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Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

Kvyat says Toro Rosso to test at Jerez

Toro Rosso will be among the teams at the Jerez test later this month. Lotus boss Eric Boullier insisted on Thursday that the Enstone based team will not be the only F1 outfit missing in action when the all-new cars and turbo V6s burst into action in southern Spain late in January. One of the missing teams, however, will not be Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso. The Faenza based team's new recruit, rookie Daniil Kvyat, told the Russian publication Championat he is currently training ahead of […]

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014

Lotus to miss first Formula 1 test of 2014 in Jerez

Lotus technical director Nick Chester has revealed that the team's 2014 challenger will not be in action at the first test of the year at Jerez. Chester, who was promoted last year after the departure of James Allison to Ferrari, has overseen the development of Lotus's E22 for the past two years. The E22 is likely to be unveiled prior to the second of the three tests in Bahrain, which takes place next month. Lotus finished in fourth place in the 2013 championship and will […]

Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013

Season review: F1 2013 DVD - 'Who can stop him?'

Reviewing the F1 2013 official season review on DVD. Another season of Formula 1 racing coming to an end means that it’s time for the annual DVD review, which has been released just in time for the festive period, giving racing fans the excuse to lock themselves away from the rest of the family to re-live the 2013 season. It’s fair to say that 2013 wasn’t the best year in the history of the sport, but the DVD does a good job of capturing the […]

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013

Double points could be scrapped, says Montezemolo

Formula One's decision to award double points at the last race of the season could be scrapped after next year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, if not before, according to Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. The Italian told reporters attending a Christmas lunch at the Fiorano test track that he was no fan of the controversial rule change that has got fans up in arms and been branded 'absurd' by Red Bull's world champion Sebastian Vettel. "I am not enthusiastic about it, because for me it […]

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013

Full line-up for Bahrain test confirmed

The full line-up for this week's tyre test in Bahrain has been confirmed after Mercedes announced that Nico Rosberg will participate in the action. Rosberg, who claimed pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier in the year, will drive for Mercedes on all three days in the test, which is being organised by tyre supplier Pirelli. World champions Red Bull will give test driver Sebastien Buemi his first competitive running in a Formula 1 car since his departure from Toro Rosso at the end […]

Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013

Emotional Webber bows out with podium

An emotional Mark Webber said he was pleased to bow out of Formula 1 by finishing on the podium and sharing the experience with Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. Webber started his 215th and final race in the sport in Brazil and finished in second place. The Australian will remain in competitive action in 2014 as he moves to Porsche for an assault on the World Endurance Championship. "It was nice to take the helmet off for the final lap," he said. "In this sport […]

Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013

Rosberg upbeat about challenging Red Bull

Friday practice pacesetter Nico Rosberg reckons that Mercedes can give Red Bull a run for their money at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend. Rosberg was quickest in both rain affected sessions at the Interlagos circuits in Sao Paolo. "Today I had a good start into the weekend, and I was very quick in the rain even though we don't really know about the fuel levels of the other teams," he said. "Therefore we need to read the time sheets with some caution. But generally […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Kovalainen content with straight forward day

Heikki Kovalainen endured a trouble free day during practice for the United States Grand Prix as he returned to track action and set the fifth fastest time in second practice. Kovalainen, who is replacing the injured Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus, said that he had no major issues with the car. "It’s been a pretty smooth landing, joining Lotus F1 Team. We’ve had no major issues on track and we just need to keep chipping away to see how good we can get the car for […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Why playing the waiting game can reap rewards

In a sport where getting around as quickly as possible is the ultimate goal, playing the waiting game can sometimes pay dividends. In a driver market with more fluidity than the River Nile, Nico Hülkenberg’s decision to remain with Sauber, rather than replace the injured Kimi Räikkönen at Lotus, leaves him with more options on the table for 2014. Hülkenberg could have moved teams for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, but opted to stay with Sauber due to reservations over 2014. “Of course it […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Great Dane: Kevin Magnussen's rise to Formula 1

The news that Kevin Magnussen will replace Sergio Pérez at McLaren in 2014 had been expected, but it’s nonetheless a bold gamble from a team aiming to return to the front next season. McLaren’s attempts to place Magnussen at Marussia or perhaps Force India for his rookie campaign – as Ferrari has done with Jules Bianchi – were ultimately fruitless. Rather than let Magnussen sit on the pit wall for a year, McLaren took the decision to promote Magnussen at the expense of Pérez. Considering […]

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013

Grosjean fastest in opening practice in Abu Dhabi

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean continued his good run of form by setting the fastest time during first practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Grosjean's time of 1:44.241s was almost two tenths of a second faster than Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton. World champion Sebastian Vettel was third, with team-mate Mark Webber in fourth. Vettel had a brief scare at the end of the session as he misjudged his entry into his pit box and narrowly missed the crouching Red Bull mechanics. Nico Rosberg set the fifth […]

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

In depth: Alexander Rossi on GP2, Formula 1 and America

In 2007, Formula 1 left Indianapolis for the final time and a few weeks later, America’s only representative on the grid, Scott Speed, was given the boot from Toro Rosso. Five years passed before the sport rekindled its relationship with the USA and now not only is there a race at the purpose built Circuit of the Americas near Austin, but an American driver is knocking on the door of a Formula 1 seat. Alexander Rossi, who admits he had no interest in pursuing a […]