October 23rd, 2013
Despite a quiet end to the season, Gernot Fritsche comfortably retook the Classic Teams Championship as the veteran sim-racer fully got to grips with the Lotus 79 on the NTMv5 (new tire model version 5) after two slightly off-colour seasons. Fritsche finished the season with a massive 134 point lead over second placed Tapani Linnaluoto, with Season 2 championship contender, Nuno Moreira, finishing another 44 points back after a strong late-season showing. Anthony Goodale bagged the Formula 2 championship and finished a highly impressive 19th overall, three places behind early leader Paul Hackett. Hackett, who was snapped up mid-season by Arrows, finished P16 — just one place behind his Arrows team-mate — after a superb season. In all 260 sim-racers took part in another excellent Lotus 79 season with 66 [...]
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 27th, 2013
Juan Pablo Montoya could prove in IndyCar that he has lost none of his talent, reckons Chip Ganassi Racing general manager Mike Hull. The Colombian has been linked to a return to single-seater racing following the news that he will not be part of Ganassi’s NASCAR plans beyond this season
August 23rd, 2013
Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds insists his new team has everything it needs to thrive if he can provide the right technical leadership. Symonds, who left his post as Marussia technical consultant last month, started work at Williams on Monday and is attending his first race weekend with the team.
July 31st, 2013
Pastor Maldonado is confident Williams will be able to fight for points on a regular basis after breaking the team’s 2013 duck in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
July 28th, 2013
Giedo van der Garde – 14th: “I’m really pleased with today’s race, for me that was the best race of the year and it’s great to put in a performance like that before we head off for the August break. I think it shows that the plan we’d set for this season, about learning and improving race by race, is working as I was right on the pace we’d targeted until about six laps to go when the tyres were pretty much gone. “For most of the season my starts have been good and it was the same here.
July 25th, 2013
Nico Hulkenberg has laughed off rumours that the Hungarian Grand Prix will be his final race with Sauber.
July 19th, 2013
Formula 1 drivers are convinced that tyre safety worries are now a thing of the past thanks to the changes Pirelli has made. An all-new tyre – featuring the 2012 construction with the ’13 compounds – has been evaluated without problems at this week’s young driver test at Silverstone.
July 18th, 2013
Pastor Maldonado believes the tight restrictions imposed on race drivers at this week’s Silverstone test have left it impossible to judge what impact new tyres will have on the competitive order.
July 17th, 2013
James Calado insists he put thoughts of a possible third driver role with Force India in Formula 1 to the back of his mind as he tested for the team at Silverstone on Wednesday. Force India has made it clear that it is evaluating the GP2 frontrunner at the young driver test.
July 15th, 2013
Williams has announced that Susie Wolff and Daniel Juncadella will join Pastor Maldonado in this week’s young driver test at Silverstone. After weeks of speculation about its plans for the test, Williams confirmed that Wolff will get her first proper run in a Formula 1 car – having completed an aero test in this year’s FW35 at Idiada earlier this year
July 10th, 2013
Williams has been awarded government funding to develop flywheel-based energy storage systems originally pioneered for use in Formula 1. The grant will be received by Williams Advanced Engineering, a division that commercialises F1-based technologies. Thirty projects – including that of Williams – will share £16 million of grant money under the first phase of a £35 million Energy Entrepreneurs fund aimed at encouraging low-carbon innovations.
July 7th, 2013
Paul di Resta – 11th: “It’s not been the easiest of weekends for us, but in the final part of the race it looked like we were on course to score some points. In the end we just ran out of tyres during the last couple of laps, but it was always going to be risky with our two-stop strategy, especially as we had to pit under the safety car. There were times in the race when the car was working well, but I really struggled with the first set of mediums and was not happy with the balance
July 6th, 2013
Pastor Maldonado’s car suffered a KERS failure in the garage two-and-a-half hours before the start of Saturday morning practice for the German Grand Prix. The Williams Formula 1 team has confirmed that fire marshals attended the scene and contained the situation, which did not cause any injuries. It is as yet unclear what damage the KERS problem has done to the car, with Williams currently investigating the incident
by Katier Scott on July 1st, 2013
Erstwhile champion Gernot Fritsche firmly cemented himself as favourite for the 2013 S2 Classic Teams Championship title with a solid performance at a low participation week at Sonoma Raceway. The former CTC winner led the way with 166 points on his way to second overall and while he is still nearly 50 points behind his Lotus team mate, two early ‘drop scores’ mean he is well and truly in the driver’s seat. Michel Dudognon continued a very strong season with 151 points, 15 down on Fristche, but will need to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat to take the title. Continuing a strong season Kevin Law nearly beat Fritsche with 164 points surging up nine places in the process to 21st overall and with three dropped scores, the [...]
June 30th, 2013
Pastor Maldonado – 11th: It was a difficult race but our pace was consistent. We weren’t quick enough but I was happy with the balance of the car and we had no problems with our tyres. I am looking forward to continuing to improve, particularly in qualifying.
June 29th, 2013
Charles Pic – 19th: “The final lap in quali is one of my best laps of the year so far so I’m very pleased with how today’s gone. We made some good progress in FP3 with the balance and that carried over to qualifying, and breaking into the 1.33s and finishing ahead of the Marussias was about as much as we aimed for today, so it’s gone to plan. “It changes from race to race but it does look like we have a small advantage over our nearest rivals this weekend, but having seen good race pace all year I’d like to think we’ll be fighting with a couple of cars ahead as well in the race tomorrow
June 27th, 2013
Pastor Maldonado believes he can score a points finish to add gloss to Williams’s 600th grand prix celebrations at Silverstone this weekend.
June 24th, 2013
Pastor Maldonado believes Valtteri Bottas’s driving style is better-suited to the troublesome Williams FW35 than his own. The Venezuelan has been overshadowed by his team-mate in 2013, with Bottas prevailing in qualifying five times out of seven
June 19th, 2013
Valtteri Bottas says his third place on the Canadian Grand Prix grid changed the atmosphere in the struggling Williams team. The multiple title-winning squad has yet to score a point in 2013, and despite Bottas’s qualifying performance , that situation remained after Montreal as he slumped to 14th in the race