Tag Archive: Minardi

Sep 01

Verstappen was ‘prepared’ for F1 debut criticism

Max Verstappen says he was “prepared” for the waves of criticism about his formula one debut in 2015.

Max Verstappen portrait News that the 16-year-old Dutchman will make history as the sport’s youngest ever race driver for Toro Rosso next year has been controversial. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 29

Ferrari looking to Haas for F1 ‘satellite’ team

Ferrari is looking to deploy the Red Bull-like approach of installing a ‘satellite’ team in formula one.

IMG_5907-2 Alarmed by its poor start to the new turbo V6 era, it has been all change at Maranello in 2014, including the ousting of boss Stefano Domenicali and engine chief Luca Marmorini. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27

Honda wants Vettel, Newey for McLaren project – Minardi

Even boss Eric Boullier admits the protracted deliberations are unusual for McLaren.

2014-01-16_0495Gian Carlo Minardi, a former F1 team owner and boss, thinks Sebastian Vettel and Adrian Newey might be convinced to switch to

McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 19

Friday debut possible for 2015 rookie Verstappen

Toro Rosso has confirmed reports Max Verstappen will become F1’s youngest ever race driver next year.

IMG_6178 The teenage Dutchman, whose father Jos drove for Toro Rosso’s former guise Minardi just over a decade ago, will replace team veteran Jean-Eric Vergne in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 14

Verstappen plays down 2015 Toro Rosso seat reports

Max Verstappen’s father has played down reports his son will make his formula one debut as a seventeen-year-old next March.

Max Verstappen portrait De Telegraaf newspaper claims the young Dutchman, newly signed up with Red Bull’s famous driver development programme, will replace Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 13

Kobayashi backs sweeping changes at Caterham

Kamui Kobayashi has backed the sweeping changes at Caterham, even though it has put his formula one future in doubt.

IMG_5973 After founder Tony Fernandes’ sudden sale and departure, the Malaysian team entered the hands of mysterious Swiss-Middle Eastern investors and new bosses Colin Kolles and Christijan Albers. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

Verstappen not denying 2015 Toro Rosso debut rumours

Max Verstappen’s father has admitted the 16-year-old might be fast-tracked into formula one with a Toro Rosso race seat.

F3 - 30 Max Verstappen (NLD, Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F312 - Volkswagen), Recently, it was thought the young Dutchman, whose meteoric rise from karting to F3 this year caught the notice of the F1 world, had now signed a development deal with Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 24

Verstappen chooses Mercedes over Red Bull – report

The report said Verstappen jr hopes to make the move to the F1 feeder category GP2 for 2015

F3 - Max Verstappen Max Verstappen has turned down an offer from reigning world champions Red Bull as he turns onto the road to formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

New Caterham chiefs to axe ugly 2014 nose

“We obviously have a lot of work to do”

2014-06-07_0874 The distinctive nose at the front of Caterham’s 2014 car could be the popular victim of a development push by the backmarker team. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 08

Kolles flags job losses amid Caterham ‘mess’

Jobs will be lost after Caterham’s change of ownership, new team ‘advisor’ Colin Kolles has admitted.

2014-06-07_0874 “I prefer to have 200 safe jobs than 300 lost jobs,” the Romanian, who has appointed former Minardi driver Christijan Albers to front the team now owned by mystery Swiss-Middle Eastern owners, told Reuters. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 05

Investors saved Caterham from Silverstone axe – Kolles

Caterham would not be at Silverstone if not for the team’s mysterious new owners.

2014-06-05_0110 That is the claim of Colin Kolles, well-known in the F1 paddock for leading backmarker teams including Midland, Spyker and HRT. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 04

Team drivers surprised by Caterham sale

Caterham’s change of ownership this week also caught its race drivers by surprise.

IMG_6424 “It was as much news to me as it was for everyone else,” Swedish rookie Marcus Ericsson said at Silverstone on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 03

F1 paddock ‘puzzles over’ Caterham sale

Heads are being scratched in the F1 paddock, the day after the struggling Caterham team changed hands.

2014-06-07_0812 Malaysian aviation entrepreneur Tony Fernandes’ 100 per cent sale of the team was confirmed late on Wednesday, a media statement saying Caterham is now owned by “a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors”.
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Jul 02

Kolles bringing Albers as new Caterham boss

A former F1 driver is returning to the sport — as a team boss.

2011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Colin Kolles 2 Earlier, we reported that Colin Kolles, the former Force India and HRT chief, is set to replace the Renault-bound Cyril Abiteboul at Caterham as the struggling backmarker team changes hands. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 01

Zanardi looks forward to Schumacher recovery

Alex Zanardi, horrifically and near-fatally injured in 2001, has wished his old rival Michael Schumacher well.

