Trulli: F1 too expensive now

Jarno Trulli believes that finances are now too much of a factor when it comes to entering Formula 1 as a young driver, with a selection of the 2011 field set to pay for their drives as teams strive to survive. Team Lotus driver Trulli entered F1 with Minardi in 1997 before switching to Prost ...

Domenicali: I considered quitting

Stefano Domenicali has confessed he considered resigning as Ferrari’s team boss in the wake of the strategy error that cost Fernando Alonso the world championship in the final race of last season in Abu Dhabi. Alonso’s hopes of winning a third drivers’ title were wrecked by the timing of his pit stop in last November’s race, Ferrari ...

Ferrari update: Dyer falls on sword, Martin head of Strategy

Ferrari update: Dyer falls on sword, Martin head of Strategy
Since I posted this morning Ferrari has announced the major changes that team boss Stefano Domenicali hinted at. According to the team’s website, “Neil Martin takes on the role of heading up the new Operations Research department. A 38 year old Englishman, Martin previously worked for Red Bull and prior to that McLaren and he ...

Di Montezemolo against new style F1 engines

Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo has voiced his criticisms over the modified Formula 1 engines which will be brought into use for the 2013 season, with the current 2.4-litre V8 units set to be replaced by 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged powerplants. F1’s last significant engine regulation changes came at the start of the 2006 season, with eight-cylinder ...

Lauda worried about sound of 2013 engines

Niki Lauda has admitted he is concerned about F1’s switch to four cylinder engines. Not keen on the newly announced turbo formula for 2013, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo recently insisted that “for the top class of racing it sounds a bit pathetic”. Triple world champion Lauda agrees: “I am worried about the sound, which ...

Alonso suffers holiday confrontation with paparazzi

Former double World Champion Fernando Alonso has experienced a run-in with paparazzi upon arrival to Portuguese island Porto Santo for a holiday this week. Having landed in a private jet with wife and singer Raquel del Rosario, the Ferrari driver appeared to have been tracked by cameras before confronting a group of reporters in the ...

Gascoyne: ‘Lotus’ situation a great shame

Mike Gascoyne has labelled the overall situation ‘a great shame’, with regards to the Renault F1 Team being relabelled ‘Lotus Renault GP’ and therefore meaning two ‘Lotus’ teams will be on the Formula 1 grid this year, with his own ‘Lotus Racing’ squad now renamed as ‘Team Lotus’. Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer of recently ...

Happy New Year everyone 2011 Woooo Wooo Wooo!

I would just like to say Happy New Year to everyone! Happy 2011! I hope 2011 brings you all happiness! www.topendmotors.co.uk

2011 to equal 40-year-old ‘most F1 champions’ record

2011 will be the first season in four decades in which no fewer than five world champions line up on the grid. Among new champion Sebastian Vettel’s rivals next season will be former title winners Jenson Button (2009), Lewis Hamilton (2008), Fernando Alonso (2005-6) and Michael Schumacher (1994-5 and 2000-4). The only previous occasion on ...

Max Mosley: Two or three teams could go in 2011

Former FIA President Max Mosley has warned Formula One’s powers-that-be that much more needs to be done to cut costs and he has predicted that two or three teams could quit in 2011 unless something is done to address the issue. Mosley has long campaigned for commonsense when it comes to team expenditure and while ...