Franco Nugnes

Franco Nugnes

Franco Nugnes is Editor in chief of Italy. He started collaborating with the newspaper Il Secolo XIX in 1979 before joining the editorial staff of Autosprint in 1985 where he remained for 20 years until he reached the role of deputy-editor. Since 2001 he moved to SportAutoMoto, weekly car and motorcycle racing weekly and in 2009 he participated in the birth of, before the site entered the network. Married with Laura, he has two children, Matteo and Giorgia. He has raced in touring car and GT achieving several victories.

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Patrese: Racing for Sir Frank Williams was an “honor”

One of Williams F1 team’s most beloved alumni, Riccardo Patrese, says that his relationship with the late Sir Frank Williams was based on “respect and friendship.”

Sauber F1 chairman opens up on disagreements that triggered resignation

Sauber chairman Pascal Picci has revealed that disagreements with team boss Fred Vasseur about driver choice were the trigger for him resigning from the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 squad.

Former Williams F1 aerodynamicist Terzi dies in car crash
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Former Williams F1 aerodynamicist Terzi dies in car crash

Former Williams and Ferrari Formula 1 aerodynamicist Antonia Terzi has died following a car crash in the United Kingdom. She was 50.

Having FP2 under F1's sprint format "makes no sense" - Todt

FIA president Jean Todt says his biggest issue with Formula 1's sprint race weekends is confusion over Saturday's morning's free practice session, and it potentially ruining the show.

Ferrari sees double standard over Mercedes F1 engine saga

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has questioned why current intrigue over Mercedes’ Formula 1 engine design has not stirred the same controversy that his team faced in 2019.

Mercedes distracted by lack of stability, says Ferrari
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Mercedes distracted by lack of stability, says Ferrari

The struggles Mercedes is experiencing in Formula 1 could be the result of a lack of stability in the organisation over recent months, reckons rival Ferrari.

Domenicali: F1’s cost cut crusade an example for football

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali believes football would do well to follow grand prix racing’s cost cut crusade in the wake of the Super League controversy.

The mysterious gun helping teams master F1’s 2021 tyres

Formula 1 teams have been spotted using an innovative Italian 'gun' in testing in what could be the latest move to get on top of the new 2021 tyres.

Ferrari: F1's "terrifying" technology spend not justified

The technology spend by Formula 1 teams is not justified by the levels of secrecy in the sport and the lack of spectacle on television, says Piero Ferrari.

Ferrari eyeing revolutionary F1 engine design for 2022

Ferrari is eyeing a radical new engine concept for its 2022 Formula 1 project that could feature a design never seen in the sport before.

Steiner: Haas F1 concept inspired by Domenicali

Haas boss Gunther Steiner has revealed that the first idea for how to make his Formula 1 team’s business model work came from the sport’s current CEO Stefano Domenicali.

Tsunoda set for extra pre-season test mileage

AlphaTauri looks set to hand rookie Yuki Tsunoda some extra pre-season running at Imola in an old Formula 1 car ahead of his first race.

COVID-19 impact prompts Ferrari project number quirk

Formula 1 teams have faced some unprecedented times over the past 12 months, as the sport has had to react quickly to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sauber set to extend Ferrari F1 deal despite Renault rumours

Sauber is set to extend its Formula 1 partnership with Ferrari through to 2025, ending suggestions of a switch to Renault support, has learned.

Revealed: What Ferrari is changing on its engine for F1 2021

Ferrari is under no illusions that it needs to make gains on the power unit front if it is going to return to the front of the Formula 1 grid.

Alex Zanardi responding to stimuli, says Italian media report

Former IndyCar star and Paralympic hero Alex Zanardi has made positive steps towards recovery and is responding to outside stimuli, according to an Italian media report.

Ferrari boss Binotto to skip Abu Dhabi GP through illness

Ferrari Formula 1 chief Mattia Binotto will skip this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix through a non-COVID-19 related illness.

Ferrari set to use classic livery for Mugello F1 race

Ferrari is set to use a one-off Formula 1 livery to celebrate its 1,000th race at this weekend's Tuscan Grand Prix.

