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F1: Massa believes refuelling, faster cars will improve racing

Williams driver Felipe Massa says he supports the move towards the return of refuelling in 2017, as well as the push to have faster cars. The Brazilian is also keen on the plan for teams being able to choose which tire compounds to use - a change set to be introduved for next season. "I like the idea of refuelling because the race is quicker, the car is quicker," said Massa. "We...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

F1: Massa believes he's driving as well as he was in 2008

Williams’ head of performance Rob Smedley paid his old pal Felipe Massa a big compliment in China last week when he said that the Brazilian was driving better than ever in 2015. On Thursday, Massa was a little reticent when asked if he thought that was true. “What I can say is I'm pretty happy with the way we're working with the team, with my engineer, with everybody,” he said...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Massa still upbeat on Williams' prospects

Ferrari may have leapfrogged Williams in the chase of Mercedes, but Felipe Massa insists that the team is still in a strong position. The season has not got off to a perfect start operationally, and the absence of Valtteri Bottas from the Australian GP grid didn't help, but Massa says that the potential is still there. “I think we cannot complain about how we start the season,”...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Williams concedes that Ferrari is ahead

Williams had been expected to be battling closely with Ferrari in the chase of Mercedes in 2015, but in Malaysia the cars finished over 70 seconds behind winner Sebastian Vettel – and were also well beaten by Kimi Raikkonen, who dropped to the back after his early puncture. Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa both concede that the team has a lot of work to do to catch up. “We just...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Ferrari's straight-line speed is a game changer, admits Massa

Felipe Massa anticipates another close battle between Williams and Ferrari for 'best of the rest' role in Malaysia, but he says it's impossible to tell who might have the upper hand. The Italian team had the edge in Melbourne, but Massa hopes that at a very different track Williams might be able to sneak ahead. “I think maybe we finished in a good shape in the Barcelona testing...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Australian GP - team-by-team report

A perfect storm of circumstances saw the Australian GP start with a grid of just 15 cars, with a further two disappearing on the first lap. Fortunately only two more were lost made it to the flag, including - against all odds - a McLaren-Honda. Here's how the weekend panned out for the 10 teams: Mercedes To no one's surprise, Mercedes utterly dominated the Melbourne weekend, and...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Hamilton Strikes First

The Formula 1 season opener in Australia saw Lewis Hamilton take a decisive victory from pole position. Fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took 2nd, 1.3 seconds adrift, and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the podium in his Ferrari debut. While Mercedes proved to be in a league of their own, the rest of the grid provided some surprises. Lewis Hamilton picked up right where he left...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Mercedes dominate opening F1 practice in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Mercedes drivers lived up to expectations by setting the fastest times in Friday's opening practice session at the Australian Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg set the best time of 1 minute, 29. 557 seconds at the Albert Park circuit, just three hundredths of a second ahead of teammate and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, as Mercedes picked up the new Formula...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Defending champ Hamilton fastest on penultimate day of F1 testing

Mercedes again stole the headlines on the penultimate day of testing in Barcelona as Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the day. It was a day of relatively little drama as most cars ran reliably, and all but two of the cars logged more than 100 laps. Like Nico Rosberg yesterday, Hamilton ran the soft for the first time this winter, but the Brit was some 0.3s off the German's...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Mercedes finally shows pace during Friday test in Barcelona

Mercedes finally showed its hand in Barcelona on Friday when Nico Rosberg did a time on soft tires, giving the opposition plenty to think about. There was more action than we saw Thursday, with no rain impacting proceedings and more cars running reliably and beating the magic 100-lap mark, which is usually regarded as the sign of a successful day's work. With around 75 minutes left...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Massa tops Thursday test while McLaren's troubles continue

After a break of just three days, F1 testing resumed in Barcelona on Thursday with the start of the final four-day session to be held before the Australian GP. This week represents the final chance for the teams and power unit suppliers to prove their latest updates on track, and by the end of running on Sunday we should have a much clearer picture of how the 2015 field will look...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

McLaren misery mounts, Massa puts Williams on top at F1 test

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) McLaren's misery mounted after another malfunction left Jenson Button stranded Thursday as Felipe Massa steered Williams to the fastest lap during Formula One preseason testing. A hydraulic leak that McLaren says will require it to change its new Honda engine limited Button to a session-low seven laps and slowest lap time. McLaren's latest setback came four...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Nico Rosberg to become a father

