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Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014

Williams expands engineering team with new recruits

Williams has expanded its engineering team after confirming their signing of three members from rival teams. Jakob Andreasen joins the team from Force India as head of engineering operations, reporting to chief technical officer Pat Symonds. Craig Wilson, rejoins Williams after a stint at Mercedes, will become head of vehicle dynamics. Rob Nelson joins from Lotus as chief test and support engineer. "Williams is determined to make strong improvements in our competitiveness over the coming seasons and these new appointments continue our aggressive approach in […]

Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014

Paffett believes Magnussen can push Button

McLaren test driver Gary Paffett believes that rookie Kevin Magnussen will be able to push Jenson Button this season. Reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion Magnussen will make his debut for McLaren in 2014, having replaces Sergio Perez at the team. Button eclipsed Perez by 24 points during 2013, in which McLaren failed to finish on the podium. In qualifying, Button was beaten 10-9 overall by the Mexican, but Paffett believes that his fellow Brit needs to be pushed more in qualifying and cites Button's performance […]

Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014

Marussia retains Chilton for 2014 season

Marussia has confirmed that Max Chilton will continue to race for the team in 2014. Chilton made his Formula 1 debut for Marussia in 2013, and finished all 19 races with a best result of 14th place in Monaco. Chilton will continue to race alongside Jules Bianchi, who also made his Formula 1 debut for Marussia in 2013. "I am really happy to be continuing with the Marussia into a second season," 22-year-old Chilton said after the announcement was made at Autosport International in Birmingham. […]

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014

Lotus not alone in missing first test says Boullier

Team boss Eric Boullier on Thursday played down Lotus' decision to sit out the opening test of the 2014 pre-season. The Enstone based team finished last season a competitive fourth, but also grappling publicly with financial matters. So the admission this week that Lotus will not be at Jerez, where most other teams will run their all-new V6-powered 2014 cars for the first time, raised renewed alarm bells about Lotus' financial health and competitiveness going forwards. But Frenchman Boullier said other teams will also be […]

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014

Lotus to miss first Formula 1 test of 2014 in Jerez

Lotus technical director Nick Chester has revealed that the team's 2014 challenger will not be in action at the first test of the year at Jerez. Chester, who was promoted last year after the departure of James Allison to Ferrari, has overseen the development of Lotus's E22 for the past two years. The E22 is likely to be unveiled prior to the second of the three tests in Bahrain, which takes place next month. Lotus finished in fourth place in the 2013 championship and will […]

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014

Ferrari on track for late January launch

Ferrari is edging close to having its 2014 car ready for the start of winter testing. Reports in the Marca sports newspaper (Spain) and the authoritative Autosprint (Italy) say the Maranello-built single seater is set to be launched on either the 23rd, 24th or 25th of January, a few days ahead of the opening test at Jerez. Marca correspondent Marco Canseco said the car, whose official name will be decided by fans via an internet poll, will "almost certainly" undergo its mandatory FIA crash tests […]

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013

Allison best technical boss since Brawn says Montezemolo

James Allison is Ferrari's best technical director since Ross Brawn. That is the view of the Italian team's president Luca di Montezemolo, after a subtle reshuffle of responsibilities took place recently at Maranello. Until then, Briton Pat Fry was Ferrari's leading technical name, having joined from McLaren in 2010. But Lotus chief James Allison arrived from Lotus late this year, and is now being openly referred to by Ferrari as the technical director. Fry is still in a prominent technical and engineering role, but Montezemolo […]

Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gutierrez completes Sauber 2014 line-up

Mexican Esteban Gutierrez will race with Swiss-based Sauber for a second season next year with Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin signed as test driver, the Formula One team announced on Saturday. Gutierrez will partner experienced German driver Adrian Sutil, who has moved from Force India to replace Nico Hulkenberg in a direct switch with his compatriot. Sauber also announced the continuation of their sponsorship agreement with Mexican telephone company Telmex, who have backed the racing careers of both Gutierrez and compatriot Sergio Perez. Telmex will remain […]

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013

Brawn to take six months off

Out-going Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn will take a six-month sabbatical before deciding whether to return to the sport, the Briton said on Friday. Brawn has been involved with team management in Formula One for over 35 years but will leave his current team at the end of the year and take time to decide where his future lies. "I am refusing to discuss any possible future positions until at least next summer," Brawn told the BBC. "I want to clear my mind, take a […]

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Force India gives Perez a second chance

Underneath the Monza podium last year you’d have got long odds on then Ferrari and McLaren target Sergio Pérez lining up for Force India in 2014. Yet such is the evolution of Formula 1 that Pérez finds himself attempting to resurrect his career with a midfield outfit, despite 2014 set to be only his fourth season, and he is still just 23 years of age. In September 2012 Pérez finished on the podium in Italy, tested for Ferrari at Fiorano and then signed for McLaren […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FIA opens up selection process for new team

The FIA has opened up a selection process for a new team to join the grid, potentially as early as the start of the 2015 Formula 1 season. Applicants have until Friday 3rd January 2014 to register a formal expression of interest. There has not been a new team in the sport since the start of 2010, when Lotus Racing, Virgin and Hispania joined the grid. Lotus Racing and Virgin morphed into Caterham and Marussia respectively, while Hispania tweaked its name to HRT and dropped […]

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013

Williams announces new aero recruits

Williams has announced the signing of two recruits from Lotus and Red Bull. Dave Wheater will join from Lotus to become Head of Aerodynamic Performance, reporting to existing Head of Aerodynamics Jason Somerville. Shaun Whitehead, previously of Red Bull, joins the team as Head of Aerodynamic Process. Williams is entering 2014 on the back of one of their worst seasons in the sport, having claimed just five points on the way to finishing in ninth place in the 2013 championship. "These two appointments show our […]