

2013-03-17 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel - Mark WebberMark Webber will leave Red Bull at the end of 2013, major German newspaper Bild is reporting. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 14

Valencia could return to F1 in 2014

Valencia could be set to return to the formula one calendar.

Valencia Street Circuit logoFlagworld - F1The European grand prix is missing from the 2013 schedule, and it emerged recently that a return was unlikely because city authorities and race organisers had left the street circuit in a state of disrepair. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 19

F3 champ Juncadella to be Mercedes tester – reports

Daniel Juncadella is set to become a development driver with Mercedes’ F1 team, according to Spanish and German media sources.

05 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamDaniel Juncadella Helmet photographSpain’s El Mundo said the news about the 21-year-old has come “direct from Stuttgart”, and “should be announced this week” from either the F1 or DTM tests. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 15

Perez asking McLaren for de la Rosa return – report

Sergio Perez has asked McLaren to team up once again with its former long-time test and reserve driver, Pedro de la Rosa.

2012-04-15 - Sauber F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 032012-06-09_0317That is the claim of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, reporting that 41-year-old de la Rosa is “looking for work” after HRT quietly folded in the weeks following the 2012 season finale. Correspondent Jaime Rodriguez wrote: “De la Rosa is now in talks with several teams to resume his testing role, including Williams, Mercedes and even Ferrari.” Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 28

Another video shows Vettel made illegal pass in Brazil

A video has emerged that clearly depicts Sebastian Vettel overtaking under yellow flag conditions during Sunday’s Brazilian grand prix.

ThumbnailThumbnailIt is a separate incident to the 2012 world champion’s pass on Kamui Kobayashi at Interlagos, which turned out to have actually taken place under yellow and orange caution flags. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 28

Drunk, sacked HRT mechanics brawl at factory

A brawl broke out at ailing F1 team HRT’s Madrid headquarters after staff returned from Sao Paulo, El Mundo newspaper reports.

11 - HRT F1 Team2012-03-06 - HRT F1 Team - F112 05The report said the fight involved drunk mechanics who had gone straight from the airport to the team’s factory to collect compensation for their redundancies. “The atmosphere heated up and police had to be called to intervene,” said the report. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Ferrari were ‘really interested’ for 2014 – Perez

Sergio Perez has admitted there was a chance he would have landed at Ferrari in 2014.

2012-11-15_0024Sergio Perez - photo SauberInstead, the Mexican – who was the cream of Ferrari’s driver development academy – has been poached by the fabled Italian squad’s historic rival McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Media and sponsor muzzle for Alonso in 2012 finale

Fernando Alonso will focus intensely on the final four races of the season amid a ‘media muzzle’, according to the German newspaper Bild.

2012-10-14 - Ferrari - Korea - Fernando Alonso 012012-10-14 - Ferrari - Korea - Fernando Alonso 02The report said Ferrari’s Spaniard – who finally lost his championship lead as his on-form title rival Sebastian Vettel won a third consecutive grand prix on Sunday – will not give any more interviews as the 2012 season draws to a close over the next six weeks through India, Abu Dhabi, the US and finally Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 24

Millionaire Alonso ‘a bargain’ for Ferrari

Fernando Alonso is F1’s highest paid driver, and he’s worth every penny.

2012-06-23 - Ferrari - Fernando Alonso 00082012-07-07 - Ferrari - Fernando Alonso 0013That is the view of Brazilian correspondent Livio Oricchio, who said after Hockenheim that the Spaniard’s estimated EUR 25 million salary is “a bargain” for Ferrari. Another observer told the Times newspaper: “Whatever Ferrari are paying him, it is not enough.”

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Jun 26

Red Bull step ‘could be decisive’ – Alguersuari

The RB8’s latest updates – notably a new double-diffuser style floor – worked perfectly.

2012-06-10_08412012-06-09_0357After seven unpredictable and tightly-contested grands prix, Valencia last weekend reminded many F1 analysts of a dominant past. On the concrete-lined streets, where Sebastian Vettel dominated in his two past championship seasons, the field was once again forced to play second fiddle to a dominant Red Bull.

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May 24

Williams to thank rivals after garage fire

“The reaction was extraordinary”

2012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 6 - 42012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 6 - 2Sir Frank Williams has vowed to visit every rival team this weekend in Monaco to thank them personally for their response to the garage fire two weeks ago in Spain. Read the rest of this entry »

May 17

Ferrari say Massa contender for 2013 race seat

And the candidates are lining up.

2012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 5 08022012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix a 0426Ferrari has played down rumours it is close to immediately ousting Felipe Massa, insisting it is possible the struggling Brazilian will still be in a red car next year. On Twitter, the famous Italian team said the latest rumours – including a claim that former Virgin driver Jerome d’Ambrosio is a candidate to replace Massa in 2012 – are “funny”. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13

Harsh penalty for error-prone McLaren – reaction

The penalty might be harsh, but the loss of Lewis Hamilton’s pole in Spain is just the latest calamitous mistake by McLaren.

