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 …

Grosjean to miss F1 finale, is flying home to be treated for burns

December 7, 2020 0 Comments

Formula One driver Romain Grosjean will not race at next Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and instead will fly home to Switzerland, where he will continue his recovery for the burns on his hands following a horrific crash at last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Grosjean had initially hoped he would recover enough mobility in his …

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 …

Lewis Hamilton wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in big day for Mercedes

November 1, 2020 0 Comments

Runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton overcame a sluggish start to win the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday for a record-extending 93rd Formula One victory. Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by 5.7 seconds and rushed over to celebrate with the team’s engineers and mechanics after the team clinched a record-extending seventh straight constructors’ title. …

Lewis Hamilton wins Portuguese GP for record 92nd F1 victory

October 25, 2020 0 Comments

British driver Lewis Hamilton made Formula One history on Sunday, winning the Portuguese Grand Prix for a 92nd career victory to move one ahead of German great Michael Schumacher. Hamilton finished nearly 25.6 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and 34.5 clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for his eighth win of another dominant …

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.