The Grand Evening to open festivities at the Grand Prix du Canada
Davide Valsecchi is the first champion in GP2 history who risks never sitting on a formula one grid.
As the F1 world looks set to race on without him, Jaime Alguersuari has decried a sport whose seats are now sold to the highest bidder.
Rookie Max Chilton has admitted he would prefer to have Timo Glock as his teammate in 2013.
Actually, Marussia dispensed with German Glock’s experienced services in favour of a ‘pay driver’ — another rookie in the form of Brazilian Luiz Razia. “It is not ideal,” Briton Chilton is quoted by Germany’s motorsport-total.com.
Caterham’s links with French manufacturer Renault was key to Charles Pic’s Marussia switch.
That is the claim of Olivier Panis, the former grand prix winner who is now deeply involved with the management of countryman Pic’s F1 career. Some raised their eyebrows when Pic, 22, agreed to switch from Marussia to Caterham – both similarly-matched backmarker teams – for the 2013 season.
The world of F1 is “obviously” moving on without Kamui Kobayashi, according to experienced Japanese journalist Kunio Shibata.
Kobayashi, who according to 1980 world champion Alan Jones was Japan’s best ever F1 driver, lost his Sauber race seat for 2013. “Kimi is unseen by the public, and not in the newspapers,” Shibata, who writes for GPX magazine, said.
Marussia parted with Timo Glock because a backmarker team needs every million.
That is the claim of Pat Symonds, the former Renault ‘crash-gate’ conspirator who – after serving his F1 ban – is now openly in charge of the 2013 Marussia MR02. Devoid of many sponsors, the new red and black car will be raced this year by wealthy Max Chilton and Luiz Razia, who replaced German Glock at the last minute.
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.
Luiz Razia, a 23-year-old Brazilian, looks set to secure the Marussia race seat for 2013 recently vacated by salaried driver Timo Glock.
Brazil’s Globo said Razia, the 2012 GP2 runner-up, had secured the place “after months of negotiations”. “The official announcement will be made on February 5, during the presentation of the new car” at Jerez, said the report.
Mere days before the pre-season test period begins, Adrian Sutil is still refusing to give up on his formula one comeback for 2013.
Losing tenth place in the constructors’ championship at the final hurdle last year was a major reason for Timo Glock’s shock departure.
Former Marussia driver Timo Glock has agreed a three-year contract to race in Germany’s DTM touring car series with BMW.
That is the claim of Sport Bild, reporting that the deal will be announced officially on Friday. Shortly after Marussia announced it is replacing the 30-year-old with an as-yet undecided pay-driver, Glock headed to Valencia where he tested BMW’s M3 DTM car.
Timo Glock on Wednesday said he would be “delighted” if he can race in the German touring car series DTM in 2013.
Having lost his Marussia seat to an as yet unknown pay-driver, the German – a former F1 test driver for BMW – quickly lined up a DTM test with the Bavarian marque. The 30-year-old’s debut was at Valencia on Wednesday.
Talented drivers are proving the victims of a financial crisis in formula one, according to media reports.
Major newspapers like Germany’s Bild, and specialist outlets including Auto Motor und Sport, say the sport is “sick”. “Only the top four – Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes – are having no problems,” said Bild.
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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