2012 Season

  • McLaren's Jenson Button wins Brazilian GP 2012 November 26, 2012

    Sao Paulo: Jenson Button took his third race win of the season as Sebastian Vettel secured his third consecutive drivers title at the Brazilian Grand Prix under challenging slippery conditions. Vettel overcame a horrendous start, where he endured a lap 1 accident which pushed him to back of the grid,...
  • Monaco GP could see new winner in open season May 24, 2012

    Monaco: When Sebastian Vettel headed to the Monaco Grand Prix last season, all the talk was of how quickly the Red Bull driver would wrap up the Formula One championship. It could not be more different this year, with the two-time defending champion level on points with two-time former champion...
  • Unpredictable F1 filled with questions so far May 24, 2012

    Barcelona: Teams and drivers emerged from the Spanish Grand Prix with more questions than answers on just who is the Formula One favourite after five races. Pastor Maldonado's maiden victory gave Williams their first F1 triumph in eight years and the season's fifth different winner. It's the most varied start since...
  • F1 governing body monitoring events in Bahrain April 9, 2012

    London: Formula One's governing body kept a close eye on the situation in Bahrain on Friday as calls for this month's Grand Prix to be postponed gathered pace due to continuing violence. On a day when protestors clashed with police while more than 5,000 people demonstrated in the north of the...
  • Alguersuari handed Pirelli F1 testing role March 30, 2012

    London: Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari, who raced for Toro Rosso last season, was named as an official Formula One test driver for tyre supplier Pirelli on Friday. The 22-year-old will share the duties with Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi, last year's sole tester for the Italian company. Both will drive a 2010 Renault in...
  • Latest error could fire up 'Iceman' Raikkonen March 18, 2012

    Paris: Kimi Raikkonen continues to be an enigma. The 2007 world champion had a forgettable qualifying in Melbourne on Saturday as he could only manage an embarrassing 17th place on the starting grid for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The reason it was embarrassing was because his teammate - and...
  • I'm here to win to win, says confident Vettel March 15, 2012

    Melbourne: Sebastian Vettel reflected a widespread caution over predicting the outcome of the Formula One season on Thursday but at least the world champion was prepared to share his season goal, however unsurprising it was. Driver after driver at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix expressed the opinion that winter testing had...
  • Six champions to start new F1 season March 15, 2012

    Paris: For the first time in the history of Formula One, six world champions will be on the grid when the new season starts on Sunday. Here is a brief look at them (with age, nationality, manufacturer, number of championships, race wins and pole positions): Sebastian Vettel, 24, Germany, Red Bull Two-time...
  • Argentine president announces return of F1 March 15, 2012

    Buenos Aires: Argentina will host Formula One races in 2013, 2014 and 2015, President Cristina Fernandez has announced. The city of Mar del Plata, 400 km south of Buenos Aires, will host the F1 races "between the end of November and the beginning of December" in the following three years, said...
  • Cool Raikkonen unenthusiastic on F1 return March 15, 2012

    Melbourne: On the eve of his first Formula One practice session in three years, Kimi Raikkonen was typically underwhelmed on Thursday, saying he rarely bothered to watch the sport during his absence. Raikkonen is back from a spell in rally cars and various other forms of racing, joining a Lotus team...
  • Ferrari can still win the title, claims Alonso March 15, 2012

    Melbourne: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says the team still expects to fight for the Formula One title this season, despite acknowledging the scarlet cars are likely to struggle in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix this weekend. Alonso said on Thursday that this year's car is still not a finished product heading...
  • Uncertain start to F1 season at Melbourne March 15, 2012

    Melbourne: The start of any new Formula One season is uncertain enough for teams and drivers without the addition of wet weather, which is expected for this year's opening Australian Grand Prix. The forecast for Melbourne is for rain and possible thunderstorms from Friday through to race day on Sunday, which...
  • Red Bull to favour own talent over Hamilton March 14, 2012

    London: Formula One champions Red Bull are more likely to promote their own young talent than try to lure Lewis Hamilton from McLaren if they have a vacancy at the end of the season, according to team boss Christian Horner. Australian Mark Webber's contract with Red Bull, as teammate to...
  • Vettel hat-trick looms for F1 in 2012 March 13, 2012

    Melbourne: Six world champions on the grid for the opening Grand Prix of the season represents an unprecedented array of talent for Formula One, yet few would count on anything other than another Sebastian Vettel title this season. Kimi Raikkonen's return from a year away in rally racing has added one...
  • F1 team Marussia sign female test driver March 13, 2012

    Madrid: Formula One team Marussia hired Maria de Villota as a test driver for the season, providing the sport with a full-time female pilot for the first time since the 1990s. The daughter of former Spanish F1 driver Emilio de Villota had tested with Renault last year and has single seater...
  • Team will do better with young drivers: Mallya March 13, 2012

