Former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has accused the new owners of ignoring his input as the run the business as they deem fit.
The 86-year old claimed the new owners did not like how he ran things and that they were ready to make changes.
The Liberty Media took over the sport early this year, ousting the former Chief Executive.
Ecclestone returned to a F1 paddock for the first time since the takeover as he appeared at the Bahrain event. He was kept on by the new owners for consultation when necessary but Ecclestone is saying it was for optics as he barely sees anything going on.
“What people don’t understand is I’m still in the company. Everything’s the same. I’ve been upgraded from chief executive to a much higher position. It’s so high, I can’t even see what’s going on,” he said. (more…)
The inaugural Russian Grand Prix is tipped to be one of the most successful ones in recent times. The Sochi Autodrom is situated near the Black Sea and is one of the most picturesque locations. A number of other activities are also planned in order to attract more and more people to the circuit. The area is one of the hotspots as far the tourists are concerned with sea, mountains and recreational facilities. There are a number of nightclubs which are quite popular. Moreover the son of Russia Daniil Kvyat will be participating in the race. A specific stand will be reserved for his fans. Each of them will be given out souvenirs signed by the racing star himself. The qualifying rounds have already been held and going by the crowd turn out in the same it is expected that there will be even more support on the race day.
The qualifying round that was held recently was won by Nico Rosberg pipping his teammate Lewis Hamilton to claim the top spot. They were closely followed by Jenson Button. But the major threat to the Mercedes drivers still remains Fernando Alonso who finished at the fourth spot. He has been strangely out of sorts this season but will try to prove a point this time around. The drivers seemed very excited to check out the new track and enjoy the challenges. They overcame some of the technical difficulties to put up some good performances. The bright sun that was out this time proved to be very fruitful for the drivers who found it very difficult in the wet conditions in Japan. The Suzuka track did not prove to be a very lucky one as Jules Bianchi met with a severe accident that has left the entire racing world in a state of shock.
There has been a lot of speculation regarding the future of former Formula One Drivers’ World Champion Fernando Alonso in recent months and whether he will stick with Ferrari for one more season or leave for a better chance of winning one more championship before bringing the curtains down on his illustrious career. But whatever be it, it is a fact that Alonso’s decision will shape the future of the entire sport in the new season. (more…)
Adrian Sutil has reaffirmed his belief that his future in Formula One with Sauber F1 is quite safe in spite of growing speculation that the Swiss manufacturers could replace the driver with a new driver ahead of the new season.
Rumours have been rife in the German media in recent months that the German driver runs the risk of losing his seat in the team to reserve driver, Dutchman Giedo van der Garde, but the former Force India driver has insisted he will be sticking around with the team once the new season starts in 2015.
When asked about the speculations, Adrian Sutil hit back in a manner quite unique for him when he stated that he has had to face this pressure for almost half of his career when people have commented that he runs the risk of losing his place in a team at the end of each season. And despite all that, he is still in the sport and recently completed his 120th Grand Prix and he firmly believes there is a lot more to come yet and so people will have to live with that.
He went on to add that things change pretty quickly in Formula One but he knows one thing for certain and that is he will be starting next season with Sauber F1.
Sutil mentioned that the rumours are coming from people who are getting bored but he admitted that he feels happy with the team and they are doing well to hold on in difficult times.
Sauber F1 has recently suffered a downturn in their fortunes and the finances are not available as well and many believe well-funded drivers have already started lobbying for Sutil’s place and the team might eventually give in and taken them on board for the sake of the team.
Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne both were point scorers at the end of British Prix. First finish in top ten, a double was recorded after the opening round in Australia of the 2014 FI World Championship of FIA. The drivers are quite happy with their performance.
For Kvyat it is his first Grand Prix of the British. It has been a remarkable performance for him and his team. The experience at Silverstone was enjoyed thoroughly by him. Autograph sessions were in line for him. It has been a good run even after the race was stopped due to the accident of Raikkonen. As the race began again his focus was back and placed ninth. Two cars in top ten was a good result for the team.
Two positions high in the standing of world championship, Jean-Eric Vergne stated that in Force India a collision of the lap with Sergio Perez led to spin and due to which he lost time. He chased hard to be in top ten but he would have certainly liked more than one point. But it was important for the team and that is what matters.
Renault’s Toro Rosso has been seventh in the standings of the Constructors. Kyat states that there should be more points to challenge for at the ring. The season has also gone well and Renault trying hard for making V6 engine more competitive. The developmental work of the charged turbo of the Renault V6 is in continual striving.
Several changes in the division of the motorsport have been announced by the manufacturers before the Grand Prix of Silverstone. The work on the power plant of the technological based 2014 is continuing. Lot of positives for the team and the cars is seen from now itself.
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen has insisted that it was not the specific problem with the brake by wire system but the wider set up issue in his new Ferrari F14 T was the cause of his form going downward and his struggles at the Australian Grand prix a couple of weeks back.
The Finn endured an extremely difficult race at the Australian Grand Prix, struggling to come to terms with the front end set up of the new car and never showing enough confidence to master it and have that front end feel.
And although a press release made by the team later that week claimed that the key issue that needed resolving involved the new brake by wire system installed in the car but according to the Finn, the problems go much deeper than that.
Speaking to reporters in Malaysia ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur, the Finnish driver rubbished suggestions that he had blamed the brake by wire system for his struggles at Albert Park the previous racing weekend and argued that he doesn’t know where that news broke from.
