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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Renault working to fix alternator headache

Valencia flagged a major headache for F1 engine supplier Renault. Not only did Lotus' Romain Grosjean break down with a failed alternator, so too did Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. Initially, it appeared the failures were coincidental, but Germany's Auto Motor und Sport now reports a common link. And, reportedly, Renault now suspects that a problem suffered by Caterham's Vitaly Petrov in Monte Carlo was also similar. The unit is reportedly manufactured in cooperation between Renault and Magneti Marelli. "We don't know what has broken, but […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

No DRS rule for yellow flags

Charlie Whiting has defended the decision to let Michael Schumacher keep his Valencia podium. After Mark Webber spotted the Mercedes with its DRS rear wing being deployed within a yellow flag zone, Red Bull pushed hard for Schumacher to be penalised. The stewards conducted a detailed post-race investigation but ultimately ruled that Schumacher deserved the first top-three podium finish of his comeback career. "The stewards noted that the driver (made) a significant reduction in speed on entering the double waved flag zone," the report read. […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Vergne to pay own fine after Valencia crash

Jean-Eric Vergne will have to dig into his own pockets after Valencia. The rookie Frenchman was given a ten-position grid drop for Silverstone after oddly jinking before crashing into Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen on Sunday and then speeding back to the pits with a disintegrating Toro Rosso. The incident caused the race director to call a safety car period, whilst stewards ruled that a EUR 25,000 fine was also in order for Vergne due to "the serious nature" of the indiscretion. "What he did was not […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Whitmarsh: Hamilton should have avoided Maldonado crash

Lewis Hamilton should have known better before going wheel-to-wheel with Pastor Maldonado in the dying stages of Sunday's European grand prix. That is the view of the McLaren driver's boss Martin Whitmarsh, after the British team's top 2012 driver fell 23 points off the championship lead at Valencia. He crashed almost within sight of the chequered flag in a dice with Williams' Pastor Maldonado, and it was the Venezuelan who was penalised for the crash by the FIA. And while Maldonado hit out at his […]

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012

Fernando Fever: European GP analysis

Fernando Alonso takes his 29th career victory at the European Grand Prix

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012

Marko admits safety car conspiracy theory

Dr Helmut Marko has confirmed Red Bull's suspicion that the safety car was called onto the Valencia circuit on Sunday to aid 'the show'. After retiring from a comfortable lead with a broken Red Bull on Sunday, an angry Sebastian Vettel said he thought the safety car period was called not just to clear debris but also "to break our neck". Indeed, the neutralisation of the race allowed Romain Grosjean to catch up and thereby breathed life into the contest, and it also may have […]

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012

Sam Michael under fire amid McLaren problems

Sam Michael is in the spotlight as McLaren continues to struggle in the pits in 2012. Williams' former technical director had to leave Williams at the end of last year as the beleaguered team restructured, and so he switched to McLaren to be sporting director. But his new tenure got off to a difficult start in 2012 amid recurring problems particularly during crucial pitstops -- one of Michael's responsibilities. The latest problem struck in Valencia on Sunday, with a failed front jack arguably costing Lewis […]

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012

Massa takes step towards 2013 contract

Felipe Massa has received strong backing from Ferrari despite a bad race for the Brazilian on Sunday. The 31-year-old struggled so markedly early this season that some believed it impossible he is a contender to retain his race cockpit for 2013. But the last few races have been much better for Massa, including in Valencia, where he was right on eventual winner Fernando Alonso's pace in qualifying. Then came Sunday. "I am very sorry for Felipe," said Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, "who was really […]

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012

F1 considering tyre blanket ban

F1 is considering a ban on tyre-warming blankets, the German language publication Motorsport Magazin reports. Journalist Kerstin Hasenbichler reported from Valencia that the potential 2013 ban is being discussed as part of the sport's cost-cutting efforts. The teams and the FIA are "currently in consultation to restructure regulations aimed at keeping costs as low as possible", the writer said. A tyre blanket ban was considered a few years ago but shelved on safety grounds. It would, however, save money both on equipment expenditure and freight […]

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012

Shame victory chance slipped for Grosjean says Tambay

Romain Grosjean on Sunday lost his chance to become F1's eighth different winner. The Frenchman was running comfortably behind eventual winner Fernando Alonso at Valencia when his Renault alternator failed -- the same component that halted Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull charge. "We need to hold our hands up and apologise," said Renault's Remi Taffin. Former F1 driver Patrick Tambay told France's RMC: "It's a shame, because the opportunities for victory are rare and you can't let them pass. "Today it passed for Romain but it […]

Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hamilton positive despite Maldonado incident

Lewis Hamilton has remained positive despite a late retirement due to an incident with the Williams of Pastor Maldonado, in which the Venezuelan driver tipped the 2008 World Championship into the wall at turn 13. This meant Lewis Hamilton failed to score any World Championship points at Valencia, despite a competitive race until the end. After starting the race 2nd alongside reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton was passed early on by the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. The Briton’s race got considerably tougher as […]

Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2012

Vettel criticises safety car call after failure

Sebastian Vettel pointed a finger at the race director after retiring from Sunday's European grand prix. The Red Bull driver suffered a car failure having dominated from pole in Valencia. He questioned the call to bring the safety car out, ostensibly to clear away crash debris. "I think we could have been spared the safety car period," Vettel told German television Sky. "I think the reason is clear. I don't think there was a danger. "There were pieces on the track earlier and it was […]