“We just need to go through the paperwork.”
Jean Todt has played down the spat between F1′s most important team, Ferrari, and the sport’s powerful chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.
Ecclestone and Luca di Montezemolo became embroiled in a war of words last week, over the Interlagos yellow flag saga and the Ferrari president’s claim that 82-year-old Ecclestone is now too old to be in charge.
“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.
Team boss Christian Horner has admitted car designer Adrian Newey is “a little late” with next year’s Red Bull.
The Briton made the admission on the Red Bull-sponsored Austrian television channel Servus TV. Pre-season testing for the 2013 season will begin in Spain in early February. The fact the RB9 is running behind schedule is undoubtedly due to the fact that, while many other teams turned their attention to next year during the 2012 season, Red Bull continued to develop its title-winning RB8 right up until the recent Interlagos finale.
Giedo van der Garde is waiting to hear if he will be Charles Pic’s teammate at Caterham in 2013.
The Dutch GP2 driver completed the 2012 season as the Tony Fernandes-owned team’s regular Friday and reserve driver, and is reportedly now in the running to replace either Heikki Kovalainen or Vitaly Petrov.
Bernie Ecclestone has slammed as a “complete joke” Ferrari’s efforts to question the outcome of the 2012 world championship.
The controversy erupted when video footage emerged – and was circulated widely by “Fernando Alonso’s management” according to Sport Bild – of Sebastian Vettel purportedly overtaking illegally under yellow flag conditions at Interlagos. Ferrari confirmed that it asked the governing body for “clarification”, and spokesman Luca Colajanni insists the Maranello team has “until tomorrow (Friday) to file an appeal”.
Ferrari has until Friday to lodge a protest against the results of Sunday’s championship-deciding Brazilian grand prix.
The possibility that Sebastian Vettel could lose his 2012 title, to the benefit of Fernando Alonso, has arisen after video footage emerged on the internet depicting Vettel overtaking at Interlagos possibly under yellow flags.
A video has emerged that clearly depicts Sebastian Vettel overtaking under yellow flag conditions during Sunday’s Brazilian grand prix.
The incoming mayor of Sao Paulo wants to keep formula one at Interlagos.
Bernie Ecclestone has warned that, without substantial upgrades to the ageing Brazilian grand prix venue, he might not extend the city’s race contract. But the German-language Speed Week reports that the demolition equipment will soon arrive at Interlagos to raze the old buildings, with new ones to be built at an estimated cost of EUR 60 million.
Felipe Massa has revealed that amid his tumultuous 2012 season, he thought about quitting.
When the Brazilian mounted the podium in his native Brazil on Sunday, he openly cried. Following a dire start to his 2012 campaign, and indeed a fallow few seasons since his almost fatal injuries of 2009, the 31-year-old has managed to recover his form more recently.
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