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Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lopez plays down Lotus collapse fears

Lotus owner Gerard Lopez has moved to allay fears the Enstone based team is on the verge of collapse. When the FIA issued the official 2014 entry list recently, Lotus' place was marked with a conspicuous asterisk, fuelling rumours of financial doom. "We just had the wrong team name on the list, namely the one of two years ago," Lopez told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport on Wednesday. "I can assure you -- everything is still the same." Despite the reassurance, however, many wonder if […]

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013

Williams confirms Massa and Bottas as 2014 line-up

Williams has confirmed that Felipe Massa will race for the team in 2014, alongside current driver Valtteri Bottas. Massa joins the team after spending eight years with Ferrari and will replace Pastor Maldonado. Bottas made his debut for Williams at the start of 2013, having spent 2012 as the team's reserve driver. "Williams is one of the most successful and important teams of all time in Formula One," said Massa. "When I was a kid, I always dreamed about racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Capitalising on Qatar link 'my last big wish' says Williams

Reaping the fruits of the collaboration with Qatar is Sir Frank Wiliams' "last big wish", he admitted on Tuesday. A couple of years ago, the British team partnered with the soverign Arab state to establish the Williams Technology Centre in Qatar, to develop and commercialise F1-bred technologies. Williams, 71, is still the Grove based team's boss, but he has handed over many of his responsibilities to his new deputy Claire, his daughter. But Frank Williams told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport that he still deals […]

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ferrari said no to Hulkenberg via text message

Nico Hulkenberg's manager has expressed disappointment with how Ferrari broke the bad news to the German driver this week. It has emerged that Hulkenberg was seriously considered by the Maranello based team as the replacement for Felipe Massa. But when Ferrari ultimately signed Raikkonen, the Italian squad let Hulkenberg know in the form of a mere text message, the German driver's manager Werner Heinz has revealed. "After two months of negotiations, I expected at least a phone call," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. […]

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013

Robertson: Raikkonen-Red Bull negotations unsuccessful

Kimi Raikkonen's manager Steve Robertson has said that negotiations with Red Bull have ended unsuccessfully. Raikkonen, 33, has been linked to the team for 2014. Long time Red Bull driver Mark Webber announced in Britain that he would be leaving the team at the end of the season. "It's true," Robertson told Autosport. "Kimi will not be driving for Red Bull in 2014. We held some talks, but a deal will not be happening." German media reported over the weekend that Daniel Ricciardo will replace […]

Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Alonso-Red Bull rumour a false alarm

A meeting in Hungary between Christian Horner and Fernando Alonso's manager could have had nothing to do with the Ferrari driver. Germany's Sport Bild reported earlier that Red Bull had confirmed the meeting in the team's motor home took place at Alonso manager Luis Garcia Abad's behest. Photos of the meeting were even published, raising the tantalising prospect of Alonso buying out the rest of his long and lucrative Ferrari deal to join arch-rival Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull in 2014. But Auto Motor und […]

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2013

Watson: Mercedes should ban Hamilton's dog

Mercedes should ban Lewis Hamilton's dog from the paddock, according to former F1 driver John Watson. While the 2008 world champion insists he is enjoying his new freedoms after quitting McLaren, driver-turned-pundit Watson is making the link between Hamilton's lifestyle and his current struggles versus teammate Nico Rosberg. "There is no place for a dog in the F1 paddock," 67-year-old Watson told the Daily Express. "For one thing, it is not fair on the animal. It (also) shows that Mercedes are bending over too far […]

Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013

Losing customer McLaren 'not ideal' admits Wolff

Toto Wolff has admitted Mercedes is disappointed with long time partner McLaren's move to link up with works Honda engines in 2015. Formerly McLaren's works engine partner, Mercedes set up its own F1 team a few years ago, leaving the great British outfit with the prospect of a customer engine bill. But that will end after 2014, when Japanese carmaker Honda returns to F1 after a six-year absence, rekindling its famous and highly-successful partnership of the 80s and 90s with McLaren. Mercedes, albeit focused on […]

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013

Raikkonen is the perfect teammate for Vettel says Coulthard

Dr Helmut Marko has admitted he can understand Mercedes' efforts to woo triple world champion Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull. Speaking to Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper, Niki Lauda admitted he has been trying to convince Vettel to join Mercedes, whose current drivers are Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. "I continued what (former motor sport director Norbert) Haug began," said Lauda, Mercedes' new chairman and shareholder. Fellow Austrian Marko, who is Red Bull's F1 consultant, insisted he has no hard feelings. "Niki should absolutely be […]

Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013

Red Bull and Mercedes want 2012 Pirelli tyres return

Top teams Red Bull and Mercedes want Pirelli to rush last year's tyres back into service. According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, the two outfits are arguing that it is not fair that the tyre supplier's 2013 products seem to be penalising the best cars. Indeed, while in the past high downforce tended to minimise tyre wear, the opposite phenomenom is apparently occuring now, and according to Red Bull and Mercedes that also poses a safety risk. Correspondent Michael Schmidt said: "Adrian Newey has […]

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013

Marko not expecting Webber to beat Vettel in 2013

There is pressure on Mark Webber to perform in 2013, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko insists. "Mark knows what we expect of him," Austrian Marko - the main link between team owner Dietrich Mateschitz and the Christian Horner-led F1 team in Milton-Keynes - told Germany's Sport Bild. Australian Webber, who openly admits that Marko is closer to Sebastian Vettel, has only a one-year contract with Red Bull Racing. Now 36, he has been with Red Bull since 2007. "For four years Vettel and Webber have […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pressure on McLaren to up game for 2013

Still among F1's grandee teams, there are signs McLaren needs to up its game if it wants to win its first title since 2008 in the near future. Indeed, the British team is losing its last champion, Lewis Hamilton, to Mercedes next year, leaving Jenson Button as the senior driver. But Button said in Abu Dhabi: "Since I've been here, this has been the worst year. It's been tricky, even on good weekends. "We've had a problem pretty much every weekend lately. We need to […]