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Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Perez supportive of double points

Force India driver Sergio Perez says he is in favour of the FIA's plans to introduce double points for the season finale from next season. The sport's governing body announced earlier this week that drivers will receive double points in Abu Dhabi next year. World champion Sebastian Vettel called the rule 'absurd' while Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo labelled it 'bizarre'. But Perez says the change will make the end of the year exciting. "I'm in favour, I think it will make things really exciting," […]

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Force India confirms Sergio Perez on multi-year deal

Force India has confirmed that Sergio Perez will race for them in 2014 after signing a 'multi-year deal' with the team. Perez, 23, who will race alongside Nico Hulkenberg, was unveiled at the Mexican consul in London on Thursday. Perez made his Formula 1 debut in 2011 and raced for Sauber until his switch to McLaren for 2013. Feature: Force India gives Perez a second chance His stint at McLaren lasted just a single year, having finished 11th in the championship, with 49 points. "It’s […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Korean GP organisers would consider night race

The promoter of the Korean Grand Prix says that he would consider holding the race at night as he bids to strike a better deal with Bernie Ecclestone. Korea joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2010 but has been beset by financial problems and poorly attended races. The 2014 event is set to switch to a date early in the season, with the race scheduled to take place on April 27th. But the FIA has listed the event provisional on the draft 2014 calendar and […]

Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013

Hamilton: Vettel is a fantastic driver

Lewis Hamilton has repeated his depiction of Sebastian Vettel as a "fantastic driver" at the wheel of an "awesome car". Earlier this week, triple world champion and 2013 points leader Vettel insisted he is not fazed by the likes of Hamilton or Fernando Alonso, who constantly herald one another's talents but hail only Vettel's Red Bull car. When asked about that sort of criticism, 2008 world champion Hamilton accused the media of being "unfair". "It's unfair to say we criticise him and say he (Vettel) […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ecclestone warns F1 calendar could shed historic Monza

Monza, the historic home of the Italian grand prix, could be a victim of F1's continued push into "emerging markets". That is the warning of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, who admitted that even the sport's longest-standing European races are not secure. "It is possible that Europe will lose a couple of races in favour of emerging markets," he told the weekly Italian magazine Panorama. "If we do move away from Monza - and I say 'if', because no decision has been taken yet - […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kubica testing in Mercedes' F1 simulator

Robert Kubica has been conducting secret Formula One tests at the wheel of Mercedes' sophisticated driver simulator, German newspaper Bild reports. The Pole tested the German marque's DTM car over the winter, but ultimately signed up with Citroen for the second-tier world rally championship in 2014 as he continues his return to full speed in the wake of his near-fatal crash two years ago. But 28-year-old Kubica, who raced for BMW and Renault in F1 until the end of 2010, has never hidden that - […]

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012

New Jersey set to be delayed until 2014

Bernie Ecclestone on Friday confirmed reports the inaugural New York grand prix will not take place in 2013. The reports said problems with the organisation of the event, scheduled to take place amid the Manhattan skyline mid next year, meant a delay until 2014 was now inevitable. F1's chief executive confirmed the news to several media outlets on Friday. "The event is not going to happen" next year, 81-year-old Ecclestone is quoted by AAP. "Everything is set up, but it's now too late to finish […]

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Korea among least-popular races on F1 calendar

Korea, among F1's new breed of grands prix, is far from the most popular stop on the sport's annual calendar. Well-known British F1 photographer Darren Heath tweeted from the metropolis Seoul: "Fantastic 3 days. Early train to Mokpo tomorrow. "(It's) like being in London then heading to Shetland for an F1 GP. Mad," he concluded. According to the German news agency DPA, Formula One drivers "like the track" in South Korea but are "bugged by the strange atmosphere". Michael Schumacher confirmed: "We don't get too […]

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012

Grosjean arrives in Singapore with new coach

Back on track after his Monza ban, Romain Grosjean has travelled to Singapore with a new coach, according to France's RMC Sport. The report said Grosjean, who was banned by the FIA following the first corner crash at Spa and in the wake of a string of similar incidents in 2012, is now working with Benoit Campargue. Fellow Frenchman Campargue, 47, is a former two-time European Judo champion who coaches the current heavyweight Olympic champion Teddy Riner. According to other media reports, Grosjean met with […]

Posted on Saturday, August 4, 2012

Good news from F1 hosts Austin and Russia

There is good news from new Formula One hosts in Texas as well as Sochi, Russia. Austin's new Circuit of the Americas announced that three-day general admission tickets for its inaugural grand prix in November have sold out. US media reports said the venue estimates a whopping 120,000 spectators will attend on all three days of the race weekend. "Worldwide fan interest has been remarkable," spokesman Geoff Moore said. And the Austin American Statesman newspaper said the first layers of track asphalt have been laid, […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Anthony Hamilton suing di Resta over firing

Paul di Resta's recent split with his former manager Anthony Hamilton is heading to the courts, the Telegraph has revealed. The British newspaper said Hamilton, who is McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton's father, has filed papers in London's High Court for wrongful termination and loss of earnings. In his defence papers, Force India's di Resta said he fired Hamilton because he was misled about an energy drinks sponsorship with a company called 'Go Fast'. Scot di Resta, 26, allegedly brought the EUR 5.5 million deal to […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

FIA closes Red Bull 'engine maps' loophole

As expected, the FIA on Wednesday issued a rule clarification in the wake of the Red Bull 'engine maps' controversy at Hockenheim. The governing body's technical boss Jo Bauer shocked the paddock last Sunday morning by asking the stewards to look into what Red Bull is doing, amid suggestions the team had gone too far with a complex form of legal traction control and engine exhaust blowing. "None of us really know what it is that antagonised the FIA so much to provoke Jo Bauer […]