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Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sauber's Key headed for Le Mans with Lotus

Sauber's departing technical boss James Key appears headed for Lotus. On the eve of its 2012 car launch, the Swiss team announced that it will not replace the departing Briton Key, who has accepted an offer to work in the UK. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said it is rumoured Key is headed for Lotus. Not the Enstone based F1 team, however, but sponsor Group Lotus' motor racing programme, including Le Mans. Sauber managing director Monisha Kaltenborn denied the Hinwil based team cannot afford to […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Petrov in talks for Caterham third driver role

Vitaly Petrov is in talks about becoming Caterham's third and reserve driver in 2012. Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper reports that the Russian's manager, Oksana Kosachenko, visited the former Team Lotus outfit's Hingham (UK) headquarters last week. 27-year-old Petrov has been dropped by Renault (now Lotus) after his first two seasons in the sport. It has been rumoured that the race seat alongside Heikki Kovalainen at Caterham might be up for grabs for 2012, but Turun Sanomat said it is now likely that Jarno Trulli's contract […]

Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2011

60,000 in Milton Keynes to see Red Bull event

More than 60,000 F1 fans lined the streets of Milton Keynes today (Saturday) to see World Champion Sebastian Vettel, team-mate Mark Webber, David Coulthard, Christian Horner and Adrian Newey. The world champions had not one but two Red Bull Racing cars scream up and down Midsummer Boulevard, and the F1 racers were joined by David Coulthard in our Nascar Showcar and stunt supremo Chris Pfeiffer provided the madcap, two-wheel entertainment. Vettel said: "Thanks to all the fans who came today, we wanted to put on […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

More police as Button returns to Brazil after attack

Jenson Button is relieved that, a year after being threatened by Brazilian bandits with machine guns, he is glad he will have a police escort in Sao Paulo this weekend. As reigning world champion last year, the McLaren driver and his entourage narrowly escaped an armed attack on return to his hotel from the Interlagos circuit. He insisted on Tuesday: "I've no fears going back to Brazil. "It had occurred so many times before with mechanics and engineers that in the end it was going […]

Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011

Family prevented Ferrari switch for Newey

Adrian Newey has admitted that one of the only things that has held him back from switching to Ferrari is his family. The Briton, who has also won titles with UK based McLaren and Williams, is regarded as the best technical mind in formula one and instrumental to Red Bull's current run of dominance. So has he thought about moving to Ferrari, F1's most evocative marque? "There is no particular reason (why he has not), there has just never been the right time for it […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Teams' title worth millions to Red Bull

Red Bull's championship spoils are worth tens of millions of euros, according to a report. Germany's Sport1 claims the 2011 constructors' champions will earn EUR 60 million for the feat, even though the detail of the sport's income distribution system is protected by the confidential Concorde Agreement. But "The difference between first and second places is around ten million euros," the team's consultant Dr Helmut Marko is quoted as revealing. The Spanish newspaper El Pais claims the world championship is worth as much as EUR […]

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011

F1 world awakes in Korea to news of Wheldon death

After drinking in Red Bull's title success in Korea, formula one awoke on Monday morning to terrible news from the world's other premier single seater series. 33-year-old Dan Wheldon, the 2005 Indycar champion and two-time Indy 500 winner, was killed on Sunday during the American category's 2011 finale at Las Vegas speedway. Given his nationality and his earlier links with a possible move to formula one, the Briton was well-known in the F1 paddock. "On a train from Mokpo to Seoul," wrote Telegraph correspondent Tom […]

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011

Dan Wheldon (1978-2011)

The motorsport world is mourning the loss of Dan Wheldon, who was fatally injured in the IndyCar finale at Las Vegas. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Formula 1 driver "This is an extremely sad day. Dan was a racer I'd followed throughout my career, as I often followed in his footsteps as we climbed the motorsport ladder in the UK. He was an extremely talented driver. As a British guy, who not only went over to the States but who twice won the Indy 500, he was […]

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011

De la Rosa: F1 must accept move away from Europe

Formula One needs to accept the steady move away from its traditional European homeland. That is the claim of Spanish test driver Pedro de la Rosa, whose employer McLaren is based in the UK close to seven other formula one teams. The other four teams are based elsewhere in Europe but, next year for example, no fewer than 12 of the 20 scheduled races will take place on other continents. De la Rosa wrote in his latest formulasantander.com column that F1 is moving with the […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ralf S. and wife to split, Button opens restaurant

Sep.7 (GMM) Former grand prix winner Ralf Schumacher and his wife Cora are set to separate, according to unconfirmed reports in the Italian press.

The news follows the publication of photos in the German daily Bild depicting Cora being passionately k...

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vettel holidays on Ecclestone's yacht

Aug.18 (GMM) Reigning champion and 2011 title leader Sebastian Vettel has this week been holidaying with Bernie Ecclestone.

Bild newspaper published a photograph of the 24-year-old Red Bull driver waterskiing off the coast of Croatia, near F1 chief e...

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011

Why the BBC/Sky deal is bad for F1

So, it’s finally happened. After various stories for months, Formula One coverage in the United Kingdom is going behind a paywall and will be available on Sky between 2012 and 2018. Sure, you can still watch half of the races on the BBC, but that is a compromise that many fans are unhappy with. 20 races, not 10, make up a World Championship and you don’t watch half of a football match or 2 sets of a tennis match, do you? Barbara Slater, director of […]