Tag Archive: Nelson Piquet

Nov 12

Massa hits back at Piquet’s F1 criticism

Felipe Massa has hit back at F1 legend Nelson Piquet’s harsh critique of modern formula one

Felipe Massa - photo WR12 - Nextgen-Auto.com The triple world champion had declared at Interlagos last weekend that with so many engineers behind the scenes today, drivers can afford to just “be fast and make no mistakes”. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

Rookie bursts into F1 amid Sauber ‘crisis’

Felipe Nasr, a low-profile F1 presence until now, has burst into a storm in the Interlagos paddock.

2014-06-07_0218 Earlier, Sauber shocked the entire paddock with the news that Brazilian Nasr, Williams’ 22-year-old reserve, and his sponsor Banco do Brasil will be Marcus Ericsson’s teammate at the Swiss team in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 24

Schumacher Benetton on display

At Goodwood Festival of Speed

Michael Schumacher 1992 Benetton B191B 1992 Benetton B191B on display at prestigious motorsport event. Also driven by Martin Brundle and Nelson Piquet in the 1990s now raced and maintained by United Autosports. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 24

Ecclestone ‘happy’ if struggling teams collapse

Bernie Ecclestone has issued a stinging warning to struggling F1 teams

2012-06-07_0277 Amid all the noise about the urgent need for cost cutting, the sport’s chief executive insists he has no fear that some teams are facing financial collapse. Read the rest of this entry »

May 29

Brand-new offer for TV stations: FIA F3 news clips

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship offers the young drivers the chance of getting a taste of Formula 1 feeling

FIA Formula 3 European Championship logo

Three race weekends have been contested, the fourth meeting is about to begin – and the media interest in the planet’s most competitive young-driver series keeps on increasing consistently.

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May 15

Vettel ‘working for his money’ in 2014 – Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo is enjoying the moment as he shows a clean pair of heels to F1’s reigning quadruple world champion.

2014-05-09 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Spain - Sebastian Vettel (6) Early in 2014, Red Bull’s fresh-faced newcomer Ricciardo settled in quickly and stunned the F1 world by generally outshining Vettel, the winner of the last four world titles and the last nine grands prix of 2013 on the trot. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 20

‘F1 not always best option for Brazilians’

Massa has moved to struggling Williams for 2014

Felipe Massa  no 19 The president of Brazil’s auto racing federation is not sure it is true that “F1 is always the best option” for the country’s rising drivers. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 14

F1 champion Piquet has heart surgery

Triple world champion Nelson Piquet had heart surgery this week.

1981_05NelsonPiquetBrabham-CosworthAgencia Estado said the 61-year-old, who won his titles for Brabham and Williams in the 80s, had the operation to unblock an artery at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 14

Reserve Nasr to join Massa at Williams in 2014

Felipe Nasr could be the next Brazilian piece of the puzzle for Williams.

GP2 - Marcus Erisson (DAMS), Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (Carlin)It is believed the appointment of Felipe Massa for 2014 could entice the Brazilian oil company Petrobras back to the famous British F1 team. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 25

Massa management denies Williams deal done

Speaking in India, Maldonado did little to quell the speculation

2013-09-07 - Felipe Massa - 0008A member of Felipe Massa’s management team has denied as “fantasy” reports the Brazilian has penned a five-year Williams contract. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 03

Massa denies being Ferrari ‘number 2′

“I never had any clause defining who is the first or the second driver”

2013-09-21 - Felipe Massa - 0014Felipe Massa has denied he ever signed a contract to be Ferrari’s clear ‘number 2′ driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 25

The Williams F1 Team is celebrating a landmark achievement this weekend at the British Grand Prix – reaching 600 races in Formula One.

Williams celebrates 600 races at the British Grand Prix

2013-06-09_1134Founded in 1977 by Frank Williams and Patrick Head, Williams has secured 297 podiums, 114 race wins and 16 World Championship titles over the past 36 years.

