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Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ecclestone expects Red Bull and Ferrari fight in 2013

Formula One group CEO Bernie Ecclestone says he expects Red Bull and Ferrari to compete for overall honours in 2013. Speaking ahead of the season opening Australian Grand Prix, Ecclestone also reckons Mercedes is the dark horse for this year. "I very recently spoke to (Ferrari team principal) Stefano (Domenicali) who was in London to see me and he said that he still expects Red Bull to be the danger for them," he told the Official F1 website. "And I agree: they are - and […]

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013

Hamilton helping Mercedes shed old image says Wolff

Mercedes is bidding to shed its "conservative" image, new director and team co-owner Toto Wolff has revealed. Over the winter, it has been all change at the German team; swapping Michael Schumacher with Lewis Hamilton, Norbert Haug with Austrian Wolff and Niki Lauda, and soon set to push ahead with McLaren's ex technical chief Paddy Lowe. "At Mercedes, we no longer want to be so conservative," Wolff is quoted by Austrian television ORF 1. "The new Mercedes (road car) models are young and sporty." He […]

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013

Hamilton beats Vettel on Top Gear

Lewis Hamilton could not contain his smile as he smashed Sebastian Vettel's lap record on the British motoring television show Top Gear. The 2008 world champion's existing lap of the show's test track in a Suzuki Liana, set on a wet and slippery track some years ago, was bettered by seven tenths by current world champion Sebastian Vettel. Asked if that has irritated him, Hamilton admitted to presenter Jeremy Clarkson: "Uh huh. "He's had the best car (in F1) for god knows how many years, […]

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013

Vettel's Red Bull contract 'long term' reveals Lauda

Sebastian Vettel is locked into a "long term" contract with Red Bull, according to Niki Lauda. Triple world champion Lauda, now the Mercedes team's chairman, revealed he is aware of the precise term of the reigning world champion's current deal. "I know Sebastian's contract with Red Bull and it's long term," the famous Austrian told Italian television Griglia di Partenza. "That's why we didn't try to take him under contract at Mercedes," added Lauda. At the same time, Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz told […]

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lauda: Mercedes can fight top three in 2013

Sebastian Vettel is the best, but Mercedes can be a top-three contender in 2013. That is the claim of Niki Lauda, the triple world champion who is also the straight-talking expert pundit for German television RTL. But he is also now Mercedes' 10 per cent shareholder and board chairman, and despite an up-and-down Jerez debut for the new Brackley-built W04, Lauda sounded optimistic about the future. "My big joy is that the Mercedes can now compete with the top three teams," he told Bild newspaper. […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Horner has new Red Bull deal 'until 2017' says Marko

Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko has hit back at rumours team boss Christian Horner could be defecting to Ferrari. It recently emerged that Briton Horner, the 39-year-old who has sat at the helm of the Milton Keynes based team as Sebastian Vettel raced to triple consecutive titles, visited Maranello. Now, it subsequently became clear that Horner was not the only F1 figure at Ferrari's headquarters, as Bernie Ecclestone, Martin Whitmarsh and Niki Lauda met to discuss the Concorde Agreement with Luca di Montezemolo. But that […]

Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013

New Mercedes boss Wolff starts work on Monday

Mercedes' new recruit Toto Wolff has revealed he will be based at Brackley. A new team shareholder and officially called executive director, 41-year-old Austrian Wolff is in essence replacing Norbert Haug, Mercedes' long-time motor sport vice-president. "These are very large shoes to fill," he said in an interview with Austrian broadcaster ORF. "He (Haug) did a lot of things extremely well. "It has not gone as expected last year and now we have to figure out what happened," said Wolff. "But Norbert certainly was not […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lowe to follow Hamilton to Mercedes

McLaren could be set to lose its technical director. Germany's Sport Bild is reporting that Paddy Lowe, who has been with the Woking based team for twenty years, is following Lewis Hamilton to Mercedes. The report said executive director Toto Wolff wooed Briton Lowe, 50, for a switch to Williams, but Austrian Wolff has subsequently moved to Mercedes. "This is big news," Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko is quoted as saying. McLaren declined to comment, according to Britain's Daily Telegraph. Sport Bild said the other […]

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013

Mercedes move for Wolff, Lauda becomes shareholder

Mercedes has confirmed that Toto Wolff has become a new shareholder and executive director of the team. Mercedes has also confirmed that Niki Lauda, also acquires a stake in the team. A statement released says 'Together with Ross Brawn, Lauda and Wolff will complete the management of the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 racing team.' "As an entrepreneur, investor and motorsport manager, Toto Wolff has proven that this sport runs in his blood; at the same time, he is also well aware of the economic necessities of […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Zetsche: Mercedes must push for 2014 title

Dieter Zetsche, the chairman of the German marque's parent Daimler, says Mercedes must be pushing for the world championship by 2014. Admitting that the appointments of Lewis Hamilton and Niki Lauda, and the departure of Norbert Haug, were because of Mercedes' lack of recent success, he also acknowledged that the silver team will not be in a title-winning position this year. "As it (F1) is so visible people see pretty quickly if you succeed or not, and if the results are up to your expectations," […]

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013

Money 'a factor' in Mercedes' failure admits Schumacher

Money was "a factor" in Mercedes' failure to succeed during his three-year comeback, Michael Schumacher insists. The German marque openly admits that it does not spend as much on its Brackley based works team than top teams like Red Bull and Ferrari. Schumacher told Auto Motor und Sport: "It's a factor. "Over the years Red Bull built an infrastructure and has a budget giving them the possibility to respond to anything in the best possible way. "It is nothing more or less than what we […]

Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012

Montezemolo: Vettel next in line for 'number 1' Ferrari seat

Luca di Montezemolo on Thursday admitted reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel is next in line for Ferrari's 'number 1' race seat. "If, tomorrow, Fernando would withdraw for any reason - let's say he moves to Hawaii with his girlfriend - then I would want Vettel," laughed the fabled Maranello based team's president, according to Auto Motor und Sport. Spaniard Alonso, however, is tied up contractually for years -- and Ferrari is more than happy with him. "I'm incredibly happy with him," Montezemolo agreed. "He is […]