Tag Archive: PA Sport

Nov 20

Marussia’s Abu Dhabi return bid fails

Marussia’s eleventh-hour bid to return to action in Abu Dhabi has failed.

Marussia for Jules - photo Marussia With Caterham already set up at Yas Marina, insiders on Wednesday then spotted F1 personnel wearing Marussia team shirts in the Abu Dhabi paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 22

Perez says new Force India deal ‘priority’

Sergio Perez could be the next driver to secure his place on the 2015 grid.

2014-06-05_0229 Force India made no mention of the Mexican, who is closely aligned with the team’s on-car Mexican backers Roshfrans and Claro, when it announced recently that current teammate Nico Hulkenberg is staying put for next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

FIA set to reveal Bianchi crash investigation

FIA president Jean Todt is also in Russia this weekend.

FIA The atmosphere in the Sochi paddock is grim, with many drivers visibly upset and even angry in the wake of the circumstances surrounding Jules Bianchi’s crash. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

Force India plays down Mallya’s troubles

Force India has played down this week’s alarming news from India about team supremo Vijay Mallya.

2014-03-17 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Australia - Dr Vijay Mallya 01 Amid the decline of his airline Kingfisher, the former billionaire was declared a ‘wilful defaulter’ by the public sector lender the United Bank of India, meaning he will lose his director positions and be unable to borrow money. Read the rest of this entry »

May 27

Jordan tells friend Sauber to sell F1 team

Eddie Jordan has urged Peter Sauber to follow him into F1 retirement.

2013-06-06_0170 Actually, having sold his Silverstone based team back in 2005 that today is called Force India, Irishman Jordan is now an outspoken expert pundit for British television. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Di Resta yet to secure Mercedes F1 role

“My desire is to be involved in formula one in some way, shape or form”

2013-06-05-0185 Now mere hours before the engines are fired up in Melbourne, Paul di Resta still has not secured a new F1 role for 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Sutil smiles as 2014 seat now secure

“I don’t think I’m worried about it”

2013-03-23 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Adrian Sutil 02Adrian Sutil has announced in Abu Dhabi that his formula one career will race on beyond this month’s Brazil finale. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 17

Vettel not ready to decide future beyond 2015

“There was no reason to change”

2013-06-09_1420Red Bull would like to keep Sebastian Vettel beyond his new 2015 contract, and even the reigning world champion is not ruling out a longer career with the premier energy drink-owned team. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 06

FIA drops Ferrari test probe

Testing Pirelli tyres with a 2011 car “is not deemed to contravene” the rules

2013-06-05_0110F1’s governing body has dropped its investigation against Ferrari, but summoned Mercedes to the international tribunal over the ‘test-gate’ saga. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 06

McLaren not ending slump ‘quickly’ – Michael

“We’re still not great, but we’re getting there.” – Button

2013-05-25 -Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Monaco - Jenson Button 01McLaren is only inching back to the front of the field in 2013, sporting director Sam Michael has admitted. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 06

No more tyre tweaks in 2013 – Hembery

Following criticism of the four-stop strategies seen at times early this season

2013-05-12 - Pirelli - Spain - 03If Pirelli’s tyre tweak is introduced for Silverstone, it will almost certainly be the last change in 2013, Paul Hembery has revealed. Read the rest of this entry »

May 31

Todt backs Ecclestone amid corruption charge

“He has every right to his job and he does it very well.”

2012-04-22 - Bahrain Grand Prix - Bernie Ecclestone - Jean TodtFIA president Jean Todt has backed Bernie Ecclestone, as German prosecutors prepare to charge the F1 chief executive for corruption. Read the rest of this entry »

May 22

Raikkonen admits ‘two options’ for 2014 seat

“I would say that I have two, but in F1 you never know exactly.”

2013-05-12 - Lotus F1 Team - Spain - Kimi Raikkonen 09Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he is weighing up two offers to remain in formula one beyond 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

May 07

Former winner Maldonado hopes Williams can recover

“At the moment we are living hard moments”

2013-03-23 - Williams F1 - Malaysia - Pastor Maldonado 04One year ago, Pastor Maldonado was on top of the world in F1, having broken through for his first formula one win. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03

Snubbed di Resta happy to be beating McLaren

I’ve a lot of respect for what McLaren do” di Resta

2013-03-23 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Paul di Resta 01Having missed out on a race seat with the famous team in 2013, Paul di Resta now hopes to beat McLaren — at the wheel of a Force India. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 20

Still no F1 commercial deal for Marussia

“It’s vital for Bernie because he won’t be able to film us without it” -Booth

2013-03-03 - Marussia F1 Team - Barcelona - Max Chilton 01The first race of the 2013 season came and went without Marussia signing a commercial agreement with the sport’s owners. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 19

ECU glitches could be Red Bull’s fault – Whitmarsh

“You need to ask McLaren why the ECU didn’t work”. – Christian Horner

McLaren Electronic Systems logoMcLaren has hit back at arch-rival Red Bull’s claims that the British team was responsible for Mark Webber’s troubles in Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 20

Paddock figures back Ferrari’s gearbox penalty ‘trick’

Bob Fernley, the day-to-day team boss at Force India, has backed Ferrari’s decision to deliberately penalise Felipe Massa in Austin.

