Formula 1

April 27, 2010
Mercedes switch Schumacher's car for Spainish GP
Mercedes will switch Michael Schumacher's car for next week's Spanish Grand Prix to try and get the seven times Formula One champion back up to speed, team principal Ross Brawn said Monday.
April 20, 2010
Ferrari want Rossi in third car for next year
Ferrari still want MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi to race for them next year if they manage to change Formula One rules and enter a third car. Alonso's audacious move sets the scene
Had he not jumped the start, Fernando Alonso might have won Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix and gone home with his second win in four races. As it was, in a chaotic race rich in incident, Spain's feisty double world champion provided a talking point later on with a move full of significance for the Ferrari driver's season. Narain eyeing 2011 Indian Grand Prix
India's first formula-one driver Narain Karthikeyan expressed his desire to participate in the inaugural 2011 Indian Grand Prix 'if he gets a good team.'
April 19, 2010
Teams count the cost of ash in cash
Formula One cars were stranded in China and the weekend's Japanese MotoGP race was called off on Monday as a cloud of volcanic ash clipped the wings of motorsport worldwide. While McLaren's Chinese Grand Prix winner Jenson Button flew off on holiday to Thailand, and team mate Lewis Hamilton headed for South Africa, mechanics and media either waited or embarked on tortuous journeys home with Britain and much of northern Europe still a no-fly zone.
April 18, 2010
Force India returns empty-handed from Chinese GP
Force India's point-scoring streak came to an abrupt end in a chaotic Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday with Adrian Sutil finishing 11th while his team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi retired after an opening lap brake problem. Button leads McLaren one-two in chaotic Chinese GP
World champion Jenson Button calmly steered his way through the chaos of a wet Chinese Grand Prix for his second win of the season on Sunday, leading Lewis Hamilton to a McLaren one-two.
April 17, 2010
Sutil to start Chinese GP 10th, Karun last
Force India driver Adrian Sutil made it to the third qualifying session (Q3) once again and will start the Chinese Grand Prix 10th, while Karun Vettel puts Red Bull on pole in China
Sebastian Vettel gave Red Bull their fourth pole position in four races with a searing late lap in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday.
April 16, 2010
Sutil seventh fastest in Shanghai practice
Adrian Sutil clocked the ninth best time of the morning session on Friday before returning to finish seventh fastest in the afternoon as Force India made all the right noise ahead of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton puts McLaren on top in China
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton set down a marker for the weekend with the quickest time of the first two practice sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday. Confident Sutil expects top 10 finish in Shanghai
Adrian Sutil, one of the key drivers of the Vijay Mallya-owned Force India, is expecting a top ten finish in this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.
April 15, 2010
I'm still in title race, says Schumacher
Michael Schumacher has brushed off criticism of his performance since he came out of retirement, saying he is still in the Formula One title race. The seven-times world champion said on Thursday he has no reason to be disappointed with his first three outings with Mercedes and, if anything, he is making better progress than he expected. Ecclestone pushing hard for F1 in Sochi
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Thursday he is pushing hard to take Formula One Russia's Sochi as contracts with some European cities that soon run out will not be renewed. Schumacher hoping to regain lost touch in Shanghai
Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has said that he is ready to silence his critics after failing to set the 2010-11 Formula One season alight on his return to the sport with Mercedes.
April 14, 2010
McLaren halt work on new suspension system
McLaren have halted work on a new suspension system after Formula One's governing body warned teams that anything that changes a car's ride height between qualifying and the race is illegal.
April 13, 2010
Briatore can return to F1 after 2012
Formula One's governing body agreed on Monday to end a life ban against former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore and allow him back into the sport after 2012.
April 06, 2010
People have started taking us seriously: Chandhok
Three races into the season and the public perception towards Hispania is gradually changing with the paddock treating the rookie outfit with a little more respect, feels Karun Chandhok. India gears up for Formula One fever
Formula One continues to break new ground away from its traditional European base and as Asia expands its interest with the addition of the Korean Grand Prix this season, India is next in line to join the fray from 2011.
April 05, 2010
I am happy for Nico and the team: Schumacher
Michael Schumacher was just a spectator on the pit wall as Nico Rosberg secured a first podium for the new Mercedes team at Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.
