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Tue 30 Dec 2008
Toyota shuffles top bosses, stands by F1Headline
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Toyota shuffles top bosses, stands by F1

News that Toyota will name a new president to take office in April might not reach Formula One's radar in normal times. But if you hadn't noticed, these are not normal times. In these scant weeks since Honda abandoned its F1 team, people who might...

Fri 19 Dec 2008
Vettel wrests testing speed crown from BuemiHeadline
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Vettel wrests testing speed crown from Buemi

For the first time in December, someone besides Sebastien Buemi topped timesheets in Formula One testing in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. After blaming his car for putting him second-quick to the Swiss on Tuesday and receiving a little overnight...

Buemi fastest at Jerez, de la Rosa quick in Portimao
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Buemi fastest at Jerez, de la Rosa quick in Portimao

For sure, Sebastien Buemi is a talent. The Swiss newcomer to Formula One proved as much yet again by topping timesheets for the fifth consecutive test day at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Buemi toured the 2.75-mile track in 1 minute, 17.029 seconds...

Wed 17 Dec 2008
Buemi sweeps test week in JerezHeadline
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Buemi sweeps test week in Jerez

Going for a big finish, Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers completed a speed sweep of Formula One testing in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, on Thursday. Sebastien Buemi and Takuma Sato topped timesheets, becoming the only drivers this week to time under...

Buemi again tops Jerez test as Bourdais scramblesHeadline
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Buemi again tops Jerez test as Bourdais scrambles

Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi again led Scuderia Toro Rosso to the top of timesheets in Formula One testing Wednesday at Circuit de Jerez in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Continuing his audition for an expanded gig with the team, the 2008 tester...

Tue 16 Dec 2008
Buemi switches teams, still flies in F1 testingHeadline
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Buemi switches teams, still flies in F1 testing

Even as six northern provinces were racked by snowstorms that closed roads and stranded as many as 600 motorists, sun flooded southern Spain, greeting three Formula One teams testing Monday at Jerez de la Frontera. Sebastien Buemi, Test...

Mon 15 Dec 2008
Force India stands pat on driversHeadline
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Force India stands pat on drivers

After an earlier, postseason shake up in its leadership hierarchy, Force India on Sunday announced the Formula One team would stick with its 2008 driver lineup for 2009. Adrian Sutil, Giancarlo Fisichella and Vitantonio Liuzzi. Photo by...

Toyota trims years in private Bahrain test
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Toyota trims years in private Bahrain test

Lewis Hamilton's impact continues to be felt in Formula One. As Hamilton, 23, parties through the off-season to destress from two seasons of losing then winning the FIA World Drivers' Championship by the narrowest of margins, a youth-development...

FIA council rules to slash F1 costs

FIA council rules to slash F1 costs

The World Motor Sport Council of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) on Friday acted to drive down Formula One's 2009 racing costs. Rules adopted by the sport-governing body affect engines, testing, aerodynamic research, factory...

Fri 12 Dec 2008
FOTA, FIA agree to cost-cutting measures
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FOTA, FIA agree to cost-cutting measures

Formula One Teams' Association and the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the governing body of the sport, have agreed on cost-cutting measures to ensure the future of Formula One. Proposals will be presented Friday for adoption by the...

Wed 10 Dec 2008
Buemi, STR top first day testing in Jerez
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Buemi, STR top first day testing in Jerez

Greeting funds-challenged Formula One teams with perhaps appropriately dismal weather, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, offered fog to start, gave way to leaky skies, and ended with rain Tuesday as teams convened for close-season testing. Nine...

Mon 08 Dec 2008
Honda exit sends F1 reelingHeadline
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Honda exit sends F1 reeling

Reaction in the sport to Honda's latest exit from Formula One, owing to the global financial and economic crisis has been swift and sure. Honda Racing F1 Team factory. Photo by xpb.cc. Discussion turned on whether the biggest loser...

