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Ferrari boss Arrivabene comments on Monza, Raikkonen rumors

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has thrown Ferrari's voice behind the plight of Monza. In recent days, it has been said the historic Autodromo's best chance of hanging onto the Italian Grand Prix might be to annually alternate with another venue, like Imola. And it is quietly rumored that Ferrari would not mind if its own circuit, Mugello, is in the running. The negotiations...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mosley believes Ecclestone will survive even if US firm buys F1

Former FIA President Max Mosley believes that Bernie Ecclestone is likely to stay on and continue to run F1 even if the sport is sold on by CVC. US firm RSE Ventures has been linked with a joint bid with Qatar to buy CVC's 35 percent shareholding. “I think it’s still very early days for a possible takeover,” Mosley said in a BBC radio interview on Wednesday. “Because before...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ecclestone blames teams for turning F1 into a 'crap product'

Bernie Ecclestone says he is struggling to sell a "crap product" to the public in the new era of Formula One. The F1 supremo has said consistently that the 'power unit' regulations are a major reason for the decline in popularity of the sport he has ruled for decades. "I was talking to some engineers the other day and I told them that I was always pretty good at selling used cars...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

F1: Imola could alternate Italian GP with Monza

Alternating between two Italian circuits could keep the country on the F1 calendar. That is the claim on Wednesday of Bernie Ecclestone, following the London based F1 supremo's visit from officials of the Imola circuit on Monday. At the 'Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari,' Imola was the long-time host of the San Marino Grand Prix until 2006. In more recent times, Ecclestone has been...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

F1: Bernie Ecclestone still looking at New Jersey race

Bernie Ecclestone has indicated that the New Jersey F1 race could still have a future, despite the event appearing to be dead in the water. Billed as the Grand Prix of America, the street race at Port Imperial appeared on the provisional calendar in both 2013 and 2014, only to be dropped on both occasions. The main problem was that promoter Leo Hindery could not find the outside...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

GPDA launches global fan survey to help improve F1

The GPDA has launched its Global Fan Survey as it attempts to help to find ways to improve the sport. It was unveiled by the drivers in Monaco on Thursday, with the support of Bernie Ecclestone. In a statement, the organization said: "Open to all fans and available in 12 languages, we want this to be the biggest and most in-depth survey of fan opinion ever undertaken by any sport...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Refueling to return to F1 in 2017 with faster and noisier cars

A return to refueling is one of the measures the FIA is planning for 2017 in an attempt to give the sport a boost. Almost 24 hours after Thursday’s Strategy Group meeting ended, a joint statement from Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt outlined some of what had been discussed: The Formula One Strategy Group met yesterday in Biggin Hill to exchange views on the current challenges that...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Ecclestone fears Strategy Group meeting will accomplish little

Bernie Ecclestone suspects that very little will get agreed in Thursday's much anticipated F1 Strategy Group meeting, where rule changes both for the short term and for 2017 and beyond will be discussed. Ecclestone controls six votes, the FIA has six, and Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Williams and Force India have one apiece. Ideas that gain support are then forwarded to...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Ecclestone: Audi will struggle to catch Mercedes if they enter F1

Bernie Ecclestone says he will be happy to see Audi come into F1, but cautions that the German manufacturer will -- like Honda -- struggle to catch up with Mercedes. VW/Audi continues to be linked to either a future operation with Red Bull, or the more likely scenario of an eventual takeover and rebranding of RBR's Milton Keynes facility, as recommended by consultant Stefano Domenicali...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

F1 won't start until April in 2016

The 2016 F1 season is set to start two weeks later than usual as Bernie Ecclestone attempts to condense the calendar. The F1 website has confirmed that the season will kick off in Melbourne on April 3. It will be the first time that the season has not started in March since 1988, when the Brazilian GP also took place on April 3. The last time the season started relatively late was...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Jacques Villeneuve slams Manor, says they are not worthy of F1

Jacques Villeneuve has joined Bernie Ecclestone in admitting his opposition to the Manor team. In Bahrain last week, when asked if he is happy the former Marussia team resurrected itself over the winter, F1 supremo Ecclestone admitted: "Not particularly." Now Villeneuve, the 1997 champion, has admitted he also doubts Manor belongs at the pinnacle of motor sport. "No, of course not...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Red Bull, Force India supportive of Ecclestone's engine plans

The team bosses from Red Bull Racing and Force India are both intrigued by Bernie Ecclestone’s new engine plans. Ecclestone supports the idea of making available a cheap V8 with KERS (or even a V6 twin-turbo with KERS) that independent teams could use at a much lower cost than current customer engine deals. Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner says he's open to the idea of two...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

