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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Rule changes had positive impact: Drivers

The Formula One season comes to an end at the Brazilian Grand Prix with drivers approving the rule changes that were aimed at encouraging passing and improving racing.

Webber wins Brazilian Grand Prix

Mark Webber led a Red Bull one-two in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday to celebrate his first victory of the year in the last race of the Formula One season.

Still the best but for how much longer?

Formula One's paddock army were bleary-eyed on Monday after the end-of-season celebrations following yet another Red Bull triumph in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen returns

The 'Flying Finn' will make a comeback to F1 with Lotus.

2012 Formula One entry list revealed

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) published the entry list for the 2012 Formula One world championship. HT reports.

Ferrari, Red Bull withdraw from FOTA

Ferrari and world champions Red Bull have both decided to withdraw from the Formula One Teams Association, the organisation announced on Friday, amid a row over how to reduce costs in the sport.

1971 race winner Gethin dies at 71

British racing driver Peter Gethin, winner of Formula One's closest race at Monza in 1971, has died at the age of 71.

What India can learn from Malaysia in F1

Following the successful staging of India's first Formula One race, it is interesting to take a closer look at the circuit that kick-started the sport's expansion in Asia. Vinayak Pande writes.

F1 brings in slew of changes from next season

Cars which were in the pit lane when a race is suspended will now be allowed to re-join the cars on the grid in the position they were in when the race was suspended.

Bahrain and US GP remain on 2012 calendar

"Mr Ecclestone received his check today," Red McCombs, a founder of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, said in a statement.

Formula One eases in-season test ban

"One three-day test will be carried out during the season, formerly there were none," the International Automobile Federation said.

Grosjean to partner Raikkonen at Lotus

French driver Romain Grosjean will be Kimi Raikkonen's team mate at Lotus next season, the former Renault Formula One team announced today.

Vettel crowned World champion, Jaypee gets Promotional Trophy

German driver Sebastian Vettel was awarded the World Champion trophy for the second consecutive year, while Sameer Gaur of Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) received the Formula One Promotional Trophy for hosting a successful inaugural Indian Grand Prix at a glittering FIA Prize Giving Gala ceremony in New Delhi.

Red Bull tipped for February 5 launch of new car

Defending Formula One world champions Red Bull Racing are reportedly set to launch their 2012 championship challenger, the Renault powered RB8, two days before next year's first pre-season test beings on February 7.

Team principal Kolles leaves HRT

The Spanish-owned HRT Formula One team will have a new principal next season after announcing the departure of Kolin Kolles today.

Toro Rosso ring changes with Ricciardo, Vergne

Toro Rosso named Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne in an all-new 2012 driver line-up today after surprisingly ditching the youngsters who took them to eighth place in this year's Formula One championship.

Trainer leaves Vettel for ice hockey team

The trainer singled out by Sebastian Vettel for special praise after the Red Bull driver won his second Formula One title this year has decided to return to Finland to coach a women's ice hockey team.

Ferrari will launch 2012 car before first test

No date was fixed but the first test is scheduled for Spain's Jerez circuit on Feb 7-9. Under new rules this year, cars can take part in testing only once they have passed mandatory FIA (International Automobile Federation) crash tests.

Force India announce Di Resta and Hulkenberg as 2012 drivers

As had been expected, Force India announced Nico Hulkenberg taking over driving duties from fellow German Adrian Sutil, who had been with the team since its inception in 2008.

Sauber to launch 2012 car at first test at Jerez

Sauber will launch their all-new Ferrari powered C31 on February 6 at the first pre-season test of the 2012 Formula One season.

McLaren will have new car for first F1 test

McLaren will test their 2012 car for the first time at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain on Feb. 7, the Formula One team said today.

Schumi has lost the edge, says old rival Frentzen

Seven times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, who came out of retirement last year, has lost the "edge" that had separated him from the rest at his peak, according to his rival since karting days and fellow-German Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

Senna reportedly in race for Williams seat

Bruno Senna, Rubens Barrichello and Adrian Sutil. The one thing that ties these three drivers at various stages of their Formula One careers is that they have been linked to the remaining seat at Wiliiams. The former championship winning team has fallen on hard times of late.

Vettel excited about new Red Bull

Two-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel has spoken about his excitement at watching the new Red Bull car he hopes will deliver him a third consecutive title being born.

Schumi top overtaker in 2011 F1 season

Michael Schumacher might have had another tough year in Formula One after his return, but he ended the 2011 season as the top overtaker, according to data compiled by the Mercedes GP team.

Sutil manager denies Ferrari rumors

Adrian Sutil, one of the Formula One drivers, linked with a drive with Williams F1, had been rumored to have secured a drive with Ferrari for the 2012 season. The German's manager Manfred Zimmerman, however, has denied the rumor in an interview with Sky Sports News.

