by Katier Scott on October 15th, 2013
A quiet week for the Classsis Teams Championship saw just 54 sim-racers take their Lotus 79s to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This challenging circuit surprisingly lacked popularity despite being one of the basic content tracks, but half a dozen online races that went official and produced good racing. In those six races, Tapani Linnaluoto and Nuno Moreira took a pair of wins each with Gernot Fritsche and Tony Lamberti taking the other wins. Fritsche now has pretty much guaranteed his latest title, while Anthony Goodale now leads the Formula 2 championship after the Arrows team snapped-up erstwhile leader Paul Hackett. Goodale celebrated this with an impressive week, leaping seven places up to P22 overall and he has a respectable chance at top 20 by the season’s end. Both Frank Herfjord [...]
by Katier Scott on October 1st, 2013
Nuno Moreira and Tapani Linnaluoto produced stunning performances at Watkins Glen in Round Nine of the Classic Teams Championship but still face a mountain of climbing if they are to overhaul championship leader Gernot Fritsche. The champion-elect had a decidedly off-colour week at the popular US track, netting a comparatively meagre 146 points which, due to dropped scores, resulted in no change in the Ferrari driver’s net score. The McLaren and Williams drivers, however, both netted their eighth scores of the season allowing then to claw vital points back in the championship chase. With three weeks remaining, there is still a chance they will overhaul the Fritsche, but the 135 points Linnaluoto must gain will be very tough, while Moreira’s 250 point deficit is very unlikely to be un-closable . [...]
by Katier Scott on September 20th, 2013
After seven rounds of the 2013 S3 Classic Teams Championship, Gernot Fritsche has the inside line on another champion’s crown. With a string of strong 220+ scores the multiple champion and Ferrari driver has amassed a nearly 350 point lead over McLaren’s Tapani Linnaluoto and fellow Ferrari driver Michel Dudognon. The lead isn’t quite as strong as it appears, however, given that the final standings are based on the best eight scores of the twelve week season. With that in mind, the McLaren pilot has a string of 200+ scores to his name, and by missing the Montreal round in Week Six, he will go to Week Nine before dropping scores. Dudognon isn’t in quite as strong a position, but has three weak scores which, if he replaces them with [...]
by Katier Scott on September 4th, 2013
Williams Racing put-in a stunning performance in iRacing.com’s Lotus 79-based Classic Teams Championship at Sebring International Raceway last week to move into second place in the championship and close slightly on the runaway leaders. Propelled by team leader Nuno Moreira, the three Williams sim-racers put in an excellent 47 points to pass Team McLaren in the teams competition. The results point to McLaren and Williams engaging in a season-long battle over the final podium positions while Ferrari continue to look locked in for the title. On the drivers side, Moreira put in an equally excellent performance and advanced six places in the championship to fourth overall behind a fairly static top three. In all there were 11 official races during the week at the airfield circuit with 91 drivers taking [...]
August 29th, 2013
Sauber is hoping to finalise a fresh Formula 1 engine contract with Ferrari before next week’s Italian Grand Prix. Discussions between the two parties have been ongoing for several months, but completing a deal was dependent on Sauber shoring up its financial situation
August 26th, 2013
Ferrari says its Spa step forward was only the start of the progress it must make if Fernando Alonso is to win the 2013 Formula 1 world championship.
August 25th, 2013
Nico Rosberg admits Mercedes was surprised to find itself trailing Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari in the Belgian Grand Prix . The German said his squad had anticipated a pace deficit to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull, but was taken by surprise by Ferrari’s race performance . “We expected to be a little slower than Red Bull, but we didn’t expect Ferrari to be quicker than us,” Rosberg said.
