Proposals in place for Cape Town Grand Prix

Plans have remerged for a possible Formula 1 return to South Africa, with World Cup host city Cape Town named as a candidate for a street race which would involve the cars travelling through the stadium in which semi-finals were played prior to the Spanish football team’s ultimate success in July. Hopes for a South ...

Vettel to launch Red Bull’s testing programme

World Champions Red Bull Racing have confirmed to GPUpdate.net that Sebastian Vettel will be first in the car when pre-season testing begins in Valencia next Tuesday. With the three-day test running until Thursday, it is confirmed that Vettel will begin before team-mate Mark Webber ends proceedings two days later. However, Wednesday’s arrangements will be made ...

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 ...

Trophy time for Vettel and Red Bull

Monaco was the venue for this year’s FIA Prize Giving Gala on Friday, where FIA President Jean Todt presented Sebastian Vettel, the youngest-ever Formula One world champion with the driver’s trophy. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner collected the constructor’s trophy from Formula One Management (FOM) CEO Bernie Ecclestone, while Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and ...

Vettel: Red Bull on schedule with RB7

Newly crowned Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel has revealed that Red Bull Racing should begin testing with their 2011 car, the Adrian Newey-designed RB7, right from the very first group test at Valencia in February. In recent years the Milton Keynes-based outfit has always launched their new car quite late, but it appears the ...

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 ...

Horner “disappointed” Webber didn’t inform him of broken shoulder

Horner “disappointed” Webber didn’t inform him of broken shoulder
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has admitted that his driver Mark Webber should have told him about the shoulder fracture he suffered before the Japanese Grand Prix this season. Yesterday morning JA on F1 broke the story that Webber had driven the last four races of the season with a broken shoulder. The 34 ...

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 ...