Franco Nugnes

Franco Nugnes

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Sauber chairman opens up on disagreements that triggered resignation

Sauber chairman Pascal Picci has revealed that disagreements with team boss Fred Vasseur about driver choice were the trigger for him resigning from the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 squad.

Williams F1 'walrus nose' aerodynamicist Terzi dies

Former Williams and Ferrari Formula 1 aerodynamicist Antonia Terzi has died, following a car crash in the United Kingdom. She was 50.

Having FP2 under F1's sprint format "makes no sense" - Todt

FIA president Jean Todt says his biggest issue with Formula 1's sprint race weekends is confusion over Saturday's morning's free practice session, and it potentially ruining the show.

Ferrari sees double standard over Mercedes F1 engine saga

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has questioned why current intrigue over Mercedes’ Formula 1 engine design has not stirred the same controversy that his team faced in 2019.

Ferrari: Mercedes distracted by lack of team stability

The struggles Mercedes is experiencing in Formula 1 could be the result of a lack of stability in the organisation over recent months, reckons rival Ferrari.

Domenicali: F1’s cost cut efforts an example for football

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali believes football would do well to follow grand prix racing’s cost cut crusade in the wake of the Super League controversy.

The tech gun helping teams to master F1’s 2021 tyres

Formula 1 teams have been spotted using an innovative Italian 'gun' in testing in what could be the latest move to get on top of the new 2021 tyres.

F1's "terrifying" technology spend not justified - Ferrari

The "terrifying" technology spend by Formula 1 teams is not justified by the levels of secrecy in the series and the lack of spectacle on television, says Piero Ferrari.

Ferrari considering radical F1 engine concept for 2022

Ferrari is considering a radical new engine concept for its 2022 Formula 1 project that could feature a design never seen in the sport before

Steiner: Domenicali inspired Haas F1 team's business model

Haas boss Gunther Steiner has revealed that the first idea for how to make his Formula 1 team's business model work came from the championship's current CEO Stefano Domenicali

AlphaTauri set to give Tsunoda extra pre-season F1 mileage at Imola

AlphaTauri looks set to hand rookie Yuki Tsunoda some extra pre-season running at Imola in an old Formula 1 car ahead of his first race

Sauber set to extend Ferrari F1 partnership to 2025

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team owner Sauber is set to extend its partnership with Ferrari through to 2025, ending suggestions of a switch to Renault support, Autosport has learned

How Ferrari is changing its engine for F1 2021

Ferrari is under no illusions that it needs to make gains with its power unit if it is going to return to the front of the Formula 1 grid

Ferrari to focus development tokens on rear end of SF1000 F1 car

Ferrari will spend its development tokens on a revamp of the rear end of its Formula 1 car next season in its bid to move up the grid

Ferrari set to use classic livery for 1,000th F1 race at Mugello

Ferrari is set to use a one-off Formula 1 livery to celebrate its 1,000th race at this weekend's Tuscan Grand Prix

Binotto admits he questioned if he was right person to lead Ferrari F1 team

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has admitted he questioned whether he was the right person to lead the outfit in the wake of its early season Formula 1 struggles

KTM not being able to sign Dovizioso for 2021 MotoGP season "hurt"

KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer admits not being able to come to an agreement to sign Andrea Dovizioso for the 2021 MotoGP season "hurt"

Why Ferrari is aiming to find F1 team boss Binotto more support

Amid Ferrari's below-par start to the 2020 Formula 1 season, there have been rumblings that Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto will be replaced. But, as FRANCO NUGNES and JONATHAN NOBLE explain, that's not the case

Ferrari set to test 2018 F1 car at Mugello

Ferrari is to conduct a test with its 2018 Formula 1 car at Mugello in Italy next week with both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel sharing the running

Italian F1 GP cannot afford repeat of 'Australia mistakes'

The Italian automobile federation has warned Formula 1 it cannot 'afford to make the mistake' of cancelling its race at the last-minute, as happened with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix

