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May 7, 2015

Motor racing-Bottas plays down Ferrari speculation

BARCELONA, May 7 (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas has denied signing a pre-contract with Ferrari, saying he was amused by some of the speculation about his Formula One future.

“I saw some and heard plenty of stories and it’s sometimes quite funny to hear those because in the end you know what’s the case and what’s not,” the Williams driver told reporters at the Spanish Grand Prix on Thursday.

May 6, 2015

Alonso back in the Spanish spotlight

BARCELONA (Reuters) – While Lewis Hamilton chases his fourth victory in five races in Barcelona this weekend, much of the immediate attention at the Spanish Grand Prix will be on a home hero with no hope of winning.

Bookmakers were last week offering better odds, before the birth, on Britain’s latest royal baby being named Macbeth than on Fernando Alonso’s McLaren team winning at the Circuit de Catalunya.

May 6, 2015

Motor racing-Alonso back in the Spanish spotlight

BARCELONA (Reuters) – While Lewis Hamilton chases his fourth victory in five races in Barcelona this weekend, much of the immediate attention at the Spanish Grand Prix will be on a home hero with no hope of winning.

Bookmakers were last week offering better odds, before the birth, on Britain’s latest royal baby being named Macbeth than on Fernando Alonso’s McLaren team winning at the Circuit de Catalunya.

May 6, 2015

F1 struggling to tap the female dollar

LONDON (Reuters) – When Claire Williams was appointed vice-principal of the Williams Formula One team, she hoped her promotion and the presence of Susie Wolff as test driver might open the door to an untapped market.

With women making up some 40 percent of the audience, it seemed a good time to approach brands more interested in female consumers than the average petrolhead.

May 6, 2015

Motor racing-F1 struggling to tap the female dollar

LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – When Claire Williams was appointed vice-principal of the Williams Formula One team, she hoped her promotion and the presence of Susie Wolff as test driver might open the door to an untapped market.

With women making up some 40 percent of the audience, it seemed a good time to approach brands more interested in female consumers than the average petrolhead.

May 6, 2015

Lombardi feat was mere footnote to tragic 1975 race

LONDON (Reuters) – The 1975 Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona’s Montjuich circuit has gone down in Formula One history as a safety shambles after a deadly accident that might have been prevented.

It also entered the record books, almost as a footnote, for a unique result that remains unrivalled 40 years on as Formula One returns to Spain for Sunday’s race at the modern Circuit de Catalunya.

May 6, 2015

Williams tester Wolff is close yet still so far

LONDON (Reuters) – Susie Wolff will be back at the wheel of a Williams Formula One car in Barcelona on Friday with little in the way of fanfare but a clear aim in mind.

Last year, the 32-year-old Scot made plenty of headlines in a similar practice session at Silverstone when she became the first female driver in 22 years to take part in a Grand Prix weekend.

May 6, 2015

Motor racing-Lombardi feat was mere footnote to tragic 1975 race

LONDON, May 5 (Reuters) – The 1975 Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona’s Montjuich circuit has gone down in Formula One history as a safety shambles after a deadly accident that might have been prevented.

It also entered the record books, almost as a footnote, for a unique result that remains unrivalled 40 years on as Formula One returns to Spain for Sunday’s race at the modern Circuit de Catalunya.

May 6, 2015

Motor racing-Williams tester Wolff is close yet still so far

LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – Susie Wolff will be back at the wheel of a Williams Formula One car in Barcelona on Friday with little in the way of fanfare but a clear aim in mind.

Last year, the 32-year-old Scot made plenty of headlines in a similar practice session at Silverstone when she became the first female driver in 22 years to take part in a Grand Prix weekend.

May 1, 2015

F1 must cut costs to bring back the buzz: Brown

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One has lost some of its buzz, big team budgets are running out of control, sanctioning fees and ticket prices are too high and historic European races must stay on the calendar.

Zak Brown, the American boss of the world’s largest motorsport marketing agency, is running through a check list of where grand prix racing is going wrong and what needs to be done to put it right.

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