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Oct 17

$65m Interlagos upgrade saved Brazil GP – mayor

Brazil had to spend millions on upgrading the ageing Interlagos circuit or risk losing its place on the formula one calendar.

Interlagos logo That is the claim of Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad, after inspecting the first phase of $65 million improvements to the popular venue this week. The biggest change ahead of next month’s Brazilian grand prix, set to be the penultimate round of the 2014 world championship, is a full resurfacing of the asphalt. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 12

Hamilton says Pirelli too conservative at Monza

Lewis Hamilton has pointed the finger at Pirelli in the wake of last weekend’s Italian grand prix.

2014-07-18_0868 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Lewis Hamilton In fact, despite his psychological title war with teammate Nico Rosberg, the Mercedes driver says the tyres supplied at Monza would have contributed to the German’s highly controversial ‘mistakes’ that handed him victory last Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 28

Early debut for teen Verstappen ‘really bad’ – Salo

Mika Salo has added his voice to concerns about the 2015 debut of teenager Max Verstappen.

Mika Salo Finn Salo, who raced in F1 against the 16-year-old’s father Jos, backed 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve who has questioned whether Verstappen’s signing by Toro Rosso is good for F1. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 21

Massa has ‘no fear’ of rising star Bottas

Felipe Massa insists his F1 career is not being put in the shadow by a new star.

IMG_4160 The warring Mercedes duo aside, the undoubted star of the last three races has been Valtteri Bottas, a shy Finn who on Sunday completed a hat-trick of podiums. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 14

Mercedes won’t ‘interfere’ with title battle – Lauda

Niki Lauda insists Mercedes’ two drivers will continue to enjoy a free run to the 2014 title.

IMG_2291 Amid Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s ever-intensifying clash for the world championship, boss Toto Wolff warned recently that “transparency” within the Brackley based team was beginning to suffer. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 27

Monaco mind games ‘good for Rosberg’ – Massa

Monaco was a victory for Nico Rosberg not only on the track, but also in the mind.

2014-05-21 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Monaco - Nico Rosberg - 0010 That is the view of Felipe Massa, who in 2008 only just lost the battle to Hamilton when the Briton won his sole title. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 25

Hamilton declares Senna-style war on Rosberg

“Lewis started the mind game, this was Nico’s answer.” – Alex Wurz 

2014-05-22 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Monaco - Nico Rosberg - 0050Lewis Hamilton has declared Senna-like war, as his relationship with teammate Nico Rosberg breaks down spectacularly in Monaco. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 24

Maldonado says Massa faster than Bottas

Felipe Massa is a better driver than Valtteri Bottas.

2014-03-17 - Lotus F1 Team - Australia - Pastor Maldonado (1) That is the claim of Pastor Maldonado, the Lotus driver who last year was paired with the then rookie Finn Bottas at Williams. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 23

Hamilton open to more ‘lively’ rivalry with Rosberg

“In our case, it’s all wonderful”

2014-03-30 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Malaysia -  Nico Rosberg - Lewis Hamilton 02 Lewis Hamilton has hinted he is open to having an even more “lively” rivalry with his teammate and 2014 championship opponent Nico Rosberg.
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May 14

Smedley happy to leave Ferrari wind tunnel

Smedley, 40, is now Williams’ ‘head of performance engineering’.

2011-03-22 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Rob Smedley - Felipe Massa Former Ferrari engineer Rob Smedley says it is nice to finally be working in formula one with a wind tunnel that works. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 13

Massa ‘not worried’ about latest criticism

Felipe Massa insists he is not fazed by the latest round of criticism.

2014-04-22 - Williams F1 Team - China - Felipe Massa (1) The Brazilian was often under fire as a Ferrari driver, but for 2014 he switched to Williams where he relished the chance to be a de-facto ‘number 1’. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 09

Vettel’s new chassis for Spain is ‘old’

Vettel on Thursday revealed that his new RB10 for Spain actually isn’t ‘new’ at all.

2014-04-20 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - China - Dr Helmut Marko - Sebastian Vettel - Niki Lauda Sebastian Vettel has confirmed he switched chassis ahead of this weekend’s Spanish grand prix because of his poor performance in China.
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Apr 18

Maldonado hits out as 2014 race ban looms

“With the new noses, when we touched, the car took off.”

2014-03-17 - Lotus F1 Team - Australia - Pastor Maldonado (5)Pastor Maldonado has hit out at the new ‘penalty points’ system that could see him having to serve a race ban later in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 04

Williams has apologised to its drivers and its fans after the Malaysian team orders saga

Williams apologises after Massa team order

Felipe Massa - photo WR12 - Nextgen-Auto.com Deputy boss Claire Williams told reporters in Bahrain that the biggest regret was the way Felipe Massa was told to give way to teammate Valtteri Bottas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

Mercedes switch no fluke for Williams – boss

It was a very conscious decision

Williams Team - photo Getty Images Claire Williams has denied the British team simply lucked into being powered by the best F1 engine for the sport’s new turbo V6 era. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Rivals face struggle to catch Mercedes

“Rosberg is the new Vettel”

2014-03-01_0012 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Bahrain - Nico RosbergDaniel Ricciardo’s disqualification aside, the Red Bull ‘crisis’ appeared far less severe in Melbourne than it did over the winter. Read the rest of this entry »
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Mar 04

Jenson Button has tipped usual F1 backmarker Marussia to take a big step forwards in 2014

Marussia ‘competitive’ in 2014 – Button

2014-03-02_0061 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Max ChiltonYet to score a single point in its Marussia or Virgin guises since 2010, the team did finally beat rival Caterham to the coveted tenth place in the constructors’ championship last year. Read the rest of this entry »
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Mar 03

Massa joins Hamilton as Melbourne favourite

“Maybe Felipe Massa will take the Williams to the front!”

2014-03-02_0035 - Williams - Bahrain - Felipe Massa No one in the paddock doubts that Mercedes is significantly ahead of the game as the 2014 season opener looms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

Raikkonen unsure of Ferrari engine disadvantage

“I can’t give an honest impression because I have not paid attention to it.”

2014-01-24 -  Scuderia Ferrari - Kimi Raikkonen - Helmet (3) With Mercedes clearly out front and Renault clearly at the rear, F1’s third engine supplier Ferrari has had a comparatively low-profile winter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 20

Massa hid Williams talks from manager

Williams asked him not to involve his manager Nicolas Todt

2014-01-30 - Williams F1 Team - FW36 - Pat Symonds - Felipe Massa Felipe Massa kept his talks with Williams last year secret even from his own manager. Read the rest of this entry »

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