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Lost in translation cause of China chequered flag debacle

Lost in translation cause of China chequered flag debacle

A single word, which triggered a misunderstanding, is what caused the early waving of the chequered flag at the end of the Chinese Grand Prix. Article 43.2 of the sporting rules dictates that if the chequered flag is waved early, even in error, the race is over. That is precisely what happened towards the end […]

Hakkinen slams Vettel for ignoring team orders

Hakkinen slams Vettel for ignoring team orders

Fellow Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen has criticised Sebastian Vettel for ignoring team orders. Although Red Bull and the German driver have claimed Vettel ultimately decided to let teammate Daniel Ricciardo past in China, initially he answered “tough luck” when the radio call came. Finn Hakkinen, the now-retired 1998 and 1999 title winner, is […]

Lotus boss says Mercedes unstoppable this season

Lotus boss says Mercedes unstoppable this season

Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez has conceded that Mercedes is strolling to the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship title. Asked about the championship prospects of the Enstone team, who are still yet to score a single point after a disastrous start, he said: “First of all, we can forget about Mercedes. “They will continue to […]

Is the long reign of self made Formula 1 King Bernie finally over and out?

Is the long reign of self made Formula 1 King Bernie finally over and out?

The criminal trial is only just beginning, but Formula 1′s board has apparently already conceded that the Bernie Ecclestone reign is at an end. The banker he allegedly bribed, Gerhard Gribkowsky, is already in jail for receiving the $44 million, and a UK judge has also declared that the sport’s 83-year-old chief executive paid a […]

Formula 1 must look beyond Ecclestone era warns Wolff

Formula 1 must look beyond Ecclestone era warns Wolff

On the eve of a trial that could send the sport’s long time boss Bernie Ecclestone to jail, Formula 1 is having to look into its future. If convicted of bribery in Munich, the Formula 1 chief executive could even be jailed. But if found guilty and not jailed, he would surely nonetheless fall foul […]

Lauda does not want Mercedes to win all races in 2014

Lauda does not want Mercedes to win all races in 2014

Niki Lauda is hoping that Mercedes rivals do not make it too easy for the German marque for the remainder of the 2014 season. So far this year, the dominant Brackley based team has easily won the opening four grands prix on the trot, having aced the all-new V6 turbo rules. It evokes memories of Ferrari in […]

Montezemolo orders immediate overhaul at Ferrari to end bureaucracy

Montezemolo orders immediate overhaul at Ferrari to end bureaucracy

The first part of the season, with races a long way from Europe, was not easy for Scuderia Ferrari. The week following the Bahrain Grand Prix brought various changes, including Marco Mattiacci being appointed to run the Gestione Sportiva, following Stefano Domenicali’s resignation. There was also the first podium of the year in China, which […]

Red Bull investigating possible chassis fault with Vettel’s RB10

Red Bull investigating possible chassis fault with Vettel’s RB10

Red Bull is investigating whether a chassis fault has been the cause of Sebastian Vettel’s dip in form since the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season. Team boss Christian Horner says the reigning quadruple world champion is lacking the “feel” for the RB10, while others think the German is simply being outclassed by his […]

Horner: Sebastian’s having a tough time because he hasn’t got that feeling from the car he’s looking for

Horner: Sebastian’s having a tough time because he hasn’t got that feeling from the car he’s looking for

At this stage it is not yet a crisis in form for the world champion, but Sebastian Vettel has had something of a torrid time in the first four races of the season, twice being ordered to move over to allow his faster new teammate past as the quadruple Formula 1 world champion struggles to […]

Red Bull: Special new fuel will bring us two, maybe even three tenths in Spain

Red Bull: Special new fuel will bring us two, maybe even three tenths in Spain

A new Formula 1 fuel blend supplied by Total could give Red Bull a three-tenths boost next time out in Barcelona. That is the claim of the reigning world champions’ Austrian director Helmut Marko, as Red Bull pushes to close the gap to 2014′s dominant team Mercedes. But in China, both Red Bulls were actually […]

Lopez: With us Kimi was a strong driver, so the gap at Ferrari is a bit surprising

