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Toro Rosso to use year-old Red Bull parts in 2019

Toro Rosso’s new car features many parts that were used on the 2018 Red Bull. Toro Rosso’s new car features many parts that were used on the 2018 Red Bull. With Ferrari moving closer to Sauber-Alfa Romeo and Haas buying many parts from Maranello, the rules now allow Red Bull and Toro Rosso to also collaborate more closely. For instance, the entire Honda-powered rear end of the new Toro Rosso will be identical to what is run by Red Bull. “Actually, this is the philosophy we followed until 2010 when the other competitors voted for a rule change,” said team boss Franz Tost. Toro Rosso duly boosted its workforce from 100 to 400 employees, but from 2019, the Faenza based team will be working much more closely with Red Bull once again. “We will buy some parts and ha...

Steiner ‘happy’ with Ferrari-Alfa alliance

Gunther Steiner says he is “happy” with the ever closer alliance between Ferrari and the team formerly known as Sauber. Gunther Steiner says he is “happy” with the ever closer alliance between Ferrari and the team formerly known as Sauber. Steiner is the boss at Haas, the small American team that has a close technical collaboration with Ferrari. However, Ferrari and ‘Sauber’ are moving even more closely together, with the rebranding of the Swiss team as Alfa Romeo and rumours of a full buyout. But Steiner is quoted by Speed Week as saying the Haas-Ferrari collaboration is still going strong. “What happens with Sauber and Alfa Romeo is none of our business,” he said. “I don’t think I am in a position to tell Ferrari what to do. The...

Vettel and Ferrari ‘deserve’ 2018 title – Wehrlein

Pascal Wehrlein says his countryman Sebastian Vettel deserves to win the 2019 world championship. Pascal Wehrlein says his countryman Sebastian Vettel deserves to win the 2019 world championship. Ferrari has announced that German Wehrlein, who also drives in Formula E, will be a Ferrari simulator driver this year. Also in the simulator at Maranello in 2019 will be ousted Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley, even though the New Zealander’s father said recently that a Ferrari role is “not the direction we are looking in at all”. Former Manor and Sauber driver Wehrlein is happy with his new job in red. “It makes me extremely proud. It’s an honour for me to work for Ferrari,” he said. Wehrlein is a friend of Vettel’s, and it has been reported that the qu...

Alfa to reveal innovative 2019 car – report

Sauber – now called Alfa Romeo – could have a surprise in store with the design of its 2019 car. Sauber – now called Alfa Romeo – could have a surprise in store with the design of its 2019 car. That is the claim of Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. The authoritative sports newspaper claims the new Alfa will have a radical shape as it has been designed with “as little caution as possible”. It is claimed team boss Frederic Vasseur has also recruited staff heavily over the winter period, thanks in part to the collaboration with Ferrari and the signing of Kimi Raikkonen. The 2019 Sauber has been designed by former Ferrari designer Simone Resta, and will reportedly feature “interesting innovations” not seen on any other F1 car so far. La Gazz...

Sauber, now Alfa, gets 2019 budget boost

Sauber will reportedly enjoy a big budget boost in 2019. Sauber will reportedly enjoy a big budget boost in 2019. The Hinwil based team has a new name for the new season — Alfa Romeo. “Alfa Romeo Racing, operated by Sauber Motorsport. New name, Same game!” the team announced on Twitter. “It’s a pity that the legendary Sauber name is going,” former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov told Russia’s Championat. However, it is a firm indication of an ever closer relationship with Ferrari. Both Alfa Romeo and Ferrari are owned by Fiat Chrysler. BudgetBookGP claims the former EUR 50 million Alfa sponsorship will be doubled for 2019 and “allow the team to target 250 million euros of budget per season”. It could mean the Swiss-based team starts to compete ...

Giovinazzi may beat Raikkonen in 2019 – Minardi

F1 veteran Kimi Raikkonen will need to race hard to beat his young rookie teammate in 2019. F1 veteran Kimi Raikkonen will need to race hard to beat his young rookie teammate in 2019. That is the view of Gian Carlo Minardi, a former F1 team owner and boss. Minardi, 71, hailed fellow Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, ahead of the 25-year-old’s first full season in F1. “It is a very important signal for the whole of Italian motor sport, for young drivers, and also for the future of the Italian grand prix,” he told minardi.it. Minardi tipped Giovinazzi, who like Charles Leclerc is a product of Ferrari‘s development ‘academy’, to give 2007 world champion Raikkonen a run for his money at Sauber in 2019. “The Finn will have to look over his shoulder carefully ...

