Tag Archive: Joan Villadelprat

Nov 14

Epsilon Euskadi’s Villadelprat convicted

Corruption and negligence

Epsilon EuskadiThe final chapter in Epsilon Euskadi’s failed bid to enter formula one took place this week in a Spanish court. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 11

FIA confirms date for ‘test-gate’ hearing

F1’s governing body has confirmed a June 20 hearing date for the ‘testgate’ saga.

Flagworld - FIAWe first reported the June 20 date on Saturday, following rumours in the Montreal paddock that the FIA wanted to fast-track the international tribunal so that the matter is cleared up before the next race, at Silverstone ten days later. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Vettel ‘surprised by his own brutality’ – the fallout

“I didn’t mean to ignore the call”

2013-03-23 - Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Sebastian Vettel (3)The victim of Sebastian Vettel’s decision to ignore his team’s instructions, Mark Webber predicted on Sunday that Red Bull would “protect” its triple world champion “as usual”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 08

Vettel races into title hot seat with Red Bull ‘double DRS’

Until very recently, Spaniard Alonso was the overwhelming title favourite

Sebastian Vettel Suzuka2012-09-22 - Ferrari - Singapore - Fernando Alonso 03The final five races of the 2012 season will likely stage a head-to-head contest between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, with the protagonists each pushing to add a prestigious third crown to their tallies. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30

Winning structure still in place at Lotus – Villadelprat

The team’s last win was Alonso’s at Fuji in 2008.

2012-07-21 - Lotus F1 Team - Germany - Romain Grosjean 022012-07-21 - Lotus F1 Team - Germany - Romain Grosjean 05Joan Villadelprat is full of praise for Lotus, a team he says still has the blood of Benetton and Renault flowing in its veins.

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Jul 24

F1 awaits Red Bull rule clarification for Hungary

Even Christian Horner, the Red Bull boss, indicated a rule tweak is likely.

2012-06-08_0005Flagworld - F1F1 insiders are expecting the FIA to clamp down on Red Bull’s clever engine mapping that has been likened to a form of legal traction control. Technical directors met on Monday to discuss the situation, triggered by the stewards’ admission at Hockenheim that they were powerless to ban the system despite not accepting “all the arguments” put forward by the team.

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Jul 09

Lewis Hamilton has told McLaren engineers to go back to the drawing board after the team slid backwards at Silverstone this weekend.

Hamilton tells McLaren to rethink car design

2012-06-10_08012012-06-10_1060The British grand prix proved that not only Jenson Button is struggling with the MP4-27, as Montreal winner Hamilton started and finished eighth on a layout that was expected to suit the local favourites.

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Jun 27

F1 split over customer car proposal

Formula one is split over a new proposal to allow ‘customer cars’ on the grid.

Flagworld - F12012-01-12The idea is being powered chiefly by Ferrari and Bernie Ecclestone, and marketed as a way to cut costs by opening a new revenue stream for the big teams and reducing the design and manufacturing burden for struggling minnows.

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Jun 26

Schumacher future still unclear after podium

Even the end of a 2000-day podium drought is not enough to curb the speculation about Michael Schumacher’s future.

2012-06-09_02332012-06-08_0429Although it was powered in part by Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton’s misfortunes at Valencia on Sunday, the seven time world champion’s return to the podium was an emotional moment for the once-robotic German.

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Jun 11

Villadelprat slams Red Bull cheating ‘witch hunt’

Joan Villadelprat has slammed the anti-Red Bull “witch hunt” that is casting the reigning world champions as F1 cheats.

2012-06-08_01202012-06-10_1066Recently, the energy drink owned team has been told not only to modify small holes in the floor ahead of the RB8’s rear wheels, but also holes in the wheel hub that reportedly also gave an illegal aerodynamic benefit.

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Apr 23

Lotus not sorry after skipping team order

Lotus did not consider employing team orders in order to boost Kimi Raikkonen’s chances of winning the Bahrain grand prix.

2012-04-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 062012-04-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Kimi Raikkonen 01The 2007 world champion ultimately finished second and even had a stab at overtaking winner Sebastian Vettel. And he might have had an ever better chance at challenging the Red Bull had his Lotus team chiefs ordered teammate Romain Grosjean aside at a crucial moment. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 27

Perez a ‘future champion’ after Sepang

Those who watched Sunday’s Malaysian grand prix witnessed “the blossoming of a future champion”.

