Read By

Vandoorne ‘optimistic’ of F1 debut in 2016

Oct.13 (GMM/ New GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne is confident he will be on the formula one grid in 2016. The Belgian, 23, wrapped up the title in Russia last weekend with two rounds still to run, with many declaring it perhaps the most impressive GP2 campaign in history. But last […]

Raikkonen happy to support Vettel’s title charge

Oct.13 (GMM/ Kimi Raikkonen says he has no problem playing a supportive team role if it will help his teammate Sebastian Vettel win the 2015 title. Indeed, with German Vettel now moving into second place behind Lewis Hamilton, some suspected Ferrari-branded ‘team orders’ were already in play at Sochi last […]

Vettel defends decision to guard private life

Oct.13 (GMM/ Sebastian Vettel has defended his decision to fiercely shield his private life from the world’s glare. His approach to fame and fortune is starkly different to fellow multiple world champion Lewis Hamilton, who is constantly on the red carpet and uploading personal photos to Instagram. “My lifestyle is […]

Alonso doubts he will race beyond 2017

Oct.13 (GMM/ Fernando Alonso has played down the likelihood that he will drive a single race beyond the end of his current McLaren contract. Amid McLaren-Honda’s abysmal 2015, there have been rumours the Spaniard might take a sabbatical next year, even though he is all signed up for 2016 and […]

Rosberg doubts he will support Hamilton in title charge

Oct.13 (GMM/ Nico Rosberg has played down the likelihood that he will have to spend the remainder of the season playing a supporting role for his teammate. After his Sochi breakdown, Mercedes’ German driver was actually passed for second in the championship by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. It means a German […]

F1 will ‘never’ stop open cockpits – Ecclestone

Oct.13 (GMM/ Bernie Ecclestone says he does not back moves to put a cover or canopy over the drivers’ heads in formula one. A spate of incidents in F1 and other categories, including the deaths of Jules Bianchi and Justin Wilson but also Carlos Sainz’s worrying brush with the barriers […]

Grosjean hopes Lotus has parts to fix car

Oct.12 (GMM/ Romain Grosjean has admitted to concerns after his big crash in the Russian grand prix. The Frenchman, who has elected to switch from financially-troubled Lotus to the Ferrari-linked startup Haas for 2016, had one of the biggest crashes of his entire career at Sochi. “I’m still in one […]

Cregan wants quick decision over Sochi night race

Oct.12 (GMM/ Richard Cregan wants a decision to be made quickly if next year’s Russian grand prix is going to be held under floodlights. Earlier, we reported that Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak and Sochi race organiser Sergei Vorobyov had indicated the 2016 edition could be held at night. […]

Signs of progress as McLaren-Honda ‘tests’ in 2015

Oct.12 (GMM/ McLaren-Honda’s focus is now firmly on 2016, as the Anglo-Japanese collaboration openly eyes the remaining races of this season as tests. Indeed, at Sochi, an upgraded ‘power unit’ – with a notably different engine note – was debuted in Fernando Alonso’s car in practice. And after Sunday’s race, […]

Russia could stage first F1 night race in 2016

Oct.12 (GMM/ The chances the Russian grand prix could switch immediately to a night-race format stepped up a notch on Sunday. As recently as mere days ago, Sochi race officials insisted that while there is a chance the ‘Autodrom’ could install floodlighting ahead of the 2017 race, next year’s edition […]

Engineer switch pays off immediately for Nasr

Oct.12 (GMM/ Felipe Nasr is delighted his sharp turn in 2015 appeared to pay off immediately at Sochi. After a strong start to his F1 career early this season, the Brazilian has struggled more recently to feel comfortable in the Sauber and fend off the challenge of his resurgent teammate […]

Ferrari admits real focus now on 2016 and beyond

Oct.12 (GMM/ Sebastian Vettel is still in the hunt, but Ferrari’s realistic hopes are now firmly set on a proper title challenge for 2016. Indeed, while Vettel actually overtook Nico Rosberg on Sunday to now be Lewis Hamilton’s main challenger for the title with four races to go, boss Maurizio […]

Mercedes’ title celebrations not ideal at Sochi

Oct.12 (GMM/ With the late announcement of Kimi Raikkonen’s penalty at Sochi, Mercedes began to celebrate long after the chequered flag. The stewards’ call, after deliberating over Raikkonen’s last lap crash into Valtteri Bottas, gave Mercedes enough extra points to mathematically clinch the constructors’ world championship for the second consecutive […]

Prost doubts Red Bull, Renault can repair ‘damage’

Oct.12 (GMM/ Alain Prost is not sure the damaged relationship between Renault and Red Bull can be repaired. Red Bull, and its sister team Toro Rosso, risk being left without a power unit to use in 2016, after Mercedes and Ferrari ruled out jumping to the rescue. And it is […]