The Formula 1 News http://theformula1.com news, photos, videos, and talks Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:34:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Red Bull becomes official Renault “works team” http://theformula1.com/f1-news/red-bull-becomes-official-renault-works-team.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/red-bull-becomes-official-renault-works-team.html#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:31:18 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18715

For the first time, Renault has declared Red Bull as its official ‘works team’. Recently, amid a Red Bull-pressured restructuring of the struggling French supplier, Cyril Abiteboul returned from Caterham to head Renault’s preparations for a stronger 2015. He admitted to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that not making Red Bull its clear focus for the new turbo V6 era...

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For the first time, Renault has declared Red Bull as its official ‘works team’. Recently, amid a Red Bull-pressured restructuring of the struggling French supplier, Cyril Abiteboul returned from Caterham to head Renault’s preparations for a stronger 2015. He admitted to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that not making Red Bull its clear focus for the new turbo V6 era...

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Charlie Whiting defends controversial asphalting of Parabolica corner http://theformula1.com/f1-news/charlie-whiting-defends-controversial-asphalting-parabolica-corner.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/charlie-whiting-defends-controversial-asphalting-parabolica-corner.html#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:18:37 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18710

Charlie Whiting has defended the controversial asphalting of Monza’s iconic Parabolica corner. During the recent summer break, a cry of outrage spread around the world when it emerged some of the famous gravel trap at the Italian grand prix venue’s high-speed final bend had been covered with tarmac. Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok said at the time that it was...

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Charlie Whiting has defended the controversial asphalting of Monza’s iconic Parabolica corner. During the recent summer break, a cry of outrage spread around the world when it emerged some of the famous gravel trap at the Italian grand prix venue’s high-speed final bend had been covered with tarmac. Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok said at the time that it was...

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Mattiacci wants Brawn back http://theformula1.com/f1-news/mattiacci-wants-brawn-back.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/mattiacci-wants-brawn-back.html#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:12:51 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18706

Ferrari wants Ross Brawn back, the team’s new boss Marco Mattiacci has made clear. Briton Brawn stepped down as Mercedes’ team boss last year, but before that he had been Maranello’s authoritative technical director during the ultra-successful Michael Schumacher era. Mattiacci, who replaced Stefano Domenicali early this year, told CNN that he has had talks “several times” with Brawn recently....

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Ferrari wants Ross Brawn back, the team’s new boss Marco Mattiacci has made clear. Briton Brawn stepped down as Mercedes’ team boss last year, but before that he had been Maranello’s authoritative technical director during the ultra-successful Michael Schumacher era. Mattiacci, who replaced Stefano Domenicali early this year, told CNN that he has had talks “several times” with Brawn recently....

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F1 pundits criticize Mercedes leaders http://theformula1.com/f1-news/f1-pundits-criticize-mercedes-leaders.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/f1-pundits-criticize-mercedes-leaders.html#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:25:35 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18701

F1 experts have accused Mercedes of mismanaging Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton’s dramatically imploding relationship. The German team said contrite championship leader Nico Rosberg has now apologised for his clash with Hamilton in Belgium and been disciplined. Britain’s Daily Mail claims the penalty is a six-digit financial sum, paid to charity. But Max Mosley, the former long-time FIA president, thinks...

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F1 experts have accused Mercedes of mismanaging Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton’s dramatically imploding relationship. The German team said contrite championship leader Nico Rosberg has now apologised for his clash with Hamilton in Belgium and been disciplined. Britain’s Daily Mail claims the penalty is a six-digit financial sum, paid to charity. But Max Mosley, the former long-time FIA president, thinks...

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Bottas happy to stay with Williams http://theformula1.com/f1-news/bottas-happy-stay-williams.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/bottas-happy-stay-williams.html#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:21:57 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18697

Valtteri Bottas appears out of the running for a change of team prior to the 2015 season. The Finn has been a standout of this year’s championship, outshining the Ferrari veteran Felipe Massa and leading Williams’ F1 resurgence with four podium appearances. The 25-year-old has therefore been linked with a potential move from the Grove squad, perhaps to McLaren as...

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Valtteri Bottas appears out of the running for a change of team prior to the 2015 season. The Finn has been a standout of this year’s championship, outshining the Ferrari veteran Felipe Massa and leading Williams’ F1 resurgence with four podium appearances. The 25-year-old has therefore been linked with a potential move from the Grove squad, perhaps to McLaren as...

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Alonso may be free to leave Ferrari in 2015 http://theformula1.com/f1-news/alonso-may-free-leave-ferrari-2015.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/alonso-may-free-leave-ferrari-2015.html#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:06:27 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18693

Monday could be the magic day in Fernando Alonso’s current Ferrari contract. Boss Marco Mattiacci has been happily – and unofficially – ‘confirming’ for 2015 the Italian team’s existing driver lineup of Alonso alongside Kimi Raikkonen. But actual confirmation of the news, for example in the form of a press release, is in fact not expected this weekend at Monza....

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Monday could be the magic day in Fernando Alonso’s current Ferrari contract. Boss Marco Mattiacci has been happily – and unofficially – ‘confirming’ for 2015 the Italian team’s existing driver lineup of Alonso alongside Kimi Raikkonen. But actual confirmation of the news, for example in the form of a press release, is in fact not expected this weekend at Monza....

