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Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013

Vergne claims he 'thrashed' teammate Ricciardo

Jean-Eric Vergne, reportedly overlooked for the 2014 Red Bull vacancy, claims he has done a better job than Daniel Ricciardo this year. The Frenchman conceded recently that the world champion team is more seriously considering teammate Ricciardo to replace Mark Webber because of the young Australian's superior consistency. But Vergne has now told France's L'Equipe that Ricciardo's reputation is wrong. "Red Bull is the world champion team and they need a driver who can score points in every race," said the 23-year-old. "But if you […]

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013

'The Third Man' needs to look elsewhere

Jean-Eric Vergne is not even second favourite for Red Bull's vacant seat. So is it time to look further afield?

Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tyre failures mar British Grand Prix

Tyre failures have marred the beginning of the British Grand Prix. Race leader Lewis Hamilton suffered a tyre explosion on lap eight of the 52 lap race. Ferrari's Felipe Massa suffered a similar failure at the same point a few laps later. Following those failures on medium tyres, Jean Eric Vergne suffered a tyre failure into Stowe, this time on the hard tyres. The safety car was deployed to retrieve debris.

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013

F1 paddock delighted with Honda's return

Honda's return to Formula One in 2015 is being warmly welcomed in the paddock. Amid poor results and the global financial crisis, the Japanese carmaker pulled out as a team at the end of 2008, but will return in 2015 as a works supplier of the new turbo V6 engine to McLaren. "I think it's very good for the team and for McLaren's future," said Jenson Button, "but I think it's also good for the sport. "It means we will have four engines in Formula […]

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2013

Vettel unsure if Raikkonen as teammate 'realistic'

Sebastian Vettel admits he is not sure if the idea of having Kimi Raikkonen as his teammate next year is "realistic". Red Bull has not ruled out replacing Mark Webber, who fell out badly with world champion Vettel over the 'Multi-21' affair, with Finn Raikkonen in 2014. Asked if he would like to share the Red Bull garage with his friend and fellow world champion Raikkonen next year, Vettel admitted: "I don't know how realistic that is. "I do get on very well with him," […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pirelli making tyre change for own image says Red Bull

Pirelli has denied claims it is making major changes to its 2013 tyre design as a result of the pressure applied by world champions Red Bull. Following the controversy in the wake of Sunday's Spanish grand prix, Pirelli announced on Tuesday that it will make major changes in time for next month's race in Canada, including reverting to the basic structure of the 2012 tyre. However, before deciding to make the changes, Pirelli's Paul Hembery had warned that a reaction like that could hand the […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Why the term 'team-mate' is a misnomer

'Team mates' only exist in Formula 1 because teams must run two cars. In reality, 'team-mates' work together but for their own personal goals...

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013

Hamilton helping Mercedes shed old image says Wolff

Mercedes is bidding to shed its "conservative" image, new director and team co-owner Toto Wolff has revealed. Over the winter, it has been all change at the German team; swapping Michael Schumacher with Lewis Hamilton, Norbert Haug with Austrian Wolff and Niki Lauda, and soon set to push ahead with McLaren's ex technical chief Paddy Lowe. "At Mercedes, we no longer want to be so conservative," Wolff is quoted by Austrian television ORF 1. "The new Mercedes (road car) models are young and sporty." He […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Kubica to contest second-tier WRC in 2013

Robert Kubica will contest the second-tier WRC2 world rally championship at the wheel of a Citroen in 2013. The former Renault and BMW driver has been out of Formula One and full-time motor sport since a near-fatal rallying crash just before the 2011 season. The news follows the 28-year-old's recent test in a Mercedes DTM car, raising speculation he might contest the premier German touring car series this year. "I weighed up the different options before deciding on this programme," said Kubica after Citroen announced […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Raikkonen Revealed: Getting close to the Iceman

Iceman – the nickname given to Kimi Räikkönen by Ron Dennis at the beginning of the 2002 season – suits the 2007 Formula 1 World Champion perfectly. The Finnish star is most likely the coolest guy in Formula 1… ever. There is nothing that really makes him upset, angry or happy for more than for fifteen minutes or so. Kimi is quick to put everything behind him. The cool nature is innate. Kimi’s mother Paula remembers him only once being very nervous and losing his […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pirelli confirms 2013 plans

Pirelli has announced their plans for the 2013 Formula One season. 2013 is the third season of Pirelli being the sole tyre supplier in the sport as they come to the end of a three year contract. "The defining characteristic of the 2013 Pirelli Formula One tyres is softer compounds all round, which will allow them to reach peak operating temperature faster and deliver lap times that are around 0.5 seconds faster than last year," read a Pirelli statement. "Swift evolution of Pirelli’s tyre technology […]

Posted on Friday, October 12, 2012

Ecclestone agrees lower fee for 2016 Korea GP extension

Bernie Ecclestone agreed to reduce the race fee as he extended Korea's grand prix contract through 2016, the AFP news agency reports. F1's annual trip since 2010 to Mokpo is among the most controversial and least popular on the calendar, but promoter Park Won-Hwa said on Friday a new contract has been signed. "We had to renegotiate with Mr Ecclestone and brought a few ideas and persuaded him that Korea cannot continue the event with such a big financial loss," he said. "It took a […]