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Mattiacci: I thought the call from Montezemolo was a late April Fool’s joke

Mattiacci: I thought the call from Montezemolo was a late April Fool’s joke

Ferrari’s new team principal, the hitherto virtually unknown Marco Mattiacci revealed to media in Shanghai that he thought Luca di Montezemolo’s offer to lead the legendary Maranello outfit was a belated April Fool’s joke, and also explained the reason he has been wearing dark sunglasses throughout his first day on the job is simply because […]

Chinese Grand Prix: Friday press conference full transcript

Chinese Grand Prix: Friday press conference full transcript

Full transcript from the FIA hosted press conference on the opening day of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend at Shanghai International Circuit, featuring: Pat Fry (Ferrari), Charlie Whiting (Fia), Yasuhisa Arai (Honda), Andy Cowell (Mercedes AMG HPP) and Rob White (Renault Sport F1) If we can start with you Charlie? The new power units have […]

Shanghai Practice 2: Hamilton reclaims top spot at the end of day one

Shanghai Practice 2: Hamilton reclaims top spot at the end of day one

Lewis Hamilton returned Mercedes to the top of the timesheets on Friday by setting the fastest time in the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton completed 25 laps of the 5.4 kilometre Shanghai International Circuit in the afternoon to end the day with a best time of 1:38.315. His Formula One championship […]

Shanghai Practice 1: Alonso fastest early on

Shanghai Practice 1: Alonso fastest early on

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso broke Mercedes’ stranglehold at the top by setting the fastest time in Friday’s first practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix. Alonso completed 20 laps of the 5.4 kilometre Shanghai International Circuit to end the morning session with a best time of 1:39.783 seconds, as Ferrari’s new Formula One boss Marco Mattiacci […]

Maldonado: We are racers and we are always risking, maybe they need to be more flexible

Maldonado: We are racers and we are always risking, maybe they need to be more flexible

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado has hit out at the new Formula 1 drivers’ penalty points system that could see him having to serve a race ban later in 2014. After just the opening three grands prix of the season, the Venezuelan already has three demerit points against his Formula 1 super license. Jules Bianchi, meanwhile, […]

Rosberg to clear air with Hamilton over on track limits before Chinese Grand Prix

Rosberg to clear air with Hamilton over on track limits before Chinese Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg says he will discuss with Lewis Hamilton before this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix an incident during their thrilling battle in Bahrain when he felt his Mercedes team mate went “over the line”. The German, who won the season-opener in Australia, started from pole at the Sakhir circuit 11 days ago but lost his […]

Jean Todt’s FIA Chief of Staff responds to Inside Line open letter

Jean Todt’s FIA Chief of Staff responds to Inside Line open letter

In the aftermath of the Australian Grand Prix fuel flow debacle, through Inside Line an open letter was written to FIA President Jean Todt (here>>>) to which we have received a reply. We are pleasantly surprised that the FIA has engaged us in this as it shows an honest attempt by the governing body to […]

Alonso: Stefano is a great man, first of all, and I am a close friend of his

Alonso: Stefano is a great man, first of all, and I am a close friend of his

Fernando Alonso paid tribute on Thursday to ex Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, who sensationally quit this week, and admitted that he had not even spoken to the new man at the helm. Domenicali stepped down on Monday, after a torrid start to the season, culminating most recently in the team’s drivers trailing in ninth […]

Chinese Grand Prix: Drivers’ press conference full transcript

Chinese Grand Prix: Drivers’ press conference full transcript

Full transcript from the FIA hosted drivers’ press conference on the eve of the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit. Featuring: Adrian Sutil (Sauber), Sergio Perez (Force India), Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari). Daniel, some […]

Montezemolo: Mattiacci is going to be at the helm for a long time, and I will be more hands on

Montezemolo: Mattiacci is going to be at the helm for a long time, and I will be more hands on

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has played down reports Marco Mattiacci is only a short term stop-gap solution at the top of the Maranello based team. It is reported that Gerhard Berger or Ross Brawn are the more likely long-term successors following Stefano Domenicali’s sudden resignation. Flavio Briatore has already ruled himself out. “I have […]

Marko: What annoyed us is that Renault were not open, now there is a constructive cooperation