April 04, 2010
Force India continues point-scoring spree
Force India's point-scoring spree continued unabated as Adrian Sutil drove a flawless race, keeping 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton at bay, for a fifth place finish to earn 10 invaluable points from Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix. Vettel wins Malaysian GP in Red Bull one-two
Sebastian Vettel stormed to victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading home a Red Bull one-two ahead of Mark Webber with Nico Rosberg completing the podium for Mercedes. Webber takes pole in qualifying in Malaysia
Mark Webber splashed to pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday after a tropical storm caused chaos in qualifying and left some of his main rivals at the slow end of the grid.
April 03, 2010
My belief has been vindicated: Liuzzi
He has picked up points in back-to-back races after being on the sidelines in the first two seasons and Force India's Italian driver Vitantonio Liuzzi says it proves that he is fast enough for the elite league.
April 02, 2010
Top 10 for Sutil in both practice sessions
Force India's Adrian Sutil was seventh in the first practice session before he returned to clock the 10th fastest time in the afternoon while Hispania driver Karun Chandhok got some long runs under his belt before Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. Hamilton dominates Malaysia practice
Lewis Hamilton put last weekend's problems behind him by going quickest in both practice sessions for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Friday as Red Bull's reliability issues continued to haunt them. Podium finish not far away: Sutil
Adrian Sutil is yet to score his first points this year but the Force India driver is impressed with the potential of the car and has no doubts that regular points and occasional podium finish would be the order of the season for the Silverstone-based outfit.
April 01, 2010
Chandhok content to cut his F1 teeth in public
Karun Chandhok is well aware of the monumental task ahead in his rookie Formula One season after he was thrown in at the deep end in a Hispania car devoid of pre-season testing.
March 31, 2010
Button looks for repeat glory in Malaysia
After a tedious opening race in Bahrain, a combination of a ban on refuelling, rainy weather, an early pitstop and Sebastian Vettel's mechanical misfortune means Jenson Button will be looking for back-to-back wins for a second year in a row. Mallya wants Sutil to come good in Malaysia
Vitantonio Liuzzi has been among the points right from the start of the season and Force India chairman Vijay Mallya now wants the other driver, Adrian Sutil, to follow suit.
March 30, 2010
Hamilton makes peace with McLaren
Lewis Hamilton has mended fences with McLaren a day after castigating his Formula One team for denying him a podium with their 'fricking terrible' pitstop strategy at the Australian Grand Prix.
March 29, 2010
Australian minister slams Hamilton after stunt
A senior Australian transport official said Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton had put people's lives in danger when police stopped the Briton for a driving offence near the Albert Park circuit. Luizzi has lived up to my expectations: Mallya
Vijay Mallya remembers the raised eyebrows that greeted his decision to retain Vitantonio Liuzzi as the race driver for the 2010 season and the Force India chairman is now pleased as punch after the Italian lived up to expectations within the first two races this year.
March 28, 2010
Schumi accuses Alonso of illegal blocking
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has accused rivals Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso of coming in his way during various stages of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Unhappy Hamilton blames team for costly pitstop
Lewis Hamilton capped off his troubled return to Australia on Sunday by tangling with local hero Mark Webber and then blaming his own McLaren team for costing him a podium finish. Liuzzi scores points again, Chandhok finishes race
Vitantonio Liuzzi kept his cool in a rollercoaster of a race to finish seventh and win six invaluable points for Force India while Karun Chandhok was among the 14 drivers who lasted the distance in the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. Formula One: Button a winner again in Australia
Formula One world champion Jenson Button timed his pitstop to perfection to chalk up his first win for McLaren in a rain-affected and entertaining Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. Button a winner again in Australia
Formula One world champion Jenson Button timed his pitstop to perfection to chalk up his first win for McLaren in a rain-affected and entertaining Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.
March 27, 2010
Red Bull deny using ride height system
Red Bull have denied using a controversial ride height control system in their cars after McLaren suggested their Formula One rivals could be using technology which they had considered illegal. Sutil makes Q3 again, Chandhok to start last
Force India's Adrian Sutil breezed into the third qualifying session (Q3) and will start Sunday's Australian Grand Prix 10th on the grid which will have India's lone F1 driver Karun Chandhok in the last row. Both the Force India cars should have been in Q3 but Sutil's team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi was caught up in traffic and the Italian, who scored the outfit's first points in Bahrain, would be 13th on the starting grid. F1: Red Bull hog front row at Melbourne
Rampant Red Bull charged to a front row sweep in Melbourne on Saturday with Sebastian Vettel denying disappointed team mate Mark Webber pole position for the Australian's home Grand Prix. The German, still only 22 but heavily fancied for this year's Formula One title, lapped Albert Park's tight street circuit in one minute 23.919 under overcast skies for his second pole in two races.
