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Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Vettel reprimanded for post-race celebrations

World champion Sebastian Vettel has been reprimanded by the stewards after failing to observe the proper post-race protocol. Vettel opted not to enter parc ferme but instead drove to the pits straight, where he completed a series of donuts and climbed from his Red Bull RB9. The stewards decided to reprimand Vettel, but accepted that 'due to special circumstances' they accepted his version of events. 'The driver failed to proceed directly to the post race parc fermé as detailed under article 43.3 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations'. read the stewards' report. 'Due to the special circumstance the Stewards […]

Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Webber handed 10 place penalty for Korea

Mark Webber will drop 10 places on the grid for the Korean Grand Prix after picking up a reprimand in the Singapore Grand Prix. Webber's Red Bull RB9 failed on the final lap in Singapore and he hitched a lift back to the pits with Fernando Alonso. The stewards deemed he contravened article 30.9b of the sporting regulations, which state that he 'entered the track without the marshal's permission between the commencement of the formation lap and the time when the last car enters parc […]

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013

Young driver test changed to help tyre problem

Formula 1 teams will be allowed to use their race drivers at this month's young driver test in order to combat the issue with Pirelli's tyres. Five drivers suffered punctures during the British Grand Prix, raising serious doubts about the safety of the tyres. In the interests of the sport, following the International Tribunal, Mercedes will not participate. "Our priority is to ensure safety for all in Formula One and we believe the incidents at Silverstone represent a genuine safety concern for the drivers,” said […]

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013

FIA sets out case against Mercedes

The FIA insists that Mercedes did not have permission to run a 2013 car during their test following the Spanish Grand Prix. "Whether or not [Charlie] Whiting consented, it is irrelevant, because testing in relation to Article 22 is a breach, unless it [a rule change] is granted by the World Motor Sport Council," said the FIA's lawyer, Mark Howard QC, according to Autosport. "Whiting was asked a general and non-specific question - the general question on the permissibility of using a 2013 car." "His preliminary […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

German prosecutors charge Ecclestone with bribery

German prosecutors have charged Bernie Ecclestone with bribery, the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reports in its Wednesday edition. Earlier, the newspaper said the officials had completed their long investigation into the F1 chief executive's role in the Gerhard Gribkowsky corruption affair. "Munich has filed charges against Bernie Ecclestone," Wednesday's article reads, adding that one of the charges is the "serious" offense of bribing a public official. The case will surround the 82-year-old's confirmed payment of $44 million to jailed former F1 banker Gribkowsky, surrounding the sale […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ferrari set to announce Massa for 2013

Ferrari is set to announce that Felipe Massa is staying with the famous Italian team in 2013. Intense speculation has surrounded the future of the Brazilian, who since 2010 has struggled to shine alongside his highly rated teammate Fernando Alonso. But in an article by veteran correspondent Roger Benoit, the Swiss newspaper Blick said the 31-year-old is staying put in the wake of his recent form surge. "It (2013) will be his eighth season in red," wrote Benoit. In Singapore last weekend, Alonso publicly backed […]

Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012

Mercedes eyes 'contingencies' amid Hamilton rumours

Norbert Haug has admitted Mercedes is eyeing possible "contingencies", in the event Michael Schumacher does not race the German team's 2013 car. "Of course we have to plan for all contingencies," said Mercedes' competition vice-president, amid raging speculation Lewis Hamilton might sensationally switch from McLaren to drive in Schumacher's place next year. Haug is quoted by SID news agency as revealing the team is conducting "open and faithful" talks with Schumacher. And when asked about Hamilton, he added: "Lewis grew up with us (Mercedes) and […]

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ecclestone hits back after Gribkowsky bribe admission

Bernie Ecclestone has hit back after German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky this week sensationally admitted he received millions in bribes from the F1 chief executive. Gribkowsky recalled the diminutive Briton telling him that, "In Formula One, the practice is you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours". German media reports said the former BayernLB risk officer also told the court that Ecclestone said he had the power to re-shuffle contracts so that the bank's stake in the lucrative sport would be diluted. At the same time, […]

Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hamilton: I will always race my heart out

After an incredibly cruel day yesterday which saw Lewis Hamilton plummet from 1st on the grid to 24th, the former World Champion has vowed to race his heart out in what will be an exceedingly tough race this afternoon. Only moments after clinching a superlative pole-position in yesterday’s qualifying session, the British driver was instructed by his team to stop the car on track. McLaren explained this decision was because a technical fault prevented the correct amount of fuel entering the car prior to Lewis’ […]

Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Harsh penalty for error-prone McLaren

The penalty might be harsh, but the loss of Lewis Hamilton's pole in Spain is just the latest calamitous mistake by McLaren. That 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. Hamilton was told on the radio to pull over after […]

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012

Mercedes conducts F1 quit study

Mercedes is "on the verge" of quitting Formula One. That is the alarming claim of the London newspaper The Times, in an article written by its authoritative F1 correspondent Kevin Eason. Eason wrote that while rival top teams Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull will get to appoint directors once F1 is floated on the Singapore exchange, Mercedes has not been extended the same offer. "Why should Mercedes have the same deal as the others?" F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone is quoted as saying. "What have […]

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stewards declare Mercedes legal

FIA - Following an appeal from Lotus, stewards at the Chinese Grand Prix have ruled the blown wing system operated by Mercedes does not contravene F1’s technical regulations. The Mercedes system has been a subject of much speculation during the opening rounds of the Championship with race director and head of the FIA technical department Charlie Whiting called on several times to offer an opinion as to its validity. Whiting has repeatedly stated a view that he regards the system to be legal. Today in […]