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Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012

De La Rosa pleased with HRT gains

Spanish driver Pedro De La Rosa has expressed his satisfaction at the gains HRT has made in 2012. HRT failed to qualify for the Australian Grand Prix and, although they sit last in the championship, have been battling Marussia. "We’ve made steady progress but now we’re at a key moment and we must take another step forward", said De La Rosa in an interview published on HRT's official website. "My assessment is very positive because we set ourselves realistic targets, we’ve accomplished them and we’re, […]

Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012

The Hungarian Grand Prix from a tyre point of view

After two wet weekends in Britain and Germany, Pirelli is expecting a dry and warm weekend at the Hungaroring: the first circuit to be opened behind the former Iron Curtain in 1986. The tight and twisty track is a permanent facility but has some of the characteristics of a street circuit, with a low average speed and very little grip, which gradually evolves as the weekend goes on and more rubber is laid down. Pirelli is bringing the P Zero White medium tyre and P […]

Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012

Alonso takes second straight pole in Hockenheim

With rain once again dominating qualifying, just as it did in Silverstone two weeks ago, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has taken his second consecutive pole position in wet conditions, this time using the Pirelli Cinturato Blue full wet tyre. The P Zero White medium tyre has been nominated for the race along with the P Zero Yellow soft: a combination that was last used at the Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia. All the frontrunners started Q1 on medium tyres, in overcast conditions with a high […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mansell thinks Schumacher could stay in 2013

Nigel Mansell, who was still a grand prix winner at 41, thinks Michael Schumacher could keep racing beyond his 44th birthday. Whether the seven time world champion signs a new contract with Mercedes is regarded as probably the key to the 2013 driver market. 1992 world champion Mansell said of the great German: "He seems to still be having fun driving, he's been on pole, he was third in Valencia -- he still has the speed. "If he continues to want it then he could […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Grosjean, Maldonado the crash-kings of 2012

Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are the crash-kings of 2012, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. The publication has calculated that Lotus' Grosjean would be ahead of Nico Rosberg in the drivers' championship had he kept his nose clean so far. In Melbourne, he crashed with Williams' Maldonado; in Malaysia, he had contact with Michael Schumacher, and in Barcelona his rival was Sergio Perez, and at Monaco and Silverstone he came to blows on the first laps. "In total Grosjean could have 18 more […]

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012

Fewer tyre pitstops in 2012

Pirelli remains at the centre of the F1 'show', but a new analysis proves that the marque's tyres in 2012 are less fragile than last year. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said that following the pitstop frenzy of the Italian supplier's first season back on the grid, there has been "much less" tyre degradation so far in 2012. In 2010, for Bridgestone's last year in F1, the analysis said there were between one and two pitstops per driver -- 304 in total over the first […]

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012

Button hoping for a problem-free German GP

McLaren’s Jenson Button is hoping for a problem-free build-up to the German Grand Prix next weekend, as the 2009 World Champion strives to get his Championship challenge back on track. The British star has failed to finish higher than 8th since the Chinese Grand Prix back in April, and has slipped to 8th in the Drivers’ Championship. Since Jenson Button’s glorious win at the season opener at the Australian Grand Prix, the Briton has struggled to string together consistently competitive results, managing only one other […]

Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2012

Double penalty for Maldonado after Pérez crash

Pastor Maldonado was hit with a double penalty by Silverstone race stewards after jhe collided with Sauber’s Sergio Pérez during the British Grand Prix. Maldonado was running seventh on lap 12 when he came under pressure from Pérez who had climbed from 16th after making a good start. The Mexican attempted a move around the outside of the Williams but Maldonado lost control in trying to defend the position and knocked the Sauber out of the race. The Williams driver went on to finish 16th. […]

Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2012

Paddock crowns Alonso greatest current driver

As he races away with the 2012 championship at the wheel of a still-inferior car, Fernando Alonso is being hailed almost universally within the F1 paddock. The season began disastrously for Ferrari with the ailing F2012, but as the technical boffins set to work on its weaknesses, the Spaniard at the wheel was always flawlessly consistent. Totally outclassed in Australia, he still finished fifth, he is the only driver to have won more than one grand prix so far, and Alonso has never been outside […]

Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012

FIA admits Alonso and Hamilton escaped Valencia sanctions

Valencia winner Fernando Alonso, and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, only narrowly avoided penalties at the recent European grand prix. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport has revealed the details of a team bosses meeting that took place at Silverstone on Thursday. They were told by FIA officials that Alonso and Hamilton technically broke the rules at Valencia, and would have been sanctioned if rival teams lodged official protests. Hamilton reportedly overtook pole sitter Sebastian Vettel twice on the pre-race warm-up lap; a practice that is not allowed. […]

Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012

Vettel denies safety car conspiracy theory

Sebastian Vettel has denied ever suggesting the FIA deployed the safety car at Valencia as a deliberate ploy to spoil his race. The reigning world champion, and Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, were quoted after the recent European grand prix as implying that Charlie Whiting only neutralised the race to deliberately curb Vettel's runaway race lead. Shortly after the safety car period, ostensibly to clear crash debris from the track, the furious Vettel's RB8 failed. Asked about his reported conspiracy theory, the German said on […]

Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012

Renault reverts to 2011 alternators after failures

Renault has reverted to an older specification of its alternator for the use of customers Red Bull, Lotus, Williams and Caterham this weekend at Silverstone. The decision follows the French supplier's struggles to get to the bottom of the problems that caused Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean to retire last time out at Valencia. A similar issue was also reportedly linked to a problem suffered by Vitaly Petrov at Monaco. "This (problem) is a great puzzle," Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports. "Not even Renault […]