August 29th, 2013
Mercedes will wait until the end of the DTM season before deciding whether to expand back to an eight-car line-up next year. The German manufacturer scaled back its assault for 2013 to six C-coupes as Toto Wolff replaced Norbert Haug as head of its motorsport activities. Rival manufacturer BMW took a clean sweep of all last year’s titles with a six-car line-up, but has expanded to eight this year
August 27th, 2013
Red Bull insists it is in no rush to confirm that Daniel Ricciardo has secured a 2014 Formula 1 seat with the team, as it still wants to see what other options are available. Although high-level sources insist that Red Bull has decided to promote Ricciardo from Toro Rosso, team principal Christian Horner is adamant that nothing is signed yet
August 26th, 2013
Former Jaguar Formula 1 test driver Bjorn Wirdheim will make his prototype debut in this weekend’s Interlagos round of the World Endurance Championship with the Greaves LMP2 squad. The 33-year-old, who has raced in Japan since 2006, will drive the Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan Z11SN alongside Gunnar Jeannette and Christian Zugel in Brazil.
August 26th, 2013
American Le Mans Series and British Touring Car Championship race winner Steven Kane is in the frame to drive for the Greaves Motorsport LMP2 squad before the end of the year. The 33-year-old Briton, who is racing with the JRM Nissan squad in the Blancpain Endurance Series this year, became a contender for a drive in one of the Greaves Zytek-Nissan Z11SNs in either the World Endurance Championship or the European Le Mans Series after a successful try-out with the team last week.
August 23rd, 2013
Kimi Raikkonen says Red Bull stopped responding in their 2014 Formula 1 contract negotiations and he has no idea where he stands with the world champion team now. The Finn’s management team declared earlier this week that Red Bull was no longer an option for Raikkonen next year, leaving the way clear for Daniel Ricciardo to replace sportscar-bound Mark Webber as Sebastian Vettel’s team-mate.
August 22nd, 2013
Daniel Ricciardo insists his switch into Red Bull’s Formula 1 squad is not a done deal, and that in his eyes the second seat is still “up for grabs”. The Australian moved into prime position to partner Sebastian Vettel next year after talks between the team and Kimi Raikkonen came to an end earlier this week.
August 4th, 2013
Mike Rockenfeller opened up a comfortable lead in the DTM title race by winning at Moscow Raceway while chief rival Bruno Spengler failed to score. Schnitzer BMW driver Spengler was spun out of eighth spot by Rockenfeller’s Phoenix Audi team-mate Miguel Molina at Turn 1 on the fourth lap. While Molina retired soon after, Spengler fell to the tail of the field and could only nurse his damaged M3 to the finish in 19th.
July 29th, 2013
Red Bull says it is no surprise that Mercedes has got itself into championship contention as it always saw it as a title threat. Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix has set up the prospect of a thrilling contest over the second half of the season, especially if Mercedes can keep up its qualifying dominance
July 28th, 2013
Red Bull is considering Fernando Alonso as a potential team-mate to Sebastian Vettel for 2014. It has emerged that secret talks took place between the Spaniard’s management and Formula 1′s champion team at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
July 25th, 2013
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes that it is “too early” for Jean-Eric Vergne to step up to a seat with his squad. The Frenchman is on the team’s three-man shortlist to replace Mark Webber next year, but Horner has hinted he is no longer a contender for immediate promotion even though he stopped short of ruling him out completely. Vergne’s Toro Rosso team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was invited to test for Red Bull at Silverstone last week, but the Frenchman was not given the same chance
July 14th, 2013
Kevin Giovesi claimed his maiden Auto GP victory in race two at Mugello.
July 13th, 2013
Meindert van Buuren claimed his maiden Auto GP victory at Mugello after withstanding constant pressure from Kevin Giovesi and Sergio Campana.
July 13th, 2013
Mercedes driver Robert Wickens took his maiden DTM pole position with an impressive performance in qualifying at the Norisring, as championship leader Mike Rockenfeller had a disastrous day.
July 12th, 2013
Ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Klien is open to extending his one-race Auto GP deal beyond this weekend’s event at Mugello. The former Jaguar, Red Bull and HRT F1 racer has a one-off deal in place with Zele Racing for this weekend, but he told AUTOSPORT at Mugello on Friday that he is open to completing the rest of the Auto GP season.
July 11th, 2013
Ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Klien will make his Auto GP debut at Mugello this weekend with Zele Racing. The 30-year-old Austrian, who started 49 grands prix for Jaguar, Red Bull and HRT from 2004-2010, replaces Britain’s Luciano Bacheta as team-mate to Tamas Pal Kiss. Klien has not raced a single-seater since the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and has only made selected sportscar and touring car appearances since then
July 8th, 2013
Red Bull insists that Sebastian Vettel’s German Grand Prix victory was not a knockout blow in the world championship battle. Vettel held off Lotus duo Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean for a fourth win of the season, opening up a 34-point advantage over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. That gap, allied to the fact that Red Bull’s car seems to perform well at all types of tracks, points to Vettel racing away to a fourth successive world title.
July 5th, 2013
Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Formula 1′s focus should be on ensuring there is no repeat of the tyre fiasco it has faced this year, rather than working out who is to blame for what happened. Ahead of a busy few weeks for the teams working out how to get on top of a whole new generation of tyres from the Hungarian Grand Prix, Horner suggests that it is essential F1 does not dwell too much on why the sport came so close to disaster. “As with all these things, it is never straightforward,” Horner told AUTOSPORT.
July 2nd, 2013
Red Bull is upbeat that it has made good progress with its long-run tyre management, but it believes it faces a big fight for the world championship.
June 30th, 2013
Formula 1 is in a ‘serious’ situation as it works to come up with an urgent solution to the Pirelli tyre crisis, reckons McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh. Although meetings are scheduled for this week – including a Sporting Working Committee gathering on Wednesday – to try to find a way forward for the sport, Whitmarsh believes that action is needed even before that. “We clearly have a serious situation where we have to act responsibly, and respect Pirelli,” said Whitmarsh, who saw his driver Sergio Perez suffer two tyre failures at Silverstone
June 30th, 2013
Formula 1 teams are pushing for next month’s young driver test at Silverstone to be ditched in favour of a full-on tyre test with race drivers to help Pirelli overcome its current problems. With the sport now accepting that something needs to be done to ensure there is no repeat of the tyre failures that blighted the British Grand Prix , pressure is being put on the FIA to consider abandoning the running of young drivers. Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali and Red Bull boss Christian Horner both believe that changing the test is now the most sensible way the sport can move forward and assist Pirelli in a meaningful way.