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Nov 20

European Union ‘turns eye’ to F1 crisis – report

The threat of a major civil war within formula one is growing by the day.

Circle of 12 gold stars on a blue backgroundThat is the claim of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, following reports disgruntled small teams Lotus, Sauber and Force India are furious talks to have more income released by F1 owner CVC are failing to bear fruit. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Raikkonen looking to keep Ferrari seat in 2016

Kimi Raikkonen is even looking beyond 2015 as he aims to keep his Ferrari career alive for at least two more years

2014-06-29 - Goodwood Festival of Speed - Kimi Raikkonen (4) In the past days, any doubts that the Finn will be ousted by the Maranello team after Sunday’s 2014 finale in Abu Dhabi have faded. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 08

Alonso says ‘there is life after Ferrari’

Fernando Alonso remains the big player as the F1 driver ‘silly season’ reaches its climax for another year.

2014-09-04_0187 - Scuderia Ferrari - Italy - Fernando Alonso Further down the grid, the field of 2015 is now beginning to shape up.  Lotus is set to keep Romain Grosjean, and Jean-Eric Vergne is getting one more year at Toro Rosso. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 05

Caterham and ‘Manor’ on 2015 entry list

Caterham and Marussia have both entered the 2015 world championship.

2014-03-16 - Caterham F1 Team - Australia - Marcus Ericsson 02 teamsThe backmarkers, in administration amid financial problems, sat out the US grand prix and will again be absent in Brazil, where the F1 world began on arrive early on Wednesday amid heavy rain. 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 »

Oct 29

Alonso in severance standoff with Ferrari – report

It is perhaps the burning question in F1 at present — what is Fernando Alonso going to do next?

2014-10-04_0198 - Scuderia Ferrari - Japan - Fernando Alonso Hopeful rookie Carlos Sainz jr, a fellow Spaniard, summed up the mood of the entire paddock when he told AS newspaper on Wednesday: “I have no idea.” Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 25

Marussia also won’t race in America – Ecclestone

Marussia will join fellow F1 straggler Caterham in not racing in Austin next weekend, Bernie Ecclestone has announced.

2014-03-30 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysia -Sergio Perez - Teams The news follows the sport’s chief executive giving Caterham special dispensation to miss the US-Brazil double header as it enters administration. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 24

Marussia also in danger of missing US GP – reports

F1’s grid may have shrunk to just 18 cars by the time of the US grand prix next weekend.

2014-03-02_0061 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Max Chilton Caterham’s troubles – with administrators locking the green cars inside the Leafield factory amid an unseemly spat with former owner Tony Fernandes – are now well documented. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 09

F1 withholding video ‘to protect Bianchi’ – report

Mere days after the Suzuka race, F1 authorities are continuing to withhold official video footage of Jules Bianchi’s horror crash.

2014-06-04_0348 So far, despite widespread reports that the sport’s commercial rights holder FOM did film the incident with its high definition trackside cameras, the footage has not been released. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 01

Ferrari exit could open for Alonso on Monday – report

Monday could be the magic day in Fernando Alonso’s current Ferrari contract.

IMG_4042 Boss Marco Mattiacci has been happily – and unofficially – ‘confirming’ for 2015 the Italian team’s existing driver lineup of Alonso alongside Kimi Raikkonen. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 01

Top speeds at Monza to be lower than expected

Top speeds at Monza this weekend may not be quite as spectacular as earlier expected.

GP3 - Autodromo Nazionale Monza That is the claim of the specialist German publication Auto Motor und Sport, despite predictions the new turbo V6-powered machines could soar beyond the old 370+kph top-speed record of the 2005 Italian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

No F1 ‘popularity’ crisis meeting for now – report

F1 chiefs have now cancelled until further notice a scheduled meeting of the newly-formed ‘popularity working group’.

2014-07-20 - Williams Martini Racing - Germany - Valterri Bottas 01 teams Originally scheduled for last Thursday, it was called off when Mercedes’ Toto Wolff had to see a doctor after falling ill in the wake of his recent cycling crash. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 10

Mercedes to remove ‘Fric’ for Hockenheim

Lauda called on the FIA to take a precise position on the legality of the system.

IMG_6444Mercedes will remove the complex ‘Fric’ system from its dominant F1 car ahead of next weekend’s German grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 10

Dominant Mercedes to lose ‘extreme’ Fric advantage

Lewis Hamilton left Silverstone without making a single comment to the media after testing on Wednesday.

2014-06-08_0644 He might have been advised to steer a wide course around the ‘Nico Rosberg is not German’ controversy. But there could be another issue he – and Mercedes – were keen to swerve. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 10

Hockenheim ticket discount offer backfires

A marketing gimmick has backfired ahead of next weekend’s German grand prix.

Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said a EUR 11 ticket discount was being offered for every goal scored by the national team in its world cup semi-final against Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 03

F1 teams also battling to buy into sport

“Lawrence Stroll, of Tommy Hilfiger, who apparently has Ferrari on board

2014-06-08_0747Formula one teams may not just be competing for trophies and sponsors, according to a report by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

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Jul 01

Lotus in ‘contact’ with Mercedes for 2015 power

Lotus could be set to move on from its disastrous 2014 season.

IMG_6200 Fourth in the constructors’ championship not only last year but also in 2012, the Enstone-based team has struggled with the newly V6-powered E22. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 24

Renault’s F1 engine project ‘for sale’ – report

The rumours surrounding troubled engine supplier Renault continue to swirl

Renault logo The French marque had a nightmare race weekend in Austria, beginning with paddock rumours of a split with Red Bull, worsened by yet another failure for Sebastian Vettel, and ending with a stinging rebuke by Christian Horner. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 20

F1 to adopt standing re-starts in 2015

Hot on the heels of exhaust trumpets and titanium sparks, the latest radical F1 innovation has now emerged. 

2014-06-08_0764Multiple authoritative sources are reporting that, at last week’s F1 Commission meeting, it was agreed that standing re-starts will spice up the show from 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 20

Red Bull planning ‘Infiniti’ F1 engine – report

Plans are afoot for an ‘Infiniti’ engine in formula one.

2014-06-07_0849 It is already known that reigning world champions Red Bull will compile a ‘final report’ about current supplier Renault’s progress since its disastrous pre-season after this weekend’s Austrian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

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