Mercedes- Ferrari War Of Words

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has suggested Ferrari’s opening-lap collisions with his drivers are either ‘deliberate or incompetence’ after Lewis Hamilton was spun around by Kimi Raikkonen at the British Grand Prix. Just two races on from Valtteri Bottas being hit at the French Grand Prix by Sebastian Vettel at the first corner, Raikkonen made a…

Ferrari Switch Would Have Been Brutal

Ferrari would have been “brutal” had it switched Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel’s places with team orders in the Austrian Grand Prix, says Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff. Vettel retook the F1 championship lead from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton by one point with third place behind Raikkonen on a day when both Mercedes retired. Having…

Lauda Slams Vettel Penalty

Mercedes chief Niki Lauda has slammed the decision by the FIA to hand Sebastian Vettel just a five-second penalty for his first corner collision with Valtteri Bottas in the French Grand Prix. Vettel locked up going into Turn 1 and collided with the back of Bottas, hitting the Finn’s left rear tyre and pitching the…

Vettel Track Invasion Fear

Canadian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel said he was worried Formula 1 fans would run onto the track when the chequered flag was waved before the end of the race. The result of the grand prix was taken from lap 68 instead of 70 after model Winnie Harlow waved the flag early, with Vettel passing…

Raikkonen Extortion Shock

A complaint has been made to police in Canada on behalf of Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen alleging he is the victim of extortion by a woman in Montreal. The complaint, filed by a Montreal legal firm working for Raikkonen, claims he has been threatened with public accusations of sexual misconduct unless he provided…

Vettel Slams F1 Safety Car System

Sebastian Vettel has criticised Formula 1’s virtual safety car system, claiming it is open to abuse from drivers. Vettel finished fourth in the Spanish Grand Prix, having lost two places to Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen’s Red Bull after making a pitstop under the VSC. Vettel admitted making a mistake in stopping his car…

Ferrari Title Fight Not Over

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne insists the title fight is not over despite an awful run of reliability – and claims the Scuderia’s 2017 car is at the very least on par with the Mercedes. Three engine failures for the team in the last two races, on the back of a double DNF in Singapore, has…

Vettel Gear Box Problem

Sebastian Vettel looks set to avoid a grid penalty for a new gearbox in Japan this weekend, after analysis at Ferrari’s factory showed his current one was not damaged in his post-race crash with Lance Stroll at Sepang. Vettel had feared a five-place grid drop for this weekend’s race at Suzuka, after he was involved…

Angry Ferrari Boss Makes Changes

An “angry” Sergio Marchionne says changes are being made to the Formula 1 team to combat the “ugly” reliability problems that marred its Malaysian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel had to start last at Sepang after engine problems affected his Saturday, while Kimi Raikkonen was unable to take up his second place on the grid due…

F1 Teams Confront FIA Over Secrets Problem

Formula 1’s top teams are set to confront the FIA amid growing concerns that the governing body’s former F1 technical chief Marcin Budkowski could be taking their secrets to a rival outfit. The issue was brought up in a meeting of top teams including Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in the Sepang paddock on Friday,…