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 »

Nov 24

Newey denies working only part-time for Red Bull

Adrian Newey has denied rumours he only works four days a week for Red Bull.

2012-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Adrian Newey (3)2012-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Adrian Newey (1)“I wish!” world champion Red Bull’s car designer, and undoubtedly the most highly respected technical figure in formula one, told the Spanish newspaper El Pais. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 19

‘Joy of racing’ makes Schu comeback a success – Andretti

Mario Andretti says Michael Schumacher’s three-year return to F1 was a success because he enjoyed it.

2012-06-10_04442012-06-10_0447“He never lost the love and joy of racing,” Andretti, the naturalised American who won his F1 title in 1978, said at the US grand prix on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Hamilton snr tips son to win title for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton’s father and former manager Anthony has tipped his son to win the title for Mercedes within three years.

2012-11-03 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Abu Dhabi - Lewis Hamilton 232012-11-03 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Abu Dhabi - Lewis Hamilton 10After six years, 20 wins and a title, McLaren careerist and long-time team driver Hamilton, 27, has decided to join the famous ‘Silver Arrows’ in 2013. “I am sure Lewis will be champion at Mercedes in three years,” father Anthony, who was sidelined as manager by his son a few years ago, told the German news agency SID. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 26

Ferrari ‘all talk and no updates’ – Alonso

Alonso is reportedly resigned to fighting against Vettel with an inferior car.

2012-10-14 - Ferrari - Korea - Fernando Alonso 032012-10-14 - Ferrari - Korea - Fernando Alonso 02Fernando Alonso has reportedly criticised Ferrari’s lack of progress in recent weeks, as he pushes to regain his recently-lost championship lead to Red Bull’s dominant Sebastian Vettel. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

McLaren ‘pressure’ better for Perez – Domenicali

Mercedes not bad choice for Hamilton – Domenicali

2012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch Stefano Domenicali2012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #1 097Sergio Perez will be under much less pressure at McLaren than if he was signed by Ferrari. Stefano Domenicali has dismissed claims Lewis Hamilton has made a bad choice by electing to move from McLaren to Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 08

Vettel races into title hot seat with Red Bull ‘double DRS’

Until very recently, Spaniard Alonso was the overwhelming title favourite

Sebastian Vettel Suzuka2012-09-22 - Ferrari - Singapore - Fernando Alonso 03The final five races of the 2012 season will likely stage a head-to-head contest between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, with the protagonists each pushing to add a prestigious third crown to their tallies. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

Vettel ‘very surprised’ by Hamilton’s McLaren exit

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he was “very surprised” when he heard Lewis Hamilton had signed up with Mercedes for 2013.

2012-06-09_13212012-06-09_1345Asked what he thought when he heard the news about the 2008 world champion’s impending McLaren exit, the world champion admitted: “I was very surprised, but he knows why he has done it. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

Alonso pushes for title although ‘eight tenths’ too slow

Fernando Alonso has repeated his insistence that Ferrari must up its game as the 2012 chase enters the final stretch.

2012-09-20 - Ferrari - Fernando Alonso Shell 500 042012-06-09_0621Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton both have clearly faster cars. Alonso, who spun into retirement at the first corner at Suzuka, has described his continuing lead as a “miracle”. “In 2010, they (Red Bull) were over a second faster than us and still we led the championship until Abu Dhabi,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

Reports – Hamilton to stay at McLaren, Schu at Mercedes

According to the latest buzz in the Singapore paddock, the ‘Lewis Hamilton saga’ could be almost at the finish line.

2012-09-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Belgium - Michael Schumacher 002012-06-09_1351Previously, it was rumoured the McLaren driver was so close to agreeing a switch to Mercedes next year that Michael Schumacher had started looking around for a new team. Writing in Kleine Zeitung newspaper, correspondent Karin Sturm even revealed she had spotted Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm talking in the paddock with Peter Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

Contract chaos giving Hamilton title focus – boss

“I don’t think you could say that drivers are the most loyal people in the world, that’s for sure” – Martin Whitmarsh

2012-09-02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Lewis Hamilton 002012-06-09_0077On a roll and charging to close the gap on Fernando Alonso, Singapore pole sitter Lewis Hamilton insists he is not worried about losing the support of the McLaren team. Depending on who you ask in the F1 paddock, the 2008 world champion is on the verge of jumping ship to Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

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