Formula 1
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 23

Sources: Alonso Could Be Free To Leave Ferrari

Fernando Alonso could leave Ferrari at the end of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

could leave at the end of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso could be contractually free to walk away from Ferrari.

Technically, the Spaniard remains under contract to the struggling Maranello team until the end of 2016.

“I’m sure he is very frustrated,” Niki Lauda told the Spanish newspaper El Pais earlier this week. “But he can’t just go to McLaren because he has a contract that he can’t get out of unless he’s sacked. Sometimes you choose a car and you’re wrong.”

Mercedes team chairman Lauda, however, may not be right.

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Jul 23

F1 Preview: Hamilton Enters Hungarian GP As The Favorite

Lewis Hamilton has four wins in seven starts at the Hungaroring. (Photo: Getty Images)

has four wins in seven starts at the Hungaroring. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to win his third straight Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday and fifth overall as he chases Mercedes teammate for the championship lead in the last race before the summer break.

Mercedes has won nine of the season’s first 10 races and Rosberg leads the drivers’ standings with 190 points, 14 more than Hamilton. of Red Bull is third with 106 points.

If previous results are anything to go by, Rosberg would not seem to have much of a chance to hold off Hamilton. Rosberg’s last three placings at the winding, slow Hungaroring circuit have been going from bad to worse — ninth, 10th and 19th. Hamilton, meanwhile, won in 2012 and 2013 and was fourth in 2011. He also took the top spot on the podium in Hungary in 2007 and 2009.

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Jul 22

F1: Alonso praises Ricciardo’s driving after duel in Hockenheim

Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB10 Renault, leads Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F14T. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _79P1712

, Red Bull Racing RB10 Renault, fights with , F14T, during the 2014 . (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Fernando Alonso has hailed the “amazing” job being done this year by Daniel Ricciardo.

At Silverstone, Spaniard Alonso’s wheel-to-wheel duel with world champion was littered with radio complaints about one another’s driving.

But after Hockenheim, where the Ferrari driver had a similarly thrilling battle with Vettel’s new teammate Ricciardo, Alonso had nothing but praise for the Australian.

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Jul 22

F1: Susie Wolff admits 2015 Williams seat ‘not realistic’

Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. Susie Wolff, Development Driver, Williams F1. World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _89P5517

, development driver for F1, aims to become the first female driver to secure a ride in for more than two decades. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Susie Wolff admits expecting to land a race seat for 2015 is “not realistic.”

After breaking down at Silverstone two weeks ago, the 31-year-old Scot enjoyed a bit more track time ahead of the German Grand Prix on Friday at the wheel of Valtteri Bottas’ Williams.

Even she does not deny the PR factor in her two race weekend appearances this year, nor the fact that her husband – Williams co-owner and Mercedes chief Toto Wolff – has helped her on her way.

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