Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 31

Ecclestone admits scandal could cost him F1 job

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted his bosses at F1 owners CVC would probably oust him if he is pursued by German prosecutors.

2012-06-07_0277With convicted bribe recipient and ex F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky already in jail, it is reported F1’s 82-year-old chief executive could be next in the firing line. Last month, German reports said “detailed preparations” were being made to potentially replace Briton Ecclestone, if prosecutors decide “as expected” to charge him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 31

F1 ‘will get used to’ V6 engine sounds – Whiting

Charlie Whiting, the highest ranking FIA official at grands prix, is sure formula one will not miss the sound of F1’s current V8 engines.

2012-06-10_05562012-06-09_0014For the past couple of decades, fans have been spoiled by the ear-splitting tones of normally aspirated V12, 10 and now 8-cylinder power plants. But from 2014, the sport will sound more placid, as turbocharged and comparatively low-revving 1.6 litre V6 engines power the cars around the tracks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 31

Brabham name could return to F1

The famous Brabham name could return to formula one.

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sir Jack Brabham - Mark Webber - Alan Jones1981_12NigelMansellLotus-Cosworth_06HectorRebaqueBrabham-CosworthFormer triple world champion Sir Jack Brabham, an Australian who is now 86, founded his eponymous team in 1960 and it later raced under Bernie Ecclestone’s stewardship. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 31

‘Impossible’ to keep HRT going – boss Sala

Team boss Luis Perez-Sala has admitted the HRT dream is over.

2012-08-09 - HRT F1 Team - Luis Perez-Sala2012-11-04 - HRT F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Narain Karthikeyan 01After three seasons at the back of the F1 grid, the Spanish backmarker has folded, even though official confirmation has been lacking so far. “It was impossible to go on,” Sala, a former Minardi driver who was brought in by new owners Thesan Capital to run the team this year, told El Mundo Deportivo newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 28

Two more 2013 cars pass FIA crash tests

The monocoque of two more F1 teams’ 2013 cars have passed the mandatory FIA crash tests.

Flagworld - F1Flagworld - FIAAccording to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, one of them is Mercedes’ W04, to be raced next year by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The report said the silver single seater will have a new and smaller gearbox, totally different sidepods for the Coanda exhaust, and rear suspension designed to be flexible to geometry changes if required to suit Pirelli’s new tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 28

No official penalties for Alonso in 2012

If Pastor Maldonado was the penalty king, then Fernando Alonso is the master of fair play in 2012.

Fernando Alonso2012-11-16_0015That is the finding of Brazil’s Globo Esporte, having compiled a list of the official FIA penalties attracted by F1’s 24 drivers this year. Williams’ Maldonado tops the list with 15 penalties; almost double the tally of the penalty runner-up Sergio Perez, whose 8 penalties was also matched by world champion Sebastian Vettel’s official infractions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 28

DRS clampdown ‘sensible’ – Raikkonen

Banning the use of the moveable rear wing innovation DRS on Friday and Saturday is a good move, Kimi Raikkonen has declared.

2012-11-16_00082012-11-17_0010DRS was introduced in 2011 to make overtaking easier during grands prix. But because the FIA feared that setup compromises would minimise the effectiveness of the system, it was decided that DRS could also be used during free practice and qualifying. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 28

Grosjean wanted first win ‘at all costs’

Romain Grosjean thinks he is ready to take a more mature approach to formula one.

2012-12-16 - Race of Champions - Romain Grosjean 03Gerard Lopez - Eric Boullier - Romain Grosjean After the abortive start to his career at scandal-ridden Renault in 2009, the Frenchman got a second chance at the pinnacle of motor racing this year, with Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 28

Sources say Petrov to keep Caterham seat

‘Russian sources’ report that Vitaly Petrov is set to keep his Caterham seat for 2013, the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat claims.

2012-11-04 - Team Caterham - Abu Dhabi - Vitaly Petrov 012012-09-03 - Team Caterham - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 01Already this week, the 28-year-old’s manager Oksana Kosachenko revealed that “all the necessary work on our part is done — and it’s for Caterham to decide”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 28

No DTM for Zanardi, Barrichello to stock car

Alex Zanardi will not be racing in the German touring car series DTM in 2013.

