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Posted on Friday, June 7, 2013

Force India hits the century

Force India will start their 100th race this weekend. Here's a look back at their most memorable moments.

Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Mercedes to face F1 tribunal over Pirelli tyre test

The Mercedes Formula One team were ordered on Wednesday to appear before the sport's international tribunal for allegedly breaking the rules by testing during the season with their current car. Formula One's governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), said in a statement it had decided on the action after investigating the test conducted in Spain with tyre supplier Pirelli between May 15-17. Ferrari, who conducted a similar 1,000 km test in Spain in April but with a 2011 car and test driver, faced no […]

Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2013

FIA also probing secret Ferrari tyre test

Formula One's governing body put Ferrari, the sport's most successful team, in the spotlight along with Mercedes on Friday in an investigation into alleged breaches of the testing regulations. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that it had asked the teams to reply to an enquiry "in persuance of the judicial and disciplinary rules". Both were identified as having taken part in tyre tests for sole supplier Pirelli this season, despite a ban on teams testing. The development was an ironic twist […]

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013

Trulli to sue Caterham's Fernandes

Jarno Trulli has announced plans to sue Caterham team owner Tony Fernandes. At the end of 2011, with a firm contract for 2012, the Italian reportedly agreed to vacate his race seat to make room for the well-funded Russian Vitaly Petrov. But Trulli, now 38, says Fernandes promised to pay him in full for 2012. Italy's Autosprint says Trulli is angry with Fernandes for not paying him, since the Malaysian entrepreneur has not only increased Caterham's budget, but also that of his English football club […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rival teams not asked about 'secret' Mercedes test

The furore over Mercedes' secret Pirelli test looks set to deepen, as rival teams claim they were not informed by F1's tyre supplier. As it refused to rule out "penalties", the FIA said Pirelli and Mercedes would have got the green light for the test "provided every team" was also offered the same opportunity. It has emerged Ferrari did a secret test for Pirelli before Barcelona with a 2011 car, with Pedro de la Rosa at the wheel. And Red Bull confirmed it was asked […]

Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2013

'Mega lap' leaves Perez only seventh

Sergio Perez says that it's not a great feeling to complete a 'mega' lap and only set the seventh fastest time. Perez believes he extracted the maximum performance from the McLaren MP4-28 around the streets of Monte Carlo. "It’s not great to cross the finish line, feel like you’ve just done a mega lap, and find that you’re only seventh," he said. "Still, I put in a really strong performance here today, and I felt like I’d really maximised the full potential of the car." […]

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013

Caterham to continue with Renault engines

Caterham owner Tony Fernandes has confirmed that his team will stick with Renault engines next season. Caterham has been powered by the French squad since 2011 and will continue their partnership into the new era in 2014. Caterham's eponymous road car company has a partnership with Renault subsidiary Alpine that will see the companies collaborating to produce sports cars. "We have a car partnership with Renault," said Fernandes. "Our F1 car is going to be replicated in a road car, so you see a Renault […]

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013

KERS issue hinders Vettel

Sebastian Vettel's second practice session around the streets of Monaco was hindered by a KERS problem in his Red Bull. Vettel was ninth quickest at the circuit where he won in 2011. "I think generally it was okay," he said of his day. "Unfortunately we lost quite a lot of time in the afternoon while we were making some changes, but that can happen on Friday, or in this case Thursday. We’d like to be a little bit more competitive, so we need to try […]

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tyre change 'like widening football goals' says Boullier

Eric Boullier has revealed Lotus is "a little disappointed" with Pirelli's decision to change its 2013 tyres mid-season. Amid the media furore and the complaining of prominent teams like Red Bull and Mercedes, F1's official supplier announced that it will revert to elements of last year's tyre design for the Canadian grand prix next month and beyond. But Lotus boss Boullier stressed that only "some teams" actually welcome the changes "because it can help their performance". Indeed, teams including Lotus and Barcelona winner Ferrari were […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pirelli to tweak tyres from Canada

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has confirmed that changes will be made to the 2013 tyres. The tweaks will come into effect from next month's Canadian Grand Prix. Pirelli has come under criticism from some quarters, most vocally from Red Bull, with regards to the 2013-spec tyres. Several leading drivers, including race winner Fernando Alonso, made four stops during the Spanish Grand Prix. "From Canada changes to be made to bring back 2 to 3 stops. Some structural changes combining elements 2012 and 2013 products," […]

Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2013

Kubica 'faster than Raikkonen' says Loeb

Sebastien Loeb, the most successful driver in world rally history, thinks Robert Kubica has more potential than Kimi Raikkonen. In 2010 and 2011, Finn Raikkonen tried his hand at world rallying, and now former BMW and Renault driver Kubica - still recovering from his 2011 rally crash - is driving for Citroen in the second-tier world rally series. "Robert's potential to reach the top is very good," Frenchman Loeb told Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper. "He is fast, he does need more experience but I think […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Alguersuari unsure over F1 race seat future

Once so confident he would return to the grid in 2013, Jaime Alguersuari now admits his Formula One future is clouded. Dropped suddenly by Toro Rosso team owner Red Bull at the end of 2011, the Spaniard was just 21 but managed to stay in the paddock as Pirelli's test driver. He was hopeful he would bounce back onto the grid this year, but drivers with powerful backers and sponsors leapt to the front of the queue. Now 23, Alguersuari is not so sure he […]