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Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Caterham to carry out straight line test

Caterham will carry out an aerodynamic test in France on Thursday. Behind the wheel will be Caterham Academy driver, Will Stevens. Stevens, who currently sits in third place in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, tested a Caterham CT03 at the young driver test at Silverstone. Caterham is currently in eleventh place in the championship and require a twelfth place finish to move the team above Marussia in the battle for tenth place.

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lotus confirms Hulkenberg talks

Eric Boullier on Tuesday confirmed reports Nico Hulkenberg is a candidate to drive for Lotus in 2014. That is because the Enstone based team is facing up to the very real possibility lead driver Kimi Raikkonen will switch to Red Bull. We reported earlier that Frenchman Boullier, the Lotus team boss, is scheduled to sit down with Finn Raikkonen's management this week. In the meantime, German Hulkenberg is technically a free agent, because - while he will continue to race for Sauber in 2013 - […]

Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013

Mercedes wants to test on fourth day at Silverstone

Ferrari looks set to drop its plans to run rookies at the forthcoming young drivers test. Previously, only drivers with little experience were eligible to test at the Silverstone session. But the tyre-exploding British grand prix last weekend changed all that. The FIA has reacted to the Pirelli crisis by allowing teams to run their race drivers for tyre testing. But only rookies will be allowed to do actual development testing, amid reports the FIA will have inspectors at Silverstone to ensure compliance. Nonetheless, Ferrari […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Williams celebrates 600 races at the British Grand Prix

The Williams F1 Team is celebrating a landmark achievement this weekend at the British Grand Prix - reaching 600 races in Formula One. Founded in 1977 by Frank Williams and Patrick Head, Williams has secured 297 podiums, 114 race wins and 16 World Championship titles over the past 36 years. Nine of these titles have been won in the Constructors’ Championship, with the remaining seven titles being Drivers’ Championships won with Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques […]

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013

Canamasas to undertake straightline F1 test

GP2 driver Sergio Canamasas will take part in straightline testing for Caterham in France on Thursday. Canamasas, 27, races for Caterham's eponymous sister team in GP2 and has yet to score a point in 2013. It will be the first time Canamasas has driven a Formula 1 car. "Taking part in the aero test with the F1 team is another step in my development and it's good to have the chance to help the team continue the progress they've made so far this year," he […]

Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013

Vergne joins race for Webber's Red Bull seat

Jean-Eric Vergne has joined the race to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull next year, after putting in eye-catching performances for the energy drink company's junior team Toro Rosso in Monaco and Canada. Previously, it was believed the Frenchman's teammate Daniel Ricciardo was the more likely of the duo to be in the running to partner world champion Sebastian Vettel next year. But in Canada, 23-year-old Vergne finished sixth, and he was quick to point out that it was Toro Rosso's best result since Vettel's […]

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hamilton identifies brakes as main problem

Lewis Hamilton's main problem as he grapples to get up to speed with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg is the W04 car's brakes, it has emerged. Beaten to pole position by Rosberg on the last three outings, Hamilton departed Monaco last Sunday - having watched the sister car stroll to victory - vowing to get his "s--- together". He is quoted by France's L'Equipe as admitting that the biggest difference between his new Mercedes and his McLarens of past seasons are the brakes. "At McLaren, I […]

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rosberg quickest as Monaco action commences

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time during opening practice for the Monaco Grand Prix. Rosberg's time of 1:16.195 was marginally quicker than Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Every driver set their quickest time on the prime, soft, tyre. Romain Grosjean was third, ahead of Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton. Williams's Pastor Maldonado impressed by setting the sixth fastest time as the team trialled a stepped nose in their FW35. 2012 winner Mark Webber was seventh, with McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez in eighth and ninth. […]

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tyre change 'like widening football goals' says Boullier

Eric Boullier has revealed Lotus is "a little disappointed" with Pirelli's decision to change its 2013 tyres mid-season. Amid the media furore and the complaining of prominent teams like Red Bull and Mercedes, F1's official supplier announced that it will revert to elements of last year's tyre design for the Canadian grand prix next month and beyond. But Lotus boss Boullier stressed that only "some teams" actually welcome the changes "because it can help their performance". Indeed, teams including Lotus and Barcelona winner Ferrari were […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

McLaren not yet thinking about 2014 says Whitmarsh

McLaren is refusing to write off the 2013 season, despite lagging a huge 86 points behind the lead of the constructors' championship after just four races. Having gambled on a radical new car for the new campaign, McLaren is now trailing its top-four rivals and even Force India, while leading driver Jenson Button is a mere tenth in the drivers' points. But even though the sweeping rules changes for 2014 are looming large, including the switch from V8 to V6 power, boss Martin Whitmarsh said […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lotus plays down Raikkonen exit rumours

Lotus has played down reports Kimi Raikkonen could be set to jump ship to Red Bull for 2014. Team owner Gerard Lopez told France's RMC Sport that he thinks the rumours connecting the reigning world champions with the Finn are a diversionary ploy by Red Bull. He said Lotus would like to keep the 2007 world champion, who is currently just three points behind Sebastian Vettel for the drivers' title lead. "Kimi is a driver we appreciate greatly," said Lopez. "I think he also appreciates […]

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013

Boullier plays down Grosjean's troubles

Lotus boss Eric Boullier has backed Romain Grosjean to bounce back from a bad start to the 2013 season. Last year, while often showing lightning speed, Swiss-born Grosjean became known as F1's 'first lap nutcase', following a series of incidents that culminated in the first race ban issued by the FIA for many years. Lotus, however, gave the 26-year-old another chance, but so far in 2013 - whilst keeping out of trouble - Frenchman Grosjean has been struggling for pace. At the same time, in […]