McLaren confirms Honda’s 2015 F1 return
Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he understands why Danica Patrick is not interested in switching to formula one.
The F1 chief executive said he has been searching for a female driver for his sport “for years”. But American Patrick, who has moved from open wheel Indycars to Nascar, has said she has little interest.
Bruno Senna has suggested he preferred to bow out of formula one than run around at the back of the grid with Caterham or Marussia.
Dropped by Williams after a single season together in 2013, the former Lotus and HRT driver announced this month that he has been signed up by Aston Martin’s Le Mans sports car team. “I want to make progress, not go back in my career, so it would not be easy to go to a smaller team like Caterham and Marussia,” the 29-year-old Brazilian told Radio Bandeirantes.
Giorgio Ascanelli, the well-known F1 engineer who last year left his post as Toro Rosso’s technical director, is set to return to the sport.
But Autosprint, the Italian magazine, played down reports the 53-year-old Italian has decided to go back to Ferrari. Ascanelli began his career at Ferrari in the mid 80s, and was Gerhard Berger’s engineer. He moved to Benetton and McLaren, at the latter team working alongside the great Ayrton Senna.
A list of the best formula one drivers of all time has overlooked Ayrton Senna for a top-three spot, and left out Fernando Alonso completely.
Italy’s Autosprint said Juan Manuel Fangio, the five-time world champion of the 50s, deserves the number one spot. He is listed ahead of runner-up Michael Schumacher, with triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart also finishing ahead of the late and revered Senna. Jim Clark, Alain Prost, Sir Stirling Moss, Alberto Ascari and Niki Lauda are ranked fifth to ninth respectively, with reigning triple world champion Sebastian Vettel completing the top ten.
Sebastien Buemi says he is still in the running to secure the Force India race seat for 2013.
And the Swiss, who was dropped by Toro Rosso at the end of last year but subsequently signed up as Red Bull’s reserve driver, told the Blick newspaper that he might also be a candidate to replace the erratic Romain Grosjean at Lotus.
Sebastian Vettel cannot wrap up his third consecutive drivers’ title this weekend in Abu Dhabi.
The German extended his points lead over Fernando Alonso to 13 points in India, making him now the clear favourite for the championship. But with three races to go, even if Ferrari’s Alonso scores no points this weekend in Abu Dhabi, Vettel would have to wait at least until the penultimate race in Texas in order to seal the deal mathematically in 2012.
Canadian Gianmarco Raimondo will be in the Spanish team’s cars
Just five weeks after the last race of the 2012 GP2 Series all the teams are back in action in Barcelona for the first of the two annual post-season tests. Racing Engineering will be giving four drivers the opportunity to drive their cars on the 4.655 km Spanish circuit that is a traditional venue for out of season testing. On Tuesday the 30th of October the Brazilian André Negrão and Canadian Gianmarco Raimondo will be in the Spanish team’s cars and on the following day, Wednesday the 31st, it will be the turn of Dutchman Nigel Melker and Argentinian Facundo Regalia.
Toto Wolff on Monday admitted he hopes Pastor Maldonado stays with Williams in 2013.
Venezuelan Maldonado, although winning in Barcelona earlier this year, has been a highly controversial figure on the 2012 grid. Bringing millions in backing to the famous British team, the 27-year-old is often fast and impressive, but he has also been involved in numerous on-track incidents.
Tributes are pouring in as the world of formula one grapples with the loss of Professor Sid Watkins, who has died aged 84.
F1′s medical delegate between 1978 and 2004, the British neurosurgeon not only helped to revolutionise safety standards in the sport and save countless drivers’ lives, his was an infectiously lovable personality
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