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Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012

Other drivers 'not very critical' says Grosjean

Romain Grosjean on Thursday was struggling to put his one-race ban behind him. The Frenchman duly sat out Monza as his punishment for causing the first corner crash at Spa, and returns to full competitive action this weekend in Singapore. But the past is not letting him be, as his every engagement with the media since Spa 19 days ago had had the FIA ban as the headline topic. Grosjean thinks it's a beat-up. "Most of the other drivers were not very critical of me," […]

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012

Grosjean eager for racing return

Romain Grosjean will return to the cockpit in Singapore this weekend after sitting out the Italian Grand Prix. The Lotus driver was banned for one race after causing an accident at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix that eliminated Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez. "I think for me, the main thing about Monza was being in the garage and feeling the support I had from the team. It was really nice and I think that’s something a driver needs. We’re a family […]

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012

Briatore: Ferrari should keep Massa for 2013

Flavio Briatore thinks Ferrari should sign Felipe Massa for another season. The Italian team is openly undecided over its choice of teammate for Fernando Alonso next year, but former Renault boss Briatore said: "I would keep Massa for another year". "Massa is a good driver but he should never compare his times with those of Alonso," Italian Briatore is quoted by Corriere dello Sport. Briatore, who remains involved in Alonso's management and was in charge at Renault when the Spaniard won his back-to-back titles, baulked […]

Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012

Vergne fortunate to escape uninjured

Jean-Eric Vergne was relieved to escape injury after an airborne moment during the Italian Grand Prix. Vergne approached the Rettifilo chicane on Lap 9 but snapped sideways and was launched over the kerbs. The French driver was running sixteenth at the time of the collision. "I was taken from the accident to the medical centre, but apart from a bit of pain in my back and my head, I am fine", he said. Vergne is unsure as to why the STR7 went out of control. […]

Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012

Kubica admits road was leading to Ferrari

Robert Kubica has dropped a big hint that, were it not for the sad events of early 2011, he might now be Fernando Alonso's Ferrari teammate. This weekend, more than 18 months after his horror crash and injuries in a minor rally, the talented Pole is finally back in action. He is driving a Subaru in the Italian Ronde Gomitolo di Lana rally. "I'd rather be somewhere else, but this is the most active phase of my rehabilitation," the 27-year-old is quoted by Italy's Sky […]

Posted on Sunday, September 2, 2012

Button takes Spa victory

Jenson Button returned to the top step of the podium for the first time since the season opening race in Australia after dominating the 44 laps of the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa Francorchamps. Button was joined on the podium by reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel and 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen. The race will be best remembered for a spectacular collision at the start that eliminated several of the front runners. Pastor Maldonado jumped the start but the action took place further back. Romain Grosjean […]

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012

Kobayashi on top at soggy Spa

Kamui Kobayashi set the fastest time in first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix. The Japanese driver's time of 2:11.389 was the best in a session affected by heavy rain. The 90 minute session began in wet conditions, with only Kobayashi setting a lap time. With around forty minutes remaining, following a period of intense rainfall, the drivers returned to the track. There's no doubt that the heavy rain will be a source of frustration for the drivers after a five week break. The rain […]

Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012

Belgian Grand Prixview

As August turns into September, the F1 field rolls into the Ardennes Forest. It's F1, it's Spa!

Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Piquet Jr camp clarifies Senna comments

Nelson Piquet Jr has denied reports he doubts the great Ayrton Senna would have succeeded in today's Formula One. The former Renault driver's spokesman Luis Ferrari said there is "absolutely no way" the Brazilian said his countryman Senna would not have won races in today's cars. And 27-year-old Piquet Jr, who has raced in the world of Nascar since leaving F1 in 2009, blamed the controversy on some careless "members of the Brazilian media". In his column for Brazil's Yahoo Esportes, the son of triple […]

Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012

Carlos Gracia criticises Marussia after de Villota crash

Carlos Gracia, the highest-ranking Spanish motor racing official, has criticised Marussia after the team implied Maria de Villota's recent testing accident was her fault. Without actually saying the crash into a stationary truck during straightline aerodynamic testing was driver error, Marussia recently revealed that an internal investigation showed the car had not failed. Asked how he had digested the statement, Gracia - president of Spain's sanctioning body and an FIA vice-president - admitted he read it "with some indignation". "I think it was not necessary […]

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012

The Duxford testing accident - Marussia F1 Team concludes its own investigations

14 days after Maria De Villota’s accident at Duxford Airfield, the Marussia F1 Team has now completed its own detailed investigation into the cause of the crash. The accident occurred on 3 July during a straight-line test, at which Maria was making her testing debut for the Team and driving an F1 car for the fourth time in her career. The Marussia F1 Team conducted an initial analysis immediately after the crash. This aimed to identify the causes and contributory factors behind the accident and […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

De Villota could return to Spain this week

Maria de Villota could leave Addenbrook's hospital in Cambridge (UK) and return to her native Spain by the end of the week, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports. Marussia's 32-year-old female test driver has been in the hospital since losing her right eye after the horror accident at Duxford airfield early last week. De Villota's sister Isabel said on Monday that Maria has moved out of the intensive care unit, after Marussia chief John Booth revealed she had emerged from an artificial coma to speak […]