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Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mallya: Perez not a pay driver, it's against my philosophy

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya has dismissed speculation that new signing Sergio Perez is a pay driver. Perez will race for the Silverstone based team into 2014 after being axed by McLaren after a solitary season, but Mallya has rejected suggestions that he signed the Mexican due to his backing. "Mexico, Latin America - that part of the world was totally closed for us: we don’t do business in that part of the world, we had no connection to that part of the world. It’s […]

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013

Sutil to drive for Sauber in 2014

German Adrian Sutil will drive for Sauber next season, the Formula One team said on Friday, replacing Nico Hulkenberg who moved in the opposite direction to Force India last week. "I am very happy we found common ground," the 30-year-old Sutil was quoted as saying on the Sauber website, adding he had "known for a while" where he wanted to drive but negotiations took a bit longer than planned. No details of the agreement were revealed. "After six good years driving for Force India, with […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FIA confirms official 2014 F1 calendar

Races in New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea were dropped from Formula One's official 2014 calendar on Wednesday, with the season remaining at 19 races instead of a record 22. All three grands prix had been listed provisionally, with asterisks against them, on a previous calendar published in September by the sport's governing International Automobile Federation (FIA). None appeared however on the final version issued on Wednesday after a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sports Council in Paris. New Jersey's Grand Prix of the […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Lead McLaren Perez hoping to put on a show

Sergio Perez expressed mixed emotions after qualifying in seventh place for the United States Grand Prix. Perez, starting his penultimate race for McLaren, says he hopes to be able to put on a good show for the local fans, with many having travelled across the border from nearby Mexico, Perez's home country. "Obviously, I’m very pleased, but, when you’re so close to the cars in front, you still want to improve," he said. "In that respect, I’m slightly disappointed – but if you’d told me […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

McLaren 'lacked organisation and humility' says Perez

Sergio Perez's marriage to McLaren seems definitely over, as the Mexican criticised the great British team at the tail end of its disappointing 2013 season. Multiple authoritative sources are reporting that the Woking based team has decided to replace Perez after just a single season with its development rookie Kevin Magnussen. It is unlikely McLaren will make the news official before this weekend's US grand prix, as the Austin circuit is just 250 miles from Mexico, making it Perez's de-facto 'home' race. But Perez this […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Perez: Austin the most important weekend

Sergio Perez has labelled the upcoming United States Grand Prix as the most important race of his season amid speculation that he is to be replaced by Kevin Magnussen for next season. McLaren has been hesitant on the subject of Perez's future and the Mexican says that the race in Austin is his most important race of 2013. "For me, this will be the most important weekend of my year, and I’ll be especially keen for a strong result to send my fans back home […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Jersey promoter still expecting 2014 race

The promoter of the American Grand Prix, Leo Hindery Jr, says he still expects a race around the streets of New Jersey to take place in 2014. The event, which was originally set to join the sport this season, was not included on the provisional 21 race 2014 calendar that was distributed to teams at the Italian Grand Prix. But Hindery says that their omission was to a sanctioning fee not being paid to the relevant US authorities, something which will be done, as scheduled, […]

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Whiting inspects Mexican Grand Prix venue

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has visited the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez ahead of the potential return of the Mexican Grand Prix in 2014. Mexico was listed as a provisional race on the 2014 calendar, with a draft schedule distributed to Formula 1 team bosses at last weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Federico Alamán, the director of the event's group OCESA, Tavo Hellmund, who was initially involved in the Circuit of the Americas, and FIA Vice President Jorge Abed also attended. Johannes Hogrebe, a colleague of […]

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013

Whitmarsh: 21 races will be tough in 2014

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes that next year's Formula 1 calendar will be tough for teams. The 2014 season is set to feature 21 races, with Austria and Mexico returning to the sport and Russia joining the circus. For a second successive season, the proposed race in New Jersey was not included on the provisional calendar. "I think 21 is tough," said Whitmarsh. "I’ve got no personal knowledge of New Jersey so I can’t comment on that. Will those 21 all happen? There’s lots […]

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mexico set for Formula 1 return in 2014

The Mexican Grand Prix is set to return for the first time in over two decades next season. The race has not been held since 1992 but is scheduled to take place on November 9th next year after teams were given a copy of the provisional 2014 calendar ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. As expected there is no room for the proposed race in New Jersey, although the return of Mexico - and the inaugural Russian Grand Prix - means that there will […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Slim positive over Mexican GP chances

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim says there is a strong chance that Formula 1 will return to Mexico in the near future. Mexico has not hosted a Formula 1 race since 1992, when Nigel Mansell won for Williams at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Slim, whose Escuderia Telmex driver programme has helped both Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez reach Formula 1, believes that Mexico's two drivers - as well as the sport's increasing prominence in America, will help Mexico's prospects. "I believe there is […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Who are the rookies?

5 rookies will compete in the 2013 season. So who are they?