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Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Vettel: Relationship with Webber not lacking in respect

Sebastian Vettel says he has 'enormous respect' for outgoing Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber and reckons that the gap between them is closer than many people think. Vettel, who has won 11 races this season and secured his fourth world championship in India, has had on track battles with Webber, most notably in Turkey three years ago and in Malaysia earlier in 2013. "We always shared respect especially on the track when we were fighting each other," Vettel said at a press conference at Red […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Nurburgring set for confirmation in 19 race calendar

Bernie Ecclestone has said that the German Grand Prix is to take place as scheduled on July 7th. A spokesman for the circuit indicated in November last year that the sport would not return to the Nurburgring, but Ecclestone told Reuters that a deal with the circuit is now close. "It should be the Nurburgring and we are trying to make it happen. I’m talking with them today." Financial troubles at the Nurburgring had led to suggestions that the race could take place in Hockenheim. The two […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

FIA feared F1 to be too slow in 2014

F1's governing body backtracked on aerodynamic changes for the 2014 season because of fears the next generation of cars would be too slow. After the recent World Motor Sport Council meeting in Turkey, the FIA announced that scheduled bodywork rule changes for 2014 to reduce downforce have been replaced by "2012 specification". "There was concern that Formula 1 cars would become too slow," read a report by the authoritative German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. One problem is that the all-new turbo V6 and energy […]

Posted on Saturday, December 8, 2012

Champions collect their trophies in Istanbul

World Champions Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing collected their trophies at the FIA Gala in Turkey, where they were joined by runners-up Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen

Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012

Government to decide Turkey's F1 return on Friday

Turkey is set to return to the Formula One calendar, the government-linked Turkish news agency Anadolu Ajansi reported on Thursday. The report said "everything except the price" has been agreed between Turkish officials and F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. The news follows the FIA's announcement on Wednesday that a twentieth race date for an unidentified additional European event has been set aside for mid 2013. "We have agreed in principle the matter of the contract with me as the operator," businessman Vural Ak, who has […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WMSC moves German GP to accommodate 20th race

German GP moved, an extra race, pit lane electric power delayed and more.

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ecclestone confirms Turkey GP revival effort

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed he is pushing to revive the Turkish grand prix. We reported at the weekend that Istanbul Park, the Hermann Tilke-penned circuit that hosted Formula One between 2005 and 2011, has been taken over by local businessman Vural Ak. F1 chief executive Ecclestone told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I am going to Istanbul to see if we can get the Turkish grand prix back before participating at the World Council." The 82-year-old Briton also used the interview with the authoritative sports […]

Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012

F1 could return to Turkey

Moves are afoot to revive the defunct Turkish grand prix. Formula One raced at the Hermann Tilke-penned Istanbul Park - featuring the famous four-apex Turn 8 corner - between 2005 and 2011. Bernie Ecclestone and race organisers could not agree a new race fee for 2012 and beyond. But late last week, British journalist Bob Mackenzie, of the Daily Express, revealed that the F1 chief executive is "pushing for a return" of the Turkish event, "after ruling out a French race". Greek website gocar.gr said […]

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012

New Jersey set to be delayed until 2014

Bernie Ecclestone on Friday confirmed reports the inaugural New York grand prix will not take place in 2013. The reports said problems with the organisation of the event, scheduled to take place amid the Manhattan skyline mid next year, meant a delay until 2014 was now inevitable. F1's chief executive confirmed the news to several media outlets on Friday. "The event is not going to happen" next year, 81-year-old Ecclestone is quoted by AAP. "Everything is set up, but it's now too late to finish […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ecclestone eyes Turkey GP circuit tender

Bernie Ecclestone is interested in securing the former Turkish grand prix venue in Istanbul, the Hurriyet daily reports. The newspaper said a tender is scheduled to take place next Wednesday. The Istanbul Park circuit hosted Formula One races between 2005 and 2011, and although poorly attended the Hermann Tilke-penned layout was lauded particularly for its challenging quadruple-apex turn 8. But Turkey fell off the F1 calendar for 2012, after local organisers and F1 chief executive Ecclestone failed to agree a new higher race sanctioning fee. […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Turkey, Greece eye spots on F1 calendar

Turkey could return to the F1 calendar. Between 2005 and last year, despite poor spectator attendance, drivers enjoyed the Hermann Tilke-designed Istanbul layout, featuring the unique quadruple-apex Turn 8. But the race was not included on the 2012 schedule, after organisers and F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone disagreed over the sanctioning fee. 81-year-old Ecclestone, however, said on Wednesday that he, the teams and the FIA are "happy" to go to Turkey. He told the major daily Haberturk: "If we can solve this (fee) problem, Turkey […]

Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2012

Formula One's calendar problems

F1 will hold twenty races this year. Or will it? And where? We take a look at an increasing problem...