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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...

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...

Ecclestone backs Wolff over budget cap

Bernie Ecclestone has backed Toto Wolff’s position over the proposed F1 budget cap. Bernie Ecclestone has backed Toto Wolff‘s position over the proposed F1 budget cap. Amid tense negotiations between Liberty Media, the FIA and the teams over the 2021 Concorde Agreement and rules, the parties got together in London on Tuesday. Afterwards, F1’s official website declared that the meetings moved the sport “a step closer” to agreeing to rules, governance, income distribution and “cost controls” for the future. Part of the ‘cost controls’ is a proposed budget cap, and Mercedes boss Wolff said recently that the German marque supports it. But he also said: “The challenge is how to control spending, because the teams are structured very di...

Perez ‘more optimistic’ about Mexico GP future

Sergio Perez is suddenly sounding more optimistic about the future of Mexico’s grand prix. Sergio Perez is suddenly sounding more optimistic about the future of Mexico’s grand prix. Earlier, it emerged that the Mexican government was pledging to instead devote the funding allocated to the F1 race to the Mayan train project. But Perez, with close links to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, is suddenly sounding more upbeat. “Lately, it looks a lot more promising,” he is quoted by Speed Week. “I’m more optimistic than I was before. “There are some discussions going on and I do not know all the details. It’s not my job to comment on that. “But it points to the fact that things are not so bad. There is still hope,” the Racing Point drive...

Red Bull return for Kvyat ‘possible’ – Aleshin

A Russian racing driver says it is possible Daniil Kvyat will return to Red Bull Racing. A Russian racing driver says it is possible Daniil Kvyat will return to Red Bull Racing. Former Red Bull Racing driver Kvyat’s F1 career seemed over at the end of 2017, where after a complex run of difficult form he was dropped from the junior team Toro Rosso. But Mikhail Aleshin, a former Indycar and now Le Mans driver, says it is now possible Kvyat will return to Red Bull. “It was very good to see Kvyat showing his character and not letting Pierre Gasly go past in Melbourne,” he told Russia’s Sportbox. “It is hard to know why Gasly drove so inexpressively, but if Kvyat continues in the same spirit, we can all have hope that Daniil could move to the stronger team. “...

Wolff rubbishes breakaway series rumours

Toto Wolff has rubbished rumours he might be part of a movement to set up a rival world championship. Toto Wolff has rubbished rumours he might be part of a movement to set up a rival world championship. Auto Motor und Sport reveals that, last month, the Mercedes boss met with former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, and Racing Point owner and billionaire Lawrence Stroll. The meeting in Gstaad, a Swiss ski resort town, comes amid Liberty Media and the FIA’s tough negotiations with the big teams over the next Concorde Agreement. Wolff explained: “Lawrence Stroll invited me to Gstaad and Bernie has a chalet there. “Talk of another series is nonsense,” he insisted. “We want to fully support Liberty in their formula one ca...

Racing Point is ‘my project’ – Perez

Sergio Perez says he sees Racing Point as his “project” in F1. Sergio Perez says he sees Racing Point as his “project” in F1. Earlier, the Mexican was targeting a return to a top team such as Ferrari. But last year, when he forced Force India into administration, he says he placed a bet on the future with the newly Lawrence Stroll-owned outfit. “I think after the administration process that took place, it was important to stay here,” he told El Mundo Deportivo newspaper in Melbourne. “It was more than just having a seat in F1 for me. It is a very important project that I want to be successful in the coming years for all of the time that I have invested. “I know that if in three years the result is as big as we expect it to be, it will be than...

Formula One driver guide for 2019

Lewis Hamilton is this year bidding to become the second driver in Formula One history to win six world championships. The 34-year-old Englishman, who last season beat Sebastian Vettel to the title with two rounds to spare, will move to within one of Michael Schumacher’s record if he triumphs again this term. PA Graphic Here, Press Association Sport runs the rule over the 20 drivers who will line up for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. Lewis Hamilton is bidding for a sixth world title (David Davies/PA) Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Car: 44Age: 34Starts: 229Wins: 73Championships: 5 (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018) Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Car: 77Age: 29Starts: 118Wins: 3 Hamilton delivered some of the finest performances of his career to clinch a fifth championship last season and lay ...

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