Fri 05 Dec 2008
Honda calls Formula One quitsHeadline
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Honda calls Formula One quits

Honda president Takeo Fukui on Friday morning announced his company has pulled out of Formula One. Honda President and CEO Takeo Fukui poses with Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Ross Brawn, Nick Fry and Honda Racing F1 team ...

Honda looking for a buyer for its F1 teamHeadline
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Honda looking for a buyer for its F1 team

Honda is poised to quit Formula One: the Japanese carmaker is expected to announce Friday that the team is for sale with hopes a buyer can be found by the end of the year, BBC Sport reported. Formula One reporter David Croft said on BBC Radio 5...

Tue 25 Nov 2008
Red Bull reacquires rest of Toro Rosso from BergerHeadline
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Red Bull reacquires rest of Toro Rosso from Berger

Red Bull Racing, whose veteran driver, Mark Webber, remains in a Hobart, Australia, hospital after a weekend bicycle-car collision, announced Tuesday the reacquisition of a 50-per cent stake in junior team Scuderia Toro Rosso. The move by the ...

Organizer clarifies Chinese GP status
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Organizer clarifies Chinese GP status

It was all a misunderstanding. Ain't that the way? Reuters has reported that the expectation of the Chinese Grand Prix bowing out of Formula One after the 2009 race was faulty translation. The news agency quoted Leon Sun, general manager of ...

Rossi, Loeb: Seekers in the thrall of the F1 thrillHeadline

Rossi, Loeb: Seekers in the thrall of the F1 thrill

The funny thing is, Valentino Rossi was never particularly a Ferrari fan. As he wrote in his 2005 autobiography, "What If I Had Never Tried It," the Italian motorcycle racer who has won world championships at 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and five times in...

Mon 24 Nov 2008
Webber surgery success, race return setHeadline
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Webber surgery success, race return set

Formula One racer Mark Webber has undergone surgery to insert a rod into his lower right leg, both bones of which were broken in a collision with a car during the Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge on Saturday in Australia. Launceston,...

Webber hurt in 'extreme race' bicycling accidentHeadline
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Webber hurt in 'extreme race' bicycling accident

Formula One driver Mark Webber, who races for Red Bull Racing, is in hospital in Hobart, Australia, after suffering serious multiple injuries in a road accident. He was competing in an extreme endurance event for charity when the bicycle he was ...

Sat 22 Nov 2008
Red Bull's Vettel again tops Barcelona testHeadline
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Red Bull's Vettel again tops Barcelona test

Whether he's buying a London mansion with his Pussycat Doll girlfriend, calculating how to drive faster than a man on a bicycle, or otherwise gilding his golden life, world driving champion Lewis Hamilton has not been in Barcelona, Spain, this...

Wed 19 Nov 2008
Vettel quickest on day two in Barcelona testingHeadline
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Vettel quickest on day two in Barcelona testing

It makes no difference to Sebastian Vettel: Toro Rosso or Red Bull, the German's happy to stick a car atop a timesheet. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing. Photo by xpb.cc. So he did Tuesday in a second day of Formula One testing at...

Not winter, not '09 but F1 testing has begunHeadline
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Not winter, not '09 but F1 testing has begun

Formula One on Monday kicked off what it calls 2009 winter testing -- neither in winter nor in 2009 -- at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain, with nine of 10 teams and 17 drivers in attendance. The three-day agenda includes reward drives...

Wed 12 Nov 2008
Force India, McLaren Mercedes sign supply dealHeadline
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Force India, McLaren Mercedes sign supply deal

Preliminary maneuvering done last week, that is, Ferrari customer engines cast off a year early, Force India signed a five-year deal Monday with McLaren Mercedes for drivetrains (engines and gearboxes), hydraulic systems, and KERS (kinetic energy...

Tue 11 Nov 2008
F1 2008 season: One for the memory banks

F1 2008 season: One for the memory banks

Admit it. Most of the time we rejoice if a Formula One season offers one snapshot moment, one mental image we can savor as time wears on: The Pass, Belgium, 2000. The Defense, San Marino, 2005. Montoya, Brazil, 2001. But 2008 gave snapshots ...

