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Nov 22

Angry teams happier after Mackenzie meeting

F1’s three angry teams seemed slightly less angry on Saturday after a meeting with Donald Mackenzie.

2014-03-30 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysia -Sergio Perez - Teams The usually paddock-shy CVC chief made the trip to Abu Dhabi to meet with Bernie Ecclestone and Lotus, Sauber and Force India, with the three teams crying foul over how the power and income is distributed within formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

F1 doctor slams doping claims

“For many years, (F1) drivers have used tacrine” – Marc Sanson

Gary HartsteinFormer F1 doctor Gary Hartstein has slammed suggestions even formula one is not immune to doping. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Pirelli and McLaren to test near Rome – report

Pirelli has decided to test tyres for the 2014 season at Vallelunga, near Rome.

2013-06-30 - Britain - Pirelli (12)After some teams vetoed the tyre supplier’s plans to head to Austin with McLaren and one of the British team’s 2011 cars, we reported that Aragon, Spain, had been earmarked as a likely alternative venue. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 24

Drivers could boycott over Spa tyre danger

The new saga has arisen after Sebastian Vettel suffered a rear failure

Eau Rouge Spa FrancorschampsF1 drivers are threatening to ‘boycott’ the Belgian grand prix if their concerns about tyre safety are not eased, according to Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 23

Bitter Sutil tells Hamilton to ‘grow up’

“He is not able to speak — maybe he is scared of me, I don’t know”

2013-06-09_0190Adrian Sutil has stepped up his rhetoric against former friend Lewis Hamilton, revealing the 2008 world champion is yet to come forward to make amends. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

Pirelli would prefer winter running in Bahrain

F1 appears headed to Dubai for pre-season testing early next year.

2013-06-30 - Britain - Pirelli (11)But the local The National newspaper said that, following team boss meetings in Hungary at the weekend, Abu Dhabi is also still in the running to host the guaranteed dry-weather running of the new V6-powered cars. Read the rest of this entry »

May 24

Williams is stepping back in time in a bid to cure the problems with its 2013 car

Williams reverts to 2012 nose, wing in Monaco

2012-06-06_0058Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that the British team was already using the floor and exhaust of last year’s car in Barcelona recently. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Kovalainen still waiting for Caterham’s ‘pay driver’ decision

Finn Kovalainen, whilst highly rated by Fernandes, brings no sponsorship to Caterham.

2012-03-24 - Team Caterham - Malaysian Grand Prix - Heikki Kovalainen 022012-03-15 - Team Caterham - Heikki Kovalainen helmet 04Caterham boss Tony Fernandes has admitted he “cannot discount going down the pay-driver route” for 2013, according to a report in the Guardian. That would be bad news for Heikki Kovalainen, who already admitted in India last weekend that financial issues are clouding his future. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 26

Webber ‘will not pull over’ for Vettel in India

“If I’m in the lead this weekend, I’m not pulling over for anyone.”

2012-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Sebastian Vettel - Mark Webber (1)2012-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Mark Webber - Sebastian VettelRed Bull’s Mark Webber has denied he would pull over for his championship-leading teammate Sebastian if he is leading the Indian grand prix on Sunday. Reports have suggested the time for Webber to start supporting German Vettel’s title fight – both practically and also in terms of one of the Australian’s contract clauses – has now come. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Likely Perez, backer Slim, to stay at Sauber

But the 22-year-old said on Thursday: “Sauber is a great team doing a fantastic job.

2012-06-10_14422012-06-10_1616As F1 emerges from its August slumber at Spa-Francorchamps, the chances Sergio Perez will be staying at Sauber in 2013 seem to have increased dramatically. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Deep scepticism has greeted Bernie Ecclestone’s claim he is prepared to promote and pay for a London street race.

Deep scepticism greets London GP idea

2012-06-10_0442The F1 chief executive’s comments were made on the eve of a media event that took place on Thursday in the British capital organised by Santander, the sponsor of the British grand prix at Silverstone.

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May 24

Senna ‘must respond’ to Maldonado’s form – Williams

Sir Frank Williams has urged Bruno Senna to step up.

