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Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014

Ferrari on track for late January launch

Ferrari is edging close to having its 2014 car ready for the start of winter testing. Reports in the Marca sports newspaper (Spain) and the authoritative Autosprint (Italy) say the Maranello-built single seater is set to be launched on either the 23rd, 24th or 25th of January, a few days ahead of the opening test at Jerez. Marca correspondent Marco Canseco said the car, whose official name will be decided by fans via an internet poll, will "almost certainly" undergo its mandatory FIA crash tests […]

Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

Schumacher's family 'moved to tears' by overwhelming support

The family of Michael Schumacher say that they are overwhelmed by the support shown by fans on the occasion of his 45th birthday. Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since a skiing accident at the Meribel resort in France on Sunday. Schumacher remains in a critical but stable condition in Grenoble hospital. Ferrari clubs from Italy and France gathered outside of the hospital on Friday and unfurled a giant Ferrari flag to show their support for the injured German. Over 200 fans joined […]

Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ecclestone wants three 'double points' races

The days of the highly controversial new 'double points' rule for the season finale appear numbered. Many fans and drivers have made clear they are not happy with the change, designed to keep the title alive right to the end by offering twice as many points in Abu Dhabi next November. "I think it's wrong," Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne told Italy's Corriere dello Sport, "because it devalues the work a driver has done throughout the whole season. "As drivers we are not excited about […]

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013

UK broadcasters reveal 2014 plans

BBC Sport and Sky Sports have revealed their plans for the 2014 Formula 1 season. Sky Sports will show all 19 Formula 1 races live, while BBC Sport will show nine live, with highlights of the remaining 10 events. BBC Sport will show the races from Malaysia, Spain, Canada, Britain, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Russia and Abu Dhabi live. "It has been another great year for F1 on the BBC. We’re now very much looking forward to 2014 and feel we have a strong package for […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pirelli's 2014 tyres are slower

Pirelli's new range of tyres for 2014 is more conservative, according to the whispers from private testing in Bahrain. A three-day, Pirelli-organised test in the island Kingdom kicked off on Tuesday, with Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and Toro Rosso in attendance with their 2013 cars. The testing of next year's tyres, which will have to handle the much-higher torque of the new turbo engines, is taking place behind closed doors, and laptimes and details are not being disclosed. But Italy's Autosprint said: "The general indication […]

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Force India gives Perez a second chance

Underneath the Monza podium last year you’d have got long odds on then Ferrari and McLaren target Sergio Pérez lining up for Force India in 2014. Yet such is the evolution of Formula 1 that Pérez finds himself attempting to resurrect his career with a midfield outfit, despite 2014 set to be only his fourth season, and he is still just 23 years of age. In September 2012 Pérez finished on the podium in Italy, tested for Ferrari at Fiorano and then signed for McLaren […]

Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013

Pirelli to test 2013 cars in December

Three top teams will provide cars so that Pirelli can test its 2014 tyres later this month. Earlier, some teams objected amid rumours McLaren had put its hand up to run its 2013 car for the official tyre supplier at a December test in Bahrain. "It would be unfortunate," said Mercedes' Ross Brawn recently, "if one team had the benefit of running a (2014) tyre to the exclusion of all the others." Now, Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport and Autosprint are separately reporting that the […]

Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013

Ferrari duo say 2014 car 'difficult to drive'

The next generation of F1 car could be very difficult to drive, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa said on Thursday. Insiders say the transition between the V8 era and the beginning of the turbo-powered era next year is perhaps the biggest rule change in F1's entire history. Spaniard Alonso said he has tried an early version of Ferrari's 2014 car in the team's Maranello simulator. "When I tried it for the first time, it was really difficult to drive," he is quoted in Brazil […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Schumacher approached for Raikkonen's seat

Heikki Kovalainen may only have been Lotus' third choice as the 2013 successor for surgery-bound Kimi Raikkonen. The Enstone based team will announce on Thursday that Finn Kovalainen, who has been Caterham's 'Friday' driver this season, will race in Austin and Brazil at the wheel of Raikkonen's number 7. But it emerged this week that Nico Hulkenberg was also approached by Lotus, who found the German locked into the rest of his contract at Sauber. And Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told Bild newspaper that […]

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013

Alonso 'waiting' on fitness for Austin GP

It is possible Fernando Alonso will not travel to Austin for this weekend's US grand prix. The highly respected correspondent for Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport, Pino Allievi, said Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo "is not even remotely" contemplating the prospect of the Spaniard sitting out the race. But, after his high-G bump over the Abu Dhabi kerbs a week ago, Alonso admitted he was in back pain, while his manager Luis Garcia Abad 'tweeted' an alarming photo of the driver strapped to a spinal […]

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013

Kvyat qualifies for F1 super licence

Daniil Kvyat has qualified for his F1 super licence. Energy drink company Red Bull has named the Russian teenager as Daniel Ricciardo's successor at Toro Rosso for 2014. But the marque wants to give Kvyat an early start by sending him out for Friday morning practice sessions this weekend in Austin, and the following week in Brazil. Until now, the only spanner in the works has been the new GP3 champion's lack of a F1 super licence, the mandatory FIA credential needed by drivers in […]

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

Kvyat joins Vergne at Toro Rosso for 2014

Toro Rosso has confirmed that Daniil Kvyat will race for the team in 2014, alongside Jean-Eric Vergne. Red Bull had been expected to promote Antonio Felix da Costa from their young driver system, but has instead given Kvyat the nod. Kvyat, 19, is in contention for the GP3 title with just one round remaining in Abu Dhabi. The Russian teenager has also raced in Formula 3 this year and participated in the young driver test at Silverstone for Toro Rosso. Kvyat also conducted a straight […]