2012-11-18_00302012-11-17_0007The Italian team was roundly criticised for tampering with Brazilian Massa’s long-life gearbox for no other reason than to incur a five-place penalty that switched title-fighting teammate Fernando Alonso to the ‘clean’ side of the grid. Ferrari’s immediate competitors, Red Bull and McLaren, said they wouldn’t have made a similar decision. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 16

‘No pressure’ on sponsor-less Kobayashi – Sauber

So when asked if Kobayashi needs a sponsor now, she insisted: “No.”

2012-11-04 - Sauber F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Kamui Kobayashi 002012-11-04 - Sauber F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Kamui Kobayashi 03Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn has played down suggestions Kamui Kobayashi’s future with the Swiss team depends solely on his efforts to find a sponsor. It is believed the Hinwil based squad is – to please its major backer Telmex – on the brink of signing its Mexican reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez to partner Nico Hulkenberg in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

May 18

Newey no longer key to success in ‘new’ F1

Red Bull is lamenting the limited role that can be played in 2012 by F1’s aerodynamic genius Adrian Newey.

2012-03-23 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Adrian Newey2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 055For the past few years, the energy drink owned team has enjoyed its dominance largely because of the airflow magic wrought by Briton Newey. But in 2012, with reigning back to back world champion Sebastian Vettel just one of the five different winners so far, Pirelli rubber is king.

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May 13

Harsh penalty for error-prone McLaren – reaction

The penalty might be harsh, but the loss of Lewis Hamilton’s pole in Spain is just the latest calamitous mistake by McLaren.

2012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix a 00612012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix b 0624bThat was the tone of the paddock’s reaction to the news late on Saturday that a McLaren gaffe saw the FIA send Hamilton from first to last on the Spanish grand prix grid. The Sun newspaper called it a draconian “24-place grid penalty” imposed by the FIA after an “astonishing cock-up” by McLaren.

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Apr 10

Bahrain boycott would breach teams’ contracts – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted F1 teams will breach their contracts if they do not race in Bahrain next weekend.

Bahrain International Circuit2011-06-09_0303Earlier, as the controversy surrounding the sport’s continued plans to travel to the troubled island Kingdom deepens, an unnamed team boss admitted his peers would prefer if the event was called off. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

McLaren must improve race pace – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to push his McLaren engineers to improve the race pace of the British team’s 2012 car.

2012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 052012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 01The 2008 world champion put the MP4-27 on pole position for both the Australian and Malaysian grands prix, but then failed to have winning pace in the all-important races. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

FIA rejects latest Bahrain axe rumours

The FIA has dismissed the latest rumours about next month’s Bahrain grand prix.

Flagworld - FIABahrain International CircuitSome publications this week said F1’s governing body was in the process of drafting a statement announcing that the Sakhir race has been cancelled due to security concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Mercedes could quit F1 over commercial deals

Mercedes would not comment publicly.

2012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - 032012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - 02Mercedes could quit formula one or challenge Bernie Ecclestone in court, after it emerged top rivals Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull have agreed new commercial deals. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 13

No ‘revolution’ seen on 2012 grid yet – Sauber

Sauber not ‘reading tea leaves’ after Jerez test

2012-02-07 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari - Jerez - Peter Sauber 032012-02-07 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari - Jerez - Kamui Kobayashi 03After the double diffusers, F-ducts and blown exhausts of the past few seasons, Peter Sauber is sure a “revolutionary invention” has not yet been seen in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 20

Schumacher not ideal teammate for Rosberg – Hill

Nico Rosberg is not sharing his pit garage with the ideal teammate, according to 1996 world champion Damon Hill.

2011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Michael Schumacher 012011-05-20 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Spain - Nico Rosberg 08On the face of it, the 26-year-old German might be regarded as one of the fastest drivers in F1 history, having mainly outshone the great Michael Schumacher at Mercedes GP over the past two seasons.

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Oct 18

Whitmarsh quiet on Hamilton’s private troubles

“I comment on his professional life”

2010-06-13_04272011-09-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Italy - Lewis Hamilton 05Martin Whitmarsh has refused to comment on whether it is Lewis Hamilton’s troubled private life that is steering his formula one career on the wrong track.

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Jun 29

Information shows no Whiting manipulation – Hughes

Charlie Whiting “acted absolutely correctly” -Mark Hughes

Information has emerged that counters Fernando Alonso’s claim that the FIA manipulated the European grand prix. Ferrari and the Spaniard implied that the governing body unfairly favoured Lewis Hamilton by imposing only a drive-through penalty when he overtook the safety car. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

War of words as Hamilton accuses Alonso of ‘sour grapes’

“It is very unlike him to be overtaken by a Sauber so he must have been completely in another world.”

2010-06-27 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 3A new war of words is threatening to break out between former sparring partners Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Alonso was furious after Sunday’s European grand prix, when Hamilton overtook the safety car but still managed to finish second after serving a drive-through penalty. Read the rest of this entry »

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