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Ferrari unveils `ravishing` futuristic F1 concept car

Ferrari unveils `ravishing` futuristic F1 concept car

Washington, Feb 18 : Formula One giants Ferrari has the fans drooling over the newly released image of its radical concept car ahead of the first race of the season next month in Australia.

The futuristic concept car features two-tiered nose and nose wing, resembling like a predator about to swallow its prey and also boasts of safety light placed in the center of a Batmobile-like oval, the Verge reported.

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel will form a new look line-up at Ferrari next month. (ANI)

Raikkonen finishes second pre-season test on top as F1 drivers gear up for new season

Kimi Raikkonen

London, Feb 05 - Finnish racing driver Kimi Raikkonen completed the first Formula One pre-season test for Ferrari successfully, as he came out on top on the final day at Spain's Jerez track.

It was the third time in four days a Ferrari had been the fastest, as the teams reached one-third distance in their preparations for the 2015 season, with Sauber's Marcus Ericsson finishing second ahead of Lewis Hamilton, whose Mercedes team completed by far the most mileage.

McLaren had another tough day, still struggling with their new Honda engine, with Jenson Button did only 35 laps and was 6.8 seconds off the pace as he was forced to abandon the day's running post being initially hit by a problem with oil levels, the BBC reported.

Sebastian Vettel fastest again on day 2 of Jerez pre-season testing

Sebastian VettelLondon, Feb 03 - Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel emerged as the fastest driver for the second day in succession at the pre-season Formula One testing in Jerez on Monday.

The German, who switched to Ferrari from Red Bull over the winters, completed 88 laps to finish almost one second clear of his opponents.

While the second- fastest time of the day went to Sauber's Felipe Nasr, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton clocked 91 laps, the most by any driver, despite a reliability issue, the BBC reported.

However, McLaren-Honda's testing session got interrupted again due to ancillary problems as Jenson Button could only manage to drive six laps. (ANI)

Lewis Hamilton unveils his brand new high hair and specs appeal

Lewis HamiltonLondon, Jan 23 : Lewis Hamilton has rocked a recent F1 gala dinner in Switzerland sporting thick-rimmed specs and wearing his hair high and in a quiff.

The 30-year-old Formula 1 racing ace, who appeared to be channeling Gok Wan in a pair of thick-rimmed specs, teamed his new-do with a waxy black blazer, a pair of grey trousers and a skinny tie, the Mirror reported.

A source said that the Canadian artist Drake and Lewis have become really close, which is why Hamilton ended up modelling his clothing line for him.

The insider added that Drake's a huge fan of Hamilton's racing and Hamilton looks up to Drake musically. (ANI)

McLaren, Honda inquire ruling preventing them from improving engine during 2015 F1 season

McLaren HondaLondon, Jan 06 : Formula One team McLaren and new engine partner Honda inquired into a ruling that prevents them from improving their engine during the 2015 season but allows their rivals to do so and it has left the latter annoyed.

This comes on the heels of the discovery of a loophole and subsequent clarification of the rules by Formula One's governing body, the FIA.

McLaren-Honda have been in contact with the FIA about the issue but said that it would not comment further for now, as the situation arose because of a lack of clarity in the rules concerning permitted engine developments, the BBC reported.

Marchionne warns Ferrari 2015 season will be 'difficult'

Sergio MarchionneLondon, Dec 23 : Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has said that 2015 formula one season would be another testing year for the team after enduring a disappointing season in the previous edition.

Earlier this month, Maurizio Arrivabene succeeded Marco Mattiacci as new team principal.

The Fiat Chrysler chief executive, who took the charge as chairman of the team in October, said that 2015 would be a difficult year that would put the team to a real test, adding that it would be Maurizio's first full year with the team, the BBC reported.

In addition, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has replaced Fernando Alonso as the new team driver for the upcoming season.

McLaren set to retain Button to partner Alonso for next F1 season

Jenson ButtonLondon, December 11 : McLaren is reportedly set to retain 2009 formula one world champion Jenson Button to partner Spaniard Fernando Alonso in their 2015 driver line-up.

The team will announce their driver line-up at a news conference in Surrey today. It has been reportedly revealed that McLaren have decided to retain Button for the next season after being leaning towards Kevin Magnussen in the past few weeks.

Though the chairman Ron Dennis reportedly was in favor of retaining Magnussen as he was fractionally quicker than the Briton, the continuing delays to make a decision have put the balance back in favor of Button, the BBC reported.

Button wants McLaren's decision on his F1 future 'sooner than later'

Jenson ButtonWellington, December 5 : British racer Jenson Button hopes that the decision on his Formula One future with McLaren would be made sooner than later as the team's board failed to reach a consensus regarding Spaniard Fernando Alonso's partner in their 2015 driver line up.

Fernando Alonso would join from Ferrari, and McLaren has to choose between Button and teammate Kevin Magnussen . Button, who finished fifth in the showdown in Abu Dhabi, which might potentially be his final Grand Prix, said that he hopes McLaren would make a decision very soon for Magnussen and for his sake.

Vettel brands first experience of driving a Ferrari 'like fairytale'

Sebastian VettelWashington, Dec 03 : Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel has branded his first experience of driving a Ferrari like a 'fairytale' after completing his first days of testing post joining the team from Red Bull.

Vettel's Red Bull contract had prevented him from testing for Ferrari at the post-season Abu Dhabi test last week, but he arrived at Fiorano on Firday, where he drove a 2012 car the following day.

