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Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sutil: Switch to Sauber a 'refreshing change'

Adrian Sutil says that switching to Sauber is a 'refreshing change' after almost eight years with Force India. Sutil joined Force India under a previous guise, Midland, in 2006 and graduated to a race seat when Spyker took over the team in 2007. The German remained with the squad when it developed into Force India and only missed out on a race seat in 2012. "It's a refreshing change. I had a good time with Force India for many years," he said at AUTOSPORT International […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Maldonado visits Sauber's Hinwil base

Pastor Maldonado has leapt into contention for a Sauber seat in 2014. Blick newspaper's veteran F1 correspondent Roger Benoit reports that the Venezuelan, whose lucrative backer PDVSA has already exited its deal at Williams, "was at Hinwil" this week. Benoit, who said Maldonado was accompanied to Switzerland by his manager Nicolas Todt, said Sauber did not confirm or deny the news. The EUR 40 million per year PDVSA deal would be desperately welcomed by Sauber, who have struggled financially throughout the season. It was believed […]

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ferrari said no to Hulkenberg via text message

Nico Hulkenberg's manager has expressed disappointment with how Ferrari broke the bad news to the German driver this week. It has emerged that Hulkenberg was seriously considered by the Maranello based team as the replacement for Felipe Massa. But when Ferrari ultimately signed Raikkonen, the Italian squad let Hulkenberg know in the form of a mere text message, the German driver's manager Werner Heinz has revealed. "After two months of negotiations, I expected at least a phone call," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. […]

Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013

Sirotkin to begin Sauber programme on Tuesday

Sergey Sirotkin's preparation for his 2014 Formula One debut remains on track. That is the message not only from the struggling Swiss team, but also the Sirotkin camp, following reports Sauber's Russian rescue deal could collapse. Sauber responded angrily to media reports earlier this week, insisting the collaboration with Russian partners is in fact "progressing well". "The contract with Sergey Sirotkin is in place," the Hinwil based team said. Now, Russian media reports quote the 17-year-old driver's press service as saying Sirotkin will travel to […]

Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013

Negative media coverage extremely hurtful admits Sauber

Peter Sauber has admitted the recent media coverage of his Formula One team's financial crisis is "extremely" hurtful. Amid rumours Nico Hulkenberg terminated his contract because he was not paid, team boss Monisha Kaltenborn admitted recently that the Swiss team is in trouble, but said talks with potential sponsors or investors are taking place. But then it emerged that dozens of unpaid suppliers have filed formal debt claims against Sauber, amounting to about EUR 1 million, and that the team is lacking the many millions […]

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rumour mill considers Webber's successor

As the 'Multi-21' affair races on, the F1 rumour mill is already beginning to churn out potential candidates for Mark Webber's seat. The Australian's entourage and Red Bull have already denied rumours Webber will step down before his current contract finishes, but his future beyond 2013 is much more clouded. There have even been some calling for Sebastian Vettel to be suspended for a race. "It is a very serious affair if you tell a driver to do something and he doesn't do it," McLaren […]

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013

Hulkenberg to use new chassis in Malaysia

Nico Hulkenberg will tackle this weekend's Malaysian grand prix with a new Sauber chassis. 90 minutes before his first race for the Swiss team in Melbourne, mechanics went to prepare the grey C32 for the race but "fuel suddenly splashed out of the car," according to well-connected Blick correspondent Roger Benoit. "(It was) a problem with the fuel tank, which is directly behind the driver." Team manager Beat Zehnder: "It must be a crack in the tank. It's something I've not experienced in twenty years." […]

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lotus to begin 2013 season without title sponsor

Lotus looks set to begin the 2013 season without a title sponsor. Late last year, it emerged that the Genii-owned team was close to announcing a $30 million per year deal with Honeywell, the American technology giant. But last month, Switzerland's Speed Week reported that the deal is now "a way off". "We've had discussions and some of them were quite advanced," Genii's Gerard Lopez, without mentioning Honeywell, told Reuters this week. "It's important to have the right package. And the right package is to […]

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013

Raikkonen splits with wife

Kimi Raikkonen has split with his wife of eight years. When a McLaren driver, the Finn married former Miss Scandinavia Jenni Dahlman in 2004. The Finnish entertainment magazine 7 Paivaa reports that they have split. "It's true, they have grown in different directions," confirmed the now Lotus driver's personal assistant Ridu Kuvaja, according to Finnish daily Ilta Sanomat. The newspaper said Jenni moved out of their EUR 30 million home in Switzerland several weeks ago. Broadcaster MTV3 reports that divorce could be "expensive" for Raikkonen, […]

Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hülkenberg ready to improve Sauber

New Sauber signing Nico Hulkenberg has said that he is ready to help Sauber take the next step. Hulkenberg begins his third season at his third different team, having raced for Williams in 2010 and Force India in 2012. "The Sauber F1 Team made significant progress last year from 2011," he said. "Now the team is ready to take the next step, and I want to play my part in making that happen. My personal aim is to put in a good, steady performance this […]

Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sauber unveils C32 in Hinwil

Sauber has become the fifth team to unveil their 2013 challenger at their factory in Switzerland. The C32 will be raced by German driver Nico Hulkenberg and Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez. "The aim is clear and simple: we want to improve ourselves and this is based on the car," said team principal Monisha Kaltenborn. "We have high expectations of our drivers. We were watching Nico last year and we could see how fast he can be. We've known Esteban for a while and we think […]

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013

Williams FW35 to miss first test

Williams will bring an updated version of their 2012 challenger, the FW34, to the first test at the Circuito de Jerez. Their 2013 car, the FW35, will not be unveiled until Tuesday 19th February at the start of the second test. The FW34 will be driven with 2013 livery in Jerez. A Williams statement says that 'the team will run the 2012 FW34 in order to test a number of key development parts in preparation for the launch of the FW35'.' Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri […]