Tag Archive: Interlagos

Nov 12

Massa hits back at Piquet’s F1 criticism

Felipe Massa has hit back at F1 legend Nelson Piquet’s harsh critique of modern formula one

Felipe Massa - photo WR12 - Nextgen-Auto.com The triple world champion had declared at Interlagos last weekend that with so many engineers behind the scenes today, drivers can afford to just “be fast and make no mistakes”. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 10

Off-track civil war erupts in F1

On track in Brazil , a  thrilling and intense battle for the drivers’ world championship that will now go down to the wire continued to play out

But at Interlagos, the real drama was being fought furiously behind the scenes. With Marussia and Caterham already gone, the next independent teams are arguing loudly for help. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Rosberg holds off Hamiton in thrilling race (+result)

Rosberg wins by just 1.4s with Felipe Massa third at home race

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Nico Rosberg (25) Nico Rosberg held off team-mate Lewis Hamilton for a crucial victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix after a race-long battle at Interlagos. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

Mercedes rivals warn ‘freeze’ could end completely

“Nothing was agreed on anything”

2014-10-29 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (2)With progress also having stalled over the small teams’ touted ‘fighting fund’, Toto Wolff emerged from a big team bosses meeting at Interlagos on Saturday with little news. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

Rosberg wins one trophy but eyes another

Nico Rosberg secured a trophy after qualifying on pole for Sunday’s Brazilian grand prix.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Nico Rosberg (20) But it’s not the one he really wants.  That one was packed into a box last week by outgoing world champion Sebastian Vettel and sent back to the FIA. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

McLaren could sign Alonso, test Honda in Abu Dhabi

And now even Alonso admits that he could leave Ferrari.

Vettel-Alonso chez Mclaren In Brazil, probably Fernando Alonso’s penultimate race for Ferrari, the Spaniard has given more hints than ever that his tenure in red is almost over. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

Future still clouded for three small teams

But a meeting at Interlagos late on Saturday broke with no solution in place.

2014-03-16 - Caterham F1 Team - Australia - Marcus Ericsson 03 teams A week after the boycott threats of Austin, struggling teams Lotus, Force India and Sauber travelled to Brazil apparently close to a ‘fighting fund’ bailout that would secure their future. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 08

Ecclestone slams Caterham’s ‘begging bowl’

Bernie Ecclestone has joined those who are heavily critical of Caterham’s plea for fans’ money to get the struggling team back on track.

2012-11-15_0006 In administration and missing in Austin and Brazil, the outfit has launched a crowdfunding scheme to raise the almost $4 million it says it needs to make it to this year’s Abu Dhabi finale. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 08

Alonso says ‘there is life after Ferrari’

Fernando Alonso remains the big player as the F1 driver ‘silly season’ reaches its climax for another year.

2014-09-04_0187 - Scuderia Ferrari - Italy - Fernando Alonso Further down the grid, the field of 2015 is now beginning to shape up.  Lotus is set to keep Romain Grosjean, and Jean-Eric Vergne is getting one more year at Toro Rosso. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

Formula One teams Brazil Grand Prix free practice report

Brazil Grand Prix Formula One free practice report

150x80-flagworldf1 Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Interlagos in Sao Paulo. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

End of the line as Marussia ceases trading

As 18 F1 cars practiced in Brazil, one of the absent teams came to the end of the line.

2014-02-19_0004 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Jules Bianchi The Telegraph’s Daniel Johnson broke the news, reporting early on Friday that Marussia, although listed on the FIA’s 2015 entry list, has “ceased trading”. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

Alonso delay puts cloud over Button’s future

On the one hand, everyone in the F1 paddock now knows what the top of the grid will look like in 2015.

2014-01-24 -  Scuderia Ferrari - Fernando Alonso - Helmet (2) On the other, everything is still unclear. “Yes, I know what he’s doing,” Sergio Perez, referring to the key to the driver market, Fernando Alonso, told Spanish broadcaster TV3. In the last few days, it has become clearer and clearer that speculation Alonso is headed to McLaren-Honda for 2015 is definitely true. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

Lotus set to announce Grosjean for 2015

Lotus is set to announce that Romain Grosjean is staying with the Enstone team in 2015.

2014-06-07_0899 Just a week ago, the Frenchman was saying he had the power to step out of his contract and move to a bigger team. But a lot – albeit all apparently behind the scenes – has changed in the intervening days, including reports that Fernando Alonso is definitely heading to McLaren-Honda. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

Rookie bursts into F1 amid Sauber ‘crisis’

Felipe Nasr, a low-profile F1 presence until now, has burst into a storm in the Interlagos paddock.

2014-06-07_0218 Earlier, Sauber shocked the entire paddock with the news that Brazilian Nasr, Williams’ 22-year-old reserve, and his sponsor Banco do Brasil will be Marcus Ericsson’s teammate at the Swiss team in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

Sainz preparing for Toro Rosso ‘blow’

Carlos Sainz jr has admitted not moving up to formula one next year would be a “big blow”.

