Tag Archive: Mundo Deportivo

Nov 26

Vettel did not pass illegally en route to third title

Champion Vettel slams rivals’ ‘dirty tricks’

Sebastian Vettel  - Ecclestone -  photo Getty ImagesDHL Fastest Lap Award - Sebastian Vettel 2Fernando Alonso and Ferrari’s supporters were clinging to hope even after Sebastian Vettel sealed his third consecutive world championship on Sunday. After sealing his third consecutive drivers’ title on Sunday, Sebastian Vettel bemoaned the “dirty tricks” his rivals deployed to try to stop him. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 20

Marko ‘not relaxed’ as alternator crisis looms for finale

On paper, Sebastian Vettel is the overwhelming favourite to seal his third consecutive drivers’ crown this weekend in Brazil.

2012-06-09_01442011-04-09 - Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Dr Helmut Marko - Sebastian Vettel 2His 13-point lead over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso means he can steer his ultra-competitive Red Bull to just fourth place at Interlagos and still set off for his winter slumber with the title. “But Alonso still must win,” Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko is quoted by Speed Week.  “He must take the risk.  That’s the important thing.” Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 07

Raikkonen’s radio frustration ‘normal’ – Salo

Mika Salo has backed his countryman Kimi Raikkonen’s radio attitude en route to victory in Abu Dhabi last Sunday.

2012-10-14 - Lotus F1 Team - Korea - Kimi Raikkonen 05Mika SaloThe 2007 world champion’s growing frustration with his engineer throughout his chase for Lotus’ first win of the season culminated in him saying “leave me alone”. But Salo, another Finnish driver, insisted Raikkonen’s attitude is actually “pretty normal”. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 06

Title contenders already practising for title ‘match point’

Title protagonists Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso have headed straight from Abu Dhabi to their respective driver simulators.

2012-10-27 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel 2990032012-04-22 - Bahrain Grand Prix - Scuderia Ferrari - Fernando Alonso 03“It should be a relax day,” said Ferrari’s Spaniard Alonso on Facebook, “but change (of) plan, simulator session now.” Alonso finished second in Abu Dhabi, reducing his points deficit to Red Bull’s dominant title leader Sebastian Vettel to 10 points, with just Austin and Brazil now to go. “Alonso can still win,” former F1 driver Patrick Tambay told France’s RMC Sport. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 29

Vettel cannot wrap up 2012 title in Abu Dhabi

Sebastian Vettel cannot wrap up his third consecutive drivers’ title this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

2012-06-09_13212011-11-13 - Red Bull Racing - Abu Dhabi - Sebastian Vettel (4)The German extended his points lead over Fernando Alonso to 13 points in India, making him now the clear favourite for the championship. But with three races to go, even if Ferrari’s Alonso scores no points this weekend in Abu Dhabi, Vettel would have to wait at least until the penultimate race in Texas in order to seal the deal mathematically in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 12

Alguersuari prepares for ‘new challenge’ in 2013

Jaime Alguersuari is preparing to announce his plans for 2013, having wrapped up his on-track duties as Pirelli test driver.

2012-06-09_03572012-05-10 - Pirelli - Jaime Alguersuari 1“New challenges, new goals.  Follow me very soon,” the slogan on the former Toro Rosso racer’s official website reads. The 22-year-old has just concluded his last Pirelli test, at Paul Ricard in France. Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 08

No one better on market to replace me – Massa

With Ferrari still yet to re-sign him for 2013, Felipe Massa insists he sees no better alternative to him on the market.

2011-05-20 - Ferrari - Felipe Massa 00012012-07-21 - Ferrari - Germany - Felipe Massa 00Rumours say Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez are the frontrunners to replace Massa next season, but the Brazilian thinks he is the best choice. “Many people want my seat,” he is quoted by Spain’s Mundo Deportivo newspaper, “but I do not see anyone better on the market.

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Aug 22

F1 back to work after August shutdown

F1 has returned to work.

Flagworld - F12012-06-10_0764Spain’s Mundo Deportivo reports that, still amid the rare month-long gap between Hungary and Belgium, most teams have now reopened their doors following the 14-day factory shutdown. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 29

F1 drivers on notice about cutting corners

“There are at least four places where you can cut the corner”

2012-06-09_0020GP2 - Hungaroring - BudapestCharlie Whiting has briefed the stewards, including former American F1 driver Danny Sullivan, to be on alert during the Hungarian grand prix, as the FIA clamps down on drivers sneaking an off-track advantage.

