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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 […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Berger would not have signed Raikkonen for comeback

If he was in charge at Lotus, Gerhard Berger would not have signed Kimi Raikkonen for 2012. Former ten-time winner Berger, the former BMW motor sport director and Toro Rosso co-owner, admitted that the 2007 world champion's comeback is "good for Formula 1". But "If he is able to reach the top again I would say is 50-50," he told the Austrian broadcaster ORF. "I do not think the best," said the former Ferrari and McLaren driver, "if he decides to stop, does a bit […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Toro Rosso right to axe both drivers says Berger

Toro Rosso was "absolutely right" to axe its entire driver lineup ahead of the 2012 season. That is the claim of the team's former co-owner and boss Gerhard Berger. Faenza based Toro Rosso's current owner Red Bull has ousted Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi in favour of the fresher Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. "I think it's correct, although it is very hard," ten-time grand prix winner Berger told Austrian television ORF. "For Red Bull and Toro Rosso, it's about preparing drivers - ideally from […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wurz: Red Bull fears politics not Vettel carnage

Despite Sebastian Vettel's recent success and his continuing dominance, Red Bull chiefs were a little unhappy with the back to back champion in India. Bild newspaper reports that both team boss Christian Horner and Red Bull consultant Dr Helmut Marko publicly and privately chided the 24-year-old for insisting upon charging for the fastest race lap. "He knows that we do not like that," confirmed Horner. Italy's Corriere della Sera wondered if Vettel is simply seeking motivation: "He no longer fights against his competitors but against […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

F1 might benefit from permanent F1 steward

F1 might end a spate of near-constant driver penalties by installing a permanent race steward. FIA president Jean Todt's new initiative of having a former professional racing driver on the stewards' panel at every grand prix has been widely praised. But the system may not be perfect, as the last couple of grands prix indicate. Some observers were amazed that Sebastian Vettel's swerve against Jenson Button at the Suzuka start last weekend was not penalised. "I am not going to lie. At that moment in […]

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011

Rivals eye Red Bull defeat in Monaco

May 23 (GMM) Sunday's was the best drive in the meteoric career of Sebastian Vettel.

That is the claim of triple world champion Niki Lauda, who said despite Spain being the reigning world champion's fourth win of 2011, the pressure applied by Lewis H...

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A1-Ring not rebuilt for F1 tilt - Berger

May 17 (GMM) The Red Bull Ring is ready for formula one but Gerhard Berger doubts its owner is pushing for the return of the Austrian grand prix.

Some years ago, the ten-time grand prix winner co-owned Toro Rosso with countryman and billionaire Dietr...

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2011

Red Bull wary but Vettel 'top of his game'

May 9 (GMM) Red Bull insists it is wary of other F1 teams after Sunday's Turkish grand prix but those competitors are not quite as bullish.

"Ferrari are back," team boss Christian Horner is quoted as saying by Tuttosport at Istanbul Park, where Ferna...