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Mar 5, 2015

Motor racing-Bottas on the brink of a breakthrough

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas could be on the brink of a breakthrough with Williams this season but do not write off Felipe Massa.

So says the British Formula One team’s engineering head Pat Symonds, an old hand who has worked with champions Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso and knows a thing or two about talent.

Mar 5, 2015

Motor racing-Hamilton hot favourite for triple triumph

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton starts the Formula One season as red-hot favourite to become a triple world champion but Niki Lauda, who knows how that feels, fears the battle could be tougher than ever.

The Briton won 11 races to Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg’s five last year, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo taking the other three, and heads for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15 with every reason to be confident.

Mar 4, 2015

Marussia buyer says team too good a story to end

LONDON (Reuters) – Stephen Fitzpatrick emerged as the new owner of the stricken Marussia Formula One team on Wednesday with the assurance that he was going in with eyes wide open and no illusions about the task ahead.

The founder of independent energy supplier Ovo told reporters even he had thought the team doomed when he first expressed interest last November but felt it was too good a story to end.

Mar 4, 2015

Motor racing-Marussia buyer says team too good a story to end

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Stephen Fitzpatrick emerged as the new owner of the stricken Marussia Formula One team on Wednesday with the assurance that he was going in with eyes wide open and no illusions about the task ahead.

The founder of independent energy supplier Ovo told reporters even he had thought the team doomed when he first expressed interest last November but felt it was too good a story to end.

Mar 4, 2015

Manor Marussia set for Australia under new owner

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King has been appointed interim chairman of the revived Manor Marussia Formula One team as they prepare for a remarkable comeback in Australia next week.

With OVO Energy founder Stephen Fitzpatrick coming to the rescue as principal investor, and effective owner, Marussia told reporters at a briefing on Wednesday that plans remained on course for them to have two cars racing in Melbourne.

Mar 4, 2015

Motor racing-Manor Marussia set for Australia under new owner

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Former Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King has been appointed interim chairman of the revived Manor Marussia Formula One team as they prepare for a remarkable comeback in Australia next week.

With OVO Energy founder Stephen Fitzpatrick coming to the rescue as principal investor, and effective owner, Marussia told reporters at a briefing on Wednesday that plans remained on course for them to have two cars racing in Melbourne.

Mar 3, 2015

Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix

LONDON (Reuters) – Fernando Alonso will miss next week’s season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors’ advice after a heavy crash in testing, the Spaniard’s McLaren team said on Tuesday.

“Fernando has understood and accepted that advice, and the two McLaren-Honda cars will therefore be driven in Australia by Fernando’s team-mate Jenson Button and the team’s test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen,” they said in a statement.

Mar 3, 2015

Motor racing-Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – Fernando Alonso will miss next week’s season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors’ advice after a heavy crash in testing, the Spaniard’s McLaren team said on Tuesday.

“Fernando has understood and accepted that advice, and the two McLaren-Honda cars will therefore be driven in Australia by Fernando’s team-mate Jenson Button and the team’s test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen,” they said in a statement.

Mar 3, 2015

Less is more for Silverstone organizers

LONDON (Reuters) – While Germany’s Formula One Grand Prix hangs in the balance, hit by dwindling crowds and rising losses, Britain’s Silverstone circuit believes it can make money and attract more fans by charging less.

The ‘Lewis Hamilton effect’ has helped boost British Grand Prix ticket sales, with home fans eager to see their champion in action, but organizers say the decision to cut prices is as significant.

Mar 3, 2015

Motor racing-Less is more for Silverstone organisers

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – While Germany’s Formula One Grand Prix hangs in the balance, hit by dwindling crowds and rising losses, Britain’s Silverstone circuit believes it can make money and attract more fans by charging less.

The ‘Lewis Hamilton effect’ has helped boost British Grand Prix ticket sales, with home fans eager to see their champion in action, but organisers say the decision to cut prices is as significant.

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