Red Bull Racing have denied the speculation that their Australian driver Mark Webber could leave the team at the end of the season. The 36-year-old has had a frosty relationship with his teammate Sebastian Vettel over the last few years.
The Red Bull driver Mark Webber has revealed that he is ready for the rainy conditions that are expected on the final day of testing, which is currently being conducted in Barcelona.
The entire pre-season testing so far this week has been characterised by cold conditions, but the teams will have to prepare for the worst for the final day of testing when rain is expected. Webber has said that it is going to be a tough day for the teams because they have to not only adjust to the rain, but also extremely cold temperatures as well.
The factory driver Fernando Alonso has said that he still retains the former McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton as one of his important competitors for the F1 world championship title.
Alonso came extremely close to winning the title last season. He has not managed to lift the F1 world championship title winning it with Renault back in 2006. Ahead of the 2013 season, there is a lot of optimism within the Ferrari camp after a strong finish to the 2012 season. Despite starting the last season very poorly, Alonso was able to take the title race to the last day of the season.
The McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is extremely delighted to be on the pole position for the final race of his McLaren career.
The British driver will be starting from the pole position for the final race of the season – the Brazilian Grand Prix. It will also be the last race for McLaren before he moves to Mercedes for the next season. Hamilton said the prior to the qualifying sessions that it will be an extremely emotional race. He will be starting from the pole position, while his teammate Jenson Button made it to the second position to lock the front row for McLaren.
The Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has said that it is about time the critics moved on focusing on the first lap incidents of the Lotus driver Romain Grosjean and allowed him to race properly.
The 26-year-old Romain Grosjean has been subject to intense criticism over the last few weeks for the number of first lap incidents he has had during the season. It even led to the Red Bull driver Mark Webber recently suggesting that he is a first lap nutcase. This has led to speculation that he will not be allowed to drive for any team in the forthcoming F1 season.
F1 commentator Martin Brundle has said that he is not sure whether the Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso will be able to win the Drivers' Championship at the end of this season. Fernando Alonso currently has a 40 point advantage over the Red bull drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.
However, with 9 races still remaining in the calendar, Martin Brundle believes that anything can happen in the second half of the season. The second half of the F1 calendar will be resuming with the Belgian Grand Prix in the first week of September.
McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button believes that Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has potentially a Championship winning lead at the top of the table.
Button believes that Alonso has performed absolutely brilliantly throughout the season and his lead over his immediate rivals could turn out to be huge in the greater context of things. Alonso currently leads the table in the Drivers’ Championship with 164 points, a massive 40 points ahead of Mark Webber and 42 points of Sebastian Vettel, the reigning world champion.
Stefano Domenicali, the team principal of the Formula 1 team Ferrari believes that former world champion and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso and the reigning champion Sebastian Vettel could work well together as a team, sparking rumors that a pre-contract agreement has already been signed between Vettel and Ferrari for the two time reigning Formula 1 Drivers’ Champion to take the Ferrari hot seat in place of Felipe Massa at the start of the 2014 season.
Jenson Button remains in a confident mood after his success in Australia, and thinks that McLaren should be able to deal with the extremely different Malaysian conditions without too much trouble.
The new McLaren MP4-27 looked fantastic in the relatively cool conditions in Melbourne, but the tropical heat and long sweeping corners of the Sepang circuit in Kuala Lumpur will test another set of the car’s capabilities. “Within the team we’ve talked about Malaysia, and obviously it’s a very different place than Melbourne,” said Button.
In the Formula One preseason testing, Romain Grosjean ended at the top of the time-table.
After receiving the honors as the 9th different driver to set the pace on the track so far, the French driver turned to be the first to led that group for the 2nd time at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.
After being pushed to abandon the second test last week only after few laps on the 1st day because of a mechanical defect, these past 2 days have worked as a welcome tonic.