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Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

F1's best will prevail in 2012 says Brawn

F1's current unbalance of power will eventually settle, leaving the best teams at the front of the pack. That is the view of Ross Brawn, despite Pirelli chief Paul Hembery predicting that Barcelona could crown a fifth different winning team and driver this weekend. But Mercedes chief Brawn thinks the thrills and spills will ultimate settle. "In the end, the best will prevail," he is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, "because they will get it right with the tyres more often. "It may […]

Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012

Schumacher visits Pirelli at Mugello

Michael Schumacher paid a visit to the Pirelli motorhome at Mugello. The seven time world champion was heavily critical of the Italian supplier's 2012 tyres recently in Bahrain, but boss Paul Hembery had revealed that he had yet to get together to hear first-hand about Schumacher's gripe. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said the Mercedes driver's meeting with Pirelli lasted half an hour. "I can imagine what was talked about," Timo Glock grinned. Hembery said: "Michael was with our technicians and Mercedes engineers, I do […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Rain disrupts testing at Mugello

FIA - Fernando Alonso provide some cheer for the hardy spectators who braved a dark and wet Mugello for the first day of F1 testing. With rain disrupting the early running and ruining the afternoon session, Alonso’s late morning time of 1m22.444 was comfortably fastest of the first day. Mark Webber went second quickest for Red Bull Racing and Jean-Eric Vergne third for Toro Rosso. Behind the top three many teams opted to give a run to third and reserve drivers. Jerome d’Ambrosio was fourth […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New experience as F1 tests at Mugello

Tuesday was a new experience for many F1 regulars; a rare in-season test on an unfamiliar track. Some teams wanted the three-day session to take place at Barcelona, saving money ahead of the Spanish grand prix at the same venue, but Ferrari pushed hard - reportedly even waiving the circuit rental fees - for its circuit in Tuscany to get the nod. The day did not start well weather-wise, but the spectators - reportedly 25,000, and visibly more than in Bahrain last weekend - came […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

F1 2012 'a 1000 piece puzzle' says Schumacher

F1's new face of 2012 is polarising the sport. It seems teams, drivers and spectators alike either love or hate the new great influence brought largely by Pirelli's new generation of tyres. An admitted critic is Michael Schumacher. "It's a 1000 piece puzzle that you need to put together at each race," said the seven time world champion, according to Auto Motor und Sport. Not for three decades have four different drivers driving for four different teams won the opening four grands prix of a […]

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012

'Everybody or nobody' will race in Bahrain

The vast majority of the 12 F1 teams have declined to comment on the sport's deepening Bahrain crisis. With uncertainty surrounding the staging of next week's race at Sakhir by the controversial Bahraini government, CNN contacted every one of the competing teams. Nine declined to comment, but world champions Red Bull said the decision about whether or not teams attend belongs to the governing FIA. "It's not up to the teams to pick and choose which races we take part in," said a spokesman. Red […]

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012

2012 Formula One regulation changes - Part II

The Formula One Sporting and Technical Regulations are constantly developing to respond to changes in the sport, improve the show and reduce costs. This season will be no exception and so we spoke to the experts at the team to get their view on the changes coming up this year. Today, we take a look at crash tests and the safety car: Crash test: The regulation says: “There will be tougher side impact testing and new cars must now pass all required FIA crash tests […]

Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012

Marc Gene does Ferrari demo run for 20,000 crowd in Qatar

A crowd of 20,000 watched Marc Gené do a demonstration run in an F2008 on the Doha corniche this afternoon. The event, organised by Shell in collaboration with the Qatar Motor Show, which gets underway for the second time on Monday, was a thrilling spectacle: seeing a Formula 1 car rocket at over 300 km/h down a three kilometre course set up as a temporary venue along the Qatar capital’s sea front drew an enthusiastic response from the spectators, as did the pit stops, run […]

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012

Austin venue to be finished in August

The scene of November's inaugural Formula 1 race in Austin, Texas, should be ready for the US Grand Prix well ahead of time, according to media reports. The Italiaracing website claims that, in the wake of recent speculation the event might collapse altogether, the Circuit of the Americas is now on track to be completed by August. "The workers are working six days a week to complete the paddock buildings and grandstands," read the report. The Austin American Statesman newspaper says the actual track surface […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Vettel defends constant helmet colour changes

Sebastian Vettel has defended his habit of regularly changing his F1 helmet livery. The back to back world champion uses several designs in a single season, which according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport is a "bit disappointing" in the eyes of some spectators. "Is it (your livery) not your business card, something special?" the magazine asked Vettel in an exclusive interview. Vettel answered: "Some things on my helmet always stay the same. "But somehow it just happened that my helmet designer and I experiment […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Paul Ricard could host 70,000 spectators for French GP

If Paul Ricard gets the green light to host France's F1 return in 2013, the circuit in Le Castellet could bring in more than 70,000 spectators. That is the claim of the track's director Stephane Clair, amid reports French prime minister Francois Fillon is poised to approve a deal to see the country alternate an annual spot on the F1 calendar with Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps. Previously, a drawback of installing France's race at Paul Ricard - officially called the High Tech Test Track - was the […]

Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2011

60,000 in Milton Keynes to see Red Bull event

More than 60,000 F1 fans lined the streets of Milton Keynes today (Saturday) to see World Champion Sebastian Vettel, team-mate Mark Webber, David Coulthard, Christian Horner and Adrian Newey. The world champions had not one but two Red Bull Racing cars scream up and down Midsummer Boulevard, and the F1 racers were joined by David Coulthard in our Nascar Showcar and stunt supremo Chris Pfeiffer provided the madcap, two-wheel entertainment. Vettel said: "Thanks to all the fans who came today, we wanted to put on […]