He claimed that there was nothing wrong with the system, adding that somebody from the team asked him if there was anything wrong with it but there wasn’t any. He added that the key problem was mainly the set up of the car and how he likes to run it.
Raikkonen admitted that the team is working on some adjustments and updates to make things easier for him and he is sure once he has that, his form will be a lot steadier.
He also added that he has been lacking the feeling in the front end but that will not be an issue and the team is working on some updates which will be installed in time.
Team Lotus has decided against revealing their new car- E22 in the upcoming Formula 1 pre-season test which is going to begin from the 28th of January, 2014 and will continue till the 31st of January, 2014. Instead the team has taken the decision of revealing the E22 in the second Formula 1 test that is going to take place in Bahrain from 19th of February to 22nd of February, 2014.
The technical director of Lotus- Nick Chester said that Lotus took this decision of keeping the E22 under wraps at the first Formula 1 pre-season test because attending the test would not have been ideal for the development and build programme of the car. He also gave a clear indication of the fact that the car will be unveiled at the Formula 1 Bahrain tests where the car will be able to perform its level best in representative circumstances.
Chester also added that the E22 has passed the crash tests that were conducted by FIA. However, only the nose cone crash test has to be completed. Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean (members and the key drivers of Team Lotus) have really applauded the layout of E22 and how new techniques have been utilized to overcome the various technical challenges.
By not attending the Jerez test, Lotus will be missing out on valuable mileage. But Chester has a lot of faith in the true potential of Lotus’s new car- E22 and he is positive that the car will perform well in the future.
Formula 1 rules and regulations have been altered tremendously this season and thus all the teams are busy developing their Formula 1 cars along different avenues. Chester said that the development of E22 has been promising and it will be a fascinating experience for the Formula 1 fans to witness the performance of E22.
Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean has revealed that he is ready to step and become the team’s first choice following the announcement of the departure of the team’s current first choice driver Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari at the end of the current racing season.
The departure of the Finn to the Italian giants, with whom he won the Drivers’ World Championship back in 2007 leaves a huge void at the English team and his teammate acknowledged the fact as well.
Yet, the Frenchman who has managed to take two podium finishes so far this season believes he is at the right stage of his career to make the step up and take it to the next level. The French driver has been in fine form in the last few races and he believes if he manages to continue in the same vein of form for the remaining six races of the season, he will be in a good position to stake his claim.
Romain Grosjean stated that he has always maintained that Kimi leaving the team would be a huge blow adding that there is no doubt about his abilities. He mentioned that they push each other very hard during practice sessions and he has been extremely consistent with his performances.
He admitted that it was a great experience for him to be working alongside the Finn and he hopes all that he has learned from him will hold him in good stead in the new season. Romain Grosjean admitted that he is in Formula One to race and win the world title and for that to happen, he needs to be the team’s first choice and added that it is one of the major things that he would like to achieve from now to the end of the season.
English Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has jumped to the defense of reigning Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel after the German was faced with another blast from the boo boys at the recently concluded Singapore Grand Prix but he has also gone on to claim that he would rather prefer not winning so easily.
Vettel is the runaway leader in the World Championship race this season as well and after his win at the Singapore Grand Prix, he was booed vehemently while standing on the top of the podium. Hamilton, who could only manage a fifth place finish at the race stated that he tried to imagine what it would be like to win races the way the German has been winning over the last couple of seasons but he mentioned he would prefer to be not that far ahead and would like to fight to the finish with Vettel or anyone else who comes his way.
Lewis Hamilton went on to state but that is the way it is now and he added that it is definitely not a positive or a good thing that the World Champion and the winner of a race is being booed.
The Englishman who is a former World Champion himself stated that the German is on his way to winning his fourth Drivers’ World Championship and that is enough for him to warrant all the respect along the way.
With a massive lead of sixty points with the last six races of the season left, Vettel knows only a disaster will take the title away from him and with neither Mark Webber nor Fernando Alonso nor Lewis Hamilton giving up on the Championship, he knows he cannot lose his focus before he has the title firmly wrapped up before the end of the season.
There have been several rumours that things like Williams and Sauber are facing a tough fight to survive in the sport of F1 due to the growing costs. Amidst the rumours, Deputy team boss Clarie Williams has said that there was no truth in the rumours. She has said that the financial situation of Williams F1 team is open for everyone to see because they are listed in the Frankfurt stock exchange. There have been rumours that even the title challenging Lotus F1 team is struggling to meet and discuss the growing costs and lower sponsorship revenue.
This has led to many teams disappearing from the sport in the last few years, while some of them are relying heavily on the sponsorship brought in by the drivers in order to run the business. Williams has admitted that the team has a healthy financial situation and is being run in the best possible manner. She is the daughter of Sir Frank Williams, who founded the F1 team. Back in those days, Williams used to be a title contender, but they have now been reduced to allow the backfield players. Williams has said that the sport should pay more attention than most levelling the playing field, as it has been dominated by a few teams.
“Our finances are open for everyone to see. We have a healthy budget and have done a good job on the business side to ensure that we are in as competitive a situation as possible for next year. Williams has always embraced controls in spending, since they began to be implemented in 2009. It is very important for the sport. We are an independent team and so we can’t afford to see costs increase when there is already such discrepancy in terms of (team) budgets,” said Williams.