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Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Trulli: Pay-drivers not good enough for F1

Jarno Trulli has hit out at the growing influence of so-called 'pay drivers' in Formula 1. It is rumoured that, despite his 2012 contract, the Italian veteran could be ousted by Caterham in favour of the well-backed Renault refugee Vitaly Petrov. Trulli, 37, suggested Renault - becoming Lotus for 2012 - suffered last year as the team collected sponsorship dollars brought by Russian Petrov and Bruno Senna. "Kubica is a great driver who can get the very best from the car," he is quoted by […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sutil willing to wait on future until February

Adrian Sutil is in no rush to secure his future after losing his long-time Force India seat ahead of 2012. The 28-year-old - with an impressive finish to the 2011 season behind him - has been shortlisted by Williams, who are reportedly also interested in the German's solid backing by the computer company Medion. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reported this week that Sutil and his manager Manfred Zimmermann are keen to ink a one-year deal so that he is free to switch to Ferrari […]

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011

Alguersuari eyes HRT seat

Jaime Alguersuari is refusing to give anything away as he considers his future following Toro Rosso's clean-sweep for 2012. Asked if he has been in contact with any alternative employers after he was ousted by team owners Red Bull, the 21-year-old Spaniard told El Mundo Deportivo: "For the moment I can't say anything." That may be because he is in the unusual situation of losing his seat but remaining under contract, with the energy drink company believed to have bound Alguersuari until 2013. But according […]

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011

No testing has hurt F1 comeback says Schumacher

It is the nature of modern F1 that has contributed to Michael Schumacher's difficult comeback so far, the seven time world champion has insisted. Two years ago now, the famous German - who will turn 43 next month - announced his return after a three-year break to the sport he once dominated. Having scooped an incredible 91 wins and 154 podiums in his first career, Schumacher is yet to return to the rostrum after one of his 38 grands prix with Mercedes since 2010. It […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kolles and HRT F1 part ways

It has just been announced that Dr. Colin Kolles and HRT F1 Team have decided to part ways for the 2012 season, the Spanish outfit having reached an agreement with Kolles regarding his contract with the team. This is due to the new direction that the team want to take and the decision that the new owner Thesan Capital have made as well as the move to Spain for the team. Kolles' contract as team principal will end tomorrow on the 15th of December and […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Petrov and van der Garde key to 2012 driver market

Vitaly Petrov and Giedo van der Garde are the keys to the remaining seats on the 2012 driver market. That is the claim of Finland's Turun Sanomat, revealing that the management of Russian Petrov - ousted by Lotus/Renault - has been in talks with Toro Rosso, Williams, Marussia and HRT. It is believed that, given the fact he had a year to run on his existing contract, Lotus must have had to pay Petrov in full for the 2012 season. On top of that money, […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Di Resta and Alguersuari hint F1 careers set to continue

Two Formula One drivers on Tuesday hinted strongly that, despite not yet having official confirmation, they are staying on the grid in 2012. Paul di Resta, the most successful rookie this year, was asked by F1's official website if it is true that he will be staying at Force India next season. "I can't say anything," said the Scot, ahead of boss Dr Vijay Mallya's scheduled December 15 announcement about the Silverstone based team's 2012 lineup. "The only thing that I can say is that […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Female de Villota eyes F1 deal for Christmas

Female Spanish driver Maria de Villota has hinted she may find out before Christmas if she will have an official role at Lotus in 2012. The 31-year-old said recently she is close to signing a contract to become third driver for the former Renault team in 2012. "You cannot assume something before it is assured," she is quoted by Marca sports newspaper, admitting that a F1 contract "would be the perfect Christmas gift". The last woman to enter the world championship was Italian Giovanna Amati, […]

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011

Kubica to test 2010 Ferrari next spring

Plans are being made for Robert Kubica's return to Formula 1 -- with Ferrari. That is the claim of the authoritative La Gazzetta dello Sport correspondent Andrea Cremonesi, who raised the prospect of a test for the Pole in the Spring in the famous Italian team's 2010 single seater. Cremonesi's report confirmed rumours that Kubica's relationship with the Lotus team will end completely once his contract runs out in less than three weeks. Well-known for being close to Ferrari sources, he wrote that Kubica is […]

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011

Grosjean expects to drive entire season with Lotus in 2012

Romain Grosjean is not being marketed by Lotus as the latest substitute for injured team regular Robert Kubica. Pole Kubica's contract runs out in less than three weeks and, if he returns to formula one, he is being more strongly linked with Ferrari. "The idea with Grosjean is to make him the number one (in Formula 1) in two or three years," team boss Eric Boullier, who has also signed up 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen for 2012 and beyond, is quoted in the French […]

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011

Manager to announce Petrov's 2012 plans this month

Vitaly Petrov's plans for the 2012 season will be announced before the end of December. This is the claim of his manager Oksana Kosachenko, following Lotus' decision to replace the Russian - despite his 2012 contract - with new GP2 champion Romain Grosjean. "First of all, I'd like to thank all our partners and fans for the support Vitaly received during those two seasons," Kosachenko told sportbox.ru. The Ria Novosti news agency claimed Kosachenko bemoaned the "testy relationship" between Petrov and the team in 2011. […]

Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2011

Boullier: Relationship with Kubica at 'point zero'

Since Lotus Renault GP announced Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean as their drivers for next season, the future of Robert Kubica within the Enstone team looks increasingly uncertain. The Pole is still recovering from life-threatening injuries sustained in a rallying accident earlier this year, but his recovery is progressing more slowly than expected. Kubica announced last month that he would not be ready in time for the start of the 2012 season, prompting the Lotus Renault team to look for another lead driver to take […]