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Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kovalainen could replace Grosjean at Lotus

Heikki Kovalainen is a candidate to replace the fast but inconsistent Romain Grosjean at Lotus, the Finnish broadcaster MTV3 reports. The highly rated Finn Kovalainen is on the market because Caterham is reportedly considering signing the pay-driver Giedo van der Garde. However, MTV acknowledged that Frenchman Grosjean, despite Lotus' deliberations and the 26-year-old's numerous incidents in 2012, is "more likely" than Kovalainen to line up alongside Kimi Raikkonen next season. But Germany's authoritative Auto Motor und Sport said there is truth behind reports Lotus is […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Red Bull denies report of 2016 deal for Vettel

Red Bull has denied reports it has signed up Sebastian Vettel for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The 2012 world champions have only just dealt with speculation they could soon lose the three-time consecutive title winner and German to Ferrari. But the latest reports, in the pages of the Osterreich tabloid and citing Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz, say Vettel has been convinced to extend his current deal with a huge pay rise. The report said Vettel's current retainer of EUR 11 million per season […]

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sebastian Vettel wins 2012 title

Sebastian Vettel has claimed his third world title after finishing sixth in a thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix. Vettel was spun on the opening lap but battled back in tricky conditions to claim the points he needed for the title. The race was won by Jenson Button, while Fernando Alonso did all he could by finishing in second. Lewis Hamilton was taken out of the race by Nico Hulkenberg when the two were fighting for the lead. A full race report will be online on Monday.

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bottas certain to secure Williams race seat

According to authoritative media sources, Valtteri Bottas will definitely replace current Williams race driver Bruno Senna in 2013. The news was reported from Brazil not only by Finnish broadcaster MTV3's race commentator Oskari Saari, but also the respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt, as well as others in the Interlagos paddock. Schmidt said Brazilian Senna, and also his countryman Luiz Razia, have "run through the paddock with suitcases full of money, finding no takers". Williams is not confirming the reports about its Finnish […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lotus waiting to pay staff and Raikkonen

Rumours of 'financial difficulty' at Lotus are continuing. Early this week, it was claimed Kimi Raikkonen's place at the Enstone based team might actually be in doubt for 2013. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said there is an issue in terms of promised bonus money in the Finn's 2012 contract, given his unexpectedly large points tally. "I don't know where this stuff comes from," the 2007 world champion's spokesman Riku Kuvajan was quoted by the Finnish broadcaster MTV3. "I can't say anything about it." Now, […]

Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2012

F1 members admitted to hospital in Austin

Members of F1's travelling circus have been admitted to hospital in Austin, the Swiss newspaper Blick reports. The report said three members of the press from Portugal, Denmark and England respectively, and "some members" of the Red Bull team, are in hospital. Rumours suggest the Briton involved is the well-known photographer Keith Sutton, while the other two press-men are journalists Peter Nygaard and Luis Vasconcelos. The newspaper claimed they have contracted infectious diseases after being bitten by mosquitoes in India late last month. During the […]

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012

Toro Rosso, Force India to change engines for 2014

Toro Rosso will switch to Renault power for the start of F1's new V6 engine era in 2014. That is the claim of the authoritative German specialist publication Auto Motor und Sport, reporting that the Red Bull-owned team will end its long association with supplier Ferrari after the V8 era concludes late next year. Red Bull Racing, the energy drink's premier F1 team, is Renault's 'works' partner, running major branding of Renault partner Nissan's luxury arm Infiniti. And also according to Auto Motor und Sport, […]

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012

3D could tempt Ecclestone to hand F1 to Sky

Pay television company Sky could replace Formula One's own broadcaster, according to a report in the Times. Journalist Kevin Eason said Barney Francis, the managing director of F1's new British broadcaster Sky Sports, will be in the Austin paddock this weekend. "He wants to introduce 3D to F1 and will have talks with Bernie Eccclestone", Eason wrote. Eason also revealed that Sky's ambitions for F1 "could go as far as providing the (entire) television coverage of F1 ... taking over from Ecclestone's television organisation". Francis […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

HRT wants EUR 40m for dying F1 team

The current owners are seeking EUR 40 million for the struggling backmarker HRT, according to the Spanish sports daily AS. The newspaper also revealed that talks with potential buyers from India and Abu Dhabi are underway. HRT, currently owned by Madrid based investment company Thesan Capital, confirmed this week that "the time has come for the team to continue growing with new financial backing". Media reports suggested HRT was in the process of sacking 32 employees, and needed a buyer before the first days of […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

204 fewer pitstops in 2012

There have been 204 fewer pitstops this year compared to the same period in 2011, an analysis by the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport shows. The report showed that, in the first 18 races of last year, there were 1,058 pitstops, compared to 854 so far in 2012. "Pirelli is playing it safer," journalist Michael Schmidt surmised. The conclusion is that while Pirelli's compounds are generally softer this year, the Italian marque is now often more conservative when it comes to choosing the compounds […]

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012

Specialists clear Red Bull over 'rubber nose' saga

Three leading specialist publications have played down the 'rubber Red Bull' affair. Recent video footage depicted the Adrian Newey-penned RB8 with a decidedly bendy front nose tip, causing some outlets and fans to question the legality of the apparently 'rubber' construction. But writing in Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport, journalist Andrea Cremonesi said that "according to the FIA, everything is in order". "Word has arrived from Paris that the parts in question are not structural and are not subject to the rigid tests other parts […]

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012

New flexi saga questions 'rubber Red Bull'

The seemingly never-ending saga about bendy Formula One cars is back in the media spotlight, and as ever championship leader Red Bull is right in the middle. Multiple videos depicting the front nose of the world champions' 2012 RB8 car have emerged in the wake of last weekend's Abu Dhabi grand prix, showing the extreme tip of the front nose section to be apparently made of some sort of 'rubbery' material. "Is this legal?" wondered a report by Italian magazine Autosprint, with Tuttosport adding: "Should […]