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Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Departing Valsecchi not paid by Lotus in 2013

As fears about Lotus' health grow, 2013 reserve driver Davide Valsecchi has revealed he has not yet been paid by the Enstone based team. As reigning GP2 champion, 26-year-old Italian Valsecchi served last year as Lotus' reserve driver, but he admitted last week he is now likely to exit. "After a 2013 season in which I travelled a lot but did not get on the track, I want to go back to wearing overalls and a helmet," he had said. When Lotus overlooked him late […]

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014

Button's father John dies aged 70

John Button, father of 2009 world champion Jenson, has passed away following a suspected heart attack. He was 70. John was found dead at his home in the South of France on Sunday. He enjoyed success as a rallycross driver in the 1970s before becoming an integral part in supporting son Jenson into Formula 1. John retained a presence in the Formula 1 paddock throughout Jenson's career. 'It is with great sadness and regret that I can confirm John Button passed away at his home […]

Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014

Paffett believes Magnussen can push Button

McLaren test driver Gary Paffett believes that rookie Kevin Magnussen will be able to push Jenson Button this season. Reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion Magnussen will make his debut for McLaren in 2014, having replaces Sergio Perez at the team. Button eclipsed Perez by 24 points during 2013, in which McLaren failed to finish on the podium. In qualifying, Button was beaten 10-9 overall by the Mexican, but Paffett believes that his fellow Brit needs to be pushed more in qualifying and cites Button's performance […]

Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014

F1 2014: The numbers game

Formula 1 has changed its numbering system for the first time since 1996. Here's a look at the numbers for 2014... The announcement towards the end of 2013 that drivers would select

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

FIA reveal permanent F1 driver numbers

Quadruple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel went for five on Friday with the German choosing to have that numeral on his car when he is eventually deposed as number one. Under new regulations for 2014, Formula One drivers will have permanent racing numbers to be used throughout their careers from now on and can choose any between two and 99. The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) published the official list with some surprises among the selections. Vettel, who will have the number one on […]

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

Caterham not ruling out Kobayashi for F1 return

Kamui Kobayashi appears imminently close to securing his return to Formula One. The Japanese lost his Sauber seat at the end of 2012, spending last season as a Ferrari test driver and driving a works Ferrari 458 in the Le Mans series. But Kobayashi, 27, has also collected millions from his fans to offer to a potential F1 race employer, and just before Christmas was spotted at Caterham's factory. When asked about the popular former Toyota and Sauber driver, a Caterham spokesman told Sky: "There […]

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013

Raikkonen to get first taste of 2014 Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen, not the Ferrari incumbent Fernando Alonso, will get the first on-track taste of the Italian team's 2014 car. That is the claim of Italian media sources including La Gazzetta dello Sport, reporting that Finn Raikkonen will debut the new red single seater on the first two test days at Jerez in late January. Spaniard Alonso, who until now has been regarded as Ferrari's clear 'number 1' driver, will make his debut in the 2014 car later in the same test, completing the four-day […]

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013

Lotus thinks most F1 teams struggling

Gerard Lopez, the owner of the Lotus outfit, believes the vast majority of the teams in Formula One are struggling financially. Lotus' problems have had a high profile in 2013, as the Enstone based team thrived with a competitive car but tackled rumours it was struggling to pay its drivers, employees and suppliers. But the Russian website f1news.ru quoted Lopez as insisting: "For 80 per cent of the teams, their financial situation is no better than ours. "If half of those teams say they are […]

Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ecclestone wants three 'double points' races

The days of the highly controversial new 'double points' rule for the season finale appear numbered. Many fans and drivers have made clear they are not happy with the change, designed to keep the title alive right to the end by offering twice as many points in Abu Dhabi next November. "I think it's wrong," Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne told Italy's Corriere dello Sport, "because it devalues the work a driver has done throughout the whole season. "As drivers we are not excited about […]

Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013

Season review: F1 2013 DVD - 'Who can stop him?'

Reviewing the F1 2013 official season review on DVD. Another season of Formula 1 racing coming to an end means that it’s time for the annual DVD review, which has been released just in time for the festive period, giving racing fans the excuse to lock themselves away from the rest of the family to re-live the 2013 season. It’s fair to say that 2013 wasn’t the best year in the history of the sport, but the DVD does a good job of capturing the […]

Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013

Latest 2014 driver line-up

19 drivers have now been confirmed for the 2014 Formula 1 season... Infiniti Red Bull Racing World champion Sebastian Vettel remains with the team for a sixth season and he is joined by Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, who has raced for Toro Rosso since the start of 2012. Red Bull has opted to employ two test drivers as Antonio Felix da Costa will dovetail his DTM commitments alongside former F1 driver Sebastien Buemi. Mercedes AMG Petronas Mercedes is the only top team to retain both […]

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013

Ferrari fans to choose name of new F1 car

Millions of fans worldwide will have a say in choosing a name for Ferrari's 2014 Formula One car via the internet in January, the Italian team said on Friday. Ferrari's car this season was the F138, a combination of the year and a tribute to the V8 engine in its final campaign before being replaced by a new turbocharged V6 unit with energy recovery systems. The team, who have Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Finland's Kimi Raikkonen as their drivers in a line-up of world champions, […]