Jul 24

Back in business: American F1 driver trades Caterham suit for Marussia one

American Alexander Rossi has been named reserve driver for the Marussia F1 Team. (Photo courtesy Marussia)

American racer has been named reserve driver for the F1 Team. (Photo courtesy )

Alexander Rossi has been named reserve driver of Marussia having left arch rivals Caterham just before the recent .

The team says that Rossi will step in if one of the other drivers has a problem, and he will also do some FP1 sessions – which means that he will probably be seen in action in Austin.

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Jul 21

F1: Ecclestone Has No Worries About Russian GP

Bernie Ecclestone is not worried that the Russian GP will be interrupted. (Photo: Getty Images)

is not worried that the will be interrupted. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone says he has no concerns about the Russian GP in the light of the MH17 tragedy.

While Ecclestone and the FIA have always insisted that motor sport is not affected by politics, it seems inevitable that in the coming weeks the international spotlight will fall upon the Sochi race and any other high-profile events scheduled to take place in Russia.

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Jul 21

F1: Hamilton Limits The Damage With Charge To Third In Germany

Lewis Hamilton had several close calls while working his way through the field. (Photo: Getty Images)

had several close calls while working his way through the field. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton did a superb job to salvage third in Hockenheim after starting only 20th, but while he put on a brace face afterwards there was no hiding his disappointment at losing more ground in the title battle.

Hamilton dropped from 15th on the grid after receiving a five-place penalty for a gearbox change. He also changed from Brembo to Carbon Industrie discs, although that did not lead to a pitlane start for a change to the car under parc ferme, as had been feared.

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Jul 20

F1: Hamilton Takes Five-Place Grid Penalty At German GP

Lewis Hamilton will start 20th in the German Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

will start 20th in the German Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton won’t be forced to start from the pitlane after the FIA accepted that his change of brake disc brand from Brembo to Carbon Industrie does not represent a change of car specification under parc ferme conditions.

Article 34.2 of the 2014 Sporting Regulations states: “It must be clear that any replacement part a team wishes to fit is similar in mass, inertia and function to the original. Any parts removed will be retained by the FIA.”

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Jul 19

F1: Hamilton Reflects On Heavy Crash In Qualifying

Mechanical failure led to Lewis Hamilton's crash in qualifying. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Mechanical failure led to ’s crash in qualifying. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton will start the from 15th after he suffered a front right brake disc failure in Q1 and spun heavily into the tire wall.

Hamilton did not take part in Q2 and was thus officially 16th, but he gained a place from an Esteban Gutierrez grid penalty.

Out of choice Hamilton uses Brembo discs while Nico Rosberg uses Carbon Industrie – it’s not uncommon for drivers to swap around as they search for better feel in the car – so the German does not have an issue. The broken disc was new today and the team has no explanation for the failure, although the likelihood is that it was a one-off manufacturing fault.

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