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Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013

GP2, GP3 confirm 2014 calendar

GP2 has announced that there will be 11 rounds in next year's championship. The return of the Austrian Grand Prix for the first time since 2003 means that GP2 will race at the Red Bull Ring for the first time. The championship will also race at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. The addition of Austria and Russia means that rounds in Malaysia and Singapore have been dropped. GP3 will race alongside GP2 at nine of the 11 rounds, missing out on Bahrain and […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FIA confirms official 2014 F1 calendar

Races in New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea were dropped from Formula One's official 2014 calendar on Wednesday, with the season remaining at 19 races instead of a record 22. All three grands prix had been listed provisionally, with asterisks against them, on a previous calendar published in September by the sport's governing International Automobile Federation (FIA). None appeared however on the final version issued on Wednesday after a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sports Council in Paris. New Jersey's Grand Prix of the […]

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013

Kaltenborn confirms meeting with Petrov

Monisha Kaltenborn has admitted she recently met with Vitaly Petrov. It emerged on Thursday that Russian Petrov, reportedly with EUR 30 million in Gazprom sponsorship in his pocket, could return to F1 next year in the place of Sauber's intended 2014 race driver Sergey Sirotkin. Team boss Kaltenborn told the Russian website f1news.ru: "We saw Vitaly in Sochi (for a F1 demonstration) in September and, as we know, we talked. "No more than that," she insisted. However, Sauber's rhetoric about Sirotkin appears to have changed. […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Marko says Russian GP did not influence Kvyat decision

Red Bull consultant Dr Helmut Marko says that the presence of the Russian Grand Prix in 2014 did not sway the decision to promote Daniil Kvyat to Toro Rosso next season. In a surprise announcement on Monday, 19 year old Kvyat was revealed as the replacement for Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo. "No," said Marko, when asked whether the race at Sochi was an influence. "We were looking for what is best for Red Bull and for Toro Rosso in the medium term. All of the […]

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 Sunday, September 29, 2013

Magnussen on brink of title after dominant performance

Kevin Magnussen dominated the penultimate round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Paul Ricard in France to stand on the brink of the title. Magnussen, part of McLaren's young driver scheme, secured both pole positions and stormed to victories in the two races. But a technical infringement on his DAMS car meant that he was excluded from the results. DAMS intends to appeal the disqualification. Magnussen's misfortune handed victory to Red Bull youngster Antonio Felix da Costa, for his third win of the season. […]

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013

WMSC confirms 2014 Formula 1 calendar

The World Motor Sport Council has unveiled the calendar for the 2014 Formula 1 season. The 22 race season will begin in Australia in March and end in Brazil in November. The Grand Prix of America is scheduled to take place on June 1st, the second race of three set to take place on consecutive weekends. The Mexican Grand Prix is set to take place on November 16th, the penultimate round of the season. The Korean Grand Prix, set to be the fifth race of […]

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 Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2014 calendar shenanigans on the horizon

Where will Austria and Russia slot into the 2014 calendar and what about New Jersey? Could a congested calendar cause the sport a headache?

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013

New Sauber driver linked to saviour Russian sponsor

Sauber's next driver is closely linked to the group of Russian sponsors who on Monday were hailed as the saviours of the Swiss team. Amid reports financial worries could soon silence Sauber's engines, the Hinwil based team announced a timely deal with a group of Russian entities closely aligned with president Vladimir Putin. A media statement said Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin, who is just 17, would as part of the deal be prepared "as a racing driver for the team in 2014". It is already […]

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013

Sauber announce Russian partnership

Financially struggling Sauber announced a partnership with three Russian entities on Monday that will lead to teenage Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin joining the Formula One team next season. Sauber said in a statement that it was linking up with the Investment Cooperation International Fund, the State Fund of Development of the North-West Russian federation and the National Institute of Aviation Technologies. "The partnership includes further activities for the promotion of the inaugural Formula One Grand Prix in Sochi in 2014 and attracting the talented young […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Slim positive over Mexican GP chances

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim says there is a strong chance that Formula 1 will return to Mexico in the near future. Mexico has not hosted a Formula 1 race since 1992, when Nigel Mansell won for Williams at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Slim, whose Escuderia Telmex driver programme has helped both Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez reach Formula 1, believes that Mexico's two drivers - as well as the sport's increasing prominence in America, will help Mexico's prospects. "I believe there is […]