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Parallel engine would have ‘destroyed’ F1 – Lauda

Nov.25 (GMM/ F1 legend Niki Lauda played a key role as a compromise was reached between the engine manufacturers and the governing FIA. That was the claim on Wednesday of Auto Motor und Sport, as the FIA confirmed reports that the ‘client engine’ proposal was voted down during Tuesday’s Paris […]

Verstappen tipped for two FIA awards

Nov.25 (GMM/ Meteoric F1 rookie Max Verstappen has been nominated for the FIA’s personality of the year award. Having made his sensational debut this year at the record age of 17, the young Dutchman has stunned the sport with his audacious overtaking on track and unapologetic confidence in the paddock. […]

Ferrari defends re-signing Raikkonen

Nov.25 (GMM/ Maurizio Arrivabene has defended Ferrari’s decision to keep Kimi Raikkonen on board for 2016. Earlier this year, the Maranello team looked poised to swap the older Finn for a younger one, but Valtteri Bottas is instead staying at Williams. Raikkonen’s new deal coincided with a spike in performance […]

Bottas wants to win ‘clash of the Finns’

Nov.25 (GMM/ The ‘clash of the Finns’ could be back on this weekend in Abu Dhabi. Countrymen Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen collided not once but twice in recent races. And now Williams’ Bottas, who was earlier strongly linked with a move to Ferrari next year to replace his older […]

Mallya hints retirement could be looming

Nov.25 (GMM/ Vijay Mallya has hinted that retirement could be just around the corner. The former billionaire and Indian is once again in the headlines at present, amid financial troubles for his non-F1 interests including the grounded airline Kingfisher. And Mallya, 59, has also admitted talks with Aston Martin and […]

F1 rejects ‘client engine’ proposal

Nov.25 (GMM/ The F1 Commission on Tuesday rejected plans for a low-cost ‘client engine’ in 2017. By Monday’s deadline, three independent manufacturers – Ilmor, AER and Mecachrome – had expressed their formal interest in the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone’s plan for a 900hp, 2.5 litre engine to run parallel to […]

Maldonado defends ‘all or nothing’ approach

Nov.24 (GMM/ Pastor Maldonado has defended his reputation as the ‘crash king’ of formula one. Following the controversial Venezuelan’s latest crash – with Marcus Ericsson in Brazil – former double world champion Mika Hakkinen hit out, insisting that “tougher sanctions” should be applied because “Maldonado does not seem to learn […]

Mercedes ‘still favourites’ for 2016 – Briatore

Nov.24 (GMM/ Flavio Briatore is not sure that Mercedes can be beaten even in 2016. The German outfit has been dominant throughout the two years of the ‘power unit’ era so far, but Ferrari is confident it can mount a championship challenge next season. Former Renault chief Briatore, however, told […]

F1 carmakers ‘will not be blackmailed’ – Wolff

Nov.24 (GMM/ The battle over the future of formula one will move to Paris on Tuesday. It is there that the strategy group will meet, pitting Bernie Ecclestone and the governing FIA against the powerful car manufacturers. They are arguing bitterly over the proposed new ‘parallel’ engine regulations for 2017, […]

Nasr says Ericsson should have beaten him in 2015

Nov.24 (GMM/ Felipe Nasr is sure he has put Sauber teammate Marcus Ericsson firmly in the shade this season. Actually, the pair are 9-9 in qualifying trim, and each appears to have taken a turn at dominating the other — Brazilian Nasr early in 2015, and Swiss Ericsson in the […]

Webber puts F1 in the past with world title

Nov.24 (GMM/ Mark Webber put his F1 career firmly in the past at the weekend by winning his first world championship. It is a drivers’ title he shares with his two Porsche teammates in the world endurance championship, the ever more popular world of prototype sports car racing. Reportedly disillusioned […]

New gov’t boosts Argentina’s F1 hopes

Nov.24 (GMM/ The chances Argentina might return to the F1 calendar got a significant boost this week. The sport has not raced at the then-ageing venue in Buenos Aires since 1998, but Bernie Ecclestone said last month: “We’re talking to them and it can happen.” Interestingly, the last grand prix […]

F3 team denies signing Adrian Newey

Nov.24 (GMM/ A Formula 3 outfit has rejected reports that Adrian Newey, perhaps the most famous designer in F1 history, has signed up for 2016. Apparently disillusioned with the restrictive F1 rules, Newey has already taken a step back from formula one and will work with Red Bull on other […]

Verstappen comparison ‘not fair’ in 2015 – Sainz

Nov.23 (GMM/ Carlos Sainz thinks he will look more impressive alongside teammate sensation Max Verstappen next year. As soon as Red Bull concludes engine deals for its two teams for 2016, Toro Rosso will announce that the rookie pair are staying put next season. “If the team is on the […]