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‘Good time’ for VW to enter F1 – Ecclestone

Nov.29 (GMM/ Bernie Ecclestone thinks the time could be right for the Volkswagen Group to enter formula one. Reportedly, Audi was close to showing the green light to a F1 project when the Volkswagen emissions scandal – otherwise known as ‘diesel-gate’ – struck earlier this year. Many industry figures think […]

Verstappen brand value worth ‘millions’ – manager

Nov.29 (GMM/ Max Verstappen is on the fast track to multi-million euro stardom, according to his manager Raymond Vermeulen. The 18-year-old rookie sensation revealed this week that he moved to the tax haven of Monaco last month, even though it appears his actual salary – believed to be clearly less […]

Alonso not ruling out 2016 sabbatical

Nov.29 (GMM/ Fernando Alonso is not ruling out taking a sabbatical in 2016, if McLaren-Honda cannot become much more competitive over the winter. Saturday’s news about the possibility of a sabbatical broke spectacularly in Abu Dhabi, following comments by McLaren supremo Ron Dennis. Indeed, a sabbatical may be an ideal […]

‘Most teams’ support Ferrari-Haas query

Nov.29 (GMM/ Mercedes has support up and down the pitlane as it queries the collaboration between Ferrari and its de-facto ‘B team’ Haas for 2016. After it emerged on Saturday that the reigning world champions have asked the stewards in Abu Dhabi to look into the matter, we reported that […]

Red Bull future to be cleared on Sunday – Marko

Nov.29 (GMM/ Red Bull’s future in F1 could finally become clearer on Sunday, official Dr Helmut Marko says. Although team boss Christian Horner has declared that Red Bull has an engine contract in its pocket for 2016, it is believed that will hinge on whether Renault decides even to stay […]

Kvyat admits to nerves over future

Nov.29 (GMM/ Daniil Kvyat has admitted he is keenly waiting for an official announcement about his future in formula one. Team boss Christian Horner said recently that if Red Bull stays on the grid beyond Sunday’s 2015 finale, Kvyat will keep his seat alongside Daniel Ricciardo. Red Bull has now […]

Rosberg must watch out for Hamilton at start – Lauda

Nov.29 (GMM/ Nico Rosberg will have to watch out for a more aggressive than usual Lewis Hamilton at the start of Sunday’s year-ending Abu Dhabi grand prix. That is the warning of Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda, revealing that after a six-pole losing streak to Rosberg – and with the […]

Hamilton hits back after Ron Dennis comments

Nov.29 (GMM/ Lewis Hamilton has hit back at former mentor Ron Dennis’ claim he has gone “off the rails” with his behaviour since switching to Mercedes. McLaren supremo Dennis, having groomed the British driver from childhood to F1 stardom, said this week that while he was once a “surrogate father” […]

Suspension tweak falters for struggling Hamilton

Nov.29 (GMM/ Lewis Hamilton says he has traced his current failure to match teammate Nico Rosberg’s pace to a change Mercedes made to the car’s suspension two months ago. Rosberg’s five-pole streak became six in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, despite the fact the German was worried an “extremely old” engine […]

Magnussen failed to meet ‘clear goals’ – Dennis

Nov.29 (GMM/ Ron Dennis says Kevin Magnussen left McLaren because the Dane failed to meet “clear goals” that had been set by the team. On his first visit to an F1 paddock for several weeks, the Woking team’s ‘supremo’ hit back at Magnussen’s recent claim that being ousted via email […]

Raikkonen ‘faster than Bottas’ – Ericsson

Nov.29 (GMM/ Marcus Ericsson has backed Kimi Raikkonen to win Sunday’s ‘clash of the Finns’. Raikkonen and Finnish countryman Valtteri Bottas had two high-profile collisions recently, and as the 2015 season concludes in Abu Dhabi, the outcome will cement one of them as fourth overall in the drivers’ world championship. […]

Alonso plays down sabbatical talk

Nov.28 (GMM/ Fernando Alonso on Saturday played down boss Ron Dennis’ claim that he could take a sabbatical in 2016. Amid the apparent reality that McLaren-Honda’s climb to competitiveness will take more time, Dennis told reporters in Abu Dhabi that he is “open” to the idea of the Spaniard taking […]

Force India joins Ferrari-Haas rules probe

Nov.28 (GMM/ Force India has joined Mercedes in querying the ‘A’ and ‘B’-team relationship between Ferrari and Haas. Earlier in Abu Dhabi, Mercedes lodged a request with the stewards to clarify the rules about so-called customer cars, particularly relating to restricted wind tunnel time. Now, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport […]

Magnussen to test DTM for Mercedes

Nov.28 (GMM/ Kevin Magnussen is lining up another option to keep his motor racing career alive. The Dane, ousted by McLaren, recently tested Porsche’s Le Mans-winning sports car prototype. And now, the Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet is reporting that Magnussen will test a Mercedes DTM car at Jerez next week. […]

Alonso could take sabbatical in 2016 – Dennis

Nov.28 (GMM/ An intriguing 2015 finale in Abu Dhabi continued on Saturday, amid suggestions Fernando Alonso is set to take a sabbatical next year. The rumour swirling around the Yas Marina paddock is that while McLaren-Honda is confident of an improvement in 2016, it may not be enough to keep […]