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Toro Rosso admit they were counting on rain at Monaco

Toro Rosso admit they were counting on rain at Monaco

May 31 (GP247) When Toro Rosso made the call to bring in Jean Eric Vergne with seven laps to run in the Monaco Grand Prix, and fitted his STR07 with Intermediate tyres, it was the wrong call, because anticipated rain did not arrive – however, if rain had come down it might have been the […]

Pressure on Maldonado after hero-to-zero showing in Monaco

Pressure on Maldonado after hero-to-zero showing in Monaco

May 31 (GMM) Within memory of him delivering his beleaguered team’s first victory in more than eight years, at the Spanish Grand Prix earlier this month, Pastor Maldonado has become something of a let-down at Williams. After soaring from pole to victory in Barcelona, new F1 winner’s club member Maldonado endured a self inflicted horror […]

Organisers dismiss Ecclestone’s New Jersey doubts

Organisers dismiss Ecclestone’s New Jersey doubts

May 31 (GMM) The organisers of next year’s inaugural New Jersey Formula One street race have once again dismissed claims that the event is in doubt. Bernie Ecclestone said last month that the American Grand Prix could be pushed back to 2014. And the F1 chief executive repeated his doubts this week, revealing that the […]

Grand Prix International 30 May 2012 Edition

Grand Prix International 30 May 2012 Edition

May 30 (Grand Prix International by YallaF1.com) Six from six or six out of six – call it whatever you wish – Formula One is rocking big time at the moment. Most recent winner Mark Webber barged his way into F1 title contention with a supremely controlled victory on the mean streets of Monte Carlo. […]

Small teams worried that 2014 engine will be too expensive

Small teams worried that 2014 engine will be too expensive

May 30 (GMM) Formula One’s engine customer teams are concerned that the price of power is set to skyrocket. According to Auto Motor und Sport, teams like Force India and Sauber currently pay around $12 million for their engine plus KERS packages. That is reportedly set to increase to about $22 million when the turbo […]

Pirelli to test harder tyre at Silverstone

Pirelli to test harder tyre at Silverstone

May 30 (GMM) Pirelli is preparing to test a harder-compound tyre, as criticism of the 2012 Formula One season ‘lottery’ flares up. The dilemma for F1′s tyre supplier is that it was specifically asked to spice up the show with heavily degrading tyres, and the six different winners so far this season proves the Italian […]

Perez not ruling out 2013 switch to Ferrari

Perez not ruling out 2013 switch to Ferrari

May 30 (GMM) Sergio Perez is refusing to rule out a change of teams, but has insisted that he is not about to switch to Ferrari during the 2012 season, despite strong speculation he is first in line for Felipe Massa’s seat. As for 2013, the door is open for the Mexican. “In Malaysia,” Perez […]

Webber denies backing up rivals for Vettel at Monaco

Webber denies backing up rivals for Vettel at Monaco

May 30 (GMM) Monaco Grand Prix winner Mark Webber has dismissed claims that he backed up his rivals during the race on the street circuit on purpose so that Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel could catch up. Australian Webber won Sunday’s race in the Principality with the other podium challengers, Nico Rosberg, both within a […]

Six winners out of six races takes F1 into uncharted territory

Six winners out of six races takes F1 into uncharted territory

May 30 (Reuters) – Even though Formula One fans are reveling in the joy of an unprecedented six different winners from six races in the aftermath of the Monaco Grand prix, some of those closer to the action are beginning to feel uneasy and question how good it really is for the sport. Before Red […]

Alonso hot tip to win 2012 F1 world title

Alonso hot tip to win 2012 F1 world title

May 30 (GMM) Heikki Kovalainen has tipped Fernando Alonso to win the topsy-turvy 2012 F1 World Championship season. Alonso is just one of the six race winners after the opening six races of the season, but despite a difficult start for Ferrari the Spaniard is now leading the drivers’ standings by 3 points. “Alonso’s lead…yes, […]

