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Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Toro Rosso denies Red Bull help in 2011 gains

Franz Tost has rubbished suggestions Red Bull has helped its junior team Toro Rosso to stride forwards at the end of 2011. In the lucrative battle for sixth in the constructors' championship, former Minardi squad Toro Rosso - 100 per cent owned by Red Bull - has sped past the pace of its rivals Force India and Sauber. According to reports, the difference between sixth and eighth in the constructors' title standings is up to $10 million. Toro Rosso principal Tost admitted "millions" are at […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Young drivers pay dearly for Abu Dhabi seats

The backers of young drivers are paying hundreds of thousands of euros to test formula one cars in Abu Dhabi later this month. We revealed recently that Swiss 22-year-old Fabio Leimer, 14th in this year's GP2 standings, purchased his Sauber seat for the young driver test. Earlier, it emerged that Toro Rosso's rides were open to the highest bidder at around the EUR 200,000 mark per day, with Sauber's seat costing even more. "Yes, we have had to pay for this test," Leimer confirmed. "That's […]

Posted on Monday, November 7, 2011

Force India invests to safeguard $9m in F1 income

Force India is not giving up on the 2011 season. With two races to go, the Silverstone based team is placed sixth in the constructors' championship, ten points ahead of Sauber and Toro Rosso, and more than 20 behind Renault. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the Vijay Mallya-led team will continue to defend its sixth place, as dropping behind Sauber and Toro Rosso would cost Force India $9 million in official Concorde Agreement income. "Sixth is extremely important for us," confirmed team manager Otmar […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Alonso not desperate for runner-up title

It is billed as one of the remaining points of interest in 2011, but Fernando Alonso insists he is not overly interested in finishing the season as runner-up. Behind world champion Sebastian Vettel, four drivers are in mathematical contention for second place in the drivers' standings -- Jenson Button, Alonso, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. The favourite is McLaren's Button, who said after extending his lead over Alonso in India to 13 points that second place "would mean something". "It would mean I had beaten […]

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2011

Battle for millions is further down India grid

With the championship victors now decided, one of the remaining points of interest in 2011 is the multi million dollar battle among F1's non-top four teams. "I am very disappointed," said Peter Sauber after qualifying in India. "I was expecting more from the car and from the drivers," he told Blick newspaper. Kamui Kobayashi failed to speed out of Q1, and teammate Sergio Perez will start even further behind after receiving a grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags. The Swiss team, seventh in the championship, […]

Posted on Saturday, October 29, 2011

Webber does not want team orders in 2011

Mark Webber on Saturday said he does not want to be gifted victory in the Indian grand prix. Given Lewis Hamilton's grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags earlier this weekend, Australian Webber will start Sunday's race alongside his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel. But as Vettel has already wrapped up the drivers' title, the German as well as team boss Christian Horner have been hinting at a 'team orders' switch so that Webber can jump up the points standings to second place. Webber, however, is […]

Posted on Saturday, October 29, 2011

Webber not satisfied with push for second place

Red Bull has set its sights on powering Mark Webber to second place in the drivers' standings, but the Australian has revealed he is not overly interested. The achievement will complete a perfect clean sweep for the energy drink-owned team in 2011, comprising the constructors' championship and first and second places in the separate drivers' standings. But Webber, currently fourth, admitted to Die Welt newspaper: "I'm more interested in victories than the overall standings. "If I have not won a race and at the end […]

Posted on Friday, October 28, 2011

Vettel admits team orders possible in India

Sebastian Vettel has confirmed there might be some place-swapping with his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber towards the end of Sunday's inaugural Indian grand prix. The team, already with the drivers' and constructors' championships in the bag, has revealed that its last ambition for 2011 is to power Webber from fourth to second in the points standings. Publications on Thursday quoted team boss Christian Horner as hinting that team orders - now entirely legal in formula one albeit still controversial - cannot be ruled out. […]

Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2011

Indian Grand Prix Preview

(By Ali Unal) Being 69th circuit on which at least one Formula 1 race was held, Buddh International will host the inaugural Indian Grand Prix this weekend. Designed by Hermann Tilke but tweaked by circuit officials to promote overtaking, circuit has 16 corners and has a tremendous 14m elevation change between Turn 1 and Turn 3. Buddh is expected to be the second fastest track on the calendar after Monza with two high long stretches. Now this is interesting: Red Bull fact sheet shows an […]

Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2011

Button working to build McLaren around him

Jenson Button's push to prominence at McLaren has been a deliberate attempt to build the famous team around him. Many commentators viewed the 2009 world champion's arrival last year to be the highly rated Lewis Hamilton's new teammate as akin to walking into "the lion's den". But less than two seasons later, Button is poised to beat the beleaguered Hamilton in the drivers' standings and has signed a new multiple year contract. The 31-year-old has also driven for Williams, Renault and Honda/Brawn, but it is […]

Posted on Saturday, October 8, 2011

Button, Webber target F1 seats for many more years

Two formula one veterans have played down suggestions they are racing towards retirement. 31-year-old Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion, has just signed a new multi-year McLaren contract but he admitted at Suzuka that he could go on to ink another one. The Briton is enjoying a solid run of form at present and looks set to outscore his highly rated teammate Lewis Hamilton in the 2011 points standings. "I've been asked if this is my last contract and, probably, two years ago, I would […]

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Singapore GP from a tyre point of view

Singapore is the first and only night race on the Formula One calendar, using a demanding and technical street circuit that calls for Pirelli’s soft and supersoft tyres. This weekend, Sebastian Vettel has the chance to become Pirelli’s first Formula One drivers’ champion since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1957. Currently Vettel has a 112-point advantage over his closest rival: if he can extend that margin to 125 points or more by the end of the race, then he cannot be caught in the overall championship standings. […]