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Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Season review: 'First lap nutcase' earns respect

12 months ago, Romain Grosjean was under pressure like never before. Huge pressure. His move at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix on Mark Webber was clumsy to the extreme; even a driver working his way through the junior formulae would have been humiliated by such an error. He was the first lap nutcase. The lunatic for whom a first lap was akin to an iceberg for the Titanic. His season ended with a ludicrous attempt at passing Pedro de La Rosa’s HRT in […]

Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kovalainen takes blame for poor result

Heikki Kovalainen says he is to blame for failing to score a point at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Kovalainen, who was replacing compatriot Kimi Raikkonen, finished the race in 14th place. "It has been a great opportunity to drive for Lotus F1 Team and I’m upset that I was not able to score any points for them today," he said. "I think the car is great, but I was not able to unlock the pace and make the most of it. I made some mistakes […]

Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Grosjean: My lap wasn't good enough

Romain Grosjean conceded that his hot lap in Q3 was not good enough after qualifying in sixth place for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Grosjean, who finished second last weekend in Austin, will start from the third row of the grid. "That was quite a difficult afternoon," he said. "It was tricky to decide which tyre we should use for the final qualifying session and we wanted to try for pole which is why we used the intermediates, but in the end there was probably just […]

Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Lotus hopes for Quantum deal 'next week'

Lotus insists the team's 35 per cent sale to Quantum remains on track, even though the investment group missed its latest deadline set by chief Mansoor Ijaz. Ijaz had said in Austin that the deal would be complete by the end of this week, but team boss Eric Boullier now says he is hoping to settle the issue "by early next week". "Well, there is still some discussion ongoing, especially now between bankers," the Frenchman said in Brazil. "The process is not fully completed but […]

Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Brawn linked with Ferrari return

Ross Brawn is being linked with a sensational return to Ferrari. Mercedes' current team boss, who was technical director at Maranello during the ultra-successful Michael Schumacher era, was spotted meeting with Stefano Domenicali in Ferrari's hospitality area at Interlagos on Friday. Briton Brawn, 58, has been considering his future at Mercedes, with the Brackley based team expected to eventually replace him with Paddy Lowe. "Ross will step back at some point," Lowe admitted in Austin a week ago. "At the moment we're waiting for Ross's […]

Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013

Kvyat confident after Brazil practice run

Daniil Kvyat says he now has a lot of confidence in a Formula 1 car after his second practice outing with Toro Rosso. Kvyat, 19, will race for Toro Rosso next season and took part in the first practice session in Brazil, a week after he drove the car in practice in Austin. In wet conditions, Kvyat completed 17 laps, setting the eighth fastest time. "It was a very positive experience today, running in the wet," he said. "I got a reasonable lap which was […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ferrari says Raikkonen injury 'no problem'

Ferrari insists it was aware of the extent of Kimi Raikkonen's back problems when the Finn was signed up for 2014. The deal was announced in early September, which was before the Singapore grand prix, where Raikkonen admitted he was taking pain killers. And the 2007 world champion, who is replacing the Williams-bound Felipe Massa, is currently recovering from surgery that has forced him to miss the last two races of the season for Lotus. Asked by the British broadcaster Sky if Ferrari knew about […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kovalainen targets stronger race in Brazil

Heikki Kovalainen has targeted a strong race day in Brazil after finishing only 14th at the United States Grand Prix. Kovalainen, filling in for injured compatriot Kimi Raikkonen, qualified in the top 10 but lost front downforce during the race, forcing him to make an unscheduled pit stop. "The race didn’t go the way we wanted and I’m not sure if it was the car or if the driver was just a little rusty! We had a problem with the front wing losing downforce which […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Maldonado insists he's not crazy after outbursts in Austin

Pastor Maldonado has said that stress contributed to his emotional outbursts across the weekend at the United States Grand Prix. Maldonado said prior to the event that he was 'very happy' to be leaving Williams and inferred that a team member had sabotaged his car after he could manage only 18th place on the grid in qualifying. "Sometimes you get too stressed and you get stuck in the moment," he said. "But maybe there is something behind that after three years, and sometimes you can […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Force India: No room for complacency

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya has urged his squad not to get complacent despite a 24 point buffer to Sauber in the fight for sixth place in the championship. Mallya is hoping that wet weather this weekend in Brazil could aid his team in pulling off a strong result. Last season, Nico Hulkenberg led the Brazilian Grand Prix and finished the race in fifth place for the team. "It was important that we secured such strong results in India and Abu Dhabi," he said. […]

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013

Austin-tatious Vettel makes it a great eight: US GP review

World champion Sebastian Vettel continued his supremacy of the second half of the season as he scored his eighth successive victory, ahead of Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. “This year I feel I have a car that can win 10 races... up front and have the tyres working as they did [on Sunday] we can fight with them,” said Lewis Hamilton, having just won the Hungarian Grand Prix in July. The Brit had put in a commanding performance and proposed the […]

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013

'Solid' result pleases Hulkenberg, Gutierrez misses out

Nico Hulkenberg says he is pleased after a good weekend in Austin resulted in him scoring eight points courtesy of a sixth place finish. Hulkenberg started the race in fourth place and battled with Fernando Alonso over fifth, but ultimately had to play second fiddle to the Spaniard. "A very solid result yet again," he said. "If I’m not mistaken, since Monza that would have been the eighth points finish in a row if it wasn’t for the brake disc failure in India and the […]