Bottas confirmed for Williams in 2013.

The finn Valtteri Bottas was confirmed as Number 2 driver by Williams in 2013. Bottas will drive his first F1 season with Pastor Maldonado. So Bruno Senna is out from the team and has no cockpit for the next season yet.

Bottas was driving in Formula Renault and the Formel 3 Euroseries. He won the Formula 3 Masters in Zandvoort twice (2009, 2010). He was never bader than fifth in any championships were he was driving. In 2011 he won the GP3 Series and got a Testdrive cockpit by Williams in 2010 He took part in 15 FP’s in 2011 & 2012 .

He wanted to concetrate on the Testdrive job in 2012 so didn’t drove in a other Formula series in that year. Bottas is a very talented driver and will perfom well next year, better than a Grosjean, who had good car but messed it up with his crashes and mistakes this season.  But one thing is sure, he deserved the driver’s seat by Williiams.

Valtteri Bottas’s career:

2000-2006: Kart career

2007: Formula Renault UK Winter Series (won the Championship, but couldn’t win it because he didn’t had the licence for it)

2008: Formula Renault Eurocup & Formula Renault Northern European Cup (he won 17 races overall and was champion in both series)

2009: Formula Three Euroseries & Masters of Formula 3 (3rd in the championship and Rookie of the season but he didn’t won a single race, winner of the Masters of Formula 3)

2010: Masters of Formula 3 & Formual Three Euroseries & Williams F1 testdriver (3rd in the championship again and he was the first driver ever to win the Masters of Formula 3 twice)

2011: GP3 Series & Williams F1 testdriver (Champion of the GP3 series wth ART GP, the same team he was driving in the F3 Euroseries, drove he’s first F1 FP at the Malaisyan GP)

2012: Williams F1 testdriver

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Heikki Kovaleinen considering WRC for 2013

Heikki Kovalainen considering to do what Kimi Raikkonen did four years ago if he doesn’t find a drive in Formula One next season i.e participating in the World Rally Championship.

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His chances of remaining on the Formula One grid in 2013 looking to be slim, the Finn doesn’t rule out a change to other form of motorsport next season.

“There’s not much outside of Formula One that interests me,” he said, “but rallying is one of those things. Sometimes I think it’s a bit surprising that I didn’t become a rally driver earlier in life; I had lots of opportunities when I was growing up to drive on forest tracks, like most kids in Finland, but then I discovered racing circuits! Next year we’ll see what happens: there’s life outside Formula One as well.”

Kimi Raikkonen spent two seasons in the FIA World Rally Championship between 2010 and 2011 during a sabbatical from grand prix racing. He bagged several top 10 finishes and a fastest stage time in Germany along the way.

If Heikki Kovalainen did make the move to rallying and the WRC in particular then he would be in good company with several Finnish drivers in regular action in the global series, including works Citroen pilot Mikko Hirvonen and factory Volkswagen runner Jari-Matti Latvala.

Heikki Kovalainen is one of the few people to have defeated Sebastien Loeb in an identical rally car: the two went head-to-head in the Champion of Champions final at the 2004 Race of Champions, with Kovalainen beating Loeb in a Peugeot 307 WRC – despite never having sat in the car before. He consequently became the first non-rally driver to win the Henri Toivonen Memorial Trophy.

Red Bull to pay Sebastian Vettel €3m as title bonus

Sebastian Vettel will add an additional EUR 3 million as bonus money to his bank account for winning the 2012 drivers title.
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Yesterday we reported that Red Bull Racing’s staff will be paid $16,000 as world championship bonus.

That alone will cost the energy drink-owned team over 8 million.

Sebastian Vettel told Germany’s newspaper Bild: “If you do a good job, you get a bonus. Everyone is working for the same goal, whether you’re a mechanic or the postman.”

Lotus owner Lopez has ‘desire’ to keep Romain Grosjean

Despite looking safe to keep his seat for 2013, Lotus is making Romain Grosjean wait.

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The team rates the Frenchman’s raw speed very highly, but he has had a tumultuous season.

The final chapter was in Brazil, where he crashed both in qualifying and the race.

“At the moment we are having a few days or a few weeks of consideration,” team boss Eric Boullier is quoted by RMC Sport.

“This season, there were not terrible things and not great things. But we’re not going to bury the kid, he did three podiums.”

And team owner Genii’s Gerard Lopez told Speed Week: “The chance that he races with us in 2013 is great.”

Grosjean, 26, admitted in Brazil that after the ups and downs of his return to F1 this year, he is exhausted.

“It is time to stop and take two months off,” he said. “I hope I’ll be there next year.”

Lopez told L’Equipe: “Romain is one of the fastest drivers in F1.

“He understands the car, he can get the most from it, but he has not done everything we asked of him, especially in terms of consistency.

“But the kind of speed he has does not grow on trees.

“The reason he is not yet confirmed for 2013 is because we have not yet had time to sit down and discuss it together with the engineers. Then we’ll see.

“My desire is to see Romain in the car, but it depends more on him than me.”

