HRT have confirmed that they are no longer a part of FOTA. Their reason for leaving is that they don’t feel that the small teams receive enough benefit from being a part of the organisation – this is despite the fact that there are still ongoing discussions about the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA) to help keep costs down in the sport and help out the smaller F1 teams. Read more... (163 words, estimated 39 secs reading time)
Renault’s Vitaly Petrov has been handed a five place grid slot penalty for the start of the next race thanks to the accident that marred the start of the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix.
The Renualt driver made contact with the Williams of Nico Hulkenberg before ending up in a wall and causing Hulkenberg to retire. Read more... (99 words, estimated 24 secs reading time)
Sebastian Vettel lead Red Bull to a commanding 1-2 finish at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. Vettel took the top spot for the second year in a row, with team-mate Mark Webber closely following in second. Webber’s podium means that he now leads the drivers’ championship by 14 points over third place finisher, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Vettel. Read more... (427 words, estimated 1:42 mins reading time)
Red Bull Technical Director Adrian Newey has been involved in an accident in Round 17 of the Ginetta G50 Cup at Snetterton. Newey was racing in the guest car when he was tagged from behind before being collected by a following car. Newey has been taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. Following the incident, the race was red flagged handing the race win to Frank Wrathall. Read more... (71 words, estimated 17 secs reading time)
Despite currently sitting at the top of the championship alongside team mate Sebastian Vettel and having won the last two races, Mark Webber has said that he is not ruling out a move to a different team come the end of the season. Read more... (407 words, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
Italian police have seized Flavio Briatore’s $25 million yacht over allegations that he owes millions in unpaid taxes. It is also claimed that the boat, Force Blue, which is registered in the Cayman Islands, refuelled in EU waters without paying VAT – a sum which could total as much as $1 million. Read more... (169 words, estimated 41 secs reading time)
Lewis Hamilton has been officially notified of the charge he faces over an incident on the eve of the Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton was stopped by police and charged with intentionally losing control of a vehicle after allegedly doing a burnout in his Mercedes C63. Read more... (117 words, estimated 28 secs reading time)
Mercedes have chosen not to appeal Michael Schumacher’s penalty from the Monaco Grand Prix.
Schumacher was given a post-race drive through penalty for his overtake on Fernando Alonso on the final lap of the race. The stewards decided that Schumacher had contravened article 40.13 of the sporting regulations which states that no overtaking is permitted if the race finishes under a safety car. Read more... (434 words, estimated 1:44 mins reading time)
Williams have revealed the causes of both accidents suffered by their drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Rubens Barrichello. Hulkenberg crashed on the opening lap of the Monaco Grand Prix in the tunnel whilst Barrichello crashed into the barrier at the top of Beau Rivage. Read more... (352 words, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Mercedes are still contemplating whether or not to appeal against Michael Schumacher’s penalty. Schumacher was penalised after the race on Sunday after he was deemed to have breached rule 40.13 when he passed Fernando Alonso on the last lap. He was subsequently issued with a post-race drive-through penalty, in reality meaning 20 seconds was added to his overall time dropping him from 6th to 12th. Read more... (230 words, estimated 55 secs reading time)