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Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Kovalainen looking forward to Silverstone

Heikki Kovalainen says that he is looking forward to next weekend's British Grand Prix. Kovalainen finished thirteenth at the European Grand Prix in a race that was arguably Caterham's best performance of the season. With a revised CT-01 set to take to the track next Friday, which includes new rear bodywork and a revised exhaust layout, Kovalainen believes that more progress can be made. "Silverstone is a great track to race at, both because it’s one of our two home races and because it’s a proper […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

McLaren considers Ferrari pull-rod for 2013 car

McLaren is considering following Ferrari's lead and introducing innovative pull-rod front suspension for its 2013 car. That is the claim of the Spanish sports daily Marca, citing the information of multiple Italian specialist sources. Ferrari raised eyebrows early this year when the aggressive F2012 was launched with pull-rod suspension: a configuration not seen since Fernando Alonso raced a Minardi more than a decade ago. The Italian team's early struggles sparked rumours Ferrari could scrap the experiment, but the subsequent giant strides of progress have now […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Politics making life 'difficult' for Red Bull says Marko

Dr Helmut Marko insists life in the F1 paddock for Red Bull has become "really difficult" in recent times. The energy drink owned team has dominated the sport recent and is the reigning double champion, and according to owner Dietrich Mateschitz's right-hand man, that is the source of the negative rumblings. There have been suggestions of cost-agreement cheating, regular technical infringements, and at Valencia recently both Marko and Sebastian Vettel suggested that the safety car was deployed chiefly to spoil Vettel's big lead. Marko even […]

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012

Glock expects Silverstone return

Timo Glock on Thursday said he expects to be "totally fit" for next weekend's British grand prix. The German had to sit out last weekend's Valencia race with an intestinal infection. But in a media statement issued on Thursday, his employer Marussia said Glock, 30, is "back on the road to recovery" "Generally I am feeling much better," he said. "I still feel a little weak in the legs, but otherwise I am okay. "I am now on my way to a full recovery, although […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ferrari:

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has urged his team to take a step forwards if they wish to deliver the 2012 world championship. Montzemolo, speaking after Fernando Alonso's European Grand Prix victory began on a downbeat note, saying "I am worried and all of us should be.” He then explained his reasoning for trepidation, focusing on the three races scheduled to take place in July. “Yes, I am worried, because I expect three very tough races at Silverstone, Hockenheim and Budapest and because we have […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

FIA inspected Red Bull suspension after Valencia

The legality of Red Bull's RB8 could come under the spotlight yet again. Italy's Autosprint is reporting that Mark Webber's car only narrowly passed post-race scrutineering at Valencia after officials "examined carefully" the new rear suspension layout. Allied with the innovative 'double floor' which was also debuted last weekend, the developments helped Sebastian Vettel to set pole and dominate the Spanish street race until his retirement. When asked about his new dominance, the German driver admitted: "That was surprising even for us. We did not […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stuck warns Vettel over safety car conspiracy

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull should tread carefully in accusing the FIA of a conspiracy to enliven last weekend's Valencia race. That is the view of Hans-Joachim Stuck, the president of the German motor sport association DMSB. After Vettel retired at Valencia from a commanding lead, the reigning world champion and his team's Dr Helmut Marko suggested the FIA called the safety car period chiefly to close up the field. "Vettel was too far ahead and so the field was brought back together," said Marko, […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Red Bull calls for 'DRS under yellows' clarification

Red Bull has called for a clarification about how the DRS overtaking system can be used whilst yellow flags are being waved. The stewards conducted a three-hour investigation after Mark Webber spotted Mercedes' Michael Schumacher using his 'DRS' inside a yellow flag zone at Valencia late last Sunday. Ultimately, the officials let Schumacher keep his first podium for more than 2000 days, Charlie Whiting arguing that "the decisive element" is not whether the DRS flap is open but "whether the driver has slowed or not". […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Valencia hosted second most passes of 2012

Written off beforehand as a 'boring' race, Valencia in fact hosted a frenzy of overtaking manoeuvres last Sunday. Before the race, Jenson Button and Mark Webber wrote off their chances of climbing through the field on the basis that passing is always almost impossible between the Spanish street layout's concrete barriers. But the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat has counted up the genuine passing moves in Sunday's race, and the tally is 58 -- second only to China in 2012. Last year in Valencia, and with […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Button not writing off title chances yet

Jenson Button is refusing to write off his chances of winning the 2012 title. Since becoming the first race winner of the season, the McLaren driver entered a performance slump that has stranded him 62 points off Fernando Alonso's points lead. "The gap to Fernando is more points than I've got," Button, whose performance took a step forward at Valencia last weekend, said. Notwithstanding the gap, he is staying positive. "It (the gap)'s still not a lot, though," the 32-year-old insisted. "We've still got 12 […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gillan regrets missed opportunity

Williams's Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan says that his team failed to capitalise on their good pace at the European Grand Prix. Both Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna were involved in collisions in Valencia, resulting in the team scoring just a single point. "We are obviously disappointed not to have capitalised on the pace shown throughout the weekend but we have learnt a great deal at Valencia, especially relating to tyre management", said Gillan. Speaking about Maldonado's late accident, Gillan said that "obviously the team […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mallya wants Silverstone podium

Q&A conducted by the Official F1 Website Q: Vijay, both Force India drivers finished in the points in Valencia. Why did the team prove so successful last weekend? Vijay Mallya: Well, the car was performing great all weekend long. In fact I was hoping for a better qualifying result, but in Q3 maybe both overdrove the car, locked up the wheels etc. So we started eighth and tenth while I was actually hoping to start in the top five. We knew that this season’s unpredictability has […]