Ferrari racks up most mileage at Jerez

After Force India had toured the Valencia circuit most times at the first pre-season test of 2011, Ferrari achieved more mileage than anybody as Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso lapped the Jerez circuit some 463 times between Thursday and Sunday. Two tests now remain before the start of the campaign, in Barcelona and Sakhir. The ...

Ecclestone concerned about strife in Bahrain

Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday refused to say the 2011 season opener in Bahrain next month will not be called off due to strife in the island Kingdom. Inspired by recent anti-government revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, thousands of pro-democracy protesters are clashing with riot police armed with tear gas and batons, and three people have ...

Citroen says Raikkonen free to make F1 return

Kimi Raikkonen can pull out of the 2011 world rally championship to return to F1 if he wants to. That is the claim of Citroen’s rally chief Olivier Quesnel, amid reports the 2007 world champion is now contractually committed to rallying for this season. The Finn and his management have not yet responded to multiple ...

Pirelli to organise Option markings for Bahrain

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli is yet to confirm how it will distinguish the two available tyre types during Grand Prix weekends this season, but insists that a system will be in place for the opening race in mid-March. Since 2007 and with four dry tyre compounds available, drivers have been obliged to use the ...

Heidfeld and Liuzzi in frame for Renault drive

With Robert Kubica almost certain to miss the majority of, if not all, of the 2011 season following his Italian rally accident on Sunday morning, a number of names are now being linked to the vacant Lotus Renault GP seat alongside Vitaly Petrov. Although all thoughts continue to remain with the injured Pole, who requires ...

Glock adopts realistic approach

Timo Glock says Virgin has to remain realistic about how much of a relative step forward it can make with its second Formula 1 car – but thinks it can set its sights on catching the teams at the back of the midfield pack. Virgin and fellow 2010 new teams Lotus and Hispania were cut adrift at ...

Why racers take risks and why we love them for it

‘Did you never think of stopping Robert (Kubica) from taking part in rallies?’ asked L’Equipe newspaper to Renault team boss Eric Boullier today. “Not for one second,” replied Boullier, “He could just as easily have been knocked over by a bus. Robert is a racer, he loves cars and he lives for nothing but racing. ...

Raikkonen to replace injured Kubica?

Raikkonen to replace injured Kubica?
Kimi Raikkonen is top of Lotus Renault’s list to replace the injured Robert Kubica following his crash at a rally event on Sunday morning. Kimi Raikkonen relaxing before Rally Finland in 2010. Photo by Red Bull GmbH and GEPA pictures GmbH. Despite original fears that the 26 year-old might loose his right hand following the ...

Cause of Buemi stoppage still unknown

Toro Rosso have not yet revealed why Sébastien Buemi’s car came to a half in the final 20 minutes of Valencia testing on Wednesday, with the Swiss driver having stopped his new STR6 just past the pit entrance on the Ricardo Tormo start/finish straight. When contacted by GPUpdate.net on Wednesday afternoon, the team was unable ...

Brawn to sell rest of F1 team to Mercedes

Mercedes is set to take complete control of the Brackley based F1 team that bears its name. The German carmaker took over the team last year but Ross Brawn and his partners retained 24.9 per cent of the shares, the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport said. The report said a deal to make Mercedes ...