Alex Zanardi 2011-12-26Rubens Barrichello Medley portraitThe former F1 driver recently tested a hand-controlled BMW, sparking speculation the popular 46-year-old Italian and Paralympian could return to full-time motor racing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

News agencies vote Vettel top Euro athlete

Sebastian Vettel has been named the top European athlete of 2012.

2012-11-25 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (6)2012-11-25 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (2)F1’s new reigning triple world champion received the title after 26 European news agencies voted in the annual poll organised by Poland’s PAP agency. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Ferrari says Red Bull give ‘best parts’ to Vettel

Red Bull also has a clear number 1 driver, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has alleged.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari01 - Red Bull RacingThe fabled Italian team is open about its policy of hiring a clearly superior top driver – presently Fernando Alonso – alongside a capable ‘number 2’ such as Felipe Massa. In Austin last month, this policy was highlighted when Ferrari deliberately incurred a gearbox penalty on Brazilian Massa’s car in order to give Alonso a better grid position. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Ferrari to develop 2013 car in Cologne

Ferrari will develop the aerodynamics of its 2013 car exclusively in Cologne.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari2012-11-16 - Scuderia Ferrari - USA - Fernando Alonso 01After encountering problems with its Maranello facility this year, Ferrari’s wind tunnel will be closed next year until August. International reports, including in El Mundo Deportivo newspaper (Spain) and Kolner Express (Germany), said Ferrari has now turned its attention to Cologne, where the former F1 team Toyota rents out its state-of-the-art facility to clients. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Ferrari rules out F1 return for Schumacher

Ferrari has ruled out a return to the famous Italian team for Michael Schumacher.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari2012-11-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Michael Schumacher 01Schumacher, 43, is returning to retirement in 2013 as, at the end of his unsuccessful three-year comeback, Mercedes replaces him with Lewis Hamilton. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Sauber hopes Hulkenberg takes leadership role

Sauber is hoping Nico Hulkenberg embraces a leadership role, boss Monisha Kaltenborn has admitted.

07 - Sauber F1 Team2012-11-04 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Nico Hulkenberg 04A few days ago, German Hulkenberg – who is moving to the Swiss team in 2013 from Force India – doubted his role at Sauber would be significantly different, even though his new teammate is the Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

2012’s top three deserve equal praise – Hulkenberg

It is difficult to say which top-three driver did the best job in 2012.

2012-09-02 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Belgium - Nico Hulkenberg 022012-06-09_0116That is the view of Nico Hulkenberg, who said this year’s top three championship finishers – Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen – deserve similar praise. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Maldonado marries in Venezuela

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado last Saturday married journalist Gabriele Tarkanyi in Canaima, Venezuela.

2012-06-09_02252012-11-15_0026International media reports said the event was attended only by the couple’s closest family and friends. Maria Gabriela Chavez, the daughter of Hugo Chavez, was slated to attend, but she is reportedly at her father’s side as the Venezuelan president recovers in Cuba from cancer surgery. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Petrov waiting for Caterham’s call – manager

Vitaly Petrov’s hopes lie with Caterham, as the Russian bids to stay in formula one for a fourth consecutive season in 2013.

2012-11-04 - Team Caterham - Abu Dhabi - Vitaly Petrov 022012-09-03 - Team Caterham - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 00His manager, Oksana Kosachenko, admitted that while there is also still a race seat vacancy at Force India, the 28-year-old driver is only waiting on Caterham’s call. “At the moment, all the necessary work on our part is done — and it’s for Caterham to decide,” she told sportbox.ru. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

De la Rosa not expecting McLaren return

Pedro de la Rosa has acknowledged that, with HRT closing its doors, he is not expecting to simply stroll back into his job as McLaren’s reserve driver.

2012-06-09_03162012-05-10 - Spanish Grand Prix 199“No, that’s not true,” he told the Spanish sports newspaper Marca. “I took my road and I live with my decision, so I’m not going back to McLaren with their doors open wide, because I left twice.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Valsecchi hoping to be Lotus reserve

New GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi has admitted his best hope of breaking into formula one in 2013 is as a third driver.

2012-10-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Davide ValsecchiGP2 - Davide Valsecchi (DAMS) 2012 GP2 Series ChampionOn his fifth attempt in the F1 support series, the 25-year-old Italian this year beat Brazilian Luiz Razia to the title. Valsecchi was hoping to follow recent champions like Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg into F1, but admitted to Italiaracing: “At this point, I’m working to get the place of the Lotus team’s third driver. Read the rest of this entry »

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