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Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013

Maldonado and Hulkenberg keys to 2014 'silly season'

Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg remain the keys to the last phase of F1's 2014 'silly season'. PDVSA-backed Maldonado, a grand prix winner, is the powerful 'pay driver' on the move, reportedly with EUR 40 million in tow and on the lookout for a new team after his Williams split. It is believed that if Lotus' 'Quantum' investment deal falls through, locking the highly-rated Hulkenberg out, Maldonado is in pole position to replace Kimi Raikkonen in 2014. But Maldonado muddied the waters at Interlagos on […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

PDVSA says Maldonado 'working on' Lotus switch

According to the paddock grapevine in Austin, Nico Hulkenberg is no longer in the running for the 2014 race seat at Lotus. Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramirez has hinted to the newspaper El Nacional that Pastor Maldonado's PDVSA millions are being switched from Williams to Lotus. "The team is changing (from Williams) and what he is working on is going to Lotus," said the PDVSA president. Maldonado confirmed: "We are talking to teams but we are quite clear about where we want to go. "I […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Great Dane: Kevin Magnussen's rise to Formula 1

The news that Kevin Magnussen will replace Sergio Pérez at McLaren in 2014 had been expected, but it’s nonetheless a bold gamble from a team aiming to return to the front next season. McLaren’s attempts to place Magnussen at Marussia or perhaps Force India for his rookie campaign – as Ferrari has done with Jules Bianchi – were ultimately fruitless. Rather than let Magnussen sit on the pit wall for a year, McLaren took the decision to promote Magnussen at the expense of Pérez. Considering […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Maldonado visits Sauber's Hinwil base

Pastor Maldonado has leapt into contention for a Sauber seat in 2014. Blick newspaper's veteran F1 correspondent Roger Benoit reports that the Venezuelan, whose lucrative backer PDVSA has already exited its deal at Williams, "was at Hinwil" this week. Benoit, who said Maldonado was accompanied to Switzerland by his manager Nicolas Todt, said Sauber did not confirm or deny the news. The EUR 40 million per year PDVSA deal would be desperately welcomed by Sauber, who have struggled financially throughout the season. It was believed […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

McLaren 'lacked organisation and humility' says Perez

Sergio Perez's marriage to McLaren seems definitely over, as the Mexican criticised the great British team at the tail end of its disappointing 2013 season. Multiple authoritative sources are reporting that the Woking based team has decided to replace Perez after just a single season with its development rookie Kevin Magnussen. It is unlikely McLaren will make the news official before this weekend's US grand prix, as the Austin circuit is just 250 miles from Mexico, making it Perez's de-facto 'home' race. But Perez this […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Injured Alonso to fight on in Austin

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari have ended the fevered speculation about the Spaniard's participation in this weekend's US grand prix. Since Abu Dhabi, Alonso has been reportedly struggling with back pain as a result of his harsh impact over the kerbs in a duel with Jean-Eric Vergne. It was rumoured Ferrari was lining up Jules Bianchi or Pedro de la Rosa as last-minute substitutes for the injured 'number 1'. But Alonso told his millions of Twitter and Facebook fans late on Monday that he is getting […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lopez admits frustration with Raikkonen surgery

Gerard Lopez, the head of Lotus' team owner Genii, might be among the cynics after news broke that Kimi Raikkonen will sit out the rest of the season. The Finnish driver and his management say Raikkonen must undergo back surgery to end a run of worsening pain and ensure he is ready to return fighting fit for the start of his Ferrari return in 2014. The cynics, however, might wonder if the timing of the surgery is related to Raikkonen's pay dispute with the financially-struggling […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Official fears 2013 to be India's last GP

This weekend's Indian grand prix could be the last, concerned motor sport chief Vicky Chandhok has admitted. There have been conflicting explanations as to the reason India has dropped off the 2014 calendar, amid reports of scheduling difficulties, tax hurdles and financial problems. But the New Delhi round is provisionally scheduled to return in 2015. If it does not, Indian motor sports clubs president Chandhok fears India's F1 foray will be over. "If it doesn't come back in 2015, it may never come back at […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Profile: Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat

The news that Daniil Kvyat will race for Toro Rosso in 2014 came as a surprise, as many expected Antonio Felix da Costa to replace Red Bull bound Daniel Ricciardo, with Kvyat stepping up to Formula Renault 3.5. Instead, Kvyat will make the leap into Formula 1, racing alongside current driver Jean-Eric Vergne for the Faenza based team. So just who is Daniil Kvyat? Kvyat was born in Ufa, Russia, in April 1994 but he and his family moved to Italy early on in his […]

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

Kvyat joins Vergne at Toro Rosso for 2014

Toro Rosso has confirmed that Daniil Kvyat will race for the team in 2014, alongside Jean-Eric Vergne. Red Bull had been expected to promote Antonio Felix da Costa from their young driver system, but has instead given Kvyat the nod. Kvyat, 19, is in contention for the GP3 title with just one round remaining in Abu Dhabi. The Russian teenager has also raced in Formula 3 this year and participated in the young driver test at Silverstone for Toro Rosso. Kvyat also conducted a straight […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hulkenberg's manager denies 2014 deal done

Nico Hulkenberg, the new key to unlocking the remainder of the 2014 'silly season', has not signed a deal yet. That was the claim on Tuesday of his manager Werner Heinz, amid reports German Hulkenberg has now committed to a team for next season. Lotus boss Eric Boullier on Monday was quoted as saying 26-year-old Hulkenberg was the team's "choice" 2014 pick, but he has also been linked to Force India, McLaren, or even staying at Sauber. "I think Hulkenberg is still a little undecided, […]

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013

Chilton elated with 'incredible' qualifying

Max Chilton expressed his satisfaction after qualifying in 19th place for the Japanese Grand Prix. Chilton edged out both Caterham drivers for the first time since the Chinese Grand Prix and also beat team-mate Jules Bianchi. "I’m so happy to have put us ahead of both Caterhams in qualifying for the first time since China," he said. "One would have been a result, but to beat both [Charles] Pic and [Giedo] van der Garde is really incredible and shows just how much fight there is […]