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Mercedes ‘in group of teams’ behind Red Bull – Lauda

Feb.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Mercedes has taken “an important step forwards” since the end of the 2012 season. That is the claim of new team shareholder and chairman Niki Lauda, as Nico Rosberg expects race wins later this year and Lewis Hamilton plays down expectations. “We’re not looking at wins at the […]

Gutierrez expects Hulkenberg to beat him early in 2013

Feb.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Esteban Gutierrez is expecting his Sauber teammate to outpace him early in 2013. A test driver for the Swiss team since 2010, the 21-year-old Mexican has finally moved into the race cockpit this year, as his Telmex-backed countryman Sergio Perez moves to McLaren. Team founder Peter Sauber admitted […]

New Ferrari ‘much better’ than 2012 – Massa

Feb.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Felipe Massa has clarified his recent assessment that the 2013 Ferrari is “on a different planet” compared to last year’s red car. Although the Brazilian struggled for much of last season, the Maranello team and Fernando Alonso recovered sufficiently so that the Spaniard was a title challenger right […]

Teams ‘will adapt’ to new tyre situation – Gutierrez

Feb.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber’s new race driver, has given a less dramatic assessment of the tyre situation heading into the 2013 season. Last season dubbed ‘the tyre whisperer’, Mexican Perez has subsequently switched to McLaren, where last week at Barcelona he said the degradation of Pirelli’s new compounds is […]

Tight rules make today’s F1 cars ‘the same’ – Forghieri

Feb.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Legendary former Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri has lamented today’s F1 rules that make all the cars “look the same”. Now 78, Italian Forghieri was a leading figure at the fabled Maranello team from the 60s to the 80s. “Now, I see them all as though they are karts,” […]

Williams removes controversial exhaust trick

Feb.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Williams has removed the controversial layout of its ‘Coanda’-effect exhaust from its newly-launched 2013 car. Despite designer Mike Coughlan believing his layout cleverly exploited a loophole in the rules, the FIA reportedly told the British team its solution was not legal. “Charlie Whiting was here yesterday,” British broadcaster […]

Contract ‘conflicts’ cause of Marussia test snub – Razia

Feb.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Luiz Razia has confirmed that off-track “conflicts” caused him to sit out last week’s Barcelona test. Despite intending to run its new Brazilian driver for two days in Spain, Marussia left Briton Max Chilton in the 2013 car for the entire test week, explaining only that it benefitted […]

Lotus to fight Red Bull for title – Gutierrez

Feb.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) After spending some time from an elevated trackside vantage point in Barcelona last week, Esteban Gutierrez has tipped Red Bull and Lotus to fight for the 2013 title. “I was out on track and had a look at a couple of the corners,” the rookie Sauber racer is […]

Marussia ‘ahead of Caterham’ – Chilton

Feb.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Marussia looks set to begin the 2013 season with the upper hand over its usual rival Caterham. Since F1’s youngest teams entered the sport in 2010, Caterham has always finished the constructors’ world championship with the lucrative tenth place. That could change this year. “It’s good that we […]

Sutil will not stay in F1 as test driver

Feb.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Should Adrian Sutil fail to secure his return to F1 this year with Force India, he will not linger in the paddock as a third, reserve or test driver. “I’m a racer, not a tester. I want to race,” the German, who like Jules Bianchi is in the […]

Juncadella plays down Mercedes reserve driver chances

Feb.24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Daniel Juncadella, who has been signed up by Mercedes for the DTM season in 2013, has played down reports he is set to also become the German marque’s F1 reserve driver. Spanish and German media sources said last week that the reigning European F3 champion – a 21-year-old […]

Zetsche warns ‘no miracles’ for Mercedes in 2013

Feb.24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has played down expectations ahead of Mercedes’ fourth-consecutive season as a works formula one team. The Brackley based team has made big changes for 2013; swapping Michael Schumacher for Lewis Hamilton, ousting Norbert Haug and installing Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff in upper management. […]

Toro Rosso teammates no longer friends

Feb.24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Jean-Eric Vergne says he is no longer friends with his Toro Rosso teammate. Until they were paired together at the second Red Bull team, Frenchman Vergne and Australian Daniel Ricciardo were friends. They had been signed to the energy drink company’s notoriously tough driver development programme on the […]

Williams’ clever brake duct innovation legal

Feb.22 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Williams has impressed F1’s eagle-eyed technical experts with an innovation aboard its new FW35. Although designer Mike Coughlan’s Coanda exhaust solution will have to be removed from the 2013 car, respected German correspondent Michael Schmidt reports on Friday that a clever brake duct solution is fully legal. The […]

Rosberg sure Mercedes can be race winner in 2013

Feb.22 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Nico Rosberg thinks Mercedes’ 2013 car is a potential winner. The German won last April’s Chinese grand prix, but thereafter the Brackley based team suffered a collapse in car development and fell badly off the pace. New teammate Lewis Hamilton has been playing down expectations following the new […]