Tag Archive: Hamilton

Oct 12

Alonso eyes Williams as sabbatical ‘risk’ grows

Williams is the latest team sensationally linked with Fernando Alonso’s uncertain future.

2014-10-04_0198 - Scuderia Ferrari - Japan - Fernando Alonso The growing feeling in the F1 paddock is that, as Ferrari reportedly prepares to welcome Sebastian Vettel, Spaniard Alonso is facing the prospect of a year on the sidelines. 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 17

Highs and lows in 2014 for new Merc reserve Wehrlein

Pascal Wehrlein’s 2014 has had both its dizzying highs and its appalling lows.

2014-09-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Pascal Wehrlein (1) The high has been the last few weeks — the teenaged German became the youngest ever DTM winner at the Lausitzring last weekend, mere days after making his F1 test debut with his employer Mercedes.
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Aug 24

McLaren will end driver uncertainty within season

The delayed announcement of McLaren’s 2015 lineup will not drag on until the winter, boss Eric Boullier insists.

2014-06-07_0813 On paper, the Woking team is the only F1 grandee whose driver plans for next year are not at all clear. It is known that McLaren’s new works engine partner Honda is pushing for a truly top name – like Alonso, Hamilton or Vettel – to spearhead the project. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 06

Grosjean on move as Lotus shifts gear

Romain Grosjean could be left out in the cold as Lotus looks to change gear for 2015.

IMG_3960 It is now an open secret that the Enstone based team intends to switch from Renault to Mercedes customer power at the end of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

May 09

Mercedes drivers say no to team psychologist

Lewis Hamilton has ruled out making use of Mercedes’ new F1 psychologist.

2014-03-30 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Malaysia -  Nico Rosberg - Lewis Hamilton 02 It has emerged that Dr Ceri Evans, who also worked with New Zealand’s ‘All Blacks’ during the rugby team’s world cup triumph, was in the Shanghai garage last time out and could return this weekend in Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

May 06

Mercedes working with F1 psychologist – report

Former professional soccer player Dr Ceri Evans

2014-04-20 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - China Mercedes has turned to a psychologist to help the dominant team cope with its championship campaign in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Ferrari sponsor eyes ‘ten more years’ with Alonso

Ferrari’s major sponsor Santander is going nowhere

2014-03-17 - Scuderia Ferrari - Australia - Fernando Alonso 00 Emilio Botin, the Spanish banking group’s chief, said this week: “We want to continue in F1 for at least ten more years,” Marca sports newspaper quoted him as saying. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 11

Red Bull boss Christian Horner is predicting an all-Mercedes silver duel for the 2014 title.

Horner tips Mercedes driver for 2014 title

2014-03-01 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Bahrain - Sebastian Vettel - Christian Horner “Lewis (Hamilton) and Nico (Rosberg) — who else is there?” he is quoted by the Times after a disastrous winter for reigning quadruple world champions Red Bull. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 10

Felipe Massa has admitted he has been “impressed” with his switch to Mercedes power for 2014

Massa ‘impressed’ with Mercedes power

2014-03-02_0012 - Williams - Bahrain - Felipe Massa It is the first time in his F1 career the diminutive Briton has not been powered by a Ferrari engine. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 06

Wolff tips Red Bull to bounce back

“Anything can happen under the new regulations”

2014-01-31 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Toto Wolff 01 With Mercedes already cast as the early title favourite, boss Toto Wolff is tipping reigning champions Red Bull to bounce back from an early crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 25

Furious Webber slams ‘comical’ taxi-ride penalty

“Great moment, and fans loved it” – Webber

Fernando Alonso - Mark Webber - photo Getty ImagesMark Webber and Fernando Alonso have slammed and ridiculed the ten-place grid penalty the Australian will have to serve next weekend in Korea. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 13

Ferrari’s 2014 lineup ‘explosive’ – Schumacher

“It will be exciting to watch”

2012-11-18_0006Ferrari has put together a potentially “explosive” driver lineup for 2014, according to former team champion Michael Schumacher. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 28

Vettel says Mercedes has best F1 duo

Mercedes has perhaps the very best driver pairing in formula one.

Mark Webber- Vettel - photo © JEAN MICHEL LE MEUR - DPPI That is not the claim of a figure like Ross Brawn, Toto Wolff or Niki Lauda, but of the German team’s arch championship rival Sebastian Vettel. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 26

Alonso should be ‘careful’ with ‘sensitive Italians’ – Lauda

“But you have to constantly motivate the people — the Italians are very sensitive”

2013-06-09_0616Niki Lauda has urged Fernando Alonso to change tack when it comes to working with Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 22

Schumacher impressed with F1 driver quartet

“I am not going to analyse it further — I think the best one wins”

2012-11-18_0006Michael Schumacher has singled out a quartet of drivers as the very best in formula one at present. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 12

F1 should be ‘careful’ with Pirelli criticism – Jordan

“Who is going to give them tyres if Pirelli is not there?”

2013-06-07_0732Eddie Jordan has warned formula one to ease its criticism of F1’s sole tyre supplier Pirelli. Read the rest of this entry »

May 25

Pole master Rosberg ‘bloody good’ – Hill

“Nico is not going to be a pushover by any means.”

