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Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Bianchi penalised for impeding di Resta

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi has been penalised and reprimanded after impeding Paul di Resta during qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. Bianchi appeared to hold up di Resta through the final corner during the first segment of qualifying, with the Force India driver informing his team that the incident was "unbelievable." Di Resta progressed through to Q2, eventually qualifying in 15th place. Bianchi, who qualified in 21st place, will drop to 22nd as a result of a three place penalty. 'The driver of car 22 […]

Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013

McLaren door still open for Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg is in the running not only at Lotus for 2014, but also McLaren. That is the claim of the German magazine Sport Bild, who said even a return to Force India for the German has not been ruled out. Hulkenberg, 26, admitted in Singapore last weekend that moving from Force India to Sauber last winter might have been a mistake. "Well, regret is a big word," he told the British broadcaster Sky, "but if you move teams you want to progress, you want […]

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013

F1 considering ban on helmet livery changes

The days of constantly-changing helmet livery designs in Formula One could be coming to an end. This weekend, world champion Sebastian Vettel - who regularly changes the design of his helmet - is wearing a livery that shines like a disco ball under the Singapore lights. Even Lewis Hamilton, who usually fields the same Senna-like yellow helmet, is showing off a special white design this weekend. But the constant chopping-and-changing is set to be stopped by F1's governing body. Germany's Bild newspaper reports that the […]

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013

Renault to woo Alonso to Lotus?

As the Formula One paddock emptied at Monza, one rumour had moved into the realm of fact -- Kimi Raikkonen is returning to Ferrari in 2014. The news was being confidently reported by broadcasters, including Germany's RTL, the major daily Bild, and even perhaps the most respected correspondent in the paddock, Auto Motor und Sport's Michael Schmidt. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo will reportedly inform Felipe Massa that his services are no longer required in a personal meeting at Maranello on Wednesday. It would go […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ferrari wants Bianchi in F1 midfield

Jules Bianchi's manager says Ferrari is pushing for the Frenchman to leave Marussia and join a team in the sport's "middle group". The report by the French-language F1i said the Swiss team Sauber, tipped to renew or possibly deepen its deal with Ferrari in 2014, could field Bianchi alongside young rookie Sergey Sirotkin next year. Bianchi's manager Nicolas Todt said the 24-year-old has made an impression in 2013 despite racing for the back-of-the-grid Marussia team. "Despite the fact that he is with a small team," […]

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013

Sirotkin signs 2014 Sauber race contract

Sergey Sirotkin has finally signed a real contract to race a Sauber in 2014. Before the Russian teen's visit to Hinwil this week, Sirotkin's race seat was a mere ambition as part of the Russian rescue deal. But Austria's Osterreich newspaper reports that a real contract has been signed now. The report said the information was confirmed at Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday by Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn. Germany's Der Spiegel also reported from Belgium: "Sauber has taken the 17-year-old Russian Sergey Sirotkin under contract." Kaltenborn […]

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013

Pirelli waiting for Sauber tyre bill

Reports of a continuing financial crisis at Sauber are continuing to emerge. With the Swiss team's Russian saviour deal still waiting to be finalised, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reports that Sauber's debts still stand at EUR 80 million, including unpaid bills to suppliers totalling 35 million. "The time bomb is ticking," the newspaper's correspondents Helmut Uhl and Frank Schneider report. They claim that, in addition to Ferrari's unpaid customer engine bill, Sauber has also not paid for its Pirelli tyres in 2013. It was already […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ferrari offers Raikkonen seat for 2014

The 2014 driver 'silly season' has taken yet another shock twist. Germany's Bild newspaper claims Kimi Raikkonen, already wanted by Lotus next year and also in the running to switch to Red Bull, is now a contender to drive a Ferrari in 2014. Raikkonen, who drove for the great Italian marque for three years and even won the title in 2007, left Ferrari one year early at the end of 2009 when the team replaced him with Fernando Alonso. Alonso, however, although under contract through […]

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013

Allison to join Ferrari in September

Ferrari has confirmed that James Allison will join the team from September 1st. Allison left his position as Lotus technical director earlier this season and was linked with several teams. He joins Ferrari as their 'chassis technical director'. As part of the deal, Pat Fry now becomes director of engineering at the team. Both Fry and Allison will report to Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali. Ferrari has won two races this season, in China and Spain. The team sits in third place in the Constructors […]

Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Alonso, Ferrari escape serious sanction for DRS misuse

Fernando Alonso has escaped serious sanction after three illegal uses of DRS during the Hungarian Grand Prix. Alonso was deemed to have used the device three times when he was not within a second of his rivals. The matter was referred to the stewards, who deemed that any advantage gained was negligible and that it was the team who erred. "The DRS enabling system was not changed by the team from the pre-race to the race setting," the report said. "The driver therefore incorrectly received […]

Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2013

Ferrari to buy out Allison's Lotus contract

Ferrari looks set to buy out the remainder of former technical director James Allison's Lotus contract. That is the claim of Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper, following reports the Briton is definitely headed to Maranello. Correspondents Luis Vasconcelos and Heikki Kulta report that Allison neared an agreement with Honda, initially to build a test car ahead of the Japanese manufacturer's return as works engine supplier to McLaren in 2015. But when McLaren "did not support the idea" of a Honda test car, Allison's eyes reportedly turned […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mercedes using infrared camera to monitor tyres

Mercedes is the author of the latest F1 innovation, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. Suffering in recent years with a lack of in-season development, and recently grappling with excessive tyre wear, the report said the Brackley based team has come up with a cunning trick in 2013. It is a thermal infrared camera, mounted backwards on the front wing of the W04 cars raced this season by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The mini camera streams data to engineers about the live performance […]