Fernando Alonso
Jan 4

F1: Ecclestone Backs Ferrari’s Controversial New Driver Pairing

F1: Bernie Ecclestone May Wait Weeks For Court Verdict

F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone walks in the paddock before the start of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Some – even Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo – believe pitting former undisputed ‘number 1′ Fernando Alonso against the team’s 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen is a bold risk.

“But I have been here since the early 70s,” the Italian said recently, “and I know that risk is something you have to live with in Formula 1.”

Ecclestone, Formula 1′s chief executive, usually likes to see the sport’s top drivers spread across the most competitive teams.

But he thinks Alonso versus Raikkonen at Ferrari, Formula 1′s most famous team, will be “fun”.

Dec 30

F1: Only Less Competitive Car Will Prove Vettel A ‘Legend’

F1: Only Less Competitive Car Will Prove Vettel A "Legend"

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel will only be an undisputed F1 “legend” if he wins at the wheel of a less competitive car.

That is the view of Fernando Alonso, who was Red Bull driver Vettel’s championship runner-up in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Dec 25

F1: Alonso Admits 2013 Was Not His Best Season As A Driver

Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso has acknowledged he did not perform as strongly in 2013 as he did the previous year.

Recently, the Spanish sports daily AS conducted a survey among Alonso’s driver rivals asking them to say whether they thought the Ferrari driver or the quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel was the best driver of 2013.

Dec 23

F1: Kimi Will Get First Run In 2014 Ferrari — Not Alonso

F1: Kimi Will Get First Run In 2014 Ferrari — Not Alonso

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen, not the Ferrari incumbent Fernando Alonso, will get the first on-track taste of the Italian team’s 2014 car.

That is the claim of Italian media sources including La Gazzetta dello Sport, reporting that Finn Raikkonen will debut the new red single seater on the first two test days at Jerez in late January.

Dec 21

F1: Montezemolo Believes Double Points Rule Will Be Short-Lived

Luca di Montezemolo believes the double points rule will be axed. (Photo: Getty Images)

Luca di Montezemolo believes the double points rule will be axed. (Photo: Getty Images)

Luca di Montezemolo, one of the most powerful figures in Formula 1, thinks the highly-controversial new double points rule might live a short life.

Reaction to the plan for double points in Abu Dhabi next year, to keep the championship alive throughout the season, has been generally negative.

And Montezemolo, the Ferrari president with an unique veto over key Formula 1 decisions, warned: “I’m not a fan of the double points.