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Mar 24

Pirelli to change tyres if ‘unanimously’ asked

Pressure is mounting on F1 supplier Pirelli to change its tyres.

Pirelli - photo © DPPI - Florent Gooden It is being whispered ever louder in the Sepang paddock that Red Bull, Mercedes and perhaps other teams are pushing hard for the Italian supplier to amend the heavily-degrading tyres supplied so far in 2013 in Australia and Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 21

Schumacher had ‘no choice’ but to retire – Stuck

The famous German also ‘retired’ in Brazil six years ago.

2012-11-18_00062012-11-17_0035Hans-Joachim Stuck, a former F1 driver and now president of Germany’s motor racing federation DMSB, thinks Michael Schumacher is being pushed back into retirement. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 25

Kobayashi downbeat as Sauber career fades

Kamui Kobayashi is sounding increasingly resigned about bowing out of formula one at the end of the season.

2012-10-23 - Sauber F1 Team - oerlikon - Kamui Kobayashi - Suzuka2012-10-08 - Sauber F1 Team - Japan - Kamui Kobayashi 03The exciting Japanese, who got his break with Toyota at the end of 2009 and was then snapped up by Sauber, admitted recently he has been told to find some backing or risk losing the seat at the Swiss team for 2013. “Unfortunately my plan for next year is not fixed yet, but of course I will do my best,” he told his Twitter followers this week. Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 01

‘Silly season’ explodes at Spa

After the long summer break, formula one has regrouped at Spa-Francorchamps to discover the ‘silly season’ in a higher gear than ever.

2012-03-18 - Dimanche2012-05-27 - Red Bull Racing - Monaco - Mark Webber 99000Having earlier suggested he might stay with Sauber in 2013, Sergio Perez has suddenly been quoted by a Spanish newspaper as saying Ferrari is “obviously” an option. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 13

‘Nothing wrong’ with ‘nervous’ Red Bull – Vettel

Whilst admitting the RB8 has “very nervous” handling, Sebastian Vettel insists there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the 2012 Red Bull.

2012-03-23 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 2990072012-03-24 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 299000The German looks likely to struggle to add a third consecutive drivers’ title to his tally this season, after slumping to just sixth in the points standings after the first two races. In China, he has reverted to a launch specification of the Adrian Newey-penned car’s exhaust layout, whilst Mark Webber is plugging ahead with a further development of the Australia-Malaysia solution. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 13

Hulkenberg happy without manager Weber

Nico Hulkenberg insists he is happy in formula one without his famous manager Willi Weber.

2012-03-24 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Nico Hulkenberg 012012-03-24 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Nico Hulkenberg 02After a year on the reserve bench, the German returned to the grid in 2012 with Force India, but no longer represented by Weber, the famous former manager of the Schumacher brothers. Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 07

Perez admits Monaco crash was big setback

Sergio Perez has admitted his Monaco crash was a hefty setback in his debut formula one season.

2011-07-30 - Sauber F1 Team - Hungary - Sergio Perez 012011-07-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Germany - Sergio Perez 02The 21-year-old Mexican, who will stay with the Sauber team in 2012, crashed heavily during qualifying for the prestigious race in May. He sat out Sunday’s race and then tried to return in Canada two weeks later, ultimately giving up his seat to Pedro de la Rosa after not feeling well during practice.

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Aug 19

Paffett ‘not bitter’ about di Resta’s F1 success

Paffett insists he has not given up on his F1 dream.

2011-07-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Britain - Gary Paffett 012011-06-09_0292Gary Paffett insists he is not “bitter” despite sitting on the sidelines while his 2010 rival is now hot property in formula one. The Briton, under long term contract to Mercedes in the German touring car series DTM, is also a test and reserve driver at top F1 team McLaren.

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Jun 09

Economy not right for F1 tyre war – Pirelli

Pirelli is open to a tyre war in formula one but doubts the economic climate is right at present.

2011-05-28 - Pirelli - Monaco 012011-05-28 - Pirelli - Monaco 02“At Pirelli we love competition,” the Italian marque’s British motor sport director Paul Hembery told spox.com. “But this is not a question for the moment,” he explained, six races into Pirelli’s new three-year tenure as the sport’s sole supplier. Read the rest of this entry »


May 30

December calendar shakeup ‘unacceptable’ – Brawn

Mercedes boss Brawn warned recently that the decision could mean some hard-working staff quit their jobs.

