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Mar.12 (GMM) Renault “can afford” to pay Daniel Ricciardo a front-running salary. That is the claim of the French works team’s boss Cyril Abiteboul, despite recently denying that Renault had paid “stupid money” to lure Ricciardo from Red Bull. “Renault has made a significant financial commitment,” he is now quoted as saying by Finland’s Iltalehti….Read More »
Mar.12 (GMM) Mattia Binotto says it is Mercedes who should be regarded as the favourites heading into the 2019 season. That is despite the fact that it was Ferrari, the team now led by Binotto, that looked clearly fastest in pre-season testing. “I think the team to beat is still Mercedes,” the Italian told Corriere…Read More »
Mar.11 (GMM) Former F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella has urged Antonio Giovinazzi to make a steady full-time debut in 2019. Giovinazzi is the first full-time Italian on the grid for eight years. With Ferrari backing, he will race for Alfa Romeo. “It’s best if he can stay ahead of Raikkonen,” Fisichella told automoto. “Kimi is a…Read More »
Mar.11 (GMM) Ross Brawn thinks a “calmness” that has descended over Ferrari could deliver the world title in 2019. Sebastian Vettel made mistakes last year, but Liberty’s F1 sporting director insists that the German is “more than capable” of winning again. “With the calmness the team now have, they have every chance this year,” he…Read More »
Mar.8 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has warned Pierre Gasly to drive more cautiously. Marko is the top Red Bull official under team owner Dietrich Mateschitz, and he is targeting “a minimum of five wins” in the first Honda-powered year. “I believe we also have a certain chance of the world championship,” he told APA news…Read More »
Mar.8 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen is quietly hoping for a race win in 2019. The Finn has left Ferrari after a long career with the Maranello marque, and now drives for the Ferrari-linked Sauber team — now known as Alfa Romeo. In 2012, the now 39-year-old Raikkonen returned to F1 following a rallying and Nascar sabbatical,…Read More »
Mar.8 (GMM) Williams appears to have been nominated as the supplier of a Pirelli test car for 2021. Earlier, we reported that F1’s official supplier was seeking a test car to conduct development of the 18 inch tyres for 2021 later this year. “One of the biggest problems at the moment is to find a…Read More »
Mar.7 (GMM) Jean Todt has hit out at the constant negativity in formula one. The FIA president calls the sport “a world of controversy”, and refers as an example to the new aerodynamic rules designed to make overtaking easier. “I’ve heard everything, from it’s a waste of money to it’s a fantastic improvement in overtaking…Read More »
Mar.7 (GMM) Cyril Abiteboul says Renault will not be joining the “crazy arms race” in F1. Auto Motor und Sport reports that while 1600 employees work at Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda respectively, Renault has just 1200 at Enstone and Viry. “We now have the operation we decided to have,” team boss Abiteboul said. “What…Read More »
Mar.6 (GMM) Kevin Magnussen should not give up on winning races and even the world championship. That is the view of Gunther Steiner, the Danish driver’s boss at Haas. Recently, Magnussen said: “I don’t see myself as one of the young drivers on the way up anymore. “You see drivers like Hulkenberg and other guys,…Read More »
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