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Jan 10

Quiet Dutchman still hoping for 2012 seat

Giedo van der Garde and his management are quietly hopeful their quest for a place in formula one this year bears fruit.

GP2 - Barwa Addax Team - Monaco - Giedo van der GardeGiedo van der GardeThere are much higher-profile candidates for the two remaining race seats at Williams and HRT, but some insiders consider Dutch GP2 driver van der Garde, 26, a likely signing.

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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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Jul 15

John Howett lined up as potential FOTA figure

John Howett has emerged as a surprise candidate for a leading role at the formula one teams association FOTA.

John HowettFOTAThe Briton was president of Toyota’s F1 team, and the deputy chairman of the teams alliance, until the Japanese manufacturer quit the sport at the end of 2009.

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Jun 11

Ferrari dismisses Briatore team boss rumours

Alonso told Diario Sport newspaper in Canada that he knows nothing about the Briatore rumours.

2011-06-10_00422011-06-10_0016Ferrari’s media guru and Fernando Alonso have dismissed rumours linking Flavio Briatore with the top job at the famous team. The Dutch website f1today.nl this week said Briatore, the disgraced and banned former Renault team boss who is still Spaniard Alonso’s manager, is “in talks with Ferrari” about replacing current principal Stefano Domenicali. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 01

Meteoric Vettel racing to title – Wurz

Sebastian Vettel’s dominance this year is not comparable to 2009.

2011-05-22 - Red Bull Racing - Spain - Sebastian Vettel 22011-05-27 - Red Bull Racing - Monaco - Sebastian Vettel 5That is the view of Jenson Button, who won the championship two years ago after a start to the season similarly as meteoric as Vettel’s this year. But Briton Button, now with McLaren, claims the situation at Brawn GP in 2009 was vastly different to Vettel’s at Red Bull. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 27

No name change for Team Lotus yet

Tony Fernandes said the move is to give his formula one team a “commercial arm” in the sports car world.

Team Lotus Entreprise logo2011-03-26 - Team Lotus - Australia - 02Team Lotus did announce a tie-up with specialist British sports car maker Caterham Cars on Wednesday, but not the expected change of name. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 27

Team Lotus Enterprise today announces that it has purchased British sportscar maker Caterham Cars.

The Perfect Partnership

Team Lotus Entreprise logoCaterham cars logoThe acquisition by Tony Fernandes, Kamarudin Meranun and SM Nasarudin, the men behind the Team Lotus Formula 1 squad, from the shareholder consortium led by Corven Ventures, will see the legendary lightweight sportscar manufacturer expand its brand profile and product family. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 10

Bahrain cancellation saved HRT team – Willis

“If the season had started in Bahrain we may not have participated because we were not ready.”

2011-04-09 - HRT F1 Team - Malaysia - Geoff Willis 012011-04-09 - HRT F1 Team - Malaysia - Vitantonio Liuzzi 01The cancellation of the 2011 Bahrain season opener was a god-send for the HRT team, technical boss Geoff Willis has admitted. Both Hispania cars failed to qualify in Australia two weeks ago, after the new front nose failed the FIA crash test and the Cosworth-powered F111 completed only a handful of laps with a plethora of other problems. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 06

Qatar plays down Bahrain replacement rumours

“As you know, formula one has an agreement with Bahrain until 2016”

Qatar 090412Bahrain International CircuitThe Qatar Motor and Motorcycling Federation (QMMF) has played down rumours the Arab emirate could be set to replace Bahrain on the F1 calendar. Prior to the civil unrest that led to the postponement of this year’s Bahrain season opener, Qatar had already begun modifying its Losail circuit so it is able to host a grand prix as well as its popular MotoGP night event. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 22

HRT in ‘major’ financial trouble – source

HRT is straining under “major financial problems”, a source at the team has told a specialist website.

2011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona 022011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona - Narain Karthikeyan - Jose Ramon Carabante - Vitantonio LiuzziF1today.nl in Holland also claims the Spanish team’s explanation about not being able to test the new F111 recently in Barcelona due to parts being held in customs was not true. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 15

No pre-Melbourne shakedown for new HRT car

HRT’s new car for 2011 will turn a wheel for the first time next Friday in Melbourne.

