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 ...

Montezemolo pans Massa performance

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has criticised Felipe Massa’s performance in the second half of 2010, saying it often seemed as if he had sent his brother to drive for him. Returning from the head injuries he sustained in his horrific 2009 crash in Hungary, Massa started the season competitively, but ultimately was completely overshadowed ...

STR to launch new car on Feb 1st

Scuderia Toro Rosso has announced that it will launch its 2011 Formula 1 car on Tuesday 1st February. The STR6 will be unveiled at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit on the same day that official testing gets underway after the winter hiatus. Sauber has already announced plans to present its 2011 challenger on the last day ...

Ferrari to launch new car in late January – Montezemolo

Ferrari’s 2011 car will be launched officially in the week proceeding the first group winter test at the end of January.  That was one of the revelations made by Luca di Montezemolo on Tuesday as he met with the Italian press at Fiorano for a traditional pre-Christmas media event.  The Ferrari president said the F10’s ...

F1 chiefs drop the ban on team orders in new rules

The controversial ban on team orders has been deleted from the Formula 1 rulebook in the latest set of changes. The rule, which forbids teams telling a driver to cede to his team-mate, came under scrutiny after Ferrari were fined for using team orders in 2010. The adoption of moveable rear wings to aid overtaking ...