Tag Archive: Toyota

Nov 21

Button admits ‘interest growing’ in Le Mans switch

Jenson Button says the last two months have taught him how to “live in the moment”.

Jenson Button - photo © DPPI - Frédéric Le Floch It’s because while he is in the midst of one of the longest and most successful careers in the history of formula one, Abu Dhabi could also be the last grand prix of his career. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 13

Alonso in Dubai, not Woking as wait continues

Yet another week is threatening to pass with Fernando Alonso’s future still unclear

2014-06-08_0719 Most insiders are utterly convinced that the Spaniard is heading to McLaren-Honda, amid reports the 33-year-old is even scheduled to visit Woking this week to sign what is expected to be the most lucrative deal in F1 history. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 29

Three teams in battle for 2015 survival

The fate of three formula one teams continues to hang in the balance.

2014-06-22 - Williams Martini Racing - Austria - Felipe Massa 01 teams The health of the sport’s most financially struggling outfits has been under an intense spotlight since it emerged the richest teams might be asked to plug gaps on the 2015 grid by running three-car operations. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 24

Schumacher’s brother in divorce dispute – report

Ralf Schumacher is locked in a bitter dispute with his wife Cora, as the couple head towards divorce.

DTM - Ralf Schumacher The German-language magazine Closer reports that the 39-year-old younger brother of F1 legend Michael, and his wife Cora are now communicating only through lawyers. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 19

Kobayashi hopes for three-car top teams in 2015

“I don’t know how many teams will exist next year.”

2014-03-16 - Caterham F1 Team - Australia - Kamui Kobayashi Kamui Kobayashi has admitted in Singapore that he may be left out of Caterham’s plans for his home Japanese grand prix later this month. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 16

Caldarelli rules himself out for Caterham seat

Andrea Caldarelli has counted himself out of the running to race for Caterham in the near future.

9. (1280x1024)As the cockpit reshuffling continues in the wake of Kamui Kobayashi’s missed race at Spa, it is known that the team’s new leadership wants Roberto Merhi to drive the car under Singapore’s lights this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Kobayashi could race Caterham again in Singapore

Kamui Kobayashi could return to the wheel of his Caterham next weekend in Singapore.

2014-06-08_0727 At Monza, while the Japanese was drafted back in for the Italian grand prix, it was obvious that Caterham chiefs were looking ahead for a Singapore debut for Spaniard Roberto Merhi. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Aug 26

Lucas Auer to get his next sports car outing

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Having acquired some initial experience with a sports prototype in last year’s FIA World Endurance Championship season finale at Bahrain, Austrian racing driver, Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), will get another sports car outing next month.

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Aug 18

Axed Marmorini hits back at Ferrari

Luca Marmorini has lashed out at Ferrari after being ousted as the fabled team’s engine boss.

2012-05-10 - Scuderia Ferrari - L Marmorini Also well-known for his position at Toyota, the Italian’s F1 career dates back more than two decades to Maranello. But he was ousted by new team boss Marco Mattiacci a few weeks ago, amid the general feeling that he was to blame for Ferrari’s underpowered turbo V6 ‘power unit’. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 18

Ravetto confirms new nose for Caterham at Spa

New team deputy Manfredi Ravetto has confirmed Caterham will debut a new nose at this weekend’s Belgian grand prix.

Will Stevens - photo Caterham F1 Team After founder Tony Fernandes’ exit and the new management’s ousting of 40 staff, the struggling backmarker team pressed the throttle on a development push in the hope of re-capturing the lucrative tenth in the constructors’ championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 14

Albers not denying Caterham to axe ‘double nose’

New team boss Christijan Albers is not denying Caterham will axe the 2014 car’s unseemly nose.

2014-03-02 - Caterham F1 Team - Bahrain - Kamui Kobayashi 03 We reported last month that the distinctive solution at the front of this year’s green-liveried car could be the popular victim of a development push by the team’s new management. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 04

Glock not looking for F1 return

Timo Glock has admitted he has all but given up on the thought of returning to formula one.

20131020-0114 After Toyota withdrew from F1, the talented German raced for Virgin/Marussia for three years until he accepted a plum works BMW seat in the premier touring car series DTM last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 01

Marmorini out at Ferrari, Hakkinen worries about Fry

Earlier this week, the fabled Italian team denied reports that Fry is also in danger of being axed.

2014-06-05_0038 Weeks after the rumours first emerged, Ferrari has this week finally admitted that engine boss Luca Marmorini is leaving the Italian team. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 19

Trulli adds to F1’s ‘worry’ about formula E – report

According to the Times newspaper, F1 must look over its shoulder at the new ‘formula E’ series that is rapidly gaining credibility.

Jarno Trulli - Formule E - photo Formule E The latest name attracting headlines for the FIA’s all-electric single seater category is Jarno Trulli, the well-known former F1 driver and Monaco winner. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 16

Ferrari wants meeting amid F1 ‘worries’

Hot on the heels of Ferrari’s latest quit threat, Luca di Montezemolo has called for a meeting to discuss the future of formula one.

