Tag Archive: Speed Week

Nov 24

Former Spanish King says Alonso ‘going to McLaren’

“It will not be a surprise” – Alonso 

2014-06-07_0254 Fernando Alonso completed his Ferrari career on Sunday still refusing to confirm widespread speculation his next move is to McLaren-Honda. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 21

Caterham thanks Renault for helping F1 comeback

“We are overwhelmed by the level of support we have received”

2014-01-30 - Caterham F1 Team - Robin Frijns 04 Caterham’s acting boss Finbarr O’Connell has thanked the world of formula one for helping the team to make its F1 comeback this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 20

McLaren should pick Button over Magnussen – Herbert

“For me, it’s a no-brainer that McLaren should keep Jenson ahead of Magnussen”

Alonso-Button - photo Getty Images Former F1 driver Johnny Herbert has urged McLaren to consider keeping Jenson Button to be Fernando Alonso’s Honda-powered teammate. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Lotus hoping for Grosjean announcement ‘soon’

Romain Grosjean is edging close to a deal to remain with Lotus for 2015.

2014-06-08_0849 Spain’s Marca reported this week that talks about a possible switch to McLaren-Honda, where the Frenchman may have been under consideration as an alternative to Fernando Alonso, have now ended. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Haas could keep Sutil’s F1 dream alive

Adrian Sutil could keep his F1 dream alive by moving to the new Haas F1 Team for 2016.

IMG_5994 The German, and his Mexican teammate Esteban Gutierrez, both look set to lose their race seats at the Swiss team Sauber after November’s Abu Dhabi finale. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Williams bosses absent from US GP

Williams’ two F1 bosses are missing in action this weekend for the US grand prix.

2013-06-09_0014 It has emerged that founder and boss Sir Frank Williams is in hospital in Britain, and his deputy and daughter Claire is at his bedside. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Kobayashi in Austin to keep F1 dream alive

Like his 2014 teammate Marcus Ericsson, Kamui Kobayashi has travelled to Austin without a formula one car to drive.

IMG_5973 But unlike the Swedish rookie Ericsson, who reportedly carries up to $20 million in personal backing, Japanese Kobayashi looks less likely to secure a race seat elsewhere for 2015, following the collapse of the Caterham team. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Caterham’s Ericsson set for Sauber switch

Marcus Ericsson looks set to keep his formula one career alive by signing with Sauber for 2015.

2014-06-08_0560 Said to carry some $18 million in personal sponsorship, the Swedish rookie is trackside in Austin this weekend despite the absence of his failing existing team, Caterham. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 24

Kolles admits Caterham may miss Austin deadline

The clock is ticking down to struggling F1 backmarker Caterham’s apparent collapse.

2010-08-01 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Colin Kolles 01 With the Saturday freight deadline for sending cars and equipment to Austin now just hours away, staff remain locked out of the Leafield factory while an unseemly spat continues to escalate between the team’s former and current owners. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

Caterham collapse ‘better’ for F1 – Ecclestone

Caterham is on the brink of collapse, as the backmarker team loses even the support of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

2014-03-02 - Caterham F1 Team - Trucks “I think it’s better they go,” said the 83-year-old Briton as the latest developments emerged late on Wednesday. “I don’t want people going around with begging bowls,” Ecclestone told the Sun newspaper in an article credited to business journalist Caroline Reid. 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 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 14

Emotions still high as Bianchi fights for life

Marussia has been thrown into the spotlight as more information reportedly emerges about Jules Bianchi’s tragic Suzuka crash.

2014-06-05_0125 Germany’s Sport Bild claims an FIA transmission recorded at the time of the Frenchman’s incident said: “Bianchi did not slow down under yellow”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 13

Wolff admits champion Mercedes seen as ‘bad guy’

“We do not want to talk about the gap to our opponents or politics today.”

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Sochi - Toto Wolff Despite having the constructors’ title already in the bag, Toto Wolff has admitted Mercedes is playing the role of “the bad guy” in F1 at present. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

Verstappen with Vergne ‘makes sense’ for 2015 – Tost

Jean-Eric Vergne is now a hot contender to keep his seat at Toro Rosso next year.

IMG_0601 The Red Bull-owned team earlier announced the Frenchman’s impending departure, to make room for the teenage sensation Max Verstappen in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Vettel masterminded massive Ferrari deal

The word at Suzuka on race-day Sunday is that Sebastian Vettel pulled off a masterstroke.

