“The tyres are wrong”
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.
Luiz Razia, Marussia’s second race driver for 2013, has been left out of this week’s testing in Barcelona.
The situation is causing alarm within Brazil’s F1 media ranks, and raising doubts about whether the 23-year-old’s new contract is now in doubt, or whether Max Chilton is simply the clear and favoured ‘number 1′.
Losing tenth place in the constructors’ championship at the final hurdle last year was a major reason for Timo Glock’s shock departure.
If Pastor Maldonado was the penalty king, then Fernando Alonso is the master of fair play in 2012.
That 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.
Romain Grosjean has admitted to relief, after Lotus this week ended a long period of speculation about the Frenchman’s future.
After his often impressive yet error-strewn return to F1 this year, the 26-year-old Frenchman admitted he genuinely feared for his race seat. “I am happy and relieved,” Grosjean told France’s RMC Sport.
F1′s bustling 20-race calendar is “on the limit” of what is physically possible for the sport’s participants.
That is the claim of Australian Mark Webber, who after this year’s longest ever schedule in the history of formula one is currently recuperating after having the last metal rod removed from his once badly-injured leg.
F3 Euro Series Annual Report Media Facts 2012
Since its foundation back in 2003, the Formula 3 Euro Series represented the stepping stone to Formula 1 for more than two dozens of young talents – as test or GP drivers. Among them Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, both World Champions and the current top stars at the pinnacle of motor racing. Meanwhile, another eleven of the best Euro Series hopefuls succeeded in securing a cockpit in the most popular international touring-car series, DTM.
“The way he behaved in Brazil was not good” – Briatore
Flavio Briatore has joined Luca di Montezemolo in criticising the way Michael Schumacher ended his formula one career recently in Brazil. Despite winning five consecutive titles for Ferrari in his ultra-successful first career, Schumacher – now driving for Mercedes – openly let his friend Sebastian Vettel overtake during the Interlagos finale.
Sebastian Vettel has hit back at critics who claim the new triple consecutive world champion is not good at overtaking.
The critics have said the Red Bull driver is good at dominating grands prix from pole position, but usually falters when he needs to do some passing en route to the chequered flag. But German Vettel thinks his races in Abu Dhabi, when he fought through the field from the pitlane to finish on the podium, and in Brazil where he won the title despite a first-lap spin, have proved the critics wrong.
Kimi Raikkonen will kick off his winter break with a snowmobile race.
Just after signing to return to F1 in 2012 with Lotus, the 2007 world champion hurt his wrist in a snowmobile racing crash in Austria. Now, APA news agency reports that the 33-year-old Finn intends to race a 70 horse power snowmobile again, in Saalbach on 8 December.
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