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Apr 08

Journalist expects 2014 turbo cars to ‘howl’

“The ERS F1 engine will be fundamentally different”

2013-03-28 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Mercedes-Benz engineOne respected veteran correspondent has allayed fears F1’s scream will become a whimper when the new V6 rules take over next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 25

Vettel wins third title in epic 2012 finale

Sebastian Vettel on Sunday won his third consecutive drivers’ world championship.

2012-10-14 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Korea - Jenson Button 022012-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Sebastian Vettel (10)After an epic finale to the 2012 calendar in Brazil, Red Bull’s Vettel finished off the podium but 3 points ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

‘Kicked by Piquet’ Salazar to be Spa steward

The official FIA preview of this weekend’s Belgian grand prix overlooked arguably the most famous moment of Eliseo Salazar’s career.

1981_05NelsonPiquetBrabham-Cosworth1981_14EliseoSalazarEnsign-CosworthChilean Salazar, who will make his debut as the driver steward at Spa Francorchamps, contested races for minor F1 teams between 1981 and 1983, and also tasted action at the Indy 500, Le Mans, Daytona, Dakar and world rally. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 23

Piquet Jr camp clarifies Senna comments

Nelson Piquet Jr has denied reports he doubts the great Ayrton Senna would have succeeded in today’s formula one.

Nelson Piquet Jr. - photo © Jared C. Tilton- Getty Images2011-02-18_0404The former Renault driver’s spokesman Luis Ferrari said there is “absolutely no way” the Brazilian said his countryman Senna would not have won races in today’s cars.

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May 17

Maldonado a future champ, not ‘pay driver’ – Williams

Last Sunday proved that Pastor Maldonado is no mere ‘pay driver’.

2012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 5 a7362012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 5 a716“If he was a fool, he would not be with us, no matter how much money he brings,” Sir Frank Williams is quoted by Brazil’s Globo Esporte. Venezuelan Maldonado, whose links to the state owned oil company PDVSA and president Hugo Chavez controversially deliver many millions to Williams’ Oxfordshire based team, became F1’s fifth different winner of 2012 last weekend in Spain. Read the rest of this entry »

May 12

Grosjean can win grands prix – Alonso

Romain Grosjean is a potential grand prix winner.

2012-04-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 052012-05-10 - Spanish Grand Prix 372That is the claim of the Frenchman’s first F1 teammate Fernando Alonso, who shared the Renault team with Grosjean in 2009. The Enstone based team, however, was imploding amid the crashgate scandal, and Grosjean struggled to perform after being drafted in to replace the sacked Nelson Piquet. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19

Rosberg now in top F1 drivers’ league – Berger

Nico Rosberg’s F1 breakthrough proves he is ready to fight even for the world championship.

2012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 062012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 11That is the view of former grand prix winner, team boss and co-owner Gerhard Berger, following Rosberg’s first pole and win in China last weekend. “It surprised not me, but all the others who had doubted him,” the Austrian told Auto Bild Motorsport. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Grosjean considered quitting racing in 2010

Romain Grosjean has admitted he almost quit motor sport after his formula one career hit the rocks after just seven grands prix in 2009.

2011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Romain Grosjean 032011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Romain Grosjean 01Among the victims of the ‘crashgate’ saga, the Frenchman had replaced sacked Nelson Piquet at Renault but then fell by the wayside as Flavio Briatore’s career foundered and the team moved into new hands.

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Nov 09

Piquet to wave chequered flag in Brazil

Marking 20 years since his last F1 win

2010-11-06 - F1- Interlagos - Sao Paulo - Brazil1981_05NelsonPiquetBrabham-CosworthNelson Piquet, the triple world champion and father of the 2008 and 2009 Renault driver, will wave the chequered flag at the end of the 2011 season finale at Interlagos later this month.

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Oct 08

Briatore eyes F1 return in ‘marketing’ field

Flavio Briatore has ruled out returning to formula one as a team boss.

