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Haas admits trio head 2016 race seat shortlist

Aug.1 (GMM/Inautonews.com) A trio of drivers has emerged at the top of the shortlist to race for the new F1 team Haas in 2016. As Haas Factory Outlet Portugal’s new headquarters was inaugurated near Oporto, the outfit’s Californian founder Gene Haas confirmed that Jean-Eric Vergne, Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg […]

Mercedes now willing to supply Red Bull – report

Jul.31 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Mercedes has reportedly now joined Ferrari in being prepared to supply engines to Red Bull in 2016. With the energy drink owned team and its current partner Renault appearing close to divorce, Ferrari’s Sergio Marchionne recently offered to sell customer Maranello-made ‘power units’ to Red Bull from next […]

Ferrari not quite ready for 2015 title – Berger

Jul.31 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Gerhard Berger has hailed the performance in 2015 of his old team Ferrari. Earlier, some were arguing that Ferrari only appeared to have improved this year due to the collapse of its rival grandees like Red Bull and McLaren. And after Sebastian Vettel’s breakthrough win in Malaysia, the […]

Toro Rosso best place for Verstappen – father

Jul.31 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Max Verstappen’s father has added another denial to lingering speculation the teen Dutchman might be a candidate for Ferrari in 2016. Two weeks ago, the 17-year-old’s father Jos, himself a former grand prix driver, dismissed the ‘silly season’ rumours by insisting Max is “very satisfied” with his long-term […]

Could F1 go for gold at the Olympics?

Jul.31 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Might motor racing be a candidate for the Olympic Games? F1-insider.com reports that long-time FIA official Lars Osterlind could be the mastermind of a push for grand prix gold. Crucially, F1’s governing body became fully recognised by the International Olympic Committee in 2013, after FIA president Jean Todt […]

Ferrari tipped to keep Raikkonen, Allison

Jul.31 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Ferrari may issue a surprise at Monza in September by keeping its full team together for 2016. Amid raging speculation about Kimi Raikkonen’s future, the Italian publication Motorionline claims the Finn might actually be about to get his contract extended. It has been said Williams has already agreed […]

Dennis pushing for majority control of McLaren

Jul.31 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Ron Dennis has only until the end of the season to take majority control of McLaren, the German publication Speed Week reports. The team’s ‘supremo’ is already chief executive, but it has been reported for some time that the 68-year-old has struck a deal to take over the […]

Sainz most overtaken driver in 2015

Jul.31 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Carlos Sainz is the most overtaken driver on the 2015 grid. That is the finding of the German newspaper Bild, reporting that the otherwise impressive rookie Spaniard has been passed 32 times so far this year — more than any other rival. “I’m not sure I can be […]

Hockenheim cuts ticket prices for 2016 return

Jul.31 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Hockenheim has cut ticket prices as it bids to secure the future of formula one in Germany. Amid the Nurburgring’s financial troubles, Germany was absent from the F1 calendar this year for the first time in decades. But according to the existing race-alternating contract with Bernie Ecclestone, Hockenheim […]

Baku welcomes summer date on 2016 calendar

Jul.30 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Organisers of the inaugural grand prix in the Azerbaijan capital Baku have welcomed their summer race date on the 2016 calendar. The Baku race, scheduled to take place on city streets in the former Soviet state, has controversially pushed the F1 schedule over its limit of 20 grands […]

Vettel ‘a threat’ to Mercedes’ title – Hakkinen

Jul.30 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Sebastian Vettel is in the hunt for the 2015 title. That is the claim of former double world champion Mika Hakkinen, after Ferrari’s Vettel broke through for an unexpected second victory of the season in Hungary. It means the German’s gap to Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg is now just […]

Trouble brewing over planned 2016 calendar

Jul.30 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Discontent is brewing over F1’s proposed calendar for 2016. After the most recent meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, the FIA declared that a 21-date provisional schedule for next year “was approved”. Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn, however, expressed concerns that stretching beyond an agreed limit of 20 […]

Button backs Montoya’s plan to improve F1

Jul.30 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Jenson Button has backed former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya’s proposal to spice up the sport “straight away”. Asked about F1’s high-profile struggle to maintain its position at the very pinnacle of motor sport, former McLaren and Williams driver Montoya suggested that tyre and brake temperature sensors should […]

Honda set for 50 horse power step – reports

Jul.30 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Struggling Honda is preparing to take a significant step forward of up to 50 horse power after the summer break. Under severe pressure from works partner McLaren, the Japanese marque’s F1 chief Yasuhisa Arai announced in Hungary that a big upgrade is finally coming in time for Spa. […]