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Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013

New Mercedes boss Wolff starts work on Monday

Mercedes' new recruit Toto Wolff has revealed he will be based at Brackley. A new team shareholder and officially called executive director, 41-year-old Austrian Wolff is in essence replacing Norbert Haug, Mercedes' long-time motor sport vice-president. "These are very large shoes to fill," he said in an interview with Austrian broadcaster ORF. "He (Haug) did a lot of things extremely well. "It has not gone as expected last year and now we have to figure out what happened," said Wolff. "But Norbert certainly was not […]

Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012

Hamilton has started work at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has already started work at Mercedes. Britain's Sun newspaper said that although the 2008 world champion remains under contract to McLaren for two more weeks, a "deal" has been agreed whereby the 27-year-old can at least meet his new engineers. And the report said Briton Hamilton also got his first taste of Mercedes' driver simulator last week. "Lewis has already been in the factory to see the team and fulfil some duties after we found an agreement about that with McLaren," said Mercedes' […]

Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2012

F1 members admitted to hospital in Austin

Members of F1's travelling circus have been admitted to hospital in Austin, the Swiss newspaper Blick reports. The report said three members of the press from Portugal, Denmark and England respectively, and "some members" of the Red Bull team, are in hospital. Rumours suggest the Briton involved is the well-known photographer Keith Sutton, while the other two press-men are journalists Peter Nygaard and Luis Vasconcelos. The newspaper claimed they have contracted infectious diseases after being bitten by mosquitoes in India late last month. During the […]

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012

First taste of HRT was 'total disaster'

HRT boss Luis Perez-Sala has admitted his first taste of the struggling Spanish team was not a happy one. The former Minardi driver was appointed by HRT's new owners Thesan Capital last year. His first taste of life at HRT under his predecessor Colin Kolles' rule was at the 2011 British grand prix. "What I saw, I did not like," Perez-Sala told El Pais newspaper. "It was a total disaster. There was no organisation, no credibility. No aerodynamic research. No home, no identity. "Everything was […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

German spectators losing interest in F1

German journalist Michael Schmidt has expressed concern about the half-empty grandstands at Hockenheim last weekend. In Auto Motor und Sport, he said he was "surprised" by the "lack of interest" in the German grand prix amid the fascinating 2012 season. Indeed, Germans have seldom had more to cheer about in F1, with the grid boasting legend Michael Schumacher, the reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, three other race drivers and the Stuttgart marque Mercedes. But only 38,000 spectators attended on Friday, 50,000 for qualifying and 62,000 […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Perez targets qualifying improvement

Sauber's Sergio Perez says that he needs to improve his qualifying performance at the British Grand Prix. Perez has failed to make Q3 since the Spanish Grand Prix, although he fought back to 3rd in Canada. Nevertheless, Perez believes that an improvement on Saturday will lead to better results on Sunday. "I think our car will be good in Silverstone and I want to fight for another podium there. In my view in Silverstone it is even more difficult to overtake than it was in […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Raikkonen: Now I’ve had some good results, I want more

After a strong second place in Valencia, Kimi is even more focused on attaining that elusive top step as he heads to one of his favourite circuits of the year; Silverstone. How do you feel your season is shaping up? If you asked me before the start of the season whether I would be happy with podiums I would have said yes, but now I’ve had some good results, I want more. In the last few races the results haven’t been as strong as I’ve […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Kimi:

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen has said that his strong form in 2012 has left him with a winning ambition. Raikkonen has taken three podiums so far this season but has yet to claim the top step. "If you asked me before the start of the season whether I would be happy with podiums I would have said yes, but now I’ve had some good results, I want more", said the Finnish driver. "In the last few races the results haven’t been as strong as I’ve […]

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012

Shame victory chance slipped for Grosjean says Tambay

Romain Grosjean on Sunday lost his chance to become F1's eighth different winner. The Frenchman was running comfortably behind eventual winner Fernando Alonso at Valencia when his Renault alternator failed -- the same component that halted Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull charge. "We need to hold our hands up and apologise," said Renault's Remi Taffin. Former F1 driver Patrick Tambay told France's RMC: "It's a shame, because the opportunities for victory are rare and you can't let them pass. "Today it passed for Romain but it […]

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ecclestone inks split broadcasting deal for Italy

Bernie Ecclestone has inked a television deal for Italy that mirrors the controversial split-broadcasting arrangement in Britain. For 2012, the F1 chief executive ended free-to-air live coverage of the grand prix weekends within Britain by agreeing a deal with pay-channel Sky. Free-to-air viewers in Britain can now only watch a limited amount of races live, with the others restricted to delayed highlights packages. Ecclestone has signed a near-identical arrangement for Italy. The live broadcasting rights for the entire 2013 calendar have been secured by Italy's […]

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012

Bahrain could get director on F1 board

Bahrain, the controversial island Kingdom, could have been central to McLaren's decision to agree the terms of the next Concorde Agreement. Bahrain's ruling family, through its investment arm Mumtalakat Holdings, owns half of the famous British team. The Times' F1 correspondent Kevin Eason quoted a source as saying the link "pushed (McLaren's) Concorde deal over the line". In return for signing up, Bahrain reportedly received a "pledge" that last month's highly contentious grand prix would go ahead. Eason also said it is possible that one […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012

KERS unlikely for HRT in 2012

HRT's team boss has admitted installing KERS is an unlikely goal for the struggling Spanish team this year. Luis Perez Sala said the new F112 was designed to accommodate the energy-recovery technology, but qualifying comfortably within the 107 % rule is a better target for now. "We have a car we are yet to discover," he told El Confidencial. Indeed, HRT travelled to Australia last month having hardly run its new Cosworth-powered car, and failed to qualify for the season opener. "It is designed to […]