Alex Zanardi portrait Three times during their respective racing careers, the Italian and German faced off on the circuits. The first was as teenagers, at the wheel of European kart competitions.  Then a few years later, in the early 90s, when Zanardi raced in F1 for Jordan, Minardi and Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

May 27

Verstappen says F1 world ‘talking about’ son Max

Jos Verstappen was in the Monaco paddock.

Max Verstappen portrait The 42-year-old Dutchman was a highly popular formula one driver for multiple teams until 2003, including Benetton and Minardi. Read the rest of this entry »

May 20

Toro Rosso to work more closely with Red Bull in 2015

Red Bull’s two formula one teams will work even more closely together from 2015.

2014-03-02_0037 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Bahrain - Daniil Kvyat Already in 2014, after Toro Rosso’s switch to Renault power, the Faenza team and Red Bull Racing have been working together to solve the French supplier’s problems with its troubled new V6 engine. Read the rest of this entry »

May 16

Gian Carlo Minardi has slammed as “absurd” F1’s efforts to turn up the volume of the new turbo V6 engines.

Turning up F1’s volume ‘absurd’ – Minardi

Minardi logo Mercedes fitted an unseemly, trombone-shaped exhaust to its car at this week’s Barcelona test, but it failed to deliver the sound boost that many in F1 – including Bernie Ecclestone and race promoter Ron Walker – are seeking. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 17

Red Bull confident of winning fuel flow appeal

“We wouldn’t be appealing if we weren’t extremely confident we have a defendable case”

2014-02-28 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Bahrain - Daniel Ricciardo - 99019Former F1 team owner and boss Paul Stoddart has tipped Red Bull to win its appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s Melbourne disqualification. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

Gian Carlo Minardi: “Which scenario would be expected with the 107% rule?”

“At this point I think it’s necessary to revise the 107% rule, without ruling it out”

Minardi logo On Thursday 27th Formula 1 will go back to the Sakhir circuit, where the last session of pre-season test will take place until March 2nd – before the Australian GP, which is scheduled for March 16th, takes place. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 14

Red Bull looking for new engine supplier – Minardi

World champions Red Bull could be on the market for a new engine supplier.

2014-01-30 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel (5) That is the belief of ex F1 team owner and boss Gian Carlo Minardi, whose former Faenza based team, now called Toro Rosso, is owned by the energy drink company. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 05

Mercedes ‘has the edge’ in 2014 – Minardi

“Of course, no conclusive judgements are possible”

2014-01-31 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Nico Rosberg 08 Former F1 team owner Gian Carlo Minardi thinks Mercedes has an early edge over its rivals after the first test at Jerez. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 05

2014 rules ‘an opportunity for small teams’ – Capelli

“The big challenge will be to put it all together.”

GTSprint - Ivan CapelliA former grand prix driver thinks 2014 could be an opportunity for F1’s smaller teams to compete with their powerful rivals. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 21

Back in the driving seat #MadeMyMark

A big win at Silverstone; it’s always been a happy hunting ground for me.

Mark Webber - Silverstone-F3000-win-00Stoddy took me back into single-seater racing, firstly with his F3000 team in 2000 and then with Minardi in 2002 so he’s played an important role in my career.

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Nov 05

Teams should solve their financial problems – Mateschitz

“If there are financial problems, they can be solved only through financial means.”

2012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 2 0230F1 stragglers should consider moving over for the next generation of teams if they cannot afford formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 28

Ecclestone court action to begin on Tuesday

“It’s not ideal, it would be better if it wasn’t happening”

Horner-Ecclestone - photo © HOCH ZWEI - PICTURE ALLIANCE - DPPI F1’s attention will turn from Sebastian Vettel’s fourth title to the inside of a courtroom early this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 19

F1 teams ‘still sniffing around’ – Webber

“But my decision has already been made and I’m happy with it”

2013-04-20 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain - Mark Webber (6)Once strongly linked with a move to Ferrari, Mark Webber will enter F1 retirement having faced a parting shot from Luca di Montezemolo. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 18

Webber hails new talent amid ‘pay driver’ trend

“Daniel deserves the job, which is the most important thing”

2013-04-13 - Red Bull Racing - China - Mark Webber (3)Mark Webber has backed the appointment of Daniel Ricciardo as his Red Bull successor as a win against the trend of ‘pay drivers’ in F1. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

‘No rush’ to name Ricciardo’s successor – Tost

Tost said on Wednesday the Faenza based team is not ready to name Ricciardo’s successor. 

2013-02-04 - Scuderia Toro Rosso  Franz TostWith Daniel Ricciardo now safely at Red Bull for 2014, the Australian’s move has opened up a seat at the energy drink company’s second team, Toro Rosso.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Kaltenborn denies Sauber could exit F1

“We are currently going through a difficult phase”

2013-06-09_0348Sauber has allayed fears a financial crisis could see the Swiss team exit formula one before the 2013 season is out. Read the rest of this entry »

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