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Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013

Unpaid Ferrari could switch off Sauber engines

Embattled Sauber could have its engine power switched off permanently on the day after the forthcoming Hungarian grand prix. Germany's Die Welt newspaper reports that the Swiss team is now EUR 15 million behind in its due payments to customer engine supplier Ferrari. The report said Ferrari has issued Sauber an ultimatum: pay at least EUR 8 million of the overdue bill by 29 July - the first day of the 'summer break' - or have the supply of 2.4 litre V8 engines switched off. […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Banned Mercedes wants Silverstone test for 'safety'

Mercedes is pushing to appear at next week's young driver test, despite its FIA ban as a result of the 'test-gate' scandal. The German team initially accepted the Silverstone ban, when the test was set simply to be a three-day session exclusively for young, inexperienced drivers. But that was before the tyre-exploding British grand prix. Since then, the FIA has opened up the test not only to young drivers, but also full race drivers, the trialling of the new Budapest 2012-2013 tyre specification, and real […]

Posted on Sunday, July 7, 2013

Germany win is just another race for steely Vettel

Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel is not one for tears or emotional pronouncements and even his first victory at his home German Grand Prix on Sunday was treated largely like any other race. The 26-year-old Red Bull driver has dominated Formula One for the past three years and leads the standings again by 34 points but his CV was missing a victory on home asphalt and a win in July. Now that has been chalked off it is onwards and upwards, with little fanfare and […]

Posted on Sunday, July 7, 2013

Raikkonen on cusp of Red Bull deal

Kimi Raikkonen is on the verge of agreeing a switch from Lotus to Red Bull for 2014. That is the claim of Spanish sports newspaper Marca's correspondent Marco Canseco, who reports from the Nurburgring that although the Finn has not actually signed on the dotted line, "only missing now is the last details of the agreement". Canseco added that Red Bull and the 2007 world champion could announce the identity of Sebastian Vettel's next teammate "at Spa, after the summer break". Raikkonen told F1's official […]

Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2013

Alonso upbeat despite eighth place on grid

Fernando Alonso qualified only eighth on the grid for the German Formula One Grand Prix but the Spaniard looked on the bright side of a sunny Saturday, trusting in Ferrari strategy to make up places in the race. The double champion is second behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel after eight of 19 races and his chances of cutting the 21-point gap on Sunday looked remote after the German triple titleholder and current champion qualifed second. Lewis Hamilton took pole for Mercedes, a hefty 1.811 seconds […]

Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2013

Hamilton bags pole on mixed day for Mercedes

Briton Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position at the German Grand Prix on a mixed Saturday for Mercedes, whose misjudgement left last week's Silverstone winner Nico Rosberg 11th on the grid for their home race. Hamilton won the last race at the Nuerburgring in 2011 with McLaren and delighted his new bosses by putting his Silver Arrows on the front of the grid at one of the homes of German motorsport. "It's really overwhelming. P2 and P3 (the second and third practice sessions) were just […]

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013

Tyres behave in first practice but Alonso struggles

There was no sign of the tyre blowouts which marred last weekend's British Grand Prix in first practice in Germany on Friday although Ferrari's Fernando Alonso had an electrical problem with his car and failed to set a time. Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg under gloomy skies, which mirrored the mood of Spaniard Alonso after he ground to a halt just off the track in his first practice lap. Ferrari said on Twitter that it was an electrical […]

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013

Drivers threaten boycott if tyre problems persist

F1's tyre-gate saga has taken another dramatic twist, as drivers formally threaten to boycott the German grand prix. The Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA), led by Ferrari tester Pedro de la Rosa, warned at the Nurburgring that drivers will pull out of the Nurburgring round if there are signs the tyre-exploding crisis seen at Silverstone has not been solved. "The drivers have decided if similar problems should manifest themselves during the German GP, we shall immediately withdraw from the event," read the statement. The GPDA […]

Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013

Vettel ignores mind games and July 'curse'

Sebastian Vettel insists talk about mind games and a July 'curse' will not distract his push for a first home win in Germany this weekend. Not only has the reigning three-time world champion never won at his home tracks at the Nurburgring or Hockenheim, the newly 26-year-old has actually never won a grand prix in the month of July. "There is no (July) curse," Vettel told Sport Bild this week. "On the contrary, there is more of a home advantage, so I'll try again this […]

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, July 2, 2013

Raikkonen hoping for change of luck in Germany

Kimi Raikkonen says he hopes his German luck changes ahead of this weekend's race at the Nurburgring. Raikkonen has never won in Germany and has retired from the race at the Nurburgring on six occasions. Raikkonen's last failure to finish in Formula 1 came at the circuit in 2009. "I don’t know, maybe I did something bad in a former life?" Raikkonen says of his misfortune at the circut. "I have always enjoyed driving in Germany, but the problem is that luck has never been […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Perez encouraged by positives ahead of Germany

McLaren driver Sergio Perez says he is encouraged by the positive aspects of his British Grand Prix, despite failing to score a point. Perez started the race from fourteenth place but lost a potential points scoring finish late on when he became the fifth driver to suffer a tyre failure. "I’ve already put the disappointment of Silverstone behind me," said the Mexican. "In fact, I was more encouraged by the positives: I demonstrated strong pace all weekend, was having a good race and looked set […]