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Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lotus admits Raikkonen still owed money

Kimi Raikkonen has still not received all of the money he is owed by Lotus. Towards the end of the season, and just before he set off for back surgery that meant he missed the last two races of 2013, the Finn revealed he has not been paid "one euro" by the Enstone based team this year. Raikkonen said he almost called a halt to his Lotus career before the race in Abu Dhabi, saying at the time: "I came here only because hopefully we […]

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013

Korean Grand PrixView

Formula 1 returns to Asia for the 2013 Korean Grand Prix, the first of two back-to-back races on the continent. The Korean International Circuit tests the car’s overall performance because of its mixture of high-speed corners, long straights and a slower technical part towards the end of the lap. Supersoft and medium tyre compounds will be used, a change from last season where Pirelli brought the soft and Supersoft. The circuit has been modified since 2012 and one of the changes has been made to […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lotus struggling with 'money problems'

Troubling signs of financial weakness are emerging from Lotus. The authoritative German website motorsport-total reports that, although in the hunt for the 2013 title, the Genii-owned outfit is "struggling to survive" under EUR 120 million in debt. For example, although Kimi Raikkonen is second only to Sebastian Vettel in the chase for the drivers' championship, development of the 2013 car is apparently all but over. Asked also about rumours of 'money problems', leading Lotus engineer Alan Permane admitted to Auto Motor und Sport: "We have […]

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013

Sauber announce Russian partnership

Financially struggling Sauber announced a partnership with three Russian entities on Monday that will lead to teenage Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin joining the Formula One team next season. Sauber said in a statement that it was linking up with the Investment Cooperation International Fund, the State Fund of Development of the North-West Russian federation and the National Institute of Aviation Technologies. "The partnership includes further activities for the promotion of the inaugural Formula One Grand Prix in Sochi in 2014 and attracting the talented young […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lotus delays 'the device' debut until Suzuka

Lotus will not race its highly-anticipated double DRS-inspired 'device' at least until Suzuka next month. The Enstone based team intended to use the straightline speed-boosting system at Spa, but Friday's practice sessions were a washout. And Lotus will also not fit the device to Kimi Raikkonen and Jerome d'Ambrosio's cars at Monza, due to the unique low-downforce configuration of the historic track. "In Singapore you won't see it either," said technical director James Allison, "because it's too high a downforce circuit with insufficient straights for […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Whiting happy after Austin circuit inspection

Charlie Whiting sounded happy after inspecting Austin's new Formula One circuit early this week. The FIA's race director, who is also in charge of homologating the venues ahead of their respective grands prix, touched down in Texas immediately after the weekend's race in Canada. The Circuit of the Americas is still under construction, and has been subject to delays, legal trouble and intense speculation that its inaugural race in November might be in danger. But Briton Whiting said after his inspection: "It is clear that […]

Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012

Brawn: Engine delays ‘a mistake’

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said it would be an error of judgement were F1 to allow the introduction of new engines to slip beyond 2014. Amid rumours that the new hybrid V6 powerplants would not be ready for 2014, Brawn, speaking in the FIA Thursday press conference, said he believes the new engines are vital to F1 and that to push back the introduction – already postponed for a year – would be an error. “I think it would be a mistake to delay […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Russia has GP preparations 'on back burner'

Preparations for the inaugural Russian grand prix in 2014 appear to have hit a roadblock. We reported last weekend that rumours were circulating in the Barcelona paddock that the Sochi race now appears "doomed". The state owned Moscow news agency Ria Novosti now reports that political issues have created "serious delays" in the race's preparations, according to an adviser with the Russian Automobile Federation. The official, Igor Yermilin, insisted that the project is not doomed, but he said very few efforts have taken place following […]

Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012

‘Just one of those days’ for McLaren

FIA - Eighth place for Lewis Hamilton and a retirement for Jenson Button tarnished McLaren’s fine early season form. Hamilton had been running in second place early in the race, only to lose that to the charging Romain Grosjean but the Englishman’s real problems came in his first two pitstops, where each time a problem with the left-rear delayed his departure. After the first round of stops he dropped from third to sixth, at the second he lost further ground and was effectively running in […]

Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Glock still optimistic for 2012 despite delays

The first pre-season tests of the 2012 Formula 1 season will start in Jerez, Spain on February 7, but the recently rebranded Marussia F1 Team will not be there. Delays in the production of the new car make it impossible for the team to have their 2012 challenger ready until the final pre-season test in Barcelona on March 1. Marussia has already decided to skip the first test in Jerez and start their season with their 2011 car at the second pre-season testing session in […]

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012

Caterham could be first to launch 2012 car

Caterham could beat the entire F1 field to the starting line ahead of the 2012 season. Italy's Autosprint said it believes the former Lotus team's new single seater - to be called the CT01 and believed to have passed the FIA's crash tests - could be unveiled "at the end of January". That would be even earlier than some other teams intend to launch their cars, ahead of the start of the official test season at Jerez on 7 February. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Vijay Mallya could depart Force India

There may be changes afoot behind the scenes at Force India, according to a veteran F1 newspaper correspondent. Roger Benoit, who has written for Switzerland's Blick for decades, has this week reported new "speculation" about the Silverstone based team. "Is (team boss and owner) Dr Vijay Mallya in real financial trouble?" he wrote. "Will the new co-owner, the Sahara Group, soon take over the whole team?" Benoit's report follows news the bank accounts of Mallya's debt-ridden airline Kingfisher have been frozen due to tax payment […]