Weber doubts Vettel can handle Ferrari ‘pressure’

More sensentive Willi Weber, also known as the lucrative ‘Mr 20 per cent’ after brokering Schumacher’s mammoth Ferrari contracts, is worried quadruple world champion Vettel’s personality might not be as suited to the task. If something is not working well, the pressure at Ferrari is greater than it is anywhere else. Willi Weber Ferrari is expected to confirm German Vettel’s arrival … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Perez says new Force India deal ‘priority’

Force India made no mention of the Mexican, who is closely aligned with the team’s on-car Mexican backers Roshfrans and Claro, when it announced recently that current teammate Nico Hulkenberg is staying put for next season. But Perez, 24, has told PA Sport this week that sorting out a new deal for 2015 is now his “main priority”. “We’re now coming towards the end of the year, and I … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

On this day… in 1984

Alan Henry

Is it really 30 years since Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and the McLaren-TAG MP4/2 steamrollered all opposition to clean up both the 1984 drivers’ and constructors’ championships? A quick check of my calendar suggests that, indeed, October 21 1984 was the date when McLaren, under the auspices of Ron Dennis, truly came of age.

To my mind, there’s something special, pivotal, about that ’84 season. It was the season when Formula 1’s doors were flung wide open and the new kids on the block abjectly humiliated the old guard, establishing a new era of utter dominance

Total president killed in plane crash

The French oil multinational is closely aligned in Formula One with Renault-powered teams Red Bull and Lotus and the French driver Romain Grosjean. Russia’s Lifenews service also reports that Total’s president, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow early on Tuesday. “Together with the head of Total, all three crew members were killed,” the news … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

F1 to exceed 20 races as Madrid plans emerge

It is claimed Bernie Ecclestone is in talks with a group of Spanish businessmen who want the sport to race on the streets of the large capital city. El Confidencial claims the project is so well advanced that Ecclestone, the F1 chief executive, is already in possession of a detailed business plan and bank guarantees. The report said the race would have an annual budget of EUR 50 … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Spa-Francorchamps to sue Infiniti

The Belgian Grand Prix venue Spa-Francorchamps will take legal action against Infiniti. Infiniti is Nissan’s luxury brand and the title sponsor of the Red Bull team. Bloomberg reports that Spa will contest Nissan’s trademark application for the name ‘Eau Rouge’, having intended to name an Infiniti road car after the fabled corner at the popular F1 circuit. “It’s like they want to steal … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Van der Garde hints at 2015 race seat

Force India announced that 27-year-old German Hulkenberg is staying put for a second season with the Silverstone based team in 2015. “I am convinced he is one of the best talents on the grid,” said team supremo Vijay Mallya. But not long after the announcement, it was the reserve driver at another team that was making noises about his own prospects for next season. 29-year-old Dutchman … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Nico Hulkenberg continues with Sahara Force India for 2015

The 27-year-old German returned to Sahara Force India at the start of 2014 and has enjoyed his most successful Formula One season to date. With points finishes in 13 races, including four fifth place finishes, Nico remains one of the most exciting drivers on the Formula One grid.   Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director: “Everybody in the team is delighted to see Nico … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Lauda not sorry about Mercedes ‘unfreeze’ defiance

Superior package The new constructors’ champions came under fire recently when Red Bull’s Christian Horner claimed Mercedes went back on an earlier pledge to agree to relax the sport’s tight restrictions on in-season engine development. “Sometimes you have to reset your own interests and do what is best for the sport,” Horner is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport. What are Mercedes afraid … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Formula One close to a deal for a race in Las Vegas

An investment and management group is deeply involved in bringing a Formula One street race back to Las Vegas, Nevada. A course has already been identified, and the company headed by, and named for, Formula One track designer Herman Tilke has already visited the site. The group has also had preliminary discussions with F1 czar Bernie Ecclestone about a Las Vegas race. The last F1 race … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories