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Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014

Conflicting fortunes for race organisers

Formula 1 will return to Austria and head to Russia in 2014. But for New Jersey, the situation is somewhat cloudier. A new season is slowly creeping over the horizon, with Formula 1’s workforce frantically preparing the new breed of machines that will hit the track in Jerez in three weeks’ time. There will be conflicting fortunes: someone has to finish top of the class and another will end up with the wooden spoon. But for now, there is some anxious work ongoing. It’s a […]

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013

Pic admits 2014 Caterham seat not secure

A month ahead of official pre-season testing for 2014, Charles Pic has admitted his future remains far from certain. It has been rumoured in recent days and weeks that, ahead of the new season, the Lagardere-backed Frenchman's sponsorship haul might not be as strong as that of his 2013 teammate Giedo van der Garde. At the same time, there have been rumours Caterham might be considering a new driver to replace 23-year-old Pic, such as the Swedish rookie Marcus Ericsson. And Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper […]

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013

Career could have ended in mid 2013 admits Grosjean

Even with a 2013 contract in his pocket, Romain Grosjean has admitted he remained perilously close to seeing his now flourishing F1 career end. Banned for a race in 2012 and written off as the 'first lap nutcase' by Mark Webber, the Frenchman entered the winter period uncertain if he would be returning in 2013. Ultimately, having developed a close working relationship with a psychologist and no longer running into regular trouble in wheel-to-wheel combat, Grosjean ended the recently-concluded season as a standout of 2013. […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Booth: 2014 car ahead of schedule

Marussia team principal John Booth has said that progress on his squad's 2014 car is ahead of schedule, with six weeks until the first pre-season test begins in Spain. Marussia finished in 10th place in the 2013 championship, with Booth conceding that his team abandoned their 2013 season early in order to divert resources onto 2014's package. Chilton edging towards 2014 Marussia seat "The problem with a team of our size is that building a 2014 car from scratch has taken all our resources," he […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Di Resta concedes Force India exit likely

Paul di Resta has admitted that he is unlikely to remain with Force India in 2014. The Brit joined the squad as their reserve driver in 2010 and stepped up to a race seat for 2011. Di Resta enjoyed his best season in the sport in 2013 as he scored 48 points and finished in 12th place in the championship, which included a fourth place finish in Bahrain. Di Resta was speaking at the High Court in London as part of a trial against Anthony […]

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013

Hulkenberg and Perez for Force India in 2014

Nico Hulkenberg physically signed on the dotted line of a 2014 Force India contract in Brazil on Sunday. That is the claim of Germany's reliable Sport Bild, as it emerged that the German had until midnight to take up an option granted recently by the Silverstone based team, for whom Hulkenberg raced last year. The 26-year-old had joined Sauber for 2013 after Force India became late in its payments, but it was the Swiss team that found itself in the deeper financial trouble this year. […]

Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013

Maldonado and Hulkenberg keys to 2014 'silly season'

Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg remain the keys to the last phase of F1's 2014 'silly season'. PDVSA-backed Maldonado, a grand prix winner, is the powerful 'pay driver' on the move, reportedly with EUR 40 million in tow and on the lookout for a new team after his Williams split. It is believed that if Lotus' 'Quantum' investment deal falls through, locking the highly-rated Hulkenberg out, Maldonado is in pole position to replace Kimi Raikkonen in 2014. But Maldonado muddied the waters at Interlagos on […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ferrari blocked Hulkenberg's Lotus move

Ferrari stopped Nico Hulkenberg from joining Lotus for the last two grands prix of 2013. That is the hot rumour in the Austin paddock, as the two teams battle over millions for third place in the constructors' championship. The first rumour was that Ferrari, who have signed Kimi Raikkonen for 2014, may have encouraged the Finn to arrange early back surgery and miss Austin and Brazil. Now, it is being reported that Lotus approached Hulkenberg to replace the Finn, only to find surprisingly that the […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Schumacher approached for Raikkonen's seat

Heikki Kovalainen may only have been Lotus' third choice as the 2013 successor for surgery-bound Kimi Raikkonen. The Enstone based team will announce on Thursday that Finn Kovalainen, who has been Caterham's 'Friday' driver this season, will race in Austin and Brazil at the wheel of Raikkonen's number 7. But it emerged this week that Nico Hulkenberg was also approached by Lotus, who found the German locked into the rest of his contract at Sauber. And Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told Bild newspaper that […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Williams hints Smedley to be next signing

Williams has admitted Rob Smedley could be the next big name to join the beleaguered British team. As it announced that Felipe Massa is joining the team from Ferrari for 2014, deputy team boss Claire Williams said "a number of announcements" will also shortly follow. We reported in September that Massa's well-known race engineer Rob Smedley - who has shared a close, almost fatherly relationship with the Brazilian driver - is linked with a move to Williams. It is believed 39-year-old Briton Smedley has since […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ecclestone backs Raikkonen over strike threat

Bernie Ecclestone has backed Kimi Raikkonen's threat to strike after the Finn revealed he has not been paid "a single euro" in 2013. Raikkonen only travelled to Abu Dhabi at the last minute, but he is now warning he will sit out Austin and Brazil if the team does not pay him a reported EUR 15 million. "He has signed a contract with somebody and they need to pay him," F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone told the Mirror. "I feel sorry for him but he […]

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lotus admits talks with Maldonado

Eric Boullier has admitted Pastor Maldonado is in the running to race for Lotus in 2014. But at the same time, the Enstone based team's boss made it clear that his preferred pick to replace the Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen is Nico Hulkenberg. "I would love to (sign him)," Frenchman Boullier told F1's official website. "This is the recommendation that I gave to my board." The board, however, will have to weigh its decision against financial considerations, with Lotus' 35 per cent sale to a group […]