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Notebook from an A380

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The 1000th Grand Prix weekend might have been a bit more impactful were it not for the fact that it took place in China. The People’s Republic is not everyone’s cup of tea and every year, after the race, there is a stampede of F1 people for Pudong International Airport. This is not really difficult to understand because F1 folks… Read more »

Top three teams unreachable for Renault – Prost

Alain Prost has conceded that top three teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are “unreachable” for Renault this year. The F1 legend is an advisor to the French works team, which had targeted getting closer to the top teams in 2019. “You have to be realistic, and the three top teams are unreachable,” Prost told Canal Plus. “It’s all about… Read more »

Bratches admits China could get second F1 race

F1’s owner Liberty Media has admitted it could add a second race in China to the calendar. In Shanghai last weekend for the third race of 2019, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: “Why not go to Hong Kong or Beijing?” Wolff said China is a big market for the sport and for manufacturers like Mercedes, and it seems that F1’s… Read more »

Mercedes beating Ferrari nothing new – Briatore

Flavio Briatore is not surprised that Ferrari is struggling to beat Mercedes in 2019. The Maranello team began the year with many believing it has the fastest car, but so far it is Mercedes with three consecutive one-twos. “What’s wrong with Ferrari? It’s nothing new,” former Renault boss Briatore told Italian broadcaster La 7. “The car has been slow for… Read more »

A second race in China, and other stories

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There is a lot of crap peddled on websites that don’t have a clue about F1 – even if their names suggest they do – and about the sport. The good news is that it is becoming easier to work out who to trust, thanks to the Formula One group agreeing to allow journalists with permanent credentials to use video for… Read more »

No more race victory target in 2019 – Horner

After three races in 2019, Red Bull no longer has a target for the number of race wins. Prior to the season, buoyed by the promise of the new works Red Bull-Honda pairing, Dr Helmut Marko said he wanted five victories before the season finale in December. “We all know that Helmut is an optimist,” team boss Christian Horner smiled… Read more »

Budget caps will not help F1 – Villeneuve

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Jacques Villeneuve says a budget cap is the wrong direction for F1. With support from the FIA and many teams, the sport’s new owner Liberty Media is determined to impose caps on annual spending from 2021. Villeneuve, F1’s outspoken 1997 world champion, is diametrically opposed. “F1 is supposed to represent absolute excess,” he told Le Journal de Montreal as he… Read more »

Williams no longer a racing team – Villeneuve

Williams’ problems can be traced back to the decision to float on the stock exchange. That is the view of Jacques Villeneuve, who in 1997 won the once-great team’s last world championship. “Its leaders are paying for the bad decisions made in recent years,” he told Le Journal de Montreal. After an eight year hiatus to recover from a permanent… Read more »

Four hours after the race…

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Mercedes left China with a third consecutive 1-2 finish – a real surprise given Ferrari’s dominance in pre-season testing. But it has not been as easy as it sounds, as Ferrari should have won in Bahrain but made a mess of things. In China it never looked like Ferrari was in with a chance and the Scuderia  got itself into… Read more »

Four hours after the race…

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Mercedes left China with a third consecutive 1-2 finish – a real surprise given Ferrari’s dominance in pre-season testing. But it has not been as easy as it sounds, as Ferrari should have won in Bahrain but made a mess of things. In China it never looked like Ferrari was in with a chance and the Scuderia  got itself into… Read more »