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Ferrari threatens to quit F1 over Liberty Media’s engine, budget cap proposals

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne is threatening to pull Ferrari out of Formula 1.The threat comes after new F1 owner Liberty Media announced plans to change the engine regulations beyond 2020 — … Brawn thinks the expensive, complicated and quiet power units of today are simply “the wrong product for good racing.” Brawn said that if the engine parts are cheaper, unpopular rules like grid penalties for changed components can be scrapped. “If a homologated off-the-shelf turbo costs $3,000, it doesn’t matter how many are used in the season,” said Brawn. AnotherRead More


F1 SPORTING BOSS ROSS BRAWN: WE CANNOT CONTINUE LIKE THIS

Liberty Media's Chase Carey and Ross Brawn have opinions about the future of Formula 1 that differs from that of some teams and some manufacturers. PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/formula-one/f1-sporting-boss-ross-brawn-we-cannot-continue#ixzz4ycKKSJU7

Series owner Liberty Media wants engine changes, team budget caps Mercedes F1 chairman Niki Lauda says that Mercedes has no intention of joining Ferrari in threatening to quit Formula 1 over changes in the sport “That’s nonsense,” Lauda, a three-time F1 champion, told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. But it is clear that the manufacturers, including Renault, are not happy with Liberty Media’s plans for an all-new engine formula beyond 2020. “We first want to see the bigger picture and know where Formula 1 will be in 2021,” said Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul. Manufacturers are alsoRead More


Back-to-back CMRC titles for Maloney and Thompson

Mark Maloney and Mark Thompson clinched back-to-back Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) titles on Sunday (November 11) in the final round of the regional series at South Dakota in Guyana. With one race win and a second-place finish each, they are respectively the 2017 Group 4 (2wd) and Group 2 Champions, Thompson bringing his total of CMRC championship crowns to four.   Despite their best efforts against the host nation on Sunday, Team Barbados slipped behind Guyana by just three points to finish third in the Country Championship title chase; althoughRead More


COZIER AND CRONEY WIN NASSCO NOVEMBER SAFARI

Record fifth title for Alleyne and O’Neal Jean-Marc Cozier and Andrew Croney crowned an impressive first full season together in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship with victory in Sunday’s (November 12) final round . . . although it nearly went awry during the Country View Mud and Hill Challenge, just before the finish, when their Honda Pioneer tipped over. It was quickly righted, however, and they continued to victory. They were comfortably ahead of the opposition in each of the day’s two routes, winning by aRead More


FRIDAY IN GB: EVANS DOMINATES

The Welshman won three of the six slippery speed tests in the mid-Wales forests to head M-Sport team-mate Ott Tänak by 24.6sec. Sébastien Ogier moved another step closer to a fifth world title in third, as the British team held a clean sweep of the top three. Evans, whose popularity among home fans prompted them to name a corner after him in the Myherin test, revelled in the muddy conditions using a new range of tyres developed for such weather. Sunshine and mild temperatures did little to dry the forestRead More


Vettel to use new chassis for remainder of Austin event

Ferrari have elected to change Sebastian Vettel’s chassis after the German experienced problems in Friday’s second practice session in Austin. Having been late to go out on track in FP2 as Ferrari made changes to his car following first practice, Vettel then had a huge slide off the road at Turn 19 and spent some time in the pits before re-emerging. The four-time world champion was third fastest after completing his run on the ultrasoft rubber, but he soon returned to the pits complaining that something ‘felt weird with theRead More


WILSON’S TÄNAK TRIBUTE

MALCOLM WILSON ADMITS IT WON’T BE EASY TO SAY GOODBYE TO LONG TIME M-SPORT DRIVER OTT TÄNAK WHEN THE ESTONIAN LEAVES FOR A SEAT AT TOYOTA IN 2018. Toyota announced today that Tänak would drive a Yaris next year, and M-Sport were quick to pay tribute after a long but complicated association that stretches back to 2009 when Tänak was first signed as a development driver. “It is with a heavy heart that the team say goodbye to Ott and Martin (co-driver Järveoja) who have been such an important partRead More


Alonso to race on with McLaren in 2018

Fernando Alonso will contest the 2018 Formula 1 season for McLaren, it was confirmed on Thursday, finally ending speculation that the two-time world champion could leave the team after what has been another frustrating campaign. Alonso, who will again race alongside Stoffel Vandoorne, had been widely expected to re-sign with McLaren ever since the team announced last month that they are to switch from Honda to Renault power next year – a move they hope will return them to the sharp end of the grid. “It’s fantastic to be ableRead More


FP1 – Hamilton leads Vettel in damp Austin opener

Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time around the Circuit of The Americas on Friday morning, as overcast conditions greeted the drivers for opening practice in the United States. Hamilton’s best lap put him half a second clear of Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel, with Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas taking third. Max Verstappen was the leading Red Bull in fourth, ahead of McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Williams’ Felipe Massa. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was seventh fastest, followed by the Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez. Carlos Sainz, in hisRead More


Jeffrey driver-of-the-weekend at Radical Series Challenge

Guyana’s speedster Kristian Jeffrey impressed on his final weekend of the Radical Series Challenge in the UK. Competing for Radical Works Team at Snetterton Racing Circuit, Jeffrey posted on his Instagram account on Sunday, “Can’t ask for a better way to end my season of the Radical Challenge Series. P4 in qualifying, P3 race 1, P4 race 2 and P2 in the final race with great battling in all races. Also got the driver of the weekend award…” In Race One, a drag race to the finish line, Jeffrey lostRead More