Tag Archive: Motorsport Aktuell

Jul 15

Mercedes can win every remaining race in 2014 – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has admitted Red Bull will not be able to catch up with Mercedes in 2014.

2014-06-07_0767 Mere hours ago, reports suggested the reigning world champion was not yet writing off his chances of winning a fifth consecutive world title this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 01

No test debut for Sirotkin until 2014

“We have to see what kind of possibilities we have”

Auto GP - Euronova Racing - Sergei SirotkinSergey Sirotkin has admitted he will not begin his quest for a formula one seat until early next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Marussia, Bianchi are surprise package of 2013

A backmarker and its young rookie are emerging as a true surprise package of 2013.

2013-03-23 - Marussia F1 Team - Malaysia - Jules Bianchi(7)Still yet to sign a commercial deal with Bernie Ecclestone for the new season, it emerged recently that Marussia could have disappeared from the grid over the winter in ultimately failed merger talks with usual back-of-the-grid rival Caterham. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 14

Small sidepods good enough for Malaysian heat – Sauber

Sauber’s ultra-slim sidepods work well, team co-owner, founder and former boss Peter Sauber has revealed.

2013-02-02 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C32 Side 032013-02-10 - Sauber F1 Team - Jerez - Nico Hulkenberg 03The Swiss team stunned its opposition when it launched the new Ferrari-powered C32, featuring the smallest sidepods seen in modern times in formula one. The innovation, whilst providing an obvious aerodynamic benefit, raised questions about whether the tight packaging could house radiators good enough for adequate cooling. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 14

Sauber wants Gutierrez to match Hulkenberg

Peter Sauber has declared himself happy with 2013 team racer Esteban Gutierrez, following the Mexican rookie’s first test of the pre-season at Jerez.

2013-02-10 - Sauber F1 Team - Jerez - Esteban Gutierrez  002013-02-10 - Sauber F1 Team - Jerez - Esteban Gutierrez  04“Last year we were not entirely satisfied with his performance in GP2,” the Swiss team’s founder, co-owner and former boss told Motorsport Aktuell. “Sometimes we were even disappointed, so we didn’t know exactly what we could expect from him,” added Sauber. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 14

Wolff unlikely to remain driver manager

Toto Wolff, a shareholder and director of the Williams team, doubts he will continue his role of driver manager.

2012-09-02 - Williams F1 - Belgium - Toto Wolff 02012-04-15 - Williams F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Toto Wolff 01That is despite the Austrian’s latest charge, Valtteri Bottas, having successfully risen through the ranks to make his formula one debut in 2013. But Wolff told Switzerland’s Motorsport Aktuell that 22-year-old Finn Bottas is more an exception than the rule. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Bottas has time to reach full potential – Wolff

Williams will give Valtteri Bottas at least half a season to get up to speed.

Valtteri Bottas photo © DPPI - François Flamand 2012-07-21 - Williams F1 - Germany - Valtteri BottasAfter a full season of preparation as the famous British team’s reserve driver last year, practising on most Friday mornings at grands prix, 22-year-old rookie Bottas will make his full time race debut in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

DRS makes Villeneuve ‘angry’

“It destroys every good battle.”

2012-11-01-00282011-06-11_1148Jacques Villeneuve has admitted he is no fan of ‘DRS’, the moveable rear wing innovation that for the past two seasons has made passing much easier in formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Merc should have kept Schu, not Rosberg – Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve says he does not think Mercedes has made the right choice in pairing Lewis Hamilton with Nico Rosberg next year.

2012-11-01-002504 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamThe 1997 world champion does not, however, question the German marque’s decision to poach Hamilton from McLaren. Instead, Villeneuve wonders about his former title nemesis Michael Schumacher’s exit. “Why is he stopping?” the 41-year-old told Switzerland’s Motorsport Aktuell. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 25

Button tips Webber to help Vettel now

“I’ll eat my hat if Webber wins (races) ahead of Seb” – Button

2012-10-14 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Korea - Jenson Button 012012-10-14 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Korea - Jenson Button 03Jenson Button has tipped Red Bull’s Mark Webber to play a supporting role for his title-leading teammate from now until the end of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 04

BMW rules out F1 in ‘medium term’

BMW has ruled out returning to formula one in the “medium term”.

