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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 Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hulkenberg denies Hungary to be last Sauber drive

Nico Hulkenberg on Thursday rubbished rumours Hungary will be his last grand prix with Sauber. The rumours said the German could be set to switch to another team, or simply sit out the rest of the 2013 season before making his next move, after not being paid in recent months. The rumours said Hulkenberg's move could be good news for Sauber reserve Robin Frijns, who has just lost his GP2 drive due to a lack of sponsorship. But Hulkenberg on Thursday said talk he is […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ecclestone insists 2014 calendar to have 20 races

Bernie Ecclestone has played down suggestions the F1 calendar could blow out to an unprecedented 22 races in 2014. The reports, including in the Italian magazine Autosprint, followed this week's surprise news that Austria will stage a grand prix next year, after a ten-year absence. There are 19 races on the 2013 schedule, with Russia and New Jersey also scheduled to join next year. It is a situation that is of concern to Formula 1 team bosses, with talks set to take place at the […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2014 calendar shenanigans on the horizon

Where will Austria and Russia slot into the 2014 calendar and what about New Jersey? Could a congested calendar cause the sport a headache?

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Red Bull must clear hurdles for Austria GP return

Red Bull needs to clear some hurdles before the Austrian grand prix can go ahead in 2014. The energy drink company and Bernie Ecclestone announced on Tuesday that an agreement to stage a race mid next year at the former A1-Ring, now called the Red Bull Ring, has been reached. APA news agency said the "provisional" deal is for at least seven consecutive Austrian grands prix. But Red Bull's statement on Tuesday admitted the deal is "on condition of approval by the required authorities". One […]

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013

Marussia not upset by Sauber's Russian deal

Andy Webb, the Marussia team chief executive, insists he is not disappointed F1 rival Sauber landed the major Russian sponsor deal. Reports on Sunday indicated the value of Sauber's new Russian investment could top an incredible half a billion dollars. But, already flying Russia's flag on the grid, might Marussia - the team with the smallest budget in Formula One - have expected to secure the deal? "First of all," Webb told Russia's Championat, "I don't think the deal with Sauber is actually finalised. Some […]

Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013

Chilton hits back after Symonds rebuke

Max Chilton has hit back at Marussia's departed technical boss Pat Symonds. Just before announcing his defection to Williams, Symonds compared Marussia's current drivers with champions like Fernando Alonso, surmising that the Spaniard is at least half a second quicker. "Our hands are tied," he had said, "(as) we need to have drivers who also bring money." The comment was interpreted as a specific rebuke at Briton Chilton, whose wealthy father has bankrolled his F1 debut. Chilton has also been shaded this year by his […]

Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013

Opinion: Don't write off Sirotkin

17 year old Sergey Sirotkin is set to race for Sauber in Formula 1 next season. Here's why he shouldn't be written off...

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ex-F1 boss Kolles tried to blackmail Wolff

Former HRT boss Colin Kolles tried to blackmail Mercedes chief Toto Wolff earlier this year, it has emerged. We reported earlier that a conversation between Austrian Wolff and a then-unnamed former F1 team boss was "secretly recorded" and then threatened to be used against him. Bild newspaper had said Wolff spoke negatively about his own boss, Ross Brawn, colleague Niki Lauda, and also Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche, whilst divulging details of his clashing co-ownership of the Williams team. A subsequent report by the magazine Sport […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Horner admits Ricciardo test linked to 2014 seat

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has hinted Daniel Ricciardo's test this week is a 2014 audition as the world champions look to replace the departing Mark Webber. The news is a blow for Australian Ricciardo's similarly 23-year-old Toro Rosso teammate Jean-Eric Vergne, who earlier was also considered in the running for the top seat alongside Sebastian Vettel. Unlike Ricciardo, Frenchman Vergne has not been called up to test the championship-leading RB9 at the Silverstone test. "We're very keen to have a look at Daniel […]

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 Saturday, July 13, 2013

Negative media coverage extremely hurtful admits Sauber

Peter Sauber has admitted the recent media coverage of his Formula One team's financial crisis is "extremely" hurtful. Amid rumours Nico Hulkenberg terminated his contract because he was not paid, team boss Monisha Kaltenborn admitted recently that the Swiss team is in trouble, but said talks with potential sponsors or investors are taking place. But then it emerged that dozens of unpaid suppliers have filed formal debt claims against Sauber, amounting to about EUR 1 million, and that the team is lacking the many millions […]