August 24th, 2013
The FIA has assured drivers and teams about the safety of Pirelli’s tyres for the Belgian Grand Prix after overnight investigations pointed towards a piece of debris causing Friday’s punctures. F1′s drivers had asked F1 race director Charlie Whiting to get guarantees from Pirelli about the safety of its products for the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps track after Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso were hit by failures on Friday. There was some scepticism from drivers and teams that the problems had been caused by simple debris, amid questions about the structural durability of the tyres.
August 21st, 2013
The FIA would be risking significantly impacting upon the 2014 Formula 1 world championship should it opt not to extend Pirelli’s tyre supply deal, McLaren’s Jonathan Neale believes. Pirelli’s current contract runs out at the end of 2013, and its motorsport boss Paul Hembery has warned it could quit the sport entirely should its “bizarre” situation not be remedied quickly
July 29th, 2013
The Indian Grand Prix is unlikely to be included in the 2014 Formula 1 calendar, according to Bernie Ecclestone. The event made its debut in 2011, but teams have been constantly concerned about taxation issues when entering the country
July 28th, 2013
Pirelli is considering plans to widen the rear Formula 1 tyres for next year in a bid to ensure they can cope with the demands of the new 2014 engines. F1′s tyre supplier is pushing to finalise the specification of next year’s rubber, which will have to deal with the increased torque of the 1.6-litre V6 turbo power units.
July 27th, 2013
Formula 1′s stalemate over a new Concorde Agreement appears to be at an end after Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt reached agreement over its terms on Saturday.
July 12th, 2013
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh believes that Pirelli should have been firmer and demanded it be allowed to change its tyres earlier this season.
July 9th, 2013
Lotus chiefs are set to meet Kimi Raikkonen’s management this week in a bid to convince them that the Finn should remain on board for 2014. With Red Bull having openly targeted Raikkonen as a potential replacement for the departing Mark Webber , Lotus is now upping its efforts to ensure its star driver stays put. The team’s strong performance in the German Grand Prix, where Raikkonen challenged Sebastian Vettel for victory, was a timely boost to show that Lotus has the potential to fight for wins
July 5th, 2013
Pirelli has admitted that the biggest mistake it made in the ongoing safety controversy was in allowing teams to conduct tyre swapping.
July 5th, 2013
The FIA has imposed a ban on tyre swapping as well as strict limits on tyre pressures and cambers for this weekend’s German Grand Prix. With everyone in Formula 1 eager to ensure there is no repeat of the tyre blow-outs that marred the British GP, the FIA has agreed to a request from Pirelli to enforce strict limits on tyre operations
July 4th, 2013
Nico Rosberg believes Pirelli’s introduction of new tyres will have a marked impact on the balance of this year’s Formula 1 world championship fight. Pirelli will deliver new Kevlar-belted tyres for this weekend’s German Grand Prix, before introducing all-new compounds from Hungary onwards , as it bids to avoid a repeat of the Silverstone tyre failures. Rosberg says those tweaks could change the complexion and momentum of a title race in which Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have so far held the ascendancy.
July 3rd, 2013
Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff says the British Grand Prix tyre drama fall-out shows that Pirelli needs to be more specific in its stipulations to Formula 1 teams. While announcing the tyre changes it would make over the coming races in response to the multiple failures at Silverstone, Pirelli argued that the issue could have been avoided if the tyres were used “in the correct way” . It stated that teams’ camber and pressure choices plus practice of swapping rear tyres were factors in the Silverstone blow-outs
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 30th, 2013
British Grand Prix talk is often dominated by the weather, but Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will give the skies more attention than normal ahead of the race because track temperature appears key to their chances of victory. With their Mercedes team openly admitting that it is not yet convinced it is on top of its race day tyre issues, efforts in recent weeks have been focused on moving the car development and set-up in a direction that is better for the rubber.
June 28th, 2013
Paul Hembery: “Because of the rain, it meant that the drivers didn’t get as much running as they would have liked on the two sets of new prototype tyres that we brought here for free practice only, which is actually the same prototype hard tyre that we brought to Spain last month. On that occasion the running on this tyre was curtailed again due to rain during free practice.
June 27th, 2013
Formula 1 teams now have to give the FIA at least a fortnight’s notice of future testing plans, AUTOSPORT has learned, as part of a clampdown on policing out of event running by the governing body. In the wake of last week’s International Tribunal hearing into the Mercedes secret Pirelli test after the Spanish Grand Prix, the FIA made it clear that it wanted to tighten up its control of testing.
June 20th, 2013
Mercedes has admitted that it regrets how the Pirelli tyre test was made to look more secret that it was – especially through its drivers wearing black helmets.
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
December 17th, 2010
Kurt Busch (22) and Brad Keselowski (2) lead two rows of cars during the Goodyear Tire Test at Daytona Int'l Speedway Thursday.
September 7th, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Red Bull is unconcerned about the more stringent tests the FIA will introduce at the Italian Grand Prix in an effort to prevent the front wings from flexing.
August 17th, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that staging a United States Grand Prix in or near New York City is a pipe dream.