After his first day at the wheel in 2013, Fernando Alonso on Tuesday had a stiff neck and a cautious round of optimism about the new Ferrari.
The Spaniard said he was “reasonably pleased” with his day of work in Barcelona, which left him third on the timesheet and a hundredth ahead of his 2012 title rival Sebastian Vettel. Read more... (260 words, estimated 1:02 mins reading time)
Williams have been told by the FIA that the exhaust solution for their FW35 car is not legal.
It was already believed a similar solution for the Coanda-effect exhaust on Caterham’s 2013 car definitely falls foul of this year’s rules. Williams’ chief designer Mike Coughlan said in Barcelona on Tuesday, where the team’s new Renault-powered car was revealed and tested for the first time, that he was confident the FW35 complied. Read more... (228 words, estimated 55 secs reading time)
Williams on Tuesday completed the 2013 grid by finally launching its new FW35. Every other team got their cars up and running recently at Jerez, triggering many rumours and whispers about the reason for the Oxfordshire team’s delay. Read more... (195 words, estimated 47 secs reading time)
Valtteri Bottas has admitted he is “tingling” ahead of the debut of his 2013 race car.
After teammate Pastor Maldonado drives the new FW35 on day one in Barcelona, rookie Finn Bottas will get his first taste of the 2013 Williams on Wednesday. Read more... (153 words, estimated 37 secs reading time)
Lotus is happy to let Kimi Raikkonen just be himself, owner Gerard Lopez has revealed.
En route to his first victory since returning to F1 last year, the laconic Finn told his race engineer Simon Rennie in Abu Dhabi to “Just leave me alone, I know what I’m doing.” Lopez told Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper: “Kimi is Kimi. It was just what he felt at that moment. Read more... (213 words, estimated 51 secs reading time)
Adrian Sutil is “very, very happy” Force India is giving him a chance to shine by his former team Force India at Barcelona this week.
“He’s very, very happy this is taking place,” the German’s manager Manfred Zimmermann is quoted by DPA news agency. Read more... (178 words, estimated 43 secs reading time)
Bruno Senna has suggested he preferred to bow out of Formula One than run around at the back of the grid with Caterham or Marussia.
Dropped by Williams after a single season together in 2013, the former Lotus and HRT driver announced this month that he has been signed up by Aston Martin’s Le Mans sports car team. Read more... (243 words, estimated 58 secs reading time)
Daniel Juncadella is set to become a development driver with Mercedes’ F1 team, according to Spanish and German media sources.
Spain’s El Mundo said the news about the 21-year-old has come “direct from Stuttgart”, and “should be announced this week” from either the F1 or DTM tests. Read more... (85 words, estimated 20 secs reading time)
Pat Fry has contradicted reports Ferrari is heading into the 2013 season with another fundamentally-flawed formula one car.
Last year, the famous Italian team had a memorably bad start to the championship with the F2012′s initial configuration. Read more... (283 words, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Mercedes has hit back at reports some of its shareholders want the German marque to pull out of F1.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper has quoted two such shareholders – Michael Muders of the fund manager Union, and Henning Gebhardt, of DWS – as criticising Mercedes’ expanding push for F1 success. Read more... (243 words, estimated 58 secs reading time)