Pastor Maldonado, the Venezuelan Formula One driver, is in advanced dialogues with Sauber regarding a Formula One contract for next year, as he calculates rival offers from Lotus and Force India.
After the break up with Williams, the Maldonado had been strongly linked with Lotus Formula One team. Earlier, Lotus singled out the Venezuelan driver as their main target. In the midst of increasing doubts regarding the status of the Quantum contract, which has yet to be finished, Pastor has been thinking of other options and now he is being aimed by Sauber.
Merely days after he renewed his vows with the Scuderia Ferrari team, former two time Drivers’ World Championship winner Fernando Alonso has revealed that he is ready to pen a long term deal with the Italian outfit.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is not going to give up on the title just yet after seeing table leader Sebastian Vettel increase his advantage at the top of the table to 58 points.
Hamilton came into the weekend as one of the inform drivers in the paddock. He also proved this by managing to qualify for the Belgian Grand Prix on pole position. However, Vettel overtook him in the first lap and managed to win the race itself. This helped him establish a strong lead at the top of the table over the chasing pack that included Fernando Alonso.
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has said that the team has finally managed to come through the bad phase and is looking forward to providing the drivers with the best possible at the Belgian Grand Prix during the weekend.
Ferrari have been under a lot of pressure this season, as it would be the seventh consecutive without a major trophy. This will be one of the longest drought for the team in recent decades. It has put Domenicali under a lot of pressure, and he has urged the team to deliver the goods during this weekend.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso could only manage a second place finish at the Montreal Grand Prix during the weekend, but the Spaniard has stated that he is extremely happy with this second place finish itself because it felt like a victory.
Ferrari have been struggling for form since the start of the campaign. As a result, they have dropped below Red Bull in the race for the constructors and drivers world championship table. After the end of the Canadian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso is 36 points behind the leaders Vettel in the table.
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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.