Tag Archive: Independent

Oct 18

Las Vegas ‘ready to go’ with F1 race – Ecclestone

Las Vegas could be the next new F1 destination, Bernie Ecclestone has revealed.

Bernie Ecclestone-11-2010 “Vegas say they are ready to go and it would be on The Strip for sure,” the F1 chief executive told business journalist Christian Sylt, in the Independent. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 04

Fernandes distances himself from Caterham team

Tony Fernandes has moved to distance himself from the debt and chaos of the formula one team he founded.

Tony Fernandes F1 backmarker Caterham has tried to play down the gravity of its fight for survival this weekend after it emerged bailiffs had seized equipment at its Leafield base. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

Red Bull denies making illegal radio calls

Red Bull has denied claims it sent illegal coded radio messages to Daniel Ricciardo during the Singapore grand prix.

2014-07-06 - 99355 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo After the FIA’s new communications clampdown took effect last weekend, McLaren pointed the finger at its rivals for disguising driver-performance related radio calls to Ricciardo as legal technical messages. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 06

Fernandes happy to have sold Caterham

Tony Fernandes has broken his silence to reveal it is “a relief” to have left formula one.

Tony Fernandes The entrepreneur, best known for his Malaysian low-cost airline Airasia, recently sold the Leafield based Caterham team to mysterious Swiss-Middle Eastern investors led by Colin Kolles and Christijan Albers. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 18

Lopez hits back at Genii financial reports

Gerard Lopez has lashed back at reports suggesting Lotus team owner Genii is in dire financial health.

2014-05-04 - Lotus F1 Team - Gerard Lopez The Luxembourg newspaper Tageblatt reported recently that Genii, headed by Lopez and his business partner Eric Lux, is recording ever-growing losses and debts.
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Aug 06

‘Free man’ Ecclestone goes back to work on F1

Bernie Ecclestone is going straight back to work after agreeing a $100 million deal to end his bribery trial in Munich.

Bernie Ecclestone-11-2010 Amid high controversy and suggestions F1’s major stakeholders and his employer CVC might not be happy with Tuesday’s news, it was confirmed that the outcome of the court proceedings is that the 83-year-old is a “free man”. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

Ecclestone corruption ‘acquittal’ set for Tuesday

Bernie Ecclestone is expected to put the corruption scandal behind him on Tuesday and return full-time to formula one.

Formula 1 Circuit in Sochi - Bernier Ecclestone 2 The sport’s chief executive has been caught up in a German court trial in the opening half of most weeks recently as he fends off accusations he bribed Gerhard Gribkowsky. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 06

Ecclestone offered to pay to prevent trial

Bernie Ecclestone says he offered to pay more than $40 million to stop the Gerhard Gribkowsky bribery affair.

Formula 1 Circuit in Sochi - Bernier Ecclestone 2 Writing in the Independent newspaper, F1 business journalist Christian Sylt said the money Ecclestone used to pay the jailed banker was funded by his commission for the sale of BayernLB’s commercial rights. Read the rest of this entry »

May 16

Smaller teams less committed to F1 – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has hit back at criticism of F1’s new ‘Strategy Group’.

2014-03-30 - Scuderia Ferrari - Malaysia - Fernando Alonso - Kimi Raikkonen - Teams 01 The decision-making group features only six of the sport’s eleven competing teams — powerful Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren, the fourth-placed in 2013 Lotus and, for historical reasons, Williams. 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 04

Hamilton ‘unbeatable when focused’ – Lauda

“When Lewis is fully focused on his work, he is almost unbeatable.”

2014-03-30 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Malaysia - Lewis Hamilton - Niki Lauda Lewis Hamilton will be hard to beat for the 2014 title, according to Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03

Gene Haas looks set to take his place on the pitwall as F1’s newest team owner in 2015

Ecclestone says Haas set for F1 in 2015

Gene Haas portrait Having earlier played down the Nascar team co-owner’s chances of securing the twelfth team entry, Bernie Ecclestone said this week: “I think Haas will be accepted. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Bernie Ecclestone has been on a mission in Malaysia this weekend to turn up the volume in formula one

Ecclestone on a mission to make more noise

2012-11-15_0006 Apparently alarmed that the sport’s new, quieter tones will drive away promoters, sponsors and fans, the F1 chief executive has been hard at work trying to come up with a way to make the turbo V6s louder. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 26

Sepang not joining chorus to make F1 louder

F1 remains “amazing”

2012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sepang International Circuit 02 According to the outspoken Australian Ron Walker, his fellow F1 promoters will speak with “an enormous voice” next week in Bahrain. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 20

‘Hilarious’ 2014 pre-season already begun

The news about the latest exploded Pirelli spread throughout the F1 world

2013-09-19 - Pirelli  - 0001 After a controversial 2013, Pirelli has moved to allay fears about its tyres for next year’s world championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 13

Kubica insists F1 return not impossible

Robert Kubica has admitted it is unlikely he will ever return to formula one.

