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Feb 27, 2015

Motor racing-Lauda neutral on chances of German GP happening

BARCELONA, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The chances of Germany hosting a Formula One Grand Prix this year are only 50-50 despite determined efforts to save it, according to Niki Lauda.

The retired triple world champion, now non-executive chairman of reigning champions Mercedes, told Reuters at the final pre-season test in Barcelona that the race remained in the balance.

Feb 26, 2015

McLaren’s big push ends back in the garage

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Jenson Button completed just one timed lap as misfiring McLaren’s hopes of picking up speed in Formula One’s final pre-season test stalled before lunchtime on Thursday.

Racing director Eric Bouillier had said last weekend, after Fernando Alonso crashed and was airlifted to hospital, that the team would be “pushing harder than ever” at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Feb 26, 2015

Motor racing-McLaren’s big push ends back in the garage

BARCELONA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Jenson Button completed just one timed lap as misfiring McLaren’s hopes of picking up speed in Formula One’s final pre-season test stalled before lunchtime on Thursday.

Racing director Eric Bouillier had said last weekend, after Fernando Alonso crashed and was airlifted to hospital, that the team would be “pushing harder than ever” at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Feb 25, 2015

Stevens to race for Manor/Marussia F1 team

LONDON (Reuters) – British driver Will Stevens will race for Manor F1 this season after new investors brought the former Marussia Formula One outfit back from the brink of oblivion.

Stevens, 23, made his debut with failed Caterham in last November’s closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as those tail-enders also fought for survival while under administration. Before that, he was a Marussia reserve driver.

Feb 25, 2015

Force India hope to debut new F1 car on Friday

LONDON (Reuters) – Force India will have a maximum of three days testing with their new Formula One car before the start of the season after the team said it would not debut in Spain until Friday.

“The VJM08 will arrive in Barcelona on Friday morning and the final set up will take place in the garage at the track,” chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer said in a team interview on Wednesday.

Feb 25, 2015

Motor racing-Stevens to race for Manor/Marussia F1 team

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – British driver Will Stevens will race for Manor F1 this season after new investors brought the former Marussia Formula One outfit back from the brink of oblivion.

Stevens, 23, made his debut with failed Caterham in last November’s closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as those tail-enders also fought for survival while under administration. Before that, he was a Marussia reserve driver.

Feb 25, 2015

Motor racing-Force India hope to debut new F1 car on Friday

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Force India will have a maximum of three days testing with their new Formula One car before the start of the season after the team said it would not debut in Spain until Friday.

“The VJM08 will arrive in Barcelona on Friday morning and the final set up will take place in the garage at the track,” chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer said in a team interview on Wednesday.

Feb 25, 2015

Motor racing-Hollinger raises stake in Williams F1 to 10 pct

OXFORD, England, Feb 25 (Reuters) – American healthcare executive Brad Hollinger has increased his stake in the Williams Formula One team to 10 percent after exercising an option to buy more of Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff’s holding.

Speaking at a media briefing attended by Hollinger and Williams chief executive Mike O’Driscoll, Wolff said the private transaction left him with “just short” of five percent in the former champions.

Feb 23, 2015

McLaren blame gusting winds for Alonso crash

LONDON (Reuters) – McLaren have blamed gusting winds for Fernando Alonso’s Formula One testing crash on Sunday and dismissed ‘erroneous rumors’ that an electrical fault could have rendered the driver unconscious before the impact.

The team said in an update on Monday that the double world champion was making a solid recovery in hospital in Barcelona, chatting to family and friends, and would remain there under observation.

Feb 23, 2015

Motor racing-McLaren blame gusting winds for Alonso crash

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – McLaren have blamed gusting winds for Fernando Alonso’s Formula One testing crash on Sunday and dismissed ‘erroneous rumours’ that an electrical fault could have rendered the driver unconscious before the impact.

The team said in an update on Monday that the double world champion was making a solid recovery in hospital in Barcelona, chatting to family and friends, and would remain there under observation.

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