Sakon Yamamoto has joined Virgin as the team’s reserve driver for the first three races of 2011.
Robert Kubica has been confirmed as the replacement for Fernando Alonso at Renault for 2010. The Polish driver is returning to the company that played a crucial role in his arrival in F1. He won the World Series by Renault championship in 2005. Kubica always seemed likely to leave BMW after it emerged that he … Continue reading Robert Kubica joins Renault for 2010 as doubts grow over Qadbak-Sauber entry
Ross Brawn has confirmed that his new team Brawn GP will take over from Honda and contest the 2009 F1 season. As has been rumoured in recent weeks the team will use the same Mercedes engines as McLaren and Force India. Ross Brawn will be team principal of his eponymous outfit and Jenson Button and … Continue reading Brawn GP takes Honda F1’s place on the 2009 F1 grid – official
Fernando Alonso has committed his future to Renault, ending speculation over a possible move to Ferrari.
As the 2008 F1 season ends on a high we now look forward to what should be one of the most fascinating off-seasons for many years. With radical changes to the technical rules, fraught political tension between the rule-makers and the teams, and two holes suddenly appearing in the calendar, these are the questions that … Continue reading F1 2009: 10 questions for the off-season
Ferrari lose 1 to McLaren
McLaren, Ferrari, BMW, Williams and Red Bull have their driver line-ups set for 2009. With a few informed guesses we can probably make a decent guess at what the official 2009 F1 driver line-up will look like. Here’s my thoughts, share yours below:
Santander to put Alonso in a Ferrari?
Kubica and Heidfeld stay with BMW for 2009
Fernando Alonso’s place on the grid is central to the 2009 F1 driver market: he is thought likely to stay at Renault, or switch to BMW or Honda. New rumours have arisen suggesting Honda may have given up on acquiring Alonso’s services, but are looking at replacing Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button – or both … Continue reading 2009 F1 driver rumours: Honda consider Bruno Senna and Nick Heidfeld
Williams will retain its 2008 drivers for 2009 after confirming a contract extension for Kazuki Nakajima as predicted here earlier. With Nico Rosberg’s contract set to run until the end of next year it means the team’s race driver line-up is set.
New rumours on the 2009 F1 driver market suggest Nelson Piquet Jnr will be dropped by Renault at the end of the year. But Brazilian F1 fans need not despair as Piquet’s countryman Lucas di Grassi is being lined up to replace him. Renault is offering Piquet to Toro Rosso according to Autosport – might … Continue reading Lucas di Grassi poised to take Renault seat off Nelson Piquet Jnr for 2009
Before the Italian Grand Prix ITV showed an interview with Sebastien Bourdais. The stress of knowing his F1 drive for 2009 is under threat was plain to see as he started crying at one point. He’s not the only driver who’s place in F1 in 2009 is in doubt: Nelson Piquet Jnr is waiting to … Continue reading 2009 F1 drivers: who will be dropped?
Ferrari has confirmed Kimi Raikkonen will drive for the team for at least one more season in 2010. With Felipe Massa contracted for the same duration, the Scuderia will not be looking for any news drivers until 2011 at the earliest. So where does this leave Fernando Alonso? The Renault driver was widely tipped to … Continue reading Will Fernando Alonso pick BMW, Honda or stay at Renault in 2009?
Two new rumours surrounding next year’s F1 drivers have emerged. Takuma Sato has been tipped for a comeback and Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella look likely to stay on at Force India for 2009.
The rumours about Fernando Alonso joining Honda appear to be gaining strength with some sources suggesting a deal has already been done. And several teams appear to be interested in signing Bruno Senna. Plus, Heikki Kovalainen was confirmed as a McLaren driver last weekend, for at least one more year, on what turned out to … Continue reading 2009 F1 driver rumours: Alonso & Senna
Sebastian Vettel will take David Coulthard?σΤιΌΤδσs place at Red Bull in 2009. Anyone not see that coming? Vettel is one of the stars of Red Bull?σΤιΌΤδσs young driver development programme. Dozens of aspiring young drivers have worn Red Bull colours at one stage or another in their careers. Only a handful made it into F1. … Continue reading Sebastian Vettel confirmed as Red Bull driver for 2009 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ try to look surprised
Speculation that Fernando Alonso could be a Ferrari driver in the future refuses to go away. Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said in April he was happy with the line-up of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. But now Alonso is being linked with a move to Ferrari where he would be reunited with sponsor Banco … Continue reading Fernando Alonso and Ferrari rumours
The GP2 championship has helped several top F1 drivers get into the championship in the three years it’s been running. Every GP2 champion is currently racing in F1: Nico Rosberg (Williams), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Timo Glock (Toyota). Giorgio Pantano is leading the championship at the half-way point. But this year is his seventh in … Continue reading If Giorgio Pantano wins the GP2 championship should he get an F1 drive?
After announcing his retirement from Formula 1 at the British Grand Prix this weekend, David Coulthard heaped praise on up and coming Toro Rosso driver Sebastian Vettel saying he, “has everything a future F1 winner needs.” Vettel has long been tipped to take Coulthard?σΤιΌΤδσs seat at Red Bull. Coulthard?σΤιΌΤδσs words of praise probably were a … Continue reading Sebastian Vettel probably at Red Bull in 2009 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ so who will be at Toro Rosso?