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“I felt as though I was driving in a tunnel. The whole circuit became a tunnel… I had reached such a high level of concentration that it was as if the car and I had become one. Together we were at the maximum. I was giving the car everything – and vice versa.” (Ayrton Senna)

F1 in danger of ‘ruining’ itself – Sauber

F1 in danger of ‘ruining’ itself – Sauber

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has warned that the absence of a budget cap in Formula One could “ruin” the sport, ahead of a crunch meeting between the teams and the FIA on the issue of costs on May 1. In December last year the FIA announced a global budget cap would be introduced for […]

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Formula 1 looking to up the volume of V6 turbo engines

Formula 1 looking to up the volume of V6 turbo engines

Formula 1 is pushing ahead with efforts to make its new V6 turbo engines louder, in the wake of much criticism and disdain from certain quarters. After decades of screaming, naturally-aspirated V12s, V10s and V8s, the markedly lower volume of this year’s energy-recovering turbo ‘power units’ was a shock. “I did not find it exciting,” said […]

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Montoya: Do you really think Alonso and Vettel have forgotten how to drive?

Montoya: Do you really think Alonso and Vettel have forgotten how to drive?

Mercedes may now be at the front, but little has changed in Formula 1, according to former driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who left the paddock half-way through the 2006 season to begin his foray in the American series Nascar. Now 38, the Colombian has switched to Indycar, where between his races at Long Beach and […]

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Alonso believes Ferrari F1 team underperforming in ‘many areas’

Alonso believes Ferrari F1 team underperforming in ‘many areas’

Fernando Alonso says the Ferrari Formula 1 team’s new car has been underperforming in “many areas” in the early part of the 2014 season. Ferrari was well off the pace in the first three races, but appeared to make a step forward in the recent Chinese Grand Prix, where Alonso scored the Scuderia’s first podium […]

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McLaren denies Button leg injury reports

McLaren denies Button leg injury reports

Despite not completing a half-marathon, the Mclaren number one driver is still set to start the Spanish GP. McLaren on Tuesday denied reports Jenson Button is nursing a leg injury ahead of next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. The 2009 world champion pulled out of a triathlon on the Canary Islands last weekend with reported muscle […]

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Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso salute legacy of tragic Ayrton Senna

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso salute legacy of tragic Ayrton Senna

Paris:  Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso have paid emotional tributes to Ayrton Senna on the 20th anniversary of the death of the maverick Brazilian superstar and three-time world champion. Senna, widely regarded as the greatest racing driver of all time, died when his car careered off the Imola track in the early stages of the […]

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Red Bull set to challenge Mercedes dominance?

Red Bull set to challenge Mercedes dominance?

Red Bull could soon be challenging Mercedes’ dominance at the next couple of races. The Spanish and Monaco grands prix both rely on downforce, rather than outright engine power – unlike the opening four races which Mercedes dominated. Whilst it’s known Mercedes enjoys a power advantage over Renault, Red Bull’s RB10 has greater downforce than […]

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Wolff expects advantage to switch between Hamilton and Rosberg Read

Wolff expects advantage to switch between Hamilton and Rosberg Read

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes the competitive advantage between his two drivers will swing from one to the other over the course of the season. Nico Rosberg currently leads the drivers’ championship by four points, but mainly thanks to Lewis Hamilton’s early retirement from the opening race of the season. At the last three races, […]

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Ron Dennis on Senna – Part two: the later years

Ron Dennis on Senna – Part two: the later years

On Senna finally scoring a home victory in Brazil in 1991… “As a Brazilian there was a degree of ‘mechanism’ about it – he understood that winning in Brazil would be good for him; it would optimise his commercial position and make him an even greater hero. He had a very strong sense of value, […]

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Ron Dennis on Senna – Part one: the early years

Ron Dennis on Senna – Part one: the early years

As McLaren team principal, Ron Dennis worked with Ayrton Senna for six of the most fruitful seasons in the Brazilian’s illustrious F1 racing career. Under Dennis’ watchful eye, Senna won 35 races, claimed 46 pole positions and achieved all three of his world championship crowns. Twenty years on from Senna’s untimely death, Dennis – now […]

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