Spygate and racism: F1 back in the news (updated)

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Every major British newspaper has at least one Formula 1 story in it today – and they aren’t good news for the sport. McLaren boss Ron Dennis’s home has been raided as the spygate investigations intensify. Two days ago a report in Spanish newspaper Marca alleged Mercedes were on the verge of taking over McLaren … Continue reading Spygate and racism: F1 back in the news (updated)

Was Dennis to blame in McLaren’s Hungary row?

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At the heart of last year’s biggest controversy, the after-effects of which were still visible in the spectator enclosures at Barcelona this weekend, is a rather pathetic row about who swore at who in the heat of the moment. The explosive fall-out between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso at the Hungarian Grand Prix set in … Continue reading Was Dennis to blame in McLaren’s Hungary row?

Pedro de la Rosa criticises McLaren driver equality

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Some people (myself not included) are sceptical about whether Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are going to get equal treatment at McLaren this year. So it was interesting to see Pedro de la Rosa not only confirm that they will get the same treatment but say he disagrees with the approach, in an interview for … Continue reading Pedro de la Rosa criticises McLaren driver equality

F1 news review: Malaysia considers night race

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F1 could have two races under floodlights in 2009 as the organisers of the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang look at hiring the same company used for this year’s Singapore Grand Prix, which will be the first to be held at night. Elsewhere Nigel Stepney gets a new job, Max Mosley and Jackie Stewart continue … Continue reading F1 news review: Malaysia considers night race

F1 news review: Lewis Hamilton’s ??70m deal

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In the F1 news this week speculation over the value of Lewis Hamilton’s new McLaren contract, while Ferrari suggest the Briton will struggle without traction control this year. There’s also intrigue over the futures of two of the sport’s top team bosses – Jean Todt at Ferrari and Ron Dennis at McLaren. Read on for … Continue reading F1 news review: Lewis Hamilton’s ??70m deal

McLaren reveal their 2008 F1 car: the MP4/23 (updated)

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McLaren have revealed their 2008 Formula 1 challenger in Stuttgart. The team continues its partnership with Mercedes for a 14th consecutive season. The pair have won two drivers’ and one constructors’ title in that time. With 2008 marking ten years since the team did the double, they will be desperate to bounce back from an … Continue reading McLaren reveal their 2008 F1 car: the MP4/23 (updated)

Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jnr at Renault in 2008?

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As speculation grows over Fernando Alonso’s future, Renault’s Flavio Briatore had this to say about his driver pairing for 2008: Renault will certainly have different drivers next year. Alonso has a 60% chance of coming to us. Alonso moving to Renault has been tipped for some time. His most likely partner there – assuming it … Continue reading Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jnr at Renault in 2008?

Hamilton did not admit causing car failure in Brazil

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The journalist who claimed Lewis Hamilton admitted causing his gearbox failure in Sunday’s race has admitted he invented the quote. Luc Domenjoz of Canadian newspaper La Presse said: “My mistake was using a quote by Lewis when I did not talk to him myself. I had other verifiable information and I stand by my report, … Continue reading Hamilton did not admit causing car failure in Brazil

Alonso continues attacks on McLaren & Hamilton

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Fernando Alonso can still win the 2007 championship – but he’s preparing for defeat by seizing every opportunity to take swipes at Lewis Hamilton and McLaren. So far this weekend he’s alleged that the stewards handed Hamilton the championship by not punishing him after the Japanese Grand Prix, angered McLaren boss Ron Dennis by refusing … Continue reading Alonso continues attacks on McLaren & Hamilton

What Dennis’s remark to Alonso really meant

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Since the espionage hearing details came to light we know just how bad things have been between Ron Dennis and Fernando Alonso since the Hungarian Grand Prix. It makes it very interesting to look back on some of their remarks made between Hungary and the World Motor Sports Council Announcement. Here’s what Dennis said to … Continue reading What Dennis’s remark to Alonso really meant