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Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013

Alonso highest paid driver in motor sport

Fernando Alonso has emerged as clearly the highest earning driver in the entire world of motor racing. The authoritative business magazine Forbes said the Ferrari driver earns $30 million per year, of which $2 million is made up of personal endorsements. In second place is another F1 driver, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who reportedly makes $27.5 million per year, followed by Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt jr, with $26m. Another American, Jimmie Johnson, is next best with his $24 million, trailed by MotoGP veteran Valentino Rossi ($22m), […]

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013

Vettel unaware of 36-point title lead

World champion Sebastian Vettel claims he does not know what his points margin is at the top of the 2013 championship, or that Fernando Alonso is his main title rival. The triple-consecutive championship winner is superstitious; he always slides a lucky coin under his boot laces, and gives his chassis a female name on the Wednesday before the first race of a season. But he told British reporters on Wednesday that his deliberate efforts to avoid knowing the championship points situation is just "to keep […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ecclestone expects Red Bull and Ferrari fight in 2013

Formula One group CEO Bernie Ecclestone says he expects Red Bull and Ferrari to compete for overall honours in 2013. Speaking ahead of the season opening Australian Grand Prix, Ecclestone also reckons Mercedes is the dark horse for this year. "I very recently spoke to (Ferrari team principal) Stefano (Domenicali) who was in London to see me and he said that he still expects Red Bull to be the danger for them," he told the Official F1 website. "And I agree: they are - and […]

Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Susie Wolff hopes for more F1 testing

Susie Wolff has played down expectations her next step in Formula One is a spot on the grid. Admitting it was an emotional moment in the wake of the injuries sustained earlier in 2012 by Marussia's female test driver Maria de Villota, Wolff got her first taste of a grand prix car on Wednesday at the wheel of last year's Williams. The British team's 29-year-old development driver, a racer in the German touring car championship DTM and married to team official Toto Wolff, drove the […]

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 Wednesday, October 10, 2012

De Villota 'terrified' when she saw face injuries

Maria de Villota has revealed she was "terrified" when she saw her facial injuries for the first time. Marussia's female test driver was critically injured when the front of her helmet struck the loading ramp of a transporter during a straightline aerodynamic test earlier this year. She has now spoken for the first time since the accident, giving an interview to the Spanish weekly magazine Hola! The magazine featured de Villota, with short cropped hair and wearing an eye-patch over her lost right eye, on […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

De Villota could return to Spain this week

Maria de Villota could leave Addenbrook's hospital in Cambridge (UK) and return to her native Spain by the end of the week, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports. Marussia's 32-year-old female test driver has been in the hospital since losing her right eye after the horror accident at Duxford airfield early last week. De Villota's sister Isabel said on Monday that Maria has moved out of the intensive care unit, after Marussia chief John Booth revealed she had emerged from an artificial coma to speak […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Gracia calls for 'prudence and respect' for de Villota

Spain's motor racing federation has vowed to help get to the bottom of the incident involving seriously injured female test driver Maria de Villota. But Carlos Gracia, president of the RFEdA, expressed caution in light of rampant speculation following the 32-year-old Spaniard's impact with a team truck whilst 'straightline testing' Marussia's 2012 car in the UK on Tuesday. De Villota is currently in hospital with reportedly "severe facial and head injuries". Amid some reports she was fighting for her life and unconscious for a long […]

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Woman driver 'within the decade' - Wolff

Williams development driver Susie Wolff believes that a woman will be established in Formula One within the next decade. The Scottish driver joined Williams earlier this year; she competes in the German touring car championship (DTM). "I believe it will happen sooner rather than later," Wolff told BBC Sport. "Definitely within the next decade. "There is prejudice in motorsport, but I think that is slowly changing and more females are coming through." "It would just take a massive leap of faith for one of the […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

De Villota not ruling out Friday drive

Maria de Villota is not ruling out appearing during a Friday morning practice session some time in 2012. The 32-year-old Spaniard made international headlines in March when she signed with Marussia as a test driver. She subsequently admitted, however, that - despite travelling to all the grands prix with the former Virgin team this year - she is "not the reserve driver". De Villota, whose father Emilio is a former F1 driver, also clarified in March that she is not contracted to practice on Friday […]

Posted on Monday, April 9, 2012

Sauber names Kaltenborn as future successor

Monisha Kaltenborn will become F1's first ever female team boss. That is the revelation of Peter Sauber, who at the age of 68 has hinted he might call it a day before his 70th birthday. Indian Kaltenborn, 41, is already Hinwil based Sauber's chief executive, while Peter Sauber remains the team principal. "I have always said that I will not be sitting on the pitwall as a 70 year old," Sauber told Der Sonntag newspaper. "With certainty, my successor is Monisha Kaltenborn. That is for […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vettel names new Red Bull 'Abbey'

Sebastian Vettel has named his new 2012 Red Bull chassis 'Abbey'. With the Adrian Newey-penned RB8, the 24-year-old German will push to become F1's third-ever triple consecutive world champion, after Juan Manuel Fangio and mentor Michael Schumacher. Recently, the highly-superstitious German has given his F1 cars a female name -- the 2010 winner was Luscious Liz, and last year's dominant RB7 'Kinky Kylie'. So superstitious is Vettel that - as in 2011 - he has waited until the Wednesday before the season-opening Australian grand prix […]