“Robert is really serious about rally, and is working hard to improve”
Davide Valsecchi, the latest GP2 champion, has revealed he will never forget Lotus’ offer of a role in formula one this year.
We reported last month that the 26-year-old Italian risks becoming the first ever GP2 title winner who might never sit on a F1 grid. But he will at least be Lotus’ reserve driver in 2013, and on Saturday was called up to test the impressive new black and red E21 when Kimi Raikkonen called in sick with food poisoning.
New Ferrari to look similar to 2012 car
Stefano Domenicali has urged F1 to consider relaxing its strict in-season testing limits as teams ready for the introduction of radical new engine rules for 2014. Ferrari’s new car will look similar to the 2012 model, team boss Stefano Domenicali has admitted.
It is likely F1′s 2013 calendar will drop from 20 to 19 races, Bernie Ecclestone has told an Austrian newspaper.
It has been rumoured the F1 chief executive was being urged by Red Bull, the owners of the former A1-Ring, to revive the Austrian grand prix. F1 chief executive Ecclestone has already reserved a twentieth race date on the 2013 calendar, in the wake of New Jersey’s demise.
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.
“It is better to keep politics out of the race.”
Narain Karthikeyan has explained why he did not respond to the Ferrari flag controversy at the weekend by flying the colours of India’s navy. Ferrari irked Indian nationals and officials at the weekend by putting the flag logo of the Italian navy on the front of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa’s F1 cars.
Ferrari’s F1 cars will still be wearing the Italian navy flag logo during Sunday’s Indian grand prix, despite a huge controversy.
With the government and other Indian officials furious at the saga, the FIA has remained completely quiet on the issue, despite its foremost statute about refraining from politics. Although Ferrari undoubtedly triggered the renewed political controversy about Indian/Indian relations over two soldiers on murder charges, the famous team insists it put the stickers on Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa’s cars for entirely non-political reasons.
Flavio Briatore is ever more pessimistic about Fernando Alonso’s chances of winning the 2012 championship.
Some days ago, the Spaniard’s former Renault boss said Alonso only has a 30 per cent chance of beating Sebastian Vettel to the chequered flag next month. Briatore is now quoted by Italy’s Tuttosport as saying: “With a (Ferrari) car like this, you do not win the championship.”
A Ferrari spokesman was quoted as saying the accusation is “completely untrue”
A reportedly “furious” Ferrari has hit back at Red Bull, after the reigning champions suggested the famous Italian team broke the rules “for a year”. Frustrated with the constant technical controversies involving Red Bull in 2012, the team’s Dr Helmut Marko said this week that actually “Ferrari used something like that for a year”.
Red Bull will be reverting to a standard engine mapping setting in the days ahead of the Hungarian grand prix.
Mark Webber has done little to quell rising speculation he could move to Ferrari at the end of the season.
With the F1 world now returned from Bahrain, the sport is assessing the fallout of one of the most controversial grands prix in history.
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