Fans of Formula One are set for a treat, with a new tourist centre being built at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone.
Whilst fans can already take tours of the McLaren F1 team’s testing buildings and factory in Caterham, there is very little to entertain them at Silverstone (apart from when the cars are flying round the track). Thankfully all this is about to change, with the announcement that Silverstone have agreed planning and funding for a new £20 million purpose-built F1 museum.
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier has said that the efforts made by Romain Grosjean to become more focused and consistent in the sport have started paying off.
Romain Grosjean came under intense criticism last season after being involved in several crashes. Many questioned his ability to drive at this top level of motorsport. There were even suggestions that Lotus would not be interested in continuing with him in the 2013 season. However, Boullier took the decision to retain Grosjean, and he has said that the 26-year-old Frenchman has repaid his faith.
There has been a lot of talk surrounding the extreme degradation of the tyres manufactured by Pirelli for the 2013 season, but the company's executives have played down such rumours by saying that the company has not done anything dramatic.
Pirelli did admit that they have made changes to the tyre compounds in the hope of making the spectacle more interesting. The pre-season testing that has been going on for the last few days has resulted in several drivers complaining about extreme degradation of the tyres. The 'supersoft' tyre have been taking most of the blame over the last few days.
The Brazilian driver Bruno Senna has confirmed that he is currently looking at other alternatives than racing just in Formula One. The 29-year-old has suffered a disappointing 2012 season, which has also left him searching for a new drive for the upcoming season.
The Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has said that he is extremely looking forward to a chaotic first few laps of the race in order to make up the positions after a poor qualifying session. Fernando Alonso has to finish in the podium positions coupled with a number of different combinations for Sebastian Vettel in order to win the title this season.
He comes into the final race of the season – the Brazilian Grand Prix – 13 points behind the German driver. There are 25 points available for the winner, which means that Vettel should finish in the fourth position.
The McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is extremely surprised about the lack of pace shown by the McLaren car in the testing ahead of the Korean Grand Prix.
McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh has said that the team is focused on winning both the championships this season. He has said that the team has found an extraordinary amount of confidence following the victory for Lewis Hamilton at the Hungary Grand Prix.
Ferrari are facing quite a dilemma in finalizing a team mate for Fernando Alonso for the 2013 season of Formula 1 as they look to secure a new driver by the end of September.
Although there have been lots of names mentioned as possible targets and negotiations with drivers as well, the Italian team is yet to finalize who will take the place of Felipe Massa in the next season. Although there have not been any concrete decisions made by the team regarding the Brazilian, it is understood that he will not be retained.
British Formula 1 driver Jenson Button is hopeful and confident that he will be able to bounce back at the European Grand Prix that takes place over the weekend at Valencia in Spain.
At the moment, the British driver is a whopping 43 points behind Lewis Hamilton, his team mate at McLaren F1 after he managed to score just two points in the last four races that took place. Button was even lapped by the younger British driver at the last race in Canada and as a result, he has reverted to the set-up of Hamilton’s car in Valencia.
As Vettel took 6th on the grid in Australia last weekend, the critics were already lining up to predict the fall of Red Bull and the end of the supremacy of both their car, and their top driver.