Tag Archive: Ria Novosti

Oct 21

Total president killed in plane crash

The president of F1 sponsor Total has been killed in a plane crash, the Russian news agency Ria Novosti reports.

View image on TwitterThe French oil multinational is closely aligned in formula one with Renault-powered teams Red Bull and Lotus and the French driver Romain Grosjean. Russia’s Lifenews service also reports that Total’s president, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow early on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 20

Russia will get F1 track license – Whiting

Sochi has cleared the final hurdle ahead of Russia’s controversial inaugural grand prix this year.

2014-08-13 - Sochi 2 F1 race director Charlie Whiting visited the facility on Tuesday and was quoted by the Xinhua news agency: “The circuit is in very good condition and will be issued with a license.” Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 13

FIA to approve Russia GP track next week

In just one week, Russia could get the final green-light for its inaugural grand prix.

2013-08-12 - Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi (5) Amid construction of the Sochi layout and controversy surrounding the Crimean crisis and the MH17 atrocity, the country has had only a provisional place on the 2014 schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 15

US sanctions endanger Sirotkin’s career – report

Sergey Sirotkin’s F1 future is suddenly in doubt

2013-09-27 - Sauber F1 Team - Sergey Sirotkin 01 Closely linked with a Russian rescue deal that reportedly saved Sauber from financial collapse last year, the 18-year-old is backed by Russia’s SMP bank. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Marussia no longer owned by Russian supercar maker

F1 team Marussia has split with its Russian supercar maker owner.

2014-02-19_0004 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Jules Bianchi The sports arm of the Russian news agency Ria Novosti reports that Marussia Motors, headed by Nikolai Fomenko, is no longer making cars and has given up ownership of the UK-based formula one team that bears its name. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 13

$600m Morocco GP deal ‘likely’ – reports

Morocco last hosted a grand prix near Casablanca

MoroccoMorocco has emerged as the latest strong contender to join the ever-expanding formula one calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Marussia owner Nikolai Fomenko wants his F1 team to be powered by its own engines

Marussia wants own F1 engines by 2016

2013-03-17 - Marussia F1 Team - Australia - Jules BianchiAs current engine supplier Cosworth departs, the team announced in July it has agreed a ‘long-term’ deal to be powered by Ferrari’s new turbo V6 from 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

Petrov eyes F1 return with Williams, Marussia

Petrov said he will attend next month’s Italian grand prix at Monza.

Oksana Kosachenko - Vitaly Petrov Vitaly Petrov may have some new power behind him as he pushes to return to formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 03

Russia to claim ‘force majeure’ for late FIA application

Deadline for the official 2014 application was missed

Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir PutinRussia’s hopes of holding its inaugural grand prix next year may rest on officials being able to convince the FIA its application was lodged late due to ‘force majeure’. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Problem for Russian GP as application deadline passes

Rumours of conflict within the organising bodies have been swirling for weeks

Formula Sochi - Panorama (1)Once feared it could swell to an unprecedented 22 grands prix, the size of next year’s F1 calendar now appears unclear. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 22

Marussia not upset by Sauber’s Russian deal

“I don’t think the deal with Sauber is actually finalised.” – Andy Webb

2011-02-07 - Andy WebbAndy Webb, the Marussia team chief executive, insists he is not disappointed F1 rival Sauber landed the major Russian sponsor deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 20

Chilton hits back after Symonds rebuke

Max Chilton has hit back at Marussia’s departed technical boss Pat Symonds.

2013-06-09_0532Just before announcing his defection to Williams, Symonds compared Marussia’s current drivers with champions like Fernando Alonso, surmising that the Spaniard is at least half a second quicker. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 25

Petrov’s manager withdraws from 2013 F1 talks

Vitaly Petrov’s formula one career is in crisis, after his manager called off talks with prospective teams over a 2013 race seat.

2012-09-03 - Team Caterham - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 002012-07-21 - Team Caterham - Germany - Vitaly Petrov 02Oksana Kosachenko told the Russian news agency Ria Novosti that the former Renault and now Caterham driver’s sponsorship funds have dried up. She said recently she was in talks about 2013 with three or four teams. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

Russian gov’t no longer backing Petrov – manager

Vitaly Petrov’s manager has admitted the Russian driver’s F1 career is hanging in the balance.

2012-04-15 - Team Caterham - Chinese Grand Prix - Vitaly Petrov 042012-06-08_0350Oksana Kosachenko, who has managed the 27-year-old’s career at Renault and Caterham since 2010, told Russian news agency Ria Novosti that the government has pulled its financial backing. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

Hamilton looks to sort future in August break

A long period of speculation about Lewis Hamilton’s future could end soon.

2012-06-10_14462012-06-10_1060With the 2008 world champion’s contract expiring, he told the Russian news agency Ria Novosti on a weekend visit to Russia that he is gearing up to talk with McLaren about 2013 and beyond.

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May 18

Massa could lose seat during August break – Petrov

Vitaly Petrov thinks it is possible Felipe Massa will lose his Ferrari seat long before the 2012 season is over.

2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 2962012-05-10 - Spanish Grand Prix 560But Caterham’s Russian driver, who moved from Renault (now Lotus) at the end of last season, does not believe reports that Ferrari could sack the struggling Brazilian imminently, such as after next weekend’s Monaco grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

May 16

Russia has GP preparations ‘on back burner’ – source

Preparations for the inaugural Russian grand prix in 2014 appear to have hit a roadblock.

Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir Putin 3Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir Putin - Photo Mikhail Metzel APWe reported last weekend that rumours were circulating in the Barcelona paddock that the Sochi race now appears “doomed”. The state owned Moscow news agency Ria Novosti now reports that political issues have created “serious delays” in the race’s preparations, according to an adviser with the Russian Automobile Federation. Read the rest of this entry »

May 03

Mugello ‘not right’ for F1 cars – Petrov

Vitaly Petrov on Thursday dealt a blow to Mugello’s ambitions to join the F1 calendar.

2012-04-15 - Team Caterham - Chinese Grand Prix - Vitaly Petrov 07Mugello Circuit logoThe Russian, who drives for Caterham, said the Ferrari owned circuit in beautiful Tuscany is too dangerous for modern grand prix cars. On Thursday, F1 teams are concluding their third consecutive day of rare in-season testing at the high speed circuit near Florence.

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Feb 24

Experts expect 2012 to be close fight in F1

The precise pecking-order is clouded, but one thing is clear: 2012 looks set to be a highly competitive season in formula one.

2011-04-17 - Red Bull Racing - China - Sebastian Vettel 1 teams2011-06-12_0798“There are a lot of cars out there that look competitive,” said McLaren’s Jenson Button, on the day Williams’ Pastor Maldonado set the quickest time in the midst of the second group test in Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 17

Petrov could stay at Caterham beyond 2012 – manager

Vitaly Petrov could stay at the Caterham team beyond 2012, the Russian’s manager said on Friday.

10 - Team Caterham 2012-02-17 - Team Caterham - Vitaly Petrov 02Earlier, the former Lotus outfit announced that Petrov, ousted by Lotus (Renault) at the end of last season, is replacing Italian veteran Jarno Trulli with immediate effect.

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Jan 31

Ecclestone involved in Petrov’s race seat quest – manager

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone got involved in Vitaly Petrov’s quest to stay on the grid this year, the Russian driver’s manager has revealed.

2011-06-09_03032011-10-14 - Lotus Renault GP - Korea - Vitaly Petrov 02We reported recently that, after the 27-year-old lost his Renault (now Lotus) race seat, the sport’s ‘supremo’ Ecclestone became involved in order to keep Petrov on the grid. The 81-year-old Briton has arranged to take his sport to Russia in the near future, while Petrov is supported personally by prime minister Vladimir Putin.

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Dec 12

Manager to announce Petrov’s 2012 plans this month

Vitaly Petrov’s plans for the 2012 season will be announced before the end of December.

2011-10-14 - Lotus Renault GP - Korea - Vitaly Petrov 022011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 03That is the claim of his manager Oksana Kosachenko, following Lotus’ decision to replace the Russian – despite his 2012 contract – with new GP2 champion Romain Grosjean.

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Nov 29

Vitaly Petrov’s manager on Tuesday confirmed speculation that the 27-year-old’s place at Lotus Renault GP might not be secure for 2012.

Renault gives Petrov ‘stay or go’ deadline – manager

2011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - India - Vitaly Petrov 04 2011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 03Russian Petrov has a contract for next season, but manager Oksana Kosachenko was reported to be heading to the team’s Enstone headquarters this week for urgent talks.

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Oct 27

Russian government to fund Sochi F1 track

The Russian federal government has committed to invest heavily in the country’s inaugural grand prix in 2014.

Sochi 2011-05-26Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir Putin - Photo Mikhail Metzel APThe Ria Novosti news agency reports that the circuit in Sochi, located on the Black Sea coast, is to be built at a cost of towards US $200 million. And the Krasnodar region’s deputy governor Alaxander Ivanov is quoted by Reuters: “The federal government has allocated $195.4 million for this project.”

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Feb 08

Liuzzi, Hulkenberg admit interest in Kubica seat

“If Renault should contact us we will start thinking about that”

2011-11-13 - Force India F1 Team - Vitantonio Liuzzi 052011-02-01 - Force India F1 Team - Valencia  - Nico Hulkenberg - 12With Robert Kubica facing a long recovery from his horror rally crash, the candidates to fill his Renault race seat are beginning to line up. The Lotus-sponsored team’s boss Eric Boullier acknowledged on Monday that with the Polish regular out for several months, he is likely to look beyond contracted reserve drivers Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 04

Virgin to race with Russian license in 2011

“Marussia Virgin Racing is not just the first Russian team, but the first team with a Russian license”

12 - Marussia Virgin Racing2011-02-01 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Valencia - Jerome D'ambrosio 07F1 team Virgin will race with a Russian license in 2011, it will be announced officially early next week. The Russian sports car maker Marussia sponsored the new British team last year, and ahead of the 2011 season acquired shares and renamed the team Marussia Virgin. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

Deal reached to stage Russia GP in 2014 – Putin (updated²)

Ecclestone in Russia for GP contract signing
Putin in Sochi to sign 2014 F1 race contract

2010-09-26 - Red Bull Racing - Bernie Ecclestone - Christian HornerVladimir Poutine 10-2010A deal to host at least seven Russian grand prix in Sochi beginning in 2014 has been reached, the country’s president Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »