Tag Archive: Flavio Briatore

Nov 12

Briatore says Ecclestone’s double points ‘smart’

Flavio Briatore thinks his friend and regular business partner Bernie Ecclestone has pulled off a masterstroke with ‘double points’ in 2014

Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone Actually, the innovation – where the title is kept artificially alive right until the dying moments by offering twice as many points in the season finale – is highly controversial and almost universally unpopular. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 11

McLaren, Mercedes play down three cars for 2015

As the 2014 season winds to a close, the prospect of three-car teams for 2015 remains a mystery

Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone Angry small teams departed Brazil believing the sport’s establishment is trying to push them out, leaving five powerful teams supplying cars to customers. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 11

Vettel needs ‘spectacular’ Ferrari car – Briatore

Sebastian Vettel needs to hope for a “spectacular” Ferrari next year, according to Flavio Briatore

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel (11) When Fernando Alonso’s switch to McLaren-Honda is finally announced, Ferrari can also lift the lid on the open secret of German Vettel’s move from Red Bull. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 11

McLaren now deciding Alonso’s teammate

For the first time since 2007

2014-10-04_0198 - Scuderia Ferrari - Japan - Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso will make a visit to Woking this week, authoritative media sources are reporting. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 29

Alonso rumours keep shifting into higher gear

The Spaniard’s future at Ferrari is in serious doubt

2014-06-05_0247 In terms of speculation about his future, the last days have been arguably the most intense in Fernando Alonso’s entire career. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 24

Briatore eyes Lotus switch for Ferrari’s Alonso – report

Rumours about Fernando Alonso’s future at Ferrari are continuing to run wild in the days after the Singapore grand prix.

Alonso-Briatore - photo Getty Images Italy’s respected La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed this week that the disgruntled Spaniard has now told the crisis-struck Maranello marque of his intention to leave. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 06

Mercedes considering driver change for 2015

F1’s ‘silly season’ is bursting into life at Monza — and almost every team in pitlane is playing ball.

2014-05-07 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (1) That goes even for the sport’s dominant Mercedes, and one of the highest-paid and most marketable stars, Lewis Hamilton. Boss Toto Wolff had already lifted the lid by warning that if the Briton and his teammate Nico Rosberg do not fix up their broken relationship, Mercedes might have to change its lineup for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 06

Montezemolo plays down ‘excessive’ rumours

Rumours of Montezemolo exit gather steam at Monza

2014-01-24 -  Scuderia Ferrari - Team - Luca di Montezemolo Luca di Montezemolo was coy on Saturday as he played down swirling speculation about his future. Rumours are gathering steam by the hour that Luca di Montezemolo’s regular visit to Monza on Saturday will be his last as Ferrari president. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

Briatore return would ‘help new F1′ – Alonso

Flavio Briatore would be a good addition as formula one finds its direction for the future.

discussion-Briatore-Dennis 4381 That is the claim of Fernando Alonso, the sport’s highest paid and arguably most highly rated driver. Recently, a man always closely aligned with the trajectory of Alonso’s career – Briatore – was linked with a return to the sport as chairman of a new popularity working group. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

No F1 ‘popularity’ crisis meeting for now – report

F1 chiefs have now cancelled until further notice a scheduled meeting of the newly-formed ‘popularity working group’.

2014-07-20 - Williams Martini Racing - Germany - Valterri Bottas 01 teams Originally scheduled for last Thursday, it was called off when Mercedes’ Toto Wolff had to see a doctor after falling ill in the wake of his recent cycling crash. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

F1 ‘popularity’ meeting cancelled

A crisis meeting to plot formula one’s future has been cancelled.

150x80-flagworldf1 The meeting was set to take place in London on Thursday, involving Bernie Ecclestone, Ferrari’s Marco Mattiacci, Red Bull’s Christian Horner, Force India’s Bob Fernley and Mercedes’ Toto Wolff.
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Jul 31

Mercedes will try again to turn up F1 volume – Lauda

Niki Lauda has put his mind to the problem of F1’s dwindling television and spectator audiences.

2014-07-19_0909 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Nico Rosberg Before the sport breaks for the summer, key meetings will take place this week, including the brand new ‘popularity working group’ reportedly headed by Flavio Briatore. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

Ecclestone says F1 to scrap 2015 grid restarts

“We do not need Flavio.  We can do it ourselves”

Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone Bernie Ecclestone says F1 will abandon its highly controversial plan for standing re-starts after safety car periods from 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

F1 to ‘look at rules’ to stop ‘negativity’ – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone thinks formula one needs to act now to prevent a downward trend of unpopularity.

Donald MacKenzie - Bernie Ecclestone Before qualifying in Hungary, amid a climate of paddock doom about dwindling spectator and television numbers, the F1 chief executive met with team bosses. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

Briatore to inject more ‘show’ into F1 – reports

Bernie Ecclestone sees friend Flavio Briatore as the key to rescuing formula one’s flagging ‘show’.

Flavio Briatore - Enzo Coloni That is the claim of publications including the Spanish sports daily AS, in the wake of a meeting of team bosses in the Hungaroring paddock on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 11

Mercedes’ Cowell also said no to Ferrari – report

Ferrari is paying a dear price for its geographical location, according to Flavio Briatore.