Ferrari backs plan to delay 2021 Formula 1 rules by a year

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says his team will back a move to delay Formula 1's 2021 rules package for a year, insisting now is not the time to be 'selfish'

Mercedes' 2019 F1 cooling trick other teams are considering

One fascinating aspect of the battle between Mercedes and Ferrari in the second half of the 2019 Formula 1 season has been their contrasting performances in qualifying and the race

Piola: Mercedes F1 W10 rear suspension innovation explained

Mercedes has made no secret that one of the biggest gains it has made with its 2019 Formula 1 car has been in its slow speed corner performance

F1 should evaluate more road-relevant brakes, says supplier Brembo

Formula 1 could switch to carbon-ceramic brakes in the future if it needs to become more road relevant, suggests supplier Brembo

Ferrari "evaluating new concepts" for its 2019 car after F1 review

Ferrari has begun "evaluating new concepts" for its Formula 1 car after determining the extent of "different mechanical and aerodynamic settings" required to work Pirelli's 2019 tyres better

FIA didn't want to be 'dictators' and outlaw wheel rim holes for 2019

The FIA says it didn't want to be a 'dictator' after refusing to ban the Mercedes-inspired wheel rim holes last year, even though it has caused a development war

Ferrari F1 team removes Mission Winnow branding for Australian GP

Ferrari has revealed it has chosen to remove its Mission Winnow branding for the opening grand prix of the 2019 Formula 1 season in Australia

Why longer wheelbase cars could be 2019's Formula 1 trend

Formula 1's top teams could converge towards longer wheelbase concepts with their 2019 designs as an unintended consequence of a higher fuel allowance

Ferrari to replace F1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene with Binotto

Maurizio Arrivabene is to be replaced as team principal of the Ferrari Formula 1 team by its technical chief Mattia Binotto, senior sources have confirmed

Mercedes' Lauda: 'Absurd' to doubt Vettel after F1 title defeat

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda believes it would be "absurd" to question Sebastian Vettel because of the Ferrari Formula 1 driver's problems in 2018

Radical changes to Monza proposed for F1 circuit's centenary in '22

Monza is considering removing one of its chicanes and reprofiling the second Lesmo corner as part of a proposed €100million revamp to mark the Formula 1 circuit's centenary in 2022

FIA clears Mercedes F1 wheel hub design after Ferrari query

The FIA has given the all-clear to Mercedes' Formula 1 wheel hub rim design, after Ferrari requested clarification

Raikkonen has F1 seat fitting at Sauber, prompting test speculation

Kimi Raikkonen has had a first Formula 1 seat fitting at Sauber, prompting speculation that he could test for the team later this year

Fall in Monza ticket sales puts new pressure on Italian Grand Prix

A fall in Italian Grand Prix ticket sales has left the country's motorsport president worried it may not be able to afford to keep the Formula 1 race beyond 2019

Horner slams Renault for below par product after Verstappen retires

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the service it is getting from Renault is 'some way' below what it is paying for, after being hit with another power unit failure in the Hungarian Grand Prix

Ferrari president Marchionne could be replaced earlier than expected

Ferrari president and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne could step down from his role earlier than expected, with the Italian car company's board potentially putting a successor in place later on Saturday

Ferrari Formula 1 team to bring new floor to British Grand Prix

Ferrari will bring a new floor to the British Grand Prix in response to the major update package that Formula 1 rival Mercedes introduced in Austria

The Paul Ricard trick behind Capelli's 1990 French GP shock

Formula 1's last visit to Paul Ricard produced an all-time classic giantkilling performance, as Ivan Capelli came within three laps of a shock victory for the tiny Leyton House team

Ferrari won't replace F1 design chief directly, will split role

Ferrari will not replace its outgoing Formula 1 design chief Simone Resta directly and will instead share his responsibilities between technical personnel

Pirelli will not engage in bidding war over Formula 1 future

Pirelli is keen to extend its Formula 1 deal beyond next year but will not be forced into a "bidding war"

