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Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012

Karthikeyan targets qualifying boost

Narain Karthikeyan has pinpointed an improved performance on Saturday afternoons as the Formula One season recommences in Belgium in a couple of weeks' time. Karthikeyan has been beaten by HRT team mate Pedro de La Rosa in all eleven qualifying sessions so far and admits that he needs to up his game over one flying lap. "I think that my race performance has been very strong, with my 15th place in Monaco standing out, but in qualifying I’ve been a bit weaker", said the Indian […]

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012

Brawn: 2012 car 'good basis' for next Mercedes

Mercedes' 2012 car is good enough to be the basis of next year's silver challenger, team boss Ross Brawn has revealed. Although Nico Rosberg won April's Chinese grand prix from pole, and Michael Schumacher set the fastest qualifying lap in Monaco, the W03 has otherwise delivered a mixed performance. The Brackley based team, world champions in 2009 as 'Brawn GP', is fifth in the constructors' standings at present, 26 points ahead of Sauber and more than 80 behind Ferrari. But Brawn told Brazil's O Estado […]

Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2012

Former drivers impressed by Raikkonen in 2012

Former F1 driver Karl Wendlinger has admitted he has been impressed with Kimi Raikkonen in 2012. After sitting out two full grand prix seasons while he forayed in world rallying and Nascar, F1's 2007 title winner returned with Lotus this year and after the first half of the calendar is within reach of the top of the standings. "He is at a very high level," Austrian Karl Wendlinger, who raced with Sauber in the mid-90s, said on Red Bull-owned Servus TV. "After a two year […]

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2012

Schumacher: We have taken a clear step forward and already achieved a few highlights

Despite being only 12th in Championship Standings Michael Schumacher is pleased with Mercedes improvements in the first half of the season. He believes the team have made progress even if the points he gained in 10 races might actually prove the contrary. Although 27 of his 29 points were gained in the last three races where the german driver manage to finish twice on 7th and also grab his first podium finish since his comeback. “The race in Hungary is the last before the summer […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Webber staying at Red Bull for another year

Australian Mark Webber will stay at Red Bull next season after agreeing a one-year contract extension, the Formula One team said on Tuesday. The announcement means the 35-year-old, who is currently second in the championship standings behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, will again partner double world champion Sebastian Vettel for a fifth successive season. Mark Webber said: “I’ve been with Red Bull Racing since 2007 and have achieved nine grand prix wins during that time. I’m high on confidence at the moment and firing on all […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Massa almost back to his best now says Smedley

Felipe Massa is now almost back to his best form, the Brazilian's race engineer Rob Smedley insists. 31-year-old Massa's form was so low earlier this season that some seasoned pundits were predicting Ferrari would have to oust him long before his contract expires at the end of the year. But, for the first time in 2012, Massa was back in the decisive 'Q3' qualifying segment in Monaco and Canada, and then last time out in Valencia Ferrari hailed his strong performance despite a tumultuous race. "Right […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Button not writing off title chances yet

Jenson Button is refusing to write off his chances of winning the 2012 title. Since becoming the first race winner of the season, the McLaren driver entered a performance slump that has stranded him 62 points off Fernando Alonso's points lead. "The gap to Fernando is more points than I've got," Button, whose performance took a step forward at Valencia last weekend, said. Notwithstanding the gap, he is staying positive. "It (the gap)'s still not a lot, though," the 32-year-old insisted. "We've still got 12 […]

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012

Villeneuve thinks Lotus might 'drop' Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen's seat at Lotus might not be secure, according to 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve. Villeneuve, whilst attending last weekend's Canadian grand prix at the Montreal circuit named after his legendary father, described Lotus' black and gold E20 car as "amazing". The French Canadian suggested that with a top driver at the wheel, the Enstone based team might even be leading the world championship. But what about Raikkonen? As the 2007 world champion who this season has made a widely-hailed F1 comeback, isn't the […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Alonso: Title already slipping away for some drivers

With only just over a third of the season now in the past, Fernando Alonso thinks the championship is already slipping away from some drivers. The Ferrari driver lost his bid for victory and also the lead of the points standings in Canada, but he was calm after Sunday's race in light of his consistency in 2012. "No one can win the championship in seven races," Alonso told El Pais newspaper, "but some are starting to lose it." He was disappointed to lose the victory […]

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012

Button very lost as title hopes lose grip in 2012

Former championship favourite Jenson Button is being swallowed up by F1's fascinating 2012 season. The first winner this year, Briton Button's form has been sliding recently and it hit rock bottom in Canada, where he finished sixteenth whilst Lewis Hamilton won in the sister McLaren. He admitted afterwards that he leaves Montreal "confused and very lost". He has qualified tenth or lower throughout May and June, and has only half of championship leader Hamilton's points tally, and is just eighth in the title standings. "There […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Kovalainen tips Alonso to win 2012 title

Heikki Kovalainen has tipped Fernando Alonso to win the topsy-turvy 2012 championship. Alonso is just one of the six race winners after the opening six races of the season, but despite a difficult start for Ferrari the Spaniard is now leading the drivers' standings by 3 points. "Alonso's lead...yes, he will take the championship this year," Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat quoted Caterham driver Kovalainen as saying. "Whatever the special circumstances or the weather conditions, there is always a common variable, and that is Alonso being […]

Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012

Vettel happy with fourth place

Sebastian Vettel professed himself pleased with fourth place in Monaco despite the finish meaning Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who finished third, replaces him at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings. Vettel began the race in ninth position but in the confusion caused by Romain Grosjean’s turn-one crash at the start Vettel threaded his way through to sixth. Running with soft tyres, in opposition to most of the front runners, who had started on Supersofts, Vettel drove a long first stint and inherited the lead on […]