Max Chilton has said he is happy with his F1 debut. The 21 year old British driver finished 17th at the Australian Grand Prix, a full lap behind his team-mate Jules Bianchi after a collision with the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde caused him into an early pitstop. Read more... (324 words, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Romain Grosjean has said he thinks there might have been an underlying issue with his Lotus during the Australian Grand Prix.
Whilst his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen won the race, Grosjean finished in 10th position having qualified just one place behind his Finnish team-mate. Read more... (139 words, estimated 33 secs reading time)
Nico Hulkenberg has said he is disappointed that he was unable to race at the 2013 Formula One season opener.
The German driver had qualified in 11th position however hydraulic problems coupled with a qualifying session that took place just six hours prior to the actual race start meant he was unable to get his car fixed in time. Read more... (166 words, estimated 40 secs reading time)
Having qualified on the front row of the grid alongside his team-mate, Mark Webber eventually finished sixth at his home race in Melbourne. According to the Australian, he suffered from telemetry and KERS issues which did not help his race. Read more... (227 words, estimated 54 secs reading time)
Sebastian Vettel is happy with third place at today’s Australian Grand Prix.
“We can be happy with today,” Vettel said. “Clearly we wanted more, when you start from pole you want to win. I am not worried – we have to admit sometimes that other people are faster. Read more... (137 words, estimated 33 secs 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)
Pirelli has surprised the F1 world by revealing an aggressive selection of tyre compounds for the start of the 2013 season. The big surprise is the choice for the Melbourne opener, as Pirelli opts to supply to teams the ‘supersoft’ and ‘medium’ compounds. Read more... (213 words, estimated 51 secs reading time)
Bernie Ecclestone has hit back at the latest controversy surrounding the cost of Melbourne’s annual grand prix.
After reportedly seeing secret documents, local media this week revealed for the first time that the government pays a more than $30 million race fee to the sport, which increases by 5 per cent every year until the end of the contract in 2015. Read more... (152 words, estimated 36 secs reading time)
Despite the French government ruling out financial support, Paul Ricard could still be in the running to revive the country’s defunct grand prix.
Le Parisien said the Le Castellet project had already anticipated the government’s decision when it framed its EUR 30 million budget. The report also said a private overseas investor, as well as F1′s chief executive and Paul Ricard owner Bernie Ecclestone, could step in. Read more... (293 words, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)