Kimi Raikkonen should avoid engine change after Spanish GP failure

Kimi Raikkonen should be able to avoid an engine change for Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix after the problem that caused his Ferrari to retire in Spain last weekend

Massa: Williams F1 team paying price in '18 for putting money first

Felipe Massa believes his former team Williams is paying the price for putting money first in some of its decisions for the 2018 Formula 1 season

Ferrari gains 10bhp with first 2018 Formula 1 engine specification

Ferrari is understood to have made a 10bhp gain with its 2018 Formula 1 engine, despite the increased reliability demands needed for this season

Red Bull F1 launch: Daniel Ricciardo crashed new RB14 on shakedown

Red Bull says its plans for Formula 1 pre-season testing remain on course, despite Daniel Ricciardo slightly damaging its new RB14 in a filming day crash at Silverstone on Monday

Ferrari gets boost for 2018 as F1 engine hits reliabilty targets

Ferrari's 2018 Formula 1 engine has hit its reliability targets on the dyno, while encouraging results from work on a new cylinder head concept have also been reported

Sauber expects 'big leap' from using 2018 Ferrari F1 engine

Sauber's use of a 2018 Ferrari Formula 1 engine will be a "big leap" from contending with a year-old specification last season, according to driver Marcus Ericsson

How Formula 1 engine rules are tightening for the 2018 season

Last year's intense Formula 1 title fight between Ferrari and Mercedes meant boundaries were being pushed and rules clarifications called on - and there are more in store for 2018

Italy loses almost all free F1 TV coverage as RAI deal slashed

Formula 1's mainstream free-to-air television broadcasting in Italy will be slashed in 2018, with Monza the only race expected to feature live on RAI

Ducati could run e-cig branding in 2018 MotoGP season

The factory Ducati MotoGP bikes could feature prominent e-cigarette branding in the 2018 season, Autosport understands

Ferrari's 2018 Formula 1 car passes FIA frontal crash tests

Ferrari's 2018 Formula 1 car has successfully passed its FIA frontal crash tests, and is believed to be the first new model to do so

Ferrari working on shake-up to improve F1 quality control

The Ferrari Formula 1 team has drafted in Maria Mendoza from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to reorganise its quality control department

Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari engine undamaged in Singapore GP crash

Sebastian Vettel's Singapore Grand Prix engine is available to use again, after the Ferrari Formula 1 team found it escaped damage in the first-lap crash, Autosport has learned

Formula 1's safety car could become driverless, says FIA

Formula 1 could adopt a driverless safety car in the future as part of an effort to promote autonomous technology, the FIA has revealed

Possible future Fiat Formula E entry would not be with Ferrari name

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne says it is unlikely that Ferrari will follow Formula 1 rival Mercedes in to Formula E, but he is open to entering another Fiat brand

Ferrari considering turning Sauber into its junior F1 team

Ferrari has revealed it is considering turning Sauber into a junior team so it could become a Formula 1 proving ground for its young drivers

Vettel/Raikkonen's 2018 Ferrari F1 deals set for Monza announcement

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has dropped the firmest hint yet that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will be retained for the 2018 Formula 1 season

Red Bull’s new F1 front wing under scrutiny from rivals

Rival Formula 1 teams are paying close attention to Red Bull's latest front wing design based on images that have emerged from the British Grand Prix weekend

Ferrari F1 team 'not interested' in having Fernando Alonso back

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has ruled out Fernando Alonso returning to his Formula 1 team

One-time Stefan GP boss Zoran Stefanovic plans F1 team for 2019

Zoran Stefanovic has revealed plans for a second attempt to enter a team in Formula 1 after meeting Ross Brawn in Austria, having previously tried to enter as Stefan GP

Bottas: Gap between Mercedes and Ferrari F1 engines now 'minimal'

Valtteri Bottas believes the difference between Ferrari and Mercedes' Formula 1 engines is now "minimal"