French Grand Prix reportedly close to a return

After last staging a race in 2008, France's re-instatement to the Formula One calendar is imminent, according to the man assigned by the country's prime minister to bring back the French Grand Prix. HT reports.

2014 engines a good compromise: Lauda

Former three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda believes that the engine regulations that are to come into effect from 2014 are a good compromise in F1's quest to go 'green'. HT reports.

Head steps down from Williams board

Williams co-founder Patrick Head stepped down from the Formula One team's board on Saturday after 34 years with the former champions.

Karun says he won't race in 2012, Narain is not sure either

In what can be considered as sad news for Indian motorsport fans, Karun Chandhok has declared that he will not race in the 2012 Formula One season while Narain Karthikeyan is still struggling to earn a racing seat.

Williams seeking new title sponsor

The Williams Formula One team are seeking a new title sponsor after the termination of their agreement with U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T.

Career break in the land of opportunity

Armaan Ebrahim lands a drive in the Indy Lights series with an eye on a drive in the main Indycar championship. Vinayak Pande reports.

Verstappen accused of attempted murder

Ex-Formula One driver Jos Verstappen was accused of attempted murder on Friday after his former girlfriend claimed the Dutchman tried to run her down.

Buemi eying 2013 F1 race seat

Ousted Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Sebatien Buemi is planning to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans before making a bid for a race seat with Red Bull Racing in 2013 should Mark Webber's contract is not renewed. The Swiss driver told Le Matin newspaper that it was the "logical continuation" of his three-year career with Toro Rosso.

Raikkonen back in driving seat, eager to race

Kimi Raikkonen made himself comfortable again in a Formula One car on Thursday and looked forward to getting back up to speed in his comeback season with Lotus.

Human rights groups urge F1 teams and drivers to boycott Bahrain

New York City based human rights group Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has been leading the calls of similar organizations demanding that Formula One teams and drivers boycott this year's Bahrain Grand Prix. HT reports.

Kubica back in hospital after icy slip

Polish Formula One driver Robert Kubica, who has not raced since a near-fatal crash last February, was taken to hospital in Italy on Wednesday after slipping on a patch of ice and injuring his leg, the ANSA news agency reported.

Chandhok all geared for new journey

Karun to race for JR Motorsports in the newly-formed FIA World Endurance Championship, including Le Mans. HT reports.

Sutil ordered to stand trial

India Formula One driver Adrian Sutil will stand trial this month on charges of causing bodily harm in relation to a nightclub fracas in China last April, a Munich court said on Friday.

Come one, come all if driving on an F1 track is your plan

For a fee of Rs 15,000 a total of 50 drivers, with a contingency for ten more, will be allowed to bring any car with an engine cylinder capacity of 1,000 cc or over and drive on the Buddh International Circuit for a day. Vinayak Pande reports. Ultimate trackday

Williams confirms Bruno Senna as second driver

Williams F1 today confirmed that Bruno Senna will contest the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship for the Williams F1 Team. HT reports.

Button to have first run in new McLaren

Jenson Button will have the first run in the new McLaren when pre-season testing starts next month, the Formula One team said.

United States GP track set for August completion

The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, site of this year's United States Grand Prix is set to be completed this August, according to motorsports website autosport.com. HT repoprts.

Bahrain GP 'fails to reinstate staff'

It had been reported on 12 January on the online publication arabianbusiness.com that the owners of the Bahrain International Circuit was to reinstate every one of the 29 people that had participated in anti-government protests last year as a reconciliatory gesture.

Kimi Raikkonen back behind the wheel

Kimi Raikkonen's Formula One comeback picked up speed on Monday when the Finn got back behind the wheel of a two-year-old Renault grand prix car at the Valencia circuit in eastern Spain.

Pirelli to take more aggressive approach

Pirelli will be taking a more aggressive approach to their Formula One tyres this season and are confident the racing will be more exciting, motorsport director Paul Hembery said today.

Petrov expects F1 decision in next week

Vitaly Petrov hoped his future in Formula One will be sorted out in the next week as he emerged as a contender for a test driver role at tyre supplier Pirelli on Wednesday.

Picture of 2012 Caterham 'leaked'

The first official image of the Caterham F1 (formerly Team Lotus) team's CT01 was leaked on the team's official twitter feed today.

Volkswagen mull entry into Formula One

The Volkswagen group that includes brands such as Lamborghini, Audi, Skoda and Porsche is considering an entry into Formula One as reported by German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche. HT reports.

Sutil handed 18-month suspended sentence

Former Force India Formula One driver Adrian Sutil was found guilty of grievous bodily harm by a Munich court today and given an 18-month suspended sentence and 200,000 euro ($262,300)fine for a night club brawl in China last year.
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