Tag Archive: Le Figaro

Nov 06

Vergne ‘not worried’ about losing F1 seat

Jean-Eric Vergne is suddenly sounding very confident about his future in F1.

2014-06-07_1014 Just a month ago, prior to Sebastian Vettel’s shock decision to switch from Red Bull to Ferrari for 2015, Frenchman Vergne looked set to lose his place on the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 05

Bianchi in surgery for ‘severe head injury’ – FIA

Jules Bianchi is undergoing surgery for a “severe head injury”, F1’s governing body has announced.

2014-06-05_0125 At the same time, the French driver’s father has told the L’Equipe sports daily that his son is in a “critical” condition at the Mie hospital near Suzuka. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 17

US base for Haas team ‘crazy’ – Montoya

Gene Haas is “crazy” to base his new formula one team in America.

Juan-Pablo Montoya - photo © IndyCar Series - Chris Owens That is the claim of Juan Pablo Montoya, a former F1 winner who subsequently set up a career in Nascar, the top stock car series where Haas already co-owns a team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Rosberg admits team orders ‘inevitable’

“But we’ve discussed it and we know where we stand”

2014-03-17 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Australia - Lewis Hamilton - Nico Rosberg 02 A year ago, the Malaysian grand prix sparked the infamous ‘Multi 21’ team orders scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »

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Mar 26

Montagny doubts Lotus can return to the top

E22 struggles not only for pace but also merely to run

Frank MontagnyFranck Montagny has made a bleak assessment not only of ailing Lotus’ 2014 prospects, but also Williams’ chances of mounting a title challenge this season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 17

Boullier exit ‘a surprise’ – Grosjean

Lotus is now ready to push the throttle down in 2014.

2013-06-06_0089 That is the claim of driver Romain Grosjean, following rumours the Enstone team is still struggling with the sort of financial problems that became well-known in the F1 paddock late last season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 08

Footage proves Schumacher crash at low speed

That is the claim of France’s RMC radio and also BFMTV television

2010-01-25 - MERCEDES GP PETRONAS TEAM - Michael and Corinna Schumacher Footage from a camera mounted on Michael Schumacher’s helmet proves the seven time world champion was skiing slowly when he fell on rocks recently. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

2014 seat for Bianchi may be too soon – Domenicali

“He knows know what our ambition is, but we will wait for the right time”

2013-06-09_0325Team boss Stefano Domenicali has played down suggestions Jules Bianchi is really in the running to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 27

Michelin also open to 2014 tyre war

Michelin is not ruling out taking on Pirelli in a formula one tyre war next year.

MichelinWith the sport’s existing sole supplier Pirelli having already inked 2014 contracts with Bernie Ecclestone and the bulk of the teams, the fact Michelin has now entered the race is fascinating. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 26

Michelin ‘ready’ for 2014 F1 tyre talks

Michelin has confirmed it is poised to return to formula one.

MichelinThe sport’s existing tyre supplier, Pirelli, has said a 2014 tender at this late stage would be “farcical”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 12

Boullier admits to saving Grosjean from axe

Eric Boullier, Lotus’ team boss, has admitted he intervened personally to rescue protege Romain Grosjean’s F1 career at the end of last year.

2013-03-03 - Lotus F1 Team - Barcelona - Romain Grosjean 032013-02-23 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 2Lotus openly considered ousting the French driver, after he was banned by the FIA in Monza and angrily denounced a ‘first lap nutcase’ by rival Mark Webber. But countryman Boullier thought Grosjean, in spite of his tumultuous 2012, deserved another chance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 26

France to replace New York ’90pc’ sure – Paul Ricard

Paul Ricard boss Stephane Clair says there is a “90 per cent” chance the French circuit will host a grand prix in 2013.

Paul Ricard HTTTGrand Prix of America logoHe suggested to Le Figaro that the country is first in line to step in to replace the delayed New York grand prix. “We do not need the state (to contribute financially) for our project,” said Clair. He said the 2013 calendar would need to be tweaked, but suggested France could be slotted in for early September, creating a sequence of historic European races moving from Belgium, to France and then Italy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 16

World’s press says Vettel in title hot-seat

“Now it will be difficult for Alonso.”

2012-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Sebastian Vettel (3)2012-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Sebastian Vettel (10)The world’s press thinks Fernando Alonso will be hard-pressed to regain the lead of the world championship from Sebastian Vettel in the last races of 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 22

Coach helping Grosjean find ‘right balance’

Romain Grosjean’s new coach has confirmed he is working with the Lotus driver.

2012-05-27 - Lotus F1 Team - Monaco Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 032012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 00Back on track after his Monza ban, the French driver arrived in Singapore this week with Benoit Campargue, a former Judo champion who coaches France’s heavyweight champion Teddy Riner. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 13

Magny Cours still in running for 2013 French GP

Magny Cours, France’s last grand prix host, is still in the running to secure the country’s return to the F1 calendar.

Magny-Cours le circuitF2 - Magny-CoursLe Figaro daily is reporting that the circuit in central France, having hosted the French grand prix between 1991 and 2008, is set to formally present its case to become the country’s new grand prix venue from 2013.

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May 15

Vettel shrugs at F1’s ‘crazy’ pecking order

Five races in, F1’s cleverest brains are still yet to decode the mystery of the bizarre and fascinating 2012 season.

2012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix a 01412012-05-11 - Spanish Grand Prix 449As was the case when he utterly dominated last year, Sebastian Vettel is still leading the drivers’ points chase. But, before last weekend, if he had been told that Williams’ Pastor Maldonado would be the winner of the Spanish grand prix, the German admitted: “Well, I would have put a lot of money on them!

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Jan 09

Gov’t confirms French GP plans ‘on track’

Plans to put France back on the F1 calendar are “on track”, the government has confirmed.

Flagworld - F1Grand Prix de FranceJust before the weekend, the Paris daily Le Figaro reported that Paul Ricard is likely to host a formula one race in September of 2013.

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Jan 06

September date set for 2013 French GP return

France’s return to the F1 calendar is now so close to confirmation that even a provisional race date has been set.

Grand Prix de France Grand Prix de FranceIt emerged just before Christmas that, with the historic French grand prix having been last held at Magny Cours in 2008, the country’s return to the calendar is likely to take place at Paul Ricard in 2013.

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Dec 07

Marussia ‘made most sense’ for rookie Pic – Panis

The French newcomer, speaking in Paris, has been signed by the former Virgin team Marussia for 2012 and 2013.

2011-11-27 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Abu Dhabi - Charles Pic12 - Marussia Virgin RacingThe French sports daily L’Equipe on Tuesday quoted Charles Pic as saying his target for next season is to “reach the level” of his experienced teammate Timo Glock “as soon as possible”.

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