Tag Archive: Mercedes

Oct 29

Prost doubts Renault can catch Mercedes in 2015

F1 legend Alain Prost doubts struggling engine supplier Renault can catch dominant Mercedes in 2015.

2014-05-16 - Renault - Formula E - Alain Prost Having faltered at the start of the new turbo V6 era, Renault – whose prominent F1 partner is the outgoing world champion team Red Bull – can upgrade its 2014 engine to the tune of 48 per cent under the existing ‘freeze’ regulations. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 28

Force India avoids joining backmarkers on US bench – report

Force India has avoided becoming the next formula one team to drop out of this weekend’s US grand prix.

2014-06-07_0910 Now in administration, backmarkers Caterham and Marussia will miss not only Austin but also the penultimate round of the 2014 world championship a week later in Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

F1 set for three-car teams as more risk collapse

F1 risks sliding into crisis and having to reinvent its very DNA as struggling backmarker teams begin to succumb to collapse.

2014-06-08_0747 HRT folded in 2012, and now F1’s two other newest teams Caterham and Marussia are in the throes of financial administration. Organisers of next weekend’s US grand prix look set to welcome just 9 teams to an 18-car grid, unprecedented since BAR-Honda was banned for a time almost a decade ago.
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Oct 27

Alonso future unclear amid Audi, Lotus rumours

A major sponsor of the Lotus team has stirred up the already confusing speculation about Fernando Alonso’s next move.

Fernando Alonso - Audi  (photo Audi) Most insiders believe the Spaniard and Ferrari have already dissolved their contract, paving the way for Sebastian Vettel to join Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian team in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 24

Lotus to keep Grosjean, test 2015 nose

Lotus has confirmed it will test a conventional nose solution ahead of next weekend’s US grand prix.

2014-06-08_0557 The struggling team has run an unique, asymmetrical and double-pronged ‘walrus’-style nose in 2014, but currently sits just eighth in the constructors’ standings with three races to go. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 24

F1 comeback bid ended Barrichello commentary – report

Rubens Barrichello’s desire to return to the F1 grid appears to have ended his days as a roving commentator.

2011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Rubens Barrichello 01 We reported on Thursday that the most experienced driver in the history of the sport had “concluded” his commentary contract with Brazil’s TV Globo. Brazil’s UOL Esporte is now claiming Barrichello, 42, fell out with the broadcaster due to “relationship and contract” problems, and also because he allegedly used his role to “offer his services to F1 teams”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

Rosberg appoints himself ‘title hunter’

“The remaining tracks are among my favourites”

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Nico Rosberg (6) Nico Rosberg has admitted he will think more about his own interests now after Mercedes wrapped up the constructors’ championship in Russia. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

Grosjean hints at Lotus stay for 2015

Romain Grosjean appears set to remain at Lotus in 2015.

2014-05-09 - Lotus F1 Team - Spain - Romain Grosjean 00 Although the French driver has been leaving his future open while Fernando Alonso’s move remains unclear, Lotus owner Gerard Lopez has now suggested Enstone is likely to field an identical driver lineup next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 21

Rosberg must relax to get back in fight – Frentzen

Nico Rosberg needs to relax if he wants to get back into the world championship fight.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Nico Rosberg (15) That is the advice of German countryman Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who at the peak of his career fifteen years ago was the title dark horse in 1999. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 21

Brawn, Domenicali to investigate Bianchi crash

A group of well-known F1 names will work with the sport’s governing body to investigate the crash of seriously injured driver Jules Bianchi.

2014-06-04_0348 It is already known that new processes for yellow flag periods, and safety skirts for recovery vehicles, will be looked into by the newly-formed ‘accident panel’ instigated by FIA president Jean Todt. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 20

‘Silly season’ waits but 2015 rumours still firing

Porsche would like to enter a third car in the fabled Le Mans 24 hour race next year with F1 stars at the wheel, according to Germany’s Auto Bild.

2014-03-17 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Australia - 2014 drivers The report said Nico Hulkenberg, despite being close to a new deal to stay with Force India in 2015, is at the top of the German carmaker’s shortlist. Theoretically, Porsche’s supposed plan is possible, given that the F1 calendar is not scheduled to clash with the fabled endurance race next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 20

Lauda not sorry about Mercedes ‘unfreeze’ defiance

Dominant Mercedes is unapologetic amid increasing pressure to agree to an engine ‘unfreeze’ for 2015.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Sochi - Niki Lauda The new constructors’ champions came under fire recently when Red Bull’s Christian Horner claimed Mercedes went back on an earlier pledge to agree to relax the sport’s tight restrictions on in-season engine development. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Montezemolo ‘not pleased’ about Ferrari exit

Luca di Montezemolo has hit back at suggestions he was ousted as Ferrari president because of the Italian team’s struggles.

Luca Di Montezemolo 2012-12-23 “A lack of results?” the 67-year-old, who was replaced by Fiat’s Sergio Marchionne on Monday, reportedly told Italian television Rai on Wednesday. “Remember that since 1999 we won 14 titles in 15 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Domenicali’s new job to spark Alonso rumours

Stefano Domenicali has accepted an offer to work for the German manufacturer Audi.

Stefano Domenicali  - photo Getty Images Earlier this week, we reported that the former Ferrari team boss could be moving to the Ingolstadt-based marque to replace Le Mans team chief Wolfgang Ullrich. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Wolff thinks Le Mans sabbatical for Alonso possible

It is possible Fernando Alonso will take a sabbatical in 2015, according to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

2013-06-08_0128 It is the burning question of the F1 driver ‘silly season’ at present — now that Sebastian Vettel has left Red Bull apparently to replace Alonso at Ferrari, what will the talented but temperamental Spaniard do next? Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Mercedes working hard on 2015 car – Wolff

Mercedes is already hard at work on the championship-winning 2014 car’s successor.

2014-07-19_0914 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Toto Wolff “The departments have already changed over,” said team boss Toto Wolff, after the Brackley based team celebrated its constructors’ championship triumph in Russia with three full grand prix weekends still to spare this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Engine switch to bring half-second boost – Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado has admitted he is looking forward to Lotus’ switch from Renault to Mercedes power for 2015.

IMG_3927 The Venezuelan has said consistently this year he does not regret moving last winter from Williams to the Enstone-based team. But almost a full season on, while Williams made an impressive leap from the rear of the midfield to the upper grid hatchings in 2014, Lotus’ reverse in fortunes has been just as dramatic. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

F1 engine rules ‘completely stupid’ – Vettel

World champion Sebastian Vettel has slammed F1’s long-life engine rules.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel (4) Already destined to hand over his FIA drivers’ crown to a Mercedes driver at the end of the season, Vettel has also headed into the three-week gap before the US grand prix knowing he will sit out qualifying in Austin. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

Mercedes gifting title ‘bonus’ to staff and F1 world

The reports say the bonus is a minimum of 10,000 British pounds

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Nico Rosberg (14)All 700 staff members at Mercedes’ Brackley headquarters will bank a tasty bonus as a reward for securing the constructors’ world championship in Russia, British newspapers report. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

Bling makes Hamilton ‘a bit different’ – Lauda

“We have one normal driver, and one who is a bit different.”

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Lewis Hamilton (19) According to the Kolner Express tabloid, F1 legend Niki Lauda raised an eyebrow in Russia when he spotted Lewis Hamilton’s latest accessory — an enormous gold chain. Read the rest of this entry »

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