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Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Indian Grand Prix to take sabbatical, will return in 2015

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that there will not be an Indian Grand Prix in 2014. Instead, the event will return to the sport at the start of 2015. Due to the move, there will also be a race in the country in 2012. Ecclestone told IANS that an agreement has been reached with race promoter Jaypee group. "When we signed the five-year deal with Jaypee we were keen on going to India in the first half and Jaypee wanted it to be in October," he […]

Posted on Sunday, July 7, 2013

Webber heard about the pit stop incident after the race

Christian Horner revealed after the German Grand Prix that the team decided not to inform Mark Webber about the incident from his first pit stop while he was still racing. The Australian pitted on Lap 8 for a new set of tyres and was released even if the right rear wheel was not correctly fitted. The wheel came off and struck an FOM cameraman from the pit lane. “Unfortunately, in Mark’s stop obviously we need to understand fully what happened, why the wheel hasn’t located. […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Hembery: We are collaborating with everyone

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has issued a statement to reiterate that the tyre company is working closely with the FIA and others after Sunday's tyre failures at the British Grand Prix. Pirelli earlier released their findings into the issues and appeared to lay some of the blame with teams. Pirelli unveils changes after Silverstone debacle But Hembery has denied such reports. "Contrary to the impression that some people have formed, I would like to underline the collaboration and support that we are receiving from […]

Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tyre failures mar British Grand Prix

Tyre failures have marred the beginning of the British Grand Prix. Race leader Lewis Hamilton suffered a tyre explosion on lap eight of the 52 lap race. Ferrari's Felipe Massa suffered a similar failure at the same point a few laps later. Following those failures on medium tyres, Jean Eric Vergne suffered a tyre failure into Stowe, this time on the hard tyres. The safety car was deployed to retrieve debris.

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013

'Long term' F1 deal for New Jersey

The promoter of the American Grand Prix says a new long term deal is now in place to hold a Formula 1 race around the streets of New Jersey. The inaugural race around the streets of Weehawken was due to take place this weekend but was postponed in October 2012 and the contract cancelled by Bernie Ecclestone. But race promoter Leo Hindery insists that the event will take place in 12 months' time. "Thanks to the patient, invaluable support of Bernie Ecclestone and FOM [Formula […]

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013

Symonds: Financial issues affecting most teams

Marussia technical director Pat Symonds believes that most teams on the Formula 1 grid are concerned about their finances. Symonds, who previously worked at Renault, told Sky Sports that most teams are looking at their finances with a worried eye. When asked whether a 'financial straitjacket' was too strong a description about Marussia, Symonds replied "If anything, I don't think it's a strong enough description - it's really tough in Formula 1 at the moment." "The fact is, outside the top four teams everyone has […]

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012

Stewards defend controversial decisions

The FIA's Garry Connelly has defended some decisions made by stewards across the 2012 season. Speaking to AUTO magazine, Connelly explained that the stewards have information that is unavailable to the majority of viewers. "It’s a big responsibility but one that’s become a lot less of a burden simply because of the technology now at our disposal," he said. "We have a wealth of data, that most people won’t be aware we have access to. First of all, we have all the video feeds — the pictures that have gone […]

Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012

Mastercard set for F1 return

American multinational Mastercard could be set to return to Formula One, according to the latest rumour from Brazil. Russia's f1news.ru reported that Mastercard - having sponsored Lola's stillborn F1 effort in 1997 and then Jordan between 1998-2001 - has now agreed a trackside sponsorship deal with Bernie Ecclestone's company FOM. The news follows American giant Coca-Cola's decision to sponsor Lotus from next year with its energy drink Burn, and the return to the calendar of a US grand prix. Asked how it feels to have […]

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012

3D could tempt Ecclestone to hand F1 to Sky

Pay television company Sky could replace Formula One's own broadcaster, according to a report in the Times. Journalist Kevin Eason said Barney Francis, the managing director of F1's new British broadcaster Sky Sports, will be in the Austin paddock this weekend. "He wants to introduce 3D to F1 and will have talks with Bernie Eccclestone", Eason wrote. Eason also revealed that Sky's ambitions for F1 "could go as far as providing the (entire) television coverage of F1 ... taking over from Ecclestone's television organisation". Francis […]

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2012

Teams make winter test plans for mid-March 2013 opener

F1 teams are already making plans for winter testing. Auto Motor und Sport reports that provisional plans are already being made for the teams to reveal and test their 2013 cars for the first time from February 5 next year. The date of the first test, set for Jerez, is based on the fact that - according to the Melbourne organiser - Australia is provisionally scheduled to host the 2013 season opener on March 17 "subject to FOM confirmation". The teams are therefore already setting […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New boss says 2014 Russian GP plans on track

The new boss of Sochi's 2014 Russian grand prix project insists the race plans are on track. There has been speculation the event could be delayed until 2015 because the resort city's hosting of the 2014 winter Olympics is the priority. But new chief Alexander Bogdanov said: "There is only one objective. There is a contract signed with FOM, with Bernie Ecclestone, and my goal is to fulfil the obligations. "There have been rumours, and one reason is that there was a kind of information […]

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012

FOM leaves Force India out of TV coverage on Saturday

Rumours are swirling after qualifying in Bahrain that Force India was deliberately excluded from Saturday's 'world feed' television coverage. That coverage is controlled by Formula One Management, the sport's Bernie Ecclestone-run company. F1 chief executive Ecclestone is believed to have been angry on Friday that Force India sat out the second practice session over security fears. The 81-year-old Briton offered to ride in the Silverstone based team's hire vehicles after dark with frightened mechanics and personnel, but revealed late on Friday that they had turned […]