TMR Team | Dec 14, 2012
  • Ferrari must push the rules to beat Red Bull - Alonso
  • Vettel will not forget Ferrari's behaviour - Marko
  • Haug to leave Mercedes
  • Ecclestone wants F1 to shed one more team
  • Nurburgring and Hockenheim in running for 2013 race
  • Schumacher could race again 'in two years' - Todt
  • Todt - not up to me to revive French GP
  • Sauber declares 2012 car 'ready' to test
  • Bianchi set to secure Force India seat - report
 

Ferrari must push the rules to beat Red Bull - Alonso

Ferrari should follow the lead of its challengers and look for "holes" in the rules, according to 2012 championship runner-up Fernando Alonso.

The Spaniard said at a team sponsor event on Wednesday that, despite falling 3 points short of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel this season, his was "a perfect year".

So he said it is now up to Ferrari to push the envelope in terms of how it interprets and exploits the rules.

"There were several incidents in which the other teams were at the limit, but not us," said Alonso.

"This has always happened and always will," he is quoted by Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"However, we too have to think within the confines of the rules while looking for some limits, some holes, like the other teams do in order to improve our performances."

(GMM)

 

Vettel will not forget Ferrari's behaviour - Marko

Ferrari has damaged its chances of ever luring Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull, Dr Helmut Marko claims.

It has been rumoured for some time that German Vettel, Red Bull's triple consecutive and reigning world champion, might one day consider a move to Ferrari.

But outspoken Austrian Marko said: "Sebastian has the memory of an elephant. He logs everything.

"And he will remember exactly how Ferrari behaved after the finale," he told Sport Bild.

Marko is referring to Ferrari's end-of-season suggestion that Vettel, 25, should be stripped of his latest title for overtaking illegally in Brazil late last month.

Marko claims Ferrari's charge was "below the belt", and that Vettel himself was unimpressed.

Vettel is quoted as saying: "You don't want to lose, but you still should know how to.

"You have to respect your opponent and recognise their good performances," he added.

(GMM)

 

Haug to leave Mercedes

Norbert Haug is leaving his role as Mercedes' motor sport chief "by mutal agreement" at the end of this month.

A statement issued by the German carmaker said that, after his more than two decades in the role, the 60-year-old's contract is ending.

"Preparations for the forthcoming season continue as planned," Thursday's announcement read.

The statement did not give a reason for Haug's sudden departure, or who might replace him.

But in late September, triple world champion Niki Lauda joined the board of Mercedes' Brackley based works F1 team as non-executive chairman.

The great Austrian said recently: "(Team boss) Ross (Brawn) has not been in danger and he never will be. He's the boss.

"I'm just the head of the supervisory board. I just have to look at everything and ask 'What are the strengths, what are the weaknesses?'"

(GMM)

 

Ecclestone wants F1 to shed one more team

With HRT bowing out of formula one, Bernie Ecclestone would be happy to see the sport lose one more team.

"I'd rather have 10," the F1 chief executive told Reuters on Thursday. "I never wanted 12."

HRT's departure leaves just 11 teams on the grid for 2013. It emerged recently that the struggling backmarker Marussia is the only team on the 2013 entry list that is yet to be offered a new Concorde Agreement deal.

"It's just that 10 is easier to handle, for the promoters, for transport," Ecclestone said.

He thinks it is unlikely anyone will step up to rescue HRT, who according to one unpaid supplier is already in liquidation.

"I wouldn't think that anyone would want to (save HRT)," said Ecclestone.

(GMM)

 

Nurburgring and Hockenheim in running for 2013 race

Germany's recent formula one hosts, the Nurburgring and Hockenheim, are still both in the running to stage next year's July race.

As per the venues' alternating agreement, the financially-embattled Nurburgring was originally scheduled to organise the 2013 event.

But Malu Dreyer, the incoming minister-president for the ruling government of the Rhineland-Palatinate state, said the Nurburgring is still in the running.

"I hope so," she told the DPA news agency.

"For me, there is only one question: how do we ensure the future of this racing circuit?

"In any case, I believe the government has an obligation of support."

But Hockenheim, despite having staged the German grand prix in 2012, has also been mentioned as the possible 2013 host.

"We would be willing to have the formula one race next year," a circuit spokesman is quoted by Speed Week, "but we have not yet heard about it."

(GMM)

 

Schumacher could race again 'in two years' - Todt

Jean Todt says he could imagine Michael Schumacher making a return to professional racing in "maybe two years".

But the FIA president, who was the team boss at Ferrari throughout the great German's reign of ultra-success - and is still a close friend - thinks 43-year-old Schumacher's days in formula one are now definitely over.

But "Who knows," Frenchman Todt said, "maybe he will decide to come back to race in a couple of years.

"His decision (to retire) relates only to formula one. He could decide to race in other categories," he added, according to reports in the Italian media.

(GMM)

 

Todt - not up to me to revive French GP

Jean Todt insists it is not up to him to revive France's grand prix.

Despite earlier efforts by venues Paul Ricard and Magny Cours to raise the tricolour once again, the last remaining spot on the 2013 calendar is now expected to be filled by either Turkey or Austria.

But with F1's Paris based governing body headed by a Frenchman, president Todt, surely the 66-year-old could wield his power in favour of a French grand prix?

"It is up to neither the FIA nor its president to address this problem," he is quoted as insisting.

"It is up to the French motor sport federation, the regions and eventually the French authorities.

"But as someone passionate about motor racing, I would be happy if there is a grand prix de France.

"If the file arrives on my desk, I will obviously do what I can for a favourable outcome. But that is still to happen," insisted Todt, according to French reports.

(GMM)

 

Sauber declares 2012 car 'ready' to test

Sauber is the first team to announce publicly that its 2013 car is "ready" to test.

The Swiss team said the C32 "chassis and safety structures have passed" the mandatory FIA crash tests.

The Ferrari-powered car is therefore "fully homologated and ready for winter testing", which will kick off at Jerez in early February.

The German-language Speed Week reports that almost every other team should also be ready for the first four-day session in southern Spain, even though Red Bull's Christian Horner is quoted as saying: "It will be pretty darn close.

"You know Adrian Newey," he joked.

Speed Week also said a slight question mark hangs above Caterham's plans, who are aiming for a Jerez debut but actually might only begin running with the 2013 car in Barcelona two weeks later.

"The same goes for Williams," the report claimed.

(GMM)

 

Bianchi set to secure Force India seat - report

Jules Bianchi has leapt into pole position to join Paul di Resta at Force India next year.

Earlier, it was expected the Silverstone based team's former race driver Adrian Sutil was the favourite to replace the Sauber-bound Nico Hulkenberg in 2013.

But Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper said the new favourite is 2012 Force India reserve Bianchi, a 23-year-old rookie who is backed by Ferrari and managed by Felipe Massa's manager, Nicolas Todt, the son of FIA president Jean.

"The announcement is expected before Christmas," said correspondent Heikki Kulta.

Kulta added that Force India's reportedly likely switch from Mercedes to Ferrari engine power for the 2014 V6 regulations was "a decisive factor" in Bianchi's favour.

(GMM)

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