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Pirelli set to announce tyre usage clampdown

Sep.3 (GMM/ Pirelli on Thursday is poised to announce stricter guidelines regarding the use of its tyres by formula one teams ahead of the Italian grand prix. It follows the high-speed blowouts suffered by Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel at Spa-Francorchamps, even though Rosberg’s was said to have been a […]

Montezemolo says Ecclestone Monza threats not new

Sep.3 (GMM/ Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has weighed into the uncertainty surrounding Monza’s future on the F1 calendar. The issue will be front and centre this weekend, as Bernie Ecclestone pushes defiantly for more money from Italian grand prix chiefs, who are backed in their mission by the […]

Allison has signed new Ferrari deal – insider

Sep.3 (GMM/ James Allison is staying put at Ferrari. In July, as the Italian team’s 2015 resurgence hit an apparent dip, speculation suggested Ferrari might not renew the contract of its new British technical boss. But then the team surprised the F1 world by re-signing Kimi Raikkonen, amid speculation a […]

No engine talks with Honda yet – Booth

Sep.3 (GMM/ Manor is not yet turning its attention to the matter of its driver lineup for 2016. The former Marussia team has fielded Briton Will Stevens alongside Roberto Merhi this season, although the security of the latter Spaniard’s seat has often been in question due to his lack of […]

Vettel expecting no more boos from Tifosi

Sep.3 (GMM/ Sebastian Vettel is expecting a very different Italian grand prix. On the podium in 2013, when he wore Red Bull colours as F1’s dominant and reigning world champion, the German was booed with a ferocity rarely seen in the sport. It was a far cry from 2008, when […]

Alonso ‘unhappy’ but ‘motivated’ – Sainz

Sep.3 (GMM/ Carlos Sainz, the Spanish rookie who claims Fernando Alonso as a mentor, says the McLaren driver and double world champion is “unhappy” in 2016. Officially, Alonso has been putting a brave and optimistic face on 2015, despite McLaren-Honda’s dire performance. Sainz, who drives for Toro Rosso, paints a […]

Lotus facing new hurdles in Monza paddock

Sep.3 (GMM/ Monza looks set to be another challenging weekend for Lotus. After the court bailiff saga of Spa-Francorchamps, reports on Wednesday suggested smoother times are ahead now for the Enstone team, as its transporters had arrived at the Autodromo Nazionale for the Italian grand prix. But until the black […]

Marchionne set for Red Bull engine talks – report

Sep.3 (GMM/ Ferrari wants to re-enter the running to be Red Bull’s new engine supplier from 2016. Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport claims president Sergio Marchionne intends to visit the Monza paddock this weekend not only to support Ferrari, but to try to convince Red Bull to sign up for […]

PM tells Ecclestone ‘Hands off Monza!’

Sep.2 (GMM/ The big guns are now firing over the question of historic Monza’s future on the F1 calendar. With a contract beyond 2016 still not agreed between organisers of the fabled race at the Autodromo Nazionale and Bernie Ecclestone, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi weighed into the story on […]

Turkey could still return to F1 – operator

Sep.2 (GMM/ The new operator of Turkey’s former F1 track says the sport could return to Istanbul in the future. The Turkish daily Sozcu this week reported that a company called Intercity has signed a 10-year lease, and plans to turn the circuit that hosted seven grands prix until 2011 […]

Hulkenberg set to keep Porsche seat for 2016

Sep.2 (GMM/ Nico Hulkenberg looks set to defend his title as Le Mans winner at next year’s edition of the fabled 24 hour sports car race. Splitting his time between his Force India and Porsche cockpits this year, the German won on debut in the premier class of arguably the […]

Raikkonen backs new ‘Iceman’ alcoholic drink

Sep.2 (GMM/ Kimi Raikkonen is the face of a new alcoholic drink in his native Finland. Famous also for his partying and drinking, it emerges that the Ferrari driver is backing the tinned gin and dry ‘Iceman Long Drink’. The marketing says the drink is “Served as cool as the […]

Michelin remains open to Pirelli tyre war

Sep.2 (GMM/ Michelin remains open to going wheel-to-wheel with Pirelli in 2017. Currently, Bernie Ecclestone is in talks with the tyre manufacturers regarding which of them will be F1’s sole supplier beyond Pirelli’s 2016 deal. But after the tyre blowout controversy following the recent Belgian grand prix, Michelin is applying […]

More mixed messages as Honda tackles Monza

Sep.2 (GMM/ Honda is going into yet another race weekend with mixed messages. As McLaren’s struggling Japanese supplier debuted an upgraded engine in Belgium recently, boss Yasuhisa Arai said it would be a match for Ferrari’s power unit. But Spa-Francorchamps turned out to be one of McLaren-Honda’s worst performances of […]

Monza rescue talks to hit highest gear

Sep.2 (GMM/ Talks to secure Monza’s future on the F1 calendar will step into a high gear this weekend. Bernie Ecclestone has warned that unless a new deal is agreed, the historic circuit will fall off the schedule. So Roberto Maroni, the regional Lombardy president, resorted to humour this week […]