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Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014

Ferrari on track for late January launch

Ferrari is edging close to having its 2014 car ready for the start of winter testing. Reports in the Marca sports newspaper (Spain) and the authoritative Autosprint (Italy) say the Maranello-built single seater is set to be launched on either the 23rd, 24th or 25th of January, a few days ahead of the opening test at Jerez. Marca correspondent Marco Canseco said the car, whose official name will be decided by fans via an internet poll, will "almost certainly" undergo its mandatory FIA crash tests […]

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013

Ferrari fans to choose name of new F1 car

Millions of fans worldwide will have a say in choosing a name for Ferrari's 2014 Formula One car via the internet in January, the Italian team said on Friday. Ferrari's car this season was the F138, a combination of the year and a tribute to the V8 engine in its final campaign before being replaced by a new turbocharged V6 unit with energy recovery systems. The team, who have Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Finland's Kimi Raikkonen as their drivers in a line-up of world champions, […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Marko defends Vettel and criticises 'political' Alonso

Red Bull consultant Dr. Helmut Marko has hit back at those criticising triple world champion Sebastian Vettel. Marko, speaking to The Red Bulletin magazine believes those criticisms of Vettel are unjustified. "There is a lot of nonsense being said. “Vettel can’t overtake.” Ridiculous; just look at Abu Dhabi and Brazil. “He is only able to win because he’s sitting in a Newey car.” We have two Newey cars,  so why aren’t we clinching one-two at every race?" Marko also criticised triple champion Sir Jackie Stewart. "Then the […]

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012

Alonso 'has problems' when he loses says Marko

Dr Helmut Marko has hinted he thinks Fernando Alonso is a bad loser. "He seems to have problems if he doesn't win," said the leading Red Bull Racing official, speaking after the FIA rejected Ferrari's challenge to Sebastian Vettel's title over a disputed yellow flag pass at the 2012 Brazil finale. "When he (Alonso) doesn't win, then he develops incredible political skills," Marko added at a celebratory event in Graz, Austria. As the yellow flag saga unfurled, Spaniard Alonso referred to "the correct rules" being […]

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ferrari 'evaluating' Vettel overtaking footage

Ferrari has until Friday to lodge a protest against the results of Sunday's championship-deciding Brazilian grand prix. The possibility that Sebastian Vettel could lose his 2012 title, to the benefit of Fernando Alonso, has arisen after video footage emerged on the internet depicting Vettel overtaking at Interlagos possibly under yellow flags. A spokesman for Ferrari admitted the team is "evaluating footage", which reportedly also includes still photography and various angles. "Anything that threatens the credibility of the championship has to be examined," the Ferrari official […]

Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Raikkonen announcement just publicity stunt

Kimi Raikkonen did not announce his plans for the 2013 season as he turned 33 on Wednesday. A viral video on the internet, posted by an advertising agency that works with the 2007 world champion, announced recently that the speculation about Raikkonen's future beyond 2012 will "come to an end" on 17 October, "when a new contract will be published". Actually, it was all just a publicity stunt for the Lotus driver's new personal sponsor, a Finnish clothing brand called Makia Racing.

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

No Montreal sellout amid F1 disruption threats

Threats to disrupt this weekend's Canadian grand prix will affect attendance, promoter Francois Dumontier has revealed. "They said they wanted to disrupt the grand prix," Dumontier said, referring to protesting students and internet terrorists. "They already have," he told the Montreal Gazette. He said ticket sales began to decline precisely when the threats became international news. Organisers have already cancelled the traditional 'open day' on Thursday, which traditionally involves free-of-charge access for spectators including the F1 pitlane. "I can't remember the last time we didn't […]

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2012

Canada GP calls off events amid security threat

Organisers of this weekend's Canadian grand prix have called off a scheduled "open house" day. The promoters of the Montreal race had planned to allow spectators to attend the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and tour the F1 pitlane for free on Thursday. La Presse newspaper said the open day has taken place since the early 90s, with 12,000 taking advantage last year. But according to the Canadian Press, it has been called off in 2012 due to "security concerns", amid threats made by protesting university students […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

'Hacktivists' threaten F1 over Montreal protests

Internet terrorist group Anonymous is targeting F1 once again. Last month, the 'hacktivists' aimed fire at the sport over the Bahrain issue, bringing down the official Formula One and FIA websites. Now, Anonymous is backing the protesting Montreal university students over the controversial 'Bill 78', a law that cracks down on their marches. "Beginning on June 7 and running through race day on June 10, Anonymous will take down all the F1 websites, dump the servers and databases -- and wreck anything else F1-related we […]

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2012

Anger as F1 does special deals for top teams

Many team bosses reportedly left the Melbourne paddock angry late on Sunday, amid claims Ferrari and Red Bull have agreed special deals for F1's future beyond the current Concorde Agreement. Rumours of the top teams' deal - part of a reportedly planned $10 billion stock market floatation of the sport - began to swirl following the publication and then retraction of a Sky News internet report. The report was reportedly based on a leaked copy of the draft 2013 Concorde Agreement, which according to London's […]

Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rumours swirl of Red Bull, Ferrari deal

Hot on the heels of the new technical controversies, the 2012 season has also kicked off in the sport's high-intrigue world of politics. A fascinating blog post by Sky News' City editor Mark Kleinman has been pulled from the internet just hours after it went live. It was about "F1 finance and control allegedly involving Ferrari, Red Bull and (the sport's owner) CVC", according to veteran journalist and broadcaster Maurice Hamilton on Twitter. "Has someone spoken out of turn?" wondered the Times' Kevin Eason. The […]

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Leaked invoice shows Williams-PDVSA deal worth $46m

A leaked invoice suggests PDVSA, the state owned Venezuelan oil company, is paying a staggering US$46 million for its sponsorship of the Williams team in 2012. Despite its authenticity having not been confirmed, the invoice from Williams - includes the Oxfordshire based team's correct Barclays bank account - requests the full amount in pounds sterling. Also appearing on the internet in recent months were the full contract between team driver Pastor Maldonado and Williams, and a stamped letter from Venezuelan congressman Carlos Ramos. The leaking […]