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Maldonado is in pole position to replace Kimi Raikkonen in 2014
Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg remain the keys to the last phase of F1′s 2014 ‘silly season’.
Felipe Massa has likened F1 pay-drivers to prostitutes.
After eight years with Ferrari, the Brazilian will switch to Williams after this weekend’s 2013 season finale in his native Sao Paulo.
“With the specific situation of Kimi there will be no problem at all”
Ferrari insists it was aware of the extent of Kimi Raikkonen’s back problems when the Finn was signed up for 2014.
Maldonado admits Williams sabotage claims ‘wrong’
After a poor qualifying in Austin – the first race since the Venezuelan’s decision to leave the Grove based team was announced – Maldonado said he suspected mechanics had tampered with his tyre pressures and temperatures.
“That’s the nature of the business.”
Red Bull has been weakened, and Ferrari and McLaren strengthened, by F1′s latest personnel moves.
“You have to be realistic and realise that second place was a dream”
Fernando Alonso does not think Ferrari can end its 2013 campaign by finishing runner-up to dominant champions Red Bull.
“I really like it”
Romain Grosjean has revealed he still seeks therapy as the result of his tumultuous 2012 season that almost ended his F1 career.
“It would just mean the timing was not right for him or for us” – Boullier
Nico Hulkenberg has agreed a EUR 1.9 million deal to return to Force India in 2014, according to the veteran F1 correspondent Roger Benoit.
The Euronova Racing driver has already enjoyed a successful season
Japanese driver Kimiya Sato will be present at this week’s World Series test at Alcaniz driving for the Pons and Lotus teams.
“I think he would like to come to us” – Boullier
Lotus is keeping a seat open for Nico Hulkenberg, in the hope the German can wait a little longer for the ‘Quantum’ investment deal to be completed.
Hulkenberg still in frame at Lotus, Force India, Sauber
Actually, as recently as Sunday in the Austin paddock, most insiders now expected that Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado’s PDVSA millions had resulted in a done deal for the most competitive race seat still vacant on next year’s grid.
“They have very little time”
‘Quantum’, the investment group looking to buy 35 per cent of Lotus, has denied once again that the deal is collapsing.
Kovalainen in the running for 2014 seat – Lotus
The Finn, Caterham’s ‘Friday’ driver this season, was drafted into Lotus’ race lineup for Austin when countryman Kimi Raikkonen headed for early back surgery.
“I am trying to help him get a drive”
After dropping Sergio Perez for 2014, McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says he is now trying to help the Mexican find a seat elsewhere in formula one.
“I’m angry to have lost out to Kovalainen”
Michael Schumacher was among no less than seven candidates to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus for the last two races of 2013.
“We are talking to teams but we are quite clear about where we want to go.”
According to the paddock grapevine in Austin, Nico Hulkenberg is no longer in the running for the 2014 race seat at Lotus.
“Can start light exercise in 4 to 6 weeks”.
Kimi Raikkonen is now recovering from successful back surgery, according to Finland’s MTV Sport.
“I can only say that I am going (on), but not where.”
Nico Hulkenberg has admitted the likelihood of a Lotus race seat for 2014 has dropped almost to zero.
“This weekend and Brazil won’t I think have a huge influence on that”
He may be racing a black and gold car for the rest of 2013, but Heikki Kovalainen on Thursday played down suggestions he could be in the running to replace Kimi Raikkonen permanently.
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