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Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013

Only Raikkonen to drive longer Lotus at Monza

Kimi Raikkonen, not his teammate Romain Grosjean, will debut Lotus' new longer-wheelbase car this weekend at Monza. "Kimi will drive the long wheelbase on Friday, and if necessary we can go back to the shorter version," race engineer Mark Slade told the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat. "But we expect this (long) car to be better." Raikkonen, however, does not expect the change will be enough to win on Sunday. "Low downforce tracks are not good for us," said the Finn, "but let's see how the […]

Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2013

Vettel controls Belgian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel dominated the Belgian Grand Prix as anticipated wet weather failed to materialise. The reigning world champion took the lead of the race on the opening lap and was never threatened there on. Fernando Alonso returned to the podium for the first time since the Canadian Grand Prix as he equalled his best result at Spa with second place. Polesitter Lewis Hamilton was third, a couple of seconds ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg. Mark Webber finished in fifth, with Jenson Button in sixth and […]

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013

Friday press conference - Belgium

Team Representatives - Andrew Green (Force India), Nick Chester (Lotus), Jean-Michel Jalinier (Renault Sport), Tom McCullough (Sauber), Pat Symonds (Williams), James Key (Toro Rosso). Q: James, if I could start with you. I want to talk about the engineering challenges today, of developing new technologies, such as we have for 2014, but in a resource-restricted environment in Formula One, as we have at the moment. What are the key points in your mind? James Key: That’s the secret to it in many ways, isn’t it, […]

Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013

Opinion: Don't penalise the driver, address the problem

Penalties for exceeding track limits ruin racing. Rather than sanctioning the driver, solve the initial problem

Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Alonso, Ferrari escape serious sanction for DRS misuse

Fernando Alonso has escaped serious sanction after three illegal uses of DRS during the Hungarian Grand Prix. Alonso was deemed to have used the device three times when he was not within a second of his rivals. The matter was referred to the stewards, who deemed that any advantage gained was negligible and that it was the team who erred. "The DRS enabling system was not changed by the team from the pre-race to the race setting," the report said. "The driver therefore incorrectly received […]

Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hungarian Grand PrixView

Colourful water slides, 'Bernie avenue' and the first race behind the Iron Curtain. It must be the Hungarian Grand Prix...

Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2013

Frustrated Sutil criticises stewards and Maldonado

A frustrated Adrian Sutil expressed his frustrations with the stewards after being handed a drive through penalty in the Canadian Grand Prix. Sutil was running in eighth place when he was deemed to have ignored blue flags. The subsequent sanction dropped him to tenth. "I was quite disappointed with the drive-through," Sutil told Sky Sports F1. I was just racing [Kimi] Raikkonen, trying to push on. I tried to give them the straight to pass me, and that is where Hamilton overtook me with the […]

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013

Caterham to continue with Renault engines

Caterham owner Tony Fernandes has confirmed that his team will stick with Renault engines next season. Caterham has been powered by the French squad since 2011 and will continue their partnership into the new era in 2014. Caterham's eponymous road car company has a partnership with Renault subsidiary Alpine that will see the companies collaborating to produce sports cars. "We have a car partnership with Renault," said Fernandes. "Our F1 car is going to be replicated in a road car, so you see a Renault […]

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013

Ferrari 'calm' despite troubled start says Gene

Despite a mixed start to the 2013 campaign for Ferrari, test driver Marc Gene insists the mood at Maranello is "calm". Spaniard Alonso won in China earlier this month, but before that he retired after a crash in Malaysia, whilst last weekend in Bahrain his victory hopes collapsed due to an ultra-rare DRS rear wing failure. "It's the first problem of its kind on this system seen in the three years during which it has been used," the Italian team revealed in a media statement. […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Domenicali urges perfection from Ferrari

Stefano Domenicali has reiterated his belief that Ferrari can fight for the title despite a difficult weekend in Bahrain. Fernando Alonso finished in eighth place following breakage of a mechanical component within his DRS while Felipe Massa was out of the points following two punctures. The result leaves Alonso 30 points behind reigning champion Sebastian Vettel. "It’s hard to recall a race where so many things went wrong," said Domenicali. "We must continue to develop the car and increase our understanding of the tyres, which […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lotus tougher challenger than Ferrari admits Marko

According to Dr Helmut Marko, Lotus is a bigger challenger to Red Bull's championship hopes in 2013 than Ferrari. Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel are leading Lotus and Kimi Raikkonen in both the constructors' and drivers' world championships after the first four 'flyaway' races. But it might be argued that the bulk of Ferrari's deficit is because of Fernando Alonso's crash in Malaysia and malfunctioning DRS rear wing flap in Bahrain. Asked, however, if Red Bull expected Lotus' Raikkonen to be challenging so hard in […]

Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2013

Alonso sure F138 is best Ferrari he's driven

Fernando Alonso endured a difficult Bahrain Grand Prix but maintains the F138 is the best car Ferrari has produced since his arrival at the team in 2010. Alonso's race was marred by his DRS becoming stuck open, forcing the Spaniard to make an unscheduled stop. "We definitely didn’t have much luck today and that’s a real shame," he said. "After the opening laps, when I thought the rear tyres had gone off, the pit wall informed that the DRS was stuck. It wasn’t fixed properly […]