Marko: What annoyed us is that Renault were not open, now there is a constructive cooperation

Renault’s 2014 V6 turbo power unit crisis began to ease when the French manufacturer became more open, according to outspoken Red Bull senior man Helmut Marko. He revealed during an interview with the Austrian news agency APA that when the depth of the pre-season crisis became clear, he began a series of emergency visits to […]

The Big Preview: Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit

The Big Preview: Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit

Following a thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix and last week’s test at the Sakhir circuit, what is fast proving to be a fascinating 2014 FIA Formula One Championship resumes this weekend with round four, the Chinese Grand Prix. The Shanghai International Circuit, located in the Jiading district of one of China’s most vibrant cities, presents a […]

Rosberg out to wreck Mercedes teammate Hamilton hat-trick bid

Rosberg out to wreck Mercedes teammate Hamilton hat-trick bid

Lewis Hamilton can chalk up three wins in a row for the first time in his Formula 1 career on Sunday but Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg will be doing all he can to deny him the hat-trick. Returning to the Chinese circuit where he took his first pole and victory in 2012, Rosberg has […]

Montezemolo: I have decided to focus on a young manager that I believe in a lot

Montezemolo: I have decided to focus on a young manager that I believe in a lot

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has dismissed early criticism of the Scuderia’s new Formula 1 team boss Marco Mattiacci. First, he applauded the ousted Stefano Domenicali for taking responsibility for the fabled team’s poor results and choosing to resign. “Resignations in Italy are rare,” said Montezemolo, who appointed Ferrari North America chief  Mattiacci – an […]

Marko: We’re amazed by aggressiveness that Mercedes used to argue against us

Marko: We’re amazed by aggressiveness that Mercedes used to argue against us

Outspoken Red Bull Motorsport Consultant Helmut Marko has hit back at Mercedes, after the German squad this week called on the court of appeal to come down hard on the World Champions. As Red Bull appealed Daniel Ricciardo’s Melbourne disqualification in Paris on Monday, a lawyer for rival Mercedes argued at length that the FIA […]

Grosjean: As a team we have to stay united and it will make us stronger as a unit

Grosjean: As a team we have to stay united and it will make us stronger as a unit

Romain Grosjean looks to the Chinese Grand Prix hoping to celebrate his 28th birthday with an improved performance at Shanghai and a crack at the points for Lotus. What are your thoughts on the Shanghai circuit? Shanghai is not my favourite race of the year, but I will be spending my 28th birthday there so […]

Maldonado: The potential is there we just need to focus and continue to push hard

Maldonado: The potential is there we just need to focus and continue to push hard

After completing his first full race distance for Lotus in Bahrain, Pastor Maldonado is eager to continue the progress at the Chinese Grand Prix weekend in Shanghai. What are your thoughts on Shanghai as a circuit? Shanghai is a very technical circuit with one of the longest straights of the season. It could be a […]

Ferrari rope in Italian Olympic boss to keep up the noise against new era Formula 1

Ferrari rope in Italian Olympic boss to keep up the noise against new era Formula 1

Formula 1′s new look makes no sense and is tantamount to self-harm, Giovanni Malago, the head of the Italian Olympic Committee, has said in comments highlighted by Ferrari as supportive of their own criticism. “I speak on behalf of Italian sports people and fans, I don’t like this Formula One and in my opinion it’s […]

Red Bull: We are of course disappointed by the outcome

Red Bull: We are of course disappointed by the outcome

Formula 1 team Red Bull’s appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix has been rejected by the International Court of Appeal, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said on Tuesday. “The Court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the Decision No.56 of the Stewards by which they […]

Red Bull appeal fails as International Court of Appeal upholds Melbourne disqualification

Red Bull appeal fails as International Court of Appeal upholds Melbourne disqualification

The following hearing of the International Court of Appeal took place in Paris on Monday 14 April 2014: Appeal lodged by the Österreichischer Automobil-Motorrad und Touring Club – Oberste Nationale Sportkommission für den Motorsport (ÖAMTC-OSK) on behalf of its licence-holder Infiniti Red Bull Racing against the decision N°56 dated 16 March 2014 of the FIA […]

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