Nico Rosberg is the next F1 driver set to become a father. Other new dads in the paddock are Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, while the Lotus duo of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, plus Felipe Massa, also have young children. Mercedes' newly-married Rosberg, championship runner-up in 2014, will be the next. "It's a girl!" the headline of the major German daily...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Ricciardo edges Raikkonen as F1 testing continues in Barcelona

Daniel Ricciardo narrowly clocked the fastest time while also putting in the most laps during Formula One preseason testing Friday. The Australian put Red Bull Racing at the top of the day's timesheet for the first time this preseason by steering his way to a benchmark lap of 1:24.574 after an early fog broke over the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. He also completed a session-high...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Ricciardo edges pack for day's top time in F1 preseason test

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo narrowly clocked the fastest time Friday during Formula One preseason testing. The Australian steered his way to a benchmark lap of 1 minute, 24.574 seconds after an early fog broke over the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. Kimi Raikkonen was 0.01 seconds behind after another promising day from Ferrari, while Williams' Felipe Massa...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Ferrari power tops all four days of Jerez test

The opening test of the 2015 season in Jerez came to an end Wednesday with the two Ferrari-powered cars once again at the top of the times. Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time of the week, and while it is very early - and there is no doubt that Mercedes has a lot of speed in its pocket - it has nevertheless been a good week for the Italian team. The SF15T has shown not just respectable...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Nasr quickest for Sauber on third day in Jerez

Felipe Nasr was fastest for Sauber on Day 3 of the Jerez test after the Swiss car was beaten only by Ferrari on the first two days. The day started with a damp track, and in the cold and cloudy conditions it stayed that way for a while, before eventually drying out. Of course at this stage times mean very little and a cynic could argue that Sauber is trying to impress sponsors, but...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

New Williams FW37 breaks cover at Jerez F1 test

The Williams FW37 was unveiled in Jerez Sunday morning shortly before testing got underway. The team had released rendered images last week, but this was the first opportunity to see the actual car, which has a nose reminiscent of those seen last year. "The momentum we carry from last year has been very encouraging," said Williams driver Felipe Massa. "The team has changed so much...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Williams, Force India launch new cars for 2015

Williams and Force India became the first Formula One teams to take the covers off their cars for 2015, revealing Wednesday the most significant design change from last season: a new front. Technical regulations in F1 have been remained stable except for the requirement to change the nose of the cars, which will make them more pleasing on the eye this season. ''It is a redesign that...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Felipe Massa aiming for drivers' title in 2015

Felipe Massa has targeted the 2015 drivers' title. Initially disappointed to have been ousted by Ferrari, the Brazilian appeared rejuvenated in 2014 after switching to Williams. The formerly beleaguered Grove team was the surprise of the season, ending it as Mercedes' closest competitor. The younger Valtteri Bottas was the team's main star of 2014, but 33-year-old Massa insists he...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Wolff promoted to test driver at F1 team Williams

LONDON (AP) Susie Wolff has been promoted to official test driver for Williams for the 2015 Formula One season, increasing her chances of becoming the first female racer on the grid since 1976. Wolff will build on her three seasons as the team's development driver by taking part in the first two practice sessions at races still to be determined, as well as two test days. She will...
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November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

F1: Massa aiming for Abu Dhabi podium after delighting home crowd

Felipe Massa delighted his home crowd in Brazil by taking a solid third place – despite his race being far from trouble-free. Massa picked up a five-second stop-and-go penalty for speeding in the pits, and later attempted to have his car serviced by the McLaren mechanics before he realized he was stopping in the wrong place and was waved through. “I think the race was amazing...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Massa says 3rd place in Brazil feels like victory

SAO PAULO (AP) Felipe Massa celebrated his podium finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix as if he had won the race. Massa made two mistakes that could have been costly, but recovered to cross the finish line in third place to the delight of the home crowd packing the Interlagos track on Sunday. Nico Rosberg won the race, ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. The 33-year-old Brazilian...
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November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

F1: Williams looking to duplicate Red Bull's formula

Williams wants to follow Red Bull's model for success to be able to start winning again in Formula One. The traditional British team improved this season after years of struggles, moving a step closer to becoming a championship contender for the first time since it thrived in the late 1990s. To make that final jump back to its glory days, the team is looking to follow on footsteps...
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November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Rosberg wins pole position for Brazilian GP

SAO PAULO (AP) Nico Rosberg edged Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton to take pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday. Rosberg was fastest with a lap of 1 minute, 10.023 seconds, just 0.033 seconds ahead of Hamilton. Local favorite Felipe Massa was third and his Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas finished fourth. Rosberg led Hamilton in all three practice...
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November 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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