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Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ross Brawn to step down as Mercedes team principal

Ross Brawn will step down from his position as team principal at Mercedes at the end of 2013, it was announced on Thursday. Following an extended period of open discussion between the team's key stakeholders, Ross has chosen to hand over the team leadership to Executive Director (Business) Toto Wolff and Executive Director (Technical) Paddy Lowe. Ross Brawn, who will formally leave the team on 31st December 2013, said: "The most important consideration in my decision to step down from the role as Team Principal […]

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013

Friday press conference - Belgium

Team Representatives - Andrew Green (Force India), Nick Chester (Lotus), Jean-Michel Jalinier (Renault Sport), Tom McCullough (Sauber), Pat Symonds (Williams), James Key (Toro Rosso). Q: James, if I could start with you. I want to talk about the engineering challenges today, of developing new technologies, such as we have for 2014, but in a resource-restricted environment in Formula One, as we have at the moment. What are the key points in your mind? James Key: That’s the secret to it in many ways, isn’t it, […]

Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013

Unpaid suppliers file claims against ailing Sauber

The depths of Sauber's financial problems are now beginning to emerge. The Swiss business newspaper Handeslzeitung reports that dozens of unpaid suppliers to the struggling Hinwil based team have filed claims, totalling almost EUR 1 million. The report said the suppliers have waited several months for their invoices to be paid, before lodging the claims against Sauber with the official Swiss debt register Betreibungsregister. "We are very much in contact with our suppliers," founder Peter Sauber is quoted as saying, "and make every effort to […]

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013

Mercedes move for Wolff, Lauda becomes shareholder

Mercedes has confirmed that Toto Wolff has become a new shareholder and executive director of the team. Mercedes has also confirmed that Niki Lauda, also acquires a stake in the team. A statement released says 'Together with Ross Brawn, Lauda and Wolff will complete the management of the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 racing team.' "As an entrepreneur, investor and motorsport manager, Toto Wolff has proven that this sport runs in his blood; at the same time, he is also well aware of the economic necessities of […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sauber denies Mercedes engine deal for 2014

Sauber has denied reports it has penned an agreement with Mercedes to replace its engine deal with Ferrari for the 2014 season and beyond. French sources have claimed Force India, currently supplied by Mercedes, will switch suppliers with Ferrari-powered Sauber for the radical new turbo V6 rules. It would be big news for the Swiss team, as - the works BMW years aside - Sauber has been powered by Ferrari throughout most of its almost two-decade involvement in F1. But a Sauber spokesman insisted: "We […]

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013

February launch for Sauber

Sauber will launch their 2013 challenger on February 2nd. The C32 will be unveiled by Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez at the team's factory in Hinwil in Switzerland.  

Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012

Kobayashi asks fans for money to save F1 career

Kamui Kobayashi is hoping a new website will help him raise the money to stay in Formula One beyond Sunday's Brazilian grand prix. Sauber announced on Friday that it will pair Nico Hulkenberg with the Telmex-backed Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez in 2013. "I think if a driver deserves to be in Formula One he's definitely one of them and I hope he can get support from Japanese companies and stay in the sport," Monisha Kaltenborn, admitting the decision to oust Kobayashi was "tough", said in […]

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Kaltenborn becomes first female F1 principal

Some time ago, Peter Sauber announced that he did not wish to be on the pit wall when he turned 70. The company founder is proving true to his word: in two days’ time – on 13th October – he will turn 69 and is now stepping back from the day-to-day running of the team. Monisha Kaltenborn (41), CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG and responsible for business operations at Hinwil since early 2010, will additionally take over the role of Team Principal at trackside with […]

Posted on Friday, October 5, 2012

Vettel tips Sauber to shine at Suzuka

Sebastian Vettel has tipped Sauber as a real dark horse at this weekend's Japanese grand prix. The reigning world champion won last time out in Singapore with his Red Bull, but he admits that the Ferrari-powered C31 should be a standout performer in Japan. "I believe Sauber will do very well this weekend," Vettel is quoted by Brazil's Totalrace. "They have a really great car with a lot of downforce." Sauber's drivers agree. "Definitely our car could be competitive here," said local driver Kamui Kobayashi […]

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012

Mercedes offering Schumacher 2013 contract

Amid all the hype about Lewis Hamilton's supposed move to Mercedes, the German squad appears to be preparing to extend Michael Schumacher's career. The major German daily Bild said 43-year-old Schumacher's negotiations about 2013 and beyond are now "in full swing". The report claims Mercedes is offering the seven time world champion a new contract for 2013, while Schumacher is apparently pushing for a unilateral option that would allow him to decide to keep racing in 2014 as well. The carmaker's motor racing president Norbert […]

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012

Brawn not planning to retire yet

Ross Brawn has revealed he is not planning to retire for at least a few more years. The 57-year-old, who soared to success in past decades as a leading engineer at Benetton and Ferrari, is now the team boss at Mercedes, three years after selling the title-winning 'Brawn GP' outfit in 2009. And amid rumours Lewis Hamilton could switch to the Brackley based camp for 2013, Brawn has told the Daily Mail he is not going anywhere for now. "I am not planning to retire […]

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012

Kobayashi on top at soggy Spa

Kamui Kobayashi set the fastest time in first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix. The Japanese driver's time of 2:11.389 was the best in a session affected by heavy rain. The 90 minute session began in wet conditions, with only Kobayashi setting a lap time. With around forty minutes remaining, following a period of intense rainfall, the drivers returned to the track. There's no doubt that the heavy rain will be a source of frustration for the drivers after a five week break. The rain […]