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Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014

Button's father John dies aged 70

John Button, father of 2009 world champion Jenson, has passed away following a suspected heart attack. He was 70. John was found dead at his home in the South of France on Sunday. He enjoyed success as a rallycross driver in the 1970s before becoming an integral part in supporting son Jenson into Formula 1. John retained a presence in the Formula 1 paddock throughout Jenson's career. 'It is with great sadness and regret that I can confirm John Button passed away at his home […]

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

FIA reveal permanent F1 driver numbers

Quadruple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel went for five on Friday with the German choosing to have that numeral on his car when he is eventually deposed as number one. Under new regulations for 2014, Formula One drivers will have permanent racing numbers to be used throughout their careers from now on and can choose any between two and 99. The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) published the official list with some surprises among the selections. Vettel, who will have the number one on […]

Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

Schumacher's family 'moved to tears' by overwhelming support

The family of Michael Schumacher say that they are overwhelmed by the support shown by fans on the occasion of his 45th birthday. Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since a skiing accident at the Meribel resort in France on Sunday. Schumacher remains in a critical but stable condition in Grenoble hospital. Ferrari clubs from Italy and France gathered outside of the hospital on Friday and unfurled a giant Ferrari flag to show their support for the injured German. Over 200 fans joined […]

Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013

Formula 1 sends support to injured Schumacher

The Formula 1 community has emerged to send its support to Michael Schumacher, who is in a critical condition in hospital. Schumacher fell while skiing in the French Alps on Sunday and is in an induced coma in Grenoble. Personalities from the sport sent messages of support to the German, who claimed 91 wins and seven championships in a career spanning 19 seasons. 'Following the serious injuries sustained by Michael Schumacher in a skiing accident yesterday in France, the thoughts and sympathies of all at […]

Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013

Schumacher remains in critical condition in hospital

Michael Schumacher remains in a critical condition in an induced coma following a skiing accident on Sunday. Schumacher was skiing in the French Alps on Sunday when he fell and hit his head on a rock. He was taken to the nearby hospital in Moutiers but was soon transferred to the larger hospital in Grenoble, France. Doctors from the hospital held a press conference late on Monday morning. "Michael Schumacher was the victim of very serious trauma", said a hospital spokesman. "He was very agitated […]

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013

Pic admits 2014 Caterham seat not secure

A month ahead of official pre-season testing for 2014, Charles Pic has admitted his future remains far from certain. It has been rumoured in recent days and weeks that, ahead of the new season, the Lagardere-backed Frenchman's sponsorship haul might not be as strong as that of his 2013 teammate Giedo van der Garde. At the same time, there have been rumours Caterham might be considering a new driver to replace 23-year-old Pic, such as the Swedish rookie Marcus Ericsson. And Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper […]

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013

Todt backs move for permanent race numbers in F1

The newly re-elected Jean Todt says he supports moves to reinstate permanent race numbers in Formula One. In an earlier era, F1 fans became accustomed to associating a number with their favourite driver -- like Gilles Villeneuve's fabled 27, or the 'red 5' of Nigel Mansell. But in more recent years, race numbers have simply been assigned by the FIA on the basis of teams' finishing positions in the constructors' world championship. It emerged recently, however, that a push is on to bring back permanent […]

Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013

Grosjean not sure if Lotus budget in place

Romain Grosjean has admitted he is not sure if Lotus' money problems have been solved. The Enstone based team had been delaying signing its preferred option to replace the disgruntled Kimi Raikkonen - Nico Hulkenberg - until the money from the much-vaunted 'Quantum' investment came through. Ultimately, while re-signing the impressive Frenchman Grosjean, Lotus announced on Friday that his new teammate will be Pastor Maldonado. The press release made no mention of the Venezuelan's backing, but it is well known that he brings around EUR […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Di Resta admits Indycar switch an option for 2014

Paul di Resta has admitted he might consider a move to America's premier Indycar series for 2014. We reported last week that the retirement of the Scot's famous cousin, Dario Franchitti, could have opened up the top Ganassi seat for di Resta in 2014. After three years in F1 with the Silverstone based team, 27-year-old di Resta is struggling to hang onto his Force India seat. The highly rated Nico Hulkenberg, the team incumbent Adrian Sutil, and also the possibly Carlos Slim-backed McLaren refugee Sergio […]

Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2013

Magnussen on brink of title after dominant performance

Kevin Magnussen dominated the penultimate round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Paul Ricard in France to stand on the brink of the title. Magnussen, part of McLaren's young driver scheme, secured both pole positions and stormed to victories in the two races. But a technical infringement on his DAMS car meant that he was excluded from the results. DAMS intends to appeal the disqualification. Magnussen's misfortune handed victory to Red Bull youngster Antonio Felix da Costa, for his third win of the season. […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lotus structure can cope with personnel losses

Lotus has been the victim as more powerful teams waved chequebooks to lure key people. In quick succession, Ferrari has poached Lotus' technical director James Allison, star driver Kimi Raikkonen, and aerodynamics chief Dirk de Beer. France's Auto Hebdo claims computational fluid dynamics boss Jarrod Murphy is also departing. Speaking before the latest wave of departures became clear, Lotus' chief executive Patrick Louis said: "It is clear that the average wage at the top teams is higher than ours. "At certain levels, their salaries far […]

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013

Vergne claims he 'thrashed' teammate Ricciardo

Jean-Eric Vergne, reportedly overlooked for the 2014 Red Bull vacancy, claims he has done a better job than Daniel Ricciardo this year. The Frenchman conceded recently that the world champion team is more seriously considering teammate Ricciardo to replace Mark Webber because of the young Australian's superior consistency. But Vergne has now told France's L'Equipe that Ricciardo's reputation is wrong. "Red Bull is the world champion team and they need a driver who can score points in every race," said the 23-year-old. "But if you […]