“We can confirm we’ve not had any offer from CVC at all.”
Force India has lashed out at F1′s owner CVC, accusing the private equity firm of not being interested in developing the sport.
The financial news agency Bloomberg quoted deputy team boss Bob Fernley as saying new deals that give more money and power to the bigger teams are a “disaster”. “CVC is not interested in developing the sport, it’s interested in making as much money as possible and then selling it,” he said.
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.
Christian Klien backs the SWR-promoted series as a breeding ground for young racing prospects
The Austrian driver, who scored an incredible debut win last season at the Hungaroring, has been favourably impressed by the championship’s competitive level. A former F1 driver of 58 Formula 1 starts with Jaguar, Red Bull, Honda and HRT, Klien considers SUPERSTARS one of the best proving grounds for young drivers.
No more teams are set to follow HRT through F1′s paddock exit, Bernie Ecclestone insists.
There has been speculation the economic situation in the sport and the wider world could claim more scalps, with Marussia at the top of the list, having reportedly failed to negotiate a new Concorde Agreement with F1′s ‘supremo’.
Sebastian Vettel is the best, but Mercedes can be a top-three contender in 2013.
That is the claim of Niki Lauda, the triple world champion who is also the straight-talking expert pundit for German television RTL. But he is also now Mercedes’ 10 per cent shareholder and board chairman, and despite an up-and-down Jerez debut for the new Brackley-built W04, Lauda sounded optimistic about the future.
Nico Hulkenberg is well placed to comment on the respective strengths and weaknesses of most of the current engine suppliers in F1.
When he debuted in 2010, the German’s Williams was powered by a Cosworth, while last year he raced a Force India with a Mercedes V8. And on Tuesday at Jerez, his brand new Sauber had a Ferrari engine.
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.
Pedro de la Rosa on Monday said the fact Fernando Alonso “wants” to work with him at Ferrari has made him “very proud”.
The fact test driver de la Rosa has joined his countryman and former McLaren colleague at the Italian team for 2013 was interpreted by some as a further sign of the increasing influence wielded by Spaniard Alonso at Ferrari.
Former Marussia driver Timo Glock has agreed a three-year contract to race in Germany’s DTM touring car series with BMW.
That is the claim of Sport Bild, reporting that the deal will be announced officially on Friday. Shortly after Marussia announced it is replacing the 30-year-old with an as-yet undecided pay-driver, Glock headed to Valencia where he tested BMW’s M3 DTM car.
Talented drivers are proving the victims of a financial crisis in formula one, according to media reports.
Major newspapers like Germany’s Bild, and specialist outlets including Auto Motor und Sport, say the sport is “sick”. “Only the top four – Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes – are having no problems,” said Bild.
Alonso didn’t choose de la Rosa – Domenicali
While praising Felipe Massa’s recent return to form, Stefano Domenicali insists Ferrari’s driver pairing is deliberately no “dream team”. Stefano Domenicali has denied Fernando Alonso pushed for the hiring of fellow Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa as Ferrari’s new simulator driver.
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