Tag Archive: The Sun

Oct 23

Haas not worried about Ecclestone comments

Gene Haas has played down suggestions Bernie Ecclestone could freeze him out of F1 long before his team’s scheduled 2016 debut.

Gene Haas - photo Getty Images The American might be forgiven if he was alarmed by the F1 supremo’s latest statements, including Ecclestone’s desire for “a formula one with eight teams with three cars each”. And as backmarker Caterham sits on the brink of collapse this week, Ecclestone told The Sun: “I think it’s better they go. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 30

Horner dating Spice Girl – reports

If true, it would mean Horner has split with his partner of 14 years, Beverley Allen

2013-04-13 - Red Bull Racing - China - Christian Horner 2 Christian Horner has reportedly split with his long-term partner six months after the birth of their first child. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 21

McLaren helped design British armoured vehicle

McLaren played a role in developing a $1.4 million armoured vehicle for British troops to use in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

McLaren GroupFoxhound militray vehicle in AfghanistanThe Sun newspaper said the British formula one team, as well as BMW and world rally engineers, helped with the design of the new Foxhound truck, which arrived in Afghanistan last week.

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May 25

McLaren set to offer Hamilton $150m – reports

McLaren is offering Lewis Hamilton a lucrative new contract for 2013 and beyond, British newspapers are reporting from Monaco.

2012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix b 03222012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix b 0714The stories – in all the major dailies including the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Express, the Star, the Sun, the Mirror and the Times – consistently contradicted an earlier rumour that Hamilton might need to take a pay-cut if he wants to stay with the British team beyond this year. The Guardian said McLaren has in fact put a five-year, $150 million contract on the table, which combined with bonuses might mean Hamilton overtakes Fernando Alonso as F1’s highest paid driver. Read the rest of this entry »


May 13

Harsh penalty for error-prone McLaren – reaction

The penalty might be harsh, but the loss of Lewis Hamilton’s pole in Spain is just the latest calamitous mistake by McLaren.

2012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix a 00612012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix b 0624bThat was the tone of the paddock’s reaction to the news late on Saturday that a McLaren gaffe saw the FIA send Hamilton from first to last on the Spanish grand prix grid. The Sun newspaper called it a draconian “24-place grid penalty” imposed by the FIA after an “astonishing cock-up” by McLaren.

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Feb 21

Bahrain should stay on 2012 calendar – Hill

Damon Hill has backed Bahrain as the island Kingdom returns to the F1 calendar this year.

Bahrain International CircuitDamon HillAfter last year’s race was cancelled, the 1996 world champion travelled to Bahrain with FIA president Jean Todt and afterwards said he supports the decision to give the Sakhir circuit its April 22 date for 2012. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 13

Experts slam ‘ugly’ field of 2012

F1’s field of 2012 reminds one expert pundit of a supermodel without her best assets.

2012Flagworld - F1Former driver Hans-Joachim Stuck wrote in his German column for Eurosport that he dislikes the look of this year’s formula one cars. “The tyres are too narrow, the rear wing too small and the front wing too big, and the nose is a complete failure,” he said.

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Jan 19

Barrichello could find another F1 role – experts

Rubens Barrichello will struggle to adapt to life after formula one, according to 1996 world champion Damon Hill.

2011-06-12_04852011-06-12_1544Throughout most of Hill’s entire career, he shared the grand prix circuits with Barrichello, who has gone on to set the outright record for the number of races contested.

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Jan 04

Vettel hopes Barrichello keeps Williams seat

World champion Sebastian Vettel has revealed he hopes Rubens Barrichello can extend his longest-ever formula one career into 2012.

Sebastian Vettel Champion 2011 2011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Rubens Barrichello 03At the age of 39, the Brazilian veteran of well over 300 grands prix has amassed a reported $5 million in personal sponsorship in the hope of clinging onto his Williams race seat for another season.

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Dec 12

Di Resta hails car, not driver, after Vettel title

If he’d been at the wheel of a Red Bull in 2011, Paul di Resta is sure he would be world champion now.

2011-10-29 - Force India - India - Paul di Resta 02 2011-10-29 - Force India - India - Paul di Resta 01The Scot made an impressive grand prix debut with Force India this season and is expected to stay with the Silverstone based team in 2012, with an announcement due this week. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 04

Kubica set for new wrist operation

Kubica’s hand surgeon Igor Rossello suggested that the new surgery is relatively minor.

