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Whitmarsh set for $10-million McLaren payout

Whitmarsh set for $10-million McLaren payout

Ousted McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh could walk away from the Woking outfit with a $10 million payout. Last month, when Eric Boullier became the British team’s new chief in the wake of supremo Ron Dennis’ return to power, it was reported Whitmarsh agreed not to speak to the media while his contract payout is negotiated. […]

Father Jan at races distracting says Magnussen

Father Jan at races distracting says Magnussen

It seems former Formula 1 driver Jan Magnussen will not be a regular fixture at grands prix this year. Magnussen senior had to miss his son Kevin’s Grand Prix debut in Melbourne last month because he was racing a sports car on the other side of the world. “Being 6000 miles away watching the race was not […]

Dennis hits back at Horner’s stance on Fallows

Dennis hits back at Horner’s stance on Fallows

Ron Dennis is keeping the pressure on Red Bull, after an employee reneged on a deal to switch teams. On Saturday, the McLaren supremo vowed to take Formula 1′s reigning world champions all the way to the High Court, after Dan Fallows decided at the last minute to return to Red Bull rather than start […]

McLaren taking Red Bull staff dispute to high court

McLaren taking Red Bull staff dispute to high court

McLaren supremo Ron Dennis on Saturday confirmed that his team will likely take their dispute with world champions Red Bull all the way to the High Court. Earlier this month, new team boss Eric Boullier said the matter is “in the hands of our lawyers”, after Red Bull announced that they had successfully wooed Dan Fallows […]

Engine problem makes a mockery of Maldonado grid penalty

Engine problem makes a mockery of Maldonado grid penalty

Pastor Maldonado’s five place grid penalty was rendered meaningless on Saturday after engine problems ruled the Lotus Formula One driver out of Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying. While Romain Grosjean powered to the team’s first top 10 grid position of the season, Maldonado never got out of the garage. The penalty, imposed for running into the […]

Vettel admits Ricciardo is doing a very good job

Vettel admits Ricciardo is doing a very good job

Formula 1 reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel admitted he needs to up his game after being outqualified by his teammate. The German has won the last four drivers’ titles on the trot, but all of them were alongside Mark Webber, who retired at the end of last season. Australian Webber was replaced at Red Bull […]

Lauda rejects reports that Mercedes has 80 horsepower advantage

Lauda rejects reports that Mercedes has 80 horsepower advantage

Niki Lauda has rejected suggestions that Renault are trailing the pace, with the all new V6 turbo power units, by a around 80 horsepower. Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has mentioned the figure – dominant Mercedes’ supposed advantage with its field-leading turbo V6 – on several occasions in the past weeks. But Lauda, the Mercedes team chairman, […]

Mattiacci plays down Alonso departure reports

Mattiacci plays down Alonso departure reports

Ferrari’s new team principal has played down suggestions that Fernando Alonso might be looking to leave the Italian team amid the crisis over poor competitiveness. Although car upgrades appear to have pushed the Spaniard closer to the pace in Shanghai, it wasn’t enough to calm speculation that Stefano Domenicali’s exit might be one of the final […]

Rosberg wary of Red Bull tactic to play down title chances

Rosberg wary of Red Bull tactic to play down title chances

Formula 1 world championship leader Nico Rosberg believes that Red Bull are playing down their title chances for tactical reasons. Although Mercedes’ chasers Red Bull and Ferrari appear closer to the pace in Shanghai, world champion Sebastian Vettel on Friday said he was driving behind a W05 in Shanghai and “it looked as though they […]

Mercedes wanted three race ban for Red Bull

Mercedes wanted three race ban for Red Bull

Mercedes wanted reigning Formula 1 world champions Red Bull to serve a three-race ban for appealing against its Melbourne disqualification. Earlier reports in the Shanghai paddock had hinted at Mercedes’ push for a ban, after Helmut Marko had said thathe was surprised by the “aggressiveness” with which Mercedes argued at the Paris appeal on Monday. […]

