A rumor rated as 'speculation' is one that has no supporting information
A rumor rated as 'strong' is one where we received information from more than one source.
A rumor rated as 'fact' is one that has proven to be true
A rumor rated as 'false' is one that has proven to be false based on new information
These rumors are just that, RUMORS, and are not to be taken as 'fact'
unless so noted. Please visit our Hot News page for news. If you have a rumor, or can supply
more information about one listed here,
e-mail us with as
much supporting information as possible and we may post it. User Agreement and Disclaimer.
Newer rumors supersede older ones of the same topic. Go to our
discuss any rumor.
Vettel, eyes 'pink Mercedes' for 2021 (5th Update)
Sergio Perez to get the boot? Will he end up at the hapless Haas team?
UPDATE (GMM) Sergio Perez's manager is reportedly looking around for an alternative seat for the Mexican driver.
The revelation, claimed by ESPN Mexico, follows reports that Ferrari refugee Sebastian Vettel is poised to race alongside Racing Point team owner Lawrence Stroll's son Lance at the new Aston Martin team in 2021.
The source adds that Vettel's contract could be announced at Silverstone on August 2.
Laurent Mekies (L) and Mattia Binotto (R) will likely get the Ferrari axe at the end of 2020
UPDATE (GMM) Mattia Binotto's successor as Ferrari team boss may already have been found.
Formula 1's media contingent agrees that the Maranello team is in deep crisis after just two races of the 2020 season.
"There was a long briefing in Maranello this week to find out what is being done with the car for Hungary," reported Corriere della Sera.
It is believed more new aerodynamic parts will be added to the car this weekend, but Binotto's bosses John Elkann and Louis Camilleri are reportedly prepared to take "drastic action" if Ferrari does not make quick progress.
Mercedes and Bottas agree new deal for 2021 F1 season
Valtteri Bottas will remain at Mercedes in 2021, with a new deal having now been agreed in principle, sources have revealed to Motorsport.com.
While a final contract has yet to be signed off, both team and driver have agreed terms for their partnership to continue at least in to next year on the back of the Finn's strong start to the campaign.
The agreement, which has been put together in the last few days, came after Mercedes CEO Ola Kallenius gave his blessing, during a visit to the Austrian Grand Prix to an unchanged line-up for next season.
"We'll stay with our two boys," he told Sky Germany.
Tesla reportedly updates software for future 205-kWh max battery size
The Tesla Cybertruck and Roadster will need the larger battery pack
According to a recent report in Vehicle Suggest, which is based on information from a video produced by Tesla owner, fan, and YouTube influencer Bjørn Nyland, Tesla has increased its maximum battery pack size to a whopping 205 kWh in software.
Following a recent software update (2020.20.12), Nyland went through the software information table. Based on the numbers, he discovered that Tesla may have updated its cars' maximum battery size to 205 kWh.
UPDATE The cash flow issue the McLaren F1 team was facing was eased last week when McLaren secured a loan from the National Bank of Bahrain for $200 million at favorable interest rates (see related story), but its shareholders are now reported to have given the go-ahead to investigate other ways of raising funds to secure the firm’s medium-term future on a stable footing for the next five years.
While plans are reported by Autocar sources to potentially include selling part or all of Automotive and Applied Technologies, a McLaren insider insisted that the only advanced discussions were focused on selling a minority stake in the Racing division, as well as denying any conversations in regards to a sale of Automotive. Racing encompasses the McLaren Formula 1 team, which hit the headlines at the weekend when Briton Lando Norris scored his first podium finish in the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.
Vettel to race alongside Hamilton in 2021 (9th Update)
In the end, Toto Wolff and Mercedes have decided Vettel will be put out to pasture after 2020. He's done.
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today after the Mercedes CEO said they will keep their current drivers in 2021 - see related story.
07/03/20 Vettel's hopes of signing with Mercedes for 2021 look slim to none.
Asked at the Red Bull Ring what the hold up had been in signing new contracts for both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, Toto Wolff implied that the pair’s re-signing was simply a matter of formality.
“It's based on the fact that we haven't seen each other a lot,” said Wolff, when asked why there had been no contract announcements for either driver. “We have been keeping the discussion up. We are in a position of trust with both of the drivers, and you could say in Formula 1 it doesn't mean a lot, but it does in our team.
Ferrari eyes IndyCar starting in 2022 (5th Update)
Roger Penske had better play his hand with Ferrari soon
UPDATE With rumors now stirring that Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto may get the sack because of Ferrari's poor performance in F1, if Roger Penske can't seal a Ferrari deal for IndyCar soon, the opportunity may evaporate under new leadership.
Of course Penske probably has Ferrari connections further up the management ladder should Binotto get the boot.
The drivers who took a knee and those that did not
(GMM) There are rumors of growing tension among Formula 1 drivers over Lewis Hamilton's recent political activism.
Having pushed hard over his support for the Black Lives Matter movement recently, the six-time world champion admitted he told his rivals at a meeting in Austria that "silence" on the issue of racism "is generally complicit".
The drivers have all agreed to wear 'End Racism" t-shirts on the grid on Sunday, but sources suggest at least five are refusing to vow to kneel in support of Black Lives Matter.
Ferrari was able to hire Sainz Jr. for 1/10th Vettel's salary
According to AutoRacing1.com sources, Sebastian Vettel refused to take a pay cut for the 2020 season that Ferrari asked him to take because of their loss of revenue in car sales and F1's reduced schedule.
Vettel is paid over $30 million per year (some say it could be as high as $40 million) and while Charles Leclerc agreed to a pay cut, Vettel did not.
So word is that Ferrari management made the decision to not renew Vettel after this season and hire Carlos Sainz Jr. for a rumored $3 million per year, plus bonuses. A big saving for Ferrari vs. keeping Vettel.
Lando Norris. A better cause for all the F1 drivers would be to sell their yachts, their jets, their Monaco homes, and give up their millions in salary and send it all to Africa where the black people need it most. Taking a knee does not cost them a dime. Show us you really mean it!
Lando Norris says F1's drivers will discuss taking a knee as a collective show of solidarity against racism ahead of Sunday's season-opening Austrian GP.
Sky Sports reports that they hear drivers will have the opportunity to take a knee in front of their own cars around the time of the Austrian national anthem, which is 15 minutes before the start of the race.
F1 as a sport is taking a stand in the fight against discrimination and for more diversity, and launched a new initiative called We Race As One last week.
In an interview with PA Media, McLaren driver Norris said: "Some of the drivers have already been speaking [about taking a knee]. If we are going to do it, we should all do it.
"It will be discussed following the drivers' briefing with the Grand Prix Drivers' Association on Friday. We will do whatever we can to show that we care and respect everyone. We will do what is right when the time comes."
All 20 Premier League clubs have taken a knee at the kick-off of matches since England's top flight resumed a fortnight ago, in support of Black Lives Matter.
Copyright 1999-2020 | AutoRacing1 is an independent internet online publication and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by IndyCar, NASCAR, FIA, or any series sponsor.
This material may not be published, broadcast, or redistributed without permission.