Tag Archive: Sam Michael

Nov 11

Alonso could take race engineer to McLaren

Fernando Alonso could take his race engineer from Ferrari to McLaren-Honda for 2015, it has emerged

IMG_5961 Germany’s Speed Week reports that, with the Spaniard said to have now definitely agreed his return to Woking, he wants to take Italian engineer Andrea Stella with him. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

McLaren denies more bosses to follow Sam Michael exit

McLaren has denied it is set to lose more key team figures ahead of the looming Honda era.

2013-06-09_0143 The Woking based team confirmed on Wednesday that sporting director Sam Michael, said to be returning to his native Australia at the end of the season, tendered his resignation in March. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

Berger rumours return to F1 headlines

Rumours linking Gerhard Berger with a return to the F1 paddock have resurfaced.

20131019-0045 Earlier, McLaren slammed as “complete and utter nonsense” reports the former team driver is a candidate for a prominent role, amid suggestions of unrest between shareholders Ron Dennis and Mansour Ojjeh. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 20

Traffic chaos mars first day at ‘Red Bull Ring’

“There is just one road in and out of the circuit”

Red Bull Ring logo The Red Bull Ring’s first grand prix weekend got off to a sluggish start, when members of the teams and media got stuck in a huge traffic jam. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Still no news on Whitmarsh’s future

“For the moment there’s nothing to report”

2013-06-09_0007 A week before the F1 circus gathers in Melbourne for the 2014 opener, the fate of McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is still not clear. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 29

McLaren confirms Boullier as ‘racing director’

“Eric will ultimately report to the chief executive officer of McLaren Racing”

2013-10-26 - Lotus F1 Team - Eric Boullier 01 As was widely predicted, Lotus’ newly-departed team boss Eric Boullier has moved to McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 24

McLaren reveals its 2014 challenger – the MP4-29

Ready for Formula 1’s steepest-ever learning curve

2014-01-24 - McLaren Mercedes MP4-29A period of unprecedented change – both in Formula 1 and within the team itself – is the backdrop against which McLaren launches its latest grand prix challenger, the all-new MP4-29.

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Jan 24

Martin Whitmarsh will not be present as McLaren’s 2014 car is launched on Friday.

Sam Michael tipped to be new McLaren boss

2013-06-09_0143 That is the claim of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, following reports the team’s F1 boss for the past five years will also not attend the forthcoming Jerez test. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 22

McLaren ‘in good shape’ despite no title sponsor

McLaren is not a PLC, it does not have to “show a profit”.

2013-05-10 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - @McLarenF1 McLaren has confirmed it will not announce a replacement for departed title sponsor Vodafone when the 2014 car is officially launched on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 06

Kevin Magnussen: 2014 starts here (+vidéo)

A Formula 1 team never rests

Kevin Magnussen - photo Jad Sherif - WR12 And although the Brazilian Grand Prix still remains a recent memory, the McLaren Formula 1 team is already powering ahead with preparations for 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

McLaren yet to decide between Perez, Magnussen

Sam Michael had said Perez is “driving well” in the second half of this season

2013-05-12 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Spain - Sergio Perez 01In light of conflicting reports about its 2014 driver lineup, McLaren insists it is yet to decide who Jenson Button’s teammate will be. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Sergio Perez “deserves” a second season with McLaren, lead driver Jenson Button insists

Perez ‘deserves’ McLaren seat in 2014 – Button

2013-06-06_0095Amid wild rumours linking Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with a return to the British team, McLaren is yet to confirm 23-year-old Mexican Perez’s seat for 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

Perez hints McLaren’s 2014 decision ‘made’

Sergio Perez on Sunday hinted the decision about his future has now been “made”.

2013-06-06_0095Until now, McLaren has only said the Mexican – who switched from Sauber at the end of last year – is likely to remain Jenson Button’s teammate in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

No end to Vettel’s dominance in 2013

Sebastian Vettel’s dominance is not likely to suddenly end.

Sebastian Vettel Corée - photo © J.F GaleronThat is Mercedes boss Ross Brawn’s warning ahead of the Korean grand prix, as Red Bull figures hint that Vettel’s crushing dominance in Singapore might have been exaggerated. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 13

Pirelli test with 2011 car ‘likely’ – McLaren

Red Bull will be taking a 2011 car to Barcelona this week

2013-06-06_0012McLaren has admitted it is “likely” to help Pirelli with tyre testing at some point in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

Title charge won’t hurt Red Bull for 2014 – Marko

“With these huge technological changes, it is a difficult situation for a team like us” 

2013-06-09_0078Red Bull can win this year’s championship and also be ready for the enormous challenge of the radical 2014 rules. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

‘No rush’ to name Ricciardo’s successor – Tost

Tost said on Wednesday the Faenza based team is not ready to name Ricciardo’s successor. 