Why Ferrari wants to boost Binotto, not boot him

No sooner does Ferrari have a stumble at the start of a Formula 1 season, than the rumour mill goes into overdrive suggesting it's time for a change at the top.

Ferrari to test 2018 F1 car at Mugello

Ferrari is to conduct a test with its 2018 Formula 1 car at Mugello in Italy next week with both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel sharing the running.

Aprilia asks for MotoGP engine freeze exemption

Aprilia has requested an exemption from the engine freeze MotoGP has implemented this year in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, has learned.

Andretti: Ferrari should supply chassis and engines in IndyCar

Motorsport icon Mario Andretti says that Ferrari should consider entering the NTT IndyCar Series as both a chassis builder and an engine supplier – while acknowledging that the regulations would need to change.

Revealed: The untold secret behind a Ferrari flop

While Ferrari is nowadays a team that sets it sights on wins and world championship battles, a few decades ago the team was in very different shape.

"Cautious" Italian GP chiefs say they cannot afford Australia repeat

The Italian automobile club has warned Formula 1 it “can no longer afford to make the mistake” of cancelling races at the last minute, like the opening Australian Grand Prix.

Revealed: Mercedes cooling idea that F1 rivals are looking at

One of the fascinating aspects about the battle between Ferrari and Mercedes this year has been how their performance has swung between qualifying and the race.

DTM in talks to add Monza to 2020 calendar

The DTM is in discussions over adding Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix venue Monza to its calendar for 2020.

Mercedes F1 rear suspension secret revealed

Mercedes has made no secret of the fact that one of the biggest gains it has made with its car this year has been in its low-speed corner performance.

F1 could move to carbon-ceramic brakes in future

Formula 1 could switch to carbon-ceramic brakes in the future if it needs to become more road relevant, suggests supplier Brembo.

Ferrari evolves technical structure to boost F1 team

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has revealed that he has put in place a new technical structure at his Formula 1 team as part of his push to get it back to the front of the grid.

FIA confirms even stricter oil burn clampdown for 2020

The FIA has confirmed plans for an even stricter clampdown on oil burn in 2020, as the governing body moves to stop teams benefiting from the activity.

Ferrari ditches Mission Winnow branding for Australia

Ferrari has revealed it has chosen to remove its ‘Mission Winnow’ branding for the opening round of the 2019 Formula 1 season in Australia.

Why longer wheelbase cars could be the F1 trend in 2019

Formula 1's top teams could converge towards longer wheelbase concepts with their 2019 designs as an unintended consequence of a higher fuel allowance.

Iveco shadows Kamaz as Dakar kicks off for trucks

Three Powerstar Iveco trucks slotted in behind reigning champion Eduard Nikolaev on the opening stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally.

Binotto to replace Arrivabene as Ferrari F1 team boss

Maurizio Arrivabene is to be replaced as team principal at Ferrari by its technical chief Mattia Binotto, senior sources have confirmed.

The Minardi star with a six-wheeled love affair

Ex-Formula 1 racer Pierluigi Martini has a special place in the hearts of Minardi fans – after all, he was the driver with whom the team made its F1 debut in 1985, scored its first point in 1988, and recorded its only ever front-row start in 1990. This diminutive but larger-than-life character has his own racing love affair, however: his pride and joy is an ex-Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell P34.

Lauda: "Absurd" to question Vettel after 2018 errors

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda believes it would be "absurd" to question Sebastian Vettel after the Ferrari Formula 1 driver's problems in 2018.

Monza considering chicane removal in track revamp

Monza is considering a radical plan to remove one of its chicanes and reprofile the second Lesmo, as part of what could be a 100 million Euro revamp to mark the track’s centenary in 2022.

Arrivabene reveals 2019 Ferrari F1 launch date

Ferrari has announced that its 2019 Formula 1 challenger, codenamed internally 670, will be revealed on February 15.

Fresh fears over Monza future amid fall in ticket sales

A fall in ticket sales for the Italian Grand Prix has left the country's motorsport president worried that it may not be able to afford to keep the Formula 1 race after its current contract expires.