March 26, 2010
Hot Hamilton has car impounded by police
Lewis Hamilton was stopped by police for behaving like a boy racer Friday only hours after he had wowed a Melbourne crowd with the fastest lap in Australian Grand Prix practice. Force India make mark, gearbox problem for Karun
Force India cars figured in top 10 in both the segments ahead of Sunday's Australian Grand Prix but India's lone F1 driver Karun Chandhok could complete only 20 laps before a gearbox problem ended his run in the free practice sessions in Melbourne on Friday. FIA gives Virgin go ahead to change fuel tank
New Formula One team Virgin Racing have been given permission to change their car's undersized fuel tank.
March 25, 2010
I have no intentions of retiring: Webber
Red Bull's Mark Webber has denied he has any desire to quit Formula One after former world champion Lewis Hamilton suggested the Australian veteran might be interested in bowing out on a high at the end of the season. Schumacher has more to lose than gain: Barichello
Williams driver Rubens Barrichello hopes Michael Schumacher is driving just for pleasure as he believes the German great has more to lose than gain from coming back after three seasons on the sidelines.
March 24, 2010
Force India eye fifth place in 2010
Force India has set itself the target of finishing fifth -- just behind the Big Four -- in the 2010 Formula One Championship and the Bahrain Grand Prix is the right start for the Silverstone-based outfit, its chairman Vijay Mallya said.
March 23, 2010
Schumi needs three races to hit top form: Lauda
Seven times Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, who returned from retirement recently, will shake off a bit more rustiness in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix before fully regaining his brilliance the following weekend in Malaysia, said Austrian legend Niki Lauda.
March 22, 2010
Welcomed by Schumi, Chandhok seeks identity in F1
"Welcome to the gang." Coming from the matchless Michael Schumacher, these generous words sweetened Karun Chandhok's Formula One debut in Bahrain but looking ahead, India's newest F1 driver reckons a jerky ride awaits him this season.
March 21, 2010
We will strive to finish Melbourne race: Chandok
After his Bahrain debut ended inside two laps, India's Karun Chandhok reckons finishing the race at the Australian Grand Prix would be a strong result for his rookie F1 outfit.
March 20, 2010
F1 debut tougher than expected: Chandok
Karun Chandhok's truncated Formula One debut last weekend was tougher than he expected and the Indian driver admits his Hispania (HRT) team faces a long, hard season.
March 18, 2010
Chennai's Parthiva Sureshwaren to race in F2
Chennai driver Parthiva Sureshwaren has secured a place on the FIA Formula Two grid, joining Armaan Ebrahim as the second Indian driver on the circuit this season. Ferrari One-Two's ain't what they used to be
It is Formula One's most tantalizing driver line-up in decades, and yet all we have is hope that the FIA sees sense and does something to make the races less processional.
March 15, 2010
Sutil regrets missing a top-6 finish in Bahrain
After being positioned nicely at 10th on the grid and a fast car at his disposal, Force India driver Adrian Sutil believes a top six finish just slipped through his fingers in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. Sutil, who went on to clock the second fastest lap of the season opener at Bahrain's Sakhir circuit, saw his point hopes being dashed after a cloud of smoke from the back of Mark Webber's car blinded him and his VJM03 spun, dropping him down to second last position. Sixth place as good as it gets for Schumacher
Michael Schumacher strapped himself back into a Formula One car in the desert heat on Sunday to subject himself to the sort of ordeal that would wither men half his age.
March 14, 2010
Alonso wins Bahrain GP on Ferrari debut
Fernando Alonso won the season-opening Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix and led a Ferrari one-two in a dream debut with the Italian glamour team on Sunday. Liuzzi logs points for Force India
Vitantonio Liuzzi's ninth place finish earned Force India two invaluable points from the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain on Sunday. Chandhok crashes out of Bahrain GP
Hispania driver Karun Chadhok's F1 debut didn't last even two laps as the Chennai lad crashed out of the Bahrain Grand Prix after hitting a bump. Chandhok finally makes his F1 debut
Chandhok, who will be only the second Indian to race in Formula One after Narain Karthikeyan in 2005, will make his debut on Sunday with less experience behind the wheel of his car than any driver in recent memory. Until Saturday's first knockout qualifying session, he had not even driven it out of a garage, let alone around a corner or down a straight.
