Apr 22

Has Vettel ‘forgot’ how to drive something other than the best car?

Had Ricciardo been credited with second at Australia, he would be beating Vettel in the championship by nine points. (Photo: Andy Hone/LAT Photographic)

Vettel exits his car in parc ferme after the Chinese GP. (Photo: Andy Hone/LAT Photographic)

The entire world of F1 continues to contemplate the reigning quadruple world champion’s current struggle even to keep up with his new Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Lauda, the Mercedes team chairman, told German television RTL: “He has been very spoiled in the past with many highs and victories, but that performance has gone… He has forgotten how to drive another car.

Apr 18

Maldonado and Gutierrez disagree on severity of Bahrain penalty

Pastor Maldonado believes the new shape of the F1 nose is to blame for Gutierrez flipping. (Photo: Marwan Naamani/Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado (L) ran into the back of Esteban Gutierrez (R) while the former was leaving pit road in Bahrain. (Photo: Marwan Naamani/Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado has hit out at the new ‘penalty points’ system that could see him having to serve a race ban later in 2014.

After just the opening three grands prix of the season, the Venezuelan already has three ‘demerit points’ against his F1 super license.

Apr 16

F1: Ecclestone Admits Image Problem Amid Bribery Affair

Bernie Ecclestone is Formula One's long-time chief executive. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone is Formula One’s long-time chief executive. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that public perception already depicts him as being defeated amid the Gerhard Gribkowsky corruption affair.

Next week in Munich, his trial on bribery charges is set to begin, and it has already emerged that prosecutors do not believe his defense — that he was blackmailed by Gribkowsky over his tax affairs — is plausible.

Apr 16

F1: Red Bull’s Marko slams ‘aggressive’ Mercedes after appeal

Red Bull's Helmut Marko (right) is disappointed that Australia penalty on Daniel Ricciardo (left) wasn't dropped.

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko (right) is disappointed the Australia penalty on Daniel Ricciardo (left) wasn’t dropped. (Photo: Getty Images)

Helmut Marko has hit back at Mercedes, after the German squad this week called on the court of appeal to come down hard on Red Bull.

As Red Bull appealed Daniel Ricciardo’s Melbourne disqualification in Paris on Monday, a lawyer for rival Mercedes argued at length that the FIA should in fact impose “a further sanction,” due to the “flagrant and deliberate” rules breach.