“Who is going to give them tyres if Pirelli is not there?”
As the sun set on the final day of pre-season testing late on Sunday, the words on everyone’s lips were Mercedes and Red Bull.
“Everyone is saying that this Mercedes is fast. Consistently fast,” said respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt. Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko added: “(It is fast) at least on one lap. But at least we do have to take them really seriously.”
Sebastian Vettel insists he is not bothered that some regard Fernando Alonso as a better driver.
Recently, after a confidential post-season survey involving all 12 team bosses, Spaniard Alonso was voted the standout driver of the season, despite German Vettel winning his third consecutive championship with Red Bull.
F1 will have its championship finale in Brazil next Sunday, after Sebastian Vettel failed to win the US grand prix.
But Red Bull’s German further expanded his points lead over his never-say-die title rival Fernando Alonso in Austin, with the gap now 13 points with just the twentieth race of the season in Sao Paulo still lying ahead.
But Brazilian Massa also appears well and truly in the frame
Paul di Resta is now on pole position to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari next year, Italian La Stampa newspaper correspondent Stefano Mancini claims. Previously, it was believed the Scot’s current Force India teammate Nico Hulkenberg was the most likely candidate, having reportedly even signed some sort of pre-agreement.
Paul Hembery has admitted Pirelli’s new soft tyre might not degrade quick enough in 2012.
The sport’s new supplier was lauded at the beginning of 2011 for spicing up the action by bringing tyres that quickly degrade. But by the end of the season the teams had essentially solved the mysteries of the rubber, and in recent winter testing it seemed apparent that the 2012 tyre generation is not as inherently heavily-degrading as the last.
Gerhard Berger insists he is too content in his retirement to consider options to return full-time to premier motor racing
After hanging up his helmet in 1997, the ten-time grand prix winner served as BMW’s joint motor sport director before buying half of the Toro Rosso team. With those adventures over, the 52-year-old recently denied reports he is set to buy the GP2 team Super Nova or replace Eric Boullier as Lotus’ F1 team principal.
A trio of former F1 drivers doubt Sebastian Vettel will trouble Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven world titles.
Michael Schumacher is still one of the very best drivers in formula one.
That is the view of Gerhard Berger, amid constant media speculation that at the age of 42 the great German should give up his Mercedes seat. He told APA news agency: “Schumi can no longer beat the young, super-fast drivers because of his age, which is quite normal. But he can join in the ranks behind them.
Franz Tost has named three drivers he considers “suitable” for Toro Rosso to target.
The Austrian admitted that his premier choices – Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso and Rosberg – are “unlikely” to want to drive for Red Bull’s secondary team. “So when thinking of suitable guys I would pick three, if I may,” the Toro Rosso team principal told F1′s official website.
Fernando Alonso is among the best in formula one but his situation at Ferrari is unique.
That is the view of Lewis Hamilton, who clashed memorably with Alonso as they were teammates at McLaren in 2007 as the pair reportedly tussled for elusive ‘number 1′ status. Alonso decided to leave the British team and is now at Ferrari, where he has just signed a new five-year extension to his existing contract.
FIA bans DRS for Monaco tunnel and Eau Rouge
Four races will pass before the FIA clamps down on the aggressive blowing of off-throttle exhaust gases. That is the claim of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, reporting that the reprieve has been extended to include Spain this weekend as well as Monaco, Canada and Valencia.
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