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Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013

Rally made Raikkonen better F1 driver says Solberg

Kimi Raikkonen's rallying foray made him a better Formula One driver. That is the claim of 2003 world rally champion Petter Solberg, who got to know the 'iceman' during his two-year F1 sabbatical in 2010 and 2011. Finn Raikkonen returned to F1 with Lotus last season, impressing the grand prix world yet again after his career had flat-lined in his final two years at Ferrari. "I know Kimi and I believe that the rally made him a better Formula One driver," Solberg told the Norwegian […]

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Whiting inspects Mexican Grand Prix venue

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has visited the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez ahead of the potential return of the Mexican Grand Prix in 2014. Mexico was listed as a provisional race on the 2014 calendar, with a draft schedule distributed to Formula 1 team bosses at last weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Federico Alamán, the director of the event's group OCESA, Tavo Hellmund, who was initially involved in the Circuit of the Americas, and FIA Vice President Jorge Abed also attended. Johannes Hogrebe, a colleague of […]

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 Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ward to stand for FIA presidency

David Ward has announced his intention to stand in this year's FIA presidential elections. Ward has resigned as the FIA Foundation's Director General after 12 years in the position. "After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA Presidential election," Ward said in a statement released on the FIA Foundation's website on Thursday. "The election period begins in September and it will be necessary for me to approach FIA members to secure nominations. In these circumstances I think […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ferrari wants Bianchi in F1 midfield

Jules Bianchi's manager says Ferrari is pushing for the Frenchman to leave Marussia and join a team in the sport's "middle group". The report by the French-language F1i said the Swiss team Sauber, tipped to renew or possibly deepen its deal with Ferrari in 2014, could field Bianchi alongside young rookie Sergey Sirotkin next year. Bianchi's manager Nicolas Todt said the 24-year-old has made an impression in 2013 despite racing for the back-of-the-grid Marussia team. "Despite the fact that he is with a small team," […]

Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2013

Q&A with safety car driver Bernd Maylander

Bernd Maylander has enjoyed a long spell as the safety car driver for Formula 1 and its support events. We catch up with Maylander ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix F1Zone.net: Spa is a favourite track for many drivers. How is it for you? Bernd Maylander: In that way I’m also thinking like a race driver. I agree completely with the drivers saying that Spa is one of the highlights, very quick corners and then one of the most famous corner in the world, Eau […]

Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ecclestone confirms Michelin eyeing F1 return

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed reports from Spa-Francorchamps this week that Michelin wants to return to Formula One. "They do want to get back in," the F1 chief executive is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport, "but we have had contracts with Pirelli for some time." Ecclestone is referring to commercial arrangements that have already been made with the sport's existing supplier. But there is no such contract between Pirelli and F1's governing FIA beyond 2013. That has ramped up the pressure on the already-frustrated Italian […]

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013

Friday press conference - Belgium

Team Representatives - Andrew Green (Force India), Nick Chester (Lotus), Jean-Michel Jalinier (Renault Sport), Tom McCullough (Sauber), Pat Symonds (Williams), James Key (Toro Rosso). Q: James, if I could start with you. I want to talk about the engineering challenges today, of developing new technologies, such as we have for 2014, but in a resource-restricted environment in Formula One, as we have at the moment. What are the key points in your mind? James Key: That’s the secret to it in many ways, isn’t it, […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pirelli confirms 2014 tyre size not changing

Pirelli has confirmed reports the size of its F1 tyres will not be changing. Earlier, it was suggested that because the torque produced by next year's new V6 engines will be much greater, the Italian marque wanted to supply bigger and wider tyres. Indeed, motor sport boss Paul Hembery told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport that the 2014 data supplied by one engine supplier in particular - believed to be Mercedes - was "alarming". This ties in with reports Mercedes' 2014 rivals, Renault and Ferrari, […]

Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013

Pirelli wants another 1000km team tyre test

Paul Hembery has admitted he would like to organise another 1000 kilometre tyre test, although the last one with Mercedes' 2013 car was highly controversial. Indeed, F1's official supplier and the Brackley based team were officially reprimanded for the Barcelona session. But if the FIA's clarified guidelines are followed, Pirelli's contract with the sport actually permits tyre tests with individual teams, and motor sport boss Hembery admitted he is keen to organise another. Despite the controversy, and the fact Mercedes was penalised by having to […]

Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013

Ferrari president critical of Alonso, regulations and FIA

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has hit out at the current regulations in the sport, calling them a 'mistake'. Ferrari is currently in third place in the championship but has not won a race since the Spanish Grand Prix in May. Di Montezemolo also said he did not approve of recent comments made by Fernando Alonso. "Fernando has given a lot in these last years and I repeat, his disappointment, which came about mainly after Silverstone, where all of us expected to be more competitive, […]

Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2013

Concorde Agreement set for completion

The long awaited Concorde Agreement is set to be signed over the summer break. The previous agreement expired at the end of 2012 and was not completed in time for 2013. "The Formula 1 Group and the FIA have signed an agreement setting out the framework for implementation of the 2013 Concorde Agreement," read an FIA statement released on Saturday morning. "This agreement will come into force upon approval by the respective governing bodies of the signatory parties in the coming weeks." "Further information on […]