Ferrari Team Principal Marco Mattiacci has revealed he is preparing a different team for the 2015 Formula 1 season.

The Scuderia have taken only one podium so far this year, with Fernando Alonso taking third in China back in April, just seven days or so after Stefano Domenicali had resigned as team boss.Ferrari Team Principal Marco Mattiacci

Mattiacci is now looking to stamp his mark on the Maranello-based outfit with changes afoot planned.

“I don’t have to make any announcements,” he told reporters at the British GP according to “The best announcements are results, those are the best announcements that a team can make.

“We are definitely working to improve because today we were sixth, but the other side of the coin is that we are not happy to be sixth. The weekend was sweet and bitter, with a lot of emotion and positive things, but we are not happy to be sixth.

“Starting from here we need to prepare a different team for 2015. But do we need to do an announcement? No, I don’t think we need to do an announcement. Do we need continuous improvement? Yes. That is our position and we don’t have to make any announcement at the moment.”

Looking to the rest of this season, Mattiacci added that the squad needs to show the same ‘extremely aggressive mentality’ that Alonso demonstrated in the British GP itself.

“Fernando lived up to our expectations [again today], pulling off some memorable overtaking moves. I think that, with fewer problems and without the penalty for his start position, he could have got better than sixth.

“His great climb up the order was yet more proof of his extremely aggressive mentality, which is exactly what we must demonstrate for the rest of the season,” Mattiacci concluded. Read the rest of this entry »

After grabbing public attention with the stunning new 2008 DKR, Team Peugeot-Total has finally lifted the lid on the inner workings of this muscular beast, which will take on the 4×4 brigade on the 2015 Dakar with just two driven wheels.Meet the Peugeot 2008 DKR

Dunes, mountains, dry river beds, canyons, furnace-like temperatures, salt deserts, rough terrain, fesh-fesh sand… These are just some of the joys that await the 2008 DKR on the next Dakar Rally. To tackle this tremendous challenge, Team Peugeot-Total has followed a very daring technical path: “Much like we did at the Le Mans 24 Hours by electing to run a closed-cockpit car, we decided to adopt an innovative concept,” reveals Peugeot Sport Director Bruno Famin. “When it comes to cross-country rallying, the biggest question is whether to run with four-wheel-drive or just two. After a detailed study of the question, we decided to go for two-wheel drive transmission which presents a number of interesting benefits.” This bold decision will enable the team to try to become the first to win the Dakar with two-wheel drive & diesel engine.

 In order to balance out the chances of the different solutions, the rules in effect compensate the inherent advantage of 4×4 vehicles by Read the rest of this entry »

Audi has captured its 13th win in 15 years in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the trio of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler winning their third Le Mans in four years (2011, 2012).

Audi wins 2014 24-hour Le Mans

The 2014 edition wasn’t so much an edition of pace versus pace as much as it was pace versus reliability, as the new LMP1 regulations threw a number of curveballs at the field.

Audi ended 1-2 although both of its cars required turbo changes. Meanwhile a series of issues plagued Porsche, which was down on outright pace but used a tortoise strategy and a fewer pit stops to play the No. 20 car (Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley) into contention.

Webber’s car though, ground to a halt from an unidentified mechanical issue with just over two hours remaining, which stunted the charge and ended their race.

Behind the top two, Toyota’s No. 8 made it onto the podium despite losing eight laps and 50 minutes in the garage early in the race from accident damage.

The remaining class victories went to Jota Sport (LMP2) with the venerable Zytek Z11SN Nissan, AF Corse with its No. 51 Ferrari F458 Italia in GTE-Pro and the No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage in GTE-Am.

Adrian Newey has ended speculation about his Formula 1 future by signing a new “multi-year agreement” with Red Bull, the World Champion squad announced ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.Adrian Newey stays at red bull racing

Newey, who joined the Milton Keynes-based outfit from McLaren prior to the 2006 season, had been linked to a Ferrari switch in recent weeks, with the Italian marque undergoing changes in a bid to return to winning ways.

Ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, Newey verbally pledged his immediate future to Red Bull, winner of the past four Drivers’ and Teams’ titles, but it has now been confirmed that he has put pen to paper on a fresh deal.

“Adrian will work on new Red Bull Technology projects, as well as advising and mentoring Infiniti Red Bull Racing as it develops its Formula 1 cars over the next few seasons,” read a statement issued by the team.

The team added that further details about new projects “will be announced in due course.”


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