Spanish Grand Prix Formula One preview
Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
It is possible Marussia will be notably missing from next weekend’s coverage of the 2013 season opener.
That is because Bernie Ecclestone is yet to agree a new Concorde Agreement with the backmarker team. The F1 chief executive said recently that he has agreed bilateral financial deals with every team, Marussia included.
The Marussia F1 Team has appointed 23 year old Frenchman Jules Bianchi to a race seat for the 2013 season.
Jules will participate in the remaining two days of the final pre-season test in Barcelona this week to acquaint himself with the MR02 race car ready for the start of the 2013 season in Australia in two weeks’ time.
Luiz Razia, Marussia’s second race driver for 2013, has been left out of this week’s testing in Barcelona.
The situation is causing alarm within Brazil’s F1 media ranks, and raising doubts about whether the 23-year-old’s new contract is now in doubt, or whether Max Chilton is simply the clear and favoured ‘number 1′.
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.
Marussia on Wednesday finally confirmed reports Luiz Razia has completed the team’s 2013 race driver lineup.
The 23-year-old Brazilian, runner-up in last year’s GP2 championship, will mark the news by testing Marussia’s newly-launched MR02 car at Jerez on Wednesday. The 2013 vacancy, now filled by Razia, opened up recently when Marussia split with Timo Glock, citing the need for a sponsored driver.
Marussia on Monday admitted the need for money is behind the decision to part with the team’s long-time lead driver Timo Glock.
It is believed German Glock, 30, was being paid about EUR 3 million per season. Reportedly yet to agree a new Concorde Agreement deal with Bernie Ecclestone, and narrowly missing out on the lucrative tenth place in the 2012 constructors’ championship, Marussia will almost certainly now replace Glock with a ‘pay driver’.
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