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Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Maldonado, Bottas hoping for mixed conditions in Germany

Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas say variable weather could provide them with their best chance at scoring points in this weekend's German Grand Prix. Neither driver has finished in the top 10 so far this season, although they came close to scoring in points at Silverstone when Maldonado finished just ahead of Bottas in eleventh. "It’s one of the most technical circuits on the calendar and we have been working hard to improve our cars balance in slow, technical corners," said the Venezuelan. […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pic pleased with Caterham improvements

Charles Pic says he is happy with the progress Caterham made over the British Grand Prix weekend. Pic beat fellow backmarker Jules Bianchi in both qualifying and the race. "We made some progress in Silverstone, in qualifying when I put together the best qualifying lap of my season so far and in the race where we had better pace than we’d had for a couple of races, and we added a few new parts to the car, mainly around the floor," he said. "We’ll have […]

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013

Hulkenberg eager to return to Nurburgring

Nico Hulkenberg says he is eager to race at the Nurburgring for the first time in Formula 1. Hulkenberg made his Formula 1 debut in 2010 but during that season the German Grand Prix was held at Hockenheim. The last time the sport visited the Nurburgring was in 2011, when Hulkenberg was Force India's reserve driver. Hulkenberg heads to the race having scored a point in Britain, his sixth of the season and Sauber's first since the Chinese Grand Prix. "I know the Nürburgring very […]

Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013

Pirelli to investigate serious tyre failures

Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery has confirmed that the tyre company will be conducting a full investigation following serious failures during the British Grand Prix. Five drivers suffered tyre failures during the race and Hembery says Pirelli will be investigating the matter. 'There have obviously been some issues with rear-left tyre failures which we have not seen before," Hembery said. 'We are taking the situation very seriously and we are currently investigating all tyres to determine the cause as soon as possible, ahead of the […]

Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013

Raikkonen laments missed podium

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen was left to rue a strategic error that cost him a shot at the podium during the British Grand Prix. Raikkonen was running in second place but Lotus opted not to pit the Finn for fresh tyres during the second safety car period. "I tried to hold on at the end of the race, but with tyres that were maybe twenty laps older than the others’ it was impossible to keep them behind. It’s a shame as the race went pretty […]

Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lotus: We are fighting hard to keep Raikkonen

Lotus is pushing Kimi Raikkonen to make a quick decision over his future. The 2007 world champion has admitted "small talks" with Red Bull have already taken place, but both Raikkonen and his potential 2014 boss Christian Horner are saying they are in no rush to finalise a deal. A different message is now emerging from Lotus. "He (Raikkonen) knows that we need to plan ahead for 2014," team boss Eric Boullier told Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper. "We assume that before the summer break […]

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013

Ferrari 'disappointed' to be dragged into Mercedes defence

Ferrari has admitted it is "disappointed" to have been used as part of Mercedes' defence as the German team escaped from the test-gate scandal with a light penalty. Before the judges ruled that Mercedes be only reprimanded and banned from next month's young drivers test, its lawyer argued extensively at the international tribunal that Ferrari also did the wrong thing with recent private tyre tests. Indeed, it emerged from last week's proceedings that while Ferrari used a 2011 car for its Pirelli tests, race driver […]

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Todt moving to replace Whiting with Ascanelli

While the FIA readies to analyse a possible breach of the official rules, Germany's Sport Bild claims Mercedes also broke an explicit gentleman's agreement between the teams when it ran its 'secret' test in May. The magazine published a copy of the signed 'Testing Agreement 2013', featuring the signature of every team boss, including the under-fire Ross Brawn. The document shows that F1's eleven teams agreed that in the event Pirelli wanted to run development testing for 2014, any test would have to be jointly […]

Posted on Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mercedes tribunal set for June 20th

Mercedes is set to face the FIA's brand-new international tribunal in Paris on June 20 Mercedes will face the tribunal following a private test with Pirelli in May at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. Several leading figures in the sport are expecting sanctions for Mercedes. Horner: Lack of transparency disappointing Brawn: Test was private, not secret Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn told Auto Motor und Sport that "a contract can't overrule a law." Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko told Blick "a fine and a […]

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013

In-season testing to return in 2014

In-season testing is returning in 2014, according to Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport. However, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reported recently that a proposal by Ferrari to trade wind tunnel hours, straightline running and promotional days for actual circuit testing was voted down. But Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is said to have told La Gazzetta dello Sport, the authoritative sports daily, that an agreement to bring back testing was actually agreed in Monaco. A report on the Italiaracing website said the agreement is […]

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2013

Lotus owner Lopez backs Grosjean after Monaco crashes

Lotus owner Gerard Lopez has backed Romain Grosjean, amid speculation the Enstone based team could replace the beleaguered French driver. Having seemingly overcome his 'first lap nutcase' troubles of 2012, 27-year-old Grosjean is now back in the wars with a ten-place grid penalty for Montreal for his Monaco crash with Daniel Ricciardo. In the wake of the Monaco controversy, team boss Eric Boullier answered "not yet" when asked if Lotus might consider replacing Grosjean with GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi. He and team owner Lopez, however, […]

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2013

Watson: Mercedes should ban Hamilton's dog

Mercedes should ban Lewis Hamilton's dog from the paddock, according to former F1 driver John Watson. While the 2008 world champion insists he is enjoying his new freedoms after quitting McLaren, driver-turned-pundit Watson is making the link between Hamilton's lifestyle and his current struggles versus teammate Nico Rosberg. "There is no place for a dog in the F1 paddock," 67-year-old Watson told the Daily Express. "For one thing, it is not fair on the animal. It (also) shows that Mercedes are bending over too far […]