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Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Casey Stoner announces MotoGP retirement

(MotoGP) Reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Casey Stoner confirmed on Thursday that he would retire from the sport at the end of the 2012 season. The Repsol Honda rider addressed the media at the start of the official pre-event press conference for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, making a short statement in which he outlined the reasons behind his decision. “After a long time thinking, a lot of time talking with my family and my wife, this has been coming for a couple of […]

Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Vettel still leads despite hard day

Sebastian Vettel remains in control of the Formula Drivers’ Championship, despite enduring what the Red Bull Racing driver called a “hard day at the office” at the Spanish Grand Prix. Vettel started seventh and climbed to sixth but dropped to ninth when he was hit with a drive-through penalty for failing to heed yellow flag in the wake of an accident involving Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna. The defending champion was also hindered by a long regulation third stop when he took on a new […]

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2012

Red Bull doubts dominance will resume

Red Bull has poured cold water on expectations the reigning back to back world champions could be set to resume their reign over Formula 1. After a victory drought spanning the opening three races of the 2012 season, Red Bull broke through with Sebastian Vettel's familiar win-from-pole triumph in Bahrain last weekend. It means he has leapt to the top of the drivers' standings, while the Milton Keynes based team is now 9 points clear of its nearest rival, McLaren. "King Sebastian is back!" exclaimed […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Danner: 'Results crisis, not Vettel crisis'

It is wrong to say Sebastian Vettel has entered a period of "crisis" after winning two world championships on the trot. That is the insistence of Christian Danner, a former grand prix driver who now commentates on German television RTL. "It's a results crisis, not a Vettel crisis," he told the news agency DAPD. He is referring not only to Red Bull's failure to win a race so far in 2012, but the fact former pole position-king Vettel was outqualified in Australia, Malaysia and Bahrain […]

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012

Vettel: Nothing wrong with 'nervous' Red Bull

Whilst admitting the RB8 has "very nervous" handling, Sebastian Vettel insists there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the 2012 Red Bull. The German looks likely to struggle to add a third consecutive drivers' title to his tally this season, after slumping to just sixth in the points standings after the first two races. In China, he has reverted to a launch specification of the Adrian Newey-penned car's exhaust layout, whilst Mark Webber is plugging ahead with a further development of the Australia-Malaysia solution. "There is […]

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Red Bull to run two different setup strategies in China

Red Bull will split in two directions this weekend in China, as the defending champions seek to return to the pace. After a less than satisfying start to the 2012 season for the previously dominant energy drink owned team, Dr Helmut Marko said this week that Red Bull has "a plan" for how to get back on track in Shanghai and beyond. "Mark (Webber) will test an evolution of the setup used in Malaysia," RB8 designer Adrian Newey is quoted by the Portuguese language corridadeformula1.com, […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Vettel: McLaren are the team to beat

McLaren remains "the team to beat" despite the topsy-turvy outcome of the recent Malaysian Grand Prix. That is the claim of reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, having slumped to sixth in the drivers' standings after a dire weekend in Malaysia. The formerly-dominant Red Bull driver now lags a Ferrari and even a Sauber, after Fernando Alonso and the unlikely Sergio Perez proved the cream of the slippery Sepang circuit. Vettel, however, is still thinking silver. Asked by the French-language RMC Sport to name the 'best […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Vettel unapologetic after Karthikeyan attack

World champion Sebastian Vettel was unapologetic this week, having shown his Indian rival Narain Karthikeyan the one-fingered salute recently in Malaysia. The German also called the HRT-driving backmarker a "gherkin" and "idiot" in the aftermath of their Sepang clash that cost Vettel fourth place. "I lost a solid fourth place so that's obviously disappointing," the 24-year-old is quoted by German media, including Sport Bild, after being asked this week about his loss of temper at Karthikeyan. It was suggested Vettel might have breached the FIA's […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Marko: Red Bull has work to do to return to the front

Dr Helmut Marko has admitted Red Bull has work to do in order to return to the front in Formula 1. Having dominated F1's recent history, the energy drink owned team is now behind McLaren in the constructors' standings after two races in 2012, while its highest placed driver is Mark Webber in fourth. Austrian Marko, the motor racing advisor to Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz, insisted that Adrian Newey and his technical team have built a good car for 2012. "But it doesn't help," […]

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2012

Vettel loses cool as Red Bull loses edge in 2012

After the near-perfection of 2011, reigning back-to-back world champion Sebastian Vettel lost his cool in Malaysia. Red Bull's dominance since late 2009 has finally ended, and that fact was fully demonstrated at Sepang when German Vettel could not hang on even to fourth place. He collided with backmarker Narain Karthikeyan and lost his temper with the Indian, showing him a middle-finger salute no less than twice. Vettel, 24, then described Karthikeyan as a "gherkin" on German television. And his description got worse in front of […]

Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Gascoyne would choose Button over Hamilton

If Caterham's Mike Gascoyne was in the market for a McLaren driver, he would sign Jenson Button. The green-clad team's technical boss, Gascoyne, was at Renault in 2002 when it was decided to oust Button in favour of Fernando Alonso. But a decade on, Gascoyne says the tables have now turned, as 2009 world champion Button now heads the 2012 points standings for McLaren. "We weren't wrong (to replace Button), Fernando won two titles very quickly, but Jenson has developed into a hell of a […]

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012

Raikkonen ends Barcelona testing on top

Lotus F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen concluded the pre-season tests by the topping the timesheets on the last day at the Barcelona circuit. Driving the Lotus E20, the Finn set his best lap of 1:22.030. Raikkonen set his fastest time during the morning session and conducted a race simulation during the afternoon session. His race simulation was disrupted by a red flag caused by Kamui Kobayashi in the middle of the afternoon session. The Finn completed a 65-lap run on four sets of Pirelli tyres (three […]