Briatore QPR footFlavio Briatore 55As for coming back to the F1 paddock when his ‘crashgate’ ban finally lifts in 2013, however, the Italian admitted he is looking forward to it.

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Sep 23

Massa recalls teammate’s ‘manipulated’ victory

“Have I spoken to Fernando about it?  He knows and I know how the world works.”

2011-06-11_11872011-06-11_0157Even now as Fernando Alonso’s teammate, Felipe Massa is not shy to denounce the result of the Singapore grand prix three years ago. It was in that 2008 race that Ferrari’s Massa had a problem during a pitstop that was triggered by Nelson Piquet’s notoriously deliberate crash and resultant safety car.

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Sep 12

Alonso blames British media for bad image

Fernando Alonso has blamed the British media for his image as a spoilt number 1 driver.

2011-08-28 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Belgium - Fernando Alonso 022011-06-26 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Spain - Fernando Alonso 001O Estado de S.Paulo correspondent Livio Oricchio asked the Spaniard if it is true that all is well inside his team so long as he does not share equal status with his teammate. “That is a belief that was created in 2007,” said the Ferrari driver, referring to his ill-fated single season alongside Lewis Hamilton at McLaren.

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Sep 07

Grosjean ‘now ready’ for F1 return – Boullier

GP2’s newly crowned champion is ready to return to formula one, according to his manager Eric Boullier.

GP2 - Romain GrosjeanGP2 - Spa - Dams - Romain GrosjeanFrenchman Boullier, in charge of the Gravity management company, doubles as Renault team principal, where countryman Romain Grosjean is regarded as a possible teammate for Russian Vitaly Petrov next year.

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Jul 21

F1 helmet painter Sid Mosca dies

A legendary painter of formula one helmets has died

Sid MoscaAyrton Senna74-year-old Brazilian Sid Mosca, who customised the designs of famous F1 drivers including Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher, died in hospital on Wednesday of cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 06

Hamilton not best choice as Vettel teammate – Horner

Pitting Lewis Hamilton against Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull would risk the harmony of the team.

2011-05-20 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Spain - Lewis Hamilton 072011-06-10_0348That was the message of Christian Horner on Tuesday as the team principal finally dealt a knock-out blow to speculation linking McLaren’s Hamilton with a 2012 switch. It emerged this week that Hamilton, 26, handed over to Horner a business card of his new manager Simon Fuller in Montreal and will be free to sign a Red Bull contract if he is not crowned 2011 champion.

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Jul 04

Williams Renault legendary partnership revived for 2012

Renault Sport F1 and Williams F1 are delighted to announce a long-term chassis-engine partnership.
Q&A with Adam Parr Chariman, Williams F1
Williams switches to Renault power for 2012

2011-07-04 - AT&T Williams -Renault Sport F1 (5)2011-07-04 - AT&T Williams -Renault Sport F1 (4)Renault Sport F1, the F1 division of Renault, will supply AT&T Williams with its championship-winning V8 power units for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In addition to the supply of its Formula One engines, the newly-formed alliance includes several other exciting business and marketing opportunities, with a view to continuing after the introduction of the new, energy efficient, turbocharged V6 engines arrive in the sport in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 22

Button to mark 200th grand prix in Hungary

The Briton will climb to eighth on the all-time list by the end of the 2011 season

2011-06-12_15582011-06-12_0981Jenson Button intends to celebrate his 200th grand prix next month in Hungary, the scene of his first formula one race win in 2006. F1’s official website lists the 2009 world champion as having “entered” 198 grands prix, meaning his double centenary could technically be marked at his home event at Silverstone. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Grosjean announces Renault third driver role for 2011

Romain Grosjean is Renault’s third driver for the 2011 season.

Auto GP - Romain Grosjean - DAMSFrench reports said the appointment is despite the Proton-linked Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy being recently signed as the Lotus-sponsored team’s reserve driver. Read the rest of this entry »

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