Formula 1
May 21

Formula 1: Maldonado denies rumors that his financial backing is under threat

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Wednesday 21 May 2014. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus F1, is interviewed. World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _FER0713

has had a difficult season with in 2014, leading many to speculate whether the Venezualan would be able to keep his ride if he lost his financial backing. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado has denied suggestions that his PDVSA backing is under threat, after Venezuela’s sports minister said that there would be no more support for the country’s racing drivers.

Maldonado insisted that Antonio Alvarez had nothing to do with PDVSA’s sponsorship of Lotus.

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May 20

F1 could return to Magny-Cours in 2015

Aerial shot of the Magny Cours circuit from 2002. Formula 1 has not raced at the circuit since 2008. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Aerial shot of the Magny-Cours circuit from 2002. has not raced at the circuit since 2008. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Magny-Cours is on pole position to return to the F1 calendar next year, the boss of the former French Grand Prix venue has said.

“If the will of a number of people is confirmed in the coming weeks, we are very close,” Magny-Cours chief Serge Saulnier told France’s Infosport on Monday.

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May 20

Trailer: ’33 Days – Born to be Wild’ Documentary From Lauda’s Crash To Return

In 2013, the well-received movie “Rush” took to the box offices, displaying the feud between champions and in a Hollywood-like fashion.

Now comes along ’33 Days – Born to be Wild,’ a new movie … or rather, documentary, which appears to take a more sedated approach to the struggle that Niki Lauda had to overcome from his fiery crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, to his solid return at the Italian Grand Prix just 33 days after leaving the hospital.

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May 19

Mercedes must not get complacent, says Wolff

Mercedes GP has won all five Formula 1 races in 2014 yet Toto Wolff (far left) says that the team can't let their guard down. (Photo: Getty Images)

has won all five races in 2014, yet (far left) says that the team can’t let its guard down. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Spanish GP was the fifth race in a row to see every lap led by a Mercedes. It’s a rare achievement, and it’s worth noting that only on two previous occasions – with McLaren in 1988 and Williams in 1992 – has one team proved utterly dominant. In the case of Williams, that run ended at round six in Monaco, although in 1988 McLaren kept its record up until the eighth race.

However, despite the flying start to the season, Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff remains cautious.

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May 19

Classic Formula 1 Video: Fangio v. Brabham, 1978

Following the passing of three-time World Champion Jack Brabham, this video has gone viral on YouTube amongst fans, and it’s not hard to see why.

Juan Manuel Fangio and , both now deceased, shared eight Formula 1 World Championship between them. Both had long since retired by 1978, but that didn’t stop either of them from hopping behind the steering wheel one last time.

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