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Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ferrari tries to ease 2014 driver rumours

Ferrari has moved to ease the speculation about its 2014 driver lineup. With the Italian team's number 1 driver Fernando Alonso linked with a sensational switch to Red Bull, the future of teammate Felipe Massa is also uncertain beyond his expiring contract. And now linked with a return to Maranello is the team's 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen, after the Finn's manager Steve Robertson said talks with Red Bull had ended. The Raikkonen-to-Ferrari story got a boost in recent days by Eddie Jordan, a former […]

Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012

No official penalties for Alonso in 2012

If Pastor Maldonado was the penalty king, then Fernando Alonso is the master of fair play in 2012. That is the finding of Brazil's Globo Esporte, having compiled a list of the official FIA penalties attracted by F1's 24 drivers this year. Williams' Maldonado tops the list with 15 penalties; almost double the tally of the penalty runner-up Sergio Perez, whose 8 penalties was also matched by world champion Sebastian Vettel's official infractions. At the other extreme is Ferrari's Alonso, whose tally of zero penalties […]

Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Williams better than recent races show says Bottas

Williams' 2012 car holds more potential than has been seen at recent grands prix. That is the claim of the famous British team's Finnish reserve driver Valtteri Bottas, who is hotly tipped to step into the race cockpit in 2013. A vast improvement on last year's Williams, the FW34 has even won a race from pole this season. But Bottas, 22, thinks the car is better than it has appeared more recently, with the best finish since Pastor Maldonado's victory in Spain being Bruno Senna's […]

Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012

Ferrari says next races important for Massa's future

The forthcoming races are "very important" to Felipe Massa's future. That is the claim of Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali, apparently rejecting reports the famous Maranello team has already decided to drop the Brazilian at the end of the current season. At the same time, however, Domenicali indicated that Massa has work to do if he is to secure a new deal for 2013. "Felipe knows what he has to do," the Italian is quoted by Spain's Diario AS, Brazil's Globo Esporte and Spain's Marca. Domenicali […]

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012

Pirelli says tyre war not good for F1

Pirelli chief Paul Hembery thinks it would be wrong for Formula One to return to the 'tyre war' era. Recent rumours hinted FIA president Jean Todt would like to see Michelin return to the sport, but the French marque has said it would only race in F1 again if it can compete with a rival manufacturer. Michael Schumacher thinks a tyre war ensures "decent tyres" to race on, but Pirelli motor sport director Hembery is staunchly opposed. The Italian marque's contract as F1's sole supplier […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012

'Double DRS' to be banned for 2013

The technical concept known in the paddock this year as 'double DRS' looks set to be banned for 2013. Mercedes debuted the controversial straightline speed-boosting concept earlier this year, moving Lotus to lodge an official protest. But instead of taking the FIA's decision to allow Mercedes to keep the system to the international court of appeal, Lotus emerged with a new interpretation of 'double DRS' during practice at Hockenheim recently. The team practiced with the system on Kimi Raikkonen's car again at the Hungaroring, technical […]

Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Maldonado a future champ, not 'pay driver' says Williams

Last Sunday proved that Pastor Maldonado is no mere 'pay driver'. "If he was a fool, he would not be with us, no matter how much money he brings," Sir Frank Williams is quoted by Brazil's Globo Esporte. Venezuelan Maldonado, whose links to the state owned oil company PDVSA and president Hugo Chavez controversially deliver many millions to Williams' Oxfordshire based team, became F1's fifth different winner of 2012 last weekend in Spain. It has helped him to shake off the 'pay driver' insult, Williams […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Barrichello thinks Massa's problem is psychological

Rubens Barrichello has advised his friend and countryman Felipe Massa to remember to enjoy his job, amid rumours the Brazilian is speeding towards the exit at Ferrari. Speculation is rife that amid his apparently worsening performance slump, Massa will be replaced by the famous Italian team -- perhaps as soon as within the 2012 season. F1 veteran Barrichello, who has switched to Indycar this year after losing his Williams seat, told Brazil's Globo Esporte that he thinks Massa's problem is psychological. "It's not a speed […]

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bruno Senna visits Williams factory

The job-seeking Bruno Senna visited Williams' Oxfordshire headquarters in recent days, Brazil's Globo Esporte reports. The nephew of late Ayrton Senna, having started 2011 as Lotus/Renault's third driver, lost his race seat to Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean at the end of the season. A return to the reserve role has been rumoured for 2012, and he has also admitted to contemplating a switch to Nascar. But Globo reports that Senna, as well as team incumbent Rubens Barrichello, were both separately spotted at Williams' Grove […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Massa advises Barrichello to quit

In an interview with Brazil's Globo Esporte, Felipe Massa advised fellow countryman Rubens Barrichello to retire at the end of the 2011 Formula One season. Barrichello is currently facing uncertainty regarding his future with the Williams team, with several drivers currently in the running for his seat, such as 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen, Force India driver Adrian Sutil and Williams test driver Valterri Bottas. "The advice I gave to him was to retire. In my opinion, Rubens has had an incredible career in Formula […]

Posted on Friday, October 7, 2011

Barrichello and Sutil still in dark over 2012 seats

As the 2011 season nears its end, two veterans remain in the dark as to whether their careers will extend beyond November's Brazil finale. Force India's Vijay Mallya is refusing to lift the lid on his 2012 driver plans until mid December, and so German Adrian Sutil told the SID news agency that he hopes his forthcoming performances will do the talking. "Anything other than points finishes are not interesting," said Sutil, who has been with the Silverstone based team since his debut five years […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Doctor says Kubica will return to F1

Robert Kubica is going to return to formula one in 2012, according to F1 doctor Riccardo Ceccarelli. And the same message has emerged this week from the Pole's manager Daniele Morelli, after Renault boss Eric Boullier imposed a mid October deadline for the finalisation of the team's 2012 lineup. "If you keep delaying, delaying, delaying, you end up risking the interests of the team," Boullier is quoted as saying last weekend by Globo Esporte. "That is why we have to have the deadline." But Morelli […]