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Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012

Vettel flattered by Ferrari interest

Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel says he is 'flattered' by interest linking him with a move to Ferrari. Comments that Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said to Sport Bild and Auto Bild on Wednesday about Vettel and Alonso 'co-existing' at Ferrari were also published on the team's website. "It's very nice to hear that. I respect Ferrari a lot, I respect Fernando a lot. I see it as a compliment", he said. "I'm flattered, obviously. I've always said that Ferrari is a great team with […]

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pirelli wants to stay in F1 beyond 2013

Pirelli has indicated its desire to stay in Formula 1 beyond its current contract. The sport's controversial sole tyre supplier returned to F1 at the beginning of last year, having won a three-year tender from governing body the FIA. "Our current contract ends at the end of the 2013 season, but we still want to be in F1 in the medium and long term," motor sport director Paul Hembery is quoted by the French-language website autohebdo.fr. "If the sport wants us to stay and we […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

F1 fans without tickets as agency folds

Some F1 fans are enduring a very unhappy buildup to the forthcoming grands prix at Valencia and Silverstone. The well-known British broadcaster James Allen revealed on his blog that an agency called 'Simply The Ticket' has closed down without delivering paid tickets to hopeful F1 spectators. The business' official website and Twitter account are not working. "Looks like Simply The Ticket has absconded with F1 ticket holders' money for Valencia this weekend," someone Tweeted. Another wondered: "Was (Simply The Ticket) a relatively new site or […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Schumacher's bad luck in 2012 'incredible' says Sauber

Michael Schumacher's run of bad luck in 2012 is hard to fathom, according to Peter Sauber. Team boss Sauber, who was instrumental in bringing the seven time world champion into F1 in the early 90s, said that in the third year of his comeback with Mercedes, Schumacher is finally at the wheel of a worthy car. "But I have to say that Schumacher's bad luck is incredible," Sauber told the Swiss newspaper Blick, referring to yet another technical problem for the 43-year-old in Canada. In […]

Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bad news chasing Lotus team at present

There is little good news to report about the Lotus F1 team at present. The UK financial website thisismoney.co.uk reports that the Enstone based team has recorded a $32 million pre-tax loss for last year. It is however an improvement on the $63 million loss of 2010. But the news of the latest loss followed the dismissal by the team's former sponsor Group Lotus of its controversial chief executive Dany Bahar. Business journalist Christian Sylt said Group Lotus' Malaysian owner DRB-Hicom is contemplating "whether to […]

Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012

Webber angry at 'illegal' Bull barb

Mark Webber on Thursday bristled when a reporter suggested he won the recent Monaco grand prix with an "illegal" car. "I'm happy to be called lots of things," said the plain-speaking Australian, "and I'm happy to have criticism about my driving and lots of stuff. "But I will not take criticism in that respect. It completely pisses me off to be honest, because the car has passed every single technical regulation after the race." Indeed, despite rumours in Monaco of a post-race protest lodged by […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ferrari denies Alonso paid EUR 30m

Ferrari has denied claims it pays Fernando Alonso a cool EUR 30 million per season. A French publication called Business Book GP 2012 had claimed the Spaniard is easily F1's highest paid driver, with earnings almost equal to McLaren's drivers put together. "A shame then that it's another case of utter balderdash," Ferrari's anonymous website reporter known as The Horse Whisperer said. The columnist said Ferrari is "always put on top" in money matters, but "the reality is very different". The famous Italian team has […]

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012

Steering issue creating Lotus-Raikkonen rift

The mere issue of 'steering' risks creating a rift between Lotus and its star driver Kimi Raikkonen. The 2007 world champion has complained about the steering system aboard the black and gold E20 from his very first lap this season. For Monaco, the team debuted a special system tailored to the Finn's needs, but it lasted just a single out-lap on Thursday morning. "He was asked to consider running the session with it as it was (but) he refused and took no further part", Sky […]

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Perez rules out Ferrari switch in 2012

Sergio Perez has ruled out switching to Ferrari this season to replace Felipe Massa. It is suggested the famous Italian team is growing increasingly impatient with struggling Brazilian Massa's poor form. "I think all this hype about a possible switch is massively blown up by the media," Perez told F1's official website. "Should that situation really come about I would reject it as I would not want to make a switch in the middle of a season." Nonetheless, 22-year-old Perez is the obvious favourite, as […]

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Raikkonen asks Lotus for rally Finland permission

Kimi Raikkonen has revealed he would like to contest August's rally of Finland. F1's 2007 world champion returned from world rallying to grand prix racing this year. "Of course I wanted to do better. But I'm not finished. I want to go back, whether for my career or after I don't know," the 32-year-old told Motorsport News, according to the official WRC website. Earlier, Raikkonen admitted he had sidelined his rallying career for now in order to concentrate on F1. Before the 2011 season, Lotus' […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Marussia thinking seriously about KERS

Marussia needs a KERS system to catch up with its direct rivals. That is the admission of team boss John Booth, who told the Russian website championat.com that he is looking into adding the energy recovery technology to next year's Marussia package. "First of all, I want to say that while it is said it (KERS) is a 'green' technology, in reality it's just a serious waste of money," he said. "But in our situation it's time to start thinking seriously about KERS. Of the […]

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012

Petrov: Lotus relations turned sour

Vitaly Petrov has revealed he lost his seat at the Renault team, which is now known as Lotus, following disagreements with key team members. For 2012, the Russian has had to switch to Caterham, a F1 backmarker. In the meantime, with an all-new driver lineup comprising former world champion Kimi Raikkonen alongside Romain Grosjean, Lotus has stepped up a gear and is now among the sport's most highly competitive teams. "What happened last year was a shame, but at the end of the season relations […]