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Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ecclestone: Right time for Schumacher to finally quit

Despite losing one of F1's strongest brands, Bernie Ecclestone has backed Michael Schumacher's decision to finally retire. "It is the right time for Michael to go," the F1 chief executive is quoted by Express newspaper. The 81-year-old Briton was a big supporter of the great German's return to F1, but at the tail-end of 2012 he admits: "There have been a few too many shunts and another one in practice today (at Suzuka on Friday)." When he made the big announcement, Schumacher admitted Mercedes' signing […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Willi Weber can't imagine Schumacher at Sauber

Michael Schumacher's famous former manager has advised the seven time world champion to finally quit Formula One for good. Having recently negotiated the great German's latest personal sponsorship deal, Willi Weber made headlines by announcing that - if he was still in charge - he would travel to Maranello for a chat with Luca di Montezemolo. In the wake of Mercedes' decision to overlook Schumacher for a 2013 seat, that triggered real speculation that the 43-year-old could return to Ferrari next year to replace Felipe […]

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012

Perez was Mercedes' 'plan B' after Hamilton

Sergio Perez was another candidate to oust Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, a German magazine claimed on Monday. Auto Motor und Sport said it means the great seven time world champion was therefore only the third choice to line up alongside Nico Rosberg in 2013, after Lewis Hamilton and Mexican Perez. Ultimately, Mercedes secured its number one choice Hamilton, leaving McLaren to sign Mexican Perez to succeed him -- and Schumacher out in the cold. Prior to signing Hamilton, "the Silver Arrows bosses had stretched out […]

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012

Schumacher might not return to retirement

Michael Schumacher may not be returning to retirement. Much like in 2006, when Ferrari replaced him with Kimi Raikkonen, the seven time world champion has now been elbowed out at Mercedes to make room for Lewis Hamilton. Some expect the 43-year-old to now return to retirement, or take up a job offer on Mercedes' management side. But Schumacher has also been linked with Sauber, whose Sergio Perez will move to McLaren next year to replace Hamilton. Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm was spotted in conversation with […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lauda says Hamilton staying at McLaren

Niki Lauda dropped a big hint on Tuesday about Lewis Hamilton's future. 24 hours ago, the Telegraph reported that the Austrian great is working for Mercedes to convince the 2008 world champion to leave McLaren. The report said the 63-year-old triple world champion Lauda would be "offered a senior role at Mercedes" if he is able to lure Hamilton to the German carmaker's Brackley based squad. But other British newspapers are reporting that McLaren has finally upped its monetary offer to match or better Mercedes' […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

McLaren ups money offer in bid to keep Hamilton

McLaren has slightly upped its monetary offer in a late bid to secure Lewis Hamilton's services for 2013, according to multiple British newspapers. The Daily Mail said McLaren has increased its offer by EUR 2.5 million to 15 million, which is still less than his current retainer of about 19 million. In the Times, correspondent Kevin Eason wrote that some in the paddock now expect an announcement to be made "in the next few days". But Eason also quoted an observer as saying: "For a […]

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012

2012 title race becoming two-horse race now

With six races to go, F1 2012 is becoming a two-horse race, according to former grand prix driver Karl Wendlinger. Before pole sitter and runaway race leader Lewis Hamilton's McLaren gearbox failed on Sunday, his boss Martin Whitmarsh had admitted the outcome in Singapore would be crucial to the world championship. Indeed -- instead of being 27 points behind with six races to go, the Briton now trails Fernando Alonso by a whopping 52 points. Hamilton said afterwards that he will "never give up". But […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Title chase entering decisive phase at Spa says Lauda

With the long August break now over, Niki Lauda thinks the 2012 championship is entering a decisive phase this weekend at fabled Spa Francorchamps. Asked if he is looking forward to the highly popular Belgian grand prix, the triple world champion and F1 legend admitted: "Thank god we at least had the Olympics since the last race. "Otherwise it would have become really boring," the 63-year-old Austrian told Osterreich newspaper. "We can expect a spectacular weekend at Spa." Lauda said it is time Fernando Alonso's […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Third title 'not easy' for Alonso in 2012 says Senna

There is no guarantee Fernando Alonso will secure his third drivers' crown in 2012. That is the view of Brazil's Bruno Senna, who drives for the famous British team Williams. He is quoted by Totalrace as saying that while Ferrari driver Alonso's 40-point lead at the season mid-point is "reasonable", the Spaniard cannot afford to relax. "There are still 225 points (for race wins) left, which is a lot," said Senna. "So even with 40 points more at the moment it's not going to be […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rush to hit the big screen in September 2013

Ron Howard’s action-drama about the battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt for the 1976 Formula 1 world championship will be released in September next year. Rush is now in post-production after being shot on location over a three-month span in the U.K., Germany and Austria. The film is expected to be a success not only due to its storyline, but also because of the impressive team behind it. Howard is a two-time Oscar winner for A Beautiful Mind (Best Director and Best Picture), and […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

World champions admire 2012 favourite Alonso

A swathe of world champions have backed Fernando Alonso to collect his third drivers' title in 2012. Writing in Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport, veteran correspondent Pino Allievi referred to the Spaniard, runaway championship leader and Hockenheim winner as "a perfect driver". He said the Ferrari driver has also "sparked the imagination" of his fellow champions, including legends Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve. "He reminds me of myself, and a little bit of Prost," Austrian Lauda is quoted […]

Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012

Ecclestone set for Mercedes talks at Hockenheim

Bernie Ecclestone is the epitome of imprecision on the subject of the Concorde Agreement and Mercedes. The F1 chief executive said recently that there is "total agreement" in the paddock about the future. But subsequent reports, essentially confirmed by Mercedes' Norbert Haug, indicated that Mercedes is in fact yet to sign on the dotted line. "I am sure Mercedes will soon issue a press release on the subject," Ecclestone told DAPD news agency when asked about Mercedes' apparent agreement. "I will speak with them at […]