Carlo Sainz Jr As the days roll on, it appears increasingly likely that, instead of pairing Max Verstappen with another young rookie in 2015, owner Red Bull will instead keep the experienced Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso for one more year. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Brazil moves tractor after Bianchi crash

“The Bianchi accident certainly made us think”

Interlagos aerial Organisers of the Brazilian grand prix have tweaked safety measures in light of Jules Bianchi’s life-threatening Suzuka crash a month ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

‘Base payment’ could resolve boycott threat – Lopez

F1 authorities are scrambling this week to put down a lingering boycott threat ahead of the Brazilian grand prix.

2014-05-04 - Lotus F1 Team - Gerard Lopez As the sport’s air freight touches down in Sao Paulo, the Brazilian news agency Estado reports that organisers of the Interlagos race are dismissing claims of a boycott threat, insisting that 18 cars – every team with the exception of insolvent Caterham and Marussia – will line up on the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Wolff moves to end boycott threat with ‘a few per cent’

F1 may have moved a small step towards ending the boycott threat.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Sochi - Toto Wolff Although Bernie Ecclestone’s rare ‘mea culpa’ averted the threat in Austin when he admitted his income distribution system was broken, small teams Lotus, Force India and Sauber are still unhappy as they trek this week to Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Boycott threat still lingering for Brazil GP

Two hours before Sunday’s US grand prix, the risk that only 12 cars would race still existed.

2010-11-06 - F1- Interlagos - Sao Paulo - Brazil As promised, Bernie Ecclestone negotiated an eleventh hour solution, and the boycott threat posed by angry privateers Lotus, Sauber and Force India was put down. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

Recovery vehicle driver says F1 ‘never safe’

An experienced F1 recovery vehicle driver in Brazil has defended his Japanese colleagues in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s horror crash.

2014-06-05_0040Brazil’s Globo Esporte says Rafael Ricciardi has been driving the vehicle charged with removing stricken cars from the Interlagos circuit near the pit exit for four years running. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 20

Teams should make own tyre compound choice – Force India

Force India has a radical suggestion about how F1 should proceed in the sport’s Pirelli-tyred era.

2014-06-07_0789 Earlier in the Italian supplier’s F1 tenure, Pirelli was famed – and often heavily criticised – for spicing up the race action with its aggressive tyre compounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 17

$65m Interlagos upgrade saved Brazil GP – mayor

Brazil had to spend millions on upgrading the ageing Interlagos circuit or risk losing its place on the formula one calendar.

Interlagos logo That is the claim of Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad, after inspecting the first phase of $65 million improvements to the popular venue this week. The biggest change ahead of next month’s Brazilian grand prix, set to be the penultimate round of the 2014 world championship, is a full resurfacing of the asphalt. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 13

Massa slams Pirelli’s tyre choice for Brazil

Felipe Massa has criticised Pirelli’s tyre choice selection for the forthcoming Brazilian grand prix, saying it may even be “dangerous”.

2014-06-05_0047 Last year’s dominant topic, when drivers regularly complained about the quality and high degradation of Pirelli’s tyres, now seems a distant memory. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 28

Webber deletes criticism of Red Bull colleagues

Webber has been enduring strained relationships

2013-09-19- Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber 99007Comments in which Mark Webber was highly critical of his former Red Bull colleagues have been removed from the Australian’s official website. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 27

Moves afoot for December tyre test with 2013 cars

F1’s official supplier had been pushing for the Bahrain test

2013-09-21 - Pirelli  - 0006Moves are afoot to organise a Pirelli tyre test in December, ahead of the start of official 2014 testing in January. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 26

Only Vettel ‘sad’ 2013 season finally over

“Next year, the simulator will be running virtually around the clock” – Dr Helmut Marko

Sebastian Vettel sous la pluieSebastian Vettel says he is “sad” the 2013 season, characterised by his history-making dominance, is now over. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 26

McLaren not in Williams-style slide – Button

Button defended the Woking based team’s optimism

Sergio Perez - Jenson Button - photo Getty ImagesJenson Button has played down fears McLaren could be set to enter a Williams-like slide into the bottom half of the formula one grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 26

An announcement about Ross Brawn’s departure from Mercedes is now imminent.

Brawn’s Mercedes exit now imminent

2013-10-26 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Ross Brawn 01Germany’s normally-reliable Sport Bild says the news is coming “later this week”, at the end of a period of strong speculation that the Brackley based team will install Paddy Lowe as the new boss. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 25

Tears and anger as 2013 season closes in Brazil

“Yeah, a very good finish to my career”

Mark Webber - thank you - photo Getty ImagesPopular Mark Webber raced into F1 retirement with one final show of irreverence, completing his lap on the way to the Interlagos podium without the protection of his helmet. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

Hulkenberg signs 2014 Force India deal – report

“The deal should be announced in the next few days”

2013-11-17 - Sauber F1 Team - Nico Hulkenberg 06Nico Hulkenberg has signed a one-year deal to return to Force India next year, Germany’s authoritative Auto Motor und Sport reports from Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

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