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Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013

Massa claims to be 'as fast' as Alonso

Felipe Massa insists he was "as fast, if not faster" than Fernando Alonso in qualifying trim this year. Ultimately, the Brazilian scored less than half the points of his high-profile teammate, and finally lost his Ferrari race seat. Massa will drive for Williams in 2014. "I know they are going through a tough phase," he is quoted by Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper, "but I think that with the changes they're making, they can go back to what they were doing a few years ago. "I […]

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

Allison best technical boss since Brawn says Montezemolo

James Allison is Ferrari's best technical director since Ross Brawn. That is the view of the Italian team's president Luca di Montezemolo, after a subtle reshuffle of responsibilities took place recently at Maranello. Until then, Briton Pat Fry was Ferrari's leading technical name, having joined from McLaren in 2010. But Lotus chief James Allison arrived from Lotus late this year, and is now being openly referred to by Ferrari as the technical director. Fry is still in a prominent technical and engineering role, but Montezemolo […]

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, […]

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 Monday, December 16, 2013

Raikkonen picks number 7, Bottas picks 77

Drivers are spending the last days before Christmas coming up with the numbers they will carry for the rest of their Formula One careers. After the FIA kicked off the selection process, telling drivers they should name their top three picks between 2-99, it has already emerged that Force India's Sergio Perez has plumped for number 11. It is believed Fernando Alonso considers 14 to be his lucky number, Jean-Eric Vergne wants the iconic 27, and Nico Rosberg has asked to carry number 6, which […]

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013

Hulkenberg and Perez for Force India in 2014

Nico Hulkenberg physically signed on the dotted line of a 2014 Force India contract in Brazil on Sunday. That is the claim of Germany's reliable Sport Bild, as it emerged that the German had until midnight to take up an option granted recently by the Silverstone based team, for whom Hulkenberg raced last year. The 26-year-old had joined Sauber for 2013 after Force India became late in its payments, but it was the Swiss team that found itself in the deeper financial trouble this year. […]

Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013

Ferrari's 2014 lineup 'explosive' admits Schumacher

Ferrari has put together a potentially "explosive" driver lineup for 2014, according to former team champion Michael Schumacher. The great German, who became F1's most successful driver ever by delivering five consecutive titles to the Maranello team last decade, was referring to the appointment of Kimi Raikkonen to be current 'number 1' Fernando Alonso's new teammate. Schumacher, who at the end of 2006 was pushed into his first retirement when Ferrari signed Raikkonen, said of the 2014 pairing: "For motor sport fans it will certainly […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Felipe Massa to leave Ferrari at the end of 2013

Felipe Massa has confirmed that he will leave Ferrari at the end of the 2013 season. Massa, 32, has raced for the team since 2006. He came within a point of winning the title in 2008. "From 2014 I will no longer be driving for Ferrari," the driver said in a post on Instagram and Twitter. "I would like to thank the team for all the victories and incredible moments experienced together. "Thank you also to my wife and all of my family, to my […]

Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2013

Ferrari to buy out Allison's Lotus contract

Ferrari looks set to buy out the remainder of former technical director James Allison's Lotus contract. That is the claim of Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper, following reports the Briton is definitely headed to Maranello. Correspondents Luis Vasconcelos and Heikki Kulta report that Allison neared an agreement with Honda, initially to build a test car ahead of the Japanese manufacturer's return as works engine supplier to McLaren in 2015. But when McLaren "did not support the idea" of a Honda test car, Allison's eyes reportedly turned […]

Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013

Kovalainen closing in on Caterham return

Heikki Kovalainen is closing in on a return to the Formula One grid, Finland's well-connected Turun Sanomat newspaper reports. The Finn spearheaded Caterham's race lineup until this year, when the team opted for the sponsored drivers Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic. But Kovalainen, who appeared in Friday practice for the green-clad team in Bahrain and Barcelona, is back in the paddock at Silverstone this weekend. Turun Sanomat reports rumours the 31-year-old could be drafted back into Caterham's race lineup, at Dutchman van der […]

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013

Ecclestone tells Raikkonen to ditch Hunt tribute

Kimi Raikkonen has reportedly been told to remove the depiction of 1976 world champion James Hunt from the top of his Monaco-spec helmet. An unabashed fan of the wild, drinking, smoking, womanising British driver, Finn Raikkonen went one step further a year ago in the Principality, wearing the late Hunt's iconic black helmet livery. This year, the Lotus driver's tribute to Hunt is a stylish picture on the top of his helmet, bearing the words 'James Hunt, 1976 world champion'. And on the back of […]