2012-02-24 - Williams F1 - Bruno Senna helmet 022012-04-15 - Williams F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Bruno Senna 05Even before teammate Pastor Maldonado’s breakthrough Barcelona win two weeks ago, speculation had begun to circulate that Senna needed to up his game in order to keep his race seat. Read the rest of this entry »

May 18

Newey no longer key to success in ‘new’ F1

Red Bull is lamenting the limited role that can be played in 2012 by F1’s aerodynamic genius Adrian Newey.

2012-03-23 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Adrian Newey2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 055For the past few years, the energy drink owned team has enjoyed its dominance largely because of the airflow magic wrought by Briton Newey. But in 2012, with reigning back to back world champion Sebastian Vettel just one of the five different winners so far, Pirelli rubber is king.

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May 09

Abu Dhabi criticises young driver test shakeup

The boss of Abu Dhabi’s F1 circuit has criticised plans to run the young driver test at Silverstone later this year.

2011-11-13 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Abu Dhabi 012011-11-13 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Abu Dhabi 02Originally, the young driver test was scheduled to take place as usual this year at Yas Marina, the week after the Abu Dhabi grand prix. But, due to the calendar congestion at the end of this season, the majority of teams have decided instead to go to Silverstone in July, with only the two Red Bull-owned teams sticking with the Abu Dhabi plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 20

Force India to limit running for anxious staff

Fearful Force India could skip second practice in Bahrain
Force India, Ecclestone, deny Bahrain GP boycott

2012-04-15 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Hulkenberg - Paul di RestaDeputy team boss Bob Fernley confirmed to Reuters that Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta will therefore run limited second practice programmes, and may skip the session altogether. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Team boss hopes Bahrain called off

A formula one team boss has admitted he hopes the forthcoming Bahrain grand prix is called off.

Bahreïn 2012-04-08Flagworld - FIAThe Times newspaper is reporting that every team is devising contingency plans for the possibility that this month’s race in the troubled island Kingdom might not go ahead. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Bahrain disappointed to lose season open date

Organisers of the Bahrain grand prix have admitted disappointment with being bumped from the head of the 2012 calendar.

Bahrain International Circuit2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - RedBull - Mark Webber 04Following the cancellation of its 2011 race and test over the civil unrest early last year, Bahrain was provisionally scheduled to return to F1 by opening this season’s championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 10

Bahrain pushes ahead amid 2012 race return controversy

Organisers of the Bahrain grand prix are pushing ahead with preparations for April’s race.

2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - Toyota - 02Bahrain International CircuitLast year’s pre-season test and race at the Sakhir circuit were cancelled amid the civil uprising within the troubled island Kingdom.

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Dec 08

Red Bull clips Webber and Vettel’s wings

Red Bull has clipped Mark Webber’s wings as the Australian attends his regular outdoor adventure challenge in Tasmania this week.

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Mark Webber (4)The event has not been run since 2008, when the now 35-year-old badly broke his leg on a mountain biking descent. It has returned for 2011, but the local Mercury newspaper reports: “Webber was grounded (on Wednesday) by a climb deemed too dangerous for the formula one star to tackle”.

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Nov 29

HRT should have signed younger driver – Herbert

Johnny Herbert has expressed his surprise at HRT’s decision to sign Pedro de la Rosa for the next two seasons.

2011-10-14 - HRT F1 Team - Korea - Vitantonio Liuzzi 022011-07-30 - HRT F1 Team - Hungary - Vitantonio Liuzzi 01Having made his grand prix debut in 1999, racing with Arrows, Jaguar and Sauber and serving as McLaren’s long-term main test driver, the Spaniard de la Rosa is hugely experienced.

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Nov 17

‘Pay drivers’ say Abu Dhabi test money well spent

Monegasque driver Stefano Coletti considers paying for his formula one debut this week money well spent.

Stefano Coletti2011-11-13 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina Circuit01The 22-year-old, whose backers have paid reportedly hundreds of thousands of euros for a Toro Rosso seat in Abu Dhabi, finished this year’s GP2 season in eleventh place.

