Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mercedes to be 'big surprise' of 2011 - Soucek

Mar.17 (GMM) Mercedes could be "the big surprise" of the 2011 season, according to Andy Soucek.

Speaking to Marca in Spain, the former F2 champion and 2010 Virgin tester was asked to give his verdict about the looming world championship.

"I see it b...

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

McLaren has least reliable car for 2011

Mar.17 (GMM) McLaren was the least reliable team of the 2011 pre-season.

An analysis by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport shows that, excluding HRT who did not run a new car at all during the winter tests, Ferrari's 150 Italia did the most mileage.


Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Toyota gifts Zonta 2004 F1 car

Mar.17 (GMM) Former grand prix Ricardo Zonta this week received his dream gift -- the Toyota he raced in formula one in 2004.

Globo reports that the 34-year-old Brazilian, who raced a few times in 2004 after Toyota ousted Cristiano da Matta, took del...

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kobayashi cool, Vettel not says Sauber sponsor

Mar.17 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen and Kamui Kobayashi are cool, but F1's new world champion Sebastian Vettel is not.

That is the view of Ari Koivula, the boss of the Sauber sponsor Mad Croc.

Mad Croc is an energy drink, so it is no surprise that Koivula i...

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

2011 Pirelli tyre development important - Marko

Mar.17 (GMM) Red Bull's competition director Helmut Marko told the APA news agency that the development of Pirelli's tyres this year will be crucial.

"There are going to be a lot more tyre pistops this year and when the safety car comes out at a bad ...

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pirelli wants de la Rosa for one last test

Mar.17 (GMM) Pirelli wants to use the services of Pedro de la Rosa for one last time.

The veteran Spaniard, who was the Italian tyre marque's main tester for the development of this year's tyres, has now returned to his former role as McLaren reserve...

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ecclestone to push for less teams in new F1 deal

Mar.17 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has continued to argue that ten teams is a better number for formula one.

The F1 chief executive was a staunch critic of the sport's three new stragglers last year, but he has since said Team Lotus is a worthy competito...

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

FIA seeks to solve Chinese F1 visa issue

Mar.17 (GMM) F1's governing body is seeking to solve a visa problem ahead of the Chinese grand prix next month.

The Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat reports that the visa documentation for many of the sport's travelling personnel is late.

After the F...

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ecclestone to be questioned in bribery probe

Mar.17 (GMM) German prosecutors are likely to seek an interview with Bernie Ecclestone as they investigate F1's 2006 takeover.

It is the latest development following the jailing in Munich of banker Gerhard Gribkowsky surrounding his mysterious receip...

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Overtaking wing system not confusing - Whiting

Mar.16 (GMM) The FIA insists the new adjustable rear wing systems and their deployment in 2011 will not confuse spectators.

When it emerged this week that the zones at which the gap between duelling cars will be measured will differ throughout the F1...