Tag Archive: Hindustan Times

May 02

Mallya adds ‘Smirnoff’ to Force India livery

Force India has added a major new sponsor to the sidepods of its 2014 car.

teamLast month, the Silverstone based team denied it is set to split with its title sponsor and co-owner Sahara, after the company’s jailed chief Subrata Roy was jailed for failing to pay refunds to investors. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 07

India GP wants meeting to pursue 2015 return

“At the moment, India won’t be on for next year for sure” – Ecclestone

Indian Grand Prix The promoter of the Indian grand prix has vowed to meet with Bernie Ecclestone and try to get the New Delhi race back on the 2015 calendar. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 30

Axed India could return in 2015 – Chandhok

India, set to lose its place on the 2014 calendar, could return the year after.

2011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Jenson Button 09That is the claim of Vicky Chandhok, the president of the Indian motor sport federation, who works closely with F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 28

Ecclestone pushing for F1 ‘budget cap’

Ecclestone now concedes V6s arriving in 2014

2012-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Sebastian Vettel - Mark Webber (5)2012-06-07_0277Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he is pushing to introduce a ‘budget cap’ in formula one. Bernie Ecclestone has all but conceded that F1 will say goodbye to its familiar V8 engines late next year. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 22

Unpaid staff to confront Mallya at India GP

No longer facing arrest over bounced cheques, Force India chief Vijay Mallya could still endure a trying race weekend in his native India.

2010-07-11 - Force India F1 Team - Dr. Vijay Mallya - Deepika Padukone2012-07-21 - Sahara Force India - Germany - Vijay Mallya 02The Hindustan Times newspaper reports that unpaid and grounded staff of the billionaire’s beleaguered Kingfisher airline intend to confront Mallya at the Buddh circuit this weekend. “We have planned to stage a dharna (sit-in protest) when Mr Vijay Mallya comes at the grand prix,” an unnamed Kingfisher engineer said. Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 29

Ecclestone pushing to ‘get rid of’ V6 engines

Bernie Ecclestone is determined to scrap F1’s engine regulation change for 2014.

2012-04-22 - Bahrain Grand Prix - Bernie Ecclestone - Jean TodtCosworth CA2010 F1 race engine - BLOODHOUND SSC 3The F1 chief executive recently visited Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters, where he heard the tamer sounds of the incoming turbo V6 engine. “Even (Ferrari president) Luca di Montezemolo said it sounded terrible and didn’t like it,” Ecclestone told the Hindustan Times. Read the rest of this entry »


May 11

Karthikeyan admits frustration with HRT situation

Narain Karthikeyan has played down reports he could lose his seat at HRT because of a lack of sponsorship.

2012-03-24 - HRT F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Narain Kartikeyan 012012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #5 615An Indian newspaper this week said the 35-year-old is a million euros short of guaranteeing his place at the struggling Spanish team through November’s Brazil finale. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 13

Chandhok to be paid in 2012 ‘for a change’

2012 will be a novel season for Karun Chandhok as the Indian prepares to collect a pay-packet.

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Karun Chandhok 012011-07-24 - Team Lotus - Germany - Karun Chandhok 01After two seasons of paying to race with HRT (2010) and serving as Team Lotus’ reserve driver (2011), the 27-year-old will actually be paid as he contests FIA endurance sports car races with the JRM team this year.

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Oct 24

Row threatens media coverage of India GP

Another hurdle has been mounted ahead of India’s troubled preparation for its inaugural grand prix.

BuddhInternational CircuitHorizontal tricolour flag bearing, from top to bottom, deep saffron, white, and green horizontal bands. In the centre of the white band is a navy-blue wheel with 24 spokes.Amid talk the new Buddh circuit is barely ready for this weekend’s race, the Indian supreme court last week ordered that a quarter of the proceeds of the ticket sales be withheld over a tax dispute.

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Sep 07

Briatore to blame, not Schumacher – Herbert

“My problem wasn’t Michael, It was Flavio.”

Johnny HerbertBriatore-01-2008-09-26Johnny Herbert has absolved his former teammate Michael Schumacher of blame for his difficult tenure at Benetton in the mid 90s. Although he won two races alongside the great German in 1995, the Briton moved to Sauber the following season and spent the rest of his career in the midfield — albeit winning the remarkable wet/dry Nurburgring race in 1999.

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Jun 09

Bahrain official slams ‘shameful’ F1 backflip

Bahrain has hit out at Bernie Ecclestone’s claim F1 can “of course” not return to the kingdom this year.

Bahrain International CircuitThe government was delighted less than a week ago when the FIA World Motor Sport Council, including member and F1 chief executive Ecclestone, voted unanimously to reschedule the earlier postponed event to late October. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 26

Stragglers also important to F1 – Karthikeyan

Karthikeyan insists that F1’s minor spat also brings value.

2011-04-16 - HRT F1 Team - China - Narain Karthikeyan 042011-04-16 - HRT F1 Team - China - Narain Karthikeyan 05There is a place in formula one for teams like HRT, the struggling team’s Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan has insisted. Lures to potential new backers like ‘This could be you’ aside, Karthikeyan’s sponsor Tata is the only significant logo on the livery of the F111. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 16

Karthikeyan not worried about 2011 qualifying rule

Narain Karthikeyan insists he is not overly worried about failing to qualify for grands prix this year.

2011-02-01 - HRT F1 Team - Valencia - Narain Karthikeyan 072011-02-01 - HRT F1 Team - Valencia - Narain Karthikeyan 06A year after three new teams entered formula one last season, the sport has re-imposed a 107 per cent qualifying rule for 2011. It means very uncompetitive cars and drivers can be excluded from the grid based on their qualifying pace. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 14

Kolles denies HRT suspended by F1 teams body

“We left because FOTA defends mainly the interests of the big teams.”

2010-06-13 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Colin Kolles 01FOTAColin Kolles has categorically denied FOTA’s claim that HRT was suspended from the teams association due to not paying its membership fee. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 13

Lack of funds could cost Chandhok F1 seat – report (+photos)

Karun Chandhok could be set to lose his formula one seat due to his stream of sponsorship funds drying up.

2010-06-11_0082A report in the English language Indian newspaper Hindustan Times on Saturday said the boss of the HRT team, Colin Kolles, is in talks with potential replacements for the 26-year-old from Chennai. Read the rest of this entry »