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Nov 13

Austin hits back at Ecclestone pessimism

The Circuit of the Americas has hit back at Bernie Ecclestone’s claim that Texas might fall off the 2012 calendar.

2011-06-09_0313“Austin?  I wouldn’t want to put my money down that that will happen,” the F1 chief executive said in Abu Dhabi.

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Nov 12

Grosjean considered quitting racing in 2010

Romain Grosjean has admitted he almost quit motor sport after his formula one career hit the rocks after just seven grands prix in 2009.

2011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Romain Grosjean 032011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Romain Grosjean 01Among the victims of the ‘crashgate’ saga, the Frenchman had replaced sacked Nelson Piquet at Renault but then fell by the wayside as Flavio Briatore’s career foundered and the team moved into new hands.

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Nov 10

Maldonado happy to keep Barrichello as teammate

As Williams considers its options, Pastor Maldonado has revealed he is happy to race at the British team alongside Rubens Barrichello.

2011-10-29 - AT&T Williams - India - Pastor Maldonado 012011-07-30 - AT&T Williams - Hungary - Rubens Barrichello 01With his millions in Venezuelan backing, the 2011 rookie’s race seat is considered safe for 2012. But the same it not true of Brazilian veteran Barrichello, as Williams admits talks with Kimi Raikkonen and reportedly also eyes Force India’s experienced and sponsor-backed Adrian Sutil.

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Nov 02

Massa ‘could have avoided’ Hamilton crash – Herbert

Felipe Massa was penalised for the collision with Lewis Hamilton in India because it “could have been avoided”.

2011-10-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - India - Felipe Massa 012011-10-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Japan - Felipe Massa 02That is the claim of former grand prix winner Johnny Herbert, who was serving as the fourth FIA steward at the inaugural Delhi race. Although McLaren’s beleaguered Hamilton is usually the one receiving the penalties at grands prix, Herbert said it was the embittered Massa who deserved the blame this time.

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Oct 18

Wheldon’s death makes waves in F1 world

The death of Indycar driver Dan Wheldon is making waves even in the world of formula one.

Dan Wheldon 2011-10-16IZOD - IndyCar seriesAs a Briton and a former track rival of contemporaries including Jenson Button, the 33-year-old was well-known in the F1 paddock and his death has been felt as a big blow.

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Sep 27

Antics could cost Hamilton McLaren seat – Herbert

Lewis Hamilton’s constant trouble could eventually cost him his seat at McLaren.

2011-09-23 - Singapore - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 042011-09-23 - Singapore - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 03That is the warning of former grand prix winner Johnny Herbert, as Hamilton’s critics round on him following the latest run-in in Singapore. Herbert, now an occasional F1 steward, sided with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who physically grabbed his 2008 title nemesis after their clash on Sunday.

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Sep 23

Karthikeyan rules out Force India future

Narain Karthikeyan has ruled out reviving his formula one career with a seat at Force India.

2011-06-12_04082011-08-28 - Force India F1 Team - Belgium - Nico Hulkenberg 01The Indian will reacclimatise to the cockpit of the HRT car this weekend in Singapore, almost three months after losing his race drive to Daniel Ricciardo.

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Sep 09

Sponsor good news for Toro Rosso, not Alguersuari

“Jaime’s future with the team is exactly the same as it was before Cepsa came on board.” – Franz Tost

Ir a Inicio2011-07-09 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Britain - Jaime Alguersuari 2Boss Franz Tost as well as Jaime Alguersuari have denied that Toro Rosso’s new sponsorship deal has secured the future of the Spanish driver. The fact that the logos of the Spanish oil company Cepsa have been added to the livery of the STR6 this weekend was interpreted by some as good news for Alguersuari.

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Sep 09

Abu Dhabi a Toro Rosso sponsor, not buyer – Tost

Spanish oil company Cepsa is not buying Toro Rosso, team boss Franz Tost insisted ahead of the Italian grand prix.

2011-07-30 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Hungary - Franz Tost2011-09-07 - Scuderia Toro RossoBefore arriving at Monza, the Red Bull-owned team confirmed new sponsorship deals with Cepsa as well as Nova Chemicals, which is also linked with Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

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