Tag Archive: Roger Benoit

Nov 05

Santander met with McLaren in Austin – report

Evidence is building by the day that Fernando Alonso is definitely McLaren-bound.

2014-06-07_0248 Writing in the Swiss newspaper Blick, veteran correspondent Roger Benoit claims the deal was actually all but finalised a few weeks ago in Sochi, Russia. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 24

Marussia also in danger of missing US GP – reports

F1’s grid may have shrunk to just 18 cars by the time of the US grand prix next weekend.

2014-03-02_0061 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Max Chilton Caterham’s troubles – with administrators locking the green cars inside the Leafield factory amid an unseemly spat with former owner Tony Fernandes – are now well documented. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 29

Alonso rumours keep shifting into higher gear

The Spaniard’s future at Ferrari is in serious doubt

2014-06-05_0247 In terms of speculation about his future, the last days have been arguably the most intense in Fernando Alonso’s entire career. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Sauber sale to billionaire Stroll in doubt – reports

Sauber’s potential sale to a Canadian billionaire could have collapsed.

2010-07-11-0109 It has been strongly rumoured in past days that Lawrence Stroll, a fashion mogul with close links to Ferrari, could buy the financially struggling Swiss team. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 08

Sauber is quiet amid reports the Swiss team is being sold to the Canadian retail billionaire and racing enthusiast Lawrence Stroll

Sauber quiet amid Stroll buyout reports

2013-06-09_1355 On Sunday, a report emerged in Germany that said Stroll, whose son Lance is part of Sauber engine supplier Ferrari’s driver academy, is in talks with the obviously financially-struggling Hinwil based team. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

Ferrari customers behind in engine payments

Ferrari’s customer teams are behind in payments to the Maranello marque.

2014-06-05_0106 Referring to engine customers Sauber and Marussia, team boss Marco Mattiacci is quoted by the Swiss newspaper Blick: “They are behind in their payments.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 03

F1 paddock ‘puzzles over’ Caterham sale

Heads are being scratched in the F1 paddock, the day after the struggling Caterham team changed hands.

2014-06-07_0812 Malaysian aviation entrepreneur Tony Fernandes’ 100 per cent sale of the team was confirmed late on Wednesday, a media statement saying Caterham is now owned by “a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors”.
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Jul 01

Fernandes to confirm Caterham team sale this week

But now, team sources are spilling the beans behind the scenes.

IMG_5846 Ever since team founder and main backer Tony Fernandes departed Twitter with the message “F1 hasn’t worked”, Caterham has been officially silent. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 27

Report – Thursday ‘the end’ for struggling teams?

F1’s last chance to slash costs for struggling teams has now passed.

2014-03-30 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysia -Sergio Perez - Teams The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council met in Munich on Thursday, less than a mere handful of days before the end-of-June deadline for rule changes to be made for 2015 without the near-impossible need for unanimity. 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 »

May 26

Pointless season ‘embarrassing’ for Sauber – report

“Maybe then the next discussion should be about the drivers”

2014-02-20_0005 - Sauber F1 Team - Bahrain - Esteban Gutierrez Sauber on Sunday plumbed the depths of its “embarrassing situation”, according to veteran Swiss correspondent Roger Benoit. Read the rest of this entry »

May 22

Ill Ecclestone will not miss Monaco

Bernie Ecclestone will not skip this weekend’s Monaco grand prix.

Bernie Ecclestone portrait On Tuesday, the judge in the F1 supremo’s corruption trial in Munich adjourned the case because Ecclestone, 83, is suffering from a bad cold. Read the rest of this entry »

May 12

Leimer could be Marussia’s Friday driver – report

The reigning GP2 champion is moving to put his formula one ambitions back on track.

GP2 - Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering) Even with a reported $14 million sponsor offering to Sauber, Swiss Fabio Leimer could not find a debut race seat in 2014, causing him to turn away from F1 and move to sports car racing. Read the rest of this entry »

May 09

Red Bull keeping ‘pressure’ on Renault – Horner

Christian Horner insists Red Bull is not giving up on the 2014 title.

