Tag Archive: Niki Lauda

Oct 20

Lauda not sorry about Mercedes ‘unfreeze’ defiance

Dominant Mercedes is unapologetic amid increasing pressure to agree to an engine ‘unfreeze’ for 2015.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Sochi - Niki Lauda The new constructors’ champions came under fire recently when Red Bull’s Christian Horner claimed Mercedes went back on an earlier pledge to agree to relax the sport’s tight restrictions on in-season engine development. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

World championship celebrations at Brackley and Brixworth

60 years have passed since the three-pointed star took victory in its first ever Formula One Grand Prix in Reims

2014-10-14 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One TeamThe past two days have seen celebrations at Brackley and Brixworth as the team commemorated the first ever FIA Formula 1 World Constructors Championship title for Mercedes-Benz in a landmark year for the marque.

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Oct 14

Mercedes gifting title ‘bonus’ to staff and F1 world

The reports say the bonus is a minimum of 10,000 British pounds

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Nico Rosberg (14)All 700 staff members at Mercedes’ Brackley headquarters will bank a tasty bonus as a reward for securing the constructors’ world championship in Russia, British newspapers report. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

Bling makes Hamilton ‘a bit different’ – Lauda

“We have one normal driver, and one who is a bit different.”

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Lewis Hamilton (19) According to the Kolner Express tabloid, F1 legend Niki Lauda raised an eyebrow in Russia when he spotted Lewis Hamilton’s latest accessory — an enormous gold chain. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 13

Ferrari split ‘just a rumour’ – Alonso

Fernando Alonso is still the leading man of the intriguing 2014 ‘silly season’.

2014-09-04_0187 - Scuderia Ferrari - Italy - Fernando Alonso Apparently on the way out at Ferrari, the Spaniard is said to have been caught off guard by Red Bull, who shut the door on Alonso in the wake of Sebastian Vettel’s shock exit. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

Alonso eyes Williams as sabbatical ‘risk’ grows

Williams is the latest team sensationally linked with Fernando Alonso’s uncertain future.

2014-10-04_0198 - Scuderia Ferrari - Japan - Fernando Alonso The growing feeling in the F1 paddock is that, as Ferrari reportedly prepares to welcome Sebastian Vettel, Spaniard Alonso is facing the prospect of a year on the sidelines. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 08

Hamilton has ‘no thoughts’ of leaving Mercedes

McLaren was moved on Wednesday to deny wild speculation Lewis Hamilton is set to return to the team in 2015.

Hamilton - Suzuka 2014 The British team said the rumour Ron Dennis’ former protege – who is currently leading the world championship for dominant rival Mercedes – had recently travelled to Woking to sign up are “utterly without foundation”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Immediate success unlikely for Vettel at Ferrari – Lauda

“For me there is only one question — did he tell Didi Mateschitz beforehand?”

2014-04-20 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - China - Dr Helmut Marko - Sebastian Vettel - Niki Lauda Sebastian Vettel’s move to Ferrari may be good for the Italian team, but not so good in the short term for the reigning world champion. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Questions being asked after Bianchi crash

“The light was low and the track was slippery and that’s why I was caught out” – Adrian Sutil

2014-02-19_0004 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Jules Bianchi With the extent of Jules Bianchi’s injuries still unclear, F1 is already turning its attention to the controversial circumstances surrounding his accident that stopped the wet Japanese grand prix on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Bianchi in surgery for ‘severe head injury’ – FIA

Jules Bianchi is undergoing surgery for a “severe head injury”, F1’s governing body has announced.

2014-06-05_0125 At the same time, the French driver’s father has told the L’Equipe sports daily that his son is in a “critical” condition at the Mie hospital near Suzuka. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Vettel masterminded massive Ferrari deal

The word at Suzuka on race-day Sunday is that Sebastian Vettel pulled off a masterstroke.

2014-07-17 - 99000 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel Not only has he exposed Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari split and revealed that Red Bull’s doors are closed to the Spaniard, the reigning world champion has reportedly single-handedly brokered perhaps the most lucrative deal in F1 history. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Bianchi ‘understands’ Ferrari signing Vettel

Jules Bianchi has acknowledged there will be no room for him at Ferrari in 2015.

IMG_4100 Earlier – before Sebastian Vettel stunned the paddock with his shock Red Bull exit – Frenchman Bianchi nominated himself as the “logical” candidate to replace Fernando Alonso at Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 04

Lauda rules out Mercedes move for Alonso

The two leading theories about Alonso’s next move is that he will either go to McLaren-Honda, or take a season off.

IMG_2291 As the morning’s sensational news heads into late afternoon at Suzuka, tongues are still wagging far and wide in the Suzuka paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Lauda slams Formula E series

Niki Lauda is the latest F1 figure to slam the new ‘Formula E’ series.

2014-07-09 033The all-electric and nearly silent single seater series, promoted by Alejandro Agag and sanctioned by F1’s governing FIA, kicked off recently on the streets of Beijing with a talented field and healthy grid.

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Sep 22

Alonso staying at Ferrari ‘for the moment’ – boss

As was uttered by a paddock dweller in Singapore this weekend, “There’s no smoke without fire”.

2014-06-08_0719 He was referring to the ‘Fernando Alonso situation’, as the Spaniard’s future continues to be the subject of high speculation in formula one circles. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

Honda plans to charm Alonso at Suzuka – report

Even in the midst of Fernando Alonso’s anger and warnings, rumours about his future just will not go away.

2014-06-07_0841 Speaking with foreign-language reporters on the eve of the Singapore grand prix weekend, the Spaniard flew into a rage when faced with the latest wild speculation about his impending Ferrari exit. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

Grosjean slams Renault in Singapore qualifying

“Bloody engine, bloody engine.  We break our balls for this?”

2014-06-07_0899 Romain Grosjean made his thoughts about Renault’s below-par 2014 ‘power unit’ more than clear as he bowed out in Singapore qualifying. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 12

Alonso source says Montezemolo exit ‘changes nothing’

Sources close to Fernando Alonso insist this week’s news from Maranello will not affect his future.

2014-06-07_1279 Even before long-time Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo’s demise, and the shock death of his friend and sponsor, Santander’s Emilio Botin, Alonso was already being linked with a move to McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 09

FIA dismisses Rosberg ‘mistake’ conspiracy

F1’s governing FIA has rubbished the latest conspiracy theory in the wake of the Italian grand prix.

2014-06-07_1201 After the Monza race, multiple authoritative media publications and F1 officials suspected Nico Rosberg – perhaps in atonement for the Spa crash – deliberately faked braking mistakes on Sunday to gift Lewis Hamilton the win. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 08

An obvious dispute is playing out between Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and his potential successor, Sergio Marchionne

Marchionne says even Montezemolo ‘can be replaced’

2012-06-10_0424 At Monza, Montezemolo half-heartedly denied increasingly insistent reports that he is set to step down and become boss of the Italian airline Alitalia. Read the rest of this entry »

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