Tag Archive: Sebastian Vettel

Oct 22

Weber doubts Vettel can handle Ferrari ‘pressure’

Michael Schumacher’s former manager doubts Sebastian Vettel can emulate the F1 legend’s success at rebuilding a beleaguered Ferrari team.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel (15) Willi Weber, also known as the lucrative ‘Mr 20 per cent’ after brokering Schumacher’s mammoth Ferrari contracts, is worried quadruple world champion Vettel’s personality might not be as suited to the task. 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 21

Raikkonen’s 2014 problem ‘psychological’ – Massa

Kimi Raikkonen is suffering psychologically alongside his Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso this year.

2014-06-07_1211 That is the view of Felipe Massa, who although still friends with Alonso failed to regularly match the Spaniard’s pace before he lost his race seat at the end of last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 20

Vettel ‘respectful’ as Red Bull career ended – Ricciardo

Sebastian Vettel behaved impeccably in 2015, despite plotting his Red Bull exit and being outclassed by his teammate.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel - Bernie Ecclestone That is the claim of Daniel Ricciardo, who having established himself as an undisputed F1 star with three wins this year is now set to become the ‘number 1′ at Red Bull as Vettel prepares to move to Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 17

Amid Alonso commotion, Raikkonen staying put

Amid all the ‘silly season’ commotion surrounding Fernando Alonso, the other Ferrari driver insists he is going nowhere fast.

2014-06-29 - Goodwood Festival of Speed - Kimi Raikkonen (4) Newly-departed president Luca di Montezemolo confirmed the paddock’s most open secret this week when he admitted the Spaniard is jumping ship. One reason Alonso has gone on the market, Montezemolo explained, is that he is at “an age when he cannot wait to win again”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 17

Toro Rosso hopeful Sainz ‘patient’ amid Vergne reports

Carlos Sainz jr says he is being “patient” as Red Bull decides his future in formula one.

2014-06-08_0863 Before Sebastian Vettel blew the ‘silly season’ wide open and Daniil Kvyat got the call to replace him at Red Bull Racing next year, Spanish rookie Sainz was licking his wounds at having missed out on a Toro Rosso debut for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 17

Drivers want better wet tyre after Bianchi crash

Top F1 drivers are calling on the sport’s sole tyre supplier to improve its wet-weather product.

2014-03-10 - Pirelli The now critically injured Jules Bianchi lost control of his Marussia in worsening rain conditions at Suzuka recently when raining on worn ‘intermediate’ tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Montezemolo confirms Alonso leaving Ferrari

Luca di Montezemolo has admitted Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari.

2014-10-05_0199 - Scuderia Ferrari - Japan - Fernando Alonso The Spaniard’s falling out with the Maranello team and recent dissolving of his contract is an open secret in F1 circles, but it is yet to be officially confirmed. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Red Bull blocks Vettel’s Ferrari test debut in Abu Dhabi

Also in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli will test its proposed 2015 tyres for the first time.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel (7) Sebastian Vettel will not be able to make his test debut for Ferrari in the days immediately after next month’s Abu Dhabi grand prix finale. Italy’s Omnicorse claims that, even though the Maranello team is yet to officially confirm that the German will be wearing red in 2015, it wanted Vettel to drive the F14-T at the post-Abu Dhabi test. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Wolff thinks Le Mans sabbatical for Alonso possible

It is possible Fernando Alonso will take a sabbatical in 2015, according to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

2013-06-08_0128 It is the burning question of the F1 driver ‘silly season’ at present — now that Sebastian Vettel has left Red Bull apparently to replace Alonso at Ferrari, what will the talented but temperamental Spaniard do next? Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Berger surprised Vettel moving to Ferrari

Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger says he is surprised world champion Sebastian Vettel is joining Ferrari.

Berger-Vettel -  photo Getty Images The great Austrian told Germany’s Sport Bild he thinks the long-time Red Bull driver’s chances of repeating his recent successes at the beleaguered Italian team in the coming years is “50-50″. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

F1 engine rules ‘completely stupid’ – Vettel

World champion Sebastian Vettel has slammed F1’s long-life engine rules.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel (4) Already destined to hand over his FIA drivers’ crown to a Mercedes driver at the end of the season, Vettel has also headed into the three-week gap before the US grand prix knowing he will sit out qualifying in Austin. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

Mateschitz hints Vergne to keep Toro Rosso seat

It is more and more certain that Jean-Eric Vergne will secure at least one more year with Toro Rosso.

2014-03-20 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Jean-Eric Vergne (1) Earlier, the 24-year-old Frenchman had been left out in the cold by the Red Bull junior team, as teenage Max Verstappen was signed up for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 13

No team orders as Red Bull concedes title for Ricciardo

“Team orders at this point don’t make much sense.”

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Daniel Ricciardo (5) Red Bull has decided against boosting Daniel Ricciardo’s slim championship hopes by making departing Sebastian Vettel the team ‘number 2′. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 13

Vettel to start race from pitlane in Austin

“I’ll probably watch instead of taking part in qualifying, because I have to use a sixth engine.”

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel (11) World champion Sebastian Vettel, already out of contention for a fifth consecutive title in 2014, is facing the prospect of a tough US grand prix early next month. 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

Vettel as Ferrari teammate would be ‘nice’ – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted it would be “nice” if he is paired at Ferrari with Sebastian Vettel next year.

2014-06-29 - Goodwood Festival of Speed - Kimi Raikkonen (3) The Finn said in Russia that he has heard the same rumours as the rest of the F1 paddock — that outgoing world champion Vettel’s Red Bull exit means he is replacing Fernando Alonso at Maranello in 2015. 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 11

Mateschitz says Red Bull ‘doesn’t need’ Vettel

Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz insists he is “not disappointed” to be losing world champion Sebastian Vettel.

2011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - Valencia - Sebastian Vettel - Dietrich Mateschitz A week ago at Suzuka, the German – who was nurtured from boyhood to F1 stardom by the energy drink company – announced to Red Bull and the world that he is leaving the team. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Alonso to take Movistar to next team – report

A week after Sebastian Vettel blew the ‘silly season’ wide open, little else is clear about the shape of the upper part of the grid for 2015.

2014-06-07_1279 Despite rumours he might be McLaren-bound, however, paddock sources insist Vettel is definitely headed to Ferrari. The next step for the man he is set to replace, however – Fernando Alonso – is much less clear. What is obvious is that there is plenty of movement in the background, which might explain the latest rumours linking Lewis Hamilton with the exit at Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

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