August 23rd, 2013
Pirelli has played down fears of another tyre fiasco at the Belgian Grand Prix despite the punctures suffered by Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso on Friday.
by Katier Scott on August 23rd, 2013
With business as usual at the top of the tables, attention is turning to the F2 battle in this year’s Lotus 79-based Classic Teams Championship. While defending champion Gernot Fritsche extended his lead at Road Atlanta and Mosport, the Formula 2 battle hotted up. After two strong opening weeks, Team Tiga driver Paul Hackett faultered slightly at the classic Canadian track dropping out of the weekly top 20 for the first time. Nevertheless, he maintains six point lead over Trivellato’s Matej Sagmeister, while third placed Luke Garner put in a strong season best performance to recover from a terrible opening week and close the gap to the top two. In all 102 sim-racers took to Georgia’s tricky Road Atlanta circuit during Week 2 of the championship. Barry West continued his [...]
August 23rd, 2013
Jenson Button is still waiting for McLaren to confirm that he will be racing there next season. The Briton hopes to remain at the Woking-based team for 2014, but has revealed that nothing is guaranteed as his bosses have yet to take up an option they have on him. “I think I have a contract for next year, but I don’t think it has a signature on it yet though,” explained Button.
August 22nd, 2013
Felipe Massa insists he does not care about speculation over his Ferrari future.
August 22nd, 2013
Fernando Alonso says the public rebuke he earned from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo at the start of the summer break was due to a misunderstanding that has now been resolved. A Ferrari statement after the Hungarian Grand Prix said that di Montezemolo “tweaked [Alonso's] ear” following a weekend in which the two-time Formula 1 champion had joked to Italian television reporters that he wanted a car as competitive as his rivals’ for his birthday.
August 21st, 2013
Marussia’s switch to Ferrari engines next season represents a “huge step forward”, according to sporting director Graeme Lowdon. The team has raced with Cosworth power since joining the Formula 1 grid as Virgin at the start of 2010, but Lowden believes Ferrari engines will help it to achieve a level playing field with its rivals.
by Katier Scott on August 9th, 2013
Gernot Fritsche started the defense of his title in style at Brands Hatch as 110 drivers opened the 2013 S3 CTC and Classic Lotus Grand Prix season at the classic Kent race track. Brands Hatch presented a new opener for the season but this fantastic roller coaster track drew over a hundred drivers and races as they took advantage of the series’ move to two hours between races. In all, during the week, 10 drivers won from 15 official races with Peter Duggan going four from seven to join the defending champion as a multiple race winner. Fritsche, who has re-signed for Ferrari, took a 12 point lead over Tapani Linnaluoto who enjoyed the same dozen point margin over third placed Nuno Moreira. This season sees Formula 2 paint schemes [...]
August 6th, 2013
Felipe Massa accepts he must raise his game in order to avoid being axed by Ferrari at the end of the current Formula 1 season.
August 3rd, 2013
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has stood by his decision to rebuke Fernando Alonso following the Hungarian Grand Prix. A team statement described how di Montezemolo “tweaked [Alonso's] ear” after the Spaniard joked to Italian television reporters that his ideal birthday present would be his rivals’ cars. The spat came on the same weekend that it emerged that Red Bull was considering Alonso as a potential 2014 driver
August 2nd, 2013
Fernando Alonso is not tempted to join Red Bull next season and is fully committed to a future at Ferrari, says his manager Flavio Briatore. After a weekend of speculation about Alonso’s future, with Red Bull revealing that the Spaniard was a contender for a race seat in 2014 after learning that he could be available, Briatore has moved to quash such talk. He insists that Alonso is thinking only of winning championships with Ferrari, and he sees nothing out of the ordinary about comments his driver made about wanting a ‘car like the others’
July 30th, 2013
Ferrari insists there is no breakdown in its relationship with Fernando Alonso – despite president Luca di Montezemolo’s unhappiness at comments made by the Spaniard. Di Montezemolo issued a rebuke of Alonso’s conduct after the Hungarian Grand Prix, when the Spaniard told interviewers that he wanted “a car like the others” as a birthday present
July 29th, 2013
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has warned Fernando Alonso about his conduct following comments made by the Spaniard during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.
July 29th, 2013
Ferrari has confirmed former Lotus technical director James Allison will join the team this year. AUTOSPORT revealed in May that Allison was closing on a Ferrari deal after leaving Lotus, and that the agreement was completed last week . Allison will become Ferrari’s chassis technical director and will begin working with the team on September 1.