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Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Alonso not Ferrari 'number 1' admits Montezemolo

Having given Fernando Alonso "eight out of ten" for his 2013 season, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo now insists the Spaniard is not the famous Italian team's number 1 driver. "I don't like number 1, number 2," he told CNN. Alonso, who has had an often fraught relationship with Montezemolo this year and flirted with moves to Red Bull and McLaren, has been controversially paired for 2014 with Ferrari's last world champion, Kimi Raikkonen. But Brazilian Felipe Massa, who has been regarded as Ferrari's number […]

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 Friday, September 20, 2013

Vettel denies Ricciardo unwise choice for 2014

Sebastian Vettel has played down suggestions Red Bull's rivals have put the world champions on the back foot with their driver lineups for 2014. Ferrari plans to field the all-star lineup of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, and Mercedes' pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is arguably the strongest of 2013. Red Bull, on the other hand, although counting again on the likely four-time world champion Vettel next year, is replacing the experienced Mark Webber with the graduating Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo. With […]

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Korea among least-popular races on F1 calendar

Korea, among F1's new breed of grands prix, is far from the most popular stop on the sport's annual calendar. Well-known British F1 photographer Darren Heath tweeted from the metropolis Seoul: "Fantastic 3 days. Early train to Mokpo tomorrow. "(It's) like being in London then heading to Shetland for an F1 GP. Mad," he concluded. According to the German news agency DPA, Formula One drivers "like the track" in South Korea but are "bugged by the strange atmosphere". Michael Schumacher confirmed: "We don't get too […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Willi Weber can't imagine Schumacher at Sauber

Michael Schumacher's famous former manager has advised the seven time world champion to finally quit Formula One for good. Having recently negotiated the great German's latest personal sponsorship deal, Willi Weber made headlines by announcing that - if he was still in charge - he would travel to Maranello for a chat with Luca di Montezemolo. In the wake of Mercedes' decision to overlook Schumacher for a 2013 seat, that triggered real speculation that the 43-year-old could return to Ferrari next year to replace Felipe […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Deep scepticism greets London GP idea

Deep scepticism has greeted Bernie Ecclestone's claim he is prepared to promote and pay for a London street race. The F1 chief executive's comments were made on the eve of a media event that took place on Thursday in the British capital organised by Santander, the sponsor of the British grand prix at Silverstone. That the Spanish bank's imaginary F1 layout for London was being suddenly touted as potentially real was "fantastic news" for the organiser and PR agency Sidhu and Simon, according to a […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ferrari denies Alonso paid EUR 30m

Ferrari has denied claims it pays Fernando Alonso a cool EUR 30 million per season. A French publication called Business Book GP 2012 had claimed the Spaniard is easily F1's highest paid driver, with earnings almost equal to McLaren's drivers put together. "A shame then that it's another case of utter balderdash," Ferrari's anonymous website reporter known as The Horse Whisperer said. The columnist said Ferrari is "always put on top" in money matters, but "the reality is very different". The famous Italian team has […]

Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012

F1 flotation could be delayed

A plan for Formula One to be floated on the Singapore stock market could be delayed, Bernie Ecclestone hinted. CVC had hoped to sell their shares but in the wake of Facebook's recent slump, F1's supremo has given a warning about acting prematurely. "The market doesn't look too bright after that little bit of a problem with Facebook. So I think they are going to wait and see", Ecclestone told CNN. Despite the problems with the stock market, Ecclestone confirmed that talks are progressing positively regarding […]

Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012

Mercedes moves towards Concorde deal

Mercedes appears on the verge of signing up to Formula One's future. The German carmaker had been locked in dispute with the sport's chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, after rival top teams were offered better deals for the post-2012 Concorde Agreement. But Ecclestone told CNN on Thursday that "all the current teams" have signed up "until 2020". "Everybody has agreed with it," the 81-year-old insisted. Asked if Mercedes is counted among that number, Ecclestone added: "You'll have to wait to see but I'm confident everything with […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mercedes hints no plans to quit F1

Mercedes has dropped a strong hint that it has no intention of racing out of Formula One at the end of this season. The German marque is currently arguing with F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone over the 2013 Concorde Agreement, after only Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull were offered places on the sport's post-floatation board. Media reports have indicated Mercedes, a supplier of engines and also with its own Brackley based works team, could quit Formula One over the spat. "We are in discussions with […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Schumacher continues criticising Pirelli

Just under three weeks after the Bahrain Grand Prix, and 7-time World Champion Michael Schumacher is unrelenting in his criticism of Pirelli’s tyres. The German driver has likened these tyres to ‘driving of raw eggs’, and believes it’s playing too much of a big effect on the racing. The Pirelli tyres for 2012 have undoubtedly provided the fans with an exciting opening four races, however Michael Schumacher believes they detract from the racing as the 7-time World Champion says you can’t overdo it during the […]

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012

'Everybody or nobody' will race in Bahrain

The vast majority of the 12 F1 teams have declined to comment on the sport's deepening Bahrain crisis. With uncertainty surrounding the staging of next week's race at Sakhir by the controversial Bahraini government, CNN contacted every one of the competing teams. Nine declined to comment, but world champions Red Bull said the decision about whether or not teams attend belongs to the governing FIA. "It's not up to the teams to pick and choose which races we take part in," said a spokesman. Red […]