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Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

F1 figures call for Melbourne night race

Leading Formula One figures have called on organisers of the Australian grand prix to consider switching to a Singapore-style night race format. Keen to install a better television time for the bulk European audience, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has been pushing the idea for years, but the state government has always ruled it out. In fact, the Albert Park event is already highly controversial within Victoria, with opponents baulking at the cost to taxpayers and even the government refusing to commit to a new […]

Posted on Friday, June 15, 2012

Webber insists no contact with Ferrari

Mark Webber has denied he has had any contact with Ferrari about filling Felipe Massa's seat next year. Nevertheless, F1's rumour mill continues to find fuel. "Every man and his dog has been linked, from Sebastian (Vettel) to Lewis (Hamilton) to myself -- all sorts of drivers," he told the Melbourne tabloid Herald Sun. The 35-year-old Australian has had only single-year contracts at Red Bull for the past few seasons, and another one for 2013 appears on the cards. "I think we've done a lot […]

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012

Ecclestone offers to end Melbourne contract

Bernie Ecclestone has expressed frustration with the attitude of Australia's Formula One race organisers. The F1 chief executive is pushing for the Melbourne race, with a contract through 2015, to be held at night for a more favourable live timeslot back in Europe. He may even be offering a fee subsidy, but Formula One remains controversial within the Victorian state parliament, with taxpayers footing $50 million bills annually. Ecclestone has reacted by offering to sit down and negotiate an early end to the Albert Park […]

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ecclestone backs Webber to shine in 2012

Bernie Ecclestone has once again backed Mark Webber to shine in 2012. Australian Webber came close to winning the championship in 2010, but ultimately it is his young teammate Sebastian Vettel who is the reigning back-to-back title winner, having utterly dominated last season. And it is likely Adrian Newey has penned another field-beater yet again for 2012. "I don't want Red Bull to dominate in the same way but I fear that's what will happen. That's why I put my hopes on Mark Webber's shoulders," […]

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011

Busy time in F1 sponsorship world

Sep.8 (GMM) It has been a busy time in the world of formula one sponsorship.

The German media is saying Nick Heidfeld's axe at Renault was definitely financially-motivated, with the team's confirmation of four new sponsors.

One is with Bruno Senna's...

Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011

Webber struggle surprises rivals Button, Heidfeld

Jul.4 (GMM) A pair of Mark Webber's F1 rivals have expressed surprise with the Australian's 2011 season.

Although the 34-year-old seemed closer at Valencia recently, he has generally struggled to keep up with his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel, w...

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ricciardo confirms Silverstone F1 debut

Jun.30 (GMM) Before HRT could release an official statement, Daniel Ricciardo confirmed reports he will be making his formula one race debut next Sunday.

It is now widely reported that the Australian, who turns 22 on Friday, will replace Spanish team...

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ecclestone not in New York for F1 race talks

Mar.24 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has not travelled to New York this week to discuss a possible formula one race on Staten Island, it has emerged.

Explaining that the F1 chief executive had broken his earlier plans to attend the Melbourne season opener,...

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ecclestone goes to New York, not Melbourne

Mar.22 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone is no longer travelling to Australia for this weekend's 2011 season opener.

The F1 chief executive's office had previously confirmed that the 80-year-old would be in Melbourne, but reports on Tuesday said Ecclestone has...

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Australia 'as important as Monaco' - Ecclestone

Mar.16 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone insists he still values the Australian grand prix.

The F1 chief executive's comments follow hot on the heels of those of FIA president Jean Todt, who said in Melbourne this week that the city's race "is important".

Ami...

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Alguersuari chasing Webber's 2012 Red Bull seat

Mar.15 (GMM) Jaime Alguersuari has admitted to wanting to move to Red Bull next year after Mark Webber's contract expires.

On Monday, Red Bull announced it has signed up Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Newey and 50 other crucial team figures through 2014, b...

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Most Melbourne councillors support grand prix - report

Feb.22 (GMM) Most Melbourne city councillors believe the Australian grand prix should stay in the Victorian capital.

The annual event, which dates back to 1996, has attracted international media coverage recently, particularly after Melbourne's Lord ...