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Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012

Hamilton has started work at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has already started work at Mercedes. Britain's Sun newspaper said that although the 2008 world champion remains under contract to McLaren for two more weeks, a "deal" has been agreed whereby the 27-year-old can at least meet his new engineers. And the report said Briton Hamilton also got his first taste of Mercedes' driver simulator last week. "Lewis has already been in the factory to see the team and fulfil some duties after we found an agreement about that with McLaren," said Mercedes' […]

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012

Haug to leave Mercedes

Norbert Haug is leaving his role as Mercedes' motor sport chief "by mutal agreement" at the end of this month. A statement issued by the German carmaker said that, after his more than two decades in the role, the 60-year-old's contract is ending. "Preparations for the forthcoming season continue as planned," Thursday's announcement read. The statement did not give a reason for Haug's sudden departure, or who might replace him. But in late September, triple world champion Niki Lauda joined the board of Mercedes' Brackley […]

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 Monday, November 19, 2012

Karthikeyan says FIA on his side after Vettel criticism

Narain Karthikeyan has hit back at Sebastian Vettel, following the latest bout of criticism from the reigning world champion. Vettel's Red Bull boss, Christian Horner, pointed the finger at HRT's Karthikeyan after Vettel lost the lead of the US grand prix on Sunday to Lewis Hamilton. "The race unfortunately hinged on one backmarker that didn't use his mirrors," he said. Vettel screamed angrily into his radio after losing the place to Hamilton, and some immediately thought the German was being critical of the McLaren driver. […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lauda still tipping Vettel to beat Alonso

Sebastian Vettel remains the overwhelming favourite to become 2012 champion, despite Red Bull's qualifying crisis and the loss of 3 points to Fernando Alonso in Abu Dhabi. That is the view of F1 legend Niki Lauda, who was asked by Osterreich newspaper if he has changed his mind after Red Bull bungled qualifying last weekend, forcing Vettel to fight up to the podium from a pitlane start. With just two races to go now, Vettel is 10 points ahead of Ferrari's Alonso. "Nothing has changed," […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ferrari updates 'no great revolution' says Gene

Ferrari has travelled to India with some improvements for its 2012 car, test driver Marc Gene has revealed. Despite admitting its wind tunnel has not always been up to scratch this year, the Italian team remains determined to fight back after Fernando Alonso lost his long-standing championship lead to Red Bull's on-form Sebastian Vettel two weeks ago in Korea. Spaniard Gene is quoted by the EFE news agency as admitting Ferrari has brought "a number of improvements" to India, the fourth-last stop on the 2012 […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mercedes designing 'completely new' 2013 car

Mercedes is working on a "completely new car" for the 2013 season, Niki Lauda has revealed. Lauda, the F1 legend and triple world champion, is Mercedes' brand new non-executive chairman -- the main link between the Stuttgart carmaker and the Ross Brawn-led, UK-based team. With this year's W03, Nico Rosberg won in Shanghai and Michael Schumacher lapped the quickest in qualifying at Monaco, but otherwise the silver machine has often been a disappointment. With the regulations staying essentially stable next year, ahead of the radical […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Title not Vettel's yet says Lauda

Sebastian Vettel may be on form and at the wheel of the fastest car, but the 2012 championship is not settled yet. That is the warning of F1 legend Niki Lauda, despite German Vettel recently managing to track down Fernando Alonso's big championship lead to now top the championship with just four races to go in the currently dominant Red Bull. "At the moment everything is going in Vettel's favour, but it would be premature to celebrate the world championship yet," triple world champion Lauda […]

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Marko: Lauda makes a move to poach Newey

Niki Lauda has already made a move on Adrian Newey. Austrian great Lauda, having negotiated Mercedes' new Concorde Agreement and wooed Lewis Hamilton to the German squad, has also joined the team as non-executive chairman. And according to Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, "Herr Lauda has been looking into how long Adrian Newey still has a contract with us", he is quoted by Bild newspaper. The report said Briton Newey, F1's most respected car designer and aerodynamicist who reportedly makes EUR 8 million a year […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Marko happy Hamilton leaving McLaren

Dr Helmut Marko has revealed he is pleased Lewis Hamilton is moving to Mercedes. Red Bull's driver manager, who is also the team owner Dietrich Mateschitz's right-hand man on racing matters, told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport he needs to thank Niki Lauda. Triple world champion Lauda has officially joined Mercedes, after helping the German marque with its Concorde Agreement negotiations and convincing Hamilton to jump ship from top team McLaren. "Niki has done us a favour," said outspoken Austrian Marko. "He has weakened Lewis […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Schumacher had talks with Sauber and Ferrari

Niki Lauda has confirmed that Michael Schumacher turned to Sauber and even Ferrari once he knew he would lose his Mercedes seat. Austrian legend Lauda, who has joined Mercedes as non-executive chairman, insists seven time world champion Schumacher lost his seat only because his decision-making period about the future beyond 2012 was so prolonged. He says Mercedes had to look around for alternatives, and closed a deal with Lewis Hamilton. "We have seen how fast-moving and ruthless Formula One is, with Mercedes responding extremely quickly […]

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012

Webber confronted Grosjean after 'nutcase' jibe

Mark Webber has admitted to confronting Romain Grosjean after Sunday's Japanese grand prix. The Australian was furious with the Lotus driver at Suzuka, describing the Frenchman as a "nutcase" after their first corner tangle. It is Grosjean's ninth similar offence since returning to F1 as GP2 champion this year, causing many in the paddock to call on the FIA to give the 26-year-old yet another race ban. Grosjean admitted after the race that Webber was "obviously not happy" when they had a word in the […]