Robert Kubica - photo © ANDRE LAVADINHO - Citroën Racing Media Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali admitted recently that, prior to the Pole’s horror rally crash of early 2011, Kubica was a front runner to become a driver for the fabled Italian team. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 29

Vettel helped mechanics pack up India garage

“I think he can get 15 titles as well.  Why not?”

2013-10-26 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel - 99010Sebastian Vettel halted his title-winning party in India to help his mechanics pack up the Red Bull garage, it has emerged. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 17

Marussia names Magnussen as potential Chilton successor

Chilton is also in the frame, and that Marussia is in “no rush” to make its decision.

2013-03-15 - Marussia F1 Team - Australia - Max Chilton Marussia has named McLaren protege Kevin Magnussen as a potential race driver for 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 09

Alonso says mathematical title chance ‘a miracle’

Christian Horner thinks championship celebrations in Japan are unlikely

2013-06-29 - Fernando Alonso - 0006Fernando Alonso thinks it is “a miracle” he is still even mathematically in the hunt for the 2013 title. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

McLaren, Honda eye Alonso

The move might also entice Ferrari sponsor Santander back to McLaren

2013-06-09_1269The big rumour that shone under Singapore’s lights on Thursday was all about Fernando Alonso — and McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 13

Hamilton absence not cause of McLaren slump – Whitmarsh

The 28-year-old finished on the podium in Canada

2013-06-08_1141While Lewis Hamilton tries to up his game at Mercedes, Martin Whitmarsh insists losing the 2008 world champion is not linked to McLaren’s 2013 slump. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 20

McLaren denies ‘throwing’ Hamilton out of pits

“Sam didn’t throw Lewis out of our garage”

2013-04-13 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - ChinaMcLaren has denied Lewis Hamilton’s claim the team “threw” him out of its pit garage at a pre-season Jerez test. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 26

Webber will race in China – father

“I think it will take a while (for Vettel) to earn the respect and trust again”

Webber-Vettel-podium MalaisieMark Webber’s father insists the 36-year-old Australian driver is not quitting Red Bull or formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 18

Sutil stuns paddock with F1 comeback

“When I saw P1 on the pit board, it was quite a feeling.”

2013-03-03 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Barcelona - Adrian Sutil 01Adrian Sutil stunned the F1 paddock on Sunday by looking so competitive on his return to the sport after a season away. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 21

Ecclestone should quit over corruption charges – Montezemolo

Bernie Ecclestone should quit if German prosecutors charge him with corruption.

Luca di Montezemolo 2011-12-18That is the view of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who recently attacked F1’s chief executive for being too old to remain in charge of the sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 28

Horner predicts ‘weaker’ McLaren without Hamilton

“McLaren are a weaker team without Lewis” – Horner

2012-09-02 - Red Bull Racing - Singapore - Christian Horner2012-08-31 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium 99003 - Christian HornerChristian Horner, the boss of the triple constructors’ champions Red Bull, thinks he will be facing a “weaker” rival in the form of McLaren next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

Ecclestone exit could cost F1 ‘a few’ races

Bernie Ecclestone has warned that his demise could have serious repercussions for formula one.

Flagworld - F12012-11-15_0008Switzerland’s Blick reports that German prosecutors could announce their intention to charge the F1 chief executive with bribery as early as next week. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Perez a ‘rough diamond’, not crazy – Whitmarsh

Martin Whitmarsh has defended McLaren’s 2013 signing, Sergio Perez.

2012-09-02 - Sauber F1 Team - Belgium - Sergio Perez, Sauber C31-Ferrari 012012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 05After their on-track battle at Suzuka, in which Perez spun his Sauber into retirement, departing McLaren protege Lewis Hamilton described the Mexican’s driving as “crazy”. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 23

Hamilton tells McLaren boss he wants to stay

Lewis Hamilton “has told” his boss he wants to stay with McLaren in 2013.

2012-07-21 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Germany - Lewis Hamilton 062012-06-10_1583The team’s managing director Jonathan Neale said last week the 2008 world champion is “close” to agreeing a new contract.

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Jul 28

Red Bull denies losing pace due to ‘engine maps’ saga

The FIA’s ‘engine maps’ clampdown has not cost Red Bull even a single tenth, according to the team’s engine supplier Renault.

2012-07-08 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel - 990142012-07-20 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel - 99015After crossing the finish line in second place just a week ago at Hockenheim – where the reigning champions were using the now-outlawed settings – Sebastian Vettel’s practice best in Hungary on Friday was good enough only for eighth.

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