    Melbourne: The presence of two young drivers in the side and their "healthy rivalry" will help Sahara Force India do better in the 2012 Formula One season, the team said on Tuesday. Force India promoted young German Nico Hulkenberg to the racing seat in place of Adrian Sutil. Scot Paul di...
  • McLaren keep title hopes from Button, Hamilton March 13, 2012

    London: McLaren have high hopes from Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button for the upcoming Formula One season, expecting their drivers to challenge Red Bull in the title race. Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have won both the drivers' and the constructors' championships in the past two seasons, and last year...
  • Karthikeyan geared up for new season March 13, 2012

    Paris: Narain Karthikeyan is all set for his second consecutive Formula One season after making a comeback to the sport last year. With only five days left before the start of the season opening with the Australian GP, Narain, the only Indian driver racing in 2012, spoke exclusively to IBNlive.com...
  • Too many daydreamers in F1: Ecclestone March 12, 2012

    London: Formula One has too many daydreamers who need to take off their rose-tinted glasses and tighten their belts by spending less, according to commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Speaking to the official Formula One website before the start of the new season in Australia next weekend, the 81-year-old Briton said...
  • Marussia clear final crash test hurdle March 7, 2012

    London: Marussia were given the all-clear to start the Formula One season after their new car passed the final mandatory crash test on Tuesday. The Russian-licensed team, who gave the MR01 its track debut in a filming day at Silverstone on Monday, said in a statement they had cleared the last...
  • Marussia debut new car pending final crash test March 5, 2012

    London: Marussia gave their new Formula One car its track debut at Silverstone on Monday despite it still having to overcome a final crash test hurdle before the opening race of the season in Australia next week. The Russian-licensed former Virgin Racing team said in a statement that the Cosworth-powered MR01...
  • Ready for Melbourne: Webber after final test March 4, 2012

    Barcelona: Mark Webber completed his last day of pre-season Formula One testing in Barcelona on Saturday with champions Red Bull handing him an upgraded car to try out before his home Australian Grand Prix on March 18. With rivals suspecting Red Bull were keeping their powder dry for Melbourne, the...
  • Sauber's Perez fastest on Day 3 of final test March 4, 2012

    Barcelona: Sergio Perez of Sauber set the pace on the second-to-last day of testing before the new Formula One season gets under way. The Mexican driver steered his way to a fastest lap of 1 minute, 22.094 seconds at the Catalunya Circuit before rain showers slowed down the Saturday afternoon session. "I...
  • No pre-season testing for HRT, Karthikeyan March 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Narain Karthikeyan will have to wait till the Formula One season opener in Melbourne to get his hands on HRT's new car, with the Spanish outfit failing to get the F112 ready in time for the final two days of pre-season testing on Saturday and Sunday. Karthikeyan, who signed...
  • Marussia to miss final pre-season F1 test February 28, 2012

    London: Marussia will miss Formula One's final pre-season test in Barcelona this week because their new car has failed a mandatory crash test, the Russian-licensed team said on Monday. Marussia, formerly Virgin Racing, said the MR01 car had failed the final test after passing 17 previous ones. Under new rules...
  • Ecclestone unhappy with Vettel dominance February 26, 2012

    London: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone believes Sebastian Vettel's dominance could be harming the sport and wants this season's title to be decided when Brazil hosts the final race. Vettel became the youngest F1 champion in the last Grand Prix of the 2010 season. But the German Red Bull driver successfully...
  • Maldonado leads F1 testing for Williams February 24, 2012

    Barcelona: Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado was the fastest at a Formula One testing session on Thursday. The Williams driver's lap time of 1 minute, 22.391 seconds at Catalunya Circuit was nearly a second quicker than Michael Schumacher for Mercedes. Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi was third with Jenson Button of McLaren and Toro...
  • New Mercedes a special moment for Schumacher February 21, 2012

    London: Michael Schumacher looked forward to being a contender again as his Mercedes team belatedly pulled the wraps off their shiny new Formula One car before testing at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday. If the F1 W03 was far from attractive, with the by-now familiar stepped nose seen on all...
  • Bahrain GP tickets go on sale despite protests February 21, 2012

    Manama, Bahrain: Bahrain Grand Prix officials began selling tickets on Sunday for April's Formula One race in the Gulf kingdom, the latest sign that the government is determined to hold the race despite ongoing protests. Bahrain's season-opening race last year was canceled because of the unrest. This year's race is scheduled...
  • Trulli exit a significant low for F1-mad Italy February 18, 2012

    London: Jarno Trulli's abrupt departure from Formula One on Friday triggered no shockwaves around the world, but the Italian's exit was still a significant moment for the glamour sport and the home of Ferrari. Trulli had not scored a point since 2009 and the quality of the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wines...