2014-07-17 - 99000 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel Not only has he exposed Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari split and revealed that Red Bull’s doors are closed to the Spaniard, the reigning world champion has reportedly single-handedly brokered perhaps the most lucrative deal in F1 history. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 02

Mercedes admits ‘no peace’ between warring drivers

“There is no need for a peace pact to show to the public”

2014-03-30 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Malaysia -  Lewis Hamilton 02 Toto Wolff has admitted tension between Mercedes’ title-warring teammates is inevitable over the decisive final five races of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 02

Alonso says he can decide F1 future

After two weeks of intense speculation, Fernando Alonso on Thursday had to admit his future at Ferrari is currently unclear.

2014-07-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Hungary - Fernando Alonso 02 “I don’t live on Mars,” said the Spaniard at Suzuka, when asked by swarms of reporters if he was up to date with what has been happening in the press since Singapore. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 01

Sauber and de Silvestro split – report

Simona de Silvestro’s road to formula one appears to have ended.

IMG_5598 (2) Until now, the 25-year-old female Swiss driver was a Sauber tester, testing one of the Hinwil based team’s older cars with unique ‘Clean Air Energy’ branding. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Cosworth eyes F1 return with affordable V6 – report

Cosworth could be eyeing a return to formula one, with the support of none other than Bernie Ecclestone.

Cosworth logo Although the expensive new engine rules and a lack of customers sent the British company off the grid at the end of last year, Cosworth announced recently it is setting up a new manufacturing centre at its Northampton base. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

McLaren loses sponsor deal to Ecclestone

McLaren has reportedly suffered yet another sponsorship blow.

2014-06-07_0425 On the eve of the Singapore grand prix, Bernie Ecclestone unveiled whisky brand Johnnie Walker as a new official sponsor for the sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

Relaxing engine freeze talk ‘nonsense’ – Wolff

Toto Wolff has declared Mercedes’ obvious resistance to moves to relax F1’s engine ‘freeze’.

2013-03-28 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Mercedes-Benz engine The German marque has utterly dominated in 2014, producing a clearly superior turbo V6 ‘power unit’ than its engine rivals Renault and Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

Ferrari wants three-car teams ‘for the show’

Ferrari has split from the pack and declared its support for three-car teams in formula one.

2014-06-05_0038 Amid rumours up to three or four teams are in financial peril, Bernie Ecclestone said in Singapore that the sport would fill the grid gaps by requiring top teams to move from two to three-car operations as soon as 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 18

Marchionne attitude ‘positive’ for Ferrari – Surer

An F1 pundit thinks long-time president Luca di Montezemolo’s departure is good news for Ferrari.

2012-06-10_0424 Marc Surer, a Swiss former grand prix driver, thinks the early noises being made by Montezemolo’s successor Sergio Marchionne are honest and positive. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 17

DTM champion Wittmann not dreaming of F1

Marco Wittmann may be the newly-crowned DTM champion, but he is not dreaming about a future in formula one.

DTM - Marco Wittmann action Although Paul di Resta set a precedent for launching a F1 career off the back of dominance in the premier German touring car series, 24-year-old Wittmann is happy for now in DTM. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 15

Red Bull’s da Costa admits F1 ‘dream’ over

Antonio Felix da Costa has admitted his F1 “dream” is probably over.

Antonio Félix da Costa Last year, the young Portuguese was the cream of Red Bull’s driver development programme and apparently destined for a Toro Rosso debut in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 07

Montezemolo denial not stopping future rumours

“As usual, it’s about money”

2014-01-24 -  Scuderia Ferrari - Team - Luca di Montezemolo Luca di Montezemolo’s half-hearted denial on Saturday has not stopped rampant speculation about the long-time Ferrari president’s future. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 07

Monza’s F1 future remains in doubt

The comments sparked waves of worry among F1 fans and, in particular, the world-famous Tifosi.

GP2 - Monza As the F1 world rejoices at the historic, high speed and highly popular Monza, the future of the fabled Italian grand prix remains in serious doubt. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 07

20-race 2015 calendar surfaces at Monza

A preliminary calendar for 2015 is doing the rounds in the Monza paddock.

150x80-flagworldf1 The schedule, first published by Speed Week after seeing it at the scene of the Italian grand prix, features all 19 grands prix that are on this year’s calendar, plus Mexico, with the old Mexico City layout set to host a race in late October. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 07

Verstappen to aim for F1 license next week

Max Verstappen’s high speed rush from boyhood to the formula one grid will continue apace next week.

F3 - Max Verstappen - Van Amersfoort Racing At Monza, Toro Rosso and Red Bull chiefs Franz Tost and Dr Helmut Marko respectively have played down the 16-year-old teen’s slow-speed crash during one of his very first demonstration outings in a F1 car recently in Rotterdam. Read the rest of this entry »

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