‘Erratic’ Perez gets F1 broadside from team boss

SINGAPORE – Formula 1’s Force India team boss Otmar Szafnauer, Reuters reports, has ”read the Riot Act” to driver Sergio Perez. Why? Reuters says he was describing Perez’ ”erratic performance” during the September 2018 Singapore Grand Prix as “unacceptable” after the Mexican pushed team mate Estaban Ocon into the track wall. ‘THERE WAS ENOUGH ROOM…’…

You don’t have to like the driver to pick a winner

MONZA, Italy – Ferrari, according to Reuters F1 pundit Alan Baldwin, had every hope of winning its home Italian Grand Prix for the first time since 2010 last Sunday. ”But then they blew it,” the veteran motorsport writer said. However, The Corner replies, the wave of enthusiasm for the red cars included the usual put-down…

Media negativity spurs Hamilton to the win at Monza

MONZA, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of five Italian Grand Prix wins on Sunday (Aug 2) and left much-fancied Ferrari in their rubber dust. Despite a collision (judged a racing incident) between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton soon after the start which sent the Ferrari pilot to 18th, clever tyre management…

Vettel working for the win from Italian F1 GP

MONZA, Italy – Sebastian Vettel, according to a forecast from the Reuters news agency, can ”tighten the screw” on Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix this weekend. His challenge:  to deliver Ferrari’s first Monza victory since 2010 while also matching British icon Stirling Moss’s 1950’s winning at the ‘Pista Magica’…

Upbeat Ricciardo taking engine penalty as a challenge

LONDON, England – Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo could be whacked with a grid penalty at the start of the 2018 Italian F1 GP  thanks to an engine change. He told Reuters: “I’ve done some of my best overtaking here and plan to do more this weekend as its likely I’ll have engine penalties.” Ricciardo was…

Ex-Indian F1 team still a Force to be reckoned with…

Force India still to be reckoned with Gupta connection severed from team Race driver’s dad takes over the reins SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium – The Force India Formula 1 team has suggested that racing fans continue to use the racing brand name even though the cars will be racing here over the weekend as a new mid-season…

Gasly gassing up to join big-time with Red Bull F1 team

LONDON, England – French Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly will in 2019 shift from the Toro Rosso ”training team” to Red Bull Racing to fill the racing seat vacated by Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo has already announced a move to Renault, abandoning 20-year-old Hollander team-mate Max Verstappen. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told the Reuters news…

Sainz jnr. to take Alonso’s McLaren F1 seat for 2019

LONDON, England – Carlos Sainz, 23, will replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren for his fifth season in the class, starting with the first race of the 2019 Formula 1 season. Alonso had announced his retirement from the sport. Sainz, son of cross-country and Dakar rally star Carlos Sainz snr, is currently driving for Renault, courtesy…

Alonso to quit F1 at season’s end – what’s next?

LONDON, England – Two-times World champion Fernando Alonso, 37, will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season, his team McLaren has announced. He’s ninth in the 2018 F1 championship. 2018 is the Spaniard’s 17th F1 season, his fifth with McLaren, and he might race in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 in a…

Ricciardo for Renault so F1 drivers’ shuffle begins

LONDON, England – What has been called ”the toughest decision of Daniel Ricciardo’s life” – quitting  Red Bull to join Renault in 2019 – brings good news for some drivers, uncertainty for others. First, who will replace him, and where to now for Renault’s Carlos Sainz who was loaned to Renault by Red Bull for 2018…

Lung transplant for Lauda: Austrian doctors ‘optimistic”

ZURICH, Switzerland – Doctors are optimistic about three-times Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda’s recovery after a six-hour lung transplant. He is 69. The Austrian’s surgery in Vienna on Thursday (Aug 3 2018) after his condition became ”extremely critical” – his life, it was reported, would have hung by weeks, if not days. Department of Thoracic Surgery’s…

Hamilton beats elements and field for pole in wet Hungary

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Lewis Hamilton has put Mercedes on pole again, this time for the 2018 Hungarian GP, after the pack drove through a thunderstorm on a close to flooded track. Team-mate Valtteri Bottas will also be on the front row with Ferrari’s  Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel behind. Hamilton now has 77 career poles,…