Vettel hopes Schumacher races for Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel has welcomed news that Mick Schumacher has signed up with Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel has welcomed news that Mick Schumacher has signed up with Ferrari. Schumacher, the 19-year-old son of Vettel’s mentor Michael, has joined Ferrari’s driver development ‘academy’. “It’s great for him,” Vettel said at the race of champions event in Mexico. “I hope he stays with us for a long time and one day he can drive with me. Or maybe I can hand over the steering wheel to him when I stop one day,” he is quoted by DPA news agency. Ferrari’s new team boss, Mattia Binotto, says he has known Schumacher “from birth”. Mick was born in 1999, one year before Michael Schumacher won his first of five titles for Ferrari. “I...

Schumacher tipped to sign Ferrari deal

Mick Schumacher could be about to sign up with Ferrari’s driver development ‘academy’. Mick Schumacher could be about to sign up with Ferrari‘s driver development ‘academy’. International publications including La Repubblica, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Autosprint and RTL claim the son of F1’s most successful driver could sign the deal in the coming days. Schumacher, 19, won the European F3 title this year and is tipped to follow in the footsteps of his father Michael with a career in formula one. As part of the Ferrari deal, Mick could take part in the post-grand prix young driver tests in Bahrain and Spain this year, the media reports claim. The last two high profile products of the Ferrari academy are Antonio Giovinazzi, who will race for Sauber th...

Sauber still building staff numbers – Vasseur

Sauber is still building up its staff numbers, boss Frederic Vasseur has revealed. Sauber is still building up its staff numbers, boss Frederic Vasseur has revealed. The Swiss team almost collapsed two years ago, but a buyout as well as a new alliance with Ferrari and Alfa Romeo now has Sauber feeling more confident about the future. For 2019, the team will field Ferrari refugee Kimi Raikkonen, while boss Vasseur continues his mission to bolster the workforce after a difficult period. “We did have around 320 people, but today there are 430,” he told the Swiss newspaper Blick. “We have employed more than 50 new engineers alone. For 2019 we still have 35 vacancies,” Vasseur said. “The Alfa Romeo name makes it easier to fill positions. We have become a very good ...

Raikkonen ‘motivated’ for Sauber – Giovinazzi

Antonio Giovinazzi thinks his 2019 teammate Kimi Raikkonen will help him at Sauber next year. Antonio Giovinazzi thinks his 2019 teammate Kimi Raikkonen will help him at Sauber next year. 2019 will be the Ferrari-backed Italian’s first full season in F1, following two one-off starts for the Swiss team last year. Giovinazzi, 24, will be paired with Ferrari refugee and 2007 world champion Raikkonen. “Charles (Leclerc) said he talked to Vettel from time to time and Kimi a little,” Giovinazzi said at an awards night hosted by Italian magazine Autosprint. “But on the day of testing I talked with him (Raikkonen) a lot, like never before,” he revealed. “He is very motivated by this new experience, so as a world champion who is winning again he will help me to d...

Vettel says new teammate Leclerc ‘a good guy’

Sebastian Vettel insists he is not worried about getting a new Ferrari teammate for 2019. Sebastian Vettel insists he is not worried about getting a new Ferrari teammate for 2019. The German has lost his preferred teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, who amused observers of the FIA gala with his drunken antics. In the Finn’s place is Charles Leclerc, a highly rated young driver who moves up from Sauber. “The harmony between Kimi and I meant that we didn’t waste time with various things,” Vettel told the Swiss newspaper Blick. “Everyone is different, and we will see how Charles and I will work together. But he is a good guy and Ferrari is a huge chance for him. “The basic rule is unchanged — you always want to beat the other,” Vettel added. However, some...

Departing Ericsson says F1 ‘artificial’

Marcus Ericsson has departed F1 by saying the category is “a bit artificial”. Marcus Ericsson has departed F1 by saying the category is “a bit artificial”. The Swede drove in F1 for Caterham and Sauber, but he has lost his race seat for 2019 and is switching to Indycar. Ericsson, 28, got his first taste of Indycar with a test in America this week. He is quoted by Brazil’s Globo: “This brings me back to why I fell in love with racing. “F1 will always be F1, but it’s a bit artificial in some ways,” Ericsson added. “In F1 you always start with perfection, but here you have to deal with the car and then perfect it. It’s a lot more work for the driver, which is the biggest difference. “It brings me back to the passion of ra...

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