F1 could see turbos v. naturally aspirated engines in 2017

Bernie Ecclestone says that F1 engine options for 2017 remain open, despite Toto Wolff stating last weekend that all four current manufacturers want to keep a version of the current V6 for any new 1,000-horsepower rules. Ecclestone had been talking about a V8/KERS package, and that remains on the table as a cheaper option for struggling teams. There have also been suggestions that...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Ecclestone says 2016 Azerbaijan Grand Prix going ahead

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) Formula One commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone says the Azerbaijan Grand Prix will make its debut next season, despite concerns over the country's human rights record. Known as the Baku European Grand Prix, it is to be held as a street race in the country's capital, Baku. A report this year by Human Rights Watch said that there had been a deterioration in the...
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April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Ecclestone approves 'human rights policy' for F1

Bernie Ecclestone has made a sharp U-turn on his approach to this year's Bahrain Grand Prix. Now some years after the violent civil uprising in the island Kingdom, Bahrain remains a controversial stop on the annual F1 calendar. Indeed, there is still unrest, with reports 21 activists were arrested this week by government forces that fired tear gas on the eve of F1 practice, while...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Ecclestone still angry at Manor for missing Australia

Bernie Ecclestone has reiterated his frustration at Manor and its chairman Justin King after the team failed to take to the track in Australia. Ecclestone felt that he had been misled in that the team committed to being in Melbourne while knowing that there was no chance to run the cars. Bernie has opposed the team's return all along, in the face of opposition from the FIA. “This...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Bernie Ecclestone casts doubt on German, Italian GPs

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) Formula One commercial head Bernie Ecclestone says the German Grand Prix could remain off the sport's calendar after this year's cancellation, and warned that the iconic Italian GP may be next to go. Speaking Friday after a meeting with team leaders ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix, Ecclestone said he could not confirm the return of the race in Germany in...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Not in my manor - Ecclestone furious as team misses race

Bernie Ecclestone has in effect fined Manor for its failure to participate in the Australian GP weekend - despite the FIA decreeing that the team had fulfilled its obligations. While most observers are sympathetic with Manor’s predicament - given the timescale involved - the bottom line is that there has been a battle between Bernie and the FIA over whether the team should be allowed...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

F1 supremo Ecclestone calls for low cost customer car

Bernie Ecclestone has expressed his frustration at being unable to push through his plan to offer teams a low cost customer chassis package. In an interview with the Mail, Ecclestone said that he wants to charge teams 15 million euros ($16.3 million) for a pair of chassis which would use engines supplied by Cosworth or Renault. Ecclestone has been pushing his idea, which has sometimes...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: No major rule changes expected before 2017

A rules revolution in Formula One will have to wait, after the decision-making F1 Commission met in Geneva on Tuesday. As the body - comprising the teams, the FIA, Bernie Ecclestone and race promoters, suppliers and sponsors - met, Ferrari unveiled its vision of the future. The futuristic, computer-generated F1 concept car appeared radical, but Ferrari argued that although "aggressive...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

F1 heading for 1,000-horsepower engines in 2017

The brief debate over Marussia's 2014 car was just a sideshow to the main business of Thursday's F1 Strategy Group meeting, which was to look ahead at potential rule changes that are intended to increase the sport's appeal. All the big players were at the meeting, including Bernie Ecclestone, Jean Todt, Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda (Mercedes), Ron Dennis and Eric Boullier (McLaren)...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Ecclestone doubts Germany to host 2015 race

Bernie Ecclestone estimates that Germany's chances of staying on the 2015 calendar at "less than 50 percent." The Nurburgring was due to return to the schedule in 2015, but German reports say the boss of the new circuit owner Capricorn's offices were raided last week by local prosecutors amid allegations of fraud. And F1's other German host, Hockenheim, is yet to agree contract terms...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: German GP to remain at Hockenheim, says Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that this year's German GP will take place at Hockenheim, rather than at the Nurburgring. Although the FIA did not specify a venue in the F1 calendar, this year should have been the turn of the Nurburgring, which last hosted the race in 2013. However Ecclestone has not concluded a deal with the track, which has changed ownership amid serious financial...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Ecclestone sued for 345 million euros by German bank

German state bank BayernLB is suing Bernie Ecclestone and his family holding Bambino for around 345 million euros ($422 million) in relation to the sale of its stake in Formula One. News agency dpa says BayernLB announced the move in Munich on Friday. The bank rejected a 25-million-euro ($31 million) settlement offer from Ecclestone in August, after a Munich court dropped a bribery...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

F1: Ecclestone trying to revive South African GP

MOSCOW (AP) Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is working to return South Africa to the schedule. There has not been an F1 race in Africa since the last South African Grand Prix in 1993. ''We're in the middle of trying to do something in South Africa,'' Ecclestone told Russian agency R-Sport. ''We used to have a race there and it would be nice to get back there again, to that part...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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