Formula 1

Russian company denies buying Williams

Reports that Williams could be acquired by a Russian billionaire’s company have been denied. Reports that Williams could be acquired by a Russian billionaire’s company have been denied. Last week, we reported that amid the British team’s performance and financial crisis, Dmitry Mazepin is interested in buying it. His 19-year-old son Nikita is a Formula 2 driver. Mazepin’s company Uralkali, a Russian potash fertiliser producer, tried to take over Force India last year. The major Russian news agency Tass reported last week that Mazepin is now “negotiating the purchase” of Williams, with the first talks taking place at the Chinese GP. But Tass reports a Uralkali spokesman as saying: “The information that appeared in the media is untrue. “Uralkal...

Horner does not ‘suspect’ Ferrari cheating

Christian Horner says Red Bull is not accusing Ferrari of cheating. Christian Horner says Red Bull is not accusing Ferrari of cheating. With Ferrari so fast on the straights this year, the Red Bull boss recently revealed that the Shell fuel being used by the Italian team in 2018 smells like fruit. “Suspect is the wrong word,” Speed Week quotes Horner as saying. “Obviously Ferrari is doing a very good job with its engine, and the effect of the fuel cannot be underestimated. “Our own partner ExxonMobil is making impressive strides to find more power with Honda. It is a particularly interesting development area,” Horner added. Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto plays down the team’s advantage. “If you look at the speed of the Mercedes, I think they are ...

Three teams to test 18-inch tyres for Pirelli

Three teams have emerged as the favourites to provide cars so that Pirelli can begin on-track testing for the 18-inch tyres for 2021. Three teams have emerged as the favourites to provide cars so that Pirelli can begin on-track testing for the 18-inch tyres for 2021. “If everything goes to plan, the first tests with the new tyres will take place in mid-September,” Pirelli’s Mario Isola told Auto Motor und Sport. The German report said Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault will provide the 2018-spec test cars. Red Bull cannot follow suit, because in 2018 the team was powered by Renault engines. “It’s important to get representative data,” Isola said. He added that the smaller teams are also allowed to provide test cars. But a team manager for a midfield team said...

Russian billionaire eyes Williams buyout

A Russian billionaire could buy Williams. A Russian billionaire could buy Williams. The once-great British team is in a desperate performance crisis, but multiple authoritative outlets are now reporting that Dmitry Mazepin is interested in buying it. Earlier, we reported that Mazepin’s 19-year-old son Nikita, who races in Formula 2, will conduct a series of F1 tests in a two-year-old Mercedes car this year. Last year, Mazepin snr’s company Uralkali tried to take over Force India, but that team ultimately did a deal with another billionaire, Lawrence Stroll. Now, Russia’s biggest news agency Tass reports: “The main shareholder of the company Uralkali, Dmitry Mazepin, is negotiating the purchase of the formula one team Williams.” Reportedly, the first talks took...

Carey inspects 2020 Hanoi GP site

F1 chief executive Chase Carey travelled straight from China to Vietnam to check out the scene of the Hanoi street race for 2020. F1 chief executive Chase Carey travelled straight from China to Vietnam to check out the scene of the Hanoi street race for 2020. Vietnam is the first new race put together from scratch by new F1 owner Liberty Media. “We think this track will make for a very special race and a very exciting competition,” Carey is quoted by France’s L’Equipe. “It’s a combination of a street race – we are in the city centre – and a circuit,” he added. Earlier, Truong Anh Ngoc, the sports correspondent for the official Vietnam News Agency, said the race is costing “several hundred million dollars”. Read Next: F1 to i...

Raikkonen ‘leading the B league’ – Zehnder

Alfa Romeo team manager Beat Zehnder says it is “a pleasure” to be working once again with Kimi Raikkonen. Alfa Romeo team manager Beat Zehnder says it is “a pleasure” to be working once again with Kimi Raikkonen. The pair worked together when Raikkonen made his F1 debut for Sauber in 2001, and the Finn has now returned to the same Hinwil based team for 2019. Currently, he is ‘best of the rest’ behind the six Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull drivers. “It’s simply a pleasure to work with Kimi,” Zehnder told Blick newspaper. “He gives everything every time.” As for the 39-year-old’s seventh place in the drivers’ points standings, he laughed: “Kimi is leading the B league!” And that ‘B league’ ...

Red Bull to get new Honda engine in Baku

Just a few races into the long 2019 season, Honda is already preparing to introduce an upgrade for its engine. Just a few races into the long 2019 season, Honda is already preparing to introduce an upgrade for its engine. De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper, says the more powerful Honda engine will be used by Red Bull in Baku next weekend. Team official Dr Helmut Marko said the upgrade was originally planned for the sixth race in Monaco. “Good news from Honda. For Baku, we’ll get 20 more horses,” he announced. Red Bull-Honda started the year hoping to compete with Mercedes and Ferrari, but while happy with the engine have admitted to “aerodynamic problems”. Team boss Christian Horner is also looking forward to the Baku upgrade. “Honda is making progress on t...

Lewis Hamilton: ‘Too early to think about the title’

Lewis Hamilton says he is not getting carried away with his championship advantage after moving to Formula One’s summit for the first time this season. Following his victory in China on Sunday, Hamilton moved six points clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and is 31 ahead of Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel, his rival for the past two seasons. After the opening three races in 2017 and last year, Hamilton was adrift of Vettel by seven and nine points respectively, only to claim the title on both occasions with two rounds remaining. How it stands after 3 races…@LewisHamilton leads for the first time in 2019 as we head to Azerbaijan #F1 #ChineseGP 🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/6hIEe1Ynn3 — Formula 1 (@F1) April 15, 2019 The 34-year-old is traditionally a slow-starter, so often coming...

Hamilton wins F1’s 1,000th race – the key talking points from Chinese GP

Lewis Hamilton leads the championship for the first time this season following his victory at the Chinese Grand Prix. The Mercedes star moved clear of team-mate Valtteri Bottas with a flawless drive in Shanghai. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things we learned from Formula One’s 1,000th race. 1. Ferrari in a flap “It was right to give that chance to Seb” ⬇️ https://t.co/qEGZL6p44O — Formula 1 (@F1) April 15, 2019 Despite charging to an impressive sixth win in front of his adoring Chinese fans, Hamilton’s heroics were somewhat overshadowed by Ferrari’s decision to use team orders. Sebastian Vettel cut a forlorn figure in the team’s hospitality suite, defending his position as the team’s number one. When contending for a title, Ferrari h...

No more race victory target in 2019 – Horner

After three races in 2019, Red Bull no longer has a target for the number of race wins. After three races in 2019, Red Bull no longer has a target for the number of race wins. Prior to the season, buoyed by the promise of the new works Red Bull-Honda pairing, Dr Helmut Marko said he wanted five victories before the season finale in December. “We all know that Helmut is an optimist,” team boss Christian Horner smiled in China. “The truth is that we have no target for the number of wins. Our goal is to reduce the gap to the leaders,” he said. Horner was speaking after both he and Marko acknowledged that Red Bull currently has an “aerodynamic problem”, although things looked better in China. “At the moment the maximum we can do is score points,”...

Budget caps ‘will not help F1’ – Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve says a budget cap is the wrong direction for F1. Jacques Villeneuve says a budget cap is the wrong direction for F1. With support from the FIA and many teams, the sport’s new owner Liberty Media is determined to impose caps on annual spending from 2021. Villeneuve, F1’s outspoken 1997 world champion, is diametrically opposed. “F1 is supposed to represent absolute excess,” he told Le Journal de Montreal as he began to tackle his new racing role in the European Nascar series. “But now it is an economy race. We limit the use of engines to three per season, and after that you are penalised. That’s not F1,” Villeneuve insisted. “If we do a budget cap at, say, 100 million, what’s going to happen? Mercedes would certainly sp...

Williams ‘no longer a racing team’ – Villeneuve

Williams’ problems can be traced back to the decision to float on the stock exchange. Williams’ problems can be traced back to the decision to float on the stock exchange. That is the view of Jacques Villeneuve, who in 1997 won the once-great team’s last world championship. “Its leaders are paying for the bad decisions made in recent years,” he told Le Journal de Montreal. After an eight year hiatus to recover from a permanent arm injury, Robert Kubica‘s struggle with the 2019 car is painfully obvious. “I have never had such a bad feeling on a long run. I just do not have grip,” the Pole said after the Chinese GP. “Speed in the race has always been one of my strengths, but I just do not have it. I don’t know why. “I’m ...

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