Tag Archive: L’Equipe

Nov 28

Williams poaches sponsor from struggling Lotus

A major backer of the Lotus team has switched allegiances within the F1 pitlane.

2014-07-26 - Williams Martini Racing - Hungary - Valterri Bottas 02Earlier this year, amid the Enstone team’s slump from fourth in 2012 and 2013 to just eighth in the 2014 constructors’ standings, rumours emerged that the Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever could switch from Lotus to McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Vergne set for Toro Rosso exit – reports

Jean-Eric Vergne appears to have missed out on a Toro Rosso seat for 2015.

2014-06-07_1014 Prior to Sebastian Vettel’s shock Red Bull exit, Frenchman Vergne had already been left out of junior team Toro Rosso’s plans for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 22

Caterham may use 2014 engine next year

Caterham may have to use a 2014 engine if it is to make it onto next year’s F1 grid.

2014-03-16 - Caterham F1 Team - Australia - Marcus Ericsson 04 The sport is treading new ground this weekend, with an insolvency expert Finbarr O’Connell, now in charge of ailing Caterham, sitting on the Abu Dhabi pitwall. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

F1 eyeing driver speed limit for yellow flags

F1 is considering a couple of rule changes in response to Jules Bianchi’s serious crash at Suzuka last weekend.

2014-08-09_0351 The most significant is that, when double yellow flags are being waved, drivers may have their pitlane speed limiters automatically triggered. It would have the twofold benefit of not only preventing the sort of accident that sent Bianchi off the track, but ensuring that every driver is equally disadvantaged by caution zones. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Bianchi ‘critical but stable’

“Very serious but stable”.

2014-06-05_0125 Jules Bianchi is in a “critical but stable” condition at the Mie hospital, located some 15 kilometres from Suzuka where on Sunday he crashed into a recovery vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Sleepless F1 holds breath for Bianchi

“Emergency surgery was performed because of a hematoma in his head.  It will take 24 hours until we know more.”

2014-03-02_0056 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Jules Bianchi The collective world of formula one had a sleepless night after the Japanese grand prix as it worries about critically injured Jules Bianchi. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Oct 05

Schumacher ‘has made progress’ – Todt

The pair worked together at Ferrari through the Italian team’s ultra-successful period last decade.

Michael Schumacher - Deutsche Vermogensberatung Jean Todt has visited his friend Michael Schumacher since the F1 legend returned home after months in hospital and rehabilitation. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

Bianchi not ruling out ‘2015’ Ferrari race seat

Jules Bianchi is no longer ruling out a move to Ferrari for 2015.

2014-06-04_0318 Recently, after an impressive Ferrari test at Silverstone in injured Kimi Raikkonen’s place, the Frenchman admitted that a race seat with the Italian team “is not the plan for next year”. Read the rest of this entry »

May 28

Pirelli undecided about F1 future beyond 2016

Pirelli has answered “we’ll see” to the question of staying in formula one beyond its current contract.

2014-01-31 - Pirelli 06 After an often tumultuous and controversial opening three-year stay as F1’s official supplier, the Italian marque signed on for another stint starting in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

May 24

Dennis wants Alonso to lead McLaren’s Honda charge

“In 2015 we have the Honda engine and we need a great driver.”

2014-03-17 - McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Ron Dennis 01 Former McLaren and Ferrari driver Alain Prost has some advice for those beleaguered F1 teams — “do something different”. Read the rest of this entry »

May 10

Alonso to Mercedes, Newey to Ferrari – rumours

Ferrari is a hotbed of rumours at the scene of the Spanish grand prix.

2014-04-20 - Scuderia Ferrari - China - Fernando Alonso (2) The first rumour was that Ross Brawn, the team’s ultra-successful technical director during the Michael Schumacher years, could be on the way back to Maranello full-time following a recent visit during his retirement. Read the rest of this entry »

May 09

Pressure on Vergne as Tost hails ‘champion’ Kvyat

Toro Rosso is singling out teenage Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat as a future world champion.

2014-03-20 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Jean-Eric Vergne (2) “Yes,” boss Franz Tost confirmed, “because he’s shown that already by winning the younger classes — and especially the way he was winning.  He has it in his DNA to win races and championships.” Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 29

Argentina eyes return to F1 calendar

Argentina has set its sights on returning to formula one.

150x80-flagworldf1 Last held on an ageing circuit in Buenos Aires in 1998, plans to revive the Argentine grand prix emerged two years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Doctors ‘cautious’ after Schumacher awakening news

“It could mean he opens and closes his eyes when he is asked”

Michael Schumacher - Deutsche Vermogensberatung A wave of relief spread through the Bahrain paddock on Friday, as news broke that F1 legend Michael Schumacher has shown “moments of consciousness” this week after months in a coma. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Bianchi sick, Perez sore

Jules Bianchi was missing in action at Sepang on Thursday.

2014-03-16 - Marussia F1 Team - Australia - Jules Bianchi (4) Marussia let the Frenchman avoid the Malaysian heat by staying in his hotel, after calling in sick with a throat infection and fever, French television BFMTV and the sports daily L’Equipe reported. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Predicting 2014 winner like ‘winning lottery’ – Alesi

It is almost impossible to predict the outcome of this year’s world championship.

Jean Alesi 2011-12-14 That is the view of former F1 driver Jean Alesi, who thinks the pecking order in the sport’s all-new turbo V6 era is not as clear as it currently appears. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 25

Engine pecking order to ‘dominate’ 2014

Clearly, the Mercedes-powered teams are leading the pack

2014-01-16_0707 Just as Renault’s problems mounted, the troubled F1 engine supplier’s track boss Remi Taffin was rushed to hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 11

Quesnel admits contact with Lotus’ Lopez

“We talked, and we did talk about the F1 team.”

Olivier Quesnel-Citroën-WRC-11-2010 Olivier Quesnel, the former Citroen and Peugeot rally boss, has admitted he has had contact with Lotus owner Gerard Lopez about becoming the Enstone team’s new sporting boss. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 10

Quesnel favourite for Lotus boss role – report

Following Eric Boullier’s switch to McLaren

Olivier Quesnel-Citroën-WRC-11-2010 Olivier Quesnel, the former Citroen and Peugeot world rally boss, has leapt into pole position to become Lotus’ new team boss. Read the rest of this entry »

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