Pedro de la Rosa will be the next driver to test tyres for Pirelli having lost his seat at Sauber. Nick Heidfeld, who took de la Rosa’s place in the team, has already done work for the Italian tyre manufacturer, as has Romain Grosjean. The Spanish driver will get behind the wheel of the Toyota … Continue reading De la Rosa next to join Pirelli
Nick Heidfeld will make his return to Formula 1 at the Singapore Grand Prix next week. The German driver will take Pedro de la Rosa’s place at Sauber. Heidfeld returns to the team he drove for from 2001-2003, and from 2006 to 2009 when it was owned by BMW. He has made a total of … Continue reading Nick Heidfeld replaces Pedro de la Rosa at Sauber for final five races
Sauber is hopeful its improved form will continue the Belgian Grand Prix, following the team?óÔé¼Ôäós first two-car points finish of the season in Hungary. The team has said it has made good progress with its car since Valencia is confident of a strong performance at Spa. Technical Director James Key said, ?óÔé¼?ôCertainly we want to … Continue reading De La Rosa ?óÔé¼?ôhunting for more points?óÔé¼?Ø
Sauber marked their 300th Grand Prix – including 85 started as BMW – with their best result of the season so far. Both drivers were in the points for the first time in 2010. Pedro de la Rosa Kamui Kobayashi Qualifying position 9 23 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’21.891 (-0.331) 1’22.222 Race position 7 9 … Continue reading Reward in 300th GP (Sauber race review)
Kamui Kobayashi finished higher than he did at Valencia after a more low-key performance. But Pedro de la Rosa had to retire after one run-in too many with Adrian Sutil. Pedro de la Rosa Kamui Kobayashi Qualifying position 9 12 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’31.327 (-0.094) 1’31.421 Race position 6 Average race lap 1’40.499 (+2.223) … Continue reading Kobayashi takes sixth (Sauber race review)
Peter Sauber hailed Kamui Kobayashi’s performance in the European Grand Prix as “amazing”. The Japanese driver claimed seventh place after pulling off two overtaking moves in the final two laps, one on Fernando Alonso. The team owner said: I can only think of one word for it ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ amazing! I was obviously thrilled by his … Continue reading Sauber “thrilled” by Kobayashi’s passes
Sauber hope to perform better in the European Grand Prix than they did in Montreal. They failed to get either car to the finish in Canada, two weeks after finishing tenth and 11th in Turkey. Technical director James Key said: We have a new aero upgrade for the European Grand Prix, which should make the … Continue reading Sauber aim to bounce back in Valencia
As Sauber’s own press release put it: “In what was a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix with great motor racing. Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa played a rather insignificant role.” Pedro de la Rosa Kamui Kobayashi Qualifying position 17 18 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’17.611 (-0.408) 1’18.019 Race position Average race lap 1’24.440 (-22.768) … Continue reading Another double DNF (Sauber race review)
Sauber achieved their second finish of 2010. But there was little else positive to take away from a race which went wrong for both their drivers on the first lap. Pedro de la Rosa Kamui Kobayashi Qualifying position 12 10 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’22.026 (+0.301) 1’21.725 Race position 12 Average race lap 1’36.748 (+7.806) … Continue reading Spanish Grand Prix team-by-team: Sauber
The arrival of new technical director James Key at the helm did not bring about an instant change in Sauber’s fortunes: they completed seven laps in China compared to eight in Malaysia. However that was partly due to Kamui Kobayashi’s elimination in the lap one pile-up, for which he was blameless. Pedro de la Rosa … Continue reading Chinese GP team-by-team: Sauber
It was a wasted race for Sauber after similar problems on both their cars. Pedro de la Rosa Kamui Kobayashi Qualifying position 12 9 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’48.771 (+0.979) 1’47.792 Race position Average race lap 1’44.954 Laps 0/56 Pit stops 0 0 Pedro de la Rosa Failed to reach Q3 and qualified 12th. Stopped … Continue reading Malaysian GP team-by-team: Sauber
BMW Sauber has confirmed Pedro de la Rosa will make a return to F1 in 2010 with the team. De la Rosa will partner Japanese team mate Kamui Kobayashi.
With potentially six new places available on the grid for F1 drivers in 2010 we’re set for an influx of new names next year. Who will be the lucky half-dozen to get the places? Fresh new rookies? Experienced hands making comebacks? Third drivers hoping for race team promotions? Here’s a list of some of the … Continue reading Who do you want to see in F1 in 2010?
The F1 driver market for 2010 is a much more unpredictable one than we’ve had recently – or maybe it just seems that way because so many drivers stayed in the same teams this year as last. There are big names looking for new berths – Robert Kubica and Kimi Raikkonen – and top teams … Continue reading 2010 F1 drivers – who goes where?
After a pole position and a win in his first two British Grands Prix, Lewis Hamilton goes into this year’s race knowing he’ll be lucky to score points. At the sharp end of F1, teams come and teams go. But of late no team has oscillated between being championship-challengers and also-rans with the same unpredictability … Continue reading Why do McLaren blow hot and cold?
The same six teams were in action today as yesterday, plus BMW who shook down their new F1.09 at Valencia in Spain. Here’s a recap of the day’s activity plus pictures from the 2009 tests so far. Update: video from the test added below.
Six F1 teams were in action at two different circuits today. Ferrari made a last-minute decision not to appear at the group test in Portugal and instead worked on the F60 at its home circuit, Mugello. Here are notes and pictures from the tests.
Force India?óÔé¼Ôäós technical tie-up with McLaren-Mercedes, which was rumoured for several weeks, was announced today. Having used Ferrari engines in 2006 (as Spyker) and 2007, Force India is embarking on an ambitious project which will see them use the same gearbox, KERS, Mercedes engine and other parts as McLaren. How will this massive acquisition of … Continue reading Will Force India make a leap forward in 2009 after their McLaren deal?
Some people (myself not included) are sceptical about whether Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are going to get equal treatment at McLaren this year. So it was interesting to see Pedro de la Rosa not only confirm that they will get the same treatment but say he disagrees with the approach, in an interview for … Continue reading Pedro de la Rosa criticises McLaren driver equality
They were thrown out of the 2007 constructors’ championship, fined $100m, and face life at the poor end of the garages in 2008. They signed a double world champion and the sport’s most exciting rookie for years, and the pair fell out horribly. Both missed out on the drivers’ championship by a single point. Their … Continue reading F1 07 review: McLaren