Mon 10 Nov 2008
Force India quick to change losing gameHeadline
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Force India quick to change losing game

Indian plutocrat Vijay Mallya, an airline and drinks tycoon, an Indian legislator, and the chairman of Formula One team Force India, showed Friday how he built a billionaire's business empire by naming himself team principal and casting off team...

Fri 07 Nov 2008
Hamilton and McLaren celebrate championshipHeadline
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Hamilton and McLaren celebrate championship

World driving champion Lewis Hamilton, who arrived with family members and girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, was greeted by 1,500 McLaren Mercedes employees Wednesday on a celebratory visit to the McLaren Technology...

Alonso and Piquet to stay on at RenaultHeadline
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Alonso and Piquet to stay on at Renault

The decision that kept team managers up and down the paddock on pins and needles came Wednesday when Renault announced Fernando Alonso will stay with the Formula One team another two years. Nelsinho Piquet, whose rookie season included stumbles ...

Thu 06 Nov 2008
FIA council changes F1 steward practices
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FIA council changes F1 steward practices

Proving capable of speedy problem-solving, Formula One sanctioning body the FIA put its World Motor Sport Council onto "the stewards situation" Wednesday in Paris with the result that as of 2009, stewards' decisions for Formula One races will...

Mon 03 Nov 2008
Massa wins in Brazil, Hamilton takes 2008 titleHeadline
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Massa wins in Brazil, Hamilton takes 2008 title

The country continent, as Brazil calls itself, put its full weight behind local hero Felipe Massa and pushed him home a winner Sunday in the season-ending Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil. But 80,000 close, personal friends in attendance at the ...

Sun 02 Nov 2008
Massa bags Brazilian pole, next stop world title?Headline
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Massa bags Brazilian pole, next stop world title?

Life might not stay that way in the next 24 hours, but for now Felipe Massa is home and dry after pocketing pole position for Sunday's Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix. Pole winner Felipe Massa celebrates. Photo by xpb.cc. The Sao ...

Sat 01 Nov 2008
Alonso pips fast Massa in Brazilian practiceHeadline
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Alonso pips fast Massa in Brazilian practice

Felipe Massa stuck his Ferrari F2008 atop free practice timesheets Friday right to the end before Renault's Fernando Alonso popped top from the 18th spot in the final minute. Massa, joined at the top for most of the second session by Toyota's...

Sun 26 Oct 2008
Montreal mayor attempts GP save
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Montreal mayor attempts GP save

The mayor went to the mountain Thursday and came down to report Montreal might have a Grand Prix next year, after all. Monteal mayor Gerald Tremblay told reporters in London -- somewhere outside the office of Formula One commercial rights boss...

Fri 24 Oct 2008
FIA, FOTA say F1 costs will fall by 2009
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FIA, FOTA say F1 costs will fall by 2009

Formula One sanctioning body the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) issued two cryptic sentences Tuesday after meeting in Geneva to say they have agreed significant costs savings for 2009 and 2010,...

Wed 22 Oct 2008
Hamilton wins China in a Sunday driveHeadline
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Hamilton wins China in a Sunday drive

Without fuss or bother, Lewis Hamilton drove from pole to redemption in winning Sunday's Grand Prix of China with ease. After failing to notch up the FIA Formula One World Drivers' Championship at this race last year as a rookie, Hamilton...

Sun 19 Oct 2008
Stewards in China drop Heidfeld three grid slots
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Stewards in China drop Heidfeld three grid slots

Stewards in charge of the Formula One Grand Prix of China have agreed with the on-track observation of Red Bull's David Coulthard and penalized BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld three grid places. Both drivers were making final attempts at flying laps...

Hamilton bulls way to pole in China stop
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Hamilton bulls way to pole in China stop

Lewis Hamilton on Saturday elbowed past the usual suspects, Ferrari runners Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa as well as teammate Heikki Kovalainen, to take pole position for Sunday's Formula One Grand Prix of China. Hamilton can win the FIA World...