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Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hulkenberg turned down offer to replace Raikkonen

Nico Hulkenberg turned down an offer from Lotus to replace the surgery-bound Kimi Raikkonen for the remaining two grands prix of 2013. German Hulkenberg, who currently drives for Sauber, is the hot favourite to replace Raikkonen full-time in 2014, but only if financially-struggling Lotus completes its crucial investment deal with the Quantum group. If that deal collapses, as many insiders believe it will, Pastor Maldonado - who will not drive for Williams next season - is tipped to switch his lucrative PDVSA backing to the […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Raikkonen already regretting Ferrari return - pundit

Kimi Raikkonen might already be regretting his impending return to Ferrari, according to a pundit. The Finn had a particularly bad-tempered weekend in Abu Dhabi, starting with his no-show on Thursday and ending with a rare first-lap crash and rapid return to the airport in flip-flops. Former driver Christian Danner, now a pundit for German television RTL, thinks Raikkonen is not simply annoyed at his situation at Lotus, but also with his impending move to Ferrari. "Kimi is annoyed that his manager is sending him […]

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Raikkonen left to finish career at Ferrari says Boullier

Kimi Raikkonen may have returned to Ferrari to finish his Formula One career with a final challenge, according to Lotus team boss Eric Boullier. When Wednesday's news broke, Lotus admitted on Twitter that losing the Finn "hurts a little" -- the quote was attached to a bizarre photo of forceful copulation between two rabbits. But team boss Boullier insists the Enstone based team is not "bitter". In fact, the Frenchman said he understands Raikkonen's decision. "You know, we remain a medium-sized team and there are […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

'Not a cent' in Sauber's pockets yet

The extent of Sauber's Russian rescue deal, and the emergence of future team driver Sergey Sirotkin, caught the world of Formula One by surprise. Russian F1 commentator Alexei Popov is quoted by Basler Zeitung newspaper: "I had to read the (press release) several times before I could believe it." Some of the sport's sceptics are still not sure. There are reports of links to the KGB, but in truth very little is known about the entities listed in the Sauber release. The likely debut of […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Red Bull boost due to exhaust, not DRS

It is simplistic to say Red Bull has sped into the 2012 title favourites' role due to its new 'double DRS' device. As Sebastian Vettel closed the championship gap to Fernando Alonso to just 4 points with wins in Singapore and Suzuka, it had emerged that his RB8 was equipped with a new top speed-boosting system. "As with all these things, there's never a silver bullet and I think it would be very difficult to say the car's performance here is purely down to a […]

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012

Vettel races into title hot seat with Red Bull 'double DRS'

The final five races of the 2012 season will likely stage a head-to-head contest between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, with the protagonists each pushing to add a prestigious third crown to their tallies. Mathematically, however, there are plenty of contenders still in the running, including Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and even the beleaguered Romain Grosjean and Felipe Massa. But Bild newspaper confidently predicts German Vettel "will be world champion" after he won so dominantly from pole at Suzuka, […]

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012

Danner thinks Schumacher has agreed new deal

Christian Danner, a former grand prix driver and now German television pundit, is sure Michael Schumacher will still be on the grid in 2013. Seven time champion Schumacher, now 43, signed a three-year contract when he agreed to return to Formula One in 2010 with Mercedes. The two sides are yet to agree an extension for 2013 and beyond. But Norbert Haug, Mercedes' motor racing vice-president, ramped up speculation recently when he responded to a question about a new deal for Schumacher: "I doubt there […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Danner: 'Results crisis, not Vettel crisis'

It is wrong to say Sebastian Vettel has entered a period of "crisis" after winning two world championships on the trot. That is the insistence of Christian Danner, a former grand prix driver who now commentates on German television RTL. "It's a results crisis, not a Vettel crisis," he told the news agency DAPD. He is referring not only to Red Bull's failure to win a race so far in 2012, but the fact former pole position-king Vettel was outqualified in Australia, Malaysia and Bahrain […]

Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ferrari approached Sauber amid Massa rumours

Amid speculation regarding Felipe Massa's immediate future, Sergio Perez's father has revealed that Ferrari approached Sauber. Earlier, Sauber driver Perez played down the rumours about Massa's future, including the suggestion he was at the very top of Ferrari's replacement list. "Sergio is focused one hundred per cent on (performing in) Malaysia," the 22-year-old Mexican's father Antonio is quoted by the Spanish-language Medio Tiempo. Perez snr's son is the cream of Ferrari's development driver 'academy' programme. "Since last year, Ferrari has had three drivers: Alonso, Massa […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

FIA to correct nose step rules flaw for 2013

Formula One looks set to prevent the cars of 2013 from being as 'ugly' as this season's field. Pirelli chief Paul Hembery recently called the 2012 generation, mainly featuring an awkward 'step' between the front of the monocoque and the nose, as "pig ugly". The odd look is the result of a compromise reached after the FIA decided to lower the tip of the nose in the name of safety. It emerges that it was Red Bull - whose Adrian Newey pioneered the high chassis […]