Jan 22

F1: Force India Is First Team To Reveal 2014 Car

Unveiling the dramatic new Force India VJM07. (Photo: Force India)

Here is a rendering of the dramatic new Force India VJM07. (Photo: Sahara Force India)

Force India has unveiled a picture of its new VJM07, thus becoming the first team to give an indication of what a 2014 car looks like.

However, the side view doesn’t show the nose, the most controversial element of the new rules package.

The team has also unveiled a dramatic new livery, with black now added to the familiar Indian national colors of white, green and orange.

As before, the car uses a Mercedes power unit, but the big change is a switch of a gearbox supplier from McLaren to Mercedes.

Jan 21

F1: Van Der Garde Takes On Test Role For Sauber

Giedo Van Der Garde during practice for the F1 Australian GP in Melbourne on March 16, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Giedo van der Garde stands by during practice for the Australian GP on March 16, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Giedo van der Garde has joined Sauber as test and reserve driver, and the Dutchman has been guaranteed some Friday sessions and in-season tests as part of the deal.

Van der Garde was not able to conclude a deal to race for Caterham, presumably for commercial reasons.

Jan 21

F1: Di Resta Returns To DTM, Potentially Set For Mercedes F1 Role

Paul di Resta attends the drivers press conference for the Korean F1 GP at Korea International Circuit on Oct 3, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Paul Di Resta is out of Formula One — at least for now. (Photo: Getty Images)

Paul Di Resta is returning to DTM with Mercedes this year, having been dropped by Force India at the end of last year.

The new deal opens up the possibility of him working with the Mercedes F1 team, his recent experience making him an obvious candidate for simulator running or even testing. Di Resta says that his potential involvement will be discussed soon.

Jan 21

SportsCars: Zanardi Returns, Will Run Blancpain Sprint Series

Newly announced BMW Works Driver Alessandro Zanardi (IT) with the BMW Z4. (Photo: BMW Motorsport)

Newly announced BMW Works driver Alex Zanardi stands with his BMW Z4. (Photo: BMW Motorsport)

Following months of rumors and speculation, BMW Motorsport made it official Tuesday, confirming that Alex Zanardi will make his racing return in 2014, driving a BMW Z4 GT3 in the newly named Blancpain Sprint Series (formerly FIA GT Series).

The 47-year-old former open-wheel star will rejoin the the Roberto Ravaglia-led squad, which he drove for in his first comeback to racing in the European and World Touring Car Championships from 2003-09, when the Italian claimed four victories at the wheel of a BMW 320i.