After McLaren unveiled the new 2013 contender, the McLaren MP4-28, it’s time to see what drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez think about the 2013 season and the new car.
McLaren is the second team to reveal their new car for the 2013 season: the MP4-28. The unveiling ceremony took place at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking today under the watchful eyes of drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez, and Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh.
Ferrari just couldn’t wait to reveal the name of their 2013 car, and today announced the car will be named … F138, and not as one would expect, F2013. But the Reds had pretty good reasons to change the name of their 2013 contender.
Yesterday, Autosport reported a group of American and Canadian investors want to take over the HRT Formula One team, but according to Bernie Ecclestone the new investors may have to wait until 2014 to conquer a place on the grid.
Mark Webber again dismissed the criticism of Red Bull Racing’s controversial advisor, ex-Formula One driver Helmut Marko. The 69-year old Austrian recently said Webber is Red Bull’s number two driver, and also hinted Webber should play a supportive role this season.
Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean unveiled the Lotus 2013 contender today at their Enstone headquarters, both Lotus drivers were optimistic ahead of the 2013 season. Raikkonen recently signed up for another year with the Anglo-French outfit, and he feels pretty good after a successful 2012 campaign.
January 28 Formula One: Photo Gallery Lotus E21
Lotus was the first team to show off their 2013 contender, the Lotus E21. Compared to last year the car has completely redesigned front and rear wings, it has the Coanda-style exhaust system, and, according to Technical Director James Key, “The devil is in the detail, and the detail of this car adds up to a significance amount of performance.”
During a live broadcast on the team’s YouTube channel, Lotus kicked off the season by presenting their 2013 contender: the Lotus E21. First thing that grabs the attention is the stepped nose, Lotus elected not to cover up the stepped nose although the 2013 regulations allow a ‘vanity’ or ‘modesty’ panel to smooth the nose.
The Williams Formula One team confirmed Susie Wolff will continue her role as development driver for the Grove-based team, and her level of involvement will even be increased in 2013. Wolff joined the team led by Sir Frank Williams in April 2012 and she spent a lot of time in the team’s simulator to develop the FW35, Williams’ 2013 contender.
After a successful test in Valencia, Spain, Timo Glock secured a race seat at the BMW DTM team for the 2013 season. Glock, who agreed to leave the Marussia Formula One team earlier this week, will be BMW’s eighth driver and will race alongside current DTM champion Bruno Spengler (CA), Augusto Farfus (BR), Joey Hand (US), Andy Priaulx (GB), Martin Tomczyk (DE), Dirk Werner (DE) and Marco Wittmann (DE).
BMW also successfully completed their first test of the 2013 season in Valencia, Spain. While Mercedes gave Robert Kubica a taste of their DTM car, BMW also had two special guests today: Formula One refugee Timo Glock and touring car driver Thomas Biagi.
Ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica completed his first test in the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé on 24th January 2013 at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo. During this first test session in the world’s most popular touring car series, Kubica had to get accustomed to the handling characteristics of a racing car with which he was totally unfamiliar. He covered 114 laps, which equates to 456.570 kilometres, of the 4.005km circuit where he has posted so many test kilometres in Formula One in the past.
Ross Brawn has dismissed rumours his position as Team Principal of the Mercedes Formula One team would be in doubt, and today confirmed he’s still in charge of the famous German Silver Arrows team. Mercedes has recently hired Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda to reinforce the management team, but there are no plans to replace Brawn.
The 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship finally gets on its way with pre-season testing starting on February 5 at Jerez, Spain; three test sessions are scheduled in February and March.
Pirelli is aiming for more tyre degradation and thus more pit stops in 2013, the Italian company announced today during the presentation of the Formula One 2013-spec tyres. The Italian tyre supplier completely revolutionised the P Zero dry weather tyres, but also the Cinturato wet weather tyres.
After his sudden departure from the Marussia Formula One team, Timo Glock will this week test a BMW M3 DTM car . The 30-year old German driver will test the BMW M3 on the Circuit de la Comunitat in Valencia, Spain.
Mercedes today announced Toto Wolff will join the Mercedes Formula One team, and together with Ross Brawn and Niki Lauda he will be guiding the team to more success. The Austrian entrepreneur will acquire ‘a significant minority interest’ in the German team, according to a Mercedes statement.
Marussia today announced Timo Glock will, by mutual consent, leave the team with immediate effect. The 30-year old German driver joined Marussia, then named Virgin Racing, at the end of 2009, and according to the UK-based squad Glock played an important role in the development of the team’s car.
Just like his team colleague Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa is determined to make the most of the 2013 season. The Brazilian driver had a difficult first half of the 2012 season, but found more speed in the second half, and was given another chance at the Ferrari family.
During Ferrari’s annual ‘Vrooom’ press meeting at Madonna di Campiglio in Italy, Fernando Alonso said he doesn’t want to be involved in politics. He reacted on recent remarks from other drivers and said, “I don’t think I am good at politics, I just drive the car. Some recent remarks have surprised me, but I can’t see the sense in them.”
During a press meeting in Madonna di Campiglio Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali said winning the 2013 title is the ultimate goal of the Maranello-based team.
Heikki Kovalainen has played down the criticism of Caterham’s technical boss Mike Gascoyne, who recently commented that it was the Finn’s lack of respect for the team that had harmed his chances to secure a race seat with Caterham for this season.
After Lewis Hamilton decided to move to Mercedes and was replaced by Mexican Sergio Perez, there have been speculations about who should play the leading role at McLaren in 2013. Sir Jackie Stewart said in an interview with Press Association that he believes 2009 World Champion Jenson Button would be the perfect candidate for that role.
Sergio Perez aims to win the 2013 Drivers’ Championship with his new employer, the McLaren team. For the 22-year old Mexican, who left the Sauber team last year, it is a dream come true, he said in an interview with Sky Sports, “As soon as you walk through these doors, you see these great cars and there is so much history with this team that you immediately feel great. It’s a dream come true to drive for this team.”
Red Bull’s team advisor Dr. Helmut Marko has started the season as he usually does, playing mind games with Red Bull’s main rival Ferrari. He likes to be called Doctor, as the now 69-year old Austrian completed a doctorate in law before he started his racing career.
With less than four weeks to go before pre-season testing starts at Jerez, Spain, the 2013 driver line-up is almost complete, only Caterham and Force India both have still one vacancy. It is certainly not easy to get into Formula One, but staying there is almost as difficult, as Swiss media reported Sebastien Buemi will again sign as Red Bull’s test and reserve driver after being ousted from Red Bull’s Italian sister team, Toro Rosso, in 2011.
Austrian and ex-Formula driver Helmut Marko, who is the controversial advisor of the Red Bull team, has once again stated Mark Webber is the number two driver at Red Bull, and he expects the Australian to help Sebastian Vettel to grab his fourth successive title this season.
The biggest surprise of the season was, without a doubt, the resurgence of the Williams team. After a disastrous 2011 campaign Sir Frank Williams decided to overhaul the whole technical department of his team, and also decided to switch from the Cosworth engine to the very fast and reliable Renault engine.