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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ferrari pleased with Bianchi after 'fundamental' move

Luca Baldisserri, head of the Ferrari driver academy, says he is pleased with the progress Jules Bianchi has shown in his debut season with Marussia. Bianchi, who raced in GP2 in 2010 and 2011, moved into the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2012 but was unable to win the championship, which went to Robin Frijns. Bianchi has also tested for Ferrari in several young driver tests and participated in nine Friday practice sessions for Force India last season. Bianchi was set to continue in that […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ferrari offers Raikkonen seat for 2014

The 2014 driver 'silly season' has taken yet another shock twist. Germany's Bild newspaper claims Kimi Raikkonen, already wanted by Lotus next year and also in the running to switch to Red Bull, is now a contender to drive a Ferrari in 2014. Raikkonen, who drove for the great Italian marque for three years and even won the title in 2007, left Ferrari one year early at the end of 2009 when the team replaced him with Fernando Alonso. Alonso, however, although under contract through […]

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013

Red Bull runs with Alonso rumour

Red Bull is running with the rumour, after Fernando Alonso's manager was spotted in talks with Christian Horner in Hungary. The suggestion Ferrari's number 1 is about to sensationally switch to Red Bull to replace Mark Webber could have been easily denied, as Alonso's manager Luis Garcia Abad also looks after the career of youngster Carlos Sainz jr. Instead, Horner said: "There are statements about Kimi and statements about Fernando but we have to make sure nothing clouds our judgment about next year." Actually, most […]

Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Alonso-Red Bull rumour a false alarm

A meeting in Hungary between Christian Horner and Fernando Alonso's manager could have had nothing to do with the Ferrari driver. Germany's Sport Bild reported earlier that Red Bull had confirmed the meeting in the team's motor home took place at Alonso manager Luis Garcia Abad's behest. Photos of the meeting were even published, raising the tantalising prospect of Alonso buying out the rest of his long and lucrative Ferrari deal to join arch-rival Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull in 2014. But Auto Motor und […]

Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Late Lotus payments 'not ideal' admits Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he is still waiting on some money from Lotus. "There is some problem," the 2007 world champion is quoted by Germany's sport1.de in Hungary. The news could have huge implications for the 2014 'silly season', as Lotus is pushing hard to convince the Finn to stay put rather than move to Red Bull. Team boss Christian Horner, however, said Raikkonen's considerable salary demands would not be a problem at Red Bull. "That (money) isn't really an element in our decision making," […]

Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2013

Alonso targets podium after improved qualifying

An upbeat Fernando Alonso reckons he can challenge for the podium places in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. Alonso set the fifth fastest time in Hungary and was pleased after difficult Saturdays in Britain and Germany. "This fifth place is good news after a couple of difficult weekends in Silverstone and the Nürburgring and especially after seeing things improve compared to yesterday, when our race pace left us with even more doubts," he said. "Today, we were more competitive thanks to a change of set-up and […]

Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2013

Teams reluctant to expand over 20 races

Several Formula 1 team principals have voiced their concern about the possibility of the sport hosting more than 20 races per season. Next year's calendar could feature as many as 22 races, although there remain concerns about the viability of several events, including the proposed American Grand Prix, as well as current races in Germany, India and Korea. "Any more than 20 would be very difficult for a small team to service," said Marussia team principal John Booth. "We would start drifting into the area […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mercedes using infrared camera to monitor tyres

Mercedes is the author of the latest F1 innovation, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. Suffering in recent years with a lack of in-season development, and recently grappling with excessive tyre wear, the report said the Brackley based team has come up with a cunning trick in 2013. It is a thermal infrared camera, mounted backwards on the front wing of the W04 cars raced this season by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The mini camera streams data to engineers about the live performance […]

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013

Bottas convinced Williams inching nearer points

Valtteri Bottas says Williams is edging closer to the points, ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. Neither Bottas nor team-mate Pastor Maldonado has finished in the top 10 this year, marking Williams's worst start to a Formula 1 season in their history. "The team were very close to securing a double points finish in Germany and the hard work everyone is putting in is moving us in the right direction. There is normally a big Finnish contingent who fly over to Hungary for this […]

Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013

Grosjean eager to maintain momentum

Romain Grosjean says he wants to continue his good form into next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. Grosjean finished in third place in the German Grand Prix, his second podium of the season. "It was a great result for the team and we had a very strong race," Grosjean said of his race in Germany. "I was able to push really well in my first stint and thought I had a chance at one stage to challenge for the win, but the Safety Car meant I […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

'Not a cent' in Sauber's pockets yet

The extent of Sauber's Russian rescue deal, and the emergence of future team driver Sergey Sirotkin, caught the world of Formula One by surprise. Russian F1 commentator Alexei Popov is quoted by Basler Zeitung newspaper: "I had to read the (press release) several times before I could believe it." Some of the sport's sceptics are still not sure. There are reports of links to the KGB, but in truth very little is known about the entities listed in the Sauber release. The likely debut of […]

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013

New Sauber driver linked to saviour Russian sponsor

Sauber's next driver is closely linked to the group of Russian sponsors who on Monday were hailed as the saviours of the Swiss team. Amid reports financial worries could soon silence Sauber's engines, the Hinwil based team announced a timely deal with a group of Russian entities closely aligned with president Vladimir Putin. A media statement said Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin, who is just 17, would as part of the deal be prepared "as a racing driver for the team in 2014". It is already […]