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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 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 Sunday, September 8, 2013

Red Bull to test Pirelli tyres with 2011 car

Red Bull will conduct a two-day, 1000 kilometre tyre test with Pirelli mid next week in Barcelona. The news revives memories of this year's Mercedes 'test-gate' scandal, but the world champion team will be using a 2011 car, not the title-leading RB9. And the race drivers will not be in action. Instead, it will be test driver Sebastien Buemi alongside 2014 race driver Daniel Ricciardo. Their task, confirmed by Pirelli motor sport boss Paul Hembery, will be to test 2014-specification tyres. But not everyone is […]

Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013

Formula 1 teams set for loose wheel grid drops

Formula 1 teams are set to be handed 10 place grid penalties if a car is allowed to leave a pit garage with a loose wheel. The rule will be applied during all Formula 1 sessions. If a team releases a car with an insecurely attached wheel during practice or qualifying, the 10 place grid drop will be applied to the driver for that weekend's race. Should the team err during the race, the grid drop will be carried over to the following event. The […]

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013

'The Third Man' needs to look elsewhere

Jean-Eric Vergne is not even second favourite for Red Bull's vacant seat. So is it time to look further afield?

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Buemi tips Red Bull to sign Raikkonen

Sebastien Buemi, a recent Toro Rosso driver and now Red Bull reserve, has tipped the world champions to sign Kimi Raikkonen for 2014. After Mark Webber announced his impending switch to Le Mans, Red Bull narrowed down the shortlist for the Australian's successor to just three names -- Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. But even Ricciardo, the most consistent Toro Rosso performer of 2013, does not expect to get the nod. "I would expect a world champion team to take a world champion driver," […]

Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013

Lotus hope to convince Raikkonen to stay

Lotus are hopeful that they can win a tug-of-war with Formula One champions Red Bull for Kimi Raikkonen's services next season. "Red Bull is chasing Kimi and we obviously want to keep Kimi," Lotus team principal Eric Boullier told reporters at the British Grand Prix on Friday where Red Bull's 2014 driver vacancy remained the hot topic. Out of contract at the end of the year, Raikkonen has become a frontrunner to replace Mark Webber for 2014 now that Red Bull's Australian has decided to […]

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013

Antonio Felix da Costa: Red Bull's next star?

Red Bull’s young driver programme has had a mixed rate of success over the past decade. They’ve found plenty of duds in the pack, but one – Sebastian Vettel – has gone on to become one of the most acclaimed drivers in Formula 1 history. The next man in line in Red Bull’s scheme is Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa. Last season, da Costa went from being on the brink of failure to junior formulae stardom. After signing with Red Bull mid-season, his stuttering […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Buemi the key to Red Bull's Monaco turnaround

Test driver Sebastien Buemi was the key to Red Bull's turnaround on the streets of Monaco, it has emerged. On Thursday in the Principality, the RB9 did not look like a competitive car. "We were one second too slow," Dr Helmut Marko told Servus TV. But by Saturday, Sebastian Vettel was disappointed to have just missed pole position. Marko said Buemi, Red Bull's Swiss test driver, had turned no fewer than 400 laps in the simulator at Milton-Keynes, seeking a solution. Buemi then headed to […]

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013

Sauber not considering Gutierrez axe

Peter Sauber has played down suggestions the Swiss team might be considering ousting underperforming rookie Esteban Gutierrez. Having fielded Sergio Perez alongside Kamui Kobayashi last year, Sauber is running an all-new driver lineup in 2013. Peter Sauber, the Hinwil based team's founder, said he is happy with Nico Hulkenberg. "He has brought exactly what we expected him to," he told the Swiss newspaper Blick. "He is not only quick but also consistent, and provides the engineers with valuable information. "It's up to us now to […]

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

Da Costa 'very close' to F1 debut

The latest cream of Red Bull's junior driver programme insists he is ready to step up to Formula One. With Mark Webber's contract at Red Bull Racing set to expire, it is now strongly rumoured that fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo is in pole position to replace him. That would leave a vacancy at Red Bull's second F1 team, Toro Rosso. The obvious favourite for that seat is Antonio Felix da Costa, a 21-year-old from Portugal. Currently a frontrunner in the Formula Renault 3.5 series, da […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013

China reserve role for Da Costa

The new cream of Red Bull's driver development programme is continuing his steady push towards Formula One. For well over a decade, even before the energy drink company had even one F1 team let alone two, Red Bull has been backing promising young drivers for a future on the grid. The latest are Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, who have just begun their second - and some would say decisive - seasons at Faenza based Toro Rosso. Undoubtedly, the Red Bull youngster next in the […]