August 9th, 2013
Lotus Formula 1 team chairman Gerard Lopez has hit out at reports that his team is in financial trouble. Lopez, co-owner of Genii Capital, which bought the then-Renault squad in late 2009, believes that the nature of the team’s €120 million debt has been misunderstood. He also denied suggestions that staff had not been paid, and laughed off claims that a strike at the team’s Enstone base had been threatened recently.
July 29th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton admits he has begun to entertain thoughts of fighting for a second Formula 1 world championship following his breakthrough Hungarian GP triumph. Though he started the year insistent that he would not be a 2013 frontrunner , Hamilton admitted the nature of his victory – scored in conditions that have typically punished Mercedes’ tyre struggles – have left him optimistic more success could follow this year. GP report: Hamilton’s mini-miracle As a result, the 28-year-old admits it is becoming increasingly hard to resist the idea that he could challenge for this year’s crown
July 17th, 2013
Silverstone Formula 1 young driver test day one pacesetter Kevin Magnussen says he can be satisfied with his speed on Wednesday despite the difficulty of decoding test results. McLaren protege Magnussen beat Force India race driver Paul di Resta to the top spot by 0.172 seconds, with Antonio Felix da Costa next best among the rookies in third for Red Bull. Young driver test gallery Magnussen acknowledged that the nature of F1 testing made head-to-head pace comparisons difficult, but reckoned there was nothing deceptive about his performance.
July 15th, 2013
Paddy Lowe has rubbished suggestions that the Mercedes team has too many technical directors. Although critics have questioned whether or not Mercedes’ efforts are being compromised by a structure that boasts Bob Bell, Aldo Costa, and Geoff Willis working under Ross Brawn, Lowe says his initial impressions are positive
July 1st, 2013
Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey has attacked the ‘short-sightedness’ of the teams that blocked Pirelli’s recent attempt to change the tyres for the crisis Formula 1 is now facing. Pirelli had hoped to change the internal structure of its tyres from a steel belt to one made of Kevlar from the Canadian Grand Prix to try and eradicate the delamination issues that occurred in the opening few races. But Force India, Lotus and Ferrari were reluctant to accept the modification, which needed unanimous approval, amid concerns that the change to the tyres could affect their competitiveness.
June 21st, 2013
Renault has released an audio clip of the sound from its 2014 Formula 1 engine . The noise that the new turbocharged ‘green’ engines will make has been a hot topic ahead of the introduction of the new rules. F1 commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone has argued that the 2014 engines will be too quiet for F1 and will harm the sport’s spectacle.