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Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

FR3.5 2014: Germany replaces Austria on calendar

The Formula Renault 3.5 Series will race at the Nurburgring next season in place of a round at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The renovated circuit, formerly the A1 Ring, hosted a round of the championship this season but drops off the calendar after just a single year. The series will begin at Monza in April and conclude at Jerez in October. The championship will continue to act as a support package to the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix in May. "We’ve put together […]

Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013

What's it like to be the safety car driver?

When race direction deems that an event needs to be neutralised, the safety car is deployed onto the circuit. But being a Safety car driver involves more than leading the Formula 1 cars when incidents or weather conditions requires their presence. It’s a relentless coordination job in which catching up the leader, keeping the field together and allowing lapped cars to overtake are more than just commands. All must be done with accuracy at a speed which allows the racing tyres to remain at an […]

Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grosjean 'getting better and better'

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane believes that Romain Grosjean has been getting 'better and better' through the 2013 season. Grosjean had a low key start to 2013 after some controversial moments in 2012, but finished on the podium in Germany and qualified in third place in Singapore. "I think Romain himself has made - I wouldn't call it a breakthrough - but since the Nurburgring, Hungary, he's just been getting better and better and better," said Permane. While Grosjean ended up retiring in Singapore, […]

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013

Williams to focus on 2014 after Singapore

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas says his team is likely to switch focus to 2014 after the Singapore Grand Prix. Bottas finished in fifteenth place in Belgium and has yet to score a point in 2013. "It was not the easiest race for us so far because we were really lacking some pace and just not quick enough," he told F1Zone.net at Spa Francorchamps. "Sector two was the main problem, so in the first and third sectors in the straights we were good, but we were losing […]

Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Hot conditions exposes Toro Rosso weaknesses

Toro Rosso has conceded that hot conditions do not suit their car after finishing outside the top 10 in Hungary. Jean-Eric Vergne was twelfth, with Daniel Ricciardo a position further back in thirteenth place. "A difficult race for us, as it highlighted what appears to be our weak point at the moment, namely racing in hot conditions and with track temperatures exceeding 50 degrees, this was the hottest Grand Prix of the year," said team principal Franz Tost. "The opening stints were tricky on both […]

Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013

Button expects strong McLaren in Belgium

McLaren's Jenson Button expects his team to be competitive at next month's Belgian Grand Prix. Button conceded that this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix will be a challenge due to high temperatures, but is adamant that the race at Spa-Francorchamps will be McLaren's best chance of 2013. "We still want to win a race, and I think we still can win a race," Button said in Hungary. "It’s not going to be a complete bad year. I think we started the season and it was a […]

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013

Kovalainen plays down van der Garde seat rumours

Heikki Kovalainen has played down rumours he is shaping up to oust the underperforming rookie Giedo van der Garde at Caterham. The team, having earlier paid the highly rated Finn Kovalainen since formation in 2010, opted for a pair of sponsored drivers this year. But in the Silverstone and Nurburgring paddocks most recently, the rumour that Kovalainen could soon return to the wheel - in van der Garde's place - gained in strength. "I think this (sort of rumour) is quite common in Formula One, […]

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013

Montezemolo not ready for 2014 Massa talks

Luca di Montezemolo on Wednesday said he is not ready to talk about Felipe Massa's future at Ferrari. The Brazilian has been involved in a string of on-track incidents dating back every race since Monaco, amid speculation the Italian team might finally choose another teammate for Fernando Alonso next season. "Yes, these are critical moments," team boss Stefano Domenicali said after Massa's spin into retirement at the Nurburgring, "and of course we are not happy with the results. "But we have to support Felipe, because […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Alonso not tiring of life at Ferrari

Fernando Alonso has given a short life to speculation he might soon tire of failing to win titles with Ferrari. Former F1 driver David Coulthard said he sensed the Spaniard, who turns 32 later this month, was becoming frustrated with Ferrari's flagging form last time out at the Nurburgring. "It's a long time since Alonso won a world championship," BBC commentator Coulthard said, "and that's not because he's not putting in world championship level performances. "If this continues for that much longer, you have to […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hamilton says tyres costing him 2013 title tilt

Lewis Hamilton says Pirelli's tyres are ruining his shot at the 2013 title. "I'm not really thinking about the championship now," said the Nurburgring pole sitter. "There's really no point." Earlier, having seen his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg win two of the past three grands prix, the Briton sounded optimistic he could chase down Sebastian Vettel's points lead after dominating qualifying on Saturday. But then came Sunday, where it became clear the move from steel to kevlar-belted tyres, and the clampdown on team tyre-trickery, had […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Buemi tips Red Bull to sign Raikkonen

Sebastien Buemi, a recent Toro Rosso driver and now Red Bull reserve, has tipped the world champions to sign Kimi Raikkonen for 2014. After Mark Webber announced his impending switch to Le Mans, Red Bull narrowed down the shortlist for the Australian's successor to just three names -- Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. But even Ricciardo, the most consistent Toro Rosso performer of 2013, does not expect to get the nod. "I would expect a world champion team to take a world champion driver," […]

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013

Grosjean rescues career with Nurburgring podium

Romain Grosjean may have rescued his Formula One career on Sunday by returning to the podium at the Nurburgring. Having failed to score a single point since his podium in Bahrain, the Frenchman was the subject of rumours Lotus might be preparing to replace him with Nico Hulkenberg. Indeed, it is believed Hulkenberg has terminated his contract with the financially-troubled Sauber, with Bild newspaper saying the German has even had a Lotus seat fitting. Frenchman Grosjean, however, said he never doubted himself. "Not really," he […]