Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff on George Russell: A star is born

December 7, 2020 0 Comments

“It’s not going to be his last attempt to win a race, it’s just the beginning of a fairytale that didn’t work out today,” Wolff told Sky Sports after congratulating and commiserating in equal measure. Esteban Ocon, the 24-year-old Frenchman who was a Mercedes young driver before moving to Renault, finished second in Sunday’s race …

Mercedes won’t use the Sakhir GP as a shootout between Bottas and Russell

December 5, 2020 0 Comments

Formula One champions Mercedes are not treating this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix as a shootout between team regular Valtteri Bottas and super-sub George Russell, team principal Toto Wolff said on Friday. Russell, a 22-year-old who is in only his second season in Formula One, has been called up to stand in for Lewis Hamilton after …

FIA makes Sakhir track changes as Grosjean leaves hospital following F1 crash

December 3, 2020 0 Comments

Formula One’s governing body opened an investigation into Romain Grosjean’s Bahrain Grand Prix crash on Thursday as the French driver hailed those who helped him escape the fireball. Grosjean suffered burns to his hands after his Haas car split in two, penetrating a metal barrier and erupting in flames, in Sunday’s race. He highlighted the …

Alonso to take part in F1 ‘young driver’ test — he’s 39

December 3, 2020 0 Comments

Two times Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso, who will make a comeback with Renault next year at the age of 39, has been given special dispensation to take part in a post-season test intended for young drivers. Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul thanked the governing FIA on Thursday for allowing it “in recognition of …

Lewis Hamilton wins crash-marred Bahrain Grand Prix

November 29, 2020 0 Comments

Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday after French driver Romain Grosjean had a miraculous escape from a fiery first-lap crash that ripped his car in two. The win, from pole position, was the 95th of seven-times world champion Hamilton’s career and came with the safety car leading the …

Geely's new EV plant in China will build premium Polestar cars

October 26, 2020 0 Comments

BEIJING/SHANGHAI — An electric vehicle factory planned by China’s Geely will produce cars under the premium Polestar marque, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group plans to build a plant with annual manufacturing capacity of 30,000 premium EVs in the western city of Chongqing, run by …

Hamilton wears ‘#EndSARS’ T-shirt for pre-race interview

October 25, 2020 0 Comments

Nigerians have been demonstrating for weeks against a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which rights groups have for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders. “I’ve got to show this,” Hamilton, Formula One’s only Black driver, told Sky Sports television as he revealed a green T-shirt with #EndSARS written on it at …

Red Bull hopes to take over Honda’s F1 engine program

October 24, 2020 0 Comments

“The more we look, there really only is one option that works,” he told Sky Sports television at the Portuguese Grand Prix. Champions Mercedes have said they do not have the capacity to supply Red Bull, leaving only Renault and Ferrari as the alternatives to the Honda engine.

Grosjean and Magnussen will leave Haas F1 at end of this season

October 22, 2020 0 Comments

Frenchman Grosjean, 34, has been at Haas since 2016, with Dane Magnussen, 28, joining in 2017. Magnussen tweeted that he was still working on his plans for the future and wanted to finish the last six races of the season on a high.

Vietnamese Grand Prix F1 race canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

October 17, 2020 0 Comments

Vietnam’s first Formula One grand prix has been officially cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Friday. The Vietnamese Grand Prix was originally scheduled to take place in April on the streets of Hanoi as the third race of the season, but sources told Reuters in March that it was under threat. “This …