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Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013

Vettel unaware of 36-point title lead

World champion Sebastian Vettel claims he does not know what his points margin is at the top of the 2013 championship, or that Fernando Alonso is his main title rival. The triple-consecutive championship winner is superstitious; he always slides a lucky coin under his boot laces, and gives his chassis a female name on the Wednesday before the first race of a season. But he told British reporters on Wednesday that his deliberate efforts to avoid knowing the championship points situation is just "to keep […]

Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013

Alonso deserves 2012 and 2013 titles says di Resta

Paul di Resta has tipped Fernando Alonso to win this year's world championship. In fact, the Scot - who drives for Force India - thinks Spaniard Alonso should actually be crowned a four-time title winner at the end of the 2013 season. "He should have been champion last year," the 27-year-old, referring to Ferrari's Alonso, told Speed Week. "For me, Alonso is the champion of 2012." There is some history between di Resta and reigning triple world champion Sebastian Vettel, who is 17 points ahead […]

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013

Raikkonen relaxed after promising practice

Kimi Raikkonen believes Lotus is in the hunt after practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. Raikkonen was fourth quickest in second practice, with his Lotus E21 also demonstrating strong race pace. "It was a pretty normal Friday. We tried some things on the car, ran with some different tyres and we’ll have a look at all the data to see where we think we are," he said. "We finished the day not too far off the fastest time, so we can say that the day […]

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 Monday, May 6, 2013

Red Bull 'the team to beat' admits Barrichello

With the European phase of the 2013 season now looming, Rubens Barrichello thinks Red Bull is a step ahead. Indeed, drivers' title leader Sebastian Vettel is the only multiple race winner of the season so far, while Red Bull is also off to an early lead in the constructors' standings. "Ferrari is very consistent," Brazilian veteran Barrichello told Totalrace, "and the car is a lot like the Red Bull in terms of pace and consistency. "But the Red Bull is really the team to beat; […]

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

Da Costa 'very close' to F1 debut

The latest cream of Red Bull's junior driver programme insists he is ready to step up to Formula One. With Mark Webber's contract at Red Bull Racing set to expire, it is now strongly rumoured that fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo is in pole position to replace him. That would leave a vacancy at Red Bull's second F1 team, Toro Rosso. The obvious favourite for that seat is Antonio Felix da Costa, a 21-year-old from Portugal. Currently a frontrunner in the Formula Renault 3.5 series, da […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

McLaren not yet thinking about 2014 says Whitmarsh

McLaren is refusing to write off the 2013 season, despite lagging a huge 86 points behind the lead of the constructors' championship after just four races. Having gambled on a radical new car for the new campaign, McLaren is now trailing its top-four rivals and even Force India, while leading driver Jenson Button is a mere tenth in the drivers' points. But even though the sweeping rules changes for 2014 are looming large, including the switch from V8 to V6 power, boss Martin Whitmarsh said […]

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013

Title challenge still on track says Alonso

Fernando Alonso thinks his 2013 title challenge is still on track, despite a difficult start to the new season. After a podium in Australia, the Spaniard's campaign hit the gravel in Malaysia recently when he made contact with eventual winner Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull on the first lap. Instead of pitting, Alonso gambled on staying out but retired when the damaged wing broke underneath his car. "In any case, the race simulations state that if I would have stopped to change the nose, I would […]

Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013

Paul Hembery on Pirelli in F1

We catch up with Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery at the Autosport Show

Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012

Grosjean wanted first win 'at all costs'

Romain Grosjean thinks he is ready to take a more mature approach to Formula One. After the abortive start to his career at scandal-ridden Renault in 2009, the Frenchman got a second chance at the pinnacle of motor racing this year, with Lotus. By mid-season, he had proved his speed with three podiums, but the 26-year-old also became the subject of intense criticism for repeat mistakes, culminating in his ultra-rare race ban following the Spa-Francorchamps start crash. After a period of speculation about his seat, […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Senna not surprised by Bottas announcement

Outgoing Williams driver Bruno Senna has said that he is not surprised that Valtteri Bottas has replaced him for the 2013 season. Williams confirmed on Wednesday that Bottas will join Pastor Maldonado for next season. "Since the beginning of my program with Williams I accepted that I had to share the car with Valtteri Bottas in 15 Fridays as a part of his preparation for a likely début in 2013", Bruno explained. Senna raced for HRT in 2010 before moving to Lotus for the last […]

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012

Vettel vs Alonso: 2012 title showdown settled on Sunday

All eyes are further down the grid as the 2012 world championship reaches its zenith on race-day Sunday at the Interlagos showdown. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has qualified just fourth, behind teammate Mark Webber. "It was not a perfect lap," Dr Helmut Marko told German RTL television, "but we don't absolutely have to win this race, we need to look out for Alonso." Triple world champion Niki Lauda said he senses a "slight nervousness" about Vettel in Brazil. But Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who needs to […]