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Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Massa has edge on Hulkenberg for Lotus seat

Lotus is weighing up between Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa to complete its 2014 driver lineup. Asked recently if - in the interests of continuity - Romain Grosjean will definitely be retained next year if Kimi Raikkonen departs, team boss Eric Boullier answered simply: "Yes." So that leaves only the cockpit currently occupied by the Ferrari-bound Finn Raikkonen to fill. The candidates are Hulkenberg - the impressive German who after moving from Force India last year is now seeking to jump from struggling Sauber - […]

Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013

Webber: Raikkonen 'a gamble', will push Alonso

Mark Webber believes that Kimi Raikkonen's return to Ferrari is a gamble, but adds that the Finn will push Fernando Alonso

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ferrari said no to Hulkenberg via text message

Nico Hulkenberg's manager has expressed disappointment with how Ferrari broke the bad news to the German driver this week. It has emerged that Hulkenberg was seriously considered by the Maranello based team as the replacement for Felipe Massa. But when Ferrari ultimately signed Raikkonen, the Italian squad let Hulkenberg know in the form of a mere text message, the German driver's manager Werner Heinz has revealed. "After two months of negotiations, I expected at least a phone call," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Marko: Alonso and Raikkonen could 'tear Ferrari apart'

The F1 world is only now waiting for the announcement. It is explosive and significant news, because - at least on paper - Fernando Alonso alongside the Finn is arguably the best driver duo on the grid.

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Age counted against Raikkonen at Red Bull

Kimi Raikkonen's age played against him as Red Bull made its decision about who should replace Mark Webber in 2014. That is the claim of Dr Helmut Marko, who as team owner Dietrich Mateschitz's right-hand man had arguably the most powerful voice before the reigning world champions ultimately signed the in-house talent Daniel Ricciardo. "We decided what was best for us in the long term, not just what was best immediately," Austrian Marko told Brazil's O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper. "How old is Kimi, 34? […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sirotkin to attend Monza race with Sauber

Sauber will have a fourth driver on hand this weekend at Monza. Always present for the Swiss team at races are Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez, and also the 'third' or reserve driver Robin Frijns. But Speed Week reports that, making his paddock debut in Sauber colours in Italy this weekend will be Sergey Sirotkin. The teenage Russian, although currently without a F1 super license, has signed a contract to race for the Hinwil based team in 2014, as part of Sauber's Russian rescue deal. […]

Posted on Sunday, September 1, 2013

Boullier: Raikkonen wants to keep racing for Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen would like to keep racing for Lotus in 2014, according to his team principal Eric Boullier. Raikkonen, 33, has raced for Lotus since the start of 2012 but his contract expires at the end of this season. But Boullier believes that Raikkonen wants to prolong his stay with the Enstone based team into a third year. "It’s clear that Kimi likes racing for us and would like to continue, which is a testament to all the hard work put in by everyone at […]

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013

Domenicali eager to retain Massa for 2014

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says his 'favourite' choice for 2014 would be to retain Felipe Massa. Massa has raced for Ferrari since the start of 2006 but the Brazilian's contract expires at the end of the season. The Brazilian is currently in seventh place in the championship, having taken 67 points and finished on the podium in Spain. "We have no rush in taking a decision. There are plenty of opportunities," Domenicali told The Official F1 website about their 2014 line-up. "We have to […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ferrari wants Bianchi in F1 midfield

Jules Bianchi's manager says Ferrari is pushing for the Frenchman to leave Marussia and join a team in the sport's "middle group". The report by the French-language F1i said the Swiss team Sauber, tipped to renew or possibly deepen its deal with Ferrari in 2014, could field Bianchi alongside young rookie Sergey Sirotkin next year. Bianchi's manager Nicolas Todt said the 24-year-old has made an impression in 2013 despite racing for the back-of-the-grid Marussia team. "Despite the fact that he is with a small team," […]

Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lopez tips Raikkonen to agree new deal 'quickly'

Team owner Gerard Lopez is hopeful Kimi Raikkonen will soon sign a new deal to stay at Lotus in 2014. As a weekend of fever-pitch speculation nears an end, the Finnish driver's manager Steve Robertson has now clearly denied rumours Raikkonen has inked a Ferrari contract. "It's a load of rubbish," he told the broadcaster MTV3. "We are in the same place as we were a month ago in Hungary -- we do not have an agreement," Robertson insisted. MTV3 claims Raikkonen staying at Lotus […]

Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ecclestone confirms Michelin eyeing F1 return

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed reports from Spa-Francorchamps this week that Michelin wants to return to Formula One. "They do want to get back in," the F1 chief executive is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport, "but we have had contracts with Pirelli for some time." Ecclestone is referring to commercial arrangements that have already been made with the sport's existing supplier. But there is no such contract between Pirelli and F1's governing FIA beyond 2013. That has ramped up the pressure on the already-frustrated Italian […]

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lopez denies Lotus in financial strife

Team owner Gerard Lopez on Saturday played down reports of financial strife at Lotus. Reportedly in debt to the tune of EUR 120 million, behind in payments to lead driver Kimi Raikkonen and with the new Infinity Racing investment in doubt, Lopez insisted at Spa-Francorchamps that Lotus is in fact in good health. Indeed, some believe the team's debt is actually just 28 million. "It is 120 million," Lopez confirmed, "but four-fifths of it we owe to ourselves, to Genii, because we do not sponsor […]