Tag Archive: Mercedes

Nov 06

Rosberg missing aggression for 2014 ‘combat’ – pundits

“And that’s the only way you win a world championship.”

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Lewis Hamilton - Nico Rosberg (2) Lewis Hamilton has produced championship-winning performance alongside former title favourite Nico Rosberg in the latter stages of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Lotus hoping for Grosjean announcement ‘soon’

Romain Grosjean is edging close to a deal to remain with Lotus for 2015.

2014-06-08_0849 Spain’s Marca reported this week that talks about a possible switch to McLaren-Honda, where the Frenchman may have been under consideration as an alternative to Fernando Alonso, have now ended. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Mercedes close to agreeing engine ‘unfreeze’

Talks over a touted engine ‘unfreeze’ for the 2015 season appear to have taken a dramatic turn.

2014-10-29 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (3)On Monday, media reports in Italy suggested Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault may have pulled off a political masterstroke over the US GP weekend by convincing F1’s dominant force Mercedes to agree to the relaxing of the engine homologation rules. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Rosberg ‘not thinking about’ title defeat

“I am not thinking about how I will react if I don’t win the title” – Rosberg

Nico Rosberg - pole position Austin - photo Getty Images Earlier the runaway title leader, Nico Rosberg’s championship hopes have faded dramatically after five straight wins for teammate Lewis Hamilton. The in-house Mercedes showdown is now guaranteed a ‘double points’ finale in Abu Dhabi, but it is true that German Rosberg’s fightback is now slipping out of his grasp. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Alonso’s McLaren deal appears done – reports

After a frantic period of mystery and speculation, the course of Fernando Alonso’s future is now beginning to clear.

2014-09-04_0187 - Scuderia Ferrari - Italy - Fernando Alonso Multiple authoritative sources are reporting that the Spaniard is definitely headed to McLaren-Honda, on an initial two-year deal to be Danish youngster Kevin Magnussen’s teammate. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

‘Base payment’ could resolve boycott threat – Lopez

F1 authorities are scrambling this week to put down a lingering boycott threat ahead of the Brazilian grand prix.

2014-05-04 - Lotus F1 Team - Gerard Lopez As the sport’s air freight touches down in Sao Paulo, the Brazilian news agency Estado reports that organisers of the Interlagos race are dismissing claims of a boycott threat, insisting that 18 cars – every team with the exception of insolvent Caterham and Marussia – will line up on the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

F1 now guaranteed ‘Abu Double’ title finale

Abu Dhabi will count for twice as many points as usual

2012-11-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina Circuit 01 Lewis Hamilton on Sunday continued to charge towards his second world title, but his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg is guaranteed to still be in the title fight for the finale that could be referred to as ‘Abu Double’. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Mercedes insists unfreeze push “ridiculous”

“We would not allow that”

2014-10-29 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (2) Mercedes appears less inclined than ever to give in to its rivals’ demands for an engine ‘unfreeze’ ahead of the 2015 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Boycott threat still lingering for Brazil GP

Two hours before Sunday’s US grand prix, the risk that only 12 cars would race still existed.

2010-11-06 - F1- Interlagos - Sao Paulo - Brazil As promised, Bernie Ecclestone negotiated an eleventh hour solution, and the boycott threat posed by angry privateers Lotus, Sauber and Force India was put down. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Renault denies signing Mario Illien

“We are negotiating but we have not decided whether Ilmor will be a supplier”

Norbert Haug - Mario Illien Renault has denied reports it has recruited renowned former F1 engine guru Mario Illien to help close the gap on dominant Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 02

Ecclestone vows to work to end F1 crisis

The smell of crisis is in the air in Austin, as Bernie Ecclestone scrabbles to end a boycott threat and put failing teams back on track.

2013-06-06_0008 With Caterham and Marussia absent from the US grand prix garages, the next set of struggling privateers – Lotus, Force India and Sauber – have reportedly threatened to also sit out Sunday’s race in protest of the sport’s income distribution model. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Renault recruits Illien to improve F1 engine

Renault has recruited renowned F1 engine guru Mario Illien as it and works partner Red Bull vow to close the gap on dominant Mercedes.

2013-02-27 - Renault Sport F1 engines (18) As efforts to relax the sport’s so-called engine ‘freeze’ look set to fail in the face of Mercedes’ defiance, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reveals that Renault has hit back by signing up one of the most famous engine designers in F1 history. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Hamilton takes control of own management

At the same time, “XIX have faded from the F1 scene”

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Lewis Hamilton (22) Lewis Hamilton is “scaling back” his deal with Simon Fuller, the entertainment manager famed for his involvement with American Idol and the Spice Girls. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Susie Wolff to extend Williams deal

Susie Wolff will extend her deal with Williams into the 2015 season, according to the German newspaper Bild.

2014-03-17 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Australia - Toto Wolff - Susie Wolff The 31-year-old female Briton was the Grove team’s test driver this year, even appearing on a couple of Friday mornings. “The contract for 2015 is close to being signed,” said the newspaper’s correspondents Nicola Pohl and Helmut Uhl. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Mercedes not ready to let drivers ‘off leash’

Mercedes is not yet willing to let its drivers “off the leash” in their three-race fight for the drivers’ title.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Lewis Hamilton - Nico Rosberg (2) That is despite the German squad having wrapped up the crucial and lucrative constructors’ championship three weeks ago in Russia. It was said at the time that Mercedes, having tried to contain the hostility of the duel between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, might react to its title success by giving the drivers freer reign to battle for F1’s biggest prize. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Grosjean reveals Lotus exit clause

Romain Grosjean has revealed an exit clause will allow him to walk away from Lotus at the end of the season.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Romain Grosjean 03 Insiders believe the Frenchman, obviously frustrated by the Enstone team’s struggles in 2014, is waiting for the Fernando Alonso situation to clear before re-committing to Lotus for another season. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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