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Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tyre talk dominating 2013 season

Amid all the noise and criticism surrounding Pirelli's approach to Formula One, the Italian marque has won the backing of Bernie Ecclestone. Many drivers, experts, pundits and teams - and particularly world champions Red Bull - have been strong in their criticism of the 'show'-oriented formula created by heavily degrading control tyres. "If the tyres lasted from January to December," F1 chief executive Ecclestone told Reuters, "there'd be something else to talk about. "What is good about this (situation) is that it really comes back […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Webber should accept number 2 status says Wurz

Mark Webber should be able to cope with life as a highly-paid and rated 'number 2'. That is the view of former Williams driver Alex Wurz, who is the latest pundit to comment on the 'Multi-21' affair in the wake of the recent Malaysian grand prix. Some, including 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, said the affair and Red Bull's reaction shows it is "clear" Sebastian Vettel is the team's number 1. On the issue of Australian Webber settling for the subordinate role, Austrian Wurz said: […]

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bottas certain to secure Williams race seat

According to authoritative media sources, Valtteri Bottas will definitely replace current Williams race driver Bruno Senna in 2013. The news was reported from Brazil not only by Finnish broadcaster MTV3's race commentator Oskari Saari, but also the respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt, as well as others in the Interlagos paddock. Schmidt said Brazilian Senna, and also his countryman Luiz Razia, have "run through the paddock with suitcases full of money, finding no takers". Williams is not confirming the reports about its Finnish […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Schumacher had talks with Sauber and Ferrari

Niki Lauda has confirmed that Michael Schumacher turned to Sauber and even Ferrari once he knew he would lose his Mercedes seat. Austrian legend Lauda, who has joined Mercedes as non-executive chairman, insists seven time world champion Schumacher lost his seat only because his decision-making period about the future beyond 2012 was so prolonged. He says Mercedes had to look around for alternatives, and closed a deal with Lewis Hamilton. "We have seen how fast-moving and ruthless Formula One is, with Mercedes responding extremely quickly […]

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012

Bruno Senna receives the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy

Yesterday Williams F1 driver, Bruno Senna, collected the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy in the picturesque town of Brisighella, Italy, awarded to him for showing great promise at the beginning of his racing career. In front of a large crowd of enthusiastic grand prix fans, the presentation ceremony saw Bruno presented with the trophy which honours the memory of Lorenzo Bandini, the leading Italian racing driver at the time of his tragic death at the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix. The trophy was presented to Bruno in an […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Maldonado could win in Monaco

Pastor Maldonado is a genuine contender for victory this weekend at Monaco. That is the claim of Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, arguing that the once-derided 'pay driver' Venezuelan's breakthrough win in Spain was not necessarily a one-off. Some, including reigning world champion team Red Bull's Dietrich Mateschitz, have written off the 2012 season so far as little more than a Pirelli-fuelled "lottery". But having offered odds of 500-1 prior to Barcelona, Maldonado is now 16-1 to repeat his victory in the famous Principality, according […]

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012

Haug: Mercedes reaches F1 summit with 'small budget'

Norbert Haug said he is proud Mercedes has reached the top of Formula One in a short space of time and with a small budget. The German carmaker's works team is often lumped together with F1's other grandees including Ferrari and McLaren, but Haug insists the Brackley based outfit is in fact "a small team, with a small budget". Mercedes' competition boss, who on Sunday collected the winning constructors' trophy on the Shanghai podium, also said some of the team's rivals - undoubtedly Red Bull […]

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2012

Pundits agree Williams made huge leap

Despite not collecting a single point in Melbourne, the Williams team will travel from Australia to Malaysia in upbeat mood. The famous British outfit's slide from its race and title-winning days hit rock bottom in 2011, scoring just five points all season and only finishing ahead of the three struggling new teams in the constructors' championship. But Oxfordshire based Williams has restructured for the 2012 season and is now led technically by former McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan, and in Australia the newly Renault-powered FW34 […]

Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2012

2012 pecking order still unknown

Official track action in 2012 has now begun, but the pecking order is still totally unclear. "The tea-leaf reading will go on until after the third practice session (on Saturday)," Peter Sauber told Switzerland's Blick. Only after that one-hour session will Melbourne qualifying be looming, but many paddock insiders believe Malaysia - a more 'normal' circuit - will be a better barometer. The confusion is greater in 2012 because the field is apparently so tightly packed. "I've never known it as open as this," said […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wurz: Red Bull leads McLaren for season 2012

Red Bull remains in front, but McLaren is not too far behind. That is the view of former grand prix driver Alex Wurz, who in 2012 returns to the Formula One paddock as a 'driver mentor' at Williams. The Austrian kicked off his duties at the Barcelona test recently, where he drew an initial impression of the likely pecking order for this season. "Red Bull is still on top," he told the Sportwoche magazine, "but not as superior as they were in 2011. "That it's […]