F1 has emerged from its summer slumber, but the big talking point at Spa-Francorchamps will be a 16-year-old ‘kid’ who doesn’t even have a license to drive a road car.
Sochi has cleared the final hurdle ahead of Russia’s controversial inaugural grand prix this year. F1 race director Charlie Whiting visited the facility on Tuesday and was quoted by the Xinhua news agency: “The circuit is in very good condition and will be issued with a license.” Chief organiser Sergei Vorobyov confirmed that it had been the “last inspection” that the governing FIA would make ahead of the race in October.
Little doubt remains that Andre Lotterer will make his formula one race debut with Caterham this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.
Jean-Eric Vergne insists he is not giving up on formula one. Two and a half seasons into his F1 grooming by Red Bull, the energy drink company’s famously-harsh driver programme - led by the gruff Dr Helmut Marko - has given the 24-year-old Frenchman his notice.
Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat are the future of Red Bull. The pair, both teenagers, will be the race lineup at the energy drink company’s second team Toro Rosso in 2015.
Toro Rosso could be the next F1 team with ‘nose news’ looming. We have reported that, as Caterham pushes on with new owners and management, a new green nose for the 2014 car is among a package of updates to debut this weekend in Belgium.
Toro Rosso has confirmed reports Max Verstappen will become F1’s youngest ever race driver next year.
Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez has revealed his management is in talks with “other teams” about 2015.
New team deputy Manfredi Ravetto has confirmed Caterham will debut a new nose at this weekend’s Belgian grand prix.
Former grand prix driver Jan Lammers thinks 16-year-old Max Verstappen is ready for formula one. Verstappen, the fresh-faced son of another former Dutch F1 driver Jos, has signed up with Red Bull’s famous driver development programme after an impressive transition from karting to F3.
Luca Marmorini has lashed out at Ferrari after being ousted as the fabled team’s engine boss.
Lotus will drop its unique ‘tusked’ nose solution for the 2015 season. Although the Enstone team has struggled this year, technical director Nick Chester insists the innovative nose is a “pretty good solution” that will stay on the current car for the rest of the season.
Gerard Lopez has lashed back at reports suggesting Lotus team owner Genii is in dire financial health.
Enzo Ferrari’s only living son says he wants Fernando Alonso to stay with the Maranello team for the rest of his F1 career.
Simona de Silvestro insists she feels fully prepared to end the wait for a female Formula One driver as early as next season should the opportunity present itself.