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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 5, 2013

Chilton expects to stay with Marussia

Max Chilton says he expects to remain with Marussia for a second season in 2014. Chilton made his debut for the team in Australia and recorded a best finish of 14th place in Monaco. Marussia has already confirmed that current driver Jules Bianchi will continue with the team into 2014. "I came into Formula One and was ready, but it definitely takes time to really get it," Chilton told The Official F1 website. "Since the [summer] break I’ve felt a lot more comfortable, and also the […]

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lotus admits talks with Maldonado

Eric Boullier has admitted Pastor Maldonado is in the running to race for Lotus in 2014. But at the same time, the Enstone based team's boss made it clear that his preferred pick to replace the Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen is Nico Hulkenberg. "I would love to (sign him)," Frenchman Boullier told F1's official website. "This is the recommendation that I gave to my board." The board, however, will have to weigh its decision against financial considerations, with Lotus' 35 per cent sale to a group […]

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013

Kaltenborn confirms meeting with Petrov

Monisha Kaltenborn has admitted she recently met with Vitaly Petrov. It emerged on Thursday that Russian Petrov, reportedly with EUR 30 million in Gazprom sponsorship in his pocket, could return to F1 next year in the place of Sauber's intended 2014 race driver Sergey Sirotkin. Team boss Kaltenborn told the Russian website f1news.ru: "We saw Vitaly in Sochi (for a F1 demonstration) in September and, as we know, we talked. "No more than that," she insisted. However, Sauber's rhetoric about Sirotkin appears to have changed. […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ferrari admits it wanted Kubica

Stefano Domenicali has admitted Ferrari was targeting Robert Kubica for a future seat until his career-altering rally crash of 2011. It has been rumoured the Italian team wanted Pole Kubica, who is now a full-time rally driver after substantially recovering from near-fatal injuries, to be Fernando Alonso's teammate. Asked if the rumours were true, team boss Domenicali said: "Yes, we were keeping an eye on him. "Unfortunately, I don't think he will be back (in F1), because with his physical problem, he would struggle in […]

Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2013

Minardi raises Vettel 'traction control' doubts

Former F1 team owner and boss Gian Carlo Minardi has raised doubts about the legitimacy of Sebastian Vettel's dominance in Singapore last weekend. The 66-year-old, who sold his team before the 2001 season, was trackside at the Marina Bay circuit where Vettel commandingly won. Minardi, whose Faenza based team was subsequently sold to Red Bull and became Toro Rosso, admits he has been troubled by Vettel's often multiple-second advantage over his rivals under the Singapore floodlights. "It's not my intention to devalue Sebastian Vettel, who […]

Posted on Sunday, September 8, 2013

Even with Raikkonen, Alonso still ‘number 1’ says Briatore

Flavio Briatore insists Fernando Alonso will not be worried if Kimi Raikkonen is signed by Ferrari for 2014. As the long and sillier-than-usual driver 'silly-season' finally looks set to draw to a close, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said at Monza he is now poised to decide the famous Italian team's next lineup. "We will take a decision in the next days, and we haven't taken any kind of a decision yet," he said on Saturday. Undoubtedly, the frontrunners to be Spaniard Alonso's teammate next […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013

Domenicali eager to retain Massa for 2014

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says his 'favourite' choice for 2014 would be to retain Felipe Massa. Massa has raced for Ferrari since the start of 2006 but the Brazilian's contract expires at the end of the season. The Brazilian is currently in seventh place in the championship, having taken 67 points and finished on the podium in Spain. "We have no rush in taking a decision. There are plenty of opportunities," Domenicali told The Official F1 website about their 2014 line-up. "We have to […]

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013

Salo doubts visor strip caused Lotus brake failure

Former F1 driver Mika Salo has admitted he doesn't believe a simple tear-off visor strip caused Kimi Raikkonen's brake failure at Spa. Raikkonen's first retirement since his return to Formula One might be seen as a knockout blow to his championship hopes, as he drops behind Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in the chase to beat Sebastian Vettel to the title. As the F1 paddock was disassembled at Spa late on Sunday, Lotus still had not definitively identified the cause of the brake failure. But […]

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ward to stand for FIA presidency

David Ward has announced his intention to stand in this year's FIA presidential elections. Ward has resigned as the FIA Foundation's Director General after 12 years in the position. "After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA Presidential election," Ward said in a statement released on the FIA Foundation's website on Thursday. "The election period begins in September and it will be necessary for me to approach FIA members to secure nominations. In these circumstances I think […]

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013

Former 'nutcase' Grosjean better in 2013 says Webber

One year ago, Romain Grosjean was F1's 'first lap nutcase', and soon to serve a rare race ban after his latest crash at Spa-Francorchamps. But Mark Webber, the author of the 'nutcase' jibe, said on Thursday that the Frenchman has turned it around. "Yes," the Australian is quoted by the Russian website f1news.ru. "But he had no other choice. This year he is coping with the problems better, but let's face it -- after last season, it (improving) wasn't too difficult. "In Budapest he made […]