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Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sauber C32 passes mandatory crash tests ahead of 2013 season

Sauber has become the first F1 team to confirm that their 2013 challenger, the C32, has passed all of the FIA crash tests

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012

Kubica rules out F1 return for now

Robert Kubica has admitted he will not be returning to Formula One any time "soon". With Lotus apparently dithering over a new deal for Romain Grosjean, wild rumours at the Interlagos finale last month suggested the team might have an eye on Kubica. The talented Pole has been out of F1 since the end of 2010, because in the weeks before the 2011 season, he was seriously injured in a rallying crash in Italy. "I was hoping that I'd be back behind the wheel of […]

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012

Webber has leg surgery in Australia

Mark Webber has had successful leg surgery in his native Australia. Just ahead of the 2009 season, the now 36-year-old badly broke his leg in a downhill mountain cycling crash during his outdoor adventure challenge in Tasmania. Now, four years later, Webber has had another operation on the leg, mere days after contesting his Tasmanian challenge yet again. "Hospital trip planned a while back," he announced on Twitter. "I needed further surgery from previous injury. All good and on the mend." Posting a photo of […]

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012

Raikkonen to begin break with snowmobile race

Kimi Raikkonen will kick off his winter break with a snowmobile race. Just after signing to return to F1 in 2012 with Lotus, the 2007 world champion hurt his wrist in a snowmobile racing crash in Austria. Now, APA news agency reports that the 33-year-old Finn intends to race a 70 horse power snowmobile again, in Saalbach on 8 December. At the 2012 season finale in Brazil last weekend, Raikkonen made headlines for arriving at Interlagos late following a holiday in Los Angeles. He then […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kovalainen could replace Grosjean at Lotus

Heikki Kovalainen is a candidate to replace the fast but inconsistent Romain Grosjean at Lotus, the Finnish broadcaster MTV3 reports. The highly rated Finn Kovalainen is on the market because Caterham is reportedly considering signing the pay-driver Giedo van der Garde. However, MTV acknowledged that Frenchman Grosjean, despite Lotus' deliberations and the 26-year-old's numerous incidents in 2012, is "more likely" than Kovalainen to line up alongside Kimi Raikkonen next season. But Germany's authoritative Auto Motor und Sport said there is truth behind reports Lotus is […]

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012

Raikkonen: The gate was open in 2001...

Kimi Raikkonen finished tenth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix, becoming the only man to finish every race in 2012. But there was a comical moment when the Finn ran wide at Juncao and tried to rejoin the track via the old circuit, only to come across a closed gate. "It was a busy race and we didn’t have the pace we wanted all the time. There was certainly a lot going on", he said. "I went off at the last corner on lap fifty-two […]

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012

Robert Kubica unable to test single seaters

Robert Kubica has said that he would like to return to championship racing, but is still unable to test single seaters

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012

Specialists clear Red Bull over 'rubber nose' saga

Three leading specialist publications have played down the 'rubber Red Bull' affair. Recent video footage depicted the Adrian Newey-penned RB8 with a decidedly bendy front nose tip, causing some outlets and fans to question the legality of the apparently 'rubber' construction. But writing in Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport, journalist Andrea Cremonesi said that "according to the FIA, everything is in order". "Word has arrived from Paris that the parts in question are not structural and are not subject to the rigid tests other parts […]

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012

New flexi saga questions 'rubber Red Bull'

The seemingly never-ending saga about bendy Formula One cars is back in the media spotlight, and as ever championship leader Red Bull is right in the middle. Multiple videos depicting the front nose of the world champions' 2012 RB8 car have emerged in the wake of last weekend's Abu Dhabi grand prix, showing the extreme tip of the front nose section to be apparently made of some sort of 'rubbery' material. "Is this legal?" wondered a report by Italian magazine Autosprint, with Tuttosport adding: "Should […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

De Villota 'terrified' when she saw face injuries

Maria de Villota has revealed she was "terrified" when she saw her facial injuries for the first time. Marussia's female test driver was critically injured when the front of her helmet struck the loading ramp of a transporter during a straightline aerodynamic test earlier this year. She has now spoken for the first time since the accident, giving an interview to the Spanish weekly magazine Hola! The magazine featured de Villota, with short cropped hair and wearing an eye-patch over her lost right eye, on […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Massa 'can be even faster' than Alonso says Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has stated he does not "understand" why Felipe Massa has struggled so much alongside Fernando Alonso at Ferrari. The 2012 championship looks set to be a head-to-head contest between Red Bull's Vettel and Ferrari number 1 Alonso. But with Ferrari still yet to sign up Alonso's teammate Felipe Massa for 2013, German Vettel has revealed some of his feelings about the situation inside the great Italian team. When asked by Folha de S.Paulo newspaper about Brazilian Massa's lean years between 2010 and 2012, […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Stewart renews offer to coach struggling Grosjean

Sir Jackie Stewart has once again offered to become struggling Romain Grosjean's coach. Earlier this year, when Lotus' French driver was first labelled a 'crash king' of the 2012 season, triple world champion Stewart offered to help the 26-year-old get to grips with the sport's psychological pressures. "I used to work with a coach and I don't feel that I need one today," Grosjean said in July. But three months later, immediately after serving a one-race ban for causing the Spa start-line crash and a […]