Massa samples new Saudi Arabian circuit

Last Thursday saw Ferrari’s Felipe Massa travel to Saudi Arabia in order to try out a brand-new race track, the Reem International Circuit close to capital city Riyadh. The event, organised by Ferrari sponsor and Marlboro parent company Phillip Morris International, involved the Brazilian driving around 40 guests at the track in a Ferrari F430 ...

Force India gets its day in court against Lotus

Force India gets its day in court against Lotus
It has just been announced that Force India’s case against 1 Malaysia, the owner of Team Lotus, for infringement of intellectual property, will be heard in the High Court in London on January 16 2012. Force India is also pursuing Lotus Technical director Mike Gascoyne personally as well as Aerolab, the wind tunnel where the ...

Murray Walker: Artificial rain not Formula 1

Legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has expressed his opinions over Bernie Ecclestone’s idea to introduce fake rain in a bid to spice up races courtesy of an automated sprinkler system, with the 87-year-old dubbing the idea as unnatural and not in the nature of the sport. “I’m an old-fashioned traditionalist,” Birmingham-born Walker explained on ...

Williams’ radical gearbox hard to copy

Sam Michael is confident Williams’ innovative 2011 car will be hard for the British team’s rivals to copy. The Oxfordshire based team’s technical director singled out only four innovations of note among the class of 2011: Renault and Red Bull’s exhaust systems, the Toro Rosso double-floor, and Williams’ ultra compact and low gearbox. He is ...

F1 Barcelona Day 1 Testing: The line-up

Formula 1 testing resumes on Friday, with the fraternity all present at the Circuit de Catalunya on the outskirts of Barcelona. Following heavy rain for the area on Thursday morning, more showers threaten to affect proceedings on-track today. The Friday line-up for Barcelona looks like this: Red Bull Sebastian Vettel McLaren Jenson Button Ferrari Fernando ...

Bob Bell to become Mercedes Technical Director

Mercedes GP has announced that Bob Bell, formerly Technical Director and temporary Team Principal of Renault F1, will be joining the silver arrows from April this year. The Northern Irishman will mostly hold a factory-based role, allowing team head Ross Brawn to enjoy ‘greater freedom to oversee the full programme’. With his motorsport career set ...

Di Montezemolo considering politics again

Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo has again sparked rumours that he may soon switch to a career in politics, with the 63-year-old having also been connected with such a move in the past. “In Italy we need to rediscover the culture of consensus, to rediscover a sense of community, not always everyone against each other,” ...

Di Resta intelligence should pay off, says Franchitti

Multiple IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti is confident that cousin and Formula 1 newcomer Paul di Resta will succeed in 2011, with the DTM Champion of last year moving into the Force India team alongside Adrian Sutil. Dario Franchitti “I’m confident he will do the job,” Franchitti told the Press Association. “Now he is there he ...

‘Indian GP reason for Karthikeyan F1 return’

This year’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix is playing a crucial role in the Formula 1 comeback of Narain Karthikeyan, according to principal sponsor and car manufacturer Tata, which is India’s largest company. Karthikeyan is back in Formula 1 after a five-season absence 2011 sees Karthikeyan return to the sport for Hispania Racing after last being ...

Bahraini marshals to work at Indian GP

The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) has revealed that, for the country’s maiden Formula 1 Grand Prix this October, some 110 Bahraini race marshals will be recruited in order to sustain that the event runs smoothly. Construction work continues in India ahead of its first F1 race On the 20-race calendar of ...