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Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013

Trackside at Spa-Francorchamps: FP1

Observations from a first practice session that masked the true form in Belgium

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013

Vettel not ready to decide future beyond 2015

Red Bull would like to keep Sebastian Vettel beyond his new 2015 contract, and even the reigning world champion is not ruling out a longer career with the premier energy drink-owned team. Some in the paddock, who had linked the 25-year-old with a switch to Ferrari or Mercedes in the future, were surprised when Red Bull announced last week that Vettel has added another year to his existing contract. "The fact he has signed this extension shows his commitment to Red Bull, and hopefully the […]

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013

No more tyre tweaks in 2013 says Hembery

If Pirelli's tyre tweak is introduced for Silverstone, it will almost certainly be the last change in 2013, Paul Hembery has revealed. Following criticism of the four-stop strategies seen at times early this season, the Italian marque wanted to make more radical changes for Canada this weekend. Instead, only a minor tweak will be tested on Friday morning, and pending the agreement of the teams, the change - to solve the rear delamination problems seen this year - could be introduced for the British grand […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Raikkonen admits 'two options' for 2014 seat

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he is weighing up two offers to remain in Formula One beyond 2013. In the wake of his impressive return to the sport, the Finn's two-year contract with Lotus is now expiring. The Enstone based team clearly wants to retain the 33-year-old former world champion, who has thrived under Lotus' laid-back regime. But team owner Gerard Lopez admitted to PA Sport news agency this week: "If he could find a better car somewhere else, and he had an option to go […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Maldonado hopes Williams can recover

One year ago, Pastor Maldonado was on top of the world in F1, having broken through for his first Formula One win. Now returning to Barcelona in 2013, Williams has suffered a major performance slump, and - backmarkers Caterham and Marussia aside - is the only team yet to score a single point this season. "At the moment we are living hard moments," Venezuelan Maldonado, 28, said. But after the first four 'flyaway' races of the season, the Spanish grand prix is traditionally the scene […]

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012

Good and bad news for F1's Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya, the owner and boss of the Force India team, had good and bad news on Thursday. The good news was that embarrassing protests planned for the Indian grand prix by grounded and unpaid staff of his ailing Kingfisher airline have been called off. That's because he struck a salary deal with the disgruntled workers. "There will (now) be no protests during F1," an airline engineer told the Times of India. But there was also bad news. One piece is that there is a […]

Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012

Newey no longer key to success in 'new' F1

Red Bull is lamenting the limited role that can be played in 2012 by F1's aerodynamic genius Adrian Newey. For the past few years, the energy drink owned team has enjoyed its dominance largely because of the airflow magic wrought by Briton Newey. But in 2012, with reigning back to back world champion Sebastian Vettel just one of the five different winners so far, Pirelli rubber is king. "I doubt Williams really know why they were so strong," team boss Christian Horner, referring to Pastor […]

Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Harsh penalty for error-prone McLaren

The penalty might be harsh, but the loss of Lewis Hamilton's pole in Spain is just the latest calamitous mistake by McLaren. That was the tone of the paddock's reaction to the news late on Saturday that a McLaren gaffe saw the FIA send Hamilton from first to last on the Spanish grand prix grid. The Sun newspaper called it a draconian "24-place grid penalty" imposed by the FIA after an "astonishing cock-up" by McLaren. Hamilton was told on the radio to pull over after […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ecclestone: Bahrain boycott would breach teams' contracts

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted F1 teams will breach their contracts if they do not race in Bahrain next weekend. Earlier, as the controversy surrounding the sport's continued plans to travel to the troubled island Kingdom deepens, an unnamed team boss admitted his peers would prefer if the event was called off. The Times newspaper then quoted F1 chief executive Ecclestone as saying that "If the teams don't want to go, then we cannot make them". "We've no way we can force people to go there," […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hamilton: McLaren must improve race pace

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to push his McLaren engineers to improve the race pace of the British team's 2012 car. The 2008 world champion put the MP4-27 on pole position for both the Australian and Malaysian grands prix, but then failed to have winning pace in the all-important races. "In qualifying we are very quick but we need to be quicker in the race," Briton Hamilton is quoted by the Sun newspaper. "I don't think we are quick enough." F1's next stop is in Shanghai […]

Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mercedes could quit F1 over commercial deals

Mercedes could quit Formula One or challenge Bernie Ecclestone in court, after it emerged top rivals Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull have agreed new commercial deals. With the FOTA alliance crumbling, F1 chief executive Ecclestone announced on Saturday that he has agreed terms with the "majority" of teams. In addition to the three top teams, it is believed Lotus, Toro Rosso, Sauber and Force India have also signed up. That leaves Mercedes and Williams apparently yet to agree, while it is believed the three bottom […]

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012

Vettel: Too soon to be picking winners and losers

It is too soon to be picking the winners and losers ahead of the 2012 season, reigning back-to-back world champion Sebastian Vettel insists. An early analysis might suggest Ferrari is struggling whilst Lotus could be set to join the pacesetters this season. But German Vettel, who drives for 2010 and 2010 constructors' champions Red Bull, said after the Jerez test that it is way too soon to be drawing conclusions about his rivals' form. "There is a bit of a reference when you look at […]