Ecclestone: KERS should never have been introduced

Ecclestone: KERS should never have been introduced

May 30 (GMM) F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he is no fan of KERS, and in fact went on to slam the use of the technology in the sport, while also criticising teams for the amount of trucks and motorhomes used . Although investigations of the cause are ongoing, Ecclestone went as far […]

Former Williams title sponsor moves to Red Bull

Former Williams title sponsor moves to Red Bull

May 30 (GMM) The Williams Formula One team’s former title sponsor AT&T has switched allegiance to reigning F1 world champions Red Bull. The American multinational telecom became Williams’ naming backer in 2007, but left the Oxfordshire based team after its dire 2011 campaign. Red Bull announced in Monaco that the company has now joined the […]

Internet hacktivists threaten F1 over Montreal protests

Internet hacktivists threaten F1 over Montreal protests

May 30 (GMM) Internet ‘terrorist’ group Anonymous is targeting Formula One once again, ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. Last month, the ‘hacktivists’ aimed fire at the sport over the Bahrain issue, bringing down the official F1 and FIA websites. Now, Anonymous is backing the protesting Montreal university students over the controversial ‘Bill 78′, […]

Sauber boss furious with accident prone Grosjean

Sauber boss furious with accident prone Grosjean

May 30 (GMM) Lotus driver Romain Grosjean would not be the most welcome face in the Sauber motor home after the Frenchman’s antics on the streets of Monte Carlo. Recently after the Spanish grand prix, Swiss newspaper Blick quoted Sergio Perez as cursing “f***ing French!” after a collision with Lotus’ Grosjean. Then, at Monaco, Kamui […]

Alguersuari caught up in Italian earthquake

Alguersuari caught up in Italian earthquake

May 30 (GMM) Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari was also caught up in the latest Italian earthquake that killed 15 people and forced Ferrari to send its employees home on Tuesday. Alguersuari told Spanish sports newspaper AS that he was near the epicentre of the magnitude-5.8 quake as he prepared to test a kart […]

Mexico set to return to grand prix calendar in 2013

Mexico set to return to grand prix calendar in 2013

May 30 (GMM) Formula 1 is returning to Mexico for the 2013 season, according to a report in a Spanish sports newspaper. Marca reports that the race will take place at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City, which was the scene of the last Mexican grand prix, in 1992. The report said the race […]

Barrichello earns $330,000 at Indy 500 as best rookie

Barrichello earns $330,000 at Indy 500 as best rookie

May 30 (GMM) Ex-Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello earned more than US $330,000 in Sunday’s Indy 500. At the age of 40 and with a record 326 grands prix to his name, the Brazilian was the highest placed newcomer in the fabled American oval race. It means he was crowned the official ‘rookie of the […]

Ferrari suspend activity at F1 factory after earthquake

Ferrari suspend activity at F1 factory after earthquake

May 29 (Reuters) Ferrari has suspended activities at it’s Formula One factory in Maranello on Tuesday after an earthquake struck the region and was felt across northern and central Italy. A team spokesman said there had been no damage to any of the facilities but employees had been released to allow them to join their […]

Raikkonen: We did not achieve what we hoped for and it’s disappointing

Raikkonen: We did not achieve what we hoped for and it’s disappointing

May 29 (Lotus) Despite having a weekend to forget in Monaco with a potential race winning car in the Lotus E20, Kimi Raikkonen is left to consider the positives of another points finish and the importance it could have come the end of the year when the 2012 F1 Championship points are tallied up. Ninth […]

Monaco result gives struggling Massa some breathing space

Monaco result gives struggling Massa some breathing space

May 29 (GMM) Ferrari driver Felipe Massa moved to rescue his crumbling Formula 1 career with a strong performance in the Monaco Grand Prix. Already on notice -  even before the 2012 opener began, the struggling Brazilian has had a nightmare start to this year’s campaign, triggering rumours that Monaco was his very last chance […]

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