Jul 23

Sources: Alonso Could Be Free To Leave Ferrari

Fernando Alonso could leave Ferrari at the end of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso could leave Ferrari at the end of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso could be contractually free to walk away from Ferrari.

Technically, the Spaniard remains under contract to the struggling Maranello team until the end of 2016.

“I’m sure he is very frustrated,” Niki Lauda told the Spanish newspaper El Pais earlier this week. “But he can’t just go to McLaren because he has a contract that he can’t get out of unless he’s sacked. Sometimes you choose a car and you’re wrong.”

Mercedes team chairman Lauda, however, may not be right.

Jul 22

F1: Alonso praises Ricciardo’s driving after duel in Hockenheim

Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB10 Renault, leads Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F14T. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _79P1712

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB10 Renault, fights with Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F14T, during the 2014 German GP. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Fernando Alonso has hailed the “amazing” job being done this year by Daniel Ricciardo.

At Silverstone, Spaniard Alonso’s wheel-to-wheel duel with world champion Sebastian Vettel was littered with radio complaints about one another’s driving.

But after Hockenheim, where the Ferrari driver had a similarly thrilling battle with Vettel’s new teammate Ricciardo, Alonso had nothing but praise for the Australian.

Jul 22

F1: Hamilton to undergo physiotherapy following 30G qualifying crash

Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Saturday 19 July 2014. A Marshal attends to Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, after his crash during Q1. World Copyright: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _X0W5935

A Marshal attends to Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, after his crash during Q1 for the 2014 German GP. (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton is planning a week of physiotherapy following his drive through the field after a hefty qualifying crash at Hockenheim.

Even before the race, the Mercedes driver reportedly had acupuncture, to help with the pain of the 30G smash into the barriers caused by brake failure.

Jul 22

F1: Susie Wolff admits 2015 Williams seat ‘not realistic’

Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. Susie Wolff, Development Driver, Williams F1. World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _89P5517

Susie Wolff, development driver for Williams F1, aims to become the first female driver to secure a ride in Formula 1 for more than two decades. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Susie Wolff admits expecting to land a race seat for 2015 is “not realistic.”

After breaking down at Silverstone two weeks ago, the 31-year-old Scot enjoyed a bit more track time ahead of the German Grand Prix on Friday at the wheel of Valtteri Bottas’ Williams.

Even she does not deny the PR factor in her two race weekend appearances this year, nor the fact that her husband – Williams co-owner and Mercedes chief Toto Wolff – has helped her on her way.

Jul 21

F1: Massa Has ‘No Fear’ Of Rising Star Bottas

Valtteri Bottas (right) has carried the Williams F1 Team banner so far in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas (right) has carried the Williams F1 Team banner so far in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Felipe Massa insists his Formula 1 career is not being put in the shadow by rising star and teammate Valtteri Bottas.

The warring Mercedes duo aside, the undoubted headliner of the last three races has been Bottas, a shy Finn who on Sunday completed a hat-trick of podiums.

Former F1 driver Patrick Tambay told RMC Sport he thinks Bottas, 24, is establishing himself as a “star for the next ten years.”