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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

De Villota to return to F1 paddock this weekend

Ten months after her Marussia testing crash, Maria de Villota will return to a Formula One paddock this weekend in her native Spain. Last July, the 33-year-old was conducting a straightline aerodynamic test at Duxford, UK, when the 2012 Marussia inexplicably accelerated into a truck loading ramp. De Villota, whose father is the former F1 driver Emilio de Villota, sustained serious head injuries and lost her right eye. Scheduled to attend this weekend's Spanish grand prix in Barcelona, she told Europa she is "a little […]

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013

Lotus 'surprised' no soft tyre for Spain

Lotus has admitted it is "surprised" at Pirelli's decision to not supply the 'soft'-compound tyre this weekend in Barcelona. Following all the controversy about the Italian supplier's 2013 tyres, with Red Bull by far the loudest critic, Pirelli announced that it is tweaking its 'hard' compound for Barcelona and beyond. But, in the past, Pirelli has usually supplied the 'hard' and the 'soft' tyres for the Spanish grand prix. So far this year, Lotus' 2013 car has shown to be arguably the most effective in […]

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

Marko: I take the final decision at Red Bull

In the wake of the 'Multi-21' team orders debacle, an important question has emerged at Red Bull -- who is really in charge? On the one side is team boss Christian Horner, who co-owns a GP3 team with Australian Webber, and who called Sebastian Vettel "silly" in Malaysia for refusing to follow the famous order. But not only have the sort of team orders that should have delivered victory to Webber now been scrapped by Red Bull, it seems the Australian driver's very future at […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Daly gets Force India test outing

Conor Daly will undertake straight line testing for Force India on Wednesday. The 21 year old American, who has completed two similar tests for the team, will drive the VJM06 at Duxford Airfield. Daly will take part in GP3 this season for ART, which commences in Spain next week. He will also participate in the Indianapolis 500 at the end of next month. Several teams have used the three week break to conduct the limited aerodynamic testing permitted under the regulations. Davide Valsecchi tested for […]

Posted on Sunday, April 28, 2013

Magnussen retains lead in atrocious conditions

Carlos Huertas claimed victory in a rain affected second race at the Formula Renault 3.5 Series round in Spain. Kevin Magnussen, who dominated the first race on Saturday, stormed from the back of the grid to ninth place, maintaining his championship lead over Stoffel Vandoorne. Norman Nato had claimed pole position during a chaotic qualifying session but the French driver spun off at Turn 1 when racing resumed following a Safety Car start. Huertas assumed the lead and was never challenged during a race that […]

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pirelli to change hard compound tyre

Pirelli has resisted pressure to radically alter their tyre compounds, although a tweaked hard tyre will be introduced at next month's Spanish Grand Prix. Pirelli had been under pressure, particularly champions Red Bull, to move away from the early season races defined by aggressive compounds. "After evaluating tyre performance over the balance of the first four races, we took the decision – in consultation with all of the teams – to change the hard compound from Spain onwards, as we did in Barcelona two years […]

Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2013

Pic pleased with Caterham progress

Charles Pic says he is pleased with the progression Caterham has made this weekend. Caterham outqualified Marussia for the first time this season, with Pic setting the nineteenth fastest time. "I’m pretty happy with where we finished today," said Pic. "We’d obviously have liked to be a little higher up the grid but with the package we have here in Bahrain I think we got as much as we could today in quali, so we can be reasonably pleased. We have a couple of new […]

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013

Kovalainen: 2013 car tricky to drive

Heikki Kovalainen sampled Caterham's CT03 for the first time and reckons it is trickier to find a balance compared to 2012's CT01. The Finn returned to track action for the first time since last year's Brazilian Grand Prix to help Caterham pinpoint the issues with the CT03. "The main priority today was to help give my impressions of the 2013 car in the spec it ran in for the first three races this year against the car I raced last year, and to give my […]

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013

No current race plans for Kovalainen

Caterham reserve driver Heikki Kovalainen insists that he currently has no race plans as he prepares for his Formula 1 return in Bahrain. Kovalainen raced in the sport for six seasons, winning the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix for McLaren. The Finn moved to Caterham but his contract was not renewed at the end of 2012. But on Wednesday it was announced that Kovalainen will return to the team as a reserve driver, competing in FP1 in Bahrain and Spain. "There's no plans to race at […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Kovalainen returns to Caterham as reserve driver

Heikki Kovalainen has rejoined Caterham as a reserve driver. The Finn raced for the team between 2010 and 2012, having previously competed for Renault and McLaren. Kovalainen will take part in first practice sessions in Bahrain and Spain, in order to assist the development of the Caterham CT03. "It’s obviously great news that I’ll be on track in Bahrain and Spain and I’m really looking forward to getting back to work and helping the team as much as I can," said Kovalainen. "I’ll be taking […]

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013

Williams to introduce significant upgrades in Spain

Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas will have to wait until May's Spanish Grand Prix before significant upgrades will be fitted to the Williams FW35. Williams, who finished in eighth place in last year's championship, failed to register a point in the opening two races. Neither Maldonado nor Bottas has managed to qualify higher than sixteenth place. Bottas: Tyres will be the biggest challenge in China Technical director Mike Coughlan insists that the three week break has allowed the team to make progress. "After […]

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pirelli: Changing tyres now would be wrong

Pirelli has ruled out making changes to its 2013 product, despite Red Bull and Mercedes complaining that this year's tyres are penalising the best cars. Mercedes' Toto Wolff, and Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, suggested in Malaysia that the sport's Italian supplier has agreed to bring modified tyres to Bahrain late next month. But we reported on Wednesday that Lotus and Ferrari - both much happier with Pirelli's current tyres - would 'veto' any changes on the grounds that they do not pose a safety […]