Grand Prix d'Australie - Melbourne 09-2010Australian Grand PrixAfter the struggling Spanish team launched the F111 in Barcelona late last week, it could not then be tested due to parts supposedly being held up in customs. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 11

Williams might start 2011 without KERS

Williams might have to start the 2011 season without KERS.

2011-02-24 - AT&T Williams - FW33 082011-02-13 - AT&T Williams - Jerez - Rubens Barrichello 01With its own KERS company Williams Hybrid Power, the Oxfordshire based team initially developed a flywheel system but instead opted for the more tightly-packaged battery version for its 2011 car FW33. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 11

Lotus reliability still concerns Trulli

“I’m sure there is still a lot to come before the first race.”

2011-02-03 - Team Lotus - Valencia - Jarno Trulli 012011-02-19 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - 01With his tumultuous 2010 season behind him, Jarno Trulli has admitted he is still concerned about reliability. The Italian veteran completed only a handful of laps in the new Team Lotus T128 in Barcelona on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 08

McLaren debut nose bump; Heidfeld has a cold

McLaren to sit out Thursday running in Spain

2011-02-02 - Valencia - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 00152011-02-04 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - MP4-26

McLaren debuted a radical front nose as the final week of pre-season testing kicked off at Barcelona on Tuesday. Jenson Button took to the Circuit de Catalunya with a bulbous lump on the nose of his MP4-26, connecting rods to the extremities of the front wing. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 04

Whitmarsh defends Pirelli after tyre criticisms

Martin Whitmarsh has leapt to Pirelli’s defence amid widespread criticism of the marque’s 2011 tyres.

2010-11-06 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Martin WhitmarshPirelliSome drivers are bemoaning the tyres’ severe degradation, but McLaren and FOTA chief Whitmarsh believes some of those views are unfair. “We complain about high wear, but no one talks about the good grip of the tyres when new,” he reportedly told Motor Sport. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 11

Heidfeld ready to fight for race seat – manager

Nick Heidfeld is fully prepared to step into a top race seat in 2011, according to the German’s manager.

2010-10-10 - BMW Sauber F1 Team - Nick Heidfeld 022011-02-01 - Lotus Renault GP - Valencia - 05German Heidfeld, 33, was believed close to returning to Mercedes as reserve driver for this season before his former BMW teammate Robert Kubica was badly injured in a rally smash. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 02

Mercedes opposes three cars per team – Haug

‘All teams’ eye competitors’ staff – Haug

2010-04-03 - Mercedes GP Petronas - Nico Rosberg - Norbert Haug - Michael Schumacher2011-02-01 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - MGP W02 - 04Norbert Haug has revealed he is not in favour of allowing teams to field three cars per grand prix. Ferrari, whose president Luca di Montezemolo is highly critical of the uncompetitive small teams, is pushing hard for the rule change. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 26

Mercedes confirms ‘simulator sickness’ for Schumacher

“Throughout his career, Michael from time to time has been susceptible to simulator sickness”

2010-11-06 -  Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 062010-11-06 -  Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 01‘Simulator sickness’ does not explain Michael Schumacher’s disappointing return to F1 alongside Nico Rosberg in 2010. That was the gist of a statement issued by Mercedes following reports this week that the seven time world champion did not work in the team’s Brackley simulator last year due to motion sickness. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 25

Return to top form for Schumacher ‘impossible’ – Prost

Driver simulators make Schumacher sick – report

2004_02_29_am_auto_12_082010-05-08 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 02With Michael Schumacher’s difficult comeback season behind him, Alain Prost does not expect the seven time world champion to be back to full speed in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 11

Barrichello to debut 2011 Williams on 1 February

“The FW33 will be in action at the first test in Valencia”

2010-05-16 - AT&T Williams - Rubens Barrichello 112010-07-24 - AT&T Williams - Rubens Barrichello 04Rubens Barrichello will give Williams’ 2011 car its track debut at Valencia on 1 February, a spokeswoman for the Oxfordshire based team has confirmed. Read the rest of this entry »


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