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June 17th, 2013
The GP2 Series will reuse its existing chassis for the fourth three-year lifecycle that begins next season as part of a cost-cutting exercise, AUTOSPORT can reveal. GP2 chief Bruno Michel has targeted a budget reduction of “more than 10 per cent” for his teams from 2014 in reaction to the ongoing economic crisis
June 10th, 2013
Red Bull insists that its unhappiness about the recent Pirelli secret test is focused exclusively on Mercedes and not at all on Formula 1′s tyre supplier. Speaking before the FIA confirmed that both Mercedes and Pirelli have been charged to appear before an International Tribunal hearing on June 20, Red Bull boss Christian Horner made it clear that the key issue for his team was that its Brackley-based rivals had run a 2013 car.
June 7th, 2013
Pirelli will make a decision on Monday about whether or not it will use revised tyres from the British Grand Prix, with it now suggesting that a simple glue change may be enough to cure its delamination issues. The Italian tyre company gave Formula 1 teams the opportunity to try out development rubber during free practice in Canada to assess what impact a new Kevlar-belt design would have on car performance
June 4th, 2013
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes that Formula 1 teams must do a better job of decision-making over regulations. The Formula 1 Teams’ Association chairman cited the high costs of next year’s 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engines as an example of their failure to consider the long-term implications of rule changes.
June 3rd, 2013
Pirelli is confident that Formula 1 teams will accept the introduction of its modified 2013 tyres for the British Grand Prix. The new rear tyres will feature the same compounds, but with the construction changed by the replacement of the existing steel belt with a kevlar one, as used last year. The new tyres are designed to tackle the problems experienced in the Bahrain and Spanish GP weekends Teams will each be given two sets of the new rubber for evaluation during Friday practice for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
June 1st, 2013
The FIA GT Series will climax with a race on the streets of the Azerbaijan capital Baku in October. The fixture, scheduled for October 19-20, takes the final slot on the six-event calendar, which had originally been earmarked for the Middle East in November. The move follows an approach by the city authorities in Baku, which last year hosted a non-championship GT race under the City Challenge banner, to FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel and Spa 24 Hours promoter Jean-Francois Chaumont, who will run the new event
May 27th, 2013
Leading Formula 1 teams Lotus, Ferrari and Red Bull insist they were never asked about the possibility of testing a 2013 car for Pirelli after the Spanish Grand Prix. As the row over Mercedes’ secret Pirelli test escalates ahead of a report being sent to the FIA by the Monaco GP stewards, rival teams remain deeply unhappy about what has happened. And with the FIA having made it clear that permission for Mercedes to test its 2013 car was conditional on other outfits being offered the same opportunity by Pirelli, a number of top teams have said the chance to run a contemporary car was never mentioned to them.
May 27th, 2013
Mercedes was warned last year that there was no scope in the Formula 1 regulations for any private in-season testing. As the Brackley-based team awaits news from the FIA about whether or not its recent Pirelli tyre test is to be investigated further, it has emerged that an email clarifying the testing situation was sent in April last year.
May 27th, 2013
Red Bull has accused Mercedes of being “underhand” in the way it conducted itself over Pirelli’s secret Formula 1 tyre test in Barcelona. As the FIA awaits a report from the Monaco Grand Prix stewards over whether or not Mercedes broke F1′s in-season testing ban, Red Bull is furious about the situation.
May 26th, 2013
The FIA says it only sanctioned the use of a 2013 Formula 1 chassis at the recent Mercedes tyre test if Pirelli ran the car, and if every team was offered the same opportunity to take part. Ahead of a report being prepared by the race stewards for the governing body over the matter, the FIA has issued a statement suggesting that the situation is not as clear cut as Mercedes has suggested
May 26th, 2013
Pirelli insists that Mercedes will have gained no advantage from the secret tyre test it conducted after the Spanish Grand Prix. Mercedes’ rivals are unhappy that the team conducted a three-day 1000 kilometre test in the week after the Spanish Grand Prix, using race drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
May 23rd, 2013
Pirelli has warned teams that it will pull out of Formula 1 at the end of the year unless it gets an answer soon on whether they want a fresh contract from 2014. Talks between the Italian tyre manufacturer and the teams about a new deal have stalled in recent weeks, and Pirelli says time is running out on it being able to produce tyres in time to be fully ready for the new 2014 regulations. Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said in Monaco on Thursday that F1 was facing an ‘extremely serious’ situation, and that if the matter was not resolved very quickly then his company would find it impossible to make new tyres in time.
May 23rd, 2013
Pirelli is facing resistance from Force India as it tries to get unanimous approval from Formula 1 teams for its tyre modifications . Following a dramatic week of behind-the-scenes negotiations with teams and the FIA about what it can change on its tyres, Pirelli is hoping to tweak the rears for the next race in Canada to eradicate the delamination issues that have blighted recent grands prix. But although the FIA is happy that there are safety grounds for Pirelli to make the alterations it wants to – which will essentially be replacing the steel belt in the rear tyre with the kevlar used last year – not all teams are eager for such a tweak
May 13th, 2013
IndyCar has confirmed that Derrick Walker will join the series as its president of operations and competition after the Indianapolis 500. The long-time team owner and manager will be responsible for all technical and competition aspects of the series
May 10th, 2013
Formula 1′s bid to get 2014′s regulations nailed down has been left in a state of limbo by the lack of a Concorde Agreement. After years when the governance structure was laid out clearly by the famous tripartite agreement between the teams, the FIA and the commercial rights holder, F1 is currently without any such deal in place, or an accord to carry on operating under the terms of the previous one as has happened before. It means the former structure of rules getting debated and approved in Technical and Sporting Working Groups, ratified by the Formula 1 Commission and then rubber-stamped by the FIA’s World Council, is no more.
May 10th, 2013
Paul Hembery: “The first race of the European season is always a significant one, with most of the teams introducing key upgrades.
May 9th, 2013
Plans for Formula 1 to introduce a licence penalty points system for drivers have been approved by the teams. The matter now only needs to be rubber-stamped by a meeting of the FIA’s World Council Meeting in June before being implemented in the 2014 regulations. Following a meeting of team managers in Barcelona to discuss the matter, as first revealed by AUTOSPORT , the proposal of having a licence points system was approved by seven of the current 11 teams.
May 9th, 2013
Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton believe their chances of a good result in the Spanish Grand Prix have been boosted by the change in the hard compound tyre . Although Mercedes struggled in Bahrain with overheating rear tyres, both drivers think that cooler European weather and moving the hard Pirelli’s operating window in line with the medium will help them. “The [new hard] tyre is closer to the operating window of the medium,” explained Rosberg
May 6th, 2013
Plans to encourage Formula 1 teams to run rookie drivers during free practice in exchange for extra tyres have been abandoned for now, with all outfits getting another set for the Spanish Grand Prix. Force India had tabled an idea for teams to be given a more durable set of rubber that they could run in free practice if they ran a rookie driver
April 30th, 2013
BMW motorsport chief Jens Marquardt has insisted that his cars will not begin the season as overwhelming favourites for the DTM title, despite dominating winter testing. M3s topped all four days of rain-affected testing at Hockenheim earlier this month courtesy of Augusto Farfus, Joey Hand and Marco Wittmann, while the latter was also quickest on one of the four days at Barcelona in March. But Marquardt, who oversaw a comeback DTM campaign in 2012 that ended with Bruno Spengler winning the drivers’ title, Schnitzer the teams’ prize and BMW the manufacturer’s crown, said that a repeat is far from guaranteed.