Max Chilton surprised with the fastest time of the first of two days of testing in Barcelona. Racer Marussie overtook Lotus reserve racer Charles Pico by 0.227 seconds and 13 thousandths of a second more, Lewis Hamilton. The question of how Chilton managed to drive such a time is likely to remain unanswered and will only be the subject of much speculation, as his best time at the Spanish Grand Prix on the same track was more than three seconds slower. The Englishman drove a total of 60 laps. Lewis Hamilton completed 79 laps throughout the day, followed by Kimi Raikkonen, who has a difficult day behind him. In the morning, his power unit failed, and in the afternoon he flew off the track once, so he drove only 21 laps, which is the least of all participants. Testing will be when
The tragic news of the death of 33-year-old Spaniard Marie de Villota shocked the public today. Maria suffered a serious accident while testing a Marussia car last year, in which she suffered severe head injuries. After the accident, she recovered almost completely, but lost her right eye. The former WTCC series racer was found dead in a hotel room in Seville, where she was supposed to present her autobiography "La vida es un regalo" (Life is a gift), and on Monday she was supposed to be completely healthy. De Villoto was allegedly found in a hotel room by her personal assistant, Arancha, who was unable to wake her. “No drugs were found, and there were no signs of violence, so she most likely died a natural death,” explained Manuel Franco, a journalist with the Spanish newspaper AS. Maria is said to be suffering after an almost fatal accident
Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that they are very close to an agreement with Sauber regarding the use of their generators in the coming season. Namely, apart from Marussia, no one has yet chosen Ferrari engines for 2014 for the upcoming season, but as said at Sauber, they are very close. “We want to continue working with Sauber, where I have to say we are very close to an agreement. We will soon officially clarify the situation, "Domenicali confirmed. It is worth mentioning that Ferrari is the only engine manufacturer that has not yet released any photos or audio recordings of the engines for the upcoming season. Nevertheless, Stefano assures that the development is going according to plan: “Our competitors have already released some photos of the new engines, but believe me, we will not see such engines in the coming season. If you want you can s
In the first part of the qualifications, Caterham's racer, as one of the few, insisted on dry track tires and thus took an enviable third place. Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton also tried similarly, thus reaching the second part of the qualifications. Van der Garde was only 0,374 seconds behind the leading Alons, which makes it an even greater success, with which he is very satisfied: “It was very slippery, which made it difficult for me to drive back to the pits. When I got to the twelfth or thirteenth turn, it was already so wet that I just said to myself: We'll see what happens. It was difficult, as I did not reach the working temperature either. I tried to turn the tires in the blank more than usual, but then in the last lap everything started to work as it should and that's why here
Maria de Villota showed the public for the first time her helmet, which she wore at tests last July at Duxford Airport, where she suffered a serious accident in which she lost her right eye, and a sense of taste and smell. Maria was testing a Marussia race car at the time, but she accidentally crashed into the truck's loading ramp. The daughter of the former Formula One racer, Emilia de Villote, thanked the manufacturer of protective helmets Bell, as their product worth 4000 euros saved her life.
During the race weekend for the Monaco Grand Prix, Felipe Massa smashed his car twice. Last time in the race, the car was so badly damaged that the team gave it a whole new chassis for the upcoming race in Canada. It is worth mentioning that the Brazilian flew off the track once because of his mistake and the second time because of suspension problems. Team boss Stefano Domenicali said after the race that they are doing everything to prevent similar problems: “We have researched where the problem was and, as always, we are doing our best to prevent such problems from happening again. The team is very motivated and that is why we believe that what happened in Monaco is one big exception. ”In addition to Massa, Pastor Maldonado will also race in Canada with a new chassis. Williams' racer finished the race with a hard landing in the Tabac corner after the collision
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that only the top ten teams will be awarded this year. In the previous three seasons, the teams ranked lower than tenth place shared 7.66 million euros. In 2010, three new teams entered Formula One, and it was then that Bernie Ecclestone and then-FIA President Max Mosley reached an agreement under which the aforementioned sum was shared by teams ranked outside the top ten of the season. But Concorde's last contract expired, and at the end of last season, the HRT team left the caravan, so Ecclestone decided that the eleventh-ranked team would no longer receive the award. The tenth place among the constructors in this year's championship is occupied by the Marussia team, as Jules Bianchi with thirteenth place in Malaysia secured them a better position than Caterham.
The Marussia team entered Formula One with Cosworth engines, but next season, when the motorsport queen’s race cars will be powered by smaller 1.6-liter V6 turbocharged engines, Cosworth will say goodbye to the sport again. Marussia therefore needs to find a new engine supplier, and we would prefer to work with Ferrari or Mercedes. "With the departure of Cosworth, we have to choose a new supplier. We will choose between Ferrari and Mercedes. We will see what the conditions will be, as price is an important factor. Prices for new engines will be higher than current ones," explained Marussie CEO Andy Webb. "We need to choose the right partner. We hope to be able to announce our decision in the next four weeks." Webb revealed that Marussia has already started working on the race car with
Max Chilton was knocked out in the first part of his first Formula One qualifiers, as his last lap, with which he tried to rank higher in the table, was interrupted by a yellow flag. The Briton had to break his fast lap when Charles Pic of Caterham and Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez smashed their race cars in the final moments of the first half. Chilton finished the qualifiers 0.762 seconds behind his Marussia teammate, Jules Bianchi. “My first qualifiers were tough, but I’m happy with my performance,” Chilton told Sky Sports. "It's a pity there were yellow flags, because I had to give up in that sector and I lost a lot of time. But we ended up in front of Caterham, and that's also what we wanted," he said.
Team boss John Booth admitted that they had quite a few problems over the winter testing at Marussia, but after this turbulent winter the sun was just shining for them: “We faced quite a few challenges over the winter, but we come to Australia with great optimism. I have to say that we are in the best shape so far in several areas, because everyone on the team is working hard. ”Of course, it is no secret that the team is also facing a financial challenge, as they had to fire Luzia Razio a few weeks ago. richer sponsors replaced Jules Bianchi. Either way, Booth believes the team is getting back on its feet and working in the right direction. In addition to speed, the team is supposed to have good endurance, which is certainly important, but more will be known in Melbourne, where Marussia is going with optimism: “A lot of