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Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013

Da Costa joins Buemi as Red Bull test driver, DTM with BMW

Red Bull Racing has confirmed that Sébastien Buemi and António Felix da Costa will be the team's test and reserve drivers in 2014. Buemi raced for Toro Rosso between 2009 and 2011, scoring 29 points, and has been Red Bull's test driver since 2012. Buemi has raced in the World Endurance Championship for Toyota this season, alongside his duties with Red Bull. With more in-season testing next season, Red Bull has opted to appoint Da Costa alongside Buemi. The Portuguese driver finished in third place in […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

F1 return 'nearly impossible' admits Kubica

Robert Kubica has admitted it is unlikely he will ever return to formula one. Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali admitted recently that, prior to the Pole's horror rally crash of early 2011, Kubica was a front runner to become a driver for the fabled Italian team. "Unfortunately, I don't think he will be back," said Domenicali, referring to the limited mobility of 28-year-old Kubica's right arm, which was almost severed in the crash. Indeed, former BMW and Renault driver Kubica admitted in an interview with the […]

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013

Formula 1 paddock pays tribute to de Villota

Members of the Formula 1 paddock have been paying tribute to Maria de Villota, who has died at the age of 33. De Villota, who survived a horrific testing accident in 2012, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville. Jean Todt: FIA president: "Today is a tragic day for motor sport. My deepest condolences go to the De Villota family. Maria was a fantastic driver, a leading light for women in motor sport and a tireless campaigner for road safety. Above all, she […]

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013

Unpaid Ferrari could switch off Sauber engines

Embattled Sauber could have its engine power switched off permanently on the day after the forthcoming Hungarian grand prix. Germany's Die Welt newspaper reports that the Swiss team is now EUR 15 million behind in its due payments to customer engine supplier Ferrari. The report said Ferrari has issued Sauber an ultimatum: pay at least EUR 8 million of the overdue bill by 29 July - the first day of the 'summer break' - or have the supply of 2.4 litre V8 engines switched off. […]

Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013

Negative media coverage extremely hurtful admits Sauber

Peter Sauber has admitted the recent media coverage of his Formula One team's financial crisis is "extremely" hurtful. Amid rumours Nico Hulkenberg terminated his contract because he was not paid, team boss Monisha Kaltenborn admitted recently that the Swiss team is in trouble, but said talks with potential sponsors or investors are taking place. But then it emerged that dozens of unpaid suppliers have filed formal debt claims against Sauber, amounting to about EUR 1 million, and that the team is lacking the many millions […]

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013

Kubica insists no plans for F1 test return

Robert Kubica insists he is not pushing for a Formula One track test, even though he is 80 per cent ready to return to the pinnacle of motor sport. The former BMW and Renault driver admitted to Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport that he sorely misses F1. "You do everything to get there and to stay there, then from one day to the next, for reasons that we know, you lose the ability to be there," said the Pole. "So it's logical that I miss […]

Posted on Saturday, June 8, 2013

Rossi thrilled after Canada practice run

Alexander Rossi says it was great to return to a Formula 1 car after taking part in first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix. Rossi, who is competing for Caterham's eponymous team in GP2, finished in twentieth place in the 90 minute session. Rossi also took part in practice for last season's Spanish Grand Prix, as well as the young driver test in Abu Dhabi. "It was great to get back into F1 action and to do so in Canada, at a track I’ve raced […]

Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2013

Kubica 'faster than Raikkonen' says Loeb

Sebastien Loeb, the most successful driver in world rally history, thinks Robert Kubica has more potential than Kimi Raikkonen. In 2010 and 2011, Finn Raikkonen tried his hand at world rallying, and now former BMW and Renault driver Kubica - still recovering from his 2011 rally crash - is driving for Citroen in the second-tier world rally series. "Robert's potential to reach the top is very good," Frenchman Loeb told Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper. "He is fast, he does need more experience but I think […]

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

Mercedes would offer Kubica F1 test

Mercedes says it would be willing to give Robert Kubica a Formula One test. The German marque this week declined to comment on reports the Pole has been driving at the wheel of Mercedes' sophisticated F1 simulator at Brackley. But Kubica, 28, did confirm the reports, prompting shareholder and chairman Toto Wolff to admit on Friday that the former BMW and Renault driver is "helping" Mercedes. "If there's any chance of getting him back in a DTM touring car or F1 cockpit, we'd love to […]

Posted on Sunday, April 28, 2013

Kubica finishes sixth in Azores, confirms F1 simulator use

Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica claimed sixth place on his second gravel outing for Citroen. The Pole had led the event during the early stages but backed off when heavy fog hit the Portuguese stages. Kubica had slipped to sixth place when he suffered a double roll in his Citroen DS3. The incident dropped him to ninth, but he recovered to finish sixth in the round of the European Rally Championship. Kubica also confirmed that he has been using Mercedes's Formula 1 simulator at […]

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Schumacher to demonstrate W02 at Nordschleife

Seven times Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher will drive Mercedes's 2011 car around the Nurburgring Nordschleife on May 19th. Schumacher retired from the sport at the end of 2012 but has taken up an ambassadorial role with the company. The German's run will take place during the build up to this season's Nurburgring 24 hours race. "I have a lot of fond memories of the Nurburgring and am really looking forward to giving fans and friends from my home town of Kerpen, which is […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kubica testing in Mercedes' F1 simulator

Robert Kubica has been conducting secret Formula One tests at the wheel of Mercedes' sophisticated driver simulator, German newspaper Bild reports. The Pole tested the German marque's DTM car over the winter, but ultimately signed up with Citroen for the second-tier world rally championship in 2014 as he continues his return to full speed in the wake of his near-fatal crash two years ago. But 28-year-old Kubica, who raced for BMW and Renault in F1 until the end of 2010, has never hidden that - […]