Ferrari to bring new floor to the British Grand Prix

Ferrari will bring a new floor to the British Grand Prix in a bid to lift its performance in response to the major update packages that rival Mercedes introduced in Austria.

The Paul Ricard trick that nearly caused an F1 shock

Formula 1's last visit to Paul Ricard in 1990 nearly witnessed one of the biggest giant-killing performances of modern times, as Ivan Capelli came within three laps of a shock victory for the tiny Leyton House team.

Ferrari won't replace Sauber-bound design chief

Ferrari will not replace its outgoing Formula 1 design chief Simone Resta directly and will instead share his responsibilities between technical personnel.

Raikkonen engine failure unlikely to prompt another change

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen should be able to avoid an engine change for Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix after the problem that caused him to retire in Spain last weekend.

Ferrari F1 engine set for 10bhp step

Ferrari is understood to have made a 10bhp gain with its 2018 Formula 1 engine, despite the increased reliability demands needed for this season.

Red Bull testing plans unaffected despite RB14 crash

Red Bull says its plans for pre-season testing remain on course, despite Daniel Ricciardo slightly damaging its new RB14 in a filming day crash at Silverstone on Monday.

Ferrari boosted by latest F1 engine's dyno results

Ferrari has received a double boost on the Formula 1 engine front for 2018, with confirmation on the dyno that it has hit reliability targets, plus encouraging results from work on a new cylinder head concept.

Same-spec Ferrari engine a "big leap" for Sauber - Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson has no doubts that Sauber's "beautiful" new Alfa Romeo-badged Formula 1 car will deliver an "important" leap forward in performance this year.

Ducati could feature e-cigarette branding in 2018

The factory Ducati MotoGP bikes could feature prominent e-cigarette branding this season, understands.

Ferrari boosts quality control department with key signing

The Ferrari Formula 1 team has drafted in Maria Mendoza, an expert in metals and chemicals, to help boost its quality control department.

Ferrari discovers Vettel's Singapore engine still useable

Sebastian Vettel's Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 engine is available to use again, after Ferrari found there was no damage to the unit following his first-lap crash, has learned.

Rossi tests at Misano in potential Aragon return bid

Valentino Rossi tried to evaluate his fitness to ride in this weekend's Aragon MotoGP round during a private test on a road bike at Misano on Monday.

Red Bull's new front wing under scrutiny from rivals

Formula 1 teams have been long known to push the limits when it comes to flexible bodywork.

Ferrari insists it's "not interested" in Alonso return

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has ruled out Fernando Alonso returning to the team – despite the interest shown by the Spaniard.

Italian F1 team reveals plans to join grid

Serbian Zoran Stefanovic, who famously hoped to get his Stefan GP team on the grid back in 2010, has revealed plans for a fresh attempt to get into Formula 1 after meeting Ross Brawn in Austria this weekend.

All Mercedes teams to use latest engine in Australia

Mercedes has confirmed all its teams will use the latest version of its 2017 Formula 1 engine at the Australian Grand Prix, despite reports this week that it could hold back its introduction because of reliability concerns.

Red Bull suspicion prompts FIA clarification on oil burn

Formula 1's engine manufacturers have been reminded by the FIA that they are not allowed to 'burn' engine oil as fuel, after Red Bull suspected rivals Mercedes could have been employing such tricks in qualifying.

Honda to part company with F1 engine consultant Simon

Honda is parting company with consultant Gilles Simon, has learned, as pressure mounts on the Japanese manufacturer to turn around its fortunes in Formula 1.

Ferrari evaluating radical 'double anchor' injector idea

Ferrari may already have been the surprise of the first Formula 1 pre-season test with the pace and reliability of its new SF70H, but its biggest development could be yet to come.

Mercedes gets boost from new Petronas fuel

Mercedes' hopes of holding on to its Formula 1 power advantage in 2017 have been further boosted with fuel supplier Petronas poised to introduce new fuel for the start of this season.

Bruni set to miss full WEC season for Porsche switch

Gianmaria Bruni is set to have to sit out the entire FIA World Endurance Championship season in 2017, after officially terminating his Ferrari contract in order to move to rival GT squad Porsche.