From ESPN F1 Luca di Montezemolo has ordered Ferrari to “step up a gear” after completing an overhaul of some of the processes within the team. Since team principal Stefano Domenicali resigned last Monday, Montezemolo has taken a more hands-on approach to help Marco Mattiacci, Domenicali’s replacement, get up to speed. According to a story on Ferrari’s official website Montezemolo “has been very clear in his words to Mattiacci and his staff, recognising the need to ‘step up a gear in the work of the Gestione Sportiva’.” In order to allow…

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  Instead of giving you a race review which goes over exactly what most of you have already seen I’m going to get straight to the nitty gritty, aka what I am liking and what I am not liking for the top five teams. Patronas Mercedes AMG- Lewis Hamilton 1st, Nico Rosberg 2nd I am not a particular fan of a runaway championship. I have posted many times that the best racing is close racing, each and every race, despite that fact that this cannot always happen. 2010 and 2012…

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I live in Los Angeles and we love the rain here for the simple reason that we just don’t receive that much of it. I also love the rain when it shows up on race day, or in this case, the day before race day. It makes everything a little more difficult, a little more intense; everyone needs to be a little more focused. It reveals the weaknesses and also the strengths of both car and driver. To me it is the measure of a driver’s true ability…

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From GrandPrix 247 Lewis Hamilton returned Mercedes to the top of the timesheets on Friday by setting the fastest time in the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton completed 25 laps of the 5.4 kilometre Shanghai International Circuit in the afternoon to end the day with a best time of 1:38.315. His Formula One championship leading team mate Nico Rosberg was third, the German lapping four tenths of a second slower than Hamilton’s benchmark on a cool and hazy afternoon at the circuit located on…

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From GrandPrix 247 The following hearing of the International Court of Appeal took place in Paris on Monday 14 April 2014: Appeal lodged by the Österreichischer Automobil-Motorrad und Touring Club – Oberste Nationale Sportkommission für den Motorsport (ÖAMTC-OSK) on behalf of its licence-holder Infiniti Red Bull Racing against the decision N°56 dated 16 March 2014 of the FIA Stewards of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix counting towards the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship On 16 March 2014 the panel of the stewards decided to exclude car No.3…

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From GrandPrix 247 Stefano Domenicali resigned as Ferrari’s Formula 1 team principal on Monday with the company’s North America President and Chief Executive Marco Mattiacci appointed as his replacement. The Italian glamour team, the oldest and one of the most successful in the sport, have made a poor start to the season with two fourth places for Spaniard Fernando Alonso the team’s best results, in three races so far. Ferrari have not won a driver’s world championship since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, although they were constructors’ champions in…

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From GrandPrix 247 Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been told the team rules for their future wheel-to-wheel battles in the wake of their spectacular duel during the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Silver Arrows pair thrilled the Formula 1 world last Sunday with their battle for victory at Sakhir, despite bosses urging them to “bring both cars home”. It was reported that the team denied that the drivers ignored team orders for appearance only, and would quietly curb that sort of behaviour behind the scenes ahead…

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From Autosport Gene Haas has secured a Formula 1 team entry for the 2015 season. The American NASCAR team owner confirmed on Friday that he had been informed by the FIA his application to join the F1 grid had been successful. It comes after a lengthy evaluation process to ensure that Haas had the financial means and necessary infrastructure to commit to the sport. In a statement, Haas welcomed the FIA decision, although knew that the granting of the entry marked only the start of a huge effort…

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If the Bahrain race was anything it was Mercedes AMG drawing a line in the sand, it was also a case study in teammate battles not just for the Mercedes Benz team at the front, but all the way through the field and possibly an indication of what we can look forward to for the rest of this already quite different F1 season. While the complaining is still in full effect in regards to the new or rather no sound of the current Formula 1 formula, what no…

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From GrandPrix 247 Luca di Montezemolo made a grand entrance in Bahrain, sending advance warning to all and sundry that he was attending round three of the championship and seeking urgent talks with the powers that be of Formula 1, as he (and the thousands of Ferrari fans polled) wanted rules changed as the sport was in dire straits. The melodramatic Ferrari capo di tutti capi was in fine fettle surrounded by a posse of eager beaver journos as he spewed forth words of wisdom with typical abandon…

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