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Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2011

MotoGP rider killed, F1 safe insists Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone is confident formula one remains ahead of the pack in terms of safety. The F1 chief executive was speaking after the death of Indycar driver Dan Wheldon in Las Vegas last week, and before Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli was killed on Sunday in a sickening crash at Sepang. "What a horrible week for our sport," said Team Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok late on Sunday. Added his boss Tony Fernandes on Twitter: "People forget how dangerous a sport racing is." Ecclestone told […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

F1 governing body to help Wheldon crash probe

F1's governing body will assist in the investigation of Dan Wheldon's death. Briton Wheldon, 33, was killed in a 15-car crash last Sunday on lap 12 of the 2011 Indycar finale in Las Vegas. According to the Associated Press, the Paris based FIA as well as the US sanctioning body ACCUS "will assist in a full investigation" of the fatal crash. Indycar confirmed the news whilst saying "the safety of our drivers, their crews ... staff, racetrack staff and spectators is always our paramount concern".

Posted on Sunday, October 9, 2011

Boss helped Kobayashi climb Suzuka grid

Without setting a time in the decisive Q3 at Suzuka, local hero Kamui Kobayashi moved up three places and will start the race from seventh. The provisional results had showed the Japanese in tenth place, as the driver with the highest race number behind fellow non-runners Michael Schumacher, Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov. Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali hit out at the growing trend of drivers sitting out qualifying in order to save tyres for the race. "I think it shows something is not right […]

Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011

Designer Tilke says India will be ready

The designer of India's new Buddh circuit insists the venue will be ready for its inaugural race late this month. Hermann Tilke was talking to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport after the latest round of speculation about the last stages of construction near Delhi. Asked if the F1 paddock and spectators need to be worried three weeks before they arrive at Buddh, he said: "No, everything with the planning is on time. "This is actually as it always is -- almost all of the new […]

Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011

Top drivers defend quiet 'Q3' in Singapore

Sep.25 (GMM) Top formula one drivers have defended the decisions of rival teams late on Saturday to sit out Q3 in Singapore.

Both Force India drivers as well as Mercedes' Michael Schumacher qualified for the top-ten shootout but elected to stay in th...

Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Schumacher hometown not planning celebration

Aug.24 (GMM) Michael Schumacher's home town is not planning an official celebration this weekend.

At Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the seven time world champion will mark the 20th anniversary of his meteoric formula one debut.

But 70 kilometres away...

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011

The season so far: a poem

Whilst the F1 community enjoys their summer break, here's a poetical look back at the season so far... So the season begun Under hot Aussie sun As Bahrain said ‘okay, we concede’ Vettel dominated Webber’s pace was stagnated For the German, 56 laps, he did lead. And on to Round Two Where the heat gets to you And the fast turns, the Red Bull, they do suit. Four stops the way to go, Whilst Petrov flew like a crow But young Seb gave his rivals […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Delhi circuit not 100% ready for F1

Vijay Mallya has admitted the new Buddh circuit in New Delhi might not be completed by the time of October's inaugural Indian grand prix. But the billionaire, India's FIA representative and also owner and boss of the Force India team, insists the event will go ahead anyway. It has emerged that the homologation inspection of the venue, originally scheduled for the first week of August, will now take place on September 1. Indian official Vicky Chandhok insisted the delayed date is for "purely administrative reasons" […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011

F1 should become less technical - Briatore

Aug.2 (GMM) Formula one needs to be taken from the engineers and given back to the drivers, according to former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore.

"We need to lower the costs but also the technology because right now the drivers are clicking a thousa...

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011

FIA ignored Webber/Alonso rule breach

Jul.29 (GMM) The FIA turned a blind eye late last Sunday when Fernando Alonso hitched a precarious lift to the Nurburgring pits.

The scene, with the Ferrari driver perched on the sidepod of Mark Webber's Red Bull after he ran out of fuel, reminded no...

Posted on Friday, July 15, 2011

F1 rejects canopy, 'screen' proposals for F1 cockpits

Jul.15 (GMM) Bosses have reportedly dismissed moves to enclose the cockpits of formula one cars.

Technical chiefs began to investigate the possibility of jet fighter-style canopies for the cockpits in the wake of Felipe Massa's near-fatal crash in Hu...

Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pole takes back seat to F1 blowing farce

Jul.9 (GMM) Pole position took a back seat to political machinations and so-called 'exhaust blowing' on Saturday at Silverstone.

Some commentators called the situation a farce, with team bosses storming out of meetings wearing a variety of expression...