Alain Prost, the quadruple world champion, is hopeful France host another Formula One race next season.
It has been five years since France last host an F1 race and both Magny Cours and Paul Ricard had been linked to hosting a 2013 Grand Prix. Read more... (103 words, estimated 25 secs reading time)
Danica Patrick has played down suggestions she might switch to Formula One.
Speculation the 30-year-old American could have a future on the grand prix grid was kindled by her high-profile pole position for Nascar’s premier Sprint Cup opener at Daytona. Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko was quoted by Bild newspaper as saying while Patrick is not “on the top ten” of his list of promising F1-worthy candidates for the future, he would offer her a test. Read more... (178 words, estimated 43 secs reading time)
Honda may already be working on a Formula One project for 2014.
When revealing its all-new turbo V6 ‘power unit’ for next year near Paris on Monday, Renault’s Jean-Michel Jalinier said he “definitely” expects more engine makers to enter F1 under the 2014 rules. Read more... (193 words, estimated 46 secs reading time)
Esteban Gutierrez has denied he was given the news about his F1 debut this year straight from the mouth of Carlos Slim.
21-year-old Mexican Gutierrez is replacing Sauber’s McLaren-bound Sergio Perez, presumably to keep the Swiss team’s main backer Telmex happy. Telmex is the Mexican company headed by billionaire Carlos Slim, whose son and namesake is directly involved in the handling of Perez’s career. But it’s a slightly different situation for Gutierrez. Read more... (180 words, estimated 43 secs reading time)
After Williams removed its controversial solution for the ‘Coanda’-effect exhaust late last week, heads are now turning in Caterham’s direction.
Williams’ move to remove the solution reportedly followed the FIA’s Charlie Whiting telling team designer Mike Coughlan at Jerez that he deemed it illegal. But while Williams’ solution attempted to find a loophole in the regulations, Coughlan said recently he thought Caterham’s similar approach is “clearly not allowed”. Read more... (155 words, estimated 37 secs reading time)
Paddy Lowe is no longer McLaren’s technical director. Hot on the heels of reports the 50-year-old has been placed on ‘gardening leave’, the British team announced that long-time McLaren engineer Tim Goss has replaced Lowe.
“The great mystery is no more,” Tobias Gruner, the correspondent for Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, said. “The only thing missing is the official confirmation.” Read more... (233 words, estimated 56 secs reading time)
Hot on the heels of Williams and Caterham’s dubious exhaust exit solutions for 2013, trouble could also be brewing for F1′s two other Renault-powered teams.
Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that, after Renault and ‘works’ partner Red Bull were told to cease using certain ‘engine maps’ last year, the same issue is now back on the table. Read more... (250 words, estimated 1:00 mins reading time)
Having sat out the launch of the new MP4-28, McLaren’s technical director Paddy Lowe will now not travel to Australia for the 2013 opener.
The news continues the saga of Lowe’s uncertain future, with the Guardian newspaper claiming on Monday that a move to Mercedes for the 50-year-old is “a done deal”. Read more... (132 words, estimated 32 secs reading time)
According to Niki Lauda, Mercedes has taken “an important step forwards” since the end of the 2012 season.
“We’re not looking at wins at the moment,” Briton Hamilton, who has moved from McLaren over the winter, said after testing the new W04 late last week in Barcelona. “As I’ve said, we’re hoping to be fighting in the top ten.” Read more... (220 words, estimated 53 secs reading time)
Esteban Gutierrez is expecting his Sauber teammate to outpace him early in 2013.
A test driver for the Swiss team since 2010, the 21-year-old Mexican has finally moved into the race cockpit this year, as his Telmex-backed countryman Sergio Perez moves to McLaren. Read more... (125 words, estimated 30 secs reading time)