Still amid the Red Bull era, the so-called ‘works’ teams are looking ahead with great eagerness to 2014.
Red Bull has mastered the current era of aerodynamics-dominated regulations, where the normally-aspirated V8 engines have been ‘frozen’ for many years. Read more... (297 words, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
Davide Valsecchi is the first champion in GP2 history who risks never sitting on a F1 grid.
Since the sport’s feeder series began in 2005, every champion – Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock, Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean – has recorded his place in F1 history. Even Giorgio Pantano, the 2008 champion who didn’t carry the crown into F1, had already tasted Formula One racing, by spending most of the 2004 season with Jordan. Read more... (277 words, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
It is “100 per cent” certain this year’s Bahrain grand prix is going ahead, according to Bernie Ecclestone.
However, violence has kicked off once again in the island Kingdom, as thousands of anti-government protesters mark the two-year anniversary of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’. Read more... (119 words, estimated 29 secs reading time)
Sebastian Vettel is locked into a “long term” contract with Red Bull, according to Niki Lauda.
Triple world champion Lauda, now the Mercedes team’s chairman, revealed he is aware of the precise term of the reigning world champion’s current deal. Read more... (278 words, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
Adrian Sutil’s manager has acknowledged a test this week in Barcelona is the German driver’s “last chance” to return to formula one.
Sutil, 30, bowed out of the sport at the end of 2011, after Force India replaced him with Nico Hulkenberg in the wake of the Eric Lux assault affair. Read more... (153 words, estimated 37 secs reading time)
Lewis Hamilton could not contain his smile as he smashed Sebastian Vettel’s lap record on the British motoring television show Top Gear.
The 2008 world champion’s existing lap of the show’s test track in a Suzuki Liana, set on a wet and slippery track some years ago, was bettered by seven tenths by current world champion Sebastian Vettel. Read more... (269 words, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
Owner CVC looks set to proceed with the floatation of F1 later this year, according to Formula One business journalist Christian Sylt.
Late last year, Sylt said CVC had decided to continue to delay the planned Singapore floatation until at least 2014. Read more... (123 words, estimated 30 secs reading time)
New F1 backer Emirates, the Dubai-owned airline, could also return to the sport as a team sponsor.
Earlier this month, Bernie Ecclestone announced a five-year branding deal has been agreed between Formula One and the airline.
But in 2006, as McLaren plugged the one-season gap between its title sponsors West and Vodafone, Emirates had a prominent place on the silver livery. Read more... (184 words, estimated 44 secs reading time)
As the F1 world looks set to race on without him, Jaime Alguersuari has decried a sport whose seats are now sold to the highest bidder. Read more... (354 words, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)
Pirelli, F1′s official tyre supplier, has reportedly bought an old HRT car.
This week, we reported that assets of the newly-defunct Spanish formula one team had been snapped up by Teo Martin, a well-known automotive component recycler. According to AS newspaper, Martin apparently bought 2011 and 2012 single seaters as well as other assets. Read more... (179 words, estimated 43 secs reading time)