From GrandPrix 247 The race, or Beijing Evergrande ePrix, was held on a spectacular temporary race track built around the city’s iconic Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium and was won by former F1 driver in action for Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi. Some 40 million are believed to have watched the race worldwide on television with 75,000 attending on site and one billion social interactions recorded around the race. Brazilian Di Grassi stole victory after race-leader Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) and Venturi’s Nick Heidfeld touched on the final corner…

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It was only last week when the news came of Luca di Montezemolo’s quick exit as president of Ferrari, a title which the Italian held for twenty-plus years. By now I have read (maybe you have as well) quite a bit on the who, the why, the where and the what of the whole affair. I daresay that an entire new cottage industry was created in the wake of this same news. As I write these words and you read them my guess is that several, if not many, people (professional…

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Today’s approach will be a little different… From GrandPrix 247, Autosport, ESPN F1, JAonF1, BBC F1, SkySports F1, Formula1 blog, Montezemolo: I Have Decided To Leave My Position – http://www.grandprix247.com/2014/09/10/montezemolo-a-warm-farewell-this-is-the-end-of-an-era/ Di Montezemolo Steps Down From Ferrari role – http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/115788 Montezemolo Steps Down As Ferrari President – http://en.espnf1.com/ferrari/motorsport/story/174827.html Short Sharp And Brutal: Di Montezemolo Out At Ferrari, Marchionne Expected To Take Over – http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2014/09/di-montezemolo-steps-down-at-ferrari-marchionne-expected-to-take-over/ Ferrari Chairman Luca Di Montezemolo To Quit After 23 Years – http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/29138322 Di Montezemolo Steps Down As Ferrari Chairman After Two Decades In Charge – http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/12474/9463161/di-montezemolo-steps-down-as-ferrari-chairman-after-two-decades-in-charge Confirmed: Ferrari President To Step…

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From JAonF1 Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo made a characteristically swaggering appearance at Monza on Saturday, affirming that he will decide if and when he leaves Ferrari, but last night the boss of Ferrari’s parent company FIAT Chrysler said that enough was enough and that “no -one is indispensable”. Sergio Marchionne, who was barely 40km away from Monza at an event at Villa d’Este but declined to visit the F1 paddock, spoke to reporters soon after Fernando Alonso’s retirement from a disastrous Italian Grand Prix for his team…

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With perfect weather in Monza Italy, Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth pole of the season and for once everything went to plan for the Briton. You have to go all the way back to Spain for Hamilton’s last pole which if you ask the Mercedes driver must feel like ages ago. This is exactly what Hamilton needed, not just in regards to his championship points deficit but also from a phycological standpoint. Not so much from the fact Hamilton out performed teammate Nico Rosberg (although I’m sure that…

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Friday’s second free practice times. Note that Mercedes is not in their usual two seconds in front of the entire field position, and surprise, Ferrari and surprise surprise, the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen is the best of the rest with Fernando a further two tenths back. Valetteri Bottas completes the top five. Sebastian Vettel is in seventh and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo coming off a win in Belgium is back in tenth. These will all change by tomorrow’s qualifying session, but at least for today the team in…

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From GrandPrix 247 Amid reports that Fernando Alonso is being tempted by a mega-money deal to spearhead the renewed McLaren-Honda partnership for 2015, the Spaniard has declared that he has no intention to leave Maranello and is intent on finishing the job he was signed up to do with the sport’s most famous team. Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Italian Grand Prix weekend at Monza, Alonso said, “It’s not my intention at the moment to move, I want to win here and finish the job that we start some years ago.” Since a…

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Let me share a few statistics with you. Since racing began in earnest way back in March, I have written a post about Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg, or both, a total of thirteen times, which by my calculations is something like 14,000 words (but who’s counting?) that I have already dedicated to these two drivers. This is not too surprising due to the fact that they are the lead candidates for this year’s WDC, not to mention they are on the same team and are piloting the…

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I am not a fan of Indycar racing although I find myself watching it often. What is the explanation of such a contradictory statement? Let’s face it, when you love motor racing you love all motor racing just some much more than others. Even though I’m not a fan of IndyCar, I really like this driver Will Power. I like his story, his low-key demeanor out of the car and I love the way he drives. He is a true hard grit driver that is naturally fast and similar…

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From GrandPrix 247 Nico Rosberg has emerged from a crisis meeting with senior Mercedes F1 team management and Lewis Hamilton apologising to them while admitting that he made an error of judgement in his attempt to overtake his teammate on lap two of the Belgian Grand Prix and has agreed to the rules of engagement as set out by the Silver Arrows bosses. In a statement released shortly after the meeting, Rosberg said: “In the days since the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, I have spent a lot…

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