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Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012

Alonso believes Silverstone should suit Ferrari

Fernando Alonso believes the Silverstone circuit should suit Ferrari this weekend, as the Spaniard tries to defend his 20 point lead in the Drivers’ Championship. The Ferrari driver took his one and only victory of last season at the British Grand Prix, and will undoubtedly be striving to win again this time around. However, with the weather forecast to be inclement throughout the weekend, Fernando Alonso has acknowledged the fact that the weather could be a deciding factor over the results. Last years race started […]

Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thursday at Silverstone

Sunny skies and warm conditions greeted the paddock on Thursday afternoon, but most of the talk was about the much anticipated rain due to fall on Friday. Silverstone is set to impliment an emergency parking system should Friday turn into a washout. A few of the drivers were quizzed about the inclement weather conditions, although Kimi Raikkonen looked at the sky, noted the sun, shrugged and simply said ‘if it’s wet it’s wet’. Jenson Button was asked about his woeful Silverstone record, and hoped that […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Massa almost back to his best now says Smedley

Felipe Massa is now almost back to his best form, the Brazilian's race engineer Rob Smedley insists. 31-year-old Massa's form was so low earlier this season that some seasoned pundits were predicting Ferrari would have to oust him long before his contract expires at the end of the year. But, for the first time in 2012, Massa was back in the decisive 'Q3' qualifying segment in Monaco and Canada, and then last time out in Valencia Ferrari hailed his strong performance despite a tumultuous race. "Right […]

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012

Williams: Silverstone will suit us

The Williams FW34 should be ideally suited to Silverstone in this weekend's British Grand Prix. That is the view of Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and Mark Gillan, Williams's chief operations engineer. Maldonado, winner in Spain, said "I think the track will suit our car because it’s similar to Barcelona and it’s also very fun to drive with sections like Maggots and Becketts which really test you as a driver." Maldonado also pointed towards the pace of the car in the European Grand Prix as a […]

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012

FIA tells Vettel to mind his manners

Sebastian Vettel has been warned to watch his manners, according to Germany's Kolner Express newspaper. After Valencia, where following his retirement the Red Bull driver admitted he suspected a conspiracy, German motor sport association president Hans-Joachim Stuck said Vettel needed to be careful about being cited for "unsportsmanlike conduct". Vettel had suggested the safety car was called onto the Spanish circuit chiefly to cut his huge lead. "Sebastian Vettel should learn to be a good loser," said Stuck. The Cologne tabloid Express said Vettel's theory […]

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012

'Serious differences' in tyre quality in 2012 says Marko

Dr Helmut Marko suspects there are "serious differences" in the quality of the sets of tyres being supplied this year by Pirelli. Red Bull's motor racing consultant also said the sole tyre supplier's 2012 product works only within a ludicrously small performance 'window', and favours cars with simple designs. According to the German language motorline.cc, Marko said Italian marque Pirelli "received an order to make Formula One more exciting". In 2011, for Pirelli's first season on the grid, the tyres spiced up the show due […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Perez targets qualifying improvement

Sauber's Sergio Perez says that he needs to improve his qualifying performance at the British Grand Prix. Perez has failed to make Q3 since the Spanish Grand Prix, although he fought back to 3rd in Canada. Nevertheless, Perez believes that an improvement on Saturday will lead to better results on Sunday. "I think our car will be good in Silverstone and I want to fight for another podium there. In my view in Silverstone it is even more difficult to overtake than it was in […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Glock eager to return

Timo Glock has said he is eager to return to the cockpit of his Marussia after being ruled out of the European Grand Prix. Glock, 30, fell ill before the event in Valencia but battled on until withdrawing on Saturday morning. "Silverstone is a very important weekend for the whole team, so I’m looking forward to it and happy that the problems of Valencia are behind me" said Glock. "We have some substantial upgrade developments which I hope will give us a little step forward […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Raikkonen: Now I’ve had some good results, I want more

After a strong second place in Valencia, Kimi is even more focused on attaining that elusive top step as he heads to one of his favourite circuits of the year; Silverstone. How do you feel your season is shaping up? If you asked me before the start of the season whether I would be happy with podiums I would have said yes, but now I’ve had some good results, I want more. In the last few races the results haven’t been as strong as I’ve […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Grosjean believes Lotus is a big team

French driver Romain Grosjean reckons that Lotus is now a big team, having challenged for the win at the European Grand Prix. Grosjean, who married long term partner Marion Jolles on Wednesday, retired from the race in Valencia with an alternator failure but nevertheless showed encouraging pace. "I think we head to Silverstone with more confidence. We understand a few more things with the car. It was good to have a really hot weekend all the way through at Valencia as we were able to […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Button hoping to break Silverstone jinx

Jenson Button is hoping for an improvement at the British Grand Prix. The 2009 world champion has taken just six points from the past five events and Silverstone has been unkind to him in the past. Nevertheless, Button is looking forward to racing at home. "I’m really looking forward to the British Grand Prix. We’ve been making progress in a lot of areas and while I wasn’t able to show that in terms of the result at Valencia – mainly because I got boxed in […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Schumacher hoping to continue momentum

Michael Schumacher is hoping to carry on his good form shown at the European Grand Prix. Schumacher, 43, finished on the podium in Valencia for the first time since 2006. "We want to take the momentum from our result in Valencia and put on a good show in Silverstone, especially because this is one of our home races", he said. Nevertheless, Schumacher's history at the circuit combined with the unique 2012 season has led to caution on the German's behalf. " I have many contrasting memories of this circuit; […]