2014-03-30 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Sebastian Vettel  (6) Many, however, believe Mercedes’ advantage to be so great early this season that even powerful rivals like reigning world champions Red Bull and Ferrari will not be able to bridge the gap. Read the rest of this entry »

May 05

Sauber turned down GP2 champion’s $14m – report

Gantenbein offered Sauber almost $14 million

ROC - Fabio Leimer GP2 Series Even with $14 million in his hand, reigning GP2 champion Fabio Leimer could not buy his way into formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 26

Simone de Silvestro rates her chances of joining the grand prix grid in 2015 with Sauber as “good”

De Silvestro’s F1 race chance ‘1 per cent’ – report

2014-03-02 - Sauber F1 Team - Hinwil - Simo De Silvestro (2) Last month, the Swiss team signed up the 25-year-old Indycar driver, nominating her as “an affiliated driver” of the Hinwil based outfit. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Red Bull supplier Renault admits early 2014 ‘problem’

“We will be relying extremely heavily on our engine partner” – Horner.

2014-01-28 -  Infiniti Red Bull Racing - RB10 (6) Renault, engine supplier to reigning world champions Red Bull, has admitted it has kicked off F1’s radical new V6 era with a significant problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 29

‘Embarrassing’ start to F1’s brave new era

“Why do we always make everything more complicated?”

2014-01-28 - Caterham F1 Team - CT05 launch 01Roger Benoit, one of the longest serving F1 correspondents in the paddock, said Tuesday’s events at Jerez were “embarrassing”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 27

Sauber never considered quitting, team sale

The Hinwil based team ‘launched’ its 2014 car, the C33

2014-01-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C33-Ferrari 01Boss Monisha Kaltenborn dismissed two pressing questions about Sauber’s health and future in the simplest possible way. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 13

Disappointed Leimer ‘deserves’ F1 seat

Leimer, 24, admits to being disappointed.

GP2 - Racing Engineering - Fabio Leimer The new reigning champion of the F1 support series GP2 will not move up to the pinnacle of motor sport in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 11

2014 Sauber passes FIA crash tests

The 2014 car is therefore “officially homologated”

06 - Sauber F1 TeamSauber has hit back at speculation about its future by revealing it is well on track to debuting an all-new 2014 car. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 29

Lead Sauber engineer flees to Force India

Amid rumours of possible mergers

2013-02-23 - Sauber F1 Team - Barcelona - Nico Hulkenberg 03Nico Hulkenberg is expected to flee to Force India, and Sauber is now also losing its chief engineer to the Silverstone based team. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 19

Lotus investment deal ‘losing credibility’ – Hulkenberg

“It would just mean the timing was not right for him or for us” – Boullier

2013-11-17 - Lotus F1 Team - Heikki Kovalainen 02Nico Hulkenberg has agreed a EUR 1.9 million deal to return to Force India in 2014, according to the veteran F1 correspondent Roger Benoit. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 14

Maldonado visits Sauber’s Hinwil base – report

Pastor Maldonado has leapt into contention for a Sauber seat in 2014.

2013-06-06_0061Blick newspaper’s veteran F1 correspondent Roger Benoit reports that the Venezuelan, whose lucrative backer PDVSA has already exited its deal at Williams, “was at Hinwil” this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 05

Teams should solve their financial problems – Mateschitz

“If there are financial problems, they can be solved only through financial means.”

2012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 2 0230F1 stragglers should consider moving over for the next generation of teams if they cannot afford formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 05

Magnussen could replace Perez at McLaren – report

Formula Renault 3.5 as “a much higher quality championship than GP2″ – Whitmarsh

Kevin Magnussen - photo Jad Sherif - WR12 It was believed McLaren is on the verge of confirming Sergio Perez as Jenson Button’s continuing teammate for 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

Webber takes penalty after riding on Alonso’s car

The 38-year-old said the penalty is “tough to take”.

Fernando Alonso - Mark Webber - photo Getty ImagesMark Webber will slide ten places down the Korea grid next weekend, after hitching a ride on the sidepod of friend Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari in Singapore. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

‘Two or three’ teams are facing financial strife, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has admitted.

‘Two or three teams’ in financial strife – Ecclestone

2011-07-24 - HRT F1 Team - Germany - Teams 01Told by veteran Swiss correspondent Roger Benoit that ‘half the field’ is struggling to survive amid the economic crisis and spiralling costs, Ecclestone answered: “That’s not quite right. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 28

Ferrari wants Bianchi in F1 midfield – manager

Sauber could field Bianchi alongside young rookie Sergey Sirotkin next year

2013-06-05-0178Jules Bianchi’s manager says Ferrari is pushing for the Frenchman to leave Marussia and join a team in the sport’s “middle group”. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 01

Hamilton’s father visits Maranello

Hamilton snr no longer handles the career of his 28-year-old son

Anthony HamiltonAnthony Hamilton, the father of Mercedes driver Lewis, has been at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters this week. Read the rest of this entry »

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