The Weekend F1 News Round Up

So today we have witnessed the Italian GP at Monza. Won by a certain young German Mr Sebastian Vettel.

The race was certainly not the most exