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Discussion in 'Motorsport' started by hard top, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. hard top

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    Saturday, 1 November
    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says the sport's escalating financial crisis could lead to a reduced grid of 14 cars in 2015.

    Lotus have denied reports suggesting they could boycott this weekend's United States Grand Prix in protest at F1's financial crisis.

    Jenson Button's manager, Richard Goddard, says his client is a "wanted individual" and that he has been inundated with phone calls inquiring about the availability of the 2009 world champion.

    Button says he is against three-car teams in Formula 1, stating that it would "lock out the podium" if one team dominates as Mercedes have done this season.

    Button is considering a switch to the world endurance championship should he fail to land a competitive Formula 1 seat for next season.
    Sources say the McLaren driver, 34, has had talks with Porsche, for whom former F1 racer Mark Webber drives.

    Staff working at the Caterham F1 team site in Oxfordshire have been locked out of the firm's premises, the administrator has said.

    French driver Romain Grosjean has revealed there is a performance clause in his Lotus deal that would allow him to leave the team.

    Lotus have unveiled the experimental wedge-shaped nose they will test during practice at this weekend's race.
     
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    14 cars? It's pretty dull some races with 22... o_O
     
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    Force India say they are considering boycotting the US Grand Prix in protest at a failure to address what they see as a financial crisis in Formula 1.

    The smaller teams are struggling to make ends meet and believe the split of revenues, which is skewed in favour of the top teams, is to blame.

    The Marussia and Caterham teams have recently gone into administration.

    Force India said they, Lotus and Sauber could make a stand by skipping the race in Austin but Lotus dismissed the talk.
     
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    Lewis Hamilton: Losing title on double points would "suck"

    Lewis Hamilton says it would "suck" if he lost the world championship as a result of the controversial final-race double points system this year.

    Hamilton is 17 points clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg with three races to go, starting in the US this weekend, and has nine wins to the German's four.

    But, depending on results, he could win in Austin and Brazil and still lose the title if he retires in Abu Dhabi.

    "It would suck if that was the case - big time," Hamilton said.
     
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    Lewis Hamilton will not renew his deal with Simon Fuller's XIX Management company and find a new manager next year.

    Force India racer Sergio Perez believes an announcement of his new deal with the team will be made "very soon".

    McLaren boss Ron Dennis says his team are struggling to find a title sponsor as he also questioned the reality of three-car teams.
     
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    Lewis Hamilton is an arrogant xxxx
     
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    As compared to which other arrogant self centred F1 driver?;)

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    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he is to blame for the financial problems afflicting some of the smaller teams in the sport. Ecclestone said: "There is too much money being distributed badly - probably my fault." He added: "Like lots of agreements people make, they seemed a good idea at the time. I know what's wrong, but don't know how to fix it."

    Williams team principal Sir Frank Williams is in hospital for treatment on a pressure sore on his back.
    The 72-year-old, a quadriplegic since a road accident in 1986, is receiving what is described as routine treatment and is said to be responding well.

    Lewis Hamilton hopes to bring smile back to F1 in United States

    Fernando Alonso is trying to decide between signing for McLaren or taking a year out and joining Mercedes.

    Despite Jules Bianchi's crash, Ayrton Senna's death was already a wake-up call those in charge of the sport have never forgotten.
     
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    Do you support the idea of three-car F1 teams?
    This vote is now closed. Here are the results:

    Yes
    38.7%

    No
    61.3%
     
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    So was today the day that Nico Rosberg's confidence took a knock-out blow, the German once again having no answer to Mercedes' team-mate Lewis Hamilton's charge to victory from second on the grid?

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    Sauber have announced investment from Swedish based backers.

    Sorry, that meant to say they've signed Marcus Ericsson for 2015.

    ("A car like this year and having him on board could be the worst nightmare for Sauber")

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    Monday, 3 November
    McLaren racer Jenson Button says he was confused by his team delaying his pit stop during the United States Grand Prix in order to bring in team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

    Force India, Sauber and Lotus only confirmed that they would be taking part in the United States Grand Prix 90 minutes before the race started.

    Struggling Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says he hates the situation as the Italian team struggle to solve their problems with their car.

    Max Verstappen, who became the youngest driver in Formula 1 history when he took part in practice at the Japanese Grand Prix and will race for Toro Rosso next season, was given the silent treatment for seven days by his father and ex-F1 racer Jos during his days in karting.

    Celebrities Keanu Reeves, Pamela Anderson and Matt Le Blanc were in attendance at the United States Grand Prix and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean re-tweeted a picture of him presenting the latter with a helmet.

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    I noticed everytime Matt Le Blanc came on camera he was in hospitality stuffing his face and did not seem interested in the racing.
     
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    Tuesday, 4 November
    CVC Capital Partners, the majority shareholders in Formula 1, look ready to pay out an extra £100m to help the struggling smaller teams in the sport.

    Mercedes is ready to accept a compromise on relaxing the rule restricting in-season engine development, but only as a one-off for 2015.

    Ferrari boss Marco Mattiacci believes the United States could support three F1 races in the future, as a means of creating bigger revenues.

    Championship leader Lewis Hamilton wants to sort out the terms of his new Mercedes contract himself, without the help of any advisors.
    Briton Hamilton has also been speaking about his desire to pursue humanitarian involvement when his F1 career ends.
    However, the 29-year-old, who is in a relationship with American singer Nicole Scherzinger, could turn to a career in music after retiring from the sport.

    Fernando Alonso tweeted about some of the wildlife he encountered on his morning run, including one of a snake, below. Fernando Alonso has been staying in Austin, Texas, after the race.
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    Lewis Hamilton says he declared "war" on Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after the German forced him out of the Belgian Grand Prix in their infamous collision.

    Rosberg admits his chances of overtaking Championship leader Hamilton, who has a 24-point advantage, are "getting more difficult".

    Force India boss Vijay Mallya says the team will "absolutely" line up with their current drivers in 2015. Nico Hulkenberg committed his future last month, but Sergio Perez is yet to agree a new deal.

    Audi is not planning to enter Formula 1 for the 2016 season, according to the head of the German company, Wolfgang Ullrich.

    Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff is back on his bike after injuring himself in a cycling accident - his wife Susie, the Williams development driver, has revealed.

    Franz Tost has named Jean-Eric Vergne, Carlos Sainz Junior, Pierre Gasly and Alex Lynn as the drivers on the shortlist to partner Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso in 2015.

    Mercedes chief Niki Lauda rules out Fernando Alonso joining the team in 2015.

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    Lewis Hamilton posted this philosophical tweet ahead of Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, where a win would move him within touching distance of the drivers' championship title.


     
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    Interesting about Audi, I beleive VW were considering becoming an engine supplier a couple of years ago.

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    Thursday, 6 November
    Jenson Button's 15-year Formula 1 career will end at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi on 23 November, with Fernando Alonso expected to replace him at McLaren.

    However, McLaren has warned Alonso he is running out of time to commit to the team for the 2015 season.

    Caterham's administrator expects the team to compete in the final race of season while fellow debt-ridden outfit Marussia are working on a rescue package.

    A revised version of Formula 1's new virtual safety car system will be tested at the Brazilian Grand Prix, following a first trial during the United States GP weekend.

    A number of changes have been made at Interlagos for this weekend's race, most notably the resurfacing of the entire track, including the pitlane.

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    Fernando Alonso is feeling the heat of a gruelling schedule ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday
     
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    Friday, 7 November
    A New York appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a $650m (£410m) lawsuit against Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

    Sergio Perez expects to finalise his Formula 1 plans for 2015 in the next week, as he hopes to secure a new deal with Force India.

    Lotus is set to announce Frenchman Romain Grosjean, 28, is staying with the team in 2015.

    McLaren officials want Fernando Alonso to make a decision before the last race of the formula one season on his possible future with the team.

    Audi has dismissed speculation it will field a Formula 1 entry in 2016 despite recruiting former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali to an unspecified role.
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    Stefano Domenicali resigned as Ferarri team principal in April

    McLaren's Kevin Magnussen is looking forward to getting out on the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo after tweeting this picture.
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    Kevin Magnussen tweeted: "Can't wait to drive this tomorrow!"
     
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    Marussia demise shocking, says Sauber's Monisha Kaltenborn

    Marussia went out of business on Friday after failing to raise funds to continue in the sport. They had gone into administration last month.

    Kaltenborn, whose team are also struggling financially, said: "It is shocking news that we are not in a position to keep such a team alive."

    She said F1 had more than enough money in it to ensure the survival of teams.

    "We have a turnover of billions of dollars and yet we are not in a position to keep 11 teams alive," Kaltenborn said.

    "And that tells you it is not a good signal the sport is sending out and we are creating a bad image.


    F1 team Marussia has ceased trading nearly two weeks after being placed in administration, making about 200 staff redundant.

    An anonymous employee said staff were "very, very disappointed" and "quite bitter about it".

    "Sadly no solution could be achieved to allow for the business to continue in its current form.

    "We would like to thank all the staff for their support during this difficult process."

    FRP Advisory confirmed staff had been paid up until the end of October.


    Another struggling team, Caterham, has turned to crowd funding in an attempt to run in the final race.

    Finbarr O'Connell, interim principal for Caterham, based in Leafield, Oxfordshire, said it needed to raise £2.4m.

    He added: "I can't think of a better way to get us all together and show our support to the team than this."

    Rewards for backers include having their names printed on a competing car.


    Sauber face a contract row with their driver Adrian Sutil after dropping him from the team for 2015.

    The German has previously said he has a contract for next season, but Sauber have announced the signing of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasar.

    Team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said: "I am very clearly aware of my situation."

    She added: "I know what I'm doing."

    Sauber have been struggling financially in 2014 and both Swede Ericsson, who drove for Caterham this season, and Brazilian Nasr - Williams's reserve driver - bring substantial budgets with them, believed to be worth more than £20m.


    Lewis Hamilton says McLaren should keep Jenson Button

    Lewis Hamilton has described Jenson Button as "better than most of the drivers" and urged McLaren to keep him.

    Mercedes driver Hamilton, 29, said: "If I had a team, I would want him in it because he's a great asset."

    "It's not the team need a better driver - there are not many out there. They just need a better car," he added.