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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...

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 ...

Williams lacking spare parts in Bahrain – Kubica

Robert Kubica says he will stay off the curbs this weekend in Bahrain because Williams does not have enough spare parts. Robert Kubica says he will stay off the curbs this weekend in Bahrain because Williams does not have enough spare parts. “We cannot afford to break anything,” said the Pole. Kubica has had a tough return to F1 after eight years, with the highly uncompetitive Williams car, a mistake-strewn season opener in Australia, and Jacques Villeneuve saying disabled people do not belong on the grid. Now, he says Williams is lacking spare parts to repair any damage in Bahrain. “We are not competitive and now there is this added factor, which makes life only more complicated,” said Kubica. “We just need a little more time.” Kubica’s teammate G...

Schumacher can handle hype of debut F1 test

Mick Schumacher says he can deal with all the hype surrounding his meteoric rise to formula one. Mick Schumacher says he can deal with all the hype surrounding his meteoric rise to formula one. Ferrari and Alfa Romeo have now confirmed reports that the 20-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher will test for both teams on consecutive days in Bahrain next week. Schumacher said he can handle all the hype. “It’s just the way it has always been,” he told Kolner Express. “If you take someone who is not used to it and put him in my position, maybe it would be different. I had the time to grow in there. That helped me a lot.” But the young German’s uncle, former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, said he would like Schumacher’s rise to the pinnacle of motor ...

Williams being run with ‘fear and terror’ – Ralf

Ralf Schumacher, who won all six of his F1 victories with the British team, thinks the problem at Williams could be its management. Ralf Schumacher, who won all six of his F1 victories with the British team, thinks the problem at Williams could be its management. He told Germany’s motorsport-total.com that the struggling Oxfordshire based outfit is currently being run with “fear and terror”. Schumacher, 43, said it was the same as when Sir Frank Williams ran the team alone in the 70s. “Williams has a very special leadership style. As long as Patrick Head was there it was balanced,” he said. “It’s a style of leadership from the 70s and 80s, a bit of a reign of fear and terror. It’s a shame, because I think people need to be motivated.” H...

Kubica does not regret F1 return

Robert Kubica insists he does not regret returning to formula one. Robert Kubica insists he does not regret returning to formula one. The Pole had a horror weekend in Melbourne, which was his first race since returning from an eight-year recovery from permanent arm injuries. Not only is Williams by far the slowest team, Kubica was outpaced by his teammate George Russell and even lapped by the rookie Briton on Sunday. “From the time I heard about it (the return), I questioned it,” former F1 driver JJ Lehto told Iltalehti newspaper. “He’s been away for so long and Williams are so lost at the moment that the drivers can hardly do anything.” But Kubica insisted in Melbourne: “No, I don’t regret returning. “Last year I considered the decision for ...

Impossible to say if Williams can fix car – Kubica

Robert Kubica has confessed to “embarrassing” mistakes in Melbourne. Robert Kubica has confessed to “embarrassing” mistakes in Melbourne. But the Pole, returning to the grid after an eight year absence with a permanent arm injury, says his Williams has not only been slow, but hard to drive and inconsistent. “On Friday, in the second half of the session, people were doing race simulations and in 45 minutes I had been overtaken more than in four years of racing,” he told Przeglad Sportowy. Later, he hit the wall in the pit entry, and in qualifying hit the wall on the outside of turn 10 and qualified last behind his teammate George Russell. “The feeling in the car generally was not the best, but then suddenly it was better before the last attempt. But...

Hamilton hits out at 'hard' Pirelli tyres

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at F1’s tyres for 2019.

McLaren ‘at the back’ – Marko

Fernando Alonso says McLaren has made a “surprisingly good” step forward in some areas for 2019. Fernando Alonso says McLaren has made a “surprisingly good” step forward in some areas for 2019. The Spaniard has stepped down from his role as a race driver, but whilst racing in other categories this year will remain a McLaren tester. “There are areas that we need to revise and develop to improve performance,” Alonso said. “But in other areas we are surprisingly good. “It’s not perfect yet, but the direction is right.” However, Red Bull official Dr Helmut Marko thinks McLaren is at the bottom of the 2019 pecking order. “Ferrari is ahead, then it’s us in front of Mercedes. And then there is the big midfield, where it will ...

Perez eyes ‘maybe even a win’ in 2019

The team formerly known as Force India is targeting fourth place in the championship this year. The team formerly known as Force India is targeting fourth place in the championship this year. Although a highly competitive midfield runner, the Silverstone based team ran into financial problems last year and was taken over by billionaire Lawrence Stroll. And so for 2019, those money problems are over. “Anything less than fourth would be a huge disappointment to me. We’ve worked hard to put the difficult times behind us,” said boss Otmar Szafnauer. However, there has been early criticism of the new name — Racing Point. Alternatives including Lola and Brabham were investigated, but deals ultimately not done. “We considered the name for a while and came to the conc...

Williams could miss start of winter testing

Williams’ car might not be ready for the start of winter testing next week. Williams’ car might not be ready for the start of winter testing next week. On Tuesday, Renault ‘launched’ a newly liveried and modified version of its 2018 car, with boss Cyril Abiteboul saying the 2019 machine is still “in pieces”. Williams’ 2019 car might also be delayed, according to Polish media sources. Sport.pl, which is closely tracking Robert Kubica‘s return to F1, claims the dead-last-in-2018 British team might need to cancel a scheduled filming day on Saturday. The report quoted an FIA-accredited engineer as saying: “I do not have good news. “Williams is very late with the construction of the car.” Official winter testing begins in Barcelo...

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