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Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

Kvyat says Toro Rosso to test at Jerez

Toro Rosso will be among the teams at the Jerez test later this month. Lotus boss Eric Boullier insisted on Thursday that the Enstone based team will not be the only F1 outfit missing in action when the all-new cars and turbo V6s burst into action in southern Spain late in January. One of the missing teams, however, will not be Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso. The Faenza based team's new recruit, rookie Daniil Kvyat, told the Russian publication Championat he is currently training ahead of […]

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gutierrez to secure second Sauber seat

Esteban Gutierrez is set to secure one of the four last race seats on the 2014 grid. Bianca Garloff, the correspondent for the German publication Sport Bild, reported exclusively that Sauber will make the announcement about Adrian Sutil's teammate on Friday. The news will heighten speculation Sauber's Russian rescue deal is on the rocks, as the teen Sergey Sirotkin was expected to make his grand prix debut next year for the struggling Swiss team. Mexican Gutierrez, 22, made his F1 debut this year for Sauber, […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pirelli's 2014 tyres are slower

Pirelli's new range of tyres for 2014 is more conservative, according to the whispers from private testing in Bahrain. A three-day, Pirelli-organised test in the island Kingdom kicked off on Tuesday, with Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and Toro Rosso in attendance with their 2013 cars. The testing of next year's tyres, which will have to handle the much-higher torque of the new turbo engines, is taking place behind closed doors, and laptimes and details are not being disclosed. But Italy's Autosprint said: "The general indication […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chilton edging towards Marussia seat

Marussia team principal John Booth says his outfit is 'very close' to completing a deal which would see Max Chilton race with the squad for a second season. Chilton joined Marussia as their reserve driver in 2012 and stepped up to a race seat in 2013. The Brit finished all 19 races in his first year in the sport. "We are very close with Max, very close. He wants to stay and we want him to stay so it's a matter of sorting the details […]

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013

Hulkenberg set for Lotus after Quantum deal

The head of the Quantum Motorsports consortium says a deal to buy into the Lotus team has been done - and he has urged the team to sign Nico Hulkenberg. Lotus announced earlier in the year that the group of investors from the Middle East - under the banner Quantum Motorsports - were set to purchase 35% of the team. "There is no question that the deal is definitely happening," Mansoor Ijaz, head of Quantum Motorsports, told Autosport. "I will even go out as far […]

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013

Sutil encouraged by Force India progress

Adrian Sutil says that he is encouraged by Force India's progress during practice for the Singapore Grand Prix. Sutil was only sixteenth in the first practice session but jumped up to ninth place during the second 90 minute session. "It’s encouraging to be back in the top 10 and if we can do a similar run tomorrow with the super-soft tyres I think we can aim for the top 10 in qualifying," he said. "The main thing we need to work on tonight is our […]

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013

Vandoorne boosted by McLaren partnership

Stoffel Vandoorne says being supported by McLaren has been a huge boost to his chances of racing in Formula 1 in the future. Vandoorne, currently second in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, recently joined McLaren's young driver programme. Vandoorne, making his first paddock appearance with McLaren, spoke to the media on Friday evening in Belgium. "I’m here as a guest of McLaren, just following the Formula 1 world and trying to make contacts in this world as everyone knows it’s difficult," he said. The Belgian […]

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Symonds focusing on next year's Williams

New Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds says his focus is on the team's 2014 car. Symonds joined the team earlier this week and will attend the Belgian Grand Prix with Williams for the first time. "There are developments going on for the remainder of this season, he said. "We have new parts coming to races as far out as Korea and beyond. They are not things I’ve had influence on but I can see them in the development programme." "I hope we can look […]

Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2013

Raikkonen's manager says 2014 talks still ongoing

Amid suggestions Red Bull is preparing a 2014 contract for Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen's manager insists the Finn is still in the running. "The facts, or what I can tell you, is that an agreement has not been reached at this time. "Negotiations and discussions are still underway," manager Steve Robertson, who reportedly had a meeting with Lotus' Eric Boullier in Hungary on Friday, told the Finnish broadcaster MTV3. He added: "I can't tell you much about the details, but things are still open. I […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ex-F1 boss Kolles tried to blackmail Wolff

Former HRT boss Colin Kolles tried to blackmail Mercedes chief Toto Wolff earlier this year, it has emerged. We reported earlier that a conversation between Austrian Wolff and a then-unnamed former F1 team boss was "secretly recorded" and then threatened to be used against him. Bild newspaper had said Wolff spoke negatively about his own boss, Ross Brawn, colleague Niki Lauda, and also Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche, whilst divulging details of his clashing co-ownership of the Williams team. A subsequent report by the magazine Sport […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ecclestone receives bribery indictment

Bernie Ecclestone has been formally charged by German prosecutors for bribery, it emerged on Wednesday. It has been known since May that the Munich prosecutors decided to indict the F1 chief executive for paying millions to jailed former F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky amid the sale of the sport some years ago. Bloomberg quoted a court spokesman as confirming that although the charges were filed in May, they were only served on Wednesday after being translated into English. He said more details will be released in […]

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 […]