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Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013

Formula 1 paddock pays tribute to de Villota

Members of the Formula 1 paddock have been paying tribute to Maria de Villota, who has died at the age of 33. De Villota, who survived a horrific testing accident in 2012, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville. Jean Todt: FIA president: "Today is a tragic day for motor sport. My deepest condolences go to the De Villota family. Maria was a fantastic driver, a leading light for women in motor sport and a tireless campaigner for road safety. Above all, she […]

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013

Maria de Villota found dead in Spain

Maria de Villota has been found dead in a hotel room in Spain. Reports in the Spanish media state that emergency services were called to a hotel room in Seville, but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. She was 33. 'Dear friends: Maria has left us', her family posted on Facebook. 'She had to go to heaven like all the angels. We thank God for the extra year and a half he left her with us.' Formula 1 pays tribute to Maria de Villota De […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Vettel boos linked to lack of 'charisma' says Stuck

Hans-Joachim Stuck, a German motor racing legend, has backed Sebastian Vettel after the reigning world champion was booed on recent F1 podiums. He told Munich's Abendzeitung newspaper that the dominant Red Bull driver doesn't deserve the scorn simply for winning, or that he's not "cool" or "cute" like Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg respectively. "All I can say is, dear Sebastian, don't worry about," said Stuck. Stuck said he was sometimes booed as a driver, although the situation is not comparable to Vettel's because the […]

Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013

Todt expresses condolences after marshal fatality

FIA president Jean Todt has paid tribute after marshal Mark Robinson suffered fatal injuries at the Canadian Grand Prix. Robinson was assisting to retrieve Esteban Gutierrez's stricken Sauber when he dropped his radio and was hit by the recovery crane. He was airlifted to hospital where he later died. "I would like to share my profound sadness, and that of the whole FIA community, following the tragic death of Mark Robinson, who was working as a volunteer marshal at the Canadian Grand Prix," said Todt. […]

Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013

Wolff gets expanded development role

Susie Wolff is to continue as a Williams development driver in 2013. The Brit joined Williams in April last year and is set to be given an expanded role. Wolff will receive more time in the simulator and will be the first to get behind the wheel of the FW35 when she drives the car at Idiada next month. She is also set to conduct aerodynamic testing. "I really enjoy my time working with Williams and feel very much at home here," she said. "Last year […]

Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Susie Wolff hopes for more F1 testing

Susie Wolff has played down expectations her next step in Formula One is a spot on the grid. Admitting it was an emotional moment in the wake of the injuries sustained earlier in 2012 by Marussia's female test driver Maria de Villota, Wolff got her first taste of a grand prix car on Wednesday at the wheel of last year's Williams. The British team's 29-year-old development driver, a racer in the German touring car championship DTM and married to team official Toto Wolff, drove the […]

Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012

Vettel and Webber unveil wings for life cars

Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber unveiled their Wings for Life cars today ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Both will drive their specially-branded RB8s, which each feature more than 25,000 photos that have been sent in by fans, throughout the race weekend. Organised for Wings for Life, the charity that is striving to find a cure for spinal cord injury, the initiative was open to fans all over the world who wanted to race with Mark and Sebastian at this […]

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Woman driver 'within the decade' - Wolff

Williams development driver Susie Wolff believes that a woman will be established in Formula One within the next decade. The Scottish driver joined Williams earlier this year; she competes in the German touring car championship (DTM). "I believe it will happen sooner rather than later," Wolff told BBC Sport. "Definitely within the next decade. "There is prejudice in motorsport, but I think that is slowly changing and more females are coming through." "It would just take a massive leap of faith for one of the […]

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012

Formula One needs the right woman

Maria De Villota joining Marussia must be a positive, right? Well, no actually... Marussia’s announcement confirming that Maria De Villota will become the team’s test driver is apt considering that today (Thursday) is International Women's Day. Yet De Villota is rarity in Formula One, despite the fact that 50% of the globe is, probably, made up of women. You think about other sports for a moment – in Tennis, there is a separate game for women that isn’t as popular as the male game, but […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Domenicali: We have to work a lot

The men and women from the Scuderia Ferrari can’t even pause for a second. The pre-Championship tests ended last night and the team met this morning in Maranello to quietly analyse the data collected in this last session held at Montmelò. The technicians were joined by the two drivers: Alonso travelled by plane with the team back to Italy, while Massa came by car from Monaco and immediately worked with the simulator until 6pm. In the afternoon everyone from the Scuderia met to take stock […]

Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2012

Vettel signs another Finn to replace trainer

Sebastian Vettel has signed up a new trainer. Last month, it emerged that the reigning back-to-back world champion was parting with Tommi Parmakoski, who is returning to Finland to coach a women's hockey team. German Vettel, the Red Bull driver, worked with Parmakoski since 2009. The Sport Bild magazine said the 24-year-old has replaced him for 2012 with another Finn, 28-year-old Heikki Huovinen. The German report said Huovinen - recommended to Vettel by Parmakoski - has a masters in sports science and has worked at […]

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011

Vettel and Red Bull in running for Laureus prizes

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing are among the nominees to win prestigious 2012 Laureus World Sports awards following their successes this year. In the running alongside German Vettel to be hailed Sportsman of the Year are sprinter Usain Bolt, tennis' Novak Djokovic, Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, football's Lionel Messi and basketballer Kirk Nowitzki. And fighting it out with Red Bull for the team prize are New Zealand's All Blacks, England's cricket team, basketball's Dallas Mavericks, FC Barcelona and Japan's female football team. […]