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Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012

Sauber 'has no future' with current drivers

Veteran correspondent Roger Benoit has called on Sauber to rethink its driver lineup. The Swiss team went into the British grand prix as the dark horse for victory, and afterwards even McLaren's Jenson Button admitted the C31 was perhaps the best car in the field. Sauber's points tally, however, was zero. Qualifying was going well until engineers made what team boss Peter Sauber admitted was the "obvious mistake" of fitting intermediate tyres for the sodden circuit. Then came the race. Sergio Perez ended it with […]

Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012

Vettel and Webber unveil wings for life cars

Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber unveiled their Wings for Life cars today ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Both will drive their specially-branded RB8s, which each feature more than 25,000 photos that have been sent in by fans, throughout the race weekend. Organised for Wings for Life, the charity that is striving to find a cure for spinal cord injury, the initiative was open to fans all over the world who wanted to race with Mark and Sebastian at this […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Whitmarsh: Hamilton should have avoided Maldonado crash

Lewis Hamilton should have known better before going wheel-to-wheel with Pastor Maldonado in the dying stages of Sunday's European grand prix. That is the view of the McLaren driver's boss Martin Whitmarsh, after the British team's top 2012 driver fell 23 points off the championship lead at Valencia. He crashed almost within sight of the chequered flag in a dice with Williams' Pastor Maldonado, and it was the Venezuelan who was penalised for the crash by the FIA. And while Maldonado hit out at his […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Alonso and Vettel could 'coexist' together

Double champions Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel could 'coexist together', according to Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali. In a statement likely to fuel rumours that point towards a move away from Red Bull for Vettel, Domenicali indicated that he believes both drivers would be intelligent enough to work together. "I think they are both intelligent guys and they could easily coexist together," Domenicali told Sport Bild and Auto Bild. Both Vettel and Alonso are aiming to become the sport's youngest ever triple world champion this year, while sources […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June 13. A lucky day for the only six-wheeled F1 car that ever raced in a Grand Prix

An important page of Formula 1 history was written thirty six years ago today when a six-wheeled car won its first and, as it turned out, only Grand Prix. The Tyrrell P34 (known as Project 34) might be one of the ugliest F1 car ever built, but it was perhaps one of the most innovative and radical concept of all time. Three other teams - March, Williams and Ferrari - built experimental six-wheeled chassis after Tyrrell, but none of those ever raced in a Grand […]

Posted on Monday, May 28, 2012

Mercedes not ruling out team orders

With Michael Schumacher succumbing to yet more bad luck, Mercedes is not ruling out team orders. The seven time world champion's pole celebrations in Monaco became just sixth on the grid due to the Barcelona grid penalty, and he had to retire from the race with a fuel pressure problem. "I've never seen such bad luck as Michael is having," triple world champion Niki Lauda told Bild newspaper. Indeed, he still has just 2 points in the bag after displaying solid performance so far in […]

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012

Is topsy-turvy 2012 good for F1?

After five different teams won the opening five races of 2012, a debate has exploded: is it good for Formula One? "Take a pack of playing cards, throw them up in the air and make a note of those that land on top," wrote Paul Weaver in Britain's The Guardian newspaper. "Then do it again, and again, and again. That's five. Enthralled? Perhaps you should get out more." Triple world champion Niki Lauda, an almost permanent presence on the F1 scene since the 70s, agrees […]

Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lauda predicts Schumacher will win in 2012

Niki Lauda is sure Michael Schumacher will return to the top step of the podium this year. As Mercedes took a step forwards with its new W03 car in 2012, it was the famous seven time world champion's teammate Nico Rosberg who tasted success first, securing pole and victory in China last month. But triple world champion Lauda told Germany's Bild newspaper: "Michael Schumacher will win this year. "Finally Mercedes are good enough to be able to attack the best." Schumacher, 43, has not been […]

Posted on Friday, May 4, 2012

Lauda: Red Bull could resume dominance now

After Sebastian Vettel's first win of the season in Bahrain recently, Red Bull could now maintain its grip on 2012. That is the claim of the legendary triple world champion Niki Lauda. Red Bull has been the dominant force since late 2009 and 2010, and Vettel was untouchable last year as he successfully defended his drivers' championship breakthrough. But four different teams have won so far in 2012, and only the last of them were Red Bull and Vettel, as the energy drink-owned team's superiority […]

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012

Raikkonen return impresses Lauda and Fittipaldi

Two former champions have admitted they are impressed with how Kimi Raikkonen has re-adjusted to Formula 1 after two years off the grid. Niki Lauda, the plain-speaking triple world champion, hailed F1's 2007 title winner for driving "as though he had never been away" in the early phase of his return this season, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. Emerson Fittipaldi, the double champion of the 70s, agrees. "I am surprised that it has taken no time for Kimi to be back at the […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Red Bull admits eye on 'shrewd' Mercedes

With an eye on the usual suspects McLaren and Ferrari, Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz thinks yet another team could be a real challenger in 2012. Referring to Mercedes, he told the Austrian newspaper Kurier that the Ross Brawn-led team seems to have come up with "very good improvements" and "a major development". He is believed to be referring to clever new systems on the W03, with the latest discovery said to boost top speed significantly by combining 'DRS' with a new and legal F-duct […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lauda: Mercedes the most innovative car

Triple world champion Niki Lauda has tipped Mercedes to flirt with the top positions in 2012. After February's winter group tests, rivals and pundits are now assessing the likely pecking-order less than two weeks before the season opener in Australia. "My feeling is that McLaren and Red Bull are almost equal," Lauda told Austrian television ORF's Sport am Sonntag programme. "The big positive surprise is Mercedes. They have chosen a different way," said the 63-year-old. "The nose is relatively small, making the car look quite […]