Motor racing

Little chance of drama in Brazil as Sebastian Vettel seeks 13th win

Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel kisses the trophy after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix  in Austin, Texas. Photo: AFP

In the nine years this column has been in this newspaper I can't remember when I sat in front of the computer and not known what to write, so this is a first.

Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 10:19pm

Vettel silences critics to join the greats

Sebastian Vettel shows he is number one - if anyone doubted it. Photo: AP

Sebastian Vettel is used to dominating from the front but a brilliant, come-from-behind victory in Japan silenced the critics and proved it’s not all about his Red Bull car.

14 Oct 2013 - 3:30pm

Vettel says dominance of Formula One not turning off fans

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan. Photo: EPA

On the verge of claiming his fourth straight Formula One title, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel doesn’t think his overwhelming dominance has made the sport less interesting for fans.

10 Oct 2013 - 5:12pm

Film could help Formula One break US, says Button

German actor Daniel Bruehl, Niki Lauda and British screenwriter Peter Morgan at the recent premiere of Rush at the Gartenbau Theatre in Vienna in Austria. Photo: EPA

Former world champion Jenson Button says the success of Formula One film Rush could help the sport finally get a hold in the United States.

Formula One bosses have long dreamed of the sport having the kind of popularity in the US that it enjoys in Europe.

5 Oct 2013 - 5:52pm

Vettel takes pole for Korean Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel continued his extraordinary dominance on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

Sebastian Vettel’s extraordinary dominance of Formula One continued on Saturday when he claimed pole position for the Korean Grand Prix.

The German has taken the pole for three straight races - and won them all. He’s aiming for a third consecutive win at the Yeongam circuit, and most importantly, a fourth consecutive F1 championship.

5 Oct 2013 - 3:00pm

Formula One headed for crisis, says McLaren chief

Martin Whitmarsh is worried about the future of Formula One. Photo: AFP

Formula One is headed towards a crisis within the next 18 months unless costs are cut significantly, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said.

Whitmarsh said the introduction of V6 turbo engines next year added even more costs to an already highly expensive sport, and more needs to be done to ensure smaller independent teams can survive.

5 Oct 2013 - 1:08pm

Raikkonen will not drive for Red Bull next year

Finnish Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus F1 Team in action. Photo: EPA

Kimi Raikkonen will not drive for Formula One champions Red Bull next season after talks broke down, his manager said on Monday.

The Finn is out of contract at Lotus at the end of the season and was a leading contender to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull when the Australian moves over to endurance racing next year.

20 Aug 2013 - 11:45am

Sebastian Vettel's dominance of Formula One to continue for years

Sebastian Vettel

The triple champion's consummate triumph last weekend in Montreal proved both he and his car are back in the groove after problems in Spain, where they led on the high-speed sections at the Circuit de Catalunya but came in fourth.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:55am

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton steers clear of 'Tyregate'

Lewis Hamilton. Photo: AP

Lewis Hamilton said he had ignored the controversy about the Mercedes "Tyregate" scandal because he is more concerned about feeling at one with his car in this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

8 May 2015 - 4:27pm

Sebastien Vettel determined to make amends for past errors at Montreal GP

Sebastien Vettel

Sebastien Vettel has been winning Formula One races all over the world for the past three years with ruthless efficiency.

7 Jun 2013 - 5:40am

Vijay Mallya wants F1 podium finish in Canada

Vijay Mallya

Force India want a top-three finish at this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix after their strong start to the Formula One season, according to team principal Vijay Mallya.

6 Jun 2013 - 5:47am

Feisty and sneaky all in the F1 game

Feisty and sneaky is all in the game of F1. Photo: AFP

Having made a schoolboy error and exited the race embarrassingly , a driver can march down the pit lane, visor lowered and he doesn't have to talk to the media or the boss.

8 May 2015 - 4:27pm

Mercedes could face tribunal after protests over tyre testing

A mechanic pushes a trolley of Pirellis tyres. Photo: Reuters

The latest row engulfing Formula One could end up going before another hearing after Red Bull and Ferrari launched official protests against Mercedes, alleging the team breached rules by conducting in-season tyre testing with manufacturer Pirelli following the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago.

8 May 2015 - 4:27pm

Like father, like son as Rosberg rules Monaco

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg won Formula One's showcase Monaco Grand Prix for Mercedes yesterday, 30 years on from his world champion father Keke's triumph on the streets of the Mediterranean principality.

27 May 2013 - 3:40am

F1 engine ruling a formula for disaster, says Force India

Nico Rosberg manoeuvres his Mercedes during a practice session ahead of today's Monaco Grand Prix; he is on the pole. Photo: AP

Formula One is introducing a new 1.6-litre V-6 turbocharged unit with energy-recovery systems in 2014 to replace the existing 2.4-litre V-8. Under a now-lapsed Resource Restriction Agreement among teams, the V-8 was priced at around €9 million (HK$90.3 million) a season. The new engine will cost more than €20 million.

26 May 2013 - 5:54am