March 13, 2010
Vettel takes first pole of F1 season
Germany's Sebastian Vettel put returning compatriot Michael Schumacher in the shade on Saturday with pole position for Red Bull at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Schumacher, the seven times champion returning at the age of 41 after a three-year absence, qualified seventh for Mercedes.
March 12, 2010
Rosberg puts Mercedes on top
Germany's Nico Rosberg stayed ahead of team mate Michael Schumacher to put Mercedes on top of the timesheets in practice for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday. After compatriot Adrian Sutil had stolen some of the returning seven-times champion's limelight in the first session with the quickest time for Mercedes-powered Force India, Rosberg went faster in the afternoon. Renault accuse McLaren of cheating
Renault have accused rivals McLaren of opening up a Formula One arms race with their controversial rear wing even though it has been ruled legal by the sport's governing body. The McLaren car passed inspections on Thursday at the Sakhir circuit and the team said they consulted the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) throughout the design process. Force India sets the pace in Bahrain
Germany's Adrian Sutil stole some of the limelight from Michael Schumacher in Bahrain on Friday by putting Force India on top of the timesheets in first practice for the Formula One season. Sutil lapped the newly extended Bahrain Grand Prix circuit in one minute, 56.583 seconds while seven-times champion Schumacher, making his comeback with Mercedes at the age of 41, was 10th and 1.079 seconds slower. Trulli looks to revive career at Lotus
Lotus F1's Italian driver Jarno Trulli will hope to complete his races this season in a bid to revive his career. I would like to see Schumi beat Hamilton: Chandok
India's Formula One debutant Karun Chandhok, who got his super licence on Sunday, says he'd like to see seven-times champion Michael Schumacher beat Hamilton this season. Button looking forward to 'electric' season
Jenson Button is relishing the prospect of climbing into the Formula One world champion's number one car for the first time this week.
March 09, 2010
Chandok thanks 'pillar of support' Ecclestone
India's new Formula One entrant Karun Chandhok has thanked Bernie Ecclestone for helping him to fulfill his lifelong dream. Force India target occasional podium
After a fairytale 2009, Force India owner Vijay Mallya now wants the Formula One outfit to reach the next level this year where regular points and occasional podium finishes would be the order of the day.
March 08, 2010
Ecclestone urges India to get behind Chandhok
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has urged India to get behind Karun Chandhok when he makes his grand prix debut in Bahrain next weekend with the new HRT team.
March 06, 2010
Schumacher puts his legacy on the line
The return of Michael Schumacher, after three years away and at the age of 41, was always going to take top billing in a blockbuster of a Formula One season.
March 05, 2010
I wish Chandok the best: Karthikeyan
Karun Chandhok on Thursday ended India's long wait to see its second Formula One driver and Narain Karthikeyan, the first man to do it for the country, has wished the youngster good luck. It's a surreal feeling: Karun
Set to rub shoulders with the likes of Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, Karun Chandhok said it feels surreal to have finally become India's second Formula One driver.
March 04, 2010
Karun Chandhok secures F1 drive
India's Karun Chandhok will race for Hispania Racing Team (HRT) in Formula One this season, the new Spanish-based team said on Thursday. USF1 ruled out for 2010, no replacement yet
Formula One will have 12 teams this season, instead of a planned 13, after a late replacement for the USF1 entry was ruled out by the governing body on Wednesday.
March 03, 2010
Campos F1 team changes name to Hispania Racing
The Campos Meta Formula One team, one of several newcomers due to make their debuts in Bahrain next week, has changed its name to Hispania Racing (HRT F1), the team announced on Wednesday.
March 02, 2010
Button puts Force India in top teams to beat
Formula One world champion Jenson Button thinks as many as seven teams could be battling it out throughout 2010 for the end-of-season honours.
February 28, 2010
Sutil 7th on rain-marred day in Barcelona
Sporadic rain literally poured cold water on Force India's testing at the Circuit de Catalunya with Adrian Sutil setting the seventh quickest time of the day.
February 27, 2010
Schumacher says Mercedes are off the pace
Michael Schumacher said his Mercedes team were not up to speed after the seven-times Formula One world champion again put in an unspectacular testing session on Friday. Karthikeyan faces withdrawal of licence
Three weeks is all there is to decide whether Narain Karthikeyan can continue driving and administer motorsport in domestic and international events, after he and his drivers allegedly questioned the decision of stewards in an event here early this month.
