The FIA and Pirelli have finally gotten around to announcing that the Italian company has signed a new three-year F1 tire supply contract.
The confirmation comes just 12 days before the start of 2014 testing in Jerez.
Bernie Ecclestone is to face bribery charges, the Munich state prosecutor has confirmed.
The charges relate to the now infamous $44m payment Ecclestone made in 2005 to former banker Gerhard Gribkowksy, who is currently serving an 8 1/2 year jail sentence. Gribkowsky, who was chief risk officer at BayernLB, was found guilty of tax evasion and bribery.
Ferrari will launch its 2014 car on the afternoon of Saturday Jan. 25, the day after McLaren unveils its new machine online.
Ferrari has taken the unusual step of asking the public to name the car, with an online poll between five different options. The names reflect either the year of 2014, or the 1.6-litre V6 engine configuration.
The choices are F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo and F616.
If you would like to vote, have a look here: http://2014f1car.ferrari.com/en/#countdown
Mansour Ojjeh has relinquished his role as a director of the McLaren Group, and has been replaced by his younger brother Aziz, his partner in the TAG organization.
Ojjeh had a double lung transplant late last year after battling IPF lung disease, and thus it’s perhaps no surprise that he is cutting back on his business commitments. He has been a low-key but important player in F1 for more than 30 years.
Some – even Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo – believe pitting former undisputed ‘number 1′ Fernando Alonso against the team’s 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen is a bold risk.
“But I have been here since the early 70s,” the Italian said recently, “and I know that risk is something you have to live with in Formula 1.”
Ecclestone, Formula 1′s chief executive, usually likes to see the sport’s top drivers spread across the most competitive teams.
But he thinks Alonso versus Raikkonen at Ferrari, Formula 1′s most famous team, will be “fun”.