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Posted on Sunday, July 7, 2013

Raikkonen on cusp of Red Bull deal

Kimi Raikkonen is on the verge of agreeing a switch from Lotus to Red Bull for 2014. That is the claim of Spanish sports newspaper Marca's correspondent Marco Canseco, who reports from the Nurburgring that although the Finn has not actually signed on the dotted line, "only missing now is the last details of the agreement". Canseco added that Red Bull and the 2007 world champion could announce the identity of Sebastian Vettel's next teammate "at Spa, after the summer break". Raikkonen told F1's official […]

Posted on Sunday, July 7, 2013

Russian banker Rotenberg to rescue Sauber

Sauber could have an all-new driver lineup next year, as rumours of a radical shakeup for the struggling Swiss team gain speed. Nico Hulkenberg, reportedly not paid by the Hinwil based team since May, has already confirmed at the Nurburgring that boss Monisha Kaltenborn is working to pull Sauber out of a financial crisis. Nicolas Todt - a GP2 team chief, prominent F1 driver manager and son of FIA president Jean Todt - has been linked with a buyout, as has Chelsea football club's Russian […]

Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sutil happy with the new tyres

Force India’s Adrian Sutil has no complains about Pirelli’s tyre choice for the German Grand Prix as his car showed a similar performance level yesterday compared to the last few races. He ran 50 laps across the first two practice sessions at Nurburgring and set the fourth and eleventh fastest time. “New medium compound was consistent and the soft tyre was good for one lap, so it’s a very good qualifying tyre. It’s gonna be interesting for the race, a good combination. The car is […]

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013

Raikkonen unfazed by Lauda's 'wimp' jibe

Kimi Raikkonen declined to hit back at Niki Lauda on Friday, despite the F1 legend calling him a "wimp". Told that triple world champion and Mercedes chairman Lauda has been talking about him, Raikkonen said at the Nurburgring: "Huh? To me? He (Lauda) hasn't spoken to me." The 2007 world champion was then told by the interviewer for Tagesspiegel newspaper that Lauda had said ignoring Red Bull's offer of a 2014 seat would make him a "wimp". "I don't care what he says," said the […]

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013

Van der Garde not expecting improvements

Ahead of the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring F1Zone.net had a chat with Giedo van der Garde about his expectations in this race. “Depends on the rear tyres,” Caterham’s driver simply replied. The Dutch driver won races at Nurburgring during his pre Formula One career, a performance which he doesn’t expect to repeat again this year. “Nurburgring is not one of my favorite but it’s a nice track and the first part is very technical. The key here is that you have to be at […]

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013

Drivers threaten boycott if tyre problems persist

F1's tyre-gate saga has taken another dramatic twist, as drivers formally threaten to boycott the German grand prix. The Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA), led by Ferrari tester Pedro de la Rosa, warned at the Nurburgring that drivers will pull out of the Nurburgring round if there are signs the tyre-exploding crisis seen at Silverstone has not been solved. "The drivers have decided if similar problems should manifest themselves during the German GP, we shall immediately withdraw from the event," read the statement. The GPDA […]

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013

Red Bull asks fans to help decide 2014 driver

Red Bull has turned to its fans to help it decide Mark Webber's successor. Team boss Christian Horner recently narrowed down the selection of Sebastian Vettel's new teammate for 2014 to a shortlist of three -- Kimi Raikkonen, or a current Toro Rosso driver. So on Red Bull's official Facebook page, a survey asking fans which of the three should get the job duly appeared. Finn Raikkonen attracted thousands of votes, while the second most popular choice was Australian Daniel Ricciardo. Raikkonen was not listening […]

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013

Mika Salo expects 2013 race return for Kovalainen

Former F1 driver Mika Salo is expecting a return to Formula One for Finnish countryman Heikki Kovalainen to "snap into place soon". The highly-rated Kovalainen, ousted by Caterham at the end of last year in favour of sponsored 2014 drivers, is now being linked with the underperforming Dutchman Giedo van der Garde's cockpit. Told by Sky reporter Ted Kravitz at Silverstone last week that van der Garde is "not doing the business for you", Caterham chief executive Riad Asmat dodged the answer. "He'll come back […]

Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013

Vettel ignores mind games and July 'curse'

Sebastian Vettel insists talk about mind games and a July 'curse' will not distract his push for a first home win in Germany this weekend. Not only has the reigning three-time world champion never won at his home tracks at the Nurburgring or Hockenheim, the newly 26-year-old has actually never won a grand prix in the month of July. "There is no (July) curse," Vettel told Sport Bild this week. "On the contrary, there is more of a home advantage, so I'll try again this […]

Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013

Race win will motivate Hamilton says Brawn

A win at the Nurburgring will be the perfect tonic for Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn admits. This weekend's German grand prix is actually the team's and Nico Rosberg's home race, but Briton Brawn thinks countryman Hamilton "deserves" his breakthrough. Rosberg won Mercedes' first race of 2013 at Monaco, and he followed it up with the win at Silverstone last Sunday -- but only after local hero Hamilton suffered an exploded Pirelli. "He (Hamilton) deserves a win," said Brawn. Hamilton, 28, has had […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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Castles, forests, an abandoned rollercoaster and a fearsome circuit nearby. It must be the German Grand Prix

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Raikkonen hoping for change of luck in Germany

Kimi Raikkonen says he hopes his German luck changes ahead of this weekend's race at the Nurburgring. Raikkonen has never won in Germany and has retired from the race at the Nurburgring on six occasions. Raikkonen's last failure to finish in Formula 1 came at the circuit in 2009. "I don’t know, maybe I did something bad in a former life?" Raikkonen says of his misfortune at the circut. "I have always enjoyed driving in Germany, but the problem is that luck has never been […]