Tag Archive: El Pais

Jul 23

Lauda apologises for calling Ferrari car ‘sh*t’

“I have not seen the interview in the Spanish daily, but I was too heavy with my words — forgive me.”

IMG_3777 Niki Lauda has swiftly hit reverse, after using an expletive to describe the cars fielded in 2014 by Mercedes’ grandee rivals McLaren and Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 23

Alonso could be free to leave Ferrari – sources

Fernando Alonso could be contractually free to walk away from Ferrari.

2014-06-07_0248 Technically, the Spaniard remains under contract to the struggling Maranello team until the end of 2016. “I’m sure he is very frustrated,” Niki Lauda told the Spanish newspaper El Pais earlier this week. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 11

Maria de Villota dies

De Villota died of natural causes

Maria de Villota 2013-03-08It appears Maria de Villota died of natural causes. Maria de Villota, who lost an eye after a near-fatal F1 testing crash last year, died early on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 06

Vettel’s ‘boos’ and ‘balls’ still making waves

Sebastian Vettel’s ‘boos’ and ‘balls’ are still making waves in the F1 paddock.

2013-09-21- Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel - 99022Just as insiders wondered why crowds keep booing the German on the podium, Vettel crassly explained Red Bull’s dominance by saying his team works hard while his rivals “hang their balls in the pool”. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 06

Whitmarsh keeps ‘wild’ Alonso rumours in headlines

“We could afford to bring Alonso here next year”

2013-06-08_0053Martin Whitmarsh is keeping “wild rumours” in the headlines that Fernando Alonso could return to McLaren in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 22

Ricciardo thinks he beat Vergne in pressure stakes

“I have no fear at all.  I’m not Mark” – Ricciardo

2013-05-23 - Toro Rosso - Monaco - Jean-Eric Vergne - Daniel Ricciardo 1Daniel Ricciardo thinks Red Bull chose him over Toro Rosso teammate Jean-Eric Vergne because he is better at dealing with pressure. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 07

Ending slump ‘very difficult’ for Williams – Villeneuve

Ending its slump will be a “very difficult” task for Williams.

2013-06-08_0039That is the view of the great British team’s last world champion, Jacques Villeneuve, who in Germany assessed Williams’ current form on the occasion of its 600th grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 11

No Silverstone debut for Pirelli tyre tweak

“Why should Pirelli change the tyres if we have shown that everything is ok?”

2013-06-09_1345Pirelli has called off its plans to change the design of its 2013 tyres for the British grand prix and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 11

FIA confirms date for ‘test-gate’ hearing

F1’s governing body has confirmed a June 20 hearing date for the ‘testgate’ saga.

Flagworld - FIAWe first reported the June 20 date on Saturday, following rumours in the Montreal paddock that the FIA wanted to fast-track the international tribunal so that the matter is cleared up before the next race, at Silverstone ten days later. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 04

De Villota reveals crack in Duxford crash helmet

“Until now only my family and friends have seen it (the helmet)” – de Villota

Maria de Villota has revealed the terrifying extent of the damage to her carbon fibre helmet that saved her life during an horror Marussia test crash last year. Read the rest of this entry »


May 26

Webber not ruling out Ferrari move

“In F1 you can never say never”

2013-05-23 - Red Bull Racing - Monaco - Mark Webber (4)Mark Webber has ruled out continuing his F1 career with a “small team” — but he’s leaving the door open to Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »


May 12

Mercedes not expected to win in Spain

“Our Achilles heel is getting the tyres to last”

Mercedes plus argentée - photo Mercedes AMGDominating qualifying in the presence of Daimler supremo Dieter Zetsche, Mercedes appears on top of the world in Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 19

F1 should not be singling out Bahrain controversy – Alonso

“We are more stoic, more phlegmatic (than last year).”

2013-04-13 - Scuderia Ferrari - China - Fernando Alonso 01Fernando Alonso has played down the significance of this weekend’s Bahrain grand prix, suggesting the sport should not be picking which of its host countries’ controversies to weight into. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 17

‘B’ McLaren is not step back to 2012 – boss

Jenson Button backs the decision to push ahead with the 2013 concept

2013-04-13 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - China - Jenson Button 01McLaren is not taking a step backwards to last year’s car in order to move forwards with the struggling MP4-28. 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 »


Mar 18

Red Bull make heavy work of success – Alonso

Fernando Alonso has accused Red Bull of making heavy work of its recent successes.

2013-02-23 - Scuderia Ferrari - Barcelona - Fernando Alonso 01The perception in the paddock is that Spaniard Alonso has been punching above his weight with a less than competitive Ferrari, while Sebastian Vettel raced to the last three championships at the wheel of his Adrian Newey-penned car. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 05

Alonso expects Red Bull to lead pack in Australia

Fernando Alonso is heading into next weekend’s 2013 season opener with realistic expectations of a podium finish.

2013-02-23 - Scuderia Ferrari - Barcelona - Fernando Alonso 022013-02-23 - Scuderia Ferrari - Barcelona - Fernando Alonso 03“I think so,” the 2012 title runner-up is quoted by Spain’s El Pais newspaper during a sponsor event in Barcelona on Monday. Fabled Ferrari has had a much better winter compared to a year ago, when the Maranello team was multiple seconds off the pace. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 22

Pirelli plays down ‘extreme’ wear of 2013 tyres

The alarm in the paddock about Pirelli’s 2013 tyres is growing louder with every day.

Pirelli2013-02-13 - Pirelli - Full Pirelli 2013 Formula One Tyre RangeThe latest shock is the performance of the new ‘supersoft’ tyre, which – to the circus’ collective surprise – will be supplied to teams in Melbourne next month. Williams’ Pastor Maldonado tried the compound in Barcelona on Thursday, and – according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport – it proved not only unpredictable and heavily-degrading, but also slower than the harder ‘soft’ variant. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 18

Massa not worried about growing ‘Alonso factor’ at Ferrari

Felipe Massa insists he is not worried about the apparently ever-greater influence wrought by his teammate Fernando Alonso at Ferrari.

2012-11-16_00212012-06-08_0294Brazilian Massa hit such a low-point in his career early last year that, this week, he admitted that as Ferrari considered who to replace him with, he thought about quitting the team and formula one. Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 04

Valencia hoping for F1 return in 2014

Valencia is hoping to return to the F1 calendar in 2014.

Valencia Street Circuit logoSauber ValenciaThe Spanish street race – recently the regular host of the European grand prix – has dropped off the sport’s schedule for next season. Read the rest of this entry »


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