Lopez: With us Kimi was a strong driver, so the gap at Ferrari is a bit surprising

Kimi Raikkonen’s former team boss says that he is surprised by the Finn’s struggles at the wheel of the new Ferrari F14T. The 2007 world champion, who had returned to the sport with Lotus team after a rallying sabbatical, switched to Ferrari for 2014 following a pay dispute after two years with the Enstone team. But […]

Red Bull war of words with Mercedes shifts into high gear

Red Bull war of words with Mercedes shifts into high gear

Reigning Formula 1 world champion team Red Bull have told Mercedes to “shove that three-pointed star”, as a war of words between the two outfits shifts into high gear. Last week, Mercedes argued in Paris that rival Red Bull’s appeal against the Melbourne disqualification actually deserved a three-race ban. The FIA court did not agree, […]

Domenicali is a scapegoat says former Ferrari team manager

Domenicali is a scapegoat says former Ferrari team manager

Stefano Domenicali is just Ferrari’s latest scapegoat, according to Cesare Fiorio, a former Ferrari team manager . Fiorio, who led the Maranello team before the ultra-successful Jean Todt era, likened Domenicali’s departure to that of Aldo Costa, who left Ferrari three years ago. Designer Costa was responsible for the ultra-dominant 2014 Mercedes project. “It is […]

No Marussia name change after ownership split

No Marussia name change after ownership split

Marussia is not planning to change its name, despite the Formula 1 team no longer being owned by the Russian supercar maker. It emerged two weeks ago that the British-based team has split with Murussia Motors, who according to Russian reports is shedding staff and no longer making supercars. A team spokeswoman had explained that […]

Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes running away with the title this season?

Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes running away with the title this season?

A clean-sweep for Mercedes including a Lewis Hamilton hat-trick has left the rest of Formula 1 wondering whether they can keep up this year, even after only four races. The opening exchanges have all been won by Mercedes, who have dropped just 18 points so far – after a broken spark plug lead forced Hamilton out […]

Formula 1 boss Ecclestone faces German bribery trial and possible jail time

Formula 1 boss Ecclestone faces German bribery trial and possible jail time

Formula 1 Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany this week in a case that threatens to end the Briton’s long reign as the commercial boss of the motor sport. Prosecutors in Munich have charged Ecclestone, 83, with bribing jailed former German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to smooth the sale eight years […]

Lauda rewarded Hamilton with lift home on private jet after China triumph

Lauda rewarded Hamilton with lift home on private jet after China triumph

Niki Lauda gave Lewis Hamilton a ‘money can’t buy’ reward for securing his first-ever Formula 1 hat-trick – a ride on his own private jet. “I told him ‘If you win, I’ll fly you back’ (to Europe),” Mercedes’ team chairman told Bild newspaper. Lauda, not only a Formula 1 legend but also a world-famous aviator, […]

Magnussen enjoys Button as teammate but won’t mind Alonso

Magnussen enjoys Button as teammate but won’t mind Alonso

McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen says that he is happy having Jenson Button as his teammate, but he also says that he wouldn’t mind partnering Fernando Alonso. Alonso – arguably the most sought after driver in Formula 1 – has often been linked with a 2015 move to McLaren to spearhead the British team’s new Honda era. That speculation […]

McLaren should focus on track not court says Horner

McLaren should focus on track not court says Horner

Red Bull have ‘advised’ McLaren to focus on upping their game on track rather than taking the Formula 1 reigning world champions to court. A bitter spat has broken out between the British-based teams over a highly-rated aerodynamicist called Dan Fallows, who was recently due to start work at McLaren. But Fallows ultimately decided to […]

Vettel struggling with the challenge of not having the best F1 car at his disposal

Vettel struggling with the challenge of not having the best F1 car at his disposal

Sebastian Vettel has forgotten how to drive something other than the best car in the field according to Formula 1 experts and rivals. That is Niki Lauda’s view, as the entire world of Formula 1 contemplates the reigning quadruple world champion’s current struggle even to keep up with his new Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo. […]

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