China FP2: Bottas from Vettel and it’s close


Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas topped the timing screens at the end of the first day of free practice of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend, Round 3 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit. Bottas set a best lap of 1:33.330 which was enough to keep him top of the timing screens at the end of FP2, […]

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Susie Wolff: The myth and magic of F1 is its unapologetic elitism


Amid ongoing debate about the Formula 1 versus Formula E, Venturi team owner Susie Wolff believes the two single-seater series can exist side-by-side as the ethos of each series is vastly different as are the budgets. It would be fair to assume that the wife of Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff will know a thing or two about where the […]

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Ferrari could scrap Vettel priority policy if Leclerc outperforms


© XPB  Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says the Scuderia could switch its focus to Charles Leclerc later this year if circumstances warrant that the Monegasque be given priority over Sebastian Vettel. Before the start of this season’s campaign, Binotto revealed that Vettel, as Ferrari’s senior driver, would be given priority over his team mate in a “50-50” situation that would […]

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Honda makes first engine change of 2019 F1 season


The engine in Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso was changed ahead of second practice once Honda had assessed its data from the first session. No confirmation has been made regarding the specific components Honda has opted to change, but a complete set is expected. Drivers can use three international combustion engines, MGU-Hs and turbochargers in a season, plus two MGU-Ks, control […]

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Ecclestone: Hamilton like a ‘mental block’ for Vettel


© XPB  Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says Sebastian Vettel stumbles once too often when racing wheel-to-wheel with Lewis Hamilton, claiming the Mercedes driver is like a “mental block” for the German. As arch-rivals fighting for the title, Hamilton and Vettel often found themselves at loggerheads on the track last season. The Ferrari driver knocked himself out of contention at Monza […]

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Weber: “The fact is that Villeneuve actually invited Michael to drive into him.

Willi Weber, Michael Schumacher’s former long-time manager has slammed Bernie Ecclestone for comments about the legendary German driver. In an interview with Sport Bild, former F1 supremo Ecclestone said of Schumacher: “His problem was that he had no limits”, referring to the incident with Jacques Villeneuve in Jerez 1997. The German went into the final race with a one-point lead. […]

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Monza: We need €100-million to refurbish Monza


Although the panic button has not been pressed yet, the future of Formula 1 at Monza depends largely on the approval of local government funding and whether the ACI can raise the €100-million required to refurbish the legendary venue. Like Monaco, Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps, Monza is one of the most iconic races on the calendar, one of the Majors if […]

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Villeneuve: Gasly has no chance of beating Max


Red Bull newbie Pierre Gasly will struggle to match teammate Max Verstappen this year because the team is built around the Dutchman, according to F1 World Champion turned pundit Jacques Villeneuve. Gasly is struggling with his confidence and form as he tries to adapt to the senior team and the RB15 chassis which by all accounts is a tricky piece […]

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Ferrari seeking two important confirmations in China


Ferrari heads to Formula 1’s landmark race in China aiming to validate the level of performance of its SF90 car as well as the reliability of its contender following the engine issue encountered by Charles Leclerc in Bahrain. As the 1000th race of the F1 world championship since its inception in 1950, China will represent a significant milestone in the […]

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