On Sunday Vettel spent a whole day in the simulator before meeting senior Ferrari figures such as chairman Sergio Marchionne, new team boss Maurizio Arrivabene and technical chief James Allison on Monday, ESPN reported.

Webber 'relatively unhurt' in high-speed World Endurance Championship crash

Mark WebberSydney, Dec 01 : Former Formula One driver Mark Webber would be kept overnight in a Brazilian hospital after he met with a high-speed crash in the final race of the World Endurance Championship.

Webber was running in sixth place in the 'Six Hours' of Sao Paolo at the Interlagos circuit when he collided with a slower Ferrari, driven by Matteo Cressoni, as the pair approached the 300 kilometres-per-hour-plus Arquibancadas curve with under half an hour remaining.

Webber's Porsche slammed heavily into the concrete wall on the right side of the track, sliding backwards into the wall on the left, before coming to rest at the entrance of pit lane, News. com. au reported.

Hamilton says his Merc makes him feel like 'a kid at Christmas' ahead of title deciding race

Lewis Hamilton London, November 22 : British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton has said that he feels like a kid at Christmas as has the best competitive package in terms of car and the team to take his second F1 World Championship since 2008 in the title showdown at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

According to Hamilton, his Mercedes is the best car he has ever driven on the track and feels like a kid at Christmas, who has with him the best competitive package. He further said that so far he has been doing the right steps and would continue to do the same thing on Sunday, the BBC reported.

Jenson Button is a 'wanted' F1 race driver

Jenson ButtonWellington, Nov 01 : British driver Jenson Button is reportedly a wanted Formula One driver even if McLaren has ultimately decided that they do not want to retain the 2009 world champion for next season.

Button's manager Richard Goddard said that he is getting phone calls from everyone because he is an exceptional driver, adding that he's still in his prime, everyone wants to hire him and he is a wanted individual.

Goddard said that he has had loads of different approaches from loads of different sports, driving of course as his tennis isn't up to much, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Hamilton says losing F1 championship due to final-race double points system will 'suck'

Lewis HamiltonLondon, Oct 31 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that it would suck if he lost the Formula One world championship as a result of the controversial final-race double points system this year.

Hamilton is 17 points clear of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg with three races to go, starting in the US this weekend, and has nine wins to the German's four. But, depending on results, he could win in Austin and Brazil and still lose the title if he retires in Abu Dhabi .

McLaren boss says Button not racing for place in 2015 team

Eric BoullierLondon, Oct 15 : McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has said that their racer Jenson Button is not racing for a place in the 2015 team despite uncertainty over the team's next season's line-up.

Boullier said that he would name the 2015 pairing before the end of the season with the futures of drivers Button and Kevin Magnussen under threat. Button produced his best performances of the season in the last two races.

Boullier said that they do not need Button to deliver an extra job on track to save his job, adding that they know the value of Button and know that he is a world champion-class driver and has been a world champion already, The BBC reported.

Hamilton insists relationship with teammate Rosberg 'back to normal'

Hamilton RosbergLondon, Sep 21 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that his relationship with teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg is back to normal ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Mercedes duo will resume their championship fight in Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, for which Hamilton is on pole by 0.007 seconds from Rosberg. The two collided in Belgium two races ago, for which the team blamed Rosberg.

Hamilton said that it seems to be nice and relaxed, adding that, of course, it was difficult after Spa but things look like they are back to normal, The BBC reported.

Vettel believes Red Bull can threaten F1 leaders Merc in Singapore GP

Sebastian VettelLondon, Sep 20 : Red Bull ace driver Sebastian Vettel is of the opinion that his team could threaten Mercedes in this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, and might cause an interference in the title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg .

Vettel said that Red Bull's pace in practice indicated they could interfere in the title fight between Hamilton and Rosberg, and added that he thinks his team is closer than at previous races.

Vettel said that Red Bull is there to fight and they have a good car this weekend, The BBC reported.

Hamilton takes on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ahead of Belgium GP

Lewis-HamiltonLondon, Aug 23 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is the latest celebrity to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger got drenched earlier on this week.

Following his first practice session in Belgium on Friday ahead of this weekend's Formula One race, the Brit got absolutely soaked whilst still wearing his racing gear.

In a 20-second video posted online, Hamilton could be seen emerging from his car and walking towards the camera without saying a word before three men drench him with large buckets of water, The Daily Express reported.

Hamilton blasts F1's new rules of not being 'demanding enough' for drivers

Lewis-HamiltonLondon, Aug 21 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has slammed Formula One's new rules as too easy and too slow and said that the sport should be more demanding for drivers.

Hamilton said that although the new hybrid rules are creating a better spectacle for fans he said that Formula One should be more demanding for drivers. He added that he is not a huge admirer of the direction Formula One is taking.

Vettel brands F1 as 'very cruel' sport

Sebastian-VettelLondon, July 17 : Red Bull's ace racer Sebastian Vettel has said that Formula One can be a very cruel sport as the consecutive four time world champion attempts to save his season.

The German, who heads into his home race this weekend placed at sixth position in the championship and without a podium finish, said that it has been a tough start and a rough season so far.

Vettel said that Formula One can be fantastic, as he has experience of, but it can be very cruel in retiring from problems, adding that one only relies on his car and it is part of the game, The BBC reported.

Rosberg wins Monaco Grand Prix, team-mate Hamilton in second place

Nico RosbergMonaco, May 26 - Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a tense fight for victory in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.

The race, according to the BBC, started off as a slow-burner, but came alive in the closing laps with Ricciardo challenging Hamilton, and a series of dramatic incidents led to constant changes for the lower points positions.

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