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Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kaltenborn: 'Kobayashi loss should act as a warning'

Kamui Kobayashi's departure from the Formula One grid should act as a warning to the sport, according to Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn. Kobayashi was left without a drive after Sauber signed Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez. Kaltenborn admits that she was surprised Kobayashi could not find another berth in the sport. "Yes, it was surprising. Kamui, when he came to us, came with no sponsors, nothing," she told the Official F1 website. "But we were convinced of his talent and it was, for us, […]

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013

Mercedes W04 breaks cover in Jerez

Having shown darkly-lit 'sneak preview' images on its website that triggered a server meltdown, and scheduling a launch event for the afternoon, photographers at Jerez scrambled on Monday morning to take the first unofficial shots of Mercedes' new W04. At the same time, Lewis Hamilton was being filmed for promotional purposes trackside, as he captured Nico Rosberg's debut laps on a Blackberry mobile phone -- a gratuitous plug for the team's new on-car sponsor. His 2013 teammate, Rosberg, was lapping on the day before official […]

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy Razia says Marussia race seat 'a dream'

Luiz Razia, a 23-year-old Brazilian, looks set to secure the Marussia race seat for 2013 recently vacated by salaried driver Timo Glock. Brazil's Globo said Razia, the 2012 GP2 runner-up, had secured the place "after months of negotiations". "The official announcement will be made on February 5, during the presentation of the new car" at Jerez, said the report. Razia, who linked to the report on his official website, is quoted as saying: "We have managed to close (the deal) at the last minute. The […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Red Bull's Horner visited Ferrari

Rumours Red Bull team boss Christian Horner recently visited Maranello emerged on Wednesday. The German website motorsport-total.com reported leaks about the Briton's secret Ferrari visit have been made to the Italian media. The report said Horner met with Ferrari's head of human resources, Mario Mairano, probably last month. "The thought is that this is an attempt to indirectly gain access to the services of star designer Adrian Newey," wrote journalist Christian Nimmervoll. It is believed Horner and Newey always sign and renew their Red Bull […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hulkenberg ready for new challenge with Sauber

Nico Hulkenberg has said he is ready to begin the next chapter of his career ahead of pre-season testing in three weeks' time. Hulkenberg will race for Sauber this season, his third team in three years of racing. "It was not always my choice [changing teams], except for the switch to Sauber. At the end of 2010 I was more or less forced into a team change!", the German told the Official F1 website. "Being confronted with such a situation you simply have to get […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Charles Pic confident of Caterham improvement

Caterham's new recruit Charles Pic is confident that his team can progress up the F1 grid in 2013. Pic joins Caterham from Marussia ahead of the 2013 season and recently visited the factory in Leafield. "First of all I met everybody and had a look around the factory", he told the Official F1 website. "Then I spoke with the people that I will work with next year. The most important thing now is that I spend time with the team so that I know them […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Motivation no issue as Vettel seeks fourth title

Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel has said that motivating himself in his quest for a fourth successive title is no problem. Vettel claimed his third championship in last month's Brazilian Grand Prix and insists that he is determined to keep up his high level of success into 2013. "I know that I have a special position in the team - yes - but I definitely do consider myself as a team member," the reigning world champion told the Official F1 website. "As a team member […]

Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012

Kamui Kobayashi confirms F1 exit

Former Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi confirms he will not race in F1 next season

Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012

Abiteboul expecting Caterham progress

Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul urges his team to move forwards in 2013 after a 2012 season in which they did not meet their expectations

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012

Force India to announce driver this week

Force India is set to announce the identity of Paul di Resta's 2013 teammate. The Indian news service IANS said that although the official announcement has been delayed, the Vijay Mallya-led team is finally almost ready now to make the call. "The announcement should take place next week," a 'top source' at the Silverstone based team was quoted saying late last week. "Adrian (Sutil) looks the best bet to partner di Resta as he has got the required experience in Formula One. At the same […]

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012

Spain to host all three winter tests

There will be three pre-season tests prior to the 2013 season, reportedly all in Spain. Peter Sauber revealed last week that the Swiss team's 2013 car, the C32, will be launched on the first day of official pre-season group testing next February 5, at Jerez. The Italiaracing website said that will be a four-day schedule at the southern Spanish venue, before Barcelona hosts the second test of the winter period between February 19 and 22. Barcelona will also host the third and final pre-2013 season […]

Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012

Triple champion Vettel is F1 'yardstick'

Bernie Ecclestone has said that reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel is the yardstick in the sport. Vettel claimed his third world title in November's Brazilian Grand Prix. "Today Sebastian is the yardstick. Times are simply different today and that doesn’t only go for drivers. The whole environment is different. We have many more do’s and don’ts than back in the old days," he told the Official F1 website. "Remember when Sebastian swore on the podium? He immediately got into trouble. If that had been James Hunt […]