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Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

Kvyat says Toro Rosso to test at Jerez

Toro Rosso will be among the teams at the Jerez test later this month. Lotus boss Eric Boullier insisted on Thursday that the Enstone based team will not be the only F1 outfit missing in action when the all-new cars and turbo V6s burst into action in southern Spain late in January. One of the missing teams, however, will not be Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso. The Faenza based team's new recruit, rookie Daniil Kvyat, told the Russian publication Championat he is currently training ahead of […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sutil had seat fitting in 2014 Sauber

After spending his entire career to date with Force India, Adrian Sutil on Wednesday began his next F1 chapter. "Look who we found getting comfortable in his seat," the Swiss team Sauber said on Twitter, adding a photo of German Sutil, 30, at the wheel of the 2014 car. Sutil, who began his career in 2007 with Force India's former guise Spyker, was at Sauber's Hinwil headquarters for a seat fitting in the new C33, which has already passed the FIA's static and dynamic crash […]

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013

Hulkenberg admits 2014 Lotus seat now unlikely

Nico Hulkenberg has admitted the likelihood of a Lotus race seat for 2014 has dropped almost to zero. Asked by the Swiss newspaper Blick to say where he is going after the Brazil finale, the Sauber driver answered: "I can only say that I am going (on), but not where. "The options are well known," said the German, who despite having a seat fitting at Enstone this week ultimately decided against replacing Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen for the last two races of 2013. "Force India, Sauber, […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lotus confirms Kovalainen for remainder of 2013 season

Lotus has confirmed that Heikki Kovalainen will replace Kimi Raikkonen for the rest of the 2013 season. Raikkonen will skip the final two rounds of the year after electing to undergo surgery on his injured back and compatriot Kovalainen will take over in America and Brazil. Kovalainen completed a seat fitting at the Lotus factory on Wednesday, before flying out to Austin. Kovalainen raced for Lotus under their previous guise, Renault, in his rookie season in 2007, finishing on the podium in the Japanese Grand […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ferrari blocked Hulkenberg's Lotus move

Ferrari stopped Nico Hulkenberg from joining Lotus for the last two grands prix of 2013. That is the hot rumour in the Austin paddock, as the two teams battle over millions for third place in the constructors' championship. The first rumour was that Ferrari, who have signed Kimi Raikkonen for 2014, may have encouraged the Finn to arrange early back surgery and miss Austin and Brazil. Now, it is being reported that Lotus approached Hulkenberg to replace the Finn, only to find surprisingly that the […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The silly season gets sillier, but something will soon give way

So Kevin Magnussen has been confirmed at McLaren for 2014, alongside Jenson Button. Got that? Good. Because it’s not true. Well, not yet anyway. Several leading sources have suggested that Magnussen is in at McLaren, with Pérez – the supposed saviour 12 months ago – left out of a drive at Woking. But the deal between pen and paper has not yet been signed, sealed and delivered. Until an email from McLaren arrives confirming their 2014 line-up, it remains speculation, however strong the sources. This […]

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013

Salo backs Raikkonen's surgery over Lotus finale

Late last week, there was no sign Kimi Raikkonen was planning to sit out the last two grands prix of his Lotus career. Indeed, late on Friday, the team released its official preview of the US grand prix, in which it appeared the Finn's now tense relationship with Lotus had eased. "He is completely on-side," said team boss Eric Boullier, while Raikkonen was quoted as saying he was "particularly looking forward" to the race weekend. Within two days, Lotus was issuing a new statement, confirming […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sirotkin to drive 2009 Ferrari at Fiorano

Sergey Sirotkin's push for a F1 super license will take place at the wheel of a four-year-old Ferrari. Prior to driving the 2013 Sauber on a 700 metre asphalted stretch of the new Russian venue in Sochi, the 18-year-old tested at the Vairano facility in Italy. His next stop is Fiorano, Ferrari's own test track near its Maranello base. "Actually, it's only a formality," Sirotkin told Russia's f1news.ru, referring to the need to acquire his F1 super license before Sauber can officially confirm his 2014 […]

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sirotkin makes first visit to Sauber factory

Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin has visited Sauber's factory for the first time and will participate in a demonstration in Sochi next month. 17 year old Sirotkin was informed about how a steering wheel works and also had a seat fitting. "My visit to the Sauber F1 Team headquarters was busy. I learned a lot about the team and many other things. I had a seat fitting, met the engineers and learned about the car and what happens over a race weekend," he said. "I also […]

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 […]

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2013

Kovalainen, not Petrov, in running for Razia's seat

Heikki Kovalainen has emerged as a surprise contender to keep his Formula One career alive in 2013. Ousted by Caterham, the Finn is reportedly in talks with Marussia about replacing the Brazilian Luiz Razia, whose F1 debut is on the skids over delayed sponsorship payments. MTV3, the Finnish broadcaster, is citing 'several credible sources' in reporting that 31-year-old Kovalainen is in with a shout of becoming Max Chilton's teammate. Multiple other media sources are reporting the same, based on swirling rumours in the Barcelona paddock […]

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013

Sutil given Force India test outing

Adrian Sutil will return to Formula One this week for the first time since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2011. Sutil will test for Force India in Barcelona on Thursday having had a seat fitting for the team last week. Sutil is in contention for the remaining Force India drive, with his main opposition appearing to be French racer Jules Bianchi, who tests on Friday. Sutil drove for the Silverstone based team throughout his five years in the sport, starting 90 races with a best […]