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Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

Kvyat joins Vergne at Toro Rosso for 2014

Toro Rosso has confirmed that Daniil Kvyat will race for the team in 2014, alongside Jean-Eric Vergne. Red Bull had been expected to promote Antonio Felix da Costa from their young driver system, but has instead given Kvyat the nod. Kvyat, 19, is in contention for the GP3 title with just one round remaining in Abu Dhabi. The Russian teenager has also raced in Formula 3 this year and participated in the young driver test at Silverstone for Toro Rosso. Kvyat also conducted a straight […]

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 Friday, October 11, 2013

Maria de Villota found dead in Spain

Maria de Villota has been found dead in a hotel room in Spain. Reports in the Spanish media state that emergency services were called to a hotel room in Seville, but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. She was 33. 'Dear friends: Maria has left us', her family posted on Facebook. 'She had to go to heaven like all the angels. We thank God for the extra year and a half he left her with us.' Formula 1 pays tribute to Maria de Villota De […]

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013

Pic reprimanded for ignoring red light

Caterham driver Charles Pic has been reprimanded after ignoring a red light during second practice for the Korean Grand Prix. Pic set the twentieth fastest time in second practice but failed to stop for the weighbridge. 'The driver failed to proceed to the FIA garage for weighing when signalled to do so,' read the stewards decision. 'He admitted having seen the red light and that the official pointed to him.' 'However he claimed that he believed the light was for the car behind him.' The […]

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013

FIA backs Vettel amid cheat claims

The FIA has backed Sebastian Vettel amid claims he is strolling to the 2013 title with a questionably-legal Red Bull. Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko has already dismissed the claims the RB9 is mimicking illegal traction control as "nonsense". But former F1 team owner Giancarlo Minardi had said he saw and heard evidence with his own eyes and ears recently in Singapore, when Vettel was putting down the power 50 metres earlier than his rivals, while the Renault engine emitted traction control-like tones. However, F1 […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Korean GP organisers would consider night race

The promoter of the Korean Grand Prix says that he would consider holding the race at night as he bids to strike a better deal with Bernie Ecclestone. Korea joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2010 but has been beset by financial problems and poorly attended races. The 2014 event is set to switch to a date early in the season, with the race scheduled to take place on April 27th. But the FIA has listed the event provisional on the draft 2014 calendar and […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vettel using 'secret' exhaust-blown solution

Sebastian Vettel's dominance is being powered by a clever post-'exhaust blowing' solution, a specialist Italian magazine claims. After the reigning world champion extended his 2013 points lead with a dominant performance in Singapore, former F1 team boss Giancarlo Minardi raised doubts about the legality of Vettel's Red Bull. Minardi, watching trackside at Marina Bay, said Vettel's car displayed worryingly good handling, while his Renault engine "sounded similar to past seasons when traction control went into action". Indeed, Autosprint has now revealed an exclusive video that […]

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 Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sirotkin to drive 2009 Ferrari at Fiorano

Sergey Sirotkin's push for a F1 super license will take place at the wheel of a four-year-old Ferrari. Prior to driving the 2013 Sauber on a 700 metre asphalted stretch of the new Russian venue in Sochi, the 18-year-old tested at the Vairano facility in Italy. His next stop is Fiorano, Ferrari's own test track near its Maranello base. "Actually, it's only a formality," Sirotkin told Russia's f1news.ru, referring to the need to acquire his F1 super license before Sauber can officially confirm his 2014 […]

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013

Formula 1 signs new Concorde Agreement

The FIA has confirmed that a new Concorde Agreement has been signed, following months of negotiations. The new agreement will run until 2020. 'This agreement provides the FIA with significantly improved financial means to pursue its regulatory missions and to reflect the enhanced role undertaken by the FIA in the Motor Sport,' read an FIA statement. 'The parties have agreed a strong and stable sporting governance framework which includes the Formula 1 Group, the FIA and the participating teams.  The agreement lays down solid foundations […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FIA to brief drivers after Webber-Alonso mischief

The FIA is set to clamp down on the sort of shenanigans seen on the slowing-down lap after Sunday's Singapore grand prix. Fernando Alonso was reprimanded, and Mark Webber pushed ten places down the Korea grid, after the stricken Australian hitched a ride back to the pits on the sidepod of Alonso's Ferrari. It triggered great memories of 1991, when legend Ayrton Senna rode on the Williams sidepod of rival Nigel Mansell at Silverstone. However, publishing video footage of the moment Webber ran across the […]

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013

Team principals hits out at spiralling Formula 1 costs

Senior figures inside Formula 1 have hit out at the spiralling costs of Formula 1, ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. Caterham owner Tony Fernandes says that self-interest means Formula 1 teams have missed an opportunity to cut costs in the sport. Fernandes entered the sport in 2010 on the promise of a budget cap, which was ultimately abandoned. "I’ve been consistent since day one I’ve been in Formula One that costs are too high and every… when I came into Formula One, people […]