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Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Departing Valsecchi not paid by Lotus in 2013

As fears about Lotus' health grow, 2013 reserve driver Davide Valsecchi has revealed he has not yet been paid by the Enstone based team. As reigning GP2 champion, 26-year-old Italian Valsecchi served last year as Lotus' reserve driver, but he admitted last week he is now likely to exit. "After a 2013 season in which I travelled a lot but did not get on the track, I want to go back to wearing overalls and a helmet," he had said. When Lotus overlooked him late […]

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

Caterham not ruling out Kobayashi for F1 return

Kamui Kobayashi appears imminently close to securing his return to Formula One. The Japanese lost his Sauber seat at the end of 2012, spending last season as a Ferrari test driver and driving a works Ferrari 458 in the Le Mans series. But Kobayashi, 27, has also collected millions from his fans to offer to a potential F1 race employer, and just before Christmas was spotted at Caterham's factory. When asked about the popular former Toyota and Sauber driver, a Caterham spokesman told Sky: "There […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

'Slight improvement' in Schumacher's condition

Doctors treating Michael Schumacher say that there has been a 'slight improvement' in his condition but warned that 'there is a long path ahead.' Schumacher was injured while skiing in the French Alps on Sunday and has been in a critical condition in Grenoble hospital. Doctors undertook a new scan on Schumacher late on Monday, which revealed a window of opportunity for a second operation, after doctors were surprised at his unexpected improvement. Schumacher was subsequently operated on for two hours to remove another haematoma, […]

Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013

Formula 1 sends support to injured Schumacher

The Formula 1 community has emerged to send its support to Michael Schumacher, who is in a critical condition in hospital. Schumacher fell while skiing in the French Alps on Sunday and is in an induced coma in Grenoble. Personalities from the sport sent messages of support to the German, who claimed 91 wins and seven championships in a career spanning 19 seasons. 'Following the serious injuries sustained by Michael Schumacher in a skiing accident yesterday in France, the thoughts and sympathies of all at […]

Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013

Michael Schumacher in 'critical condition' after accident

Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher is in a 'critical condition' in hospital following a skiing accident on Sunday. Schumacher was airlifted to hospital in Grenoble following an accident in the French resort of Meribel. Initial reports early on Sunday afternoon stated that 44-year-old Schumacher suffered a head injury but was conscious following the accident. But his condition deteriorated and late on Sunday evening, Schumacher's management released a statement to German news agency SID saying that he was admitted to hospital and 'has a head […]

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gutierrez to secure second Sauber seat

Esteban Gutierrez is set to secure one of the four last race seats on the 2014 grid. Bianca Garloff, the correspondent for the German publication Sport Bild, reported exclusively that Sauber will make the announcement about Adrian Sutil's teammate on Friday. The news will heighten speculation Sauber's Russian rescue deal is on the rocks, as the teen Sergey Sirotkin was expected to make his grand prix debut next year for the struggling Swiss team. Mexican Gutierrez, 22, made his F1 debut this year for Sauber, […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Kvyat hopes new regulations make F1 transition easier

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat believes that Formula 1's new regulations will assist his transition into the sport as he prepares for his debut next year. Reigning GP3 champion Kvyat will join the grid at the same time as vast regulation changes, including 1.6 litre v6 turbocharged power units, are introduced in the sport. "There are a few things that are starting from the beginning again, but of course Formula 1 is still Formula 1 and it is still a very powerful and fast car," […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2014 Sauber passes FIA crash tests

Sauber has hit back at speculation about its future by revealing it is well on track to debuting an all-new 2014 car. Having lost the talented Nico Hulkenberg to his former team Force India, Hinwil based Sauber - after its financially-embattled 2013 - is now only in the company of Caterham with its two vacant race seats for next season. "Never in Sauber's 21-year grand prix history has not even one of its drivers for the following season been known by this time," the respected […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

World champion Vettel to become a father

Sebastian Vettel is set to celebrate his meteoric F1 success with the ultimate prize -- fatherhood. Multiple authoritative German media sources on Tuesday, including the Bild-Zeitung newspaper and the Bunte magazine, report that the quadruple world champion's long-time girlfriend Hanna Prater is pregnant with their first child. Red Bull driver Vettel, 26, guards his privacy very closely, but his spokeswoman confirmed the happy news: "Yes, it's true." Vettel was quoted as saying: "Of course we are very happy about it, and want to enjoy this […]

Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013

Grosjean not sure if Lotus budget in place

Romain Grosjean has admitted he is not sure if Lotus' money problems have been solved. The Enstone based team had been delaying signing its preferred option to replace the disgruntled Kimi Raikkonen - Nico Hulkenberg - until the money from the much-vaunted 'Quantum' investment came through. Ultimately, while re-signing the impressive Frenchman Grosjean, Lotus announced on Friday that his new teammate will be Pastor Maldonado. The press release made no mention of the Venezuelan's backing, but it is well known that he brings around EUR […]

Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2013

Haug doubts Mercedes can break Vettel dominance

Norbert Haug, the former Mercedes competition boss, has bad news for the hopeful German marque. To now be headed by Paddy Lowe, Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda, Mercedes is bullish about its 2014 hopes, having finished second in 2013 to the runaway champion team, Red Bull. "For everyone and for me the target is to win the world championship, both championships," driver Lewis Hamilton told the British broadcaster Sky after last weekend's 2013 finale in Brazil. "If we don't do it naturally there will be […]

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013

Hulkenberg and Perez for Force India in 2014

Nico Hulkenberg physically signed on the dotted line of a 2014 Force India contract in Brazil on Sunday. That is the claim of Germany's reliable Sport Bild, as it emerged that the German had until midnight to take up an option granted recently by the Silverstone based team, for whom Hulkenberg raced last year. The 26-year-old had joined Sauber for 2013 after Force India became late in its payments, but it was the Swiss team that found itself in the deeper financial trouble this year. […]