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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 Thursday, December 19, 2013

Career could have ended in mid 2013 admits Grosjean

Even with a 2013 contract in his pocket, Romain Grosjean has admitted he remained perilously close to seeing his now flourishing F1 career end. Banned for a race in 2012 and written off as the 'first lap nutcase' by Mark Webber, the Frenchman entered the winter period uncertain if he would be returning in 2013. Ultimately, having developed a close working relationship with a psychologist and no longer running into regular trouble in wheel-to-wheel combat, Grosjean ended the recently-concluded season as a standout of 2013. […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

F1 return 'nearly impossible' admits Kubica

Robert Kubica has admitted it is unlikely he will ever return to formula one. Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali admitted recently that, prior to the Pole's horror rally crash of early 2011, Kubica was a front runner to become a driver for the fabled Italian team. "Unfortunately, I don't think he will be back," said Domenicali, referring to the limited mobility of 28-year-old Kubica's right arm, which was almost severed in the crash. Indeed, former BMW and Renault driver Kubica admitted in an interview with the […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Massa: Maiden Interlagos victory career highlight

Felipe Massa says that his victory in the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix is the best memory of his career. Massa claimed pole position for the race and eased to the win, the second of his career and the first in his home country. Massa, who will leave Ferrari after eight years, was speaking in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport about his Formula 1 career. "Definitely 2008 when I came that close to the world title, with many wins and poles," he said when asked […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ferrari admits it wanted Kubica

Stefano Domenicali has admitted Ferrari was targeting Robert Kubica for a future seat until his career-altering rally crash of 2011. It has been rumoured the Italian team wanted Pole Kubica, who is now a full-time rally driver after substantially recovering from near-fatal injuries, to be Fernando Alonso's teammate. Asked if the rumours were true, team boss Domenicali said: "Yes, we were keeping an eye on him. "Unfortunately, I don't think he will be back (in F1), because with his physical problem, he would struggle in […]

Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013

What's it like to be the safety car driver?

When race direction deems that an event needs to be neutralised, the safety car is deployed onto the circuit. But being a Safety car driver involves more than leading the Formula 1 cars when incidents or weather conditions requires their presence. It’s a relentless coordination job in which catching up the leader, keeping the field together and allowing lapped cars to overtake are more than just commands. All must be done with accuracy at a speed which allows the racing tyres to remain at an […]

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Lotus owner Lopez slams Raikkonen after salary comments

Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez has slammed Kimi Raikkonen, after the Finn revealed he is only leaving for Ferrari in 2014 because he has not been paid. Raikkonen had shocked reporters with his brutal honesty about his unpaid salary on Thursday, but Lopez told the German newspaper Welt that is not the full story. "He will get his money, as in previous years and as agreed, at the end of the season," Lopez said. "I am very confused about the timing and content of these […]

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013

Force India no longer developing 2013 car

Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer says his team is no longer developing the VJM06, ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. Force India is currently in fifth place in the championship but Szafnauer admits that the team does not have the resources to run parallel programmes effectively. "Because we’re such a small team we have stopped developing this year’s car and we’re working on next year’s car" he told F1Zone.net in Belgium. "We can’t do this parallel development, we just don’t have the […]

Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013

Alonso gives Ferrari 8 out of 10 for 2013

Fernando Alonso has given Ferrari an 8 out of 10 for the 2013 season so far. The Spaniard is trailing Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship by 34 points, while Ferrari has admitted it is falling behind in the car development race. "Now it is vital that we optimise the performance of our car, just as our rivals have managed to do, because we want to get back to fighting for the top places as soon as possible," said team boss Stefano Domenicali. […]

Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013

Vettel ignores mind games and July 'curse'

Sebastian Vettel insists talk about mind games and a July 'curse' will not distract his push for a first home win in Germany this weekend. Not only has the reigning three-time world champion never won at his home tracks at the Nurburgring or Hockenheim, the newly 26-year-old has actually never won a grand prix in the month of July. "There is no (July) curse," Vettel told Sport Bild this week. "On the contrary, there is more of a home advantage, so I'll try again this […]

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013

Nasr eyeing 2014 F1 debut

Felipe Nasr is likely to make his F1 debut in 2014, according to Livio Oricchio, the respected correspondent for O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper. The 20-year-old from Brazil is currently second in this year's GP2 championship, but in an interview with Oricchio he was cautious when talking about moving to F1. "Of course we're not far from it, and there will be a time to start thinking about Formula One, but at the moment my concern is to finish this season well," he said. "Because […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bianchi feels pressure to push Marussia forward

Jules Bianchi thinks it is possible Marussia is on the verge of breaking into F1's midfield. Since the team debuted as Virgin in 2010, the red and black cars have always occupied the last rows of the grid, and Bernie Ecclestone even wanted Marussia to merge with fellow backmarker Caterham ahead of the 2013 season. And as recently as this week, F1's chief executive has proposed a 'customer car' rule be introduced. "Ecclestone says the new rule would particularly benefit Marussia, F1's worst-performing team," F1 […]