“Only three of them think Sebastian Vettel will be world champion again this year”
Vitaly Petrov has revealed he might fill the gap in his formula one career with some rally outings in 2013.
Having debuted with Renault in 2010, the Russian moved on to Caterham last year but has dropped off the grid for 2013 due to flagging sponsorship support. “My main interest is for 2014, when I will try to return to formula one,” the 28-year-old is quoted by championat.com.
Marussia team owner Nikolai Fomenko has confirmed speculation British rookie Max Chilton will make his formula one debut in 2013.
Fomenko, the head of Russian supercar Marussia who bought into the then Virgin team at the end of 2010, was asked by Russian journalists the identity of the driver replacing Caterham-bound Frenchman Charles Pic.
The contenders are lining at the door to fill Force India’s vacancy for 2013.
With Nico Hulkenberg switching to Sauber, there are plenty of suitors for the seat alongside Paul di Resta. Spain’s Marca sports daily said Pirelli tester Jaime Alguersuari has been offered a drive by BMW to race in the DTM touring car series next year.
Andrea Stella, Fernando Alonso’s race engineer at Ferrari, has singled out Kimi Raikkonen as a challenger for the 2012 championship.
The buzz in the sodden Spa paddock is that four-time Belgian grand prix winner Raikkonen is a true contender for Sunday’s victory at the wheel of a Lotus. And the Finn, who in 2007 won the title for Ferrari, is still within shouting distance in the drivers’ standings, just a point shy of Lewis Hamilton’s fourth place.
The technical concept known in the paddock this year as ‘double DRS’ looks set to be banned for 2013.
Mercedes debuted the controversial straightline speed-boosting concept earlier this year, moving Lotus to lodge an official protest. But instead of taking the FIA’s decision to allow Mercedes to keep the system to the international court of appeal, Lotus emerged with a new interpretation of ‘double DRS’ during practice at Hockenheim recently.
Valencia has sold less than 40,000 tickets ahead of next weekend’s European grand prix.
El Pais newspaper reports that, of the street circuit’s deliberately reduced capacity of 45,000 seats, only 85 per cent have been sold. And of the 38,000 tickets sold, 64 per cent of them were purchased by foreign visitors, the Spanish publication added.
At least three television broadcasters will not travel to next week’s controversial Bahrain grand prix.
Blick newspaper, as well as Bild and London’s Times, are reporting that the host broadcasters for Finland, Japan and Germany (Sky Deutschland) will not be sending personnel to the troubled island Kingdom.
Double New Zealand rally champion Hayden Paddon will contest the full P-WRC series this year
Adding two more rallies to the six he will tackle as part of the Pirelli Star Driver scheme. Paddon, 22, from Geraldine New Zealand, is one of five drivers to win a Pirelli Star Driver (PSD) scholarship this season, and will contest six rallies as part of the FIA-backed young driver scheme.
The AT&T Williams team today confirmed the appointment of Valtteri Bottas as its official test driver.
Valtteri, a 20-year old from Nastola, Finland, will take up the role vacated by Nico Hulkenberg as he steps up as a team race driver. Having begun karting at the age of six, Bottas has a strong record of success with seven years in the Finnish national squad.
It’s one of the world’s fastest rallies and double the length
Kimi Raikkonen will shortly step up his foray into the world of professional rallying. After recently contesting three minor events in Finland and Italy, the 2007 world champion and Ferrari driver has now signed up for Finland’s round of the World Rally Championship at the end of July.
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