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Jun 26

F1 race sharing ‘only option’ for Valencia

“We do not contemplate anything other than the alternating (scheme)” – Gonzalo Gobert

Kimi Raikkonen  ValenciaGP2 - Valencia, SpainValencia is unlikely to return to the F1 calendar unless Barcelona and Bernie Ecclestone agree to annually alternate the Spanish grand prix starting next year. That is the claim of Mundo Deportivo newspaper, following reports Valencia president Alberto Fabra met with F1’s chief executive during last weekend’s European grand prix.

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Jun 25

Michael Schumacher has kept hold of his first podium in over 2000 days, following a stewards’ inquiry in Valencia late on Sunday.

Schumacher keeps podium after stewards inquiry

2012-06-08_03652012-05-27 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Monaco - Michael Schumacher 03Red Bull had pressed the case that the Mercedes driver should have his trophy stripped away, after Mark Webber spotted Schumacher deploying his ‘DRS’ overtaking system amid waving yellow flags.

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May 16

Alguersuari says 2013 return ‘100 per cent’ sure

Jaime Alguersuari has told Spanish publications he is “absolute certain” he will be on the 2013 grid.

2012-05-10 - Pirelli - Jaime Alguersuari 12011-07-24 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Germany - Jaime Alguersuari 3“This is the best year of my life,” he told Mundo Deportivo, referring to 2012, the year after his young F1 career stalled when he was dropped by backer Red Bull. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 27

Jaime Alguersuari reportedly ended talks with the Lotus (nee Renault) team late last year because he believed his job at Toro Rosso was safe.

Alguersuari ended Lotus seat talks last November

2011-07-09 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Britain - Jaime Alguersuari 32011-10-14 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Korea - Jaime AlguersuariThat is the claim of the Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, referring to the 22-year-old Spanish driver who was ousted at the last minute for the 2012 season by Toro Rosso owner Red Bull. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 23

Pirelli making F1 a ‘show’ or a ‘lottery’?

Tyres.  The political dramas aside, that word utterly dominated the Bahrain grand prix weekend.

2012-04-15 - Chinese Grand Prix - Pirelli 012012-04-03 - Pirelli - 2012 F1 TyresAfterwards, Michael Schumacher admitted he was “unhappy” with the situation. “Sometimes we are driving only 60, 70 per cent through the corners,” he is quoted by Bild newspaper. Pirelli did not take the criticism lightly, insisting it has made Canada 2010-style, heavily degrading tyres to order, for the benefit of the ‘show’. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 26

Vettel loses cool as Red Bull loses edge in 2012

After the near-perfection of 2011, reigning back-to-back world champion Sebastian Vettel lost his cool in Malaysia.

2012-03-22 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 2990042012-03-23 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 299009Red Bull’s dominance since late 2009 has finally ended, and that fact was fully demonstrated at Sepang when German Vettel could not hang on even to fourth place. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 23

Alonso ‘more complete’ than Schumacher – de la Rosa

Fernando Alonso is F1’s ‘driver of the decade’, according to Pedro de la Rosa.

2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #3 4152012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #5 394The HRT driver said that, in his opinion, his Spanish countryman has been even better in F1’s modern history than Michael Schumacher, who won every world championship between 2000 and 2004. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 19

Pundits agree Williams made ‘huge leap’

Despite not collecting a single point in Melbourne, the Williams team will travel from Australia to Malaysia in upbeat mood.

2012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #5 3402012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #4 518The famous British outfit’s slide from its race and title-winning days hit rock bottom in 2011, scoring just five points all season and only finishing ahead of the three struggling new teams in the constructors’ championship. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 12

No Spanish GP share deal in place yet

A deal to see Barcelona and Valencia alternate a single annual Spanish grand prix is not quite across the finish line.

Circuit de Catalunya logoValencia Street Circuit logoF1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone announced last week that a deal has been struck in principle between the sport’s two current Spanish hosts. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 05

HRT confirms Monday debut for 2012 car

HRT has confirmed that its 2012 car, the F112, will finally make its track debut on Monday.

11 - HRT F1 Team2012-03-05 - HRT F1 Team - F112Recently, the FIA barred Red Bull and Ferrari from tweaking their test schedules so that their Barcelona running could end on Monday. But struggling backmarker HRT asked its rivals for special permission, given it had yet to use its separate allowed test day for ‘filming and promotional’ purposes.

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Feb 27

Mercedes triggered latest FIA clampdown – report

The latest twist in F1’s endless ‘blown diffuser’ saga was reportedly triggered by Mercedes.

2012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Michael Schumacher 032012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Nico Rosberg 02Amid last week’s Barcelona test, it was rumoured that Mercedes and Renault-powered teams would have to make tweaks, after a loophole was discovered in the standard electronics software. Read the rest of this entry »


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