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Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014

Korea removed from latest 2015 calendar

Korea has been removed from the latest 2015 calendar issued by F1's governing body. Insiders were initially stunned early in December when next year's schedule featured an unprecedented 21 grand prix dates and the return of a race in unpopular South Korea. Korean organisers played down the inclusion and even Bernie Ecclestone admitted it was unlikely, as experts explained it was probably a mere 'trick' to trigger a loophole in the long-life engine use rules for 2015. But at the latest Strategy Group meeting, the […]

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013

Season review: F1 2013 - the year in quotes

As part of our season review, here is the 2013 Formula 1 season from the mouths of those involved in the sport: the humorous, the memorable, the radio messages, and those, with hindsight, that some surely regret... “That competitiveness is going to keep growing and I guess we'll see more of it this year. But I'll try to contain it so I don't come across like a dickhead or something!” – Daniel Ricciardo reveals his intentions to improve in 2013. “This year's car is the […]

Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013

Korea, New Jersey adamant on F1 future

Organisers of the Korean Grand Prix insist that they are not giving up on the possibility of Formula 1 returning to the country in the future. The race, held at the Yeongam circuit near Mokpo, has been dropped after four years on the calendar. The event has struggled financially since its inaugural race in 2010 but Park Joon-Yung, Governor of The Southern Province of South Jeolla, is adamant that the sport is crucial to the area. "Formula 1 is the future of our province," he […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Season review: 'First lap nutcase' earns respect

12 months ago, Romain Grosjean was under pressure like never before. Huge pressure. His move at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix on Mark Webber was clumsy to the extreme; even a driver working his way through the junior formulae would have been humiliated by such an error. He was the first lap nutcase. The lunatic for whom a first lap was akin to an iceberg for the Titanic. His season ended with a ludicrous attempt at passing Pedro de La Rosa’s HRT in […]

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 Friday, October 18, 2013

Raikkonen targets improved qualifying performance in India

Kimi Raikkonen says that improving his performance in qualifying is essential for his chances of competing at the front in next weekend's Indian Grand Prix. Raikkonen has struggled in qualifying since the summer break, with his best grid position coming in Belgium, when he set the eighth fastest time. Raikkonen was lnocked out of Q2 in Italy and Singapore, but recovered to finish on the podium at the Marina Bay street circuit. "Hopefully we finally get it right in qualifying as the last five qualifying […]

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 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 […]

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pic to serve drive through penalty in race

Charles Pic has been handed a drive through penalty for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. Pic qualified in 20th place for the race but ignored the red light at the end of the pit lane when qualifying was suspended. 'Car 20 crossed the pit exit line at 14:17:10' read the stewards decision. 'The red light was at 14:17:05. It is noted this is the second consecutive event in which the driver has driven through a red light.' As a consequence, Pic must serve a drive through […]

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hamilton happy with third place

Lewis Hamilton says he is happy after qualifying in third place for the Japanese Grand Prix. Hamilton edged out Romain Grosjean to ensure that he will start the race as the main challenger to Red Bull. "I am really happy with P3 on the grid and the team has done a great job this weekend, so thank you to everybody for their hard work," he said. "It seems to me that we have a better package here than we've had for a while and the […]

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013

Detached wheel and crash hinder Maldonado

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado endured a 'frustrating' day of practice ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. Maldonado lost a wheel during first practice and had to sit out the rest of the session. Early on in the second session, Maldonado crashed out at Degner curve. "It was a frustrating day today as I didn't get the amount of time on track that I would have liked," he said. "My FP1 session ended early after a problem with my left-rear tyre, and at the beginning […]