Formula One
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

Surgeons say Schumacher is ‘fighting for his life’

GRENOBLE, FRANCE - DECEMBER 30: (FRANCE OUT)  Neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes, anesthetist Jean Francois Payen, Assistant director general of CHU Grenoble Hospital Marc Penaud and Chief of Neurosurgery Emmanuel Gay are seen during a press conference at Grenoble Hospital on Michael Schumacher's medical state following his skiing accident on Sunday in Meribel on December 30, 2013 in Grenoble, France.

Photo Credit: by Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

At a press briefing at the Grenoble hospital on Monday morning, surgeons confirmed that Michael Schumacher remains in a critical condition and is “fighting for his life.”

They confirmed that he has had only one operation thus far, to relieve pressure in his head, and that a second is not planned as of yet. Schumacher remains in an artificially induced coma.

The surgeons noted that he had suffered an impact on the right side of his head, and that without a helmet, “he would not be here.”

Nov 21

F1: Maldonado’s future plans still up in the air

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 17: Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Williams attends the drivers parade before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 17, 2013 in Austin, United States.

Pastor Maldonado won’t say which team he’ll be with next year. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado continues to send out mixed messages about his future plans, indicating that he is close to a deal, while at the same time insisting that he has a chance at Lotus, Sauber and Force India.

While the Venezuelan has been linked to Lotus for months, he recently became a serious contender for a Sauber seat, as well.

Nov 21

F1: Departing Webber says Brazil just a normal race

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 14: Mark Webber of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing talks to the media during previews to the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 14, 2013 in Austin, United States.

Mark Webber’s tenure with Red Bull concludes in Brazil. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mark Webber says that for the moment the Brazilian GP is just a normal weekend – although he concedes that will change as his final start approaches.

“I think on Sunday it will be a little bit different,” Webber said Thursday. “But it still feels like a normal race at the moment, so looking forward to Sunday in many ways, in terms of obviously pushing for a good result, but also I’m ready to stop and looking forward to the extended winter that I’ll have, and the new challenges around the corner. Getting out of the car Sunday, there will be a few things that will be for the last obviously in terms of Formula One, but I’m pretty relaxed at the moment and looking forward to the race.”

Webber admits that he’ll miss driving in F1 at the most historic circuits.

Nov 21

F1: Maldonado now says Williams car sabotage claims ‘wrong’

Pastor Maldonado has retracted earlier statements he made about Williams. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado has retracted earlier statements he made about Williams. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado has admitted it was “wrong” to publicly accuse Williams of sabotage.

After a poor qualifying in Austin — the first race since the Venezuelan’s decision to leave the Grove based team was announced — Maldonado said he suspected mechanics had tampered with his tire pressures and temperatures.