Abu Dhabi GP
Nov 2

F1: Pirelli To Start 2014 Tire Testing At Brazilian Grand Prix

Pirelli expects a little bit of early testing to take place during the first practice session at the Brazil finale. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pirelli expects a little bit of early testing to take place during the first practice session at the Brazil finale. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pirelli will take some of next year’s development tires to the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix to give teams an early look at them.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery expects a little bit of early testing to take place during the first practice session at Interlagos at the end of this month.

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Nov 1

F1: Kvyat Is The Real Deal, Says Toro Rosso Boss

Daniil Kvyat will drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

will drive for Scuderia in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Scuderia Toro Rosso boss is adamant that new signee Daniil Kvyat is the real deal, in the light of his good form in GP3 and F3 this year.

The Russian will start his learning process by driving in FP1 in Austin and Interlagos.

“We will have a test with him next week to get the Super License,” said Tost on Friday. “Afterwards, he will go out on Friday in America and in Sao Paulo, and of course we will have winter time, where he has to do a lot of work with physical training, mental training, then working on the simulator to prepare him as good as possible for the next season.”

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Nov 1

F1: Frustrated Raikkonen Threatens Lotus Walk-Out

Kimi Raikkonen says he has not been paid by Lotus. (Photo: Getty Images)

says he has not been paid by . (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen say he only came to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix because he believes that he’s come to an “understanding” with the Lotus team on his unpaid salary – but made it clear that he could yet not complete the season.

Not for the first time Raikkonen failed to show up at the track on Thursday, leaving his arrival until the last minute amid speculation that he would boycott the race. Today he also said that he had not been paid all season.

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Nov 1

F1: Four-Time Champion Vettel Moves Ahead In Second Abu Dhabi Practice

Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel led Friday's second practice session at Yas Marina. (Photo: Getty Images)

drives during the second practice session at Yas Marina Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest time in the second practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday.

In cooler evening temperatures, the German clocked a best lap of 1 minute, 41.335 seconds to finish .155 ahead of Red Bull teammate and .355 clear of Mercedes driver .

driver was fourth quickest after narrowly avoiding a crash.

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Nov 1

F1: Revealing Q&A With Lotus F1 Team Co-Owner Gerard Lopez

Gerard Lopez, Chairman and majority owner of Lotus, looks on during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

, chairman and majority owner of , looks on during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

The relationship between and the Lotus team has been in the spotlight of late, not least because of the controversial radio message in India where the Finn was told to get out of ’s way. Meanwhile, the ongoing saga of the team’s failure to pay its star driver has put a firm focus on the financial situation.

Today, the team responded by issuing an interesting Q&A with co-owner Gerard Lopez. Featured here are the questions that relate to Raikkonen.

Q: How is the relationship with Kimi?

“Good. I speak with Kimi more than a lot of people probably realize and we rarely speak about . Of course, recently a lot was made about the comments between Alan Permane and Kimi during the course of a tense moment in a race, but this was just one exchange taking a matter of seconds in the course of a two-year relationship. It certainly wasn’t the most beneficial few seconds, but you have to step back and accept that everyone is passionate about racing and sometimes these things do happen.”

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