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Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Booth: 2014 car ahead of schedule

Marussia team principal John Booth has said that progress on his squad's 2014 car is ahead of schedule, with six weeks until the first pre-season test begins in Spain. Marussia finished in 10th place in the 2013 championship, with Booth conceding that his team abandoned their 2013 season early in order to divert resources onto 2014's package. Chilton edging towards 2014 Marussia seat "The problem with a team of our size is that building a 2014 car from scratch has taken all our resources," he […]

Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013

GP2, GP3 confirm 2014 calendar

GP2 has announced that there will be 11 rounds in next year's championship. The return of the Austrian Grand Prix for the first time since 2003 means that GP2 will race at the Red Bull Ring for the first time. The championship will also race at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. The addition of Austria and Russia means that rounds in Malaysia and Singapore have been dropped. GP3 will race alongside GP2 at nine of the 11 rounds, missing out on Bahrain and […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

F1 return 'nearly impossible' admits Kubica

Robert Kubica has admitted it is unlikely he will ever return to formula one. Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali admitted recently that, prior to the Pole's horror rally crash of early 2011, Kubica was a front runner to become a driver for the fabled Italian team. "Unfortunately, I don't think he will be back," said Domenicali, referring to the limited mobility of 28-year-old Kubica's right arm, which was almost severed in the crash. Indeed, former BMW and Renault driver Kubica admitted in an interview with the […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Kvyat secures GP3 title with win

2014 Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat secured the GP3 championship after an emphatic victory at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Kvyat started the race from pole position and was never troubled, eventually winning the race from 4.6s in spite of an early safety car period. "I’m really, really happy and I’m proud of myself, the team and everyone involved this year. It’s a strong result and to be going to Formula One like this, it could not be better than that," he said […]

Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dominant Magnussen seals FR3.5 title

McLaren young driver Kevin Magnussen sealed the Formula Renault 3.5 championship with a dominant display at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Magnussen secured pole position for both races in Spain and was untroubled across the weekend, clinching the title courtesy of his victory in race one. Will Stevens was within touching distance of Magnussen in the first race but had to settle for second, ahead of McLaren youngster Stoffel Vandoorne. The Belgian driver hounded Magnussen for the lead during the second race but after the compulsory […]

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013

Formula 1 paddock pays tribute to de Villota

Members of the Formula 1 paddock have been paying tribute to Maria de Villota, who has died at the age of 33. De Villota, who survived a horrific testing accident in 2012, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville. Jean Todt: FIA president: "Today is a tragic day for motor sport. My deepest condolences go to the De Villota family. Maria was a fantastic driver, a leading light for women in motor sport and a tireless campaigner for road safety. Above all, she […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pirelli to be 'very conservative' for 2014 says Hembery

The days where grands prix are spiced-up by deliberately heavily-degrading tyres could be over. Since the tyre-exploding crisis earlier this season, and the mid-year shift from steel to kevlar-belted tyres, Pirelli has also been taking more conservative compound choices to the races. Very recently, it has culminated in less exiting grands prix, and runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel's now tight grip on the second half of the season. And for 2014, despite the radical engine rules shift, little will change on the tyre front. "We […]

Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2013

Magnussen on brink of title after dominant performance

Kevin Magnussen dominated the penultimate round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Paul Ricard in France to stand on the brink of the title. Magnussen, part of McLaren's young driver scheme, secured both pole positions and stormed to victories in the two races. But a technical infringement on his DAMS car meant that he was excluded from the results. DAMS intends to appeal the disqualification. Magnussen's misfortune handed victory to Red Bull youngster Antonio Felix da Costa, for his third win of the season. […]

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ferrari 'insane' to sign Raikkonen says Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve has blasted Ferrari's decision to sign Kimi Raikkonen for 2014. Prior to his slump in form and Ferrari's decision to push him into sabbatical at the end of 2009, the Finn won the Italian team's last world title in 2007. But 1997 world champion Villeneuve thinks bringing the now 33-year-old Raikkonen back to Ferrari in Felipe Massa's wake is not smart. "Ferrari are completely insane," the always outspoken French Canadian told the German newspaper Bild. "He can drive a car fast, but he […]

Posted on Sunday, September 8, 2013

Red Bull to test Pirelli tyres with 2011 car

Red Bull will conduct a two-day, 1000 kilometre tyre test with Pirelli mid next week in Barcelona. The news revives memories of this year's Mercedes 'test-gate' scandal, but the world champion team will be using a 2011 car, not the title-leading RB9. And the race drivers will not be in action. Instead, it will be test driver Sebastien Buemi alongside 2014 race driver Daniel Ricciardo. Their task, confirmed by Pirelli motor sport boss Paul Hembery, will be to test 2014-specification tyres. But not everyone is […]

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mexico set for Formula 1 return in 2014

The Mexican Grand Prix is set to return for the first time in over two decades next season. The race has not been held since 1992 but is scheduled to take place on November 9th next year after teams were given a copy of the provisional 2014 calendar ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. As expected there is no room for the proposed race in New Jersey, although the return of Mexico - and the inaugural Russian Grand Prix - means that there will […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sauber and Robin Frijns set to part company

Sauber is set to part company with reserve driver Robin Frijns after the Dutchman was informed that his services will not be required in 2014. Frijns, reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion, joined Sauber at the end of last season. "Yes the bad news is true..." Frijns posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday evening. "I don't know what happens now," Frijns added to Autosport. "All I know is I'm sitting at home and everybody is in Monza. I'm a free agent. I don't blame […]