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Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013

Kubica admits multiple days in Mercedes simulator

Robert Kubica has revealed he has tested multiple times at the wheel of Mercedes' Formula One driver simulator at Brackley. It emerged several months ago that the Pole, who since his horror rally crash and injuries in early 2011 has returned full-time to world rally's second-tier series, has also been keeping his F1 skills up to date in conjunction with Mercedes' development programme. "But I will not tell you how many times I've been there or how many laps I did," Kubica said in May. […]

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013

Sirotkin signs 2014 Sauber race contract

Sergey Sirotkin has finally signed a real contract to race a Sauber in 2014. Before the Russian teen's visit to Hinwil this week, Sirotkin's race seat was a mere ambition as part of the Russian rescue deal. But Austria's Osterreich newspaper reports that a real contract has been signed now. The report said the information was confirmed at Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday by Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn. Germany's Der Spiegel also reported from Belgium: "Sauber has taken the 17-year-old Russian Sergey Sirotkin under contract." Kaltenborn […]

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Frijns returns to GP2 with Hilmer

Dutchman Robin Frijns will return to GP2 for this weekend's round in Belgium. Frijns drove for the team between Bahrain and Germany, winning the feature race in Barcelona. "About to leave to Spa this weekend," Frijns posted on Twitter. "I will be back in the car again for Hilmer motorsport!" Frijns - reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion - is currently Sauber's reserve driver. Frijns admitted to F1Zone last weekend that reaching Formula 1 will be a challenge. "I have a goal to reach Formula […]

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Raikkonen admitted Ferrari move at Finnish party

Kimi Raikkonen, no fan of the spotlight, is the man of the moment as F1's summer slumber ends this weekend in Belgium. The Finn's manager has ruled out a move to Red Bull, but some sources at Spa-Francorchamps think the fact the team has put off announcing Daniel Ricciardo's 2014 deal is a sign Raikkonen might still be in the running. At the same time, Lotus has made clear it wants to keep the 33-year-old on board, while reports continue to insist there is a […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Force India confident about return to form at Spa

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says he is confident that his squad can return to form after a pair of non-scoring races in Germany and Hungary. Mallya emphasised that his Force India team can get on top of the tyres at a traditionally strong track for them in Belgium. "Tyres have played a very important role this year from race one onwards," said Mallya. "We were on top of the tyre game up until Silverstone and then in Germany and Hungary we have struggled […]

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 Monday, August 19, 2013

Gutierrez hoping for points in improved Sauber

Sauber rookie Esteban Gutierrez says he can finish in the points in the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend. Gutierrez has yet to finish in the top 10 this season, while team-mate Nico Hulkenberg has scored seven points. "Belgium will be an interesting race with everything we have done to the car during the past races," he said "I think we can manage to get into the position we were expecting, which is around P10 in Spa-Francorchamps." "It is one of the tracks that I enjoy […]

Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013

GP2/3 set for exciting showdown

It's not just Formula 1 that kicks back into life next weekend: both GP2 and GP3 resume with their respective championships finely poised

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sutil expecting Force India fightback in Belgium

Adrian Sutil is expecting Force India to recover from a dip in form at next weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. Force India sit in fifth place in the championship but failed to score a point in the two races prior to the summer break, in Germany and Hungary. Sutil returned to Formula 1 after a sabbatical during 2012 and has so far achieved a best finish of fifth place in Monaco. "We had a very strong start to the season, but for the last few races […]

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 Friday, August 2, 2013

Boullier: Raikkonen deserves 10 out of 10

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says Kimi Raikkonen deserves 10 out of 10 for the first half of 2013. Raikkonen is currently in second place in the championship, having claimed a win and a further five podiums. "I would have to give Kimi 10 out of 10," said Boullier. "He’s done a terrific job right from the beginning of the season and his remarkable run of twenty-seven consecutive points finishes speaks for itself. No matter what happens he’s always there, as we saw in the […]

Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013

Grosjean: First win just around the corner

Romain Grosjean believes his first win is close after recent improvements in Germany and Hungary. Grosjean finished on the podium in Germany and was in the leading trio in Hungary until a drive through penalty dropped him to sixth place. "We proved in Germany and Hungary that we can compete right at the front of the grid and I think if we can continue to improve at the same rate we will be looking pretty good for the remaining nine races," he said. "I’m feeling […]