From ESPN F1 Marussia has confirmed Alexander Rossi will race for the team at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend in place of Max Chilton “while contractual issues are resolved”. The surprise announcement was made on Thursday afternoon, meaning Rossi, who only joined the team as a reserve driver in July, will make his F1 debut at Spa-Francorchamps. It will also be the first time he has competed for Marussia since his move from Caterham, where he took part in numerous Friday practice sessions. “It goes without saying that I am thrilled to be given…

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From GrandPrix 247 Former Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has likened his tussle for this season’s title with Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg to a game of poker. Heading to the Belgian Grand Prix at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps, Rosberg has an 11-point lead over his British teammate with eight races of the season remaining and their rivalry has become increasingly volatile over the course of the year. Hamilton disobeyed team orders by refusing to slow down to allow Rosberg to pass him during last month’s Hungarian Grand Prix, and…

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From Autosport Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andre Lotterer could make a surprise Formula 1 debut with Caterham at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. AUTOSPORT understands that the German, who has most recently enjoyed success as an Audi factory LMP1 driver and in the Japanese Super Formula championship, is in contention to secure a drive for the Leafield-based team at Spa-Francorchamps. Caterham is undergoing a restructure under new owners, and the outfit made it clear in recent weeks that it was open to the possibility of changing…

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Hello everyone, F1 is on break and I decided I should spend some time with the kids, the wife, my cats and working around the house. But that does not mean I have not been hard at work when it comes to F1 and blogging. I am currently working on a few posts for next week, race week, when everybody says vacation, complete, racing, on. Then it is back to work at one of F1′s most liked circuits, SPA… The second half of 2014 will be in my opinion…

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The summer break is upon us, all F1 activity has taken a powder and although there is still a news cycle to follow most of the stories are either repeats of what we have already read ad nauseum or just not that interesting.  The one exception is that Bernie Eccelstone appears to have bribed his way out of the trouble he got into for making a bribe to a German Banker. Right now this is only a rumor and there are no details so best to let this one develop a…

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From GrandPrix 247 Fresh talent is in no short supply on the Formula 1 grid this year, as Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas establish themselves among the elite. But if you ask Marc Surer, a former driver turned commentator for German television, he is one of many in the paddock who doesn’t hesitate for a second when asked who he would sign up if he ran a team. “Kvyat,” Surer told Speed Week instantly, referring to Russian youngster Daniil Kvyat, who has only just graduated from his teens. “He is the…

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From SkySports Ferrari have denied that Pat Fry has been sacked amid claims that the team’s engineering director will pay the price for the Scuderia’s lacklustre campaign. Contacted by Sky Sports Online on Monday evening, a team spokesman rejected reports Fry had been sacked in the wake of their dismal start to the 2014 season. However, according to Sky sources, Fry will be dismissed in the latest act of behind-the-scenes bloodletting following the team’s underwhelming performances at the dawn of F1’s new hybrid era. Team boss Stefano Domenicali…

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From ESPN F1 Lewis Hamilton says he was stunned Mercedes asked him to move aside for Nico Rosberg during the Hungarian Grand Prix considering the fact the pair are currently fighting for the title. During a supreme drive Hamilton went from the pit lane to third, though his chance of victory slipped away in the end on worn medium tyres behind Fernando Alonso. Nico Rosberg had been caught out by the original safety car period and eventually fell behind Hamilton, albeit on a three-stop strategy to his team-mate’s two…

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From ESPN F1  Lewis Hamilton topped Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Nico Rosberg as the two Mercedes drivers prepared for round 11 of their championship battle. Hamilton was 0.238s faster than Rosberg on his best lap on soft tyres, although Rosberg had the upperhand in the middle sector. Some of Rosberg’s radio conversations were broadcast during the session, with the Mercedes driver asking for driving advice from his pit wall in the closing laps of his final long run. Sebastian Vettel was Mercedes’ closest rival,…

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From GrandPrix 247 Fernando Alonso could be free to walk away from Ferrari, although technically, the Spaniard remains under contract to the struggling Maranello team until the end of 2016. “I’m sure he is very frustrated,” Niki Lauda told the Spanish newspaper El Pais earlier this week. But “he can’t just go to McLaren because he has a contract that he can’t get out of unless he’s sacked. Sometimes you choose a car and you’re wrong.” Mercedes Team Chairman Lauda, however, may not be entirely correct. There are at least…

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