“It is now too late to make any changes to the calendar”.
Having recently stepped down at Air Berlin, it is rumoured Niki Lauda could be looking to return to the world of aviation.
As he became a shareholder and the chairman at Mercedes’ works team, the famous Austrian stepped down from an existing management position at Air Berlin. The business newspaper Handelsblatt speculated last month that Lauda “wants to dedicate his future to his role in formula one”.
Eleven rounds make 2013 season. Abu Dhabi hosts final round
The GP2 Series™ organisers have revealed their 2013 calendar today which will consist of eleven rounds in total, all support events of the official Formula OneTM World Championship. Seven rounds will be held in Europe whilst four overseas events have been added, making it once again an international Series.
Abu Dhabi to host GP3 season finale in 2013
GP3 Series™ organisers have today unveiled the provisional 2013 calendar which will be made of eight rounds in total. Seven rounds have been confirmed for the season which will run alongside the Formula 1™ World Championship, with an eighth standalone race weekend mid-June (venue to be announced at a later date). The calendar features an exciting new venue for GP3 with Abu Dhabi hosting the final race of the season.
Bernie Ecclestone has hinted he wants many more American races on his F1 calendar.
After a five-year absence from the country, F1 has returned to the US in 2012, this weekend christening the brand-new and bespoke Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. And Ecclestone wanted two American stops on next year’s schedule, until plans for a street race amid the Manhattan skyline were put on hold for financial reasons until at least 2014.
Felipe Massa has confirmed he had talks with some other teams before Ferrari re-signed him for 2013.
Earlier this year, as the Brazilian’s form slumped to a low, it was an open secret that the Maranello based team was seeking a new teammate for Fernando Alonso. “There seemed to be a black cloud above me. Nothing was going right,” Massa was quoted this week by Italy’s Tuttosport.
“This shows our naval guards that they have the support of the entire nation.” – Giulio Terzi
Ferrari insists it is not trying to play partisan international politics by wearing the flag of the Italian navy on its F1 livery in India this weekend. The famous Italian team had announced that adding the flag to its livery this weekend is “in the hope that the Indian and Italian authorities will soon find a solution” to a situation involving two Italian sailors.
Ferrari has waded right into a political debate by vowing to display the flag of the Italian navy on its formula one cars in India this weekend.
The famous team said the move is “in the hope that the Indian and Italian authorities will soon find a solution” to a situation involving two Italian sailors. Media reports said the sailors were being held by Indian authorities on murder charges, following the fatal shooting of two Indian fisherman mistaken for Somali pirates.
Robert Kubica has taken yet another step on his long road back to formula one, by winning the Citta di Bassano rally in northern Italy.
“I still have a long road in front of me,” the former BMW and Renault driver said afterwards. “But this shows the road is not as long as we thought,” added Kubica, referring to his extended recovery from an horror rally crash in early 2011. The main problem for the 27-year-old now is the mobility of his right arm.
Ecclestone is tipped to present the draft 2013 calendar to the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council for approval on Friday
Despite the French government ruling out financial support, Paul Ricard could still be in the running to revive the country’s defunct grand prix. Le Parisien said the Le Castellet project had already anticipated the government’s decision when it framed its EUR 30 million budget.
Robert Kubica enjoyed a dream return to competition at the weekend, winning the Ronde Gomitolo di Landa rally in Italy.
Wearing a bandage on his right forearm that masked the most serious scars of his F1 career-ending rally crash of 19 months ago, Italian reports said the Pole took his Subaru Impreza to victory in all four time-trials.
Sebastian Vettel insists Ferrari has the best car on the 2012 grid.
In an interview with journalists from O Estado de S.Paulo (Brazil), Corriere della Sera (Italy) and Auto Hebdo (France), the reigning world champion reportedly laughed at Alonso and Ferrari’s constant claims that the Spaniard is leading the world championship despite not having the best car.
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.
Misano hosts World Superbike for the 21st time.
The eni FIM Superbike World Championship comes to Italy for the third time this year at a crucial point in the season, with the San Marino Round at the Misano World Circuit the venue for what promises to be one of the hottest rounds of the year, and not just because of the encroaching summer weather.
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