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Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013

Hulkenberg set for Lotus after Quantum deal

The head of the Quantum Motorsports consortium says a deal to buy into the Lotus team has been done - and he has urged the team to sign Nico Hulkenberg. Lotus announced earlier in the year that the group of investors from the Middle East - under the banner Quantum Motorsports - were set to purchase 35% of the team. "There is no question that the deal is definitely happening," Mansoor Ijaz, head of Quantum Motorsports, told Autosport. "I will even go out as far […]

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Abu Dhabi Grand PrixView

The titles may be wrapped up but there are still three Formula 1 races to win before the season is over. The first of those takes place at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull are the 2013 champions but the Formula 1 season is not yet over. Three teams are in the fight for second place in the constructors’ standings while there is still a mathematical possibility for any of the five drivers behind Vettel to be crowned vice-champion. […]

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013

Abu Dhabi wants F1 winter testing

Abu Dhabi has now officially thrown its name into the hat as a potential pre-season testing venue for next season. We reported last month that venues in Bahrain and Qatar have applied to host F1 next winter, as teams look to the Middle East for better testing weather than wet and cold Spain. "There is an interest to do pre-season testing outside of Europe which would be of interest to us," Richard Cregan, boss of the Abu Dhabi venue at Yas Marina, is quoted by […]

Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2012

Is good coverage the key to cracking America?

Formula One and the USA have never gone hand in hand. Is this about to change?

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012

Sponsors nervous as FIA gives Bahrain the go-ahead

High-profile sponsors are nervous, as Formula 1 ploughs ahead with next week's Bahrain grand prix. Despite widespread trepidation felt within the paddock this weekend in Shanghai, the FIA has declared that there is no reason the Sakhir event cannot go ahead. And after meeting with the teams on Friday, Bernie Ecclestone told reporters the race is "200 per cent" on. But The Times reports that, amid the threat of violence, some sponsors have pulled the plug on providing hospitality for guests next weekend. "When you […]

Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011

Late Bottas in dash from Abu Dhabi to Macau

Valtteri Bottas almost didn't make it from Abu Dhabi to Macau ahead of this weekend's prestigious F3 race. The Finn, a test driver for Williams, was among the 'young drivers' at Yas Marina this week for some precious F1 running. But for the trip from the Middle East to China, time was tight ahead of F3 qualifying. Turun Sanomat newspaper reports that the 22-year-old, after leaving the Abu Dhabi paddock after 5pm on Wednesday and missing his original flight, was still travelling when the morning […]

Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bosses back F1 to survive Eurozone crisis

Team bosses are sure formula one will weather the European storm. Struggling Eurozone members headed by Greece have triggered a worsening financial crisis in the sport's key market. But Sir Frank Williams, who is understood to be negotiating with Middle Eastern sponsors, remains confident that formula one will still be able to rely on European money. "I believe it (sponsorship) will still come from Europe because the sport is based in Europe, most people who watch it are from Europe but I think (F1 figures […]

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2011

Todt: F1 must accept move to new markets

Jean Todt says he supports formula one's push out of Europe into new markets. The FIA president was speaking at India's new Buddh circuit, amid some observers' fears that the sport is steadily walking away from its traditional hosts and venues. "Slowly (F1) is moving from Europe to other developing countries in Asia and the Middle East. "India is a strong emerging country and I admire the investments made for building the infrastructure and the resilience shown by the people," said Todt. It has also […]

Posted on Sunday, August 28, 2011

Qatar buying Silverstone lease

Aug.28 (GMM) Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has been named as the likely buyer of the lease of British grand prix venue Silverstone.

The Independent said Qatar Investment Authority - already owning shares in the London Stock Exchange, Volkswagen, Harr...

Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Wilson continues top-five consistency in WRC


M-Sport Stobart’s Matthew Wilson remains on track for securing his best ever season in the  FIA World Rally Championship after posting his second consecutive top-five finish at this week’s Jordan Rally.

The 24-year-old C...

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2011

Fired-up Al Qassimi inspired by 40th WRC start


Ford Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi is determined to mark his 40th World Rally Championship (WRC) start with a strong, points-scoring performance in this weekend’s Rally Jordan – round four of this year’s 13-event calendar.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Williams changes share price after Bahrain axe

Feb.23 (GMM) The pricing range for shares ahead of Williams' Frankfurt floatation next week has been reduced.

The team had initially announced that shares would be offered for between EUR 24 and 29.

But in the wake of the cancellation of the season ...