Briton Norris 'a potential future star' say McLaren

Rising British star Lando Norris had an impressive first test in a current Formula 1 car with McLaren. Norris, 17, set the second fastest time behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari at the Hungaroring on Wednesday. McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said Norris “impressed us all with his maturity, professionalism and speed”. “He’s certainly an…

Gossip: Vettel, Ferrari, Bottas, Raikkonen, McLaren, Kvyat, Stefanovic

Monday, 10 July Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has told World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel that he can have a new contract whenever he wants. (Reuters) Kimi Raikkonen insists he is performing “the best that I can” after being called a “laggard” by Ferrari boss Marchionne. (PlanetF1) Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, described the start…

Ron Dennis ends 37-year association with McLaren by selling shares

Ron Dennis has formally ended his role at McLaren, the company he made into one of the most successful Formula 1 teams of all time. Dennis, ousted as chief executive officer last November in a boardroom coup, has sold his 25% shareholding. The 70-year-old has also resigned from his position on the board. Dennis has…

McLaren drivers to start at back in Baku

McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will start Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the back of the grid after engine penalties. The sanctions follow a Honda engine upgrade in addition to earlier reliability problems. Both drivers have already used more than the permitted number of relevant parts after just seven races of 21. Alonso’s…

F1 gossip: Rosberg, Wolff, Honda, McLaren, Sauber

Monday, 19 June The 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg says “I know what Toto really thinks about me, so I don’t care what an English newspaper writes” after Mercedes chief Toto Wolff accused him of being ‘the vicious one’ during his battles with Lewis Hamilton. (DPA news agency via F1i.com) Hamilton believes Mercedes can be…

F1 gossip: Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Alonso, McLaren, Honda, Rosberg, Renault

Monday, 12 June Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat has labelled Formula One a “stupid circus” after picking up two separate penalties for the same offence during the Canadian Grand Prix. (ESPN) Fernando Alonso says McLaren-Honda’s straightline speed deficit to rival Formula 1 teams in the Canadian Grand Prix was “dangerous”. (Eurosport) Martin Brundle says McLaren…