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Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013

Calado thrilled by Force India practice outing

James Calado says that his first run in a Formula 1 car during a Grand Prix weekend was 'amazing'. Calado, currently fifth in this season's GP2 championship, joined Force India as their reserve driver earlier in the week. Calado drove for the team at the young driver test in July but made his practice debut during the opening 90 minute session in Monza. The British driver completed 24 laps of the circuit, with a best time of 1:27.041 putting him in seventeenth place. "Amazing – […]

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013

Pic hopes to extend Caterham stay in 2014

Charles Pic says he hopes to stay with Caterham for a second season in 2014. Pic joined Caterham from Marussia prior to the start of 2013 and reckons he can extend his stay into next year. "Yeah we will see," he said when asked by F1Zone whether he will stay with the team in 2014. "For the moment I'm trying to stay focused on the rest of the season as this is most important thing and then after I leave this to my team to […]

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013

Raikkonen hoping for victory fight in Italy

Kimi Raikkonen says he is hopeful that Lotus can compete for the win at next weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Raikkonen has never won at Monza, while a Renault powered car has won at the circuit just once since 1996. Nonetheless the Finn is optimistic that he can get among the front runners. "Monza always gives a great challenge," said Raikkonen. "It’s so different compared with the more modern circuits as the layout means the car needs to be set up differently. To go fast at […]

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013

Raikkonen reckons Lotus competitive in dry conditions

Kimi Raikkonen says he is confident that Lotus can fight at the front - if rain stays away from the Belgian Grand Prix. Raikkonen qualified in eighth place at Spa as wet weather hit the circuit. "When it was dry in the second qualifying session we were fastest, so if it’s dry tomorrow we should be okay for the race; even though we will not start from a great position," he said. "The last qualifying session was wet and our car does not give its […]

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013

Toro Rosso duo frustrated by wrong calls

Toro Rosso duo Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo were left frustrated after failing to make it through to Q2 in Belgium. A drying circuit caught out both drivers, meaning that Vergne will start from eighteenth and Ricciardo nineteenth. "What happened today is easy to explain, it was just a team mistake," said Vergne. "These things shouldn’t happen, but everyone gets it wrong now and again. It is very frustrating, as the car has been good enough this weekend to qualify really well in either the […]

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hamilton snatches pole in thrilling Belgian qualifying

Lewis Hamilton snatched pole in dramatic circumstances in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. Hamilton was last over the line in wet conditions and took top spot, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Nico Rosberg was fourth, with Paul di Resta in fifth. Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10. Nico Hulkenberg, Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez failed to progress to Q3. Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde and Marussia duo Jules Bianchi and Max […]

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013

Force India no longer developing 2013 car

Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer says his team is no longer developing the VJM06, ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. Force India is currently in fifth place in the championship but Szafnauer admits that the team does not have the resources to run parallel programmes effectively. "Because we’re such a small team we have stopped developing this year’s car and we’re working on next year’s car" he told F1Zone.net in Belgium. "We can’t do this parallel development, we just don’t have the […]

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013

Trackside at Spa-Francorchamps: FP1

Observations from a first practice session that masked the true form in Belgium

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013

Alonso quickest in rain affected opening practice

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time during a rain affected first practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix. Alonso's time of 1:55.198 was 0.026s quicker than Paul di Resta. Adrian Sutil was third, with Sergio Perez and Nico Rosberg rounding out the top five. The 90 minute session started in wet conditions, with drivers taking to the circuit solely for installation laps. The circuit began to dry after half an hour, with Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber among the first drivers to […]

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013

Alonso: I’d give myself a 10, motivation 10, determination 10

Fernando Alonso has dismissed rumours suggesting he will leave Ferrari and insists he is highly motivated ahead of the second half of 2013. Alonso is currently 39 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel. "After many years in Formula 1 I have never had a great Sunday here [at Spa] and I would like to finally get a good result," he said. "I think our expectations can be good ones as this circuit requires different levels of aero downforce and a very specific set-up and our […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Alonso hoping for change of luck in Belgium

Fernando Alonso says he is hoping to make up for years of misfortune in Belgium by achieving a strong result this weekend. Alonso has never won the Belgian Grand Prix and has retired from the race on five of his nine attempts. One of those occasions was last year, when Alonso was the victim of an accident at the start, triggered by Romain Grosjean. "I did well in 2005 when I came second and also back in Formula 3000," Alonso said. "So far, I’ve never […]

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013

Marussia: Challenge to retain 10th begins

Marussia team principal John Booth says his squad remains focused on retaining 10th place in the Constructors' Championship for the rest of the season. Marussia is currently ahead of Caterham in the fight for 10th place, courtesy of Jules Bianchi's 13th place in Malaysia. "We head into the second part of the season still holding 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship and we are keenly focused on what we need to do at every turn to ensure we maintain that position," said Booth. "The challenge […]