Tag Archive: Marc Surer

Nov 02

Van der Garde set for second Sauber seat in 2015

That is despite Sutil having a signed 2015 contract.

2014-06-05_0225 Sauber looks set to field an all-new driver lineup next year, after confirming Caterham refugee Marcus Ericsson is joining the Swiss team in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 02

Mercedes admits ‘no peace’ between warring drivers

“There is no need for a peace pact to show to the public”

2014-03-30 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Malaysia -  Lewis Hamilton 02 Toto Wolff has admitted tension between Mercedes’ title-warring teammates is inevitable over the decisive final five races of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 25

Ricciardo declares title hunt now on

Daniel Ricciardo has declared himself in the hunt for the 2014 world championship.

2014-07-19 - 99017 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo Before the title war between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg exploded in Belgium, no one would have bet against a dominant victory for one or the other of the silver-clad duo. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 23

Vergne learned of 2015 axe six days late

“It’s pointless to be angry — or if I do have some anger, I will put it behind the wheel and make a show!”

2014-06-07_0929 Max Verstappen learned of his 2015 debut long before Jean-Eric Vergne learned of his impending ousting, it has emerged. Before his Toro Rosso race seat was announced, 16-year-old Verstappen was revealed by Red Bull as the latest member of its junior driver programme on August 12.
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Aug 23

Chilton fumbles as F1’s next ‘pay-drivers’ line up

“What everyone seems to think has happened is not the case”

IMG_6058 He didn’t want to say the words, but Max Chilton insists a Marussia kerfuffle in Belgium should not be interpreted as a simple ‘pay-driver’ in distress. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Former manager says Alonso ‘best thing about Ferrari’

The new era of social media and F1’s traditional ‘silly season’ may not mix well together.

2014-07-20 - Scuderia Ferrari - Germany - Fernando Alonso 01 Fernando Alonso turned 33 on Tuesday, and as far as official congratulations go, many spotted McLaren’s first. The Spaniard, undoubtedly frustrated with title-lacking life at Ferrari after five years, might be on the move and Honda is clearly on the hunt for a top driver to spearhead its new works McLaren foray. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Pundit says Kvyat F1’s ‘man of the future’

Fresh blood is in no short supply on the F1 grid this year, as Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas impress.

2014-06-07_0010 But if you ask Marc Surer, a former driver turned commentator for German television, he doesn’t hesitate for a second when asked who he would sign up if he ran a team. “Kvyat,” he told Speed Week instantly. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

Lauda pressures Lowe after Hamilton fire

“I think it’s getting beyond bad luck” – Hamilton

2014-06-07_0336 Niki Lauda was putting the pressure on team boss Paddy Lowe late on Saturday, as technical trouble dented Lewis Hamilton’s title hopes for the second time in the space of a week. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 22

‘Fric’ storm exits F1 with a whimper

As quickly as the ‘Fric’ storm swept into the paddock, it left with barely a whimper.

2014-06-08_1055 “It changed nothing,” said Niki Lauda, chairman of the Mercedes team that supposedly would suffer most from the effective banning of the suspension technology. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 17

Vettel ‘shocked’ by Domenicali exit

“I was shocked when I heard about it” – Vettel

2014-03-30 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Sebastian Vettel  (3) World champion Sebastian Vettel says he was “shocked” when he heard about Stefano Domenicali’s departure at Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 29

‘Embarrassing’ start to F1’s brave new era

“Why do we always make everything more complicated?”

2014-01-28 - Caterham F1 Team - CT05 launch 01Roger Benoit, one of the longest serving F1 correspondents in the paddock, said Tuesday’s events at Jerez were “embarrassing”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

FIA summons Vettel after title ‘donuts’

The Red Bull driver broke a fundamental rule about taking his car straight to ‘parc ferme’

Sebastian Vettel - Inde - photo Getty ImagesSebastian Vettel spent some of his first moments as a quadruple world champion-elect in the stewards office after Sunday’s Indian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Hulkenberg’s manager denies 2014 deal done

“We are continuing to sort through the options.”

2013-03-23 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysia - Nico Hulkenberg 01Nico Hulkenberg, the new key to unlocking the remainder of the 2014 ‘silly season’, has not signed a deal yet. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 08

‘No interest’ in stopping boos on Twitter – Vettel

But there was no booing in Korea at the weekend

Sebastian Vettel Corée - photo © J.F GaleronSebastian Vettel says he will not try to boost his popularity by jumping on the social media bandwagon. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 04

Team switch would stop Vettel booing – Surer

“For him, a change would be good”

1981_33MarcSurerTheodore-CosworthSebastian Vettel can stop the booing if he just proves his undoubted talent outside the dominant Red Bull cockpit. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Ferrari plays down Raikkonen return reports

The team “has no interest in the driver market right now”

02 - Scuderia FerrariFerrari on Wednesday played down reports it has made a lucrative offer to sign Kimi Raikkonen for 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 23

Criticism ‘a deterrent’ for Pirelli successors – Surer

Michelin and Bridgestone could enter F1 “at short notice”

2013-06-30 - Britain - Pirelli (12)F1 teams will only have themselves to blame if they are left without tyres next year, according to a leading commentator. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 20

F1 holds breath for ‘test-gate’ hearing

Predictably, rumours are swirling.

