Mark Webber on Thursday bristled when a reporter suggested he won the recent Monaco grand prix with an “illegal” car.
“I’m happy to be called lots of things,” said the plain-speaking Australian, “and I’m happy to have criticism about my driving and lots of stuff. But I will not take criticism in that respect. It completely pisses me off to be honest, because the car has passed every single technical regulation after the race.” Read more... (310 words, estimated 1:14 mins reading time)
Although the complete opposite of Monaco, Felipe Massa on Tuesday was bound for Canada with his mind still firmly on the famous Principality.
Trapped in a worsening slump since the start of the 2012 season, Massa’s tumbling form had triggered speculation the Brazilian was fighting for his career in Monaco. But on those fabled streets, he appeared to turn the corner. Read more... (218 words, estimated 52 secs reading time)
Still at the back of the grid, Timo Glock is nonetheless heading towards the middle of the 2012 season in a better mood.
Earlier this year, still struggling for the third consecutive year to pull Marussia from the back of the pack, the highly rated German appeared out of sorts. He was at war with his Cosworth-powered car, and being genuinely outpaced by his rookie teammate Charles Pic. Read more... (220 words, estimated 53 secs reading time)
The mere issue of ‘steering’ risks creating a rift between Lotus and its star driver Kimi Raikkonen.
The 2007 world champion has complained about the steering system aboard the black and gold E20 from his very first lap this season. For Monaco, the team debuted a special system tailored to the Finn’s needs, but it lasted just a single out-lap on Thursday morning. Read more... (214 words, estimated 51 secs reading time)
Within memory of him delivering the beleaguered team’s first victory for more than seven years, Williams has expressed disappointment in Pastor Maldonado.
After soaring from pole to victory in Barcelona, breakthrough winner Maldonado suffered an horror Monaco grand prix two weeks later. The Venezuelan was pushed ten places down the grid for apparently colliding deliberately with Sergio Perez in practice, and at the start of the race got caught up in the first lap chaos. Read more... (331 words, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
Mark Webber has dismissed claims he ‘backed up’ his rivals in Monaco so that Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel could catch up.
Australian Webber won Sunday’s race in the Principality with the other podium challengers, Nico Rosberg, both within a chasing gap of less than a single second. Next up was reigning back to back world champion Vettel. Read more... (93 words, estimated 22 secs reading time)
F1′s excitable rumour-mill went into overdrive in Monaco simply because Michael Schumacher appeared without his cap. The seven time world champion spoke at the FIA press conference on Wednesday without his usual brand-laden cap, sparking suggestions he had split with his personal sponsor. Read more... (137 words, estimated 33 secs reading time)
Romain Grosjean would not be the most welcome face in the Sauber motor home. Recently after the Spanish grand prix, Swiss newspaper Blick quoted Sergio Perez as cursing “f***ing French!” after a collision with Lotus’ Grosjean.
Then, at Monaco, Kamui Kobayashi had to retire with suspension damage after his spectacular high-flying crash at the first corner. Read more... (176 words, estimated 42 secs reading time)
Felipe Massa moved to rescue his crumbling career with a strong performance in Monaco. Already on notice even before the 2012 opener began, the struggling Brazilian has had a nightmare start to this year’s campaign, triggering rumours Monaco was his very last chance to shine. He then qualified within a tenth of his on-form teammate Fernando Alonso in the Principality, and in the race finished in the ‘train’ within sight of winner Mark Webber. Read more... (118 words, estimated 28 secs reading time)
Sunday’s Monaco grand prix was potentially a lucrative result for the Caterham team. With actual points still a distant goal for the three backmarker teams, Caterham, Marussia and HRT are instead in a race for the highest classified finish. Read more... (229 words, estimated 55 secs reading time)