2011-04-16- Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - China - Ross Brawn 01Flagworld - FIARoss Brawn has strengthened his words a few days before the World Motor Sport Council meets to consider arguably the most arduous calendar in the history of formula one. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 28

Lauda ponders F1 future for Webber, Massa

“On a consistent basis, Webber and Massa can not go on the level of Vettel and Alonso” – Lauda

2011-04-16 - Red Bull Racing - China - Mark Webber 52011-04-16 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - China - Felipe Massa 00The occupants of two key seats at top formula one teams may be under pressure, but finding alternatives is the real issue. That is the view of outspoken former triple world champion Niki Lauda, who was asked in a German-language interview with spox.com about the looming fates of Felipe Massa and Mark Webber. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 18

Virgin ‘quite a bit’ slower than Lotus – Glock

Timo Glock has admitted that Virgin is set to have a difficult start to the 2011 season.

2011-03-12 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Timo Glock 032011-03-12 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Barcelona - 03The team had hoped to take a step up after an uncompetitive debut in 2010, but the new MVR-02 has looked significantly slower than the Team Lotus car in recent testing. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 17

Hembery defends Pirelli amid tyre criticisms

“We have already seen in the testing that some are able to get more out of the tyres than others.”

2011-01-18 - Pirelli - Paul Hembery 00362010-11-18 - Pirelli 0011The Italian marque’s motor racing boss Paul Hembery has defended Pirelli amid criticism of its 2011 formula one tyres. It has been reported that the hard/soft compound combination for the initial four races of the season was selected because of serious problems with the medium and super-soft tyres. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 14

Renault set to confirm Heidfeld on Monday

Senna not considered for Kubica sub role

2011-02-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Jerez - Nick Heidfeld 012011-02-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Jerez - Bruno Senna 02Renault is expected to announce on Monday that Nick Heidfeld has been selected as injured Robert Kubica’s replacement for the start of the 2011 season. Injured Pole Kubica will be recovering from injuries suffered in a rally crash for months at least, and his former BMW teammate Heidfeld impressed the Lotus-sponsored team during his audition for the seat at Jerez at the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 14

Hulkenberg made fewest mistakes in 2010, Kobayashi most

23-year-old Hulkenberg only had two incidents

2010-10-10 - BMW Sauber F1 Team - Kamui Kobayashi 012010-09-13 - AT&T Williams - Nico Hulkenberg 02Despite now searching for a 2011 employer, promising rookie Nico Hulkenberg made fewer mistakes than any of his competitors this year. That is according to an analysis by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, which found that – at the other end of the scale – his fellow rookie Kamui Kobayashi had the most spins, off-track moments and crashes in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 07

Glock not confirming Virgin seat for 2011

“I knew we would have problems, but I didn’t expect so many”

2010-11-06 - Virgin Racing - Timo Glock - Lucas di Grassi2010-11-06 - Virgin Racing - Timo GlockTimo Glock has refused to definitively confirm that he will still be with the Virgin team in 2011. Earlier, the new British team’s boss John Booth said the German’s contract for next year is “set in stone”. Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 29

Alguersuari says Alonso ‘very cold’

“He is cold (frio), very cold”

2010-09-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Jaime Alguersuari_2Jaime Alguersuari has offered a less than flattering opinion about the personality of his fellow Spaniard and F1 driver Fernando Alonso. “He is cold (frio), very cold,” said 20-year-old Alguersuari, the youngest driver on the grid who races with the second Red Bull team, Toro Rosso. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 03

Red Bull set to meet as crash intrigue deepens

Red Bull insists that Webber and Vettel are treated equally

2010-05-30 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 2Red Bull’s clear-the-air meeting, to be attended by both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, will take place at the team’s Milton-Keynes headquarters on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »


May 18

Media, pundits divided over Schumacher penalty

The Italian press was less sympathetic.

2010-05-16 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 05F1’s media and pundits are divided over Michael Schumacher’s late overtaking move on Fernando Alonso in Monaco. The stewards, including Schumacher’s former title nemesis Damon Hill, penalised the seven time world champion for illegally passing the Spaniard during a safety car period. Read the rest of this entry »


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