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Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011

Barrichello still 'waiting' on news from Williams

Rubens Barrichello has revealed he is still "waiting" to know if he will race a twentieth consecutive Formula 1 season in 2012. The British team has already confirmed the well-backed Pastor Maldonado for next season but is looking at its options for the other seat, which has been occupied by Brazilian veteran Barrichello for the past two years. It emerged just before Christmas that Bruno Senna visited Williams' Oxfordshire base, amid rumours Adrian Sutil is perhaps the favourite for the second race seat. "Just came […]

Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011

F1 driver exodus 'no loss' says Verstappen

Jos Verstappen has tipped F1 to race on unhindered when a list of midfield drivers does not return in 2012. Writing in his column for De Telegraaf newspaper, the Dutchman admitted that with so many drivers bustling for as little as two unconfirmed race seats, it is "an exciting time" on the newswire. At the same time, drivers apparently at the start of their promising careers, like ousted Toro Rosso pair Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi, have lost their seats. "It's hard for them, especially […]

Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011

Sutil admits eye on second Williams seat

Adrian Sutil has a firm eye on Williams as Formula one's driver lineup for 2012 takes more shape. On Friday, one of the German's potential options for next year - the vacant Lotus seat alongside Kimi Raikkonen - was filled by new GP2 champion Romain Grosjean. Sutil is expected to lose his Force India seat to Nico Hulkenberg, so the team veteran is now hoping for a switch to Williams. "Yes, certainly there has been talks with several teams for quite some time, but nothing […]

Posted on Saturday, December 3, 2011

2011 Driver Ratings: Part One

Part One of F1Zone's Driver Ratings

Posted on Friday, December 2, 2011

Barrichello also tips Raikkonen to struggle

Rubens Barrichello agrees with Sebastian Vettel that Kimi Raikkonen might struggle to re-adapt to formula one. World champion Vettel said this week he can imagine "it would be very difficult to return straight away to the same level as before" after a two-year absence from F1. Brazilian Barrichello, who was an outside contender for the Lotus Renault race seat now occupied by the 2007 world champion and Finn, agrees. "We only have the example of Schumacher," said the 39-year-old, referring to Michael Schumacher who struggled […]

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2011

Head: Maldonado seat 'pretty certain' for 2012

Team co-founder Patrick Head is "pretty certain" Pastor Maldonado will stay with Williams for a second season in 2012. The Venezuelan's seat was until recently considered secure due to his lucrative backing by the state-owned oil company PDVSA. But that money is now in doubt, with the Venezuelan parliament looking into whether the Williams deal went through the necessary approval processes. So when the provisional 2012 entry list was published by the FIA on Wednesday, Maldonado's name was missing. "It's not something that I can […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bottas not ruling out 2012 Williams race seat

Valtteri Bottas has acknowledged he is in the running to step up to the formula one race grid with Williams in 2012. The new GP3 champion, already the famous British team's test driver, impressed during the young drivers' session in Abu Dhabi recently. It is also believed the 22-year-old Finn is promising an ample amount of sponsorship and, alongside contenders including Rubens Barrichello and Adrian Sutil, is in the running for a race seat in 2012. Referring to his laps in Abu Dhabi, Bottas told […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Confirmed: Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault

It was announced by Lotus Renault GP today that 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will be making a return to Formula One with the team in 2012. He has now signed a two-year agreement with Lotus Renault GP. Raikkonen, 32, left F1 at the end of 2009 and had been competing for the past two years in the World Rally Championship. Raikkonen finished tenth in the driver's standings in 2010 and 2011. In an official statement released by the team, Raikkonen said, "I’m delighted to […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Barrichello happy to settle for small retainer

Rubens Barrichello has revealed he is unlikely to race out of formula one over an argument about money. It is believed Kimi Raikkonen's talks with Williams ended suddenly because the parties could not agree on the size of the Finn's retainer. "I don't need a big contract," 39-year-old Barrichello is quoted by Brazil's Globo, with the report claiming the veteran had ruled out settling for a seat at HRT, Virgin or Caterham. "All I need is to drive something next year that is competitive." It […]

Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2011

Barrichello juggling five phones to extend F1 career

In his quest to hang on to his unprecedentedly-long F1 career, Rubens Barrichello has revealed that he is waiting for calls on five mobile phones this weekend at Interlagos. There is a sense of sadness at the 2011 season finale that it could be the last for the 39-year-old Brazilian, whose long career spans an astonishing 37 per cent of F1's entire world championship history since 1950. In what was potentially his last ever qualifying effort in an uncompetitive Williams, Barrichello was just two tenths […]

Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sutil to secure Williams seat next week?

Adrian Sutil is on pole position to replace Rubens Barrichello at Williams for 2012. Multiple sources are now reporting that the door at the famous British team has been closed to Kimi Raikkonen, with Marca sports newspaper saying the Finn was asking for a whopping EUR 12 million for a single season. "Contact (with Raikkonen) was called off last week," said Auto Motor und Sport, revealing that Sutil and Valtteri Bottas are now the frontrunners, while the 2007 world champion opens new talks with Renault. […]

Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2011

Veterans say Barrichello deserves to know 2012 plans

Two F1 veterans think the sport's longest-serving race driver deserves to know his plans for 2012 this weekend in Brazil. The 2011 Brazilian grand prix, not far from Rubens Barrichello's birthplace and home, could pass this weekend without the 39-year-old knowing if it was his last in the sport. After smashing the all-time record for the most grands prix contested by a single driver, that's not fair on the grand prix winner and Williams driver, according to his friend Mark Webber. Earlier this week, Australian […]