2013-05-25 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Monaco - Nico Rosberg 011996 world champion Damon Hill thinks Nico Rosberg is finally emerging from Michael Schumacher’s shadow — with a new benchmark. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19

Raikkonen ‘very happy’ with 2014 contract talks – Boullier

“We have more money than last year”

Eric Boullier - photo © DPPI  François FlamandKimi Raikkonen is moving closer to committing to Lotus for the 2014 season, according to team boss Eric Boullier. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 04

Red Bull bluffing or struggling as new season looms

As the sun set on the final day of pre-season testing late on Sunday, the words on everyone’s lips were Mercedes and Red Bull.

2013-03-03 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastian Vettel (10)2013-03-03 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastian Vettel (2)“Everyone is saying that this Mercedes is fast.  Consistently fast,” said respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt. Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko added: “(It is fast) at least on one lap.  But at least we do have to take them really seriously.” Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 19

Vettel ‘not bothered’ some think Alonso better

Sebastian Vettel insists he is not bothered that some regard Fernando Alonso as a better driver.

2012-11-25 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (6)2012-11-25 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (3)Recently, after a confidential post-season survey involving all 12 team bosses, Spaniard Alonso was voted the standout driver of the season, despite German Vettel winning his third consecutive championship with Red Bull. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 03

Alonso ‘has problems’ when he loses – Marko

Dr Helmut Marko has hinted he thinks Fernando Alonso is a bad loser.

2012-11-16_00152010-09-26 - Red Bull Racing - Dr Helmut Marko“He seems to have problems if he doesn’t win,” said the leading Red Bull Racing official, speaking after the FIA rejected Ferrari’s challenge to Sebastian Vettel’s title over a disputed yellow flag pass at the 2012 Brazil finale. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 18

F1 title battle still on for Brazil finale

F1 will have its championship finale in Brazil next Sunday, after Sebastian Vettel failed to win the US grand prix.

Vettel-Alonso - photo Getty Images - Red Bull2012-06-09_1320But Red Bull’s German further expanded his points lead over his never-say-die title rival Fernando Alonso in Austin, with the gap now 13 points with just the twentieth race of the season in Sao Paulo still lying ahead. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Di Resta now favourite for Ferrari seat – report

But Brazilian Massa also appears well and truly in the frame

2012-06-09_01212012-06-10_0813Paul di Resta is now on pole position to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari next year, Italian La Stampa newspaper correspondent Stefano Mancini claims. Previously, it was believed the Scot’s current Force India teammate Nico Hulkenberg was the most likely candidate, having reportedly even signed some sort of pre-agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

May 22

Maldonado could win in Monaco – report

Pastor Maldonado is a genuine contender for victory this weekend at Monaco.

2012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 5 a0712012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix a 0207That is the claim of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, arguing that the once-derided ‘pay driver’ Venezuelan’s breakthrough win in Spain was not necessarily a one-off. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 27

Button not keen to test at Mugello next week

Jenson Button has admitted he sees no point to changing McLaren’s Mugello test programme next week.

2012-04-15 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Chinese Grand Prix - Jenson Button 072012-04-15 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Chinese Grand Prix - Jenson Button 08After the British team struggled for pace on Pirelli’s complex tyres last weekend in Bahrain, Button’s teammate Hamilton admitted he wanted to test at Mugello. The in-season test in Italy is F1’s first for years, but McLaren had already announced that only test drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey would be in action. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19

Rosberg now in top F1 drivers’ league – Berger

Nico Rosberg’s F1 breakthrough proves he is ready to fight even for the world championship.

2012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 062012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 11That is the view of former grand prix winner, team boss and co-owner Gerhard Berger, following Rosberg’s first pole and win in China last weekend. “It surprised not me, but all the others who had doubted him,” the Austrian told Auto Bild Motorsport. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 15

Buemi, Sauber, Mercedes, and Vettel ‘crisis’

Race-day update

Shanghai circuitSebastien Buemi has allowed himself only a modest dig at Toro Rosso’s new drivers, after Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo slumped to 16th and 17th places in qualifying for the Chinese grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Hembery admits new tyres not heavily-degrading

Paul Hembery has admitted Pirelli’s new soft tyre might not degrade quick enough in 2012.

2011-05-07 - Pirelli -Turkey - Pirelli factory - Paul Hembery2012-02-06 - PirelliThe sport’s new supplier was lauded at the beginning of 2011 for spicing up the action by bringing tyres that quickly degrade. But by the end of the season the teams had essentially solved the mysteries of the rubber, and in recent winter testing it seemed apparent that the 2012 tyre generation is not as inherently heavily-degrading as the last. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Retired Berger too content to consider F1 return

Gerhard Berger insists he is too content in his retirement to consider options to return full-time to premier motor racing

00801full3282011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Eric Boullier 01After hanging up his helmet in 1997, the ten-time grand prix winner served as BMW’s joint motor sport director before buying half of the Toro Rosso team. With those adventures over, the 52-year-old recently denied reports he is set to buy the GP2 team Super Nova or replace Eric Boullier as Lotus’ F1 team principal. Read the rest of this entry »

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