Villeneuve tips Vettel to shine in 2017

Feb.22 (GMM) Jacques Villeneuve has tipped Sebastian Vettel to be a standout performer in 2017. More widely, pundits are naming the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers as the likely pacesetters this year. But 1997 title winner Villeneuve said fans should […]

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Ferrari splits with reserve Vergne

Feb.22 (GMM) Jean-Eric Vergne has confirmed that he will no longer work with Ferrari in 2017. Earlier, the former Toro Rosso driver was Ferrari’s reserve driver, but that role has been filled for this year by GP2 runner-up and Italian […]

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Renault eyes Spanish driver for future

Feb.22 (GMM) Renault has admitted it might be interested in signing up a Spanish driver in the future. With Carlos Sainz having revealed that Red Bull blocked him from accepting an offer from Renault for 2017, the Spanish press got […]

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Marchionne plays down loss of engineers

Feb.22 (GMM) Sergio Marchionne has played down some high-profile personnel losses at Ferrari. Ferrari took a step back in 2016 and some believe the fabled Italian team is now handicapped by some of its inefficient practices of the past. President […]

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I still believe in Ferrari – Vettel

Feb.22 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel says he still ‘believes’ in his dream of becoming world champion with Ferrari. After the fabled team took a step backwards in 2016, current world champion Nico Rosberg said Vettel must now be considering linking up […]

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Prost becomes Renault team advisor

Feb.22 (GMM) F1 legend Alain Prost has stepped up his role with the works Renault team for 2017. Earlier, the quadruple world champion was simply a brand ambassador, but he will now be a consultant or advisor. “It is important […]

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Marko backs Brawn over DRS axe

Feb.21 (GMM) Red Bull is backing calls for F1 to rid itself of the controversial ‘DRS’ overtaking solution. For the past several years, in a bid to boost the spectacle of the sport, F1 cars have been fitted with a […]

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Too early for Verstappen title in 2017 – father

Feb.21 (GMM) Max Verstappen’s father has played down the 19-year-old Dutchman’s chances of winning the world championship in 2017. Red Bull is tipped to be Mercedes’ closest challenger this year as the sport’s technical rules change significantly, and Verstappen has […]

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Stroll defends private F1 testing world tour

Feb.21 (GMM) Lance Stroll has played down the secrecy of his unprecedented private test programme as he prepares to debut in 2017. The teenage Canadian admitted that his billionaire father Lawrence, a fashion mogul, was instrumental to his formative career […]

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Hamilton says ‘zero problems with Bottas’

Feb.20 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton on Monday rowed back on comments that had been interpreted as prickly opening salvos to his 2017 campaign. Valtteri Bottas says the triple world champion has briefly welomed him to Mercedes, but among Hamilton’s first public […]

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Rosberg yet to respond to Bottas message

Feb.20 (GMM) Toto Wolff says he has no problem if Mercedes’ F1 drivers are ‘attack dogs’. The comments come as tension threatens to break out even before a wheel has turned in 2017 between Lewis Hamilton and the triple world […]

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US GP chief almost bought Manor

Feb.20 (GMM) Former US grand prix chief Tavo Hellmund has admitted he came close to buying the defunct F1 team Manor. The British backmarker has now closed its doors, but Hellmund told the Austin American Statesman newspaper that a consortium […]

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2017 ‘launch season’ set to begin

Feb.20 (GMM) Less than three months after the chequered flag in 2016, F1 is set to burst back into life. Images of the new Williams have already been revealed, and ‘launch season’ will begin in earnest on Monday, beginning with […]

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