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Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

McLaren: Perez radio call 'not a team order'

McLaren has denied a radio call to Sergio Perez during Sunday's Spanish grand prix was a 'team order'. After Mexican Perez and teammate Jenson Button's wheel-banging recently in Bahrain, boss Martin Whitmarsh said the incident proved that McLaren lets its drivers race. But in the closing stages in Barcelona on Sunday, Perez again closed on his experienced teammate Button's sister car but was told to look after his tyres. The 22-year-old, who had apologised in the wake of the Bahrain incident, duly followed Button to […]

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013

Wolff looked into buying Toro Rosso

Toto Wolff turned down Dietrich Mateschitz when the Red Bull magnate offered to sell him Toro Rosso. Wolff, who subsequently bought into Williams and is now Mercedes' new co-owner and motor sport director, said billionaire Mateschitz made the approach in 2009. "One day, Dietrich Mateschitz landed by helicopter and offered to sell me Toro Rosso," Austrian Wolff told the French news agency AFP. "With my company in Vienna, we analysed the business model of Toro Rosso, but having a private team doesn't work when you […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Teams should not expect major changes - Pirelli

Pirelli has all but confirmed reports it will make only minor changes to its controversial 2013 tyres for next month's Spanish grand prix and beyond. It was thought Sebastian Vettel's dominance in Bahrain last weekend might calm Red Bull's loud criticism of this year's heavily degrading Pirelli tyres. But team boss Christian Horner was quoted by AFP news agency after the race: "I think the tyres are still too on an edge." Earlier, we reported that most teams are in fact pushing for the status […]

Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013

Todt likely to stay FIA president beyond 2013

Jean Todt looks set to remain FIA president for a second term. The former Ferrari chief (135 votes) beat ex world rally champion Ari Vatanen (49 votes) to the post in late 2009. 67-year-old Frenchman Todt's first term ends late this year, and he is eligible to run for another four years. Reports by the French-language AFP and La Presse claim Todt has secured the ongoing backing of the motoring federations in North, South and Central America. "When the people in North, South and Central […]

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012

Qatar targets F1 testing for the 2013 season

Arab state Qatar is pushing to become F1's next new host. The Losail circuit, built in 2004 and located just outside the capital Doha, already stages a night race for MotoGP. And the president of Qatar's motor racing federation, Nasser bin Khalifa Al Attiyah, has revealed that Losail is bidding "to get the license which would allow us to host F1 teams for pre-season testing and other activities. "F1 race director Charlie Whiting was here to inspect the Losail circuit," he said. "He was impressed […]

Posted on Friday, October 12, 2012

Ecclestone agrees lower fee for 2016 Korea GP extension

Bernie Ecclestone agreed to reduce the race fee as he extended Korea's grand prix contract through 2016, the AFP news agency reports. F1's annual trip since 2010 to Mokpo is among the most controversial and least popular on the calendar, but promoter Park Won-Hwa said on Friday a new contract has been signed. "We had to renegotiate with Mr Ecclestone and brought a few ideas and persuaded him that Korea cannot continue the event with such a big financial loss," he said. "It took a […]

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Kobayashi could lose F1 seat over sponsorship

Kamui Kobayashi has admitted he could lose his Formula One seat due to a lack of sponsorship. Sauber is yet to name its 2013 driver lineup, but Japanese Kobayashi was considered likely to stay because his current teammate, Sergio Perez, is heading to McLaren. Kobayashi also boosted his chances with an impressive podium at Suzuka last Sunday. But he admitted in Korea on Thursday: "At the moment I have no sponsors to be here. It's a very strange feeling. "Getting a sponsor is very important […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Magny Cours applies for place on 2013 calendar

Magny Cours has lodged an application to be considered for F1's 2013 calendar. French language sources RMC, L'Equipe and AFP said the application was given to the country's sanctioning body FFSA this week. The reports said Paul Ricard also intends to apply for consideration next week. RMC claimed that while the FFSA did not comment, both Magny Cours and Paul Ricard propose to host one race every two years, in alternation with another country. F1's governing FIA is expected to publish the draft of the […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Senna: Qualifying the key to 2013 race seat

Bruno Senna has conceded he needs to up his game in qualifying in order to secure his future at Williams. After incomplete seasons with HRT (2010) and Renault (2011), this year is regarded by some as the 28-year-old Brazilian's first real chance in Formula One. He has often struggled against his Barcelona-winning teammate Pastor Maldonado, Senna managing to outqualify the sister Williams on only a few occasions so far in 2012. But he had a good weekend last time out in Hungary, qualifying in the […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lotus 'definitely' eyes same drivers for 2013

Eric Boullier has revealed he "definitely" plans to keep not just Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus in 2013, but also the Finn's impressive rookie teammate Romain Grosjean. The Enstone based team's boss has dismissed speculation Raikkonen could return to Ferrari next year, where he won the 2007 title before he was ousted at the end of the 2009 season. "It's nice that Ferrari is in the newspapers," Boullier is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, "but to my knowledge Kimi has no intention of going […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Three teams ready for Silverstone test

At least three teams are going ahead with the young driver test at Silverstone this week. With November's Abu Dhabi plans up in the air, there had been uncertainty the Silverstone alternative was going ahead at all until HRT said Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua will be running on Thursday and Friday. The French-language news agency AFP now reports that Williams and Marussia will also be in action. Williams will be running its reserve and 'Friday' driver Valtteri Bottas, while the Marussia-sponsored GP2 drivers Max […]

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 […]