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Top speeds to be lower than expected at Monza http://theformula1.com/f1-news/top-speeds-lower-expected-monza.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/top-speeds-lower-expected-monza.html#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:02:39 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18688

Top speeds at Monza this weekend may not be quite as spectacular as earlier expected. That is the claim of the specialist German publication Auto Motor und Sport, despite predictions the new turbo V6-powered machines could soar beyond the old 370+kph top-speed record of the 2005 Italian grand prix. Then, it was Kimi Raikkonen’s almost 1000 horse power McLaren-Mercedes V10...

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Top speeds at Monza this weekend may not be quite as spectacular as earlier expected. That is the claim of the specialist German publication Auto Motor und Sport, despite predictions the new turbo V6-powered machines could soar beyond the old 370+kph top-speed record of the 2005 Italian grand prix. Then, it was Kimi Raikkonen’s almost 1000 horse power McLaren-Mercedes V10...

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McLaren continues its hunt for a top driver http://theformula1.com/f1-news/mclaren-continues-hunt-top-driver.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/mclaren-continues-hunt-top-driver.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:03:40 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18683

A week before Monza, which is always a hotbed of rumours, the notorious F1 ‘silly season’ is looking uncharacteristically uncertain. Speculation is usually rife around the time of the Italian grand prix, but looking ahead to the 2015 season and the sport’s grandee drivers and teams, either a lot will change or not much will change at all. McLaren, wielding...

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A week before Monza, which is always a hotbed of rumours, the notorious F1 ‘silly season’ is looking uncharacteristically uncertain. Speculation is usually rife around the time of the Italian grand prix, but looking ahead to the 2015 season and the sport’s grandee drivers and teams, either a lot will change or not much will change at all. McLaren, wielding...

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Ferrari looking to Haas for F1 ‘satellite’ team http://theformula1.com/f1-news/ferrari-looking-haas-f1-satellite-team.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/ferrari-looking-haas-f1-satellite-team.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:52:09 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18679

Ferrari is looking to deploy the Red Bull-like approach of installing a ‘satellite’ team in formula one. Alarmed by its poor start to the new turbo V6 era, it has been all change at Maranello in 2014, including the ousting of boss Stefano Domenicali and engine chief Luca Marmorini. New chief Marco Mattiacci is now plotting a further change of...

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Ferrari is looking to deploy the Red Bull-like approach of installing a ‘satellite’ team in formula one. Alarmed by its poor start to the new turbo V6 era, it has been all change at Maranello in 2014, including the ousting of boss Stefano Domenicali and engine chief Luca Marmorini. New chief Marco Mattiacci is now plotting a further change of...

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2014 Spa pace faster than last year – analysis http://theformula1.com/f1-news/2014-spa-pace-faster-last-year-analysis.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/2014-spa-pace-faster-last-year-analysis.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:45:00 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18675

Last Sunday’s Belgian grand prix was the first time the new ‘power unit’ era proved faster than the screaming V8-powered machines of 2013. So far this year, the turbo V6s – combined with lower downforce and heavier cars – have proved at least several seconds slower than the pace of the past. But at Spa-Francorchamps, the fastest lap on Sunday...

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Last Sunday’s Belgian grand prix was the first time the new ‘power unit’ era proved faster than the screaming V8-powered machines of 2013. So far this year, the turbo V6s – combined with lower downforce and heavier cars – have proved at least several seconds slower than the pace of the past. But at Spa-Francorchamps, the fastest lap on Sunday...

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Verstappen not ready for F1 debut – Hakkinen http://theformula1.com/f1-news/verstappen-ready-f1-debut-hakkinen.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/verstappen-ready-f1-debut-hakkinen.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:34:27 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18671

Mika Hakkinen has added yet another disparaging response to the news Max Verstappen will make history next year as by far F1′s youngest ever driver. And the 1998 and 1999 world champion does not only criticise Red Bull’s decision to sign the young Dutchman just half a year out of karts, but also his former F1 rival Jos Verstappan, who...

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Mika Hakkinen has added yet another disparaging response to the news Max Verstappen will make history next year as by far F1′s youngest ever driver. And the 1998 and 1999 world champion does not only criticise Red Bull’s decision to sign the young Dutchman just half a year out of karts, but also his former F1 rival Jos Verstappan, who...

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Zetsche steps in to cool down drivers war at Mercedes http://theformula1.com/f1-news/zetsche-steps-cool-drivers-war-mercedes.html http://theformula1.com/f1-news/zetsche-steps-cool-drivers-war-mercedes.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:24:13 +0000 http://theformula1.com/?p=18667

Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche has become involved in resolving the damaging spat between warring Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. As team chiefs Toto Wolff, Paddy Lowe and Niki Lauda work to safeguard Mercedes’ overwhelming title prospects amid an escalating driver feud, Lauda revealed that Zetsche has been moved to intervene. “Naturally we have to report to him,” the...

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Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche has become involved in resolving the damaging spat between warring Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. As team chiefs Toto Wolff, Paddy Lowe and Niki Lauda work to safeguard Mercedes’ overwhelming title prospects amid an escalating driver feud, Lauda revealed that Zetsche has been moved to intervene. “Naturally we have to report to him,” the...

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