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Hamilton right to be ‘angry’ – Wolff

May 24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Lewis Hamilton is right to be “angry” after Mercedes cost him the Monaco win. That was the admission of team boss Toto Wolff after a catastrophic strategic mistake in the dying laps of Sunday’s race through the fabled streets. Days after re-signing with the German giant, Hamilton […]

F1 racing into ‘customer cars’ future

May 24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) F1 appears to be racing headlong into its ‘customer cars’ future. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that four teams – Lotus, Force India, Sauber and Manor – are in dire and almost immediate danger of collapsing mid-season. It would explain why Bernie Ecclestone is pushing so […]

2016 will show if Ferrari on rise – Briatore

2016 will show if Ferrari on rise – Briatore

May 24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) 2016 will be the true test of the ‘new’ Ferrari. That is the view of Flavio Briatore, the former Renault team chief who in recent days and months has been defending Fernando Alonso’s decision to leave Maranello. Briatore and Alonso are still united in the area of […]

Red Bull ‘not leaving F1′ – Horner

Red Bull ‘not leaving F1′ – Horner

May 24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) For now, the tension between Red Bull and Renault remains. The explosive criticism of earlier in 2015 has now subsided, but it was Red Bull wanting to take all the credit on Saturday for a much better qualifying outing in Monaco. “What we saw was that Red […]

Bottas’ Ferrari link ‘flattering’ – Williams

May 24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Valtteri Bottas is shaping up as the star player in this year’s ‘silly season’. The annual round of speculation and counter-rumour regarding the movement of drivers within the paddock has got off to an early start, as talk of the Finn’s potential switch from Williams to Ferrari […]

Mercedes to let drivers race in Monaco

May 24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) When asked how Ferrari expects to fare in Monaco with the ‘super soft’ tyre, Sebastian Vettel grinned early this weekend: “I hope super-good!” The Italian team struggled a fortnight ago in Barcelona with its new upgrade package. Some wondered whether the ‘fuel flow issue’ was to blame. […]

Pirelli ready to push for 2017 contract

Pirelli ready to push for 2017 contract

May 24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Pirelli has confirmed its intention to try to stay in formula one beyond next year. F1’s governing body has now officially launched the 2017-2019 tender, and it appears that Pirelli – the sport’s sole supplier since 2011 – will face off for the privilege against Michelin. The […]

Hamilton ‘dominating’ Rosberg – Ecclestone

Hamilton ‘dominating’ Rosberg – Ecclestone

May 23 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Lewis Hamilton is psychologically dominating his teammate Nico Rosberg. That is the view of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. German Rosberg managed to break Hamilton’s run of poles and wins recently in Barcelona, but Ecclestone nonetheless told Bild newspaper: “Lewis is very dominant, taking up a lot of […]

Vettel finds loophole for Monaco helmet change

May 23 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Sebastian Vettel has found a way around F1’s new helmet livery change ban. For 2015, to help spectators more easily identify the drivers from one race to another, the sport put a stop to the constant chopping and changing of helmet colours. It means that even the […]

Monza still in doubt after Ecclestone meeting

Monza still in doubt after Ecclestone meeting

May 23 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Efforts to put the future of the Italian grand prix back on track appear to have faltered. With Bernie Ecclestone warning that his axe is hanging above historic Monza, Italian automobile club president Angelo Sticchi-Damiani and official Ivan Capelli, representing the promoter Sias, met on Friday with […]

Kaltenborn slams ‘customer car’ proposal

May 23 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Monisha Kaltenborn has slammed the change of direction announced by F1’s Strategy Group. After the top team-dominated group said it had agreed to spice up the sport with a raft of rule changes for 2017, Force India pointed out that the burning issue of cutting costs for […]

Kvyat plays down Marko criticism

May 23 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Daniil Kvyat has distanced himself from growing speculation about his future. As Red Bull officials hail the early progress of juniors Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, young Russian Kvyat claims he has not even read the recent criticisms made by boss Dr Helmut Marko. “I have personal […]

Social media ‘bad for F1′ – Prost

Social media ‘bad for F1′ – Prost

May 23 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Alain Prost has wondered aloud if social media is actually a good thing for formula one. 2015 so far has been a period of intense introspection for the F1 world, as it considers making key rule changes to rekindle interest. But Prost, one of the all-time greats […]

Symonds urges Bottas to consider staying

May 23 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Pat Symonds has urged Valtteri Bottas to consider pledging his future to Williams. Symonds, the team’s highly-experienced technical boss who has worked alongside champions Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, acknowledged the rumours now linking the Finn with Ferrari. “It is no surprise to see other […]

Renault, Red Bull exit still ‘possible’ – Prost

May 23 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Speculation about Renault’s future in formula one continues to swirl around the paddock. Earlier in 2015, at the height of partner Red Bull’s criticism and its performance and reliability troubles, the French carmaker made it known it was considering all options. Now, at Monaco, the marque’s famous […]