Tag Archive: Formula One

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 29

Verstappen passes medical and waits for license

Max Verstappen is clearing every hurdle as his fast-track to formula one leads to this weekend’s Japanese grand prix.

2014-08-22 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Max Verstappen (4) The Dutchman’s ultimate seventeenth birthday present this week will be the Friday morning practice session at Suzuka, ahead of his full race debut in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Lowe disagrees with Wolff over clampdown

“I think Charlie (Whiting) and the FIA have realised that this needs another look”

2014-06-07_0336 Paddy Lowe and Toto Wolff, the team bosses at dominant Mercedes, do not see eye-to-eye over the new radio clampdowns in formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Time short for three-car teams in 2015 – McLaren

Time is running short if formula one needs three-car teams to bolster dwindling grid numbers in 2015.

2014-03-17 - McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Eric Boullier 01 That is the claim of Eric Boullier, boss of the McLaren team, presumably one of the richer outfits that would be called upon by Bernie Ecclestone to pick up the slack should some struggling teams collapse over the winter. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Drivers allowed to gamble at race start – Whiting

Drivers are allowed to gamble on making a false start in formula one, the FIA’s Charlie Whiting has confirmed.

2014-06-05_0016 At Monza, some observers were both amazed and bemused when Lewis Hamilton reacted to the five starting lights to the tune of 0.05 seconds. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said it is “virtually impossible” that the Mercedes driver legitimately reacted to the lights, as the minimum human reaction time is much longer. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Public opposed to Russian GP

“Sport is outside politics and this principle must be observed” – Dmitry Kozak

Autodrome in Sochi Just two weeks before F1 action kicks off at Sochi, the sport’s decision to press ahead with the inaugural Russian grand prix remains highly controversial. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Cosworth eyes F1 return with affordable V6 – report

Cosworth could be eyeing a return to formula one, with the support of none other than Bernie Ecclestone.

Cosworth logo Although the expensive new engine rules and a lack of customers sent the British company off the grid at the end of last year, Cosworth announced recently it is setting up a new manufacturing centre at its Northampton base. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 25

Cost issue could end ‘freeze’ relaxation talks

Teams are pushing hard behind the scenes for even more freedom

2014-06-08_0747 Toto Wolff says F1’s struggling teams would be the victims if a push to relax the engine development ‘freeze’ is successful. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 25

Vettel speaks up as Alonso rumours keep burning

Fernando Alonso is the man on everybody’s lips this week in the world of formula one.

2014-07-04 - 99014 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel Musing the recent departure from the great but currently-troubled Ferrari of its long-term president Luca di Montezemolo, former F1 driver and champion Mika Hakkinen said: “Nothing is forever. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 24

Newspaper never said McLaren lost whisky sponsor

Johnnie Walker parent Diageo declined to step up its deal with McLaren to title sponsorship.

2014-06-05_0056 Days ago, we reported incorrectly that because Bernie Ecclestone had signed the whisky brand as an official F1 sponsor, it meant Johnnie Walker was leaving McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 24

Vergne hopes 2015 employer noticed Singapore drive

Jean-Eric Vergne hopes his impressive drive in Singapore will open a rival team’s garage door for him in 2015.

2014-06-07_0890 Dumped as a Red Bull-backed driver, the Frenchman will leave the energy drink company’s second team Toro Rosso at the end of the season, to be replaced by teenager Max Verstappen. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 24

Rossi ‘never regretted’ F1 snub

Valentino Rossi, the MotoGP great, says he is still a big fan of formula one.

2014-08-31-0039 In fact, the flamboyant 35-year-old nearly switched from two to four wheels in 2006 with a series of Ferrari tests. “There was still a lot of testing then,” Rossi told Italy’s Sky, “and so you were able to see your potential and if you really can race in F1. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

Tata Communications achieves first ever live 4K feed of a Formula 1® event over fibre

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Tata Communications logo 4K feed from practice session 1 at the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix to Formula One Management’s Technical HQ in the UK carried over Tata Communications’ Video Connect Network. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

Alonso staying at Ferrari ‘for the moment’ – boss

As was uttered by a paddock dweller in Singapore this weekend, “There’s no smoke without fire”.

2014-06-08_0719 He was referring to the ‘Fernando Alonso situation’, as the Spaniard’s future continues to be the subject of high speculation in formula one circles. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

Relaxing engine freeze talk ‘nonsense’ – Wolff

Toto Wolff has declared Mercedes’ obvious resistance to moves to relax F1’s engine ‘freeze’.

2013-03-28 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Mercedes-Benz engine The German marque has utterly dominated in 2014, producing a clearly superior turbo V6 ‘power unit’ than its engine rivals Renault and Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

Ferrari wants three-car teams ‘for the show’

Ferrari has split from the pack and declared its support for three-car teams in formula one.

2014-06-05_0038 Amid rumours up to three or four teams are in financial peril, Bernie Ecclestone said in Singapore that the sport would fill the grid gaps by requiring top teams to move from two to three-car operations as soon as 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

FIA clampdown dubbed ‘Radio Ga-Ga’ in Singapore

The FIA’s Charlie Whiting addressed the media in Singapore

2008-06-05_0049 F1’s intended clampdown on performance communications between teams and drivers has been dubbed ‘Radio Ga-Ga’ up and down the bemused paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 19

Kobayashi hopes for three-car top teams in 2015

“I don’t know how many teams will exist next year.”

2014-03-16 - Caterham F1 Team - Australia - Kamui Kobayashi Kamui Kobayashi has admitted in Singapore that he may be left out of Caterham’s plans for his home Japanese grand prix later this month. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 19

Ecclestone admits ‘double points’ could go

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted his ‘double points’ innovation may be axed after the 2014 finale.

Bernie Ecclestone portrait This year, in a bid to keep the championship alive until the dying moment, F1 will allocate double points in the Abu Dhabi finale. But the scheme has been controversial and almost universally criticised, prompting F1’s chief executive to admit it may fall by the wayside. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 18

Only ‘subtle details’ troubling Vettel in 2014 – Webber

“At this level, the way F1 is, that’s all about how a driver gets those last 2-3 crucial tenths out of the car.”

2014-07-19 - 99038 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber thinks “small, subtle details” are all that is holding back his former F1 colleagues Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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