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Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015

BBC/Sky reveal 2015 coverage

British broadcasters BBC and Sky Sports have revealed how they will share coverage of live Formula 1 races this year. Since 2012, the broadcasters have shared coverage of Formula 1 in the United Kingdom, with the BBC showing half of the 20 races live, with delayed highlights of the remaining 10. Sky Sports will show all 20 races live on its dedicated channel. The BBC will provide live coverage of races from Malaysia, Bahrain, Canada, Britain, Hungary, Belgium, Japan, Russia, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Therefore […]

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014

Lotus not alone in missing first test says Boullier

Team boss Eric Boullier on Thursday played down Lotus' decision to sit out the opening test of the 2014 pre-season. The Enstone based team finished last season a competitive fourth, but also grappling publicly with financial matters. So the admission this week that Lotus will not be at Jerez, where most other teams will run their all-new V6-powered 2014 cars for the first time, raised renewed alarm bells about Lotus' financial health and competitiveness going forwards. But Frenchman Boullier said other teams will also be […]

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013

UK broadcasters reveal 2014 plans

BBC Sport and Sky Sports have revealed their plans for the 2014 Formula 1 season. Sky Sports will show all 19 Formula 1 races live, while BBC Sport will show nine live, with highlights of the remaining 10 events. BBC Sport will show the races from Malaysia, Spain, Canada, Britain, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Russia and Abu Dhabi live. "It has been another great year for F1 on the BBC. We’re now very much looking forward to 2014 and feel we have a strong package for […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dennis would not block Alonso's McLaren return

McLaren supremo Ron Dennis has suggested he would not step in to prevent Fernando Alonso from returning to the British team. With the Woking based team looking ahead to its new era with works Honda power from 2015, boss Martin Whitmarsh has made no secret of his desire to see Alonso at the wheel. But when Dennis was still on the pitwall in 2007, he and Alonso fell out spectacularly, with the two-time world champion splitting from the team after just a single, tumultuous season […]

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013

Brawn to take six months off

Out-going Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn will take a six-month sabbatical before deciding whether to return to the sport, the Briton said on Friday. Brawn has been involved with team management in Formula One for over 35 years but will leave his current team at the end of the year and take time to decide where his future lies. "I am refusing to discuss any possible future positions until at least next summer," Brawn told the BBC. "I want to clear my mind, take a […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Montezemolo gives Alonso ‘8 out of 10’ for 2013

Luca di Montezemolo has given Fernando Alonso "eight out of ten" for the Spaniard's 2013 season. While the Italian team is struggling to hold third position in the constructors' championship, and Felipe Massa is just eighth in the drivers' standings, Alonso last weekend sealed the runner-up spot behind Sebastian Vettel. The Spaniard said this week: "I am proud, because we clearly do not have the second fastest car. So finishing second is a great reward for me." However, Alonso has had a somewhat fraught relationship […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ferrari says Raikkonen injury 'no problem'

Ferrari insists it was aware of the extent of Kimi Raikkonen's back problems when the Finn was signed up for 2014. The deal was announced in early September, which was before the Singapore grand prix, where Raikkonen admitted he was taking pain killers. And the 2007 world champion, who is replacing the Williams-bound Felipe Massa, is currently recovering from surgery that has forced him to miss the last two races of the season for Lotus. Asked by the British broadcaster Sky if Ferrari knew about […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

F1 return 'nearly impossible' admits Kubica

Robert Kubica has admitted it is unlikely he will ever return to formula one. Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali admitted recently that, prior to the Pole's horror rally crash of early 2011, Kubica was a front runner to become a driver for the fabled Italian team. "Unfortunately, I don't think he will be back," said Domenicali, referring to the limited mobility of 28-year-old Kubica's right arm, which was almost severed in the crash. Indeed, former BMW and Renault driver Kubica admitted in an interview with the […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Williams hints Smedley to be next signing

Williams has admitted Rob Smedley could be the next big name to join the beleaguered British team. As it announced that Felipe Massa is joining the team from Ferrari for 2014, deputy team boss Claire Williams said "a number of announcements" will also shortly follow. We reported in September that Massa's well-known race engineer Rob Smedley - who has shared a close, almost fatherly relationship with the Brazilian driver - is linked with a move to Williams. It is believed 39-year-old Briton Smedley has since […]

Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Damaged Ferrari hobbles Alonso's progress

Fernando Alonso says he struggled with the handling of his Ferrari F138 after a couple of first lap incidents at the Indian Grand Prix. Alonso damaged his front wing after making contact with Mark Webber at the first corner and then hit Jenson Button at turn four. Alonso was forced to make an early stop, which compromised his strategy and left him way down the order. He recovered only to 11th, meaning that Alonso recorded his first race finish outside of the points for the […]

Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bottas: Maldonado's move unfair

Valtteri Bottas says that Williams team-mate Pastor Maldonado drove unfairly during the closing moments of the Japanese Grand Prix. Maldonado dived down the inside of Bottas into the Casio triangle on the final lap, forcing Bottas to run wide and concede the position. Maldonado came across the line in 16th place, ahead of Bottas. "There was no space on the track. It was not fair," Bottas told BBC Sport. "If I hadn't gone straight on we'd have crashed. Racing shouldn't be like that." Maldonado disagreed with […]

Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013

Rosberg unhappy with Perez driving

Nico Rosberg has criticised Sergio Perez after the pair made contact during the Japanese Grand Prix. Rosberg was recovering from a drive through penalty for an unsafe release into the path of Perez when he came up behind his Mexican rival on-track. Under braking for the Casio Triangle, the drivers made contact, with Perez sustaining a puncture. "I made a good start today and was in a strong position until my first pit stop. Unfortunately we then had the incident as I left the pit […]