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Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mercedes not found guilty of rule breach says Lauda

Mercedes was not found 'guilty' of breaking the rules, Niki Lauda insists. The German team has been banned from the forthcoming young drivers test at Silverstone, and was officially reprimanded for running its 2013 car and race drivers in a secret test with Pirelli at Barcelona last month. "There was no rule violation," triple world champion Lauda, the Brackley based team's chairman and a co-owner, told Austrian broadcaster ORF. "We got a warning -- not even a yellow card which could lead to a red […]

Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013

Red Bull wanted $100m fine for Mercedes

The curious outcome of the 'test-gate' saga is that, although found guilty of breaking the rules, Mercedes is reacting with relief at the outcome of the international tribunal' verdict. And Ferrari, though its ascerbic 'Horse Whisperer' column, and fellow protester Red Bull, sound like the losers, angry that their German rival is only banned from the forthcoming young drivers' test. Indeed, Austrians Niki Lauda - Mercedes chairman - and Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko made a bet in the midst of the scandal in which […]

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013

FIA asks Pirelli for secret test 'dossier'

The FIA has asked Pirelli to compile a thorough "dossier" ahead of an international tribunal hearing regarding the secret Mercedes test, according to Kleine Zeitung newspaper. Team boss Ross Brawn is quoted as saying Mercedes could not have benefited from the three-day test in Barcelona just after the Spanish grand prix, because Pirelli only supplied engineers with "codes" of the tyres being run. "So we couldn't get any usable information," he said. Kleine Zeitung said Ferrari, who along with Red Bull officially filed the FIA […]

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013

Ecclestone tells Raikkonen to ditch Hunt tribute

Kimi Raikkonen has reportedly been told to remove the depiction of 1976 world champion James Hunt from the top of his Monaco-spec helmet. An unabashed fan of the wild, drinking, smoking, womanising British driver, Finn Raikkonen went one step further a year ago in the Principality, wearing the late Hunt's iconic black helmet livery. This year, the Lotus driver's tribute to Hunt is a stylish picture on the top of his helmet, bearing the words 'James Hunt, 1976 world champion'. And on the back of […]

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013

Lauda hails Pirelli's tyre change

Niki Lauda has hailed Pirelli's move to alter the design of its 2013 tyres ahead of the Canadian grand prix next month and beyond. Lotus, arguably the team with the best grip on the Italian supplier's controversial tyres this year, is not happy with the decision. "It's clear that Pirelli have found themselves in a difficult situation and under pressure from different quarters," team boss Eric Boullier said. "I hope they (the changes) are not too extreme." Within the pitlane, the bulk of the 'pressure' […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Red Bull wants to keep Vettel for 'a long time'

Christian Horner says he is not worried Sebastian Vettel is about to jump ship to a rival Formula One team. German Vettel, F1's reigning triple world champion and the 2013 title leader, has in the past been linked with a move to Ferrari. And the most recent rumour is that Mercedes' Niki Lauda has made approaches to the 25-year-old. Vettel, however, remains under contract to Red Bull, even if his boss Christian Horner told Sport Bild: "What team wouldn't want Sebastian Vettel? "He has been […]

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013

Surer thinks Lauda chasing Vettel for Mercedes

Marc Surer, a former Swiss F1 driver turned commentator, says he is not sure he believes Mercedes is not making a move for Sebastian Vettel. Niki Lauda, Mercedes' chairman and shareholder, backpedalled this week after hinting he might have approached Red Bull's reigning triple world champion. But Surer is quoted by Speed Week: "If you want to be a top team, you have to try to weaken your opponent. "This way (signing Vettel), you would weaken your rival and strengthen yourself at the same time. […]

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

Brawn warns more changes could hurt Mercedes

Ross Brawn has warned Mercedes against making more big changes to the team that could result in a performance dip. It was believed McLaren's 'gardening leave' technical director Paddy Lowe was set to replace Brawn as the Brackley based team's boss in 2014. And, following the recent departure of Norbert Haug and the arrival at Mercedes of new shareholders Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff, it has been rumoured that further staff changes at the team's UK headquarters could now follow. Brawn, however, warned that more […]

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Schumacher to demonstrate W02 at Nordschleife

Seven times Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher will drive Mercedes's 2011 car around the Nurburgring Nordschleife on May 19th. Schumacher retired from the sport at the end of 2012 but has taken up an ambassadorial role with the company. The German's run will take place during the build up to this season's Nurburgring 24 hours race. "I have a lot of fond memories of the Nurburgring and am really looking forward to giving fans and friends from my home town of Kerpen, which is […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hembery admits Pirelli could change tack after Bahrain

Paul Hembery has admitted Pirelli might change tack after Sunday's Bahrain grand prix, in the wake of heavy criticism of its 2013 tyres. Mercedes' Niki Lauda, who like Red Bull has been complaining the loudest about the fragile tyres and their impact on F1 this year, said in China that Pirelli has agreed to supply more durable compounds for Barcelona and beyond. Hembery, Pirelli's F1 boss, acknowledged the legendary triple world champion's words, but insists the Italian marque "needs these four races" at the start […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Brawn's team order call 'right' says Wolff

Toto Wolff, the new Mercedes co-owner and director, has played down reports of a growing rift between the team's German and British factions. After German Nico Rosberg was ordered by Ross Brawn to stay behind Briton Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia, Austrians Wolff and Niki Lauda admitted their disapproval. But RTL now quotes Wolff as saying: "The decision was unpopular, but right." The incident is being compared to the situation at Red Bull, where team bosses tried - but ultimately failed - to impose a 'hold […]

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013

Horner criticises McLaren for ECU troubles

At the end of a nightmare weekend for McLaren, Red Bull's Christian Horner added the final insult. Briton Horner, boss of McLaren's arch-rival, blamed the Woking based team for Mark Webber's Melbourne woes. Australian Webber had a terrible start and then a KERS issue in his home race, and Horner said afterwards: "You need to ask McLaren why the ECU didn't work because he was blind and had no telemetry. "It is something they need to get on top of because it caused a lot […]