2014-06-08_0700 Last Friday, the iconic Italian team’s president told the Wall Street Journal that because F1 “isn’t working”, Ferrari could turn instead to Le Mans by 2020. “Of course,” Montezemolo said, “we cannot do sports car racing and formula one.  It’s not possible.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 15

Le Mans 24 Hours: Audi claims its 13th victory after a nail-biting race! (updated)

The 82nd edition kept all its promises 

2014-06-15-1791For Audi and the trio Marcel Fässler-André Lotterer-Benoît Tréluyer, victory didn’t come into view until late Sunday morning, against Toyota and Porsche.

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May 05

ALDO Racing Dakar to test new rally truck in Mexico

 ALDO Racing getting ready for the 2014-15 Extreme Rally-Raid season

ALDO Racing Toyota-01 First Test for the new Toyota Tacoma in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico. Following the 2014 Dakar Rally raid held last January in South America, the Canadian ALDO Racing Team made a major change, trading their Desert Warrior 3 prototype for a more reliable rally-built Toyota Tacoma truck. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

McLaren plays down rumours in Bahrain

McLaren is at the centre of a body of rumours in the Bahrain paddock.

2014-04-05 - McLaren Mercedes - Bahrain - Kevin Magnussen 01In title sponsor Vodafone’s wake, the British team ran prominent Mobil 1 branding in Australia, before Esso took over the space on the sidepods of the MP4-29 in Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 27

Panis no fan of ‘green’ F1

F1 veteran Olivier Panis has admitted he is no fan of the ‘new’ F1.

Olivier Panis 2011-09-05 “Honestly, yes,” he answered when asked by France’s sport365 if the 2014 opener in Melbourne left him feeling frustrated. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 27

No engine to power Stefanovich’s F1 bid

Unable to agree terms with either Mercedes, Ferrari or Renault

2013-02-27 - Renault Sport F1 engines (17) Zoran Stefanovich has admitted he had to withdraw his bid to enter formula one in 2015 because he could not agree an engine deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 24

Stefanovich eyes Marussia’s place on F1 grid – report

Stefanovich talks date back to last November

2014-03-16 - Marussia F1 Team - Australia - Jules Bianchi (2)Zoran Stefanovich, who tried and failed to enter the sport with defunct Toyota’s assets in 2010, is back on the cusp of formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 04

Ferrari’s wind tunnel crisis now over

Fernando Alonso has confirmed reports Ferrari has now ended its wind tunnel crisis.

2014-01-31 - Scuderia Ferrari - Fernando Alonso (1) For some time, including throughout last season, the famous Italian marque has been working at Toyota’s Cologne facilities, while the troublesome Maranello wind tunnel was closed for a complete overhaul. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 22

Kobayashi racing for free in F1 return

Kobayashi revealed that he will be driving for nothing this year

2012-11-04 - Sauber F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Kamui Kobayashi 01 In a last-ditch effort to move up the grid, Caterham overlooked some of the most lucrative ‘pay drivers’ for the 2014 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 10

Caterham not ruling out Kobayashi for F1 return

Kamui Kobayashi appears imminently close to securing his return to formula one.

2013-06-09_1139 The Japanese lost his Sauber seat at the end of 2012, spending last season as a Ferrari test driver and driving a works Ferrari 458 in the Le Mans series. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

World waiting for next Schumacher news on Tuesday

“The family is not doing very well, obviously”

Schumacher - di Montezemolo - photo Getty Images More information about Michael Schumacher’s fight for life after his skiing accident will be forthcoming on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

Caterham first in line for 2014 car crash test

Caterham will be visited by the FIA officials at its UK headquarters next week

2013-06-09_1004Caterham is the first team in line to pass the FIA’s mandatory static crash test with its all-new 2014 chassis. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Pirelli considers buying new F1 test car

Pirelli is considering buying a new F1 test car from one of the teams.

2013-09-20 - Pirelli  - 0005Already frustrated by the lack of testing opportunities, and the teams’ collective reluctance to help, F1’s official supplier became further dismayed in Brazil when wet weather affected its plans to try the 2014 tyres in Friday practice. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Kamui Kobayashi has apologised after photographs emerged of him smoking a cigarette.

Kobayashi apologises for smoking

2012-11-04 - Sauber F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Kamui Kobayashi 00The former Toyota and Sauber driver, who is hoping to return to the grid, now races GT sports cars for Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 02

Kobayashi photographed smoking cigarette

According to 2013 research, almost 34 per cent of all Japanese men smoke.

2012-06-09_0171Kamui Kobayashi has dealt his bid to return to formula one a blow, after photos emerged of the former Toyota and Sauber driver smoking a cigarette. Read the rest of this entry »

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