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May 22nd, 2013
Fernando Alonso reckons Red Bull’s criticism of the Pirelli Formula 1 tyres is simply the result of it not being able to handle defeat well.
May 22nd, 2013
Scott Speed is adding up to 10 further NASCAR Sprint Cup events to his schedule after his recent top-10 finish at Talladega secured extra backing for his Leavine Family Racing Ford Fusion. The ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 racer now plans to combine top-level US stock car racing with a Global Rallycross Championship campaign for the rest of the season. His ninth-placed Cup finish at Talladega and victory in the opening GRC event at X Games Brazil last month have boosted his chances of extra outings, including this week’s Charlotte NASCAR round.
May 11th, 2013
Ross Brawn says Mercedes cannot be confident enough that it has sorted its tyre woes to rule out a repeat of its Bahrain Grand Prix woes in Spain. Although the team believes that it has made progress with its degradation issues, Brawn says that it is still unsure about its chances of keeping front row duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the head of the field. “The race is the key part and that is what ultimately counts,” said Brawn, when asked by AUTOSPORT if the team was more confident about its prospects than it was in Bahrain
May 8th, 2013
Lotus has suffered a shock early-season loss with technical director James Allison electing to leave the outfit, AUTOSPORT has learned. Allison, one of the most highly rated designers in the Formula 1 paddock, was viewed as a key asset for Lotus as it pushed to challenge Red Bull for title glory this year. But just months after initial speculation that other outfits were trying to lure him away , high level sources at the outfit have revealed that Allison has handed in his notice at the Enstone-based team
April 30th, 2013
Jenson Button had fun driving an old Soviet Lada in Hungary on Monday, taking the car for a few runs at the Driving Camp in Zsambek as part of a promotional event for McLaren sponsor Vodafone. After spinning on the dynamic shock-pad, designed to improve driving skills, with a Mercedes SL 63 AMG, Button had a go with a red Lada 1500. Originally based on the Fiat 124, and dated from the early 1970s, this now iconic car was a clear, if slightly expensive, favourite on the roads behind the Iron Curtain.
April 30th, 2013
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says he is now happy to bide his time over any further management tweaks after his team’s successful start to the 2013 Formula 1 campaign. The future of team principal Ross Brawn has been the subject of great intrigue ever since Mercedes signed McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe to join it next year in a senior role. But with Brawn’s future tied in to the fortunes of the team, Wolff says Mercedes’ two pole positions and two podiums in the early rounds mean there is no pressure to make rash decisions about longer term tweaks
April 24th, 2013
Mercedes’ difficult Bahrain Grand Prix is not a sign that its 2013 season is on the slide, insists team boss Ross Brawn. After podium finishes for Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia and China, Brawn declared that Bahrain would be an acid test for Mercedes given that it had previously struggled at the track. Although Nico Rosberg took a surprise pole position, he tumbled to ninth in the race, while Hamilton could only get up to fifth having been off the pace in the early laps .
April 20th, 2013
Mark Webber says he has not started thinking about his future, in response to recent speculation that he has signed a sportscar deal with Porsche. Rumours surfaced over the Chinese Grand Prix weekend that Webber had committed to joining Porsche’s line-up for its return to the top level of sportscar racing in 2014. Porsche confirmed last week that its already-contracted drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas will be part of its LMP1 project , and a spokesman for the marque told AUTOSPORT that a decision on signing new drivers would be made later in the year.
April 20th, 2013
Jenson Button does not believe McLaren can repeat the strategic race that landed him a top five finish in China in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The McLaren driver was delighted to make the cut for Q3 in Bahrain, and he then opted not to set a time to give him free tyre choice for the start of the race.
April 19th, 2013
Mikael Grenier will return to Indy Lights this weekend at Long Beach with Team Moore Racing. The 20-year-old Canadian will race the #22 car driven by Ethan Ringel on the streets of St Petersburg and by Victor Carbone last time out at Barber.
April 18th, 2013
Heikki Kovalainen is confident that his return to Formula 1 as Caterham’s reserve driver can act as a platform for him to regain a race seat in the future. While the Finn ruled out any possibility of him replacing either Giedo van der Garde or Charles Pic, whose positions with the team are not under threat, he is hopeful that mileage in the car will boost his chances of a comeback. “There are no plans to race for the moment,” said Kovalainen when asked if this could lead to a full-time race return in the future
April 18th, 2013
World Rally Championship team principals have welcomed plans to move this year’s Rally GB out of Cardiff.
April 16th, 2013
Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn believes that Formula 1 should think carefully about how to better prepare rookie drivers.
April 14th, 2013
Nico Hulkenberg – 10th: “It was quite a mixed race with mixed emotions.
April 13th, 2013
Controversy over Pirelli’s approach to Formula 1 reached a new pitch in China as the sight of an empty track for much of qualifying and soft tyres less durable than perhaps any of the era so far prompted fresh ire from sections of the paddock.
April 10th, 2013
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has played down talk that development of new ultra-sophisticated suspension systems could lead to a spending war in Formula 1. Brawn’s squad and Lotus are believed to be the first F1 teams to get fully get to grips with the latest must-have technical development: front and rear interconnected suspension (FRIC)
April 9th, 2013
An angry James Thompson says he has no comprehension of what Fernando Monje was trying to achieve when the pair clashed in the second World Touring Car Championship race in Marrakech. Monje ploughed into the back of Thompson at the penultimate chicane, putting both men out on the spot.
April 2nd, 2013
AJ Allmendinger says that he still has a lot of work to do to feel comfortable on ovals after taking part in the rookie IndyCar oval test at Texas last week. Allmendinger, who will race a third Penske entry at Barber and Indianapolis, participated in the informal test as part of his preparation for the formal rookie evaluation next month.
March 26th, 2013
Red Bull has no choice but to lay down the law to Sebastian Vettel over his team orders defiance at the Malaysian Grand Prix, say rival team bosses. As the fallout from Vettel disregarding Red Bull’s ‘Multi 21′ team order so he could beat Mark Webber continues, the squad issued a short statement on Monday night. “It’s worth noting that this is not an entirely new situation for us,” said the statement “Each incident has been managed in our own way behind closed doors and this will be no different.” RED BULL TEAM ORDERS CONTROVERSY Red Bull plans further talks with Vettel Red Bull: Vettel’s actions deliberate Vettel apologises to Webber Webber: Vettel stole the race win As Red Bull prepares to deal with the situation internally, Lotus boss Eric Boullier and McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh both think that the team’s management must show its driver who is in charge.
March 24th, 2013
DRIVERS: 1 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), 2 – Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing), 3 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Martin Brundle) Q: We’re going to start with Sebastian.