2012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 04Sergio Perez - photo SauberThat is the view of Patrick Tambay, a French F1 driver of the 80s who raced with Ferrari. Sergio Perez currently drives for Sauber, but he is the cream of Ferrari’s development programme and Tambay told RMC he thinks the Mexican is now definitely set for a future with the famous Italian team. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 26

Schumacher admits Mercedes not winning car yet

Michael Schumacher is looking on the bright side, even though the best qualifying effort of his F1 comeback washed away on Sunday.

2012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 052012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 02The seven time world champion qualified his Mercedes in the top three at Sepang, but the tyre-eating W03 could deliver him only a single point. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 21

Report links Trulli with Massa’s Ferrari race seat

One race into the 2012 season, the Italian press has already named a candidate for beleaguered Ferrari driver Felipe Massa’s seat.

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Jarno Trulli 032012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 296On notice by the famous team and with an expiring contract, the Brazilian driver had a nightmare 2012 opener in Australia. Mika Salo, the 1999 Ferrari substitute driver, told broadcaster MTV3 that Massa’s performance, “compared to Alonso’s, was very poor”. Autosprint, the Italian weekly, has suggested the out-of-work grand prix winner Jarno Trulli is available to step in immediately to replace Massa. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 17

Suspicions linger after Newey’s ‘cooling slot’ claim

“The drivers are going to get their feet wet when it rains”

2012-02-07 - Red Bull - RB8 Mark Webber (7)2012-02-07 - Red Bull - RB8 Mark Webber (2)Two authoritative sources have admitted they doubt Adrian Newey was telling the whole truth about the air inlet in the ‘step’ nose of Red Bull’s 2012 car. Designer Newey, the pioneer of the now-banned blown diffuser solutions seen throughout last year’s grid, insisted that the mysterious letterbox-slot gap in the RB8 is simply to cool the drivers with air.

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Dec 16

Alguersuari quiet as Spaniards eye HRT option

Jaime Alguersuari is refusing to give anything away as he considers his future following Toro Rosso’s clean-sweep for 2012.

2011-06-09_01622011-06-10_0474Asked if he has been in contact with any alternative employers after he was ousted by team owners Red Bull, the 21-year-old Spaniard told El Mundo Deportivo: “For the moment I can’t say anything.”

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Dec 07

Ferrari must consider McLaren-like stability – Villadelprat

Ferrari needs to follow McLaren’s example and add crucial stability to its recipe for success.

2011-11-14 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Abu Dhabi - Fernando Alonso 012011-10-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - India - That is the claim of veteran engineer Joan Villadelprat, who wrote in his column for the Spanish newspaper El Pais that British team McLaren “is clearly” better than Ferrari at developing a car during a season.

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Nov 15

Villadelprat says Ferrari wrong to stick with Massa

Pressure is once again mounting on Ferrari to reconsider its driver lineup for 2012.

2011-10-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Japan - Felipe Massa 01International Challenge of Go-Kart Champs - Felipe MassaThe Maranello team said before Abu Dhabi that, contrary to recent speculation, Felipe Massa’s contract for next season will definitely be honoured.

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Nov 02

Schumacher top lap-1 overtaker in 2011 – analysis

Near the end of his second season since returning to formula one, Michael Schumacher is finally topping the charts once again.

2011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Michael Schumacher 022011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Michael Schumacher 05Germany’s Sport1 reports that the seven time world champion ranks first on the list of drivers when it comes to performance on the opening lap of grands prix this year.

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Oct 12

Experts say Schumacher-like Vettel era unlikely

A trio of former F1 drivers doubt Sebastian Vettel will trouble Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven world titles.

2011-08-28 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Belgium - Michael Shcumacher 002011-09-11 - Red Bull Racing - Italy - Sebastian Vettel 3After the 24-year-old German became the youngest back-to-back world champion in the sport’s history, Niki Lauda predicted that the record of Vettel’s famous countryman could eventually tumble.

