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Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2012

Glock withdraws from European Grand Prix

Timo Glock will not take part in today's European Grand Prix in Valencia. The 30 year old Marussia driver missed qualifying after a stomach bug worsened. A Marussia statement confirmed Glock's withdrawal. “Further to the medical problem which prevented Timo Glock from participating in yesterday’s qualifying session for the European Grand Prix in Valencia, the Marussia F1 Team can confirm that Timo is unable to compete in today’s race." “Timo received medical guidance yesterday afternoon and his symptoms suggest that he is suffering from an […]

Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2012

Latest legality rumours follow Vettel's quali domination

As Sebastian Vettel sped well clear of the otherwise tightly-bunched Valencia field in qualifying, the latest rumblings about the legality of his 2012 Red Bull began to grow louder. A new Adrian Newey-penned floor has debuted on the RB8 this weekend, which according to some sources produces a kind of 'double diffuser' effect. And veteran photographer Darren Heath said he heard from his regular trackside vantage point in practice "what sounds like off-throttle blowing" coming from German Vettel's car. Then, with the chasing seven drivers […]

Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2012

Glock to 'almost certainly' miss Valencia race

Timo Glock will almost certainly sit out Sunday's European grand prix. The German sat out qualifying on Saturday, and according to multiple media sources he was travelling to a local hospital for checks whilst his usual rivals were in action on the Valencia street circuit. Marussia has described the 30-year-old's ailment as a "stomach bug", but sources say he could be suffering from either food poisoning or a virus. Bild newspaper said he will "almost certainly" not race on Sunday, even though the FIA has […]

Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fingers point at Pirelli after 'odd' qualifying

Luca di Montezemolo pointed his finger at Pirelli on Saturday as he slammed an "odd" qualifying session at Valencia. A surprise and rare visitor in the Ferrari garage, team president Montezemolo was bitterly disappointed after neither F2012 made the Q3 cut. "We were fastest and then everything changed when we put on the soft tyres," he told Italian broadcaster Rai. "We need to take care that this does not become a tyre manufacturing championship," Montezemolo warned. Fernando Alonso, however, insisted that the main problem in […]

Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012

Stranded drivers not expecting exciting race

Drivers stranded down the Valencia grid are not expecting to scythe through the field on Sunday. Jenson Button qualified ninth and admitted he doubts he will fare much better in the race. Told by an optimistic reporter at Valencia that 'lots can happen' over 57 long laps on Sunday, the Briton answered: "Not really, we're in Valencia. You can't overtake round here. "Not a lot happens here in a race. I don't think it will be the most exciting one." Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is […]

Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012

Vettel takes pole in Valencia

Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for the European Grand Prix in dominant fashion. Vettel, 24, set his lap time of 1:38.086 at the end of the ten minute Q3 session to beat Lewis Hamilton by three tenths of a second during a qualifying session that was the closest since the current format was introduced in 2006. Such was the intensity of Q2 that both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were knocked out and will start eleventh and thirteenth respectively, despite setting a time less […]

Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012

Button fastest in final practice

Jenson Button set the fastest time in final practice for the European Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit. Button's time of 1:38.562 eclipsed both Lotus drivers, with Romain Grosjean less than a tenth slower than the Brit despite a mistake on his hot lap. Reigning world champion and two time Valencia winner Sebastian Vettel set only the thirteenth fastest time, but set the fastest Sector One and Two times on his in-lap. High tyre temperatures are likely to play into the hands of Lotus […]

Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012

Force India 'massively quick' at Valencia

As F1's topsy-turvy 2012 seeks an eighth different winner at the eighth race weekend of the season, Force India appeared to leap into contention in Valencia. Paul di Resta was sixth fastest on Friday morning, before his teammate Nico Hulkenberg came a mere tenth of a second from upstaging Sebastian Vettel for the best time of the entire day. So far in 2012, the Silverstone based team has appeared largely out of the loop, as its formerly midfield rivals including Lotus, Sauber and Williams genuinely […]

Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012

F1 looks to solve costs crisis

Formula One is always glamorous and shiny, but this weekend in Valencia, a harsh alter-reality is also obvious. Floating in the port city's harbour is the Indian Express, one of the world's biggest and most valuable private superyachts that is owned by Vijay Mallya, the boss not only of Force India but also the sinking airline Kingfisher. That the Indian billionaire's boat is such a centrepiece this weekend is a paradox, amid near-empty grandstands in crisis-struck Spain and frenzied discussions in the motor homes about […]

Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bandage on Alonso's knee, Glock unwell

Fernando Alonso is sporting a bandage around his right knee in the Valencia paddock. He played down the injury. "It's nothing, I had a fall in cycling and it will heal but for now it's just a bit swollen. It's nothing important," the Ferrari driver is quoted by Spanish sports daily AS. Also firing on less than the full eight cylinders on Friday was Marussia's Timo Glock, suffering from a stomach bug and running a shorter programme. "For a time I have to say I […]

Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012

Perez spotted at Ferrari amid Kovalainen rumours

As F1's 'silly season' shifts into a high gear in Valencia, the cameras snapped with glee on Friday when Sergio Perez and his manager Jaume Sallares walked calmly into Ferrari's hot-red motor home. Mexican Perez, of course - whilst undoubtedly linked with Felipe Massa's race cockpit for 2013 - is also the cream of Ferrari's driver development programme. So Ferrari spokesman Luca Colajanni was able to joke when he answered to Spain's AS newspaper: "He has signed ... he has come to sign." Another rumour […]

Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Press Conference - Valencia

Reproduced with kind permission of the FIA Team representatives - Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Riad Asmat (Caterham), Norbert Haug (Mercedes), Luis Perez-Sala (HRT), Eric Boullier (Lotus). Q: Franz, as it's your first time in the press conference this year, can you give us an assessment of your two new drivers? They've had time to settle down. Two drivers for whom there are a lot of new circuit too. Franz Tost: Yes. Daniel Ricciardo, our driver from Australia, he is a little bit more experienced, he did […]