Source: F1zone.net

Red Bull staff will get big bonus for winning title again

Constructors champion Red Bull Racing have decide to pay every member of its staff with a bonus $16,000 after winning the Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships for a third, consecutive time in 2012, the Telegraph reports.

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This will cost the energy drink-owned squad millions, but not as much as the financial windfall of winning the title as spelled out in the Concorde Agreement brings them. According to Telegraph’s Tom Cary McLaren failing to leapfrog Ferrari for second place in the constructors’ standings in Brazil cost them about $12 million.

Tyre statistics of 2012 by Pirelli

Pirelli have successfully completed its second full season as F1’s official tyre supplier, and following the last race of the season at Brazil, the Italian company has released the following stats, showing how its tyres were used throughout the 20 races in 2012.
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– Total number of tyres provided for the season: Race tyres: 31,800 of which 22,500 dry tyres and 9,300 wet tyres plus an additional 6,600 for the tests (not including development tyres)
– Of which (for race tyres only): supersoft: 6 % / soft: 25 % / medium: 21 % / hard: 17 % / intermediate: 18 % / wet: 11 % / 2 % development tyres
– Total numbers of tyres used: Dry tyres: 21,400; wet tyres: 2,100
– Number of tyres recycled during 2012: All, i.e. 31,800 race tyres plus 6,600 test tyres
– Average life span of a dry compound this season: 180 km
– Average life span of a wet compound this season: 140 km

Tracks, Races and Tests
– Longest continuous energy input into a tyre: India (turn 10-11)
– Longest race of the year: Malaysia in 2hrs 44min 51.812s
– Shortest race of the year: Great Britain in 1 hr 25min 11.288s
– Most laps run on Pirelli tyres: Hard – Kobayashi (798); Medium – Senna (869); Soft – Ricciardo (1,012); Supersoft – Raikkonen (237); Intermediate – Alonso (145); Wet – Kobayashi (104)
– Highest top speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 248.241 kph (Hamilton / Italy Qualifying)
– Slowest top speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 161.828 kph (Schumacher / Monaco Qualifying)
– Most fastest laps in 2011: Sebastian Vettel (5 in race / 6 in qualifying)
– Distance covered by Pirelli’s Renault R30 test car in 2012: 7,012 kms
– Number of different test tracks visited by Pirelli staff this year (incl. private tests): 9

Pit stops
– Total number of pit stops for the year: 957 (of which 14 were a Drive Through and 2 a stop&go penalty)
– Total average number of stops per race: 47.9, i.e. 1.9 per driver
– Most pit stops in a race: 76 (Malaysia)
– Least pit stops in a race: 24 (United States)
– Fastest pit stop time: 2.31s (McLaren / Jenson Button at the German Grand Prix)

Overtaking
– Number of overtaking manoeuvres in 2012: 994 (not including Brazil)
– Most overtaking manoeuvres in a dry race: 90 at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix
– Most overtaking manoeuvres in a wet race: 76 at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix
– Least overtaking manouevres in a dry race: 12 at the Monaco Grand Prix

Other interesting numbers
– Total kilometres driven by all the P Zero compounds in 2012 (races and tests): Hard – 101,692; Medium – 121,840; Soft – 123,270; Supersoft – 21,993; Intermediate – 13,770; Wet – 7,930
– Coldest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: United States Grand Prix at 11 degrees Celsius (17.11.); coldest overall: Jerez winter testing at 0 degrees Celsius (10.02.)
– Hottest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Brazilian Grand Prix at 55 degrees Celsius (23.11.)
– Coldest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: United States Grand Prix at 4 degrees Celsius (17.11); coldest overall: Jerez winter testing at -2 degrees Celsius (10.11.)
– Hottest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Grand Prix of Europe at 37 degrees Celsius (21.06.)
– Amount of time spent downloading all tyre data on the RTS system this year (incl. tests): 92 hrs
– Number of track/air temperature taken by tyre fitter per race weekend: 124
– Total distance travelled by all F1 tyres in 2012 (off-track): 216,967 kms

Pirelli F1 and its people
– Total number of Pirelli people travelling to each race: 52
– Total number of nationalities within the Pirelli F1 team: 10
– Average amount of hours spent by each Pirelli staff member on a plane this year: 192 hrs (or 8 days!)
– Number of Pirelli wristbands given out during the season in the paddock: 4,450
– Total number of hotel nights booked for the Pirelli team: 1,498

Pirelli’s F1 Trucks & Hospitality
– Total amount of trucks at European races: 13
– Total average kilometres travelled by each Pirelli truck in 2012: 31,125 kms
– Numbers of meals served at the Pirelli F1 hospitality (incl. tests): 24,132
– Number of coffees served by Pirelli hospitality during the season: 28,350
– Number of different pasta recipes cooked by Pirelli’s chef this year: 314
– Amount of mascarpone used for tiramisu and other dolci: 205 kgs

Pirelli in Formula One overall (since 1950)
– Races started: 242
– Wins: 83
– Pole positions: 86
– Podium places: 256
– Fastest laps: 90
– Constructors Championships: 2