Michael Schumacher will test a Formula One car in earnest next week for the first time since his retirement at the end of last season. Schumacher will get behind the wheel of this year’s Ferrari F2007 as part of the team’s 2008 preparations.
The seven-time world champion is expected to spend two days at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, during the first multi-team test since last month’s Brazilian Grand Prix, which saw Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen wrap up (...) > Full story
After leaving from McLaren last week, Fernando Alonso hasn’t decided yet with which team he will sign for next season. Alonso wants a short contract, just for one year, thinking that if in 2009 he could have a better alternative like BMW
he could be free to sign with one of them.
Alonso’s options for 2008 are Renault, Red Bull Racing and Toyota
. Red Bull Racing and Toyota are willing to offer him a one year deal with options to renew, while Renault wants a two (...) > Full story
McLaren is considering its options for the second driver. Everyone is curious about who will be the 2008 second driver at McLaren, including Hamilton that declared at Mercedes-Benz’s ’Stars and Cars’ event in Stuttgart: “I am interested to see who it is going to be, I am as excited as you guys are. I have no idea, I can only guess.”
Hamilton hopes that his future team mate will be a “team player”, and he’s thinking about Nick Heidfeld, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil and Heikki (...) > Full story
McLaren boss Ron Dennis divulged on Saturday afternoon at engine and equity partner Mercedes-Benz’s ’Cars and Stars’ end of season event in Stuttgart that the 2008 car will be released by the Woking based outfit in "the second week of January".
The new car will be release after FIA “outside experts” present their report about the legality of the car. A McLaren spokesperson reacted about FIA inspection: "We have no comment other than that we will cooperate fully with the (...) > Full story
While Kimi Raikkonen is resting the runner up, Lewis Hamilton is busier than ever. After a visit at MTV, Hamilton appeared on Sunday at Mercedes’ annual Stars & Cars event in Stuttgart, where more than 60,000 people attended.
Hamilton joined Mercedes colleagues from both Formula One racing and the German DTM series to celebrate the end of the company’s 2007 motor racing season. In traditional style, the day featured a packed programme of demonstration laps, pit-stop (...) > Full story
McLaren have announced that former world champion Fernando Alonso is to leave the team, after both parties agreed to a “mutual parting of ways”. Alonso, who joined the British squad from Renault at the start of 2007, did have two years left to run on his contract.
The statement released today revealed that, after discussions, it had been decided “it would be in the best interests of both parties to bring the relationship to an end”.
Although Alonso won four races during the 2007 season, (...) > Full story
After the absence of the US Grand Prix from the next Formula One season it is possible that 2009 is the last season when a F1 race is held in Melbourne. What is the reason? It’s simple: money!
Negotiations over increased license costs were the reason that the US Grand Prix will not be back on the calendar in 2008 with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway refusing to pay the price, and if the license fees will be raise it’s very possible that when the current contract expires in (...) > Full story
After the big espionage Formula One scandal from this season that implicated McLaren and Ferrari – McLaren was accused and found guilty of spying on Ferrari and had to pay a 100 million USD fine, and was disqualified from the constructor’s championship making it easy for Ferrari to win it – it was logical that FIA will pay attention at the development of the McLaren’s 2008 car, but the declarations of Max Mosley, president of the sport’s rule makers the FIA, are ridiculous.
If (...) > Full story
Max Mosley, FIA president, is afraid of the impact that Lewis Hamilton brilliant season on Formula One. He fears Formula 1 may be in for a repeat of the “Schumacher effect” if Lewis Hamilton matches his sensational debut year success in 2008 and beyond. Mosley feels that if Hamilton will go on to repeat his form in the coming years then it could have an adverse effect on the sport.
Hamilton, the first black F1 driver, produced four wins and nine podium finishes in a row in his opening nine (...) > Full story
Honda announced on Monday that GP2 drivers Mike Conway, Luca Filippi and Andreas Zuber will drive at the team’s first winter test, which will be held in Spain next month. All three young hopefuls will get the chance to test the Japanese team’s race car at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya from November 13-15.
“Honda is committed to developing promising young talent in motorsport and we will take this opportunity to have a closer look at three young drivers who have done very (...) > Full story