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Raikkonen negotiating F1 return with Williams

Over the course of his nine seasons on the Formula One grid, Kimi Raikkonen only drove for a handful of teams, making his debut with Sauber before switching to McLaren in only his second season, then to Ferrari after five seasons for another three more that included his solitary World Championship. But since his departure two years ago, the Finnish driver has been linked to more teams than he ever drove for in the first place.

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NASCAR team sues F1 team over contract dispute

As far as racing disciplines go, Formula One and NASCAR are about as different as can be. They run entirely different kinds of cars, on different kinds of tracks, for different types of fans, from garages on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Recent years have seen a handful of F1 drivers trying their hand at stock car racing, but the latest clash of civilizations is set to play itself out not on the race track, but in the court room.

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Coughlan of F1 Spygate fame apologizes, gets back to work at Williams

Mike Coughlan hit a pretty nasty bump in his Formula One career. Coughlan was the chief designer for the McLaren F1 team from 2002 through 2007, but it was that last year with McLaren for which Coughlan is remembered, when he was caught possessing technical documents from rival Ferrari. The F1 affair became known as Spygate, and Mike Coughlan was suspended from the sport for two years. McLaren took a major hit as well, when it was stripped of all that season's constructors points and fined $100,

Williams F1 hires controversial former McLaren engineer in major staff shift

The ebb and flow of Formula One teams typically works in a cyclical fashion. Teams rise and fall like so many world powers across the course of history. But while Williams was once a championship front-running team, it's been years since they've been on the top.

Williams keeps Barrichello, dumps Hulkenberg as 2011 grid fills up

How the mighty have fallen. The saying could apply to none better than it does to Williams, the F1 team that was once at the pinnacle of grand prix racing but has long since fallen to the bottom. One driver managed to bring them back to the top this season – if only briefly – but the team has elected to let him go for next season.

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid competes first shakedown at the 'Ring [w/video]

Nico Hülkenberg drives the Porsche GT3 R Hybrid – Click above to watch video after the jump

Williams courting Volkswagen into Formula One?

Williams is intent on bringing another major automaker into Formula 1, but which will get the call? Volkswagen has toyed with the idea of entering F1 for some time. The German auto giant is one of the largest carmakers never to participate in the sport, notwithstanding Porsche and Lamborghini, which have in the past and which have since fallen under the VW umbrella. The latest reports suggest that if costs continue to drop and stability is restored, Volkswagen could field an entry – in som

Videos: Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid uses Williams F1 flywheel KERS

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Video: Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid uses Williams F1 flywheel KERS

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Williams sells minority stake to Austrian investor

With all the money that goes into running an F1 team, and the limited opportunity to make any of it back, we can't see why anyone would view owning a team as a sound investment. Evidently Herr Toto Wollf feels otherwise, as the Austrian financier and gentleman racing driver has acquired a minority interest in Williams Grand Prix Engineering.

Sir Frank Williams praises fire fighters for saving factory

Since falling from its glory days of yore – when it won nine constructors championships an seven drivers titles – the Williams F1 team has been desperate to light a fire under its drivers and engineers to get back to its winning form. But we don't think this is what Frank Williams and his deputy Patrick Head had in mind.

Williams will likely never race flywheel KERS, may have commercial application

The Williams Formula One team developed one of the most unusual approaches to a hybrid KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) but it looks increasingly unlikely that the system will ever be used in competition. The current F1 teams have previously voted unanimously not to use KERS in 2010, even though the rules allow it.

Williams F1 team running flywheel-based KERS for 2009

While most of the big teams in Formula One, including Ferrari, Renault and BMW, are planning to run battery electric Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) on their 2009 cars, the Williams team is following a different path. One of the few remaining independent teams, Williams has opted for a mechanical system. The system uses an electrically driven flywheel spinning at up to 40,000 rpm to recapture kinetic energy during braking. Under braking, the rear wheels turn a motor/generator that spins u

Renault and Williams debating KERS implementation

Formula 1's Kinetic Energy Recovery System, otherwise known as KERS, is causing quite a stir among the teams that are preparing to compete in the 2009 season. BMW is said to have led the push to implement these hybrid systems on schedule this year, and rumor has it that many of the other teams are none too happy about it, with Ferrari admitting that its system is more expensive than planned and that the team would be testing versions of the car with and without the technology. Add Williams and R

KERS gets Formula 1 green light for 2009

Despite some serious reservations regarding the safety and high cost of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System

Formula 1: Toyota will power WilliamsF1 in 2007

Toyota Motor and WilliamsF1 announced Thursday that Toyota will supply engines to the WilliamsF1 team for the next three years, beginning in 2007.

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