Clearly, no deal has been struck yet.
Fernando Alonso is heading into next weekend’s 2013 season opener with realistic expectations of a podium finish.
“I think so,” the 2012 title runner-up is quoted by Spain’s El Pais newspaper during a sponsor event in Barcelona on Monday. Fabled Ferrari has had a much better winter compared to a year ago, when the Maranello team was multiple seconds off the pace.
Felipe Massa, who clocked the fastest overall time at last week’s Jerez test, has declared the Ferrari F138 “better” than its predecessor.
“It’s more consistent, better in braking, in and out of the corners and easier to understand,” he is quoted by Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper. The Italian team’s experienced new test driver Pedro de la Rosa, who tried the 2013 car on Friday, agreed: “The car is well balanced and responds well to changes.”
Luca di Montezemolo has moved to play down the ‘Jerez controversy’ by insisting Fernando Alonso is not in charge at Ferrari.
First, some suggested that Alonso – Ferrari’s undisputed number 1 – had hand-picked Spanish countryman and former McLaren colleague Pedro de la Rosa as his test driver for 2013. Then, it emerged that de la Rosa would be standing in for Alonso as this week’s official test action begins at Jerez.
A new formula one team could rise from the ashes of the failed Spanish outfit HRT.
Reports – including in the Spanish newspaper AS – claim a group of investors from Canada and the US want to enter this year’s world championship with an evolution of HRT’s 2012 car, featuring a Cosworth engine and Williams gearbox.
Reports that Kamui Kobayashi would be unveiled as Pirelli’s new F1 test driver on Wednesday were wide of the mark.
The Italian marque’s Paul Hembery said in Milan that, so long as the contract to supply tyres to F1 teams is extended beyond 2013, Jaime Alguersuari and Lucas di Grassi will almost certainly keep their jobs this year.
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