Lotus demanding from Renault engine equality with Red Bull

Lotus demanding from Renault engine equality with Red Bull

Lotus have discovered that they are second or perhaps even third in line for the best service offered by Formula 1 engine supplier Renault. That is the claim of Michael Schmidt, the highly respected correspondent for Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Earlier, we reported that Lotus has in China finally taken delivery of the latest incarnation […]

Ricciardo says Red Bull pleasantly surprised by his pace

Ricciardo says Red Bull pleasantly surprised by his pace

Daniel Ricciardo believes that his performances since joining Red Bull have shown that he deserves his seat with the world champions. The Australian had driven at backmarker HRT and Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso, but this year he stepped up to the big league to replace his retired countryman Mark Webber. Some think Ricciardo […]

Ferrari: We will try and exploit any opportunity to attack

Ferrari: We will try and exploit any opportunity to attack

Ferrari team and drivers report from qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit; Fernando Alonso: “When it rains you never know how things will turn out as track conditions can get worse lap after lap and so that’s one reason for me to […]

McLaren: To put it in simple terms we performed poorly

McLaren: To put it in simple terms we performed poorly

A tricky day for the McLaren team: neither Jenson nor Kevin made it through to Q3 in this afternoon’s Qualifying session, which was held in rainy conditions. Both drivers found better performance on the Full Wet tyres during the wetter Q1 session, finishing 10th (Kevin) and 12th (Jenson). However, in Q3, as the rain lightened […]

Force India: We can be strong in race conditions

Force India: We can be strong in race conditions

Wet weather was the story of the day in Shanghai as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez qualified in eighth and sixteenth places respectively for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix. P8. Nico Hulkenberg VJM07-04 Q1: 1:55.913 Q2: 1:56.847 Q3: 1:56.366 “A top ten result is always what we are aiming for in qualifying, so from that perspective I […]

Red Bull: Our straight line speed wasn’t able to challenge that of the Mercedes

Red Bull: Our straight line speed wasn’t able to challenge that of the Mercedes

Red Bull team and drivers report from qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit. Daniel Ricciardo, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:53.958): “I couldn’t have got anything extra out of the car on that last lap, I got everything I could out […]

Williams: We still have some work to do with the car in terms of performance

Williams: We still have some work to do with the car in terms of performance

Felipe Massa qualified sixth and Valtteri Bottas seventh for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix in a rain affected session. Both cars showed improved performance in the wet conditions, and despite the changeable weather, the team feel positive for tomorrow’s race. Rob Smedley, Head of Vehicle Performance: “Sessions like that are never easy, but I am once […]

Mercedes: We had the pace to put both cars on the front row

Mercedes: We had the pace to put both cars on the front row

Lewis Hamilton took pole position in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix this afternoon, with Nico Rosberg fourth after a challenging, wet qualifying session. Lewis took his third wet weather pole this season after qualifying 0.595 seconds ahead of his closest challenger, Daniel Ricciardo Nico Rosberg qualified fourth fastest but was unable to improve his […]

Lotus: Overall it’s pleasing to get the car back up where it should be

Lotus: Overall it’s pleasing to get the car back up where it should be

Romain Grosjean enjoyed a season-best qualifying performance by setting the tenth fastest time at a wet Shanghai International Circuit for the Chinese Grand Prix. Romain set a lap of 1min 57.079secs using intermediate tyres. He had earlier set the third fastest time in the also wet morning practice session. Pastor Maldonado was unable to start […]

Marussia: Two sessions saw mixed fortunes for the drivers

Marussia: Two sessions saw mixed fortunes for the drivers

Wet conditions played a defining role in today’s qualifying session for the 2014 Formula 1™ UBS Chinese Grand Prix, in which the Marussia F1 Team drivers experienced mixed fortunes. Jules Bianchi had experienced a difficult Free Practice 3 session and was quite unhappy with the car. The Team made some set-up changes during the break […]

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