Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

WEDNESDAY 19 DECEMBER

Gary Hartstein has admitted his fury at the FIA after the governing body's decision not to renew his contract as F1's chief doctor beyond 2012.

Full story: F1 Today

Mercedes have conceded they are under even more pressure to produce a winning car for Lewis Hamilton than they were during Michael Schumacher's three-year stint with the team.

Norbert Haug
Norbert Haug says he is stepping down at Mercedes due to their lack of success since 2010

Full story: Daily Mail

Outgoing Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug has admitted he is stepping down due to the team's lack of success in F1 since 2010.

Full story: F1 Today

The proposed F1 night race in Bangkok looks set to make its first appearance on the calendar a year later than originally proposed,

Full story: Crash.net

Force India will launch their 2013 challenger at Silverstone on 1 February next year.

Full story: Planet F1

WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has played down the chances of Austria returning to the F1 calendar as 2013's 20th race, adding that he was "right now thinking about returning to Turkey". Asked about what would happen if that race did not come off, he said: "I think next year we will go with 19 grands prix."

Full story: Kleine Zeitung (in German)

Kamui Kobayashi
Kamui Kobayashi is the best Japanese driver to ever race in F1, according to ex-F1 champion Alan Jones

A gang of robbers who targeted Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and others were convicted today of a series of terrifying raids. The gang are believed to have raked in £2million from stalking some of London's wealthiest businessmen, bankers and celebrities.

Full story: London Evening Standard

The European Commission should examine terms Formula 1 has promised top-ranked teams Ferrari and Red Bull to see if the payments are anti-competitive, the former Williams team chairman Adam Parr said.

Full story: Bloomberg

Sauber say their 2013 car has passed all its mandatory FIA safety tests and is ready for the start of pre-season testing on 5 February.

Full story: Sauber on Twitter

Former world champion Alan Jones believes Kamui Kobayashi, who is currently without a seat for next year, is the best Japanese driver to have ever competed in grand prix racing.

Full story: Autosport

Texas State Comtroller Susan Combs has approved a payment of $29.3m (£18.2m) from the state Major Events Trust Fund to organisers of November's F1 race, slightly less than what a group affiliated with Circuit of the Americas had requested in July.

Full story: the Statesman

Nico Hulkenberg says he feels ready to lead Sauber when he joins the Swiss team next season. The German adds that he hopes Santa Claus delivers him a competitive car for 2013.

Ferrari gifts on display at an event - tweeted by Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso tweeted the Ferrari gifts on display at a team event

Full story: Formula1.com

Former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello is set to continue his motor racing career on home soil in 2013 in the Brazilian Stock Car Championship. He could not raise the funds needed to extend his stay in IndyCar beyond a debut season.

Full story: GP Update

Renault have appointed Arnaud Boulanger as their new director of motorsport, taking over from Jean-Pascal Dauce.

Full story: Pitpass

Fernando Alonso tweeted a picture of all the goodies lined up for the Ferrari event he's at today.

Fernando Alonso on Twitter

TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER

Formula 1 teams now have enough tyre expertise to avoid a repeat of 2012's early 'random' results next season, reckons Mercedes boss Ross Brawn.

Full story: Autosport

Paul di Resta has admitted that driving for a front-running team is firmly on his mind ahead of 2013, with the Scot eager to fight for podiums and victories. Although yet to be officially confirmed at Force India, the 26-year-old is almost certain to stay on.

Paul di Resta
Paul di Resta says driving for a front-running team is firmly on his mind ahead of 2013.

Full story: GP Update

McLaren is aiming to achieve two-second pitstop as 'standard' in the 2013 Formula 1 season.

Full story: Autosport

New Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg has revealed his excitement at being the team's senior star in 2013.

Full story: Formula1fancast

"Home and feeling great. Last bit of metal out of my lower leg. Feeling lighter already." Mark Webber shows off the metalwork removed from is leg that had been in place since his 2008 bike accident.

Mark Webber on Twitter

MONDAY 10 DECEMBER

Lewis Hamilton has said leaving McLaren was the toughest decision he has ever made but he needed to move elsewhere to "grow up".

Full story: Daily Mail

Hamilton was given a three-foot model of his title-winning MP4-23 on the day he said his goodbyes to his McLaren team.

Full story: ESPN F1

Adrian Newey
Adrian Newey says it is becoming more challenging to find performance gains with the 2013 Red Bull

Hamilton has said he feels it will be at least six months before he can have an impact on Mercedes' development in the 2013 F1 season.

Full story: Crash.net

Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey has admitted that it is becoming more challenging to find performance gains with the 2013 Red Bull.

Full story: Autosport

Sauber's new C32 chassis is on schedule both in terms of performance and production ahead of the 2013 campaign, with the new design set to be ready for the opening pre-season test at Jerez.

Full story: GP Update

Former F1 driver Michael Schumacher was on two wheels last week when he hit he track alongside biking legends John McGuiness and Randy Mamola.

Full story: Mercedes

Adrian Sutil
Adrian Sutil has been linked with a return to Force India next season

Marussia driver Timo Glock believes a bigger budget is key for Marussia if the team is to make a significant step forward in the Formula 1 field.

Full story: Autosport

Adrian Sutil could be set for a return to F1 after being linked with Force India for the 2013 season.

Full story: Crash.net

McLaren's Jenson Button completed his first marathon with a sub-three hour time. He clocked two hours 58 minutes.

Full story: Jenson Button on Twitter

SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and his boss Christian Horner picked up their World Championship trophies at the FIA prize giving gala in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday evening.

Full story: Formula1.com

Sebastian Vettel and Christian Horner
Sebastian Vettel and Christian Horner picked up their World Championship trophies in Istanbul

Former Williams chairman Adam Parr says he left the team as he believed Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone wanted him out.

Full story: Reuters

Toro Rosso owner Dietrich Mateschitz has called on his junior team to raise its game after a disappointing 2012 season.

Full story: Autosport

Former F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella drove a 2009 Ferrari along the streets of Bologna as part of the annual motor show.

Full story: Ferrari

Former F1 commentator Murray Walker believes Sebastian Vettel will go on to surpass Michael Schumacher's record of seven World Championships.

Full story: Metro

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen made a comedy video message for his team to play at their Christmas party as he was unable to attend because it clashed the FIA prize giving gala.

Mark Webber's hospital breakfast
Mark Webber's hospital breakfast after planned surgery on his leg

Full story: Lotus F1 TV

Red Bull driver Mark Webber says his planned surgery, following a bike crash in 2008 when he broke his leg, went well and he's now on the mend.

Full story: Mark Webber on Twitter

While the top three drivers headed to the prize-giving ceremony, Bruno Senna, who is still searching for a drive next season, headed to Sao Paulo to watch tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki play an exhibition match.

Full story: Bruno Senna on Twitter

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