Flagworld - FIAThe F1 world is holding its collective breath ahead of the ‘test-gate’ hearing in Paris on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13

“Whoever starts at the front in the principality also has a good chance for victory”

Mercedes favourite to win in Monaco

2013-05-12 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Spain 01Mercedes has been tipped as a likely favourite to win the fabled Monaco grand prix later this month. Read the rest of this entry »

May 09

Surer thinks Lauda chasing Vettel for Mercedes

“If you want to be a top team, you have to try to weaken your opponent.”

2013-03-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Nico Rosberg 03Marc Surer, a former Swiss F1 driver turned commentator, says he is not sure he believes Mercedes is not making a move for Sebastian Vettel. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Nice guys don’t win F1 titles – Surer

The big victim of the ‘Multi-21′ affair has been Sebastian Vettel’s image.

Sebastian Vettel - photo © ERIC VARGIOLU  DPPI Previously the British humour-cracking and Beatles-loving ‘Mr Nice Guy’, the triple world champion’s reputation has come crashing down after ignoring team orders in Malaysia and then declaring Mark Webber didn’t “deserve” to be left in the lead. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 08

Two second gap makes Red Bull ‘worried’ – Surer

The faces of Red Bull chiefs became notably “worried” as the winter pre-season period wrapped up recently.

2013-03-03 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastian Vettel (3)1981_33MarcSurerTheodore-CosworthThat is the claim of Marc Surer, a former F1 driver turned German-language commentator. Indeed, as the final test week concluded in Barcelona, Mercedes sped to the top of the time sheets, whilst Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel languished two seconds too slow. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 06

Button stuns rivals with Jerez pace

Jenson Button and McLaren have fired the opening salvo of the 2013 world championship, stunning rivals with the pace of the new MP4-28 at Jerez.

2013-01-31 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jenson Button - Sergio Perez 022013-01-31 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jenson Button - Sergio Perez 01Despite a technical problem, by the end of Tuesday’s action Briton Button was almost a second clear of the rest of the field, headed by Mark Webber in the new Red Bull. “I was surprised when I saw the (laptime on the) dash,” Button said, “but the time doesn’t mean anything.” Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 27

Massa cried after ‘taking punches’ in 2012

Felipe Massa has revealed that amid his tumultuous 2012 season, he thought about quitting.

2012-11-16_00212012-11-17_0007When the Brazilian mounted the podium in his native Brazil on Sunday, he openly cried. Following a dire start to his 2012 campaign, and indeed a fallow few seasons since his almost fatal injuries of 2009, the 31-year-old has managed to recover his form more recently. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 20

Ecclestone happy F1 to get 2012 title showdown

“That’s what every fan wishes for.  And me too,” said the 82-year-old Briton.

2012-11-15_00082012-11-15_0017Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he is happy the 2012 world championship will be decided only at this weekend’s twentieth and last race of the season in Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 20

Paddock figures back Ferrari’s gearbox penalty ‘trick’

Bob Fernley, the day-to-day team boss at Force India, has backed Ferrari’s decision to deliberately penalise Felipe Massa in Austin.

2012-11-18_00302012-11-17_0007The Italian team was roundly criticised for tampering with Brazilian Massa’s long-life gearbox for no other reason than to incur a five-place penalty that switched title-fighting teammate Fernando Alonso to the ‘clean’ side of the grid. Ferrari’s immediate competitors, Red Bull and McLaren, said they wouldn’t have made a similar decision. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 25

Germany slams ‘clumsy Schumi’ as contract expires

“The timing is certainly not beneficial” – Marc Surer

2012-06-10_13462012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 05Just as the Mercedes board is set to meet on Tuesday, Michael Schumacher is the unhappy subject of an intense round of bad press in his native Germany. Some publications have nicknamed the seven time world champion ‘Schussel-(clumsy) Schumi’ after his latest mistake in Singapore; the crash with Jean-Eric Vergne that has cost him ten places on the Suzuka grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

McLaren must bounce back ‘immediately’ – Prost

Time is running out for McLaren to bounce back from its 2012 slump, according to former team champion Alain Prost

02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes2004_02_29_am_auto_12_08Despite looking a title favourite early this year, Jenson Button dropped badly off the pace and even former championship leader Lewis Hamilton bemoaned the MP4-27’s flagging development after a bad British grand prix. “If they don’t come back immediately, from Hockenheim, the next race, I think it’s going to be difficult,” Frenchman Prost, 57, told the Ria Novosti news agency. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 25

Dr Helmut Marko has confirmed Red Bull’s suspicion that the safety car was called onto the Valencia circuit on Sunday to aid ‘the show’.

Marko admits safety car conspiracy theory

2012-06-10_08412012-06-09_0371After retiring from a comfortable lead with a broken Red Bull on Sunday, an angry Sebastian Vettel said he thought the safety car period was called not just to clear debris but also “to break our neck”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 09

Wolff defends Senna after bad day in Canada

Team co-owner Toto Wolff on Friday defended Bruno Senna, after a bad day in Montreal for Williams’ Brazilian driver.

2012-04-15 - Williams F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Toto Wolff 012012-06-08_0301Senna, never higher than 17th quickest on Friday, had several off-track excursions at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve before crashing heavily at the notorious ‘wall of champions’.

(More pictures in Flagworld’s photo album of the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix)


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