The F1F daily rumour: 06/11/12

6 Nov

It was the first day of the Abu Dhabi young drivers test featuring McLaren, Red Bull, Sauber, Lotus, Caterham and Toro Rosso. Young Dane Kevin Magnussen set the fastest time of 1 minute 42.651 seconds. Full Story: If you’d like to see the full team line ups for the weekend click here.

Despite being involved in many a first lap crash Lotus are unconcerned by Romain Grosjean’s most recent incident in Abu Dhabi. Lotus boss Eric Boullier said that “he did not feel Grosjean was to blame” and that it will not have an “impact on the Frenchman’s future.” These announcements come at a pivotal time with Grosjean still not announced as driving for Lotus in 2013. Full Story:

F1 race winner Robert Kubica who hasn’t yet returned to the sport after a life threatening crash in Febuary 2011 will drive a Citroen World Rally Championship car in two upcoming rallies, the Rally di Como and the Rallye du Var. Kubica has recently made a return to rallying and it looks likely that he will do some testing for Pirelli’s F1 tyres next season. Full Story: F1SA

After the retirement of Lewis Hamilton from last weekends Abu Dhabi Grand Prix whilst leading the race Martin Whitmarsh has stressed that reliability problems are not common at McLaren and that it’s just a part of the sport. Full Story:

Caterham team principle Tony Fernandes has announced he will step down from his position before the end of the season to focus on his road car business. Although he doesn’t know who will replace him he said it will be someone who is already in F1. Full Story:

After performing strongly in the Italian Formula 3 series, Riccardo Agostini (champion) and Eddie Cheever (runner up) have been given the opportunity to test for Ferrari on the 9th November at Vallelunga driving the 2010 Ferrari that took Alonso to 2nd in the championship. The duo will be joined by European Formula 3 champion Daniel Juncadella. Full Story:

Sauber test driver Robin Frijns has revealed he’s twice declined to join the Red Bull young driver development programme saying “They treat you like a dog.” Frijns has today been driving for Sauber in the young drivers test and is set to become the teams reserve driver for 2013. Full Story: F1SA 

Ever wanted to know Jenson Button’s hangover cure or what his biggest vice is? Then read the full interview: Daily Mail Online.


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