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 ...

Brawn to sell rest of F1 team to Mercedes

Mercedes is set to take complete control of the Brackley based F1 team that bears its name. The German carmaker took over the team last year but Ross Brawn and his partners retained 24.9 per cent of the shares, the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport said. The report said a deal to make Mercedes ...

Schumacher defends comeback choice

Michael Schumacher has defended his motivation for returning to Formula 1 this year, and says he still feels positive about his comeback despite suggestions that his middling form is sullying his legendary reputation. In his first year back after a three-season absence, Schumacher rarely looked like the driver who dominated the sport for much of ...

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 ...

Nigel Mansell: Mercedes could be joker in pack F1 2011

Mercedes Grand Prix could spring a few surprises next season and be right up there pushing the likes of Red Bull Racing, Ferrari and McLaren, that is the prediction of 1992 Formula One World Champion, Nigel Mansell. Speaking at the BRDC awards in London this week, Mansell also added that he doesn’t think it can ...

Lotus to start 2011 season without KERS

Lotus has not changed its mind about running a KERS system in 2011. In May this year, team boss Tony Fernandes said the Norfolk-based team had “good reasons” to build the 2010 car’s successor without the energy recovery technology. Another new feature of the technical rules for 2011 is an adjustable rear wing to help ...

Proton confirms talks for partial Renault F1 takeover

Proton intends to push ahead with a partial takeover of the Enstone based Formula One team Renault. Previously, it was believed the Malaysian carmaker was only in talks over a potential title sponsorship, with Renault F1 to be renamed after the Proton-owned British sports car maker Group Lotus. But Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed ...

Mosley: Race calendar becoming too long for F1

A 20-race calendar is too long for Formula One, according to former FIA president Max Mosley. 2010’s tally of 19 races was the equal-biggest in the history of the sport, and next year the rally is growing to twenty rounds. The USA and Russia are set to join possibly more additional grands prix in the ...

Di Resta better than champion Vettel – Franchitti

Paul di Resta is even better than F1’s new world champion Sebastian Vettel. That is the claim of triple Indycar title winner Dario Franchitti, who is Scot di Resta’s cousin.  Di Resta, 24, is on the cusp of his Formula One debut, having secured the 2010 DTM title and forged a strong link with Force ...

Glock rules out Virgin departure

Timo Glock says he is “100% certain” that he is staying at Virgin for a second season, adding that the team has only held off from officially confirming him as it wants to announce its two 2011 drivers together. The German, who joined the start-up Formula 1 squad from manufacturer giant Toyota last winter, signed a multi-year contract ...