February 26, 2010
Chandhok close to securing F1 drive
Karun Chandhok is in the final stages of talks with Campos Meta Formula One team for a drive in the 2010 season, his manager said on Friday. Spain's Campos, one of four new teams in an expanded F1 grid in the new season, have so far named only one driver, Brazilian Bruno Senna, nephew of late F1 world champion Ayrton Senna and Chandhok's former GP2 team mate. Liuzzi 6th fastest on day 1 of Barcelona practice
Vitantonio Liuzzi clocked the sixth fastest time as Force India began its final test ahead of this year's World Championship with the Italian driver carrying out set-up work and pit-stop practice.
February 23, 2010
No tyre deal forces Stefan GP to cancel test drive
Formula One hopefuls Stefan GP have been forced to cancel a planned test in Portugal later this week because they lack a tyre deal.
February 21, 2010
Ferrari is best car I've ever had: Alonso
Double world champion Fernando Alonso believes the new Ferrari F10 is the best car he has driven and says the team were hiding their true potential in last week's Jerez test. Liuzzi fourth on final day of testing
Vitantonio Liuzzi rounded off Force India's four-day testing with the fourth fastest time of the day and 80 smooth laps of the Circuit de Jerez in Jerez (Spain).
February 20, 2010
Briatore resigns as QPR chairman
Flavio Briatore stepped down as chairman of Championship (second division) team Queens Park Rangers on Friday, the club said in a statement.
February 18, 2010
Sutil 7th fastest at rain-swept Jerez
Adrian Sutil clocked the seventh fastest time in a rain-truncated session as inclement weather disrupted Force India's testing at the Circuit de Jerez on Wednesday.
February 14, 2010
Sutil revs it up to finish 2nd fastest in testing
Adrian Sutil clocked the second quickest time of the day to round off Force India's four-day testing at the Circuit de Jerez in Jerez, Spain.
February 11, 2010
Smooth test debut for new Force India car
Force India's 2010 challenger VJM03 made its official testing debut with more than 300km of trouble-free run and no reliability issues on day one of their four-day testing at the Circuit de Jerez in Jerez, Spain. FIA poses warnings to new F1 teams
New Formula One teams US F1 and Campos will breach regulations if they are not ready in time for the season-opening race in Bahrain on March 14, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said on Wednesday.
February 10, 2010
Red Bull unveil sleek new car
Formula One title contenders Red Bull unveiled their striking new RB6 for the coming season on Wednesday.
February 06, 2010
Force India reject closure threat
Force India rejected a report on Friday that they were in danger of being forced out of business and said their new Formula One car would start testing as planned in Spain next week.
February 04, 2010
Heidfeld named Mercedes reserve driver
Nick Heidfeld joined the Mercedes Formula One team as test and reserve driver on Thursday, completing a trio of Germans in a line-up led by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. Alonso makes a quick start with Ferrari
Fernando Alonso delighted his legions of Spanish Formula One fans on Wednesday with the quickest time in testing on an emotional debut for Ferrari. The double world champion, who was cheered on by an astonishing 36,000-strong weekday crowd at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit, played down suggestions of being the early favourite in the title race, however.
February 03, 2010
We can live without Schumacher: Ferrari
Ferrari CEO Amadeo Felisa expressed disappointment over seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher's defection to Mercedes-Benz, but said it will not affect their vehicle sales. Formula One set to tweak scoring, tyre rules
Formula One teams and decision makers have agreed changes to the points system and tyre rules for this season as well as a ban on controversial 'double diffusers' from 2011. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement on Tuesday that the new points system will see the top 10 rewarded in a 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 sequence to encourage what it called "the race to win".
February 02, 2010
Force India signs Paul di Resta
Vijay Mallya-owned Force India named 23-year-old Scot Paul di Resta as its test and reserve driver for the 2010 Formula One World Championship. Di Resta, who outshone his American opponent JR Hildebrand in the young driver test at Jerez in December, was unveiled on Tuesday at the Glasgow headquarters of Force India's principal sponsors Whyte & Mackay. Massa and Schumacher celebrate day of comebacks
Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher, once brothers in arms but now Formula One rivals, returned to the racetrack on a day of comebacks on Monday. Both the Brazilian and the German had moments when they thought their eyes were deceiving them but the lap times in Valencia were real enough.
February 01, 2010
Petrov becomes Russia's first F1 racer
Vitaly Petrov left his Lada driving days far behind on Sunday when he signed with Renault as Russia's first Formula One racer. The 25-year-old from Vyborg, near the Finnish border, was runner-up in last year's GP2 support series to Germany's Nico Hulkenberg, who makes his debut with Williams this season.