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Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013

Raikkonen to miss rest of 2013 season due to back surgery

Kimi Raikkonen will not compete in the final two races of 2013 due to undergoing back surgery next week. Raikkonen had been a doubt to compete in America and Brazil due to financial issues with Lotus, but a deal was struck on the morning of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the Finn to race. However, Raikkonen has now elected to undergo back surgery that will force him to miss the final two events after 'severe pain' following last weekend's event at the Yas Marina […]

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013

Rossi to participate in opening practice at home event

Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi will participate in the opening practice session for the team at the United States Grand Prix next week. Rossi, 22, will replace regular driver Giedo van der Garde for the first 90 minute session at the Circuit of the Americas. Feature: Alexander Rossi on GP2, F1 and America "This is an important time in my career and the sport for America and another major step forward for me, to drive FP1 in my home country, in front of my own […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Marko says Russian GP did not influence Kvyat decision

Red Bull consultant Dr Helmut Marko says that the presence of the Russian Grand Prix in 2014 did not sway the decision to promote Daniil Kvyat to Toro Rosso next season. In a surprise announcement on Monday, 19 year old Kvyat was revealed as the replacement for Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo. "No," said Marko, when asked whether the race at Sochi was an influence. "We were looking for what is best for Red Bull and for Toro Rosso in the medium term. All of the […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Suzuka no fluke as Gutiérrez emerges as credible racer

Esteban Gutierrez scored his maiden Formula 1 points at the Japanese Grand Prix. It wasn't a fluke, as the Mexican has been transforming from an anonymous midfield runner into a genuine points contender. Formula 1 points are like buses for Esteban Gutiérrez. After waiting 15 races for one, six turn up at once. It would be remiss to suggest that Gutiérrez is now primed to develop into a championship contender, but his recent form is proving that he isn’t the hopeless pay driver that some […]

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013

De Villota death related to testing accident

The family of Maria de Villota have said that her death was caused by injuries sustained in her testing crash in 2012. De Villota was found dead in a hotel early on Friday morning in Seville. De Villota was returning to the pits at Duxford Aerodrome in July 2012 when her Marussia car struck a team support truck. She sustained serious skull injuries and lost the use of her right eye. 'Maria left us while she was sleeping, approximately at 6am, as a consequence of […]

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013

Formula 1 paddock pays tribute to de Villota

Members of the Formula 1 paddock have been paying tribute to Maria de Villota, who has died at the age of 33. De Villota, who survived a horrific testing accident in 2012, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville. Jean Todt: FIA president: "Today is a tragic day for motor sport. My deepest condolences go to the De Villota family. Maria was a fantastic driver, a leading light for women in motor sport and a tireless campaigner for road safety. Above all, she […]

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013

Raikkonen to assess fitness during practice

Kimi Raikkonen says he will assess the state of his back during free practice in Korea. The Finn suffered from back pain throughout the Singapore Grand Prix weekend. He struggled to take part in third practice and could only qualify in thirteenth place. He finished in third place in the race. Raikkonen's back issues started following a heavy testing accident at Magny Cours in 2001. "It’s better than it was on Saturday in Singapore which is when it didn’t feel too good," Raikkonen said of […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ecclestone 'working' to help Massa stay in F1

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he is working hard to ensure the last Brazilian driver does not drop out of F1. Currently, Felipe Massa is the only Brazilian on the grid, but he has lost his Ferrari seat. Manager Nicolas Todt is working hard to tap into the Brazilian sponsor market to ensure Massa is in contention for the rides at Lotus, Williams, Force India and Sauber. It is rumoured the Brazilian broadcaster Globo could also play a vital role. Brazil and South America are important […]

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Raikkonen eager to race despite back pain

Kimi Raikkonen says he will try and take part in the Singapore Grand Prix, after back pain affected his preparations for the race on Saturday. Raikkonen's running in final practice was restricted due to the discomfort, thought to relate to a trapped nerve. In qualifying, the Finn was eliminated in the second segment, setting a time fast enough for only thirteenth on the grid. "This morning was very bad," he said. "It was good that we drove in qualifying in the end but not the […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pirelli extends GP2/3 tyre contract

Pirelli has confirmed that they will continue to be the sole tyre supplier to the GP2 and GP3 series in the forthcoming seasons. The Italian company has supplied tyres to GP3 since the series began in 2010 and took over responsibilities from Bridgestone in GP2 from the start of 2011. Both GP2 and GP3 run identical compounds to Pirelli's Formula 1 tyres in order for the young drivers to become accustomed to the rubber. "We're delighted to continue supplying our tyres to both the GP2 […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hamilton seeking to bounce back in Singapore

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he is determined to bounce back from a couple of tough weekends at the forthcoming Singapore Grand Prix. Hamilton took pole position in Belgium and followed it up with third place in the race. But at Monza, the Brit was knocked out in Q2 and managed only ninth place in the race. Hamilton, who won in Singapore in 2009 and was leading the race before a mechanical failure last season, reckons the Marina Bay Street Circuit suits his style. "As […]

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013

Force India no longer developing 2013 car

Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer says his team is no longer developing the VJM06, ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. Force India is currently in fifth place in the championship but Szafnauer admits that the team does not have the resources to run parallel programmes effectively. "Because we’re such a small team we have stopped developing this year’s car and we’re working on next year’s car" he told F1Zone.net in Belgium. "We can’t do this parallel development, we just don’t have the […]