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Sep 27

Designer Rory Byrne is back at Ferrari – reports

Rory Byrne is making a return to formula one with Ferrari.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro2011-06-11_1158That is the claim of two authoritative figures, including former team manager Joan Villadelprat, who writes a column in the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

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Jul 05

New owner eyes Spanish drivers and HQ after HRT buyout

Priorities will be to have the greatest possible number of Spanish personnel

2011-06-26 - HRT F1 Team - Spain - Vitantonio Liuzzi 012011-06-26 - HRT F1 Team - Spain - Jacky Eeckelaert - Vitantonio Liuzzi - Richard ConnellIn its first two seasons, Hispania has been effectively based at Colin Kolles’ Greding headquarters in Germany, with no Spanish drivers on the roster.

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Jun 14

Vettel still cruising, or dominance set to end?

RB7’s dominance might be affected by the forthcoming restrictions on blown exhausts.

2011-06-12_11252011-06-12_1569He had a long face on the Montreal podium but Sebastian Vettel might still be cruising to the 2011 title. The Red Bull driver was gutted after handing his Canadian grand prix lead to McLaren’s Jenson Button almost within sight of the chequered flag. Read the rest of this entry »

May 25

Villadelprat questions Ferrari’s Costa axe ‘panic’

Joan Villadelprat has questioned Ferrari’s decision to oust its technical director.

2011-05-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Turkey -Stefano Domenicali2011-01-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 0017Villadelprat, a veteran engineer who in the 80s worked for the famous Maranello based team, had predicted the rolling of heads in the days before it was announced Aldo Costa had “relinquished” his top post. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19

F1 no longer a sprint in 2011

“As a category it’s changed a lot” – Mark Webber

2011-04-17 - Red Bull Racing - China - Sebastian Vettel 12011-04-16 - Red Bull Racing - China - Mark Webber 2Last year’s refuelling ban combined with the crumbling Pirelli tyres of 2011 have transformed grands prix from sprints into Le Mans-style endurance events. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Ferrari identifies downforce issue on 2011 car

“They have a lot less downforce than Red Bull because they built a car that is too conservative with no risk.”

2011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Felipe Massa 012011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Felipe Massa 02Ferrari is working hard after the 2011 season opener, where in Australia the team’s 150 Italia car was notably less competitive than it had seemed during the recent winter period.”I was not surprised that Red Bull were so good, but that we were so bad,” admitted Fernando Alonso, according to Bild. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 01

Only Red Bull free to spurn driver inequality – Villadelprat

Webber is Australia’s top sports earner

2010-11-16 - Red Bull Racing 0034Mark Webber(1)-Red Bull-Abu Dhabi-11-2010Red Bull’s refusal to dictate a driver hierarchy for the 2010 championship would not have been possible for other teams. That is the claim of Joan Villadelprat, the Epsilon Euskadi chief who was among the multitude of pundits who said the energy drink-owned team would be justified to make either Mark Webber or Sebastian Vettel a de-factor number 1 driver in order to win the drivers’ title. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

‘Red Bull gives Alonso wings’ – press

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner hints that sense will ultimately prevail.

Sebastian Vettel-Fernando Alonso-Mark Webber-11-20102010-10-23 - Red Bull Racing - Lewis Hamilton - Fernando Alonso - Mark Webber - Jenson Button - Sebastian Vettel 2Sections of the international media have questioned Red Bull’s strategic approach to the 2010 drivers’ world championship. After Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian grand prix from the team’s points leader Mark Webber at Interlagos, Der Spiegel noted: “Red Bull gives (Fernando) Alonso wings”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 26

RBR messed up ‘great opportunity’ in 2010 – Alesi

Christian Horner said before leaving Korea that team strategy will be discussed internally

2010-10-23 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber - Sebastian Vettel2010-10-23 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 1Sebastian Vettel sounds unlikely to voluntarily fall in line behind Mark Webber as Red Bull pushes for its first ever drivers’ world championship. Although heading for the championship lead in Korea before his engine failure, Vettel is now 25 points off Fernando Alonso. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 25

Epsilon Euskadi not giving up on F1 ambitions

He ruled out buying the struggling HRT team.

Epsilon Euskadi2010-10-24 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Sakon Yamamoto 01Joan Villadelprat on Monday insisted he has not given up on bringing his Spanish Le Mans team Epsilon Euskadi into formula one. The Spaniard tried to acquire the thirteenth and final team entry for 2011, but the FIA ruled that none of the applicants had the financial resources to justify the go-ahead. Read the rest of this entry »

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