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May 22 (GMM) Fernando Alonso rejected McLaren boss Zak Brown’s desire to “buy” a seat for the Spaniard in Sunday’s Indy 500. The British marque is embarrassed to have failed to qualify for the fabled race with its own entry. “Fernando has done nothing wrong,” the Associated Press quoted Brown as saying on Monday. “He…Read More »
May 20 (GMM) Ferrari did the right thing in ending Sebastian Vettel’s “stress free phase” with the Maranello team, according to David Coulthard. For 2019, Ferrari replaced Vettel’s preferred teammate Kimi Raikkonen with the young charger Charles Leclerc. Coulthard told Auto Bild that it ramped up the pressure for Vettel. “Charles does what he has…Read More »
May 17 (GMM) Christian Horner has admitted that Red Bull has taken a slight step backwards compared to 2018. The team switched from customer Renault power to a works Honda collaboration for 2019, and Red Bull officials say they are delighted with the move. But Horner admitted: “We are not as competitive as we were…Read More »
May 16 (GMM) Former Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has called on the Tifosi to support the Italian team. In the season after Arrivabene was ousted and replaced by Mattia Binotto, Mercedes has completed five consecutive 1-2 victories so far in 2019. “The championship is still long and it takes patience,” the Italian told Sky Italia…Read More »
May 11 (GMM) Valtteri Bottas says his surge of form in 2019 is due to his improved psychological approach to Formula 1. The Finn was devastated to be roundly beaten by Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in 2018. Hamilton claims a new engineer has helped Bottas so far this year, but Bottas says it is about…Read More »
May 11 (GMM) F1 is poised to confirm Zandvoort’s place on the 2020 calendar. We have learned that F1 chief executive Chase Carey is travelling to the Netherlands on Tuesday to announce the return of the Dutch grand prix. Reports suggest Zandvoort will replace Barcelona. “Hopefully they can agree on something,” Carlos Sainz, referring to…Read More »
May 10 (GMM) Sergio Perez is backing F1’s move to introduce more standard car components. Tenders have been issued by the FIA for standard components to include the gearbox, wheel rims and braking systems for 2021, and more are expected to follow. “In my opinion, this is one step out of many that we have…Read More »
May 8 (GMM) Another F1 personality is advocating for the scrapping of Friday practice. After the manhole cover incident in Baku, Daniil Kvyat said the grand prix still progressed smoothly with limited practice. “Maybe we should just practice on Saturday morning,” he said. Supporting that idea is Christian Horner, who said a rethink of the…Read More »
May 8 (GMM) McLaren boss Zak Brown says he is “satisfied” with how the British team’s 2019 season is progressing. The once-great team has had a dire time since 2015, but Carlos Sainz finished seventh in Baku with both Renault-powered cars in the top ten. “We have clearly built a better racing car this year,”…Read More »
May 8 (GMM) Niki Lauda is still not well enough to return to the F1 paddock. The F1 legend had actually hoped to return to his duties as Mercedes team chairman in Australia, but he is still recovering from his 2018 lung transplant. Team boss Toto Wolff said Lauda, 70, will also not be in…Read More »
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