Jul 29

Michelin Interested In 2014 Series Return

during previews for the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 21, 2013 in Le Mans, France.

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’s interest in returning to is genuine, sources close to the FIA have confirmed.

While it’s long been assumed that Pirelli will remain as sole supplier in 2014, and has made commercial arrangements with both teams and Bernie Ecclestone, the bottom line is that it has not yet signed a deal with the FIA.

Nor has the FIA issue an official tender for the supply contract, which it would normally be expected to do.

It’s believed that Michelin’s formal interest would trigger a tender, and that the FIA will go through the motions of asking all possible suppliers if they are interested before considering the offers from those who are.

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Jul 28

Vettel Salvages Third After Bad Day At The Office

Vettel Salvages Third After Bad Day At The Office

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kept his challenge for a fourth World Championship by claiming third place despite hitting a few problems in Hungary.

After his first pit stop Vettel lost time behind Jenson Button – who was on a different strategy – and he also damaged his front wing in an attempt to get past.

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Jul 28

Alonso Emerges As Surprise Red Bull Candidate

Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso  sits in the pits during the third practice session at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest on July 27, 2013 ahead of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.    AFP PHOTO / FERENC ISZA        (Photo credit should read FERENC ISZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Talks between ’s manager and Christian Horner have set up the intriguing possibility of the Spanish star emerging as a candidate for a Red Bull seat.

While he obviously has a Ferrari contract it’s no secret that Alonso has been frustrated by the team’s failure to win the championship since he joined in 2010 – and especially the poor one-lap form the red cars have shown over the past three and half years.

The big question is whether he has a way of getting out of that contract due to a performance clause of some sort.

There is also the very obvious question of how Red Bull could work with both Vettel and Alonso on board, although on the other hand the marketing advantages would be huge – and at the same time the Ferrari package would be weakened.

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Jul 28

Hamilton Wins In Hungary

broke his drought on a swelteringly hot Sunday, winning the Hungarian Grand Prix to match Michael Schumacher’s track record of four wins.

Not that the Mercedes driver expected to win his first race since the United States GP last November, saying beforehand he would need “a miracle” despite qualifying in pole position for the third time in a row.

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