Binotto replaces Arrivabene as Ferrari F1 carousel spins on

LONDON, England – Ferrari has appointed Mattia Binotto as its fourth Formula 1 team principal in less than five years after previous incumbent Maurizio Arrivabene was punished for the team’s lack of trophies. The change comes only two months before the 2019 racing season opens in Melbourne on March 17. Ferrari said in a media…

Mercedes F1 team boss promises plenty to cheer about

LONDON, England –  Formula 1 fans, according to champion team Mercedes, will have plenty to cheer about through 2019 even if the three-pointed star again dominates for another year. Many, however, will be rooting for the underdogs. Mercedes has won both driver (Hamilton, five times!) and team titles ever since the V6 turbo hybrid era…

‘Michael in the very best of hands’ – family

LONDON (Reuters) – The family of seven-times Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher has assured fans that he is being well cared-for as they prepare to celebrate his 50th birthday on Jan 3 2019. Schumacher quit racing in 2012 then incurred severe head injuries in a skiing fall five years ago. He’s been under specialist care…

Auto genius Gordon Murray makes UK New Year Honours list

Gordon Murray in Queen Elizabeth’s Honours List 50 years of automotive design gets royal recognition 20 years in F1 and designing the McLaren F1 LONDON, England – Automotive designer and engineer (now professor) Gordon Murray has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth’s 2019 New Year Honours list. ”The accolade,”…

Wolff asks F1 fans: ‘Give Lewis his deserved recognition’

LONDON, England – The greatest Formula 1 driver of all time Lewis Hamilton may become but his Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes ”negativity” and ”envy’ are denying him his deserved recognition. ”By comparing five-times World champion Hamilton with (now incapacitated and retired) Ferrari great Michael Schumacher,” Wolff suggested, ”people might not appreciate the 33-year-old…

Smoke and history made at Yas Marina F1 GP

YAS MARINA, UAE – Five-times World Drivers’ champion Lewis Hamilton closed the 2018 Formula 1 season on Sunday by winning the Abu Dhabi GP – his 11th win of the season. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) was second, Max Verstappen Red Bull third. Hamilton was short with his comment: “I am so happy right now.” The Briton…

Bottas puts Merc on top in ’18 Abu Dhabi practice

ABU DHABI, UAE – Mercedes’ driver Valtteri Bottas set the fastest lap during practice for Formula 1’s season-ending 2018 Abu Dhabi GP on Friday (Nov 23). He hasn’t yet won a GP during the 2018 season but team mate and championship winner Lewis Hamilton has taken 10 races to decide his fifth World title with…

Bad-tempered Verstappen ordered to do public service for Ocon shove

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Formula 1 stewards have ordered Red Bull driver Max Verstappen to do two days’public service after a race collision with Force India’s Esteban Ocon that cost him victory in Brazil on Sunday. Verstappen was leading at Interlagos and was trying to overtake back-marker Ocon but the they collided and Verstappen spun…

McLaren+Alonso heading for 2019 Indianapolis 500

AUSTIN, Texas – McLaren’s Spanish Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso (37) will for the second time race in the iconic American Indianapolis 500 in May 2019, a race he led in 2017 until his engine gave in. He will also drive for Toyota in the World Endurance championship after quitting F1 at the end of…

Hamilton says he’ll be racing for more F1 titles

LONDON, England – Lewis Hamilton has admitted that Michael Schumacher’s record 91 Formula 1 wins and seven championship titles are his targets – but also brushed aside any suggestion he might be already be the greatest. He won the 2018 Mexican F1 GP to become only the third to reach Schumie’s milestone since the first…

Mexico finish adds Hamilton to F1’s greatest champions

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrated his fifth Formula 1 World championship on Sunday (Oct 29 2018) to match those of three other greats after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Mexican GP a second consecutive time. Hamilton matched the five titles of late 1950’s Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio; his target now…

Red Bull pair will charge off together for ’18 Mexico F1 GP

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo thwarted Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen’s hope of becoming Formula 1’s youngest-yet pole-starter here on with a lightning qualifying lap ahead of the Mexican GP. Verstappen, 21,  and the 2017 race-winner, had dominated all three practice sessions and was on provisional pole before the final flying…