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Jul 22, 2015

Motor racing-The head says Hamilton but watch out for the Finns

BUDAPEST, July 22 (Reuters) – The head says Lewis Hamilton but those willing to take a more adventurous punt might fancy the chances of Valtteri Bottas or Kimi Raikkonen as Formula One regroups in Hungary with a heavy heart this weekend.

Hamilton, winner at the Hungaroring four times in eight years and twice in the past three, is the clear favourite as the double world champion seeks to stretch his 17-point overall lead into the August break.

Jul 20, 2015

Ferrari saw Bianchi as Raikkonen replacement

LONDON (Reuters) – Jules Bianchi was being lined up by Ferrari as the man to replace Kimi Raikkonen before the Frenchman’s crash in Japan last October, according to the team’s former chairman Luca di Montezemolo.

Bianchi, 25, who died in hospital in Nice on Friday nine months after his shocking accident and without regaining consciousness, had come through Ferrari’s driver academy and maintained close ties with Maranello.

Jul 20, 2015

Motor racing-Ferrari saw Bianchi as Raikkonen replacement

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Jules Bianchi was being lined up by Ferrari as the man to replace Kimi Raikkonen before the Frenchman’s crash in Japan last October, according to the team’s former chairman Luca di Montezemolo.

Bianchi, 25, who died in hospital in Nice on Friday nine months after his shocking accident and without regaining consciousness, had come through Ferrari’s driver academy and maintained close ties with Maranello.

Jul 19, 2015

F1 will always be dangerous, says Ecclestone

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One is as safe as it has ever been but danger will always be part of the sport, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday after the death of French driver Jules Bianchi.

“If you were to choose to have an accident today in anything, you’d choose a Formula One (car) because it’s probably the safest it’s ever been,” the 84-year-old Briton told BBC radio.

Jul 19, 2015

Motor racing-F1 will always be dangerous, says Ecclestone

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Formula One is as safe as it has ever been but danger will always be part of the sport, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday after the death of French driver Jules Bianchi.

“If you were to choose to have an accident today in anything, you’d choose a Formula One (car) because it’s probably the safest it’s ever been,” the 84-year-old Briton told BBC radio.

Jul 18, 2015

Profile: Bianchi had a bright future

LONDON (Reuters) – Jules Bianchi was the coming man, a young French racer of Italian extraction with plenty of talent and every hope of one day joining the elite ranks of Ferrari Formula One drivers.

The 25-year-old, who has died of injuries sustained at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix, emerged from the Ferrari academy with a glowing reputation and was a test driver for the Maranello glamour team before joining Ferrari-powered Marussia.

Jul 18, 2015

Bianchi had a bright future

LONDON (Reuters) – Jules Bianchi was the coming man, a young French racer of Italian extraction with plenty of talent and every hope of one day joining the elite ranks of Ferrari Formula One drivers.

The 25-year-old, who has died of injuries sustained at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix, emerged from the Ferrari academy with a glowing reputation and was a test driver for the Maranello glamor team before joining Ferrari-powered Marussia.

Jul 18, 2015

Motor racing-Bianchi had a bright future

LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – Jules Bianchi was the coming man, a young French racer of Italian extraction with plenty of talent and every hope of one day joining the elite ranks of Ferrari Formula One drivers.

The 25-year-old, who has died of injuries sustained at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix, emerged from the Ferrari academy with a glowing reputation and was a test driver for the Maranello glamour team before joining Ferrari-powered Marussia.

Jul 17, 2015

Lotus boss rejects driver ‘robots’ claims

LONDON (Reuters) – Teams and sponsors are not to blame if modern Formula One drivers mask their personalities and behave like robots, Lotus deputy principal Federico Gastaldi said on Friday.

Brazil’s retired world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who won titles in 1972 and 1974, said this week that drivers were becoming ‘robots’ as teams and sponsors sought to prevent them being themselves.

Jul 17, 2015

Motor racing-Lotus boss rejects driver ‘robots’ claims

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – Teams and sponsors are not to blame if modern Formula One drivers mask their personalities and behave like robots, Lotus deputy principal Federico Gastaldi said on Friday.

Brazil’s retired world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who won titles in 1972 and 1974, said this week that drivers were becoming ‘robots’ as teams and sponsors sought to prevent them being themselves.

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