“Raikkonen and Vettel are completely different.”
The Sauber F1 Team presents the Sauber C32-Ferrari to its partners and the media today, Saturday, 2nd February.
Drivers Nico Hülkenberg (DE, 25) and Esteban Gutiérrez (MX, 21) pulled back the covers on the new car at the team’s base in Hinwil, Switzerland. The roll-out of the Sauber C32 will take place during the first winter test at Jerez de la Frontera on 5th February.
Marussia team owner Nikolai Fomenko has confirmed speculation British rookie Max Chilton will make his formula one debut in 2013.
Fomenko, the head of Russian supercar Marussia who bought into the then Virgin team at the end of 2010, was asked by Russian journalists the identity of the driver replacing Caterham-bound Frenchman Charles Pic.
Adrian Sutil’s manager has played down reports the German is first in line for a return to Force India in 2013.
With Nico Hulkenberg looking likely to switch to Sauber next year, Force India supremo Vijay Mallya admitted last weekend that long-time team driver Sutil is a candidate to replace the younger German.
Michael Schumacher is in no hurry to decide what to do next, as he faces returning to retirement in 2013.
The great German claims he turned down the offer of a two-year Mercedes contract extension in order to return “home” to his wife and children in Switzerland. “For me, there is nothing better than being at home. For me this means freedom, and I want to enjoy that again soon,” he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.
Earlier, Sauber – set to turn 69 – announced he has finally handed over as team principal to chief executive Monisha Kaltenborn.
Peter Sauber has essentially confirmed reports Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg are in the running to drive for the Swiss team in 2013. With Sergio Perez heading to McLaren, the fact Sauber is retaining the Telmex sponsorship is a sign the team could move its other Mexican Gutierrez into the race seat next season.
81-year-old Ecclestone has used the August break to marry for the third time.
British newspapers the Daily Mail and the Sun report that F1′s famous chief executive married 35-year-old Brazilian Fabiana Flosi, who formerly worked on the marketing of the Brazilian grand prix, at his ski chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland.
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.
One of F1′s most experienced journalists has expressed grave concerns about the chances Robert Kubica will ever return to the sport.
The highly-rated Pole has been missing from the paddock since early 2011, having been seriously injured in a pre-season rallying crash. Until recently, there were sporadic reports about the former BMW and Renault driver’s recovery, and signs his initially horrifically-damaged arm was returning to health.
America’s most prestigious sports car race
While 29 past overall winning Rolex 24 At Daytona championship cars are returning to Daytona International Speedway for the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29 as part of a historic exhibit, the drivers who steered those legendary racing machines to glory in America’s most prestigious sports car race will also be in attendance at the “World Center of Racing.”
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