2012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix a 00612012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix b 0624bThat was the tone of the paddock’s reaction to the news late on Saturday that a McLaren gaffe saw the FIA send Hamilton from first to last on the Spanish grand prix grid. The Sun newspaper called it a draconian “24-place grid penalty” imposed by the FIA after an “astonishing cock-up” by McLaren.

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Apr 22

Massa’s ‘F1 future’ at stake – Domenicali

Felipe Massa’s future in formula one is at stake in 2012, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has admitted.

2012-03-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Malaysian Grand Prix - Felipe Massa 002012-03-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Malaysian Grand Prix - Felipe Massa 01He said the struggling Brazilian driver, already fighting to keep his seat with the famous Maranello based team, “needs to improve” for the very sake of his “future in formula one”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 20

Alonso ‘saved Ferrari from disaster’ – press

Fernando Alonso was spared the Italian media’s wrath after Ferrari opened its 2012 campaign with the troubled F2012 car.

2012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #5 3942012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #3 415“Alonso once again saved Ferrari from disaster,” said the authoritative La Gazzetta dello Sport, after the Spanish driver drove the car to fifth place in Australia. The under-pressure Felipe Massa’s opening race, however, “was a nightmare”, the daily newspaper added. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 13

New Ferrari ’20pc ready’ after Jerez test – Alonso

Fernando Alonso managed to brighten Ferrari’s spirits before the opening test of the 2012 test concluded.

2012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari logo.jpgHis best time in Friday’s proceedings was set with soft tyres and still shy of the promising Lotus’ earlier pace, but it nonetheless triggered sighs of relief within the Maranello ranks after a troubled early start.

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Feb 09

Analysis – 2012 pecking-order already emerging?

Forecasts based on early test results are usually unreliable, but a picture of the 2012 pecking order may already be emerging.

Flagworld - F12011-07-24 - HRT F1 Team - Germany - Teams 01On Wednesday at Jerez, Michael Schumacher moved to the top of the times in last year’s Mercedes, followed by Mark Webber in Red Bull’s new title-defending RB8. “The car was pretty competitive in winter testing last year and it’s the same again this year,” said the Australian driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 08

Ferrari suspension not seen in F1 since 2001 – Gene

A feature of the 2012 Ferrari car has not been seen in formula one for more than a decade, test driver Marc Gene has confirmed.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari 2012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch Felipe MassaWhile the ‘stepped’ noses have been grabbing all the media’s attention, arguably more noteworthy is Ferrari’s decision to design its F2012 around ‘pullrod’ front suspension. While some F1 teams have been using pullrod suspension at the rear of their cars, it has been essentially absent from the front since the 80s and 90s.

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Dec 05

Raikkonen owns slice of Lotus F1 team

Kimi Raikkonen is also a minor shareholder of the newly-renamed Lotus team, according to reports.

2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (6)2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (3)Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo, and Italy’s Italiaracing, claim the 2007 world champion traded income and performance bonuses for an actual slice of the Genii-controlled team that is based at Enstone, UK.

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Nov 29

‘Innovation’ set Red Bull apart in 2011 – Gene

One word has set Red Bull apart from its rivals McLaren and Ferrari this season: “Innovation.”

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (9)2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil (1)That is the claim of Marc Gene, a test driver for Ferrari. “I have no doubt,” he wrote in his column for El Mundo newspaper.  “It was they who came up with the blown diffuser and then hid the innovation from the other teams.

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Nov 23

HRT convinced de la Rosa to leave McLaren contract

Pedro de la Rosa had to be convinced to break his multi year McLaren contract in order to join back-of-the-grid Spanish team HRT in 2012.

2011-09-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Italy - Pedro de la Rosa 01The Spaniard told reporters in Madrid that he began talking to former F1 driver Luis Perez-Sala, now an advisor for the team’s new owners Thesan Capital, in July.

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Oct 11

Webber up to speed with Vettel in races – Gene

Meanwhile, Gene doubts that Vettel and Red Bull will run away with another easy title in 2012.

2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Mark Webber  3 2011-09-09 - Red Bull Racing - Italy - Mark Webber (3)Poor starts and qualifying explains Mark Webber’s struggle to keep up with new back-to-back world champion Sebastian Vettel in 2011. That is the claim of Ferrari’s Spanish test driver Marc Gene, who admitted in El Mundo newspaper that he is a “big fan” of Vettel’s Australian teammate at Red Bull.

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Sep 25

Ferrari test 2012 front wing in Singapore

Ferrari’s new full focus on the 2012 season was in evidence this weekend in Singapore.

2011-09-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Italy - Felipa Massa - Stefano Domenicali  - Fernando Alonso2011-08-28 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Belgium - 02The Spanish sports daily Marca reports that a clear sign that Fernando Alonso’s team has given up the fight this season was a 2012-spec front wing tested on the Italia 150 car in Friday practice.

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