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Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kobayashi makes Formula 1 comeback with Caterham

Kamui Kobayashi will return to Formula 1 this season after signing a deal to race with Caterham. Kobayashi drove for Toyota at the end of 2009 before racing for Sauber between 2010 and 2012. He failed to find a seat in Formula 1 for 2013 and instead raced for Ferrari in the World Endurance Championship, alongside a couple of Formula 1 outings for the team. Kobayashi will race alongside Swedish rookie Marcus Ericsson. The Japanese driver will race the #10 car this year. Caterham's announcement […]

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 Saturday, November 16, 2013

Gutierrez, Chilton handed penalties for impeding

Esteban Gutierrez and Max Chilton have been penalised after impeding rivals during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix. Gutierrez, who qualified in 10th place, will drop to 20th on the grid after impeding Pastor Maldonado during the first segment of qualifying. 'Car #12 unnecessarily impeded car #16 between Turns 19 and 20 whilst performing manoeuvres that the stewards consider dangerous', read the stewards report. Chilton impeded Maldonado, as well as Force India's Adrian Sutil, during Q1. The Brit qualified in last place and will […]

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013

Gutierrez anticipating 'special' Austin race

Esteban Gutierrez says he is expecting next weekend's United States Grand Prix to be 'special' as he counts it as his home race. Mexican Gutierrez has never raced in Austin but is hoping to put on a show for the local fans. "Austin will be a very special weekend for me, because we can expect to have a lot of Mexican supporters again," he said. "I’m from Monterrey, which is quite close to Austin, being about one and a half to two hours away, so […]

Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Hydraulics problem curtails Pic's day

Charles Pic endured a difficult day in India as he was forced to retire from the race. Pic had to retire courtesy of a hydraulic problem and also sustained damage early in the race. "After the start and coming out of turn one I was ahead of [Max] Chilton and my teammate. Giedo [van der Garde] didn’t have anywhere to go and made contact with my right rear tyre and it punctured which meant I had to come in immediately for a stop," said Pic. […]

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013

Williams fined for wheel issue in FP2

Williams has been fined 60,000 Euros after a wheel nut detached from Pastor Maldonado's car during second practice for the Indian Grand Prix The team was fined for a similar offence in Japan, although in India the wheel did not fall off the car. 'The stewards noted that in this case the wheel had been retained on the car and that the cross threading of the wheel fastener contributed to the fastener coming off the car', read the report. 'Whilst the stewards accept that improvements […]

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

Minor points remain the target for Button

Jenson Button says that there is no reason to expect an upturn in form for McLaren at this weekend's Indian Grand Prix. Neither Button nor team-mate Sergio Perez have finished in the top four this season and McLaren sit in fifth place in the Constructors' championship. Button finished the previous race, in Japan, in ninth place. "The last few races have shown that, realistically, we’ll once again be fighting for the minor points," said Button regarding his prospects in India. "Still, I enjoyed my races […]

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

Force India wary of growing Sauber threat

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says he is keeping an eye on the growing threat posed by Sauber in the Constructors' championship. Force India had hoped to beat McLaren to fifth place in the championship but are now focused on ensuring that they do not lose sixth place to Sauber. Force India is 17 points ahead of Sauber but have taken just the one point, compared to the Swiss team's 38. "Sauber have been doing a very good job lately," said Mallya. "They are the […]

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Van der Garde sure Indian heat will help Caterham

Giedo van der Garde reckons that the anticipated high temperatures for next weekend's Indian Grand Prix will aid Caterham's progress. Van der Garde, who drove in FP1 last year at the Buddh International Circuit, is hoping to make amends after crashing out in Japan. The Dutchman revealed that his impact into the barriers on the first lap registered at 20g. "It’s a proper drivers track, one that has elevation changes and a few really challenging corners and there’s a couple of overtaking opportunities, especially turn […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Suzuka no fluke as Gutiérrez emerges as credible racer

Esteban Gutierrez scored his maiden Formula 1 points at the Japanese Grand Prix. It wasn't a fluke, as the Mexican has been transforming from an anonymous midfield runner into a genuine points contender. Formula 1 points are like buses for Esteban Gutiérrez. After waiting 15 races for one, six turn up at once. It would be remiss to suggest that Gutiérrez is now primed to develop into a championship contender, but his recent form is proving that he isn’t the hopeless pay driver that some […]

Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013

Grosjean thrilled at challenging Red Bulls

Romain Grosjean has expressed his delight after finishing on the podium in the Japanese Grand Prix. Grosjean took the lead at the start and maintained a comfortable gap to Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Grosjean was eventually usurped by Vettel following the second round of stops and the Frenchman was also passed by the three stopping Webber with a handful of laps remaining. "Today was just a very, very good race," he said. "What a start! It was superb to go past […]

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013

Alonso accepts title defeat; targets second for Ferrari

Fernando Alonso has accepted defeat in the hunt for the drivers' championship but insists that he is highly motivated to secure second place in the Constructors' championship for Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel can clinch his fourth world title if he wins in Japan and Alonso fails to finish in the top eight. Alonso says that finishing in a position to retain a mathematical chance of winning the title is not his target. "Today’s result is more or less what we were expecting, not having had a […]