Flagworld - F1BMW Motorsports“There are currently no plans,” said the German carmaker’s motor sport director Jens Marquardt, whose predecessor was the well-known F1 figure Mario Theissen. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 22

Frentzen says Schumacher scotched comeback hopes

Heinz-Harald Frentzen has taken a swipe at his countryman and former rival and stablemate, Michael Schumacher.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen2012-07-21 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Michael Schumacher 02Once pre-F1 sportscar teammates, the Germans’ careers both headed into formula one in the 90s, where Schumacher soared to uber-success and Frentzen won 3 of his 160 grands prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 20

No ‘emotion’ in talks over 2013 deal – Schumacher

Mercedes has tweaked the design of its rear wing ‘DRS’ system following Michael Schumacher’s latest technical glitch in Canada.

2012-06-10_08142012-06-10_0532Team boss Ross Brawn revealed that the redesign was done despite the fact it was a one-off failure on a “very well proven part”.

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Mar 07

Montoya blasts F1 ‘joke’

Montoya admits he still watches some races, but has “very little interest” overall.

2012-02-26_00312012-02-24_0095Juan Pablo Montoya has aimed fire at formula one, blasting the look of this year’s cars and insisting he does not regret walking away.

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Nov 03

Williams to announce Raikkonen deal in Abu Dhabi

Williams is almost ready to announce Kimi Raikkonen’s return to formula one for 2012, according to media reports.

2011-10-29 - AT&T Williams - India - Rubens Barrichello 04Kimi Raikkonen NASCAR“(The) Raikkonen (agreement) is almost there,” a source inside the famous British team is quoted by FAZ newspaper. Italy’s Autosprint reports that the funding is coming from Qatar.

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Jul 22

Pundit, Theissen hail F1 ‘star’ Newey

McLaren is the only outfit in F1 with a “great” technical team, but it lacks F1’s brightest “star” Adrian Newey.

2011-05-20 - Red Bull Racing - Spain - adrian Newey2011-06-26 - Red Bull Racing - Spain - 01That is the view of pundit Marc Surer as well as Mario Theissen, who recently ended his long career as BMW’s motor sport director before the former F1 squad enters DTM next season.

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Feb 08

F1’s German flavour hurting Hulkenberg – Weber

There were seven Germans in F1 last year

2011-02-01 - Force India F1 Team - Valencia  - Nico Hulkenberg - 072011-02-01 - Force India F1 Team - Valencia  - Nico Hulkenberg - 09The plethora of German drivers is making it harder for Nico Hulkenberg to break through in formula one. That is the claim of famous driver manager Willi Weber, who after watching his rookie charge Hulkenberg secure pole in Brazil last year was left scrambling to find the 23-year-old a new job. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

Rumour – Massa to Sauber, Kubica to Ferrari

Rumours of driver movements within the top teams are yet again gaining traction.

Recently, a Spanish television station reported that, notwithstanding the existence of new contracts, Felipe Massa and Robert Kubica could be set to swap seats for 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 01

Carmaker Renault considers buying back F1 team – report

 Petrov to race Renault-powered Lotus in 2011? – report

2010-08-01 - Renault F1 Team - Vitaly Petrov 01French carmaker Renault SA is reportedly considering buying back a majority stake in the formula one team that bears its name. Amid the car sales crisis and economic downturn, and the damaging crashgate scandal, Renault sold a rumoured 85 per cent of the Enstone based team last year to Luxembourg-based investment firm Genii Capital. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 02

Opel to turn to Williams for DTM programme – report

Williams could be looking to get involved with the premier German touring car championship DTM.