2013-02-04 - Scuderia Toro Rosso  Franz TostWith Daniel Ricciardo now safely at Red Bull for 2014, the Australian’s move has opened up a seat at the energy drink company’s second team, Toro Rosso.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 17

McLaren must focus on 2013 fix, not ‘sackings’ – Michael

“To start with you have to be very careful”

2013-06-08_0025Sam Michael has hit back at claims heads should be rolling at McLaren as the team endures one of the worst starts to a championship campaign in its history. 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 05

McLaren backing Perez amid criticism

Perez has arguably struggled at times under the spotlight

2013-05-25 -Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Monaco - Sergio Perez 00McLaren is standing firmly behind Sergio Perez, despite fierce criticism from his rivals in the wake of the Monaco grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

May 11

2014 winter season to begin in January

F1’s winter test season will kick off early ahead of the 2014 championship.

2012-09-02 - Williams F1 - Belgium - Bruno Senna 01 teamsNormally, pre-season running doesn’t begin until February, but because of the radical new rules next year – including the shift to turbo V6 engines – some teams have been pushing for more testing. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 20

McLaren denies ‘throwing’ Hamilton out of pits

“Sam didn’t throw Lewis out of our garage”

2013-04-13 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - ChinaMcLaren has denied Lewis Hamilton’s claim the team “threw” him out of its pit garage at a pre-season Jerez test. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19

McLaren threw Hamilton out of team garage

“That wasn’t very positive and I don’t feel very good about that.”

2013-03-23 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysia - Lewis Hamilton 03McLaren threw Lewis Hamilton out of its garage during one of February’s winter tests, the 2008 world champion claims. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 10

Rivals study Red Bull’s record pitstops

Suggesting they are hiding a secret

2013-02-23 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Mark Webber (5)After Red Bull beat McLaren’s old pitstop speed record no fewer than five times in Malaysia, rivals have been studying the case with great curiosity. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 21

McLaren begins task to improve flawed 2013 car

It has already begun.

2013-02-23 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Sergio Perez 05McLaren is pressing ahead with plans to improve the new 2013 car, as suggestions last year’s winning model could be resurrected begin to fade. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 15

Boss ‘worried’ about pace of new McLaren

McLaren on Friday admitted it is now “worried” about the pace of the new MP4-28 car.

2013-01-31 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jenson Button - Sergio Perez 022013-01-31 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Launch 05Jenson Button was just ninth in opening practice in Melbourne, before lagging more than two seconds off the pace in the second ninety minute session. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 04

Red Bull bluffing or struggling as new season looms

As the sun set on the final day of pre-season testing late on Sunday, the words on everyone’s lips were Mercedes and Red Bull.

2013-03-03 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastian Vettel (10)2013-03-03 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastian Vettel (2)“Everyone is saying that this Mercedes is fast.  Consistently fast,” said respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt. Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko added: “(It is fast) at least on one lap.  But at least we do have to take them really seriously.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 04

McLaren confirms Lowe ‘moving to Mercedes’

Sam Michael, McLaren’s sporting director, has finally confirmed what the entire F1 paddock suspects — Paddy Lowe is heading to Mercedes.

03 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes2012-11-03 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Abu Dhabi - Sam Michael - Lewis HamiltonIt is a poorly-kept secret that 50-year-old Lowe, formerly McLaren’s technical director, has been placed on ‘gardening leave’ before he moves to Mercedes, perhaps to become the Brackley based team’s new boss in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 24

McLaren ‘working hard’ to stop Lowe exit

McLaren is reportedly “working hard” to prevent Paddy Lowe from switching to Mercedes.

2012-06-09_006703 - Vodafone McLaren MercedesCiting sources, Spain’s El Confidencial said team boss Martin Whitmarsh and supremo Ron Dennis are trying to convince McLaren’s technical director to resist the temptation to join Lewis Hamilton in a leading role at Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 12

Stars race to honour Dan Wheldon for Alzheimer’s Society

“It’s good to stage the kart race here at Autosport International”

Autosport International Karting Challenge logoAutosport InternationalInternational stars from the world of two and four-wheeled motorsport, football, music and television, joined together to race in honour of British IndyCar Champion Dan Wheldon in the Autosport International Karting Challenge in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, on Friday, January 11. Read the rest of this entry »

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