2014-03-17 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Australia - Bob Bell - Andy Cowell 01 Last month, former Benetton and Renault chief Briatore said the fabled Maranello team should consider relocating to the UK. “In my opinion, Ferrari must have a base in the UK, where all of the technology of formula one is concentrated,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 11

Briatore worried about Schumacher silence

Flavio Briatore admits he is worried about the health of his former champion, Michael Schumacher.

2012-06-10_0532 In the mid 90s, as the boss and number 1 driver of the Benetton team, the pair won their first world championships hand-in-hand. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 11

F1 suffering global TV ratings decline – report

F1’s television ratings in key markets are strikingly down in 2014.

2014-06-07_0891Writing in the Spanish sports daily Marca, correspondent Miguel Sanz said the most worrying figures are coming out of Latin America, where the ratings decline has been a staggering 50 per cent. Read the rest of this entry »

May 27

Jordan tells friend Sauber to sell F1 team

Eddie Jordan has urged Peter Sauber to follow him into F1 retirement.

2013-06-06_0170 Actually, having sold his Silverstone based team back in 2005 that today is called Force India, Irishman Jordan is now an outspoken expert pundit for British television. Read the rest of this entry »

May 26

F1 could be destroyed without a ‘dictator’ – Briatore

Formula one “needs a dictator”, according to the flamboyant former team boss Flavio Briatore.

Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone Embroiled in a corruption scandal that could end his reign, F1’s current ‘supremo’, Bernie Ecclestone, has hinted that his bosses at CVC could be about to replace him. Read the rest of this entry »

May 24

Ecclestone should have quit F1 already – Briatore

Flavio Briatore thinks Bernie Ecclestone’s days in charge of F1 are numbered.

Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone Embroiled in a bribery scandal and criminal trial, the sport’s ‘supremo’ on Friday stunned the paddock when he said that if F1 owner CVC finds a successor for him, “I will leave tomorrow”. Read the rest of this entry »

May 24

Ferrari must consider UK base – Briatore

Ferrari should consider adding a UK base, according to former F1 team boss Flavio Briatore.

Ferrari - photo Getty Images The Italian team is believed to have offered to double Adrian Newey’s current salary to lure him from Red Bull, with some estimating the potential pay-day at $40 million. Read the rest of this entry »

May 24

Dennis wants Alonso to lead McLaren’s Honda charge

“In 2015 we have the Honda engine and we need a great driver.”

2014-03-17 - McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Ron Dennis 01 Former McLaren and Ferrari driver Alain Prost has some advice for those beleaguered F1 teams — “do something different”. Read the rest of this entry »

May 23

Ecclestone hints he could ‘leave F1 tomorrow’

Bernie Ecclestone has hinted he is close to stepping down as F1 supremo.

2011-06-09_0303 Most insiders believe that, with star witness Gerhard Gribkowsky often sounding contradictory or unbelievable, Ecclestone’s Munich corruption trial is going well for the 83-year-old. Read the rest of this entry »

May 08

Azerbaijan replacing axed Korea – Ecclestone

Azerbaijan is taking Korea’s full-time place on the F1 calendar, Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed.

Three equally sized horizontal bands of blue, red, and green, with a white crescent and an eight-pointed star centered in the red bandIt is expected a city street race in the capital Baku starting in 2015 will be announced later this month. F1 chief executive Ecclestone this week indicated the oil-rich former Soviet race is taking the place on the calendar formerly occupied by South Korea, where a race at unpopular Yeongam was last held in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 17

Mattiacci to head Ferrari for ‘long time’

“He will already start to make a difference at the Chinese grand prix”

2014-03-04_0000 - Scuderia Ferrari - Bahrain Luca di Montezemolo has played down rumours Marco Mattiacci is only a stop-gap solution at the top of the Ferrari team. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Ferrari team no longer ‘excellent’ – Briatore

“For the team, at the moment it is very difficult.”

2014-03-02 - Scuderia Ferrari - Bahrain - Fernando Alonso (2) While Ferrari’s global brand remains strong, the health of the Maranello based formula one team is less impressive. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 24

Stefanovich eyes Marussia’s place on F1 grid – report

Stefanovich talks date back to last November

2014-03-16 - Marussia F1 Team - Australia - Jules Bianchi (2)Zoran Stefanovich, who tried and failed to enter the sport with defunct Toyota’s assets in 2010, is back on the cusp of formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 20

Briatore, Rossi dislike ‘new’ F1 era

Former team boss Flavio Briatore has slammed the new face of formula one.

Flavio Briatore 11 The 63-year-old Italian, absent from F1 in the wake of the ‘crashgate’ scandal, said he watched the Melbourne race last weekend and thought it was “disrespectful” to the spectators and television audience. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 03

Alonso manager plays down McLaren deal ‘fiction’

“What you’re saying is formula one fiction” – Abad

2013-06-09_1451McLaren may not have given up on signing Fernando Alonso for its new Honda-powered era beginning in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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