Tag Archive: Mercedes

Oct 12

Alonso says 2015 team not Mercedes-powered

Fernando Alonso dropped a big hint about his future after Sunday’s Russian grand prix.

2014-10-09_0200 - Scuderia Ferrari - Russia - Fernando Alonso Wild rumours in the past few days suggested the Spaniard was working on a sensational deal to join dominant Mercedes next year, in Lewis Hamilton’s place. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

Francesco Sini celebrates Eurov8series title, looks forward to 2015

Chevy racer takes title in front Kostka (Audi), Baldan (Mercedes)

Eurov8series  - solaris-motorsportjpg From the ground up in just two years. Francesco Sini celebrated the EUROV8SERIES title at Hockenheim, finally bringing his Chevrolet Camaro to glory. The project of bringing the American muscle-car to the FG Group championship started at the end of 2012 and went on-track for the first time at the beginning of the 2013 season.  Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

Mercedes not backing down amid ‘unfreeze’ pressure

Mercedes is unlikely to back down amid pressure from F1 rivals to agree to relax the current engine ‘freeze’.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Lewis Hamilton (7) Christian Horner, boss of the works Renault-powered team Red Bull, said earlier in Russia that Mercedes initially agreed to the proposed ‘unfreeze’ but then went back on its word. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

Mercedes poised to win constructors’ title

Mercedes is expected to wrap up the constructors’ world championship in Russia later on Sunday.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Sochi (8) With Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg locking out the front row of the grid, the team needs a 25-point haul to guarantee the title with three races to spare. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

Alonso eyes Williams as sabbatical ‘risk’ grows

Williams is the latest team sensationally linked with Fernando Alonso’s uncertain future.

2014-10-04_0198 - Scuderia Ferrari - Japan - Fernando Alonso The growing feeling in the F1 paddock is that, as Ferrari reportedly prepares to welcome Sebastian Vettel, Spaniard Alonso is facing the prospect of a year on the sidelines. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Mateschitz says Red Bull ‘doesn’t need’ Vettel

Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz insists he is “not disappointed” to be losing world champion Sebastian Vettel.

2011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - Valencia - Sebastian Vettel - Dietrich Mateschitz A week ago at Suzuka, the German – who was nurtured from boyhood to F1 stardom by the energy drink company – announced to Red Bull and the world that he is leaving the team. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Rivals pressure Mercedes to agree engine ‘unfreeze’

Rivals are piling pressure on Mercedes to agree to “unfreeze” engine development in formula one.

2014-05-22 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Monaco - Nico Rosberg - 0022 The German marque has utterly dominated the sport this year as the all-new turbo V6 era dawned. So rivals, powered by struggling Ferrari and Renault, have argued that the strict limits on in-season development of the ‘power units’ should be relaxed. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Alonso to take Movistar to next team – report

A week after Sebastian Vettel blew the ‘silly season’ wide open, little else is clear about the shape of the upper part of the grid for 2015.

2014-06-07_1279 Despite rumours he might be McLaren-bound, however, paddock sources insist Vettel is definitely headed to Ferrari. The next step for the man he is set to replace, however – Fernando Alonso – is much less clear. What is obvious is that there is plenty of movement in the background, which might explain the latest rumours linking Lewis Hamilton with the exit at Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Total exit not end of Lotus career – Grosjean

Romain Grosjean has denied that Lotus’ new Mercedes engine deal makes it less likely he will stay with the Enstone team beyond 2014.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Romain Grosjean 01 On the face of it, the struggling team’s switch from an underpowered Renault ‘power unit’ is good news for Lotus’ frustrated drivers. “It will help Lotus,” Grosjean agreed at Sochi. “I am sure that next year the team will be more competitive.  The option of (staying with) Lotus has become quite attractive.” Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Ricciardo trusts Vettel to obey team orders

Red Bull is now ready to rethink its approach to team orders for the last handful of races in 2014.

2014-07-17 - 99007 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo As recently as days ago, the reigning champion team had insisted that Daniel Ricciardo, the highest placed non-Mercedes driver in the championship, would nonetheless not be getting preferential treatment alongside Sebastian Vettel. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Now Hamilton sucked into 2015 ‘silly season’

F1’s top three drivers are all now caught up in the most intriguing ‘silly season’ for some time.

2014-07-18_0897 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Lewis Hamilton As the Suzuka paddock was packed up mere days ago, it seemed almost certain that Sebastian Vettel is headed to Ferrari next year to replace the McLaren-bound Fernando Alonso. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Lotus finally announces Mercedes switch

Lotus has finally announced its switch from Renault to Mercedes power for 2015 and beyond.

2013-03-28 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Mercedes-Benz engine With current Mercedes customer McLaren moving to works Honda power next year, it has long been rumoured that Enstone based Lotus would pick up the deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 09

Vettel still not naming 2015 employer

A week ago, the ‘silly season’ seemed much clearer.

2014-07-05 - 99011 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel announced his shock departure from Red Bull, and everyone – including his current employer – simply assumed he would be heading to Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 09

Canopy would not have helped Bianchi – Lowe

Mercedes team boss Lowe argues that such a device would not have helped Bianchi at Suzuka.

Formule un - baquet fermé - photo DR Paddy Lowe on Thursday said he doubts a covered cockpit would have helped the now seriously injured Jules Bianchi last Sunday at Suzuka. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 08

Hamilton has ‘no thoughts’ of leaving Mercedes

McLaren was moved on Wednesday to deny wild speculation Lewis Hamilton is set to return to the team in 2015.

Hamilton - Suzuka 2014 The British team said the rumour Ron Dennis’ former protege – who is currently leading the world championship for dominant rival Mercedes – had recently travelled to Woking to sign up are “utterly without foundation”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 08

Alonso in ‘tough’ McLaren negotiations – report

Fernando Alonso is locked in “tough negotiations” with McLaren, the F1 correspondent Luis Vasconcelos claims.

2014-06-07_0235 Although the Spanish driver insists Sebastian Vettel’s switch to Ferrari is a mere symptom of his own plans for the future, there are sections of the media who think the German actually caught Alonso off guard. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 08

Still ‘a long road’ ahead of Schumacher – Todt

Michael Schumacher still has “a long and hard road ahead of him,” the F1 legend’s friend Jean Todt said this week.

FIA_GE09_014 On Tuesday, we reported that the FIA president had told the Belgian broadcaster RTL after visiting Schumacher at home that the great German “can live a relatively normal life within a short period of time”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Immediate success unlikely for Vettel at Ferrari – Lauda

“For me there is only one question — did he tell Didi Mateschitz beforehand?”

2014-04-20 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - China - Dr Helmut Marko - Sebastian Vettel - Niki Lauda Sebastian Vettel’s move to Ferrari may be good for the Italian team, but not so good in the short term for the reigning world champion. 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

Report – McLaren planning private Honda tests?

McLaren and Honda could be planning to run an interim F1 car outside the sport’s officially-sanctioned test dates.

IMG_6345 It has emerged at Suzuka that the returning Japanese carmaker’s new turbo V6 is being mated to an “experimental vehicle” that according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport is called MP4-29H. Read the rest of this entry »

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