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Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pirelli eyes Kubica as next F1 test driver

Robert Kubica could step up his quest to return to Formula One by becoming official tyre supplier Pirelli's next test driver. The Italian marque's current main tester, Jaime Alguersuari, is tipped to return to the paddock with a competing team in 2013. Pole Kubica, regarded as one of F1's most talented contemporaries until his early-2011 rallying crash, recently returned to competitive action after a 19-month recuperation with a couple of minor Italian rally outings. The 27-year-old fared well, but Kubica has said he is unlikely […]

Posted on Friday, September 21, 2012

Hard day's night for Lotus

It wasn't the easiest of days for Lotus under the lights in Singapore. A lack of data in first practice meant that the team didn't run the new rear wing for the rest of the day. Kimi Raikkonen was twelfth in both sessions and lamented a lack of grip. "It wasn’t the easiest of days for us today. We don’t have enough grip for some reason, and we seem to be lacking downforce", he said. "It’s the same on both tyres ; a little bit better […]

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 Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kubica praises 'pure racing team' Lotus

Lotus is doing so well because it is a "pure racing team". That is the view of Robert Kubica, the Pole who surely would have been driving this year's impressive black and gold E20. But the 27-year-old was seriously injured in a pre-season crash prior to the 2011 championship, and he is only now getting back to some minor rallying action, albeit without the full mobility of his right arm. Lotus chief Eric Boullier admitted recently that he no longer has any contact with Kubica, […]

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012

Singapore Grand Prixview

Let’s go night racing… After a two week gap, Formula One springs back into action in spectacular fashion under the lights in Singapore. The race around the Marina Bay Street Circuit is the only ‘standalone’ event remaining this season; the remaining races are all ‘back-to-back’ events, meaning that the rest of the year will be a tough run for the Formula One fraternity. Heading into the race, Fernando Alonso holds a thirty-seven point lead over Lewis Hamilton, with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel following a […]

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012

Kubica unhurt in Italian rally crash

Robert Kubica's return to competitive action has taken a knock, with the Pole crashing out of a minor rally in Italy. Finally returning to action after a 19-month recovery from serious injuries, the former BMW and Renault driver won the recent Ronde Gomitolo di Landa rally at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza. But Kubica, who clearly no longer enjoys the full mobility of his right arm in the wake of his February 2011 rally crash, crashed during another minor Italian rally - the San […]

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

Grosjean given one race ban

Romain Grosjean has been handed a one race ban for causing the start crash at Spa Francorchamps. An FIA statement read: "[It was an ] extremely serious breach of the regulations which had the potential to cause injury to others. It eliminated leading championship contenders from the race. The stewards note the team conceded the action of the driver was an extremely serious mistake and an error of judgement. Neither the team nor the driver made any submission in mitigation of penalty." Grosjean was also fined […]

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

Second session washout in Spa

Second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix has been heavily disrupted by heavy rain. There was no track action for the first forty-eight minutes of the session until Nico Rosberg headed out in his Mercedes W03 in order to focus on practice starts. He was soon joined by Michael Schumacher and Heikki Kovalainen, who hastily returned to the pit lane after a spin at Les Combes. Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa also ventured out but conceded that running was […]

Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012

Kubica tests world rally Ford in France

Robert Kubica has tested a world rally car in France. Ford's technical director Christian Loriaux was quoted on Saturday by the French-language L'Avenir as saying works drivers Petter Solberg and Jari-Matti Latvala tested over four days at the asphalt Circuit des Ecuyers. Also in action was a "mystery driver who does not want to give publicity to this collaboration", Loriaux reportedly said. The mystery driver, according to Ford's Loriaux, is a "guy with some experience on asphalt, and I take off my hat to him: […]

Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012

The Belgian Grand Prix from a tyre point of view

Following the month-long summer break, Pirelli returns to action with the P Zero Silver hard tyre and P Zero White medium: a combination that has not been raced since the second grand prix of the season in Malaysia. The conditions at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit will be somewhat different however. The 7.004-kilometre lap is the longest of the entire year by some margin, and this is just one of the factors that can lead to extremely variable weather conditions, with a high risk of rain. […]