Teams, drivers and GP rumours

Sebastian Vettel extended his contract with Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel extended his contract with Red Bull

With F1 back from the summer hiatus we also have some fresh news, rumours and speculations coming out of the paddock. Here is a summary of today’s F1 news, tweets and speculations.

Sebastian Vettel extended his contract with Red Bull until the end of 2011 season. Red Bull Racing also has an option for Vettel’s services for 2012 season. This is a fact.

Yesterday McLaren made it clear that Heikki Kovalainen has to up his game if he wants to keep his seat beyond this season. Martin Whitmarsh very much confirmed it today. But while doing so he also said something interesting about Fernando Alonso and Ferrari:

“I think in reality there are some changes probably with Fernando at Ferrari. That frees up the driver market and every year there is a number of pivotal points during the season which determine what is going to happen in the driver market.

This year I think we all know that the Fernando/Ferrari move has a knock-on and that ripples through the other teams.”

Meanwhile Nico Rosberg has spoken about his future, future that may have something to do with McLaren:

“I have been team-mate with Lewis before so that wouldn’t be a problem. It would be fun and very tough also, a combination – sweet and sour. I would like a good team-mate for sure. Team-mate is a factor. Potential for development for the future, who the key people in the team are and the management and everything. All these things come into it.

Budget, salary they are able to pay. I am prepared to put salary last, that’s nowhere near the priority as I really would like to have some good results now.”

There is also some fresh talk about the future of BMW Sauber. Mario Theissen in his interview yesterday hinted at talks going on. The talks involve also Peter Sauber, the teams long term partner Petronas and Ferrari as an engine supplier. The talks are said to be in an advance stages. According to Joe Saward BMW asks about $90 million for the team. If Sauber and company can raise that sort of money the rest of the 2010 F1 teams are expected to allow the team to sign the Concorde Agreement.

There are also rumours going around talking about Force India. Vijay Mallya is said to owe some engine money to both his former (Ferrari) and current (Mercedes) engine suppliers. There is also talk about Prodrive possibly making a bid to take over Force India.

Another rumour that has something to do with Force India is the one about Giancarlo Fisichella. He said to be on the way to Ferrari as their new test driver. Fisichella himself however denied having any contact with Ferrari. His goal is to remain in F1 and staying on with the improving Force India team is one his options.

Another interesting topic has been the future of European GP. There is a talk about this to be last race in Valencia and Silverstone has been mentioned as one of the options for 2010 …

Photo: Red Bull / GETTY Images

2013 Teams and Drivers

Red Bull
1. Sebastian VETTEL
3. Fernando ALONSO
4. Felipe MASSA
5. Jenson BUTTON
6. Sergio PEREZ
8. Romain GROSJEAN
10. Lewis HAMILTON
12. Esteban GUTIEREZ
Force India
14. Paul di RESTA
15. Adrian SUTIL
16. Pastor MALDONADO
17. Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
18. Daniel RICCIARDO
19. Jean Eric VERGNE
20. Charles PIC
21. Giedo van der GARDE
24. Jules BIANCHI

2013 F1 Calendar

15-17 March - Australia
22-24 March - Malaysia
12-14 April - China
19-21 April - Bahrain
10-12 May - Spain
23-26 May - Monaco
07-09 June - Canada
28-30 June - Great Britain
5-7 July - Germany
26-28 July - Hungary
23-25 August - Belgium
06-08 September - Italy
20-22 September - Singapore
04-06 October - Korea
11-13 October - Japan
25-27 October - India
01-03 November - Abu Dhabi
15-17 November - USA
22-24 November - Brazil


2010 Mercedes GP F1 Merchandise