Robert Kubica 2011-11-01 2011-02-03 - Lotus Renault GP - Robert Kubica 01The likelihood of an early 2012 return to the Lotus (currently Renault) team for Robert Kubica appears to have receded even further. The Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Thursday that the Polish driver, who has already undergone five operations since his February rally crash, is scheduled to have more surgery in the coming days.

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Nov 03

Virgin staying with team after 2012 name change

Richard Branson’s Virgin brand is staying with the team even after a name change in 2012.

2011-10-30 - Marussia Virgin Racing - India - Jerome DAmbrosio 02011-10-15 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Korea - 01It has emerged that, just as Team Lotus and Renault have applied to be called Caterham and Lotus respectively next season, Virgin wants to become ‘Marussia’.

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Sep 22

Singapore challenge too much for drivers – Button

“It is a big challenge and that is what F1 is about.” – Kovalainen

2011-09-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Italy - Jenson Button 032011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - Heikki Kovalainen 00Singapore is too tough a challenge for formula one drivers, 2009 world champion Jenson Button said in the city-state this week. The McLaren driver has called on the length of the floodlit street race to be shortened due to the heat and high humidity, the bumpy surface and the fact it runs close to the sport’s two-hour limit.

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Sep 16

Raikkonen visits Williams team factory – reports

The rumour mill is rumbling on Friday with the news Kimi Raikkonen made a visit to F1 team Williams’ Oxfordshire factory.

Kimi Raikkonen 32011-08-28 - AT&T Williams - Belgium - 01The sport10.at (Austria) and plaza.fi (Finland) websites said the famous British team had confirmed the 2007 world champion was given a tour. Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 07

Massa ‘one of best ever teammates’ – Alonso

After defending the talents of world champion Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso now insists his teammate Felipe Massa is also a top driver.

2011-06-26 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Spain - Fernando Alonso 0012011-06-11_1187Brazilian Massa has appeared to struggle alongside Ferrari’s highly rated lead driver in the last two seasons, but Spaniard Alonso insists the 30-year-old is on the pace. “I do not have things easy with him (Massa), we are very close to each other,” Auto Bild Motorsport quotes him as saying.

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Jul 08

Mateschitz rules out McLaren drivers for Red Bull seat

Dietrich Mateschitz has drawn a line under speculation linking Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull next year.

Dietrich Mateschitz 022011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - Valencia - Sebastian Vettel - Dietrich MateschitzMateschitz, the billionaire owner of the famous energy drink, told Kronen Zeitung newspaper that all the rumours have been “completely false”.

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Jul 01

Experts say Ferrari no longer in charge of F1

The days are over when Ferrari is seen to enjoy a position of privilege in formula one.

2011-06-12_05322011-06-08_0180That is the belief of two highly experienced F1 paddock veterans; the Brazilian journalist Livio Oricchio, and Red Bull’s technical boss Adrian Newey. The former, who writes for the O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, said Pirelli’s choice of tyre compound for next weekend’s British grand prix is proof Ferrari can no longer overtly exert its influence. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 16

Exhaust clampdown going ahead after London meeting

The FIA is pressing ahead with its clampdown on blown exhaust technology following a meeting in London.

Flagworld - FIA2011-06-11_1168cThe technical working group met with Charlie Whiting on Thursday where, despite some controversy, the FIA delegate told teams they will have to severely limit their off-throttle diffuser exhaust blowing from next month’s British grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 28

Race for Red Bull’s F1 seats hots up

“If you give up, it’s over for you” – Buemi

2011-04-16 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - China - Sebastien Buemi 22011-04-16 - Red Bull Racing - China - Sebastian Vettel 11As Daniel Ricciardo admits there is a chance he could make his F1 debut in 2011, Sebastien Buemi insists he is not losing sleep. “Compared to my teammate I’ve never done badly,” Swiss Buemi, referring to Jaime Alguersuari, is quoted as saying by the British newspaper The Sun. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 21

Mixed feelings for Gascoyne as Lotus targets Williams

Williams; winner of 16 world championships but not a single race since 2004.

2011-04-16 - Team Lotus - China - Jarno Trulli 052011-04-16 - Team Lotus - China - Heikki Kovalainen 06Team Lotus is aiming to climb the formula one grid, but Mike Gascoyne has admitted mixed feelings at the thought of vanquishing the next target. Read the rest of this entry »


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