It is reported by Switzerland’s Motorsport Aktuell that German carmaker Opel is keen on a collaboration in the series with the famous British formula one team. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 13

Williams enjoys status but eyes carmaker alliance

“We are independent and we enjoy that independence”

2011-07-11 - AT&T Williams - Rubens Barrichello 01Williams wants to remain an independent formula one team, new chairman Adam Parr has insisted. Now into a sixth consecutive season without a win, and thirteen seasons on since Jacques Villeneuve’s title, the famous British outfit might be ruing life in the paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 12

Barrichello committed to Williams for 2011

Rubens Barrichello has revealed he is committed to staying with the Williams team in 2011.

2011-07-11 - AT&T Williams - Rubens Barrichello 02The veteran Brazilian, on the verge of notching up 300 career grands prix, joined the British team this year and has proved the regular pacesetter alongside highly-rated newcomer Nico Hulkenberg. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 05

Rear wing idea ‘highly dangerous’ – Glock

“From the viewpoint of safety, I think it’s a wrong decision.”

2010-06-27 - Virgin Racing - Timo Glock 6Timo Glock has joined a group of F1 drivers who think the ‘proximity’ wing idea is a bad one. FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that the proposal, with chasing drivers able to press a button and boost straightline speed next season, might not see the light of day. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 16

New Massa contract has ‘Barrichello clause’ – report

Massa is quoted as responding to the rumours: “Rubbish”

2010-06-13_0047According to the latest rumour, Felipe Massa may have agreed a ‘Barrichello-clause’ in the pages of his new Ferrari contract. As the 29-year-old arrived in Turkey mid last week, the Italian team said Massa will keep racing a Ferrari in 2011 and 2012, contrary to speculation that Mark Webber or Robert Kubica might replace him. Read the rest of this entry »

May 11

‘Unrealistic’ to expect Red Bull defeat – Heidfeld

It is “unrealistic” to expect Red Bull might be beatable on the streets of Monaco this weekend.

2010-05-08 - Mercedes GP - Nick Heidfeld 01Some reports have pointed out that while the RB6s dominated Barcelona qualifying before Mark Webber commandingly won, Sebastian Vettel was actually being beaten by Lewis Hamilton until the German suffered his brake problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

FOTA to discuss ‘F1 bore’ saga on Tuesday

Jacques Villeneuve is urging caution rather than knee-jerk panic.

2010-02-12 - Bahrein_vend pm_Villeneuve 9B4833A meeting of the F1 teams association FOTA is expected to discuss the issue of boring races during a conference on Tuesday, according to Switzerland’s Motorsport Aktuell. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 18

Vettel rues F1’s refuelling ban

“As long as you can drive away in front, the new rules are fine.”

2010-02-10 - Red Bull F1 - Sebastian Vettel 04Sebastian Vettel has warned that F1’s refuelling ban may lead to less exciting races in 2010. The 22-year-old German, a championship favourite who was quickest at Wednesday’s Jerez test in the new Red Bull car, said not allowing mid-race pit stops for additional fuel could make it harder for chasing drivers to catch up. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 18

Schu ‘clever’ to cancel 2009 comeback – Andretti

“Altogether, very clever,” said Andretti.

2010-02-13 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 021978 world champion Mario Andretti says Michael Schumacher was “very clever” to call off his formula one comeback last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 17

Chandhok signs deal with Stefan GP – report (updated)

Stefan GP ‘very close’ to announcing drivers

Stefan GP is reported to have signed a driver to complete its 2010 lineup. Although without an official entry to race this season, the Serbian outfit is believed to have already signed the Toyota-backed former Williams driver Kazuki Nakajima. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 15

Vettel agrees four teams in hunt for 2010 title

“It is very tight at the top”

2010-02-10 - Red Bull F1 - Sebastian Vettel 01Sebastian Vettel has echoed his countryman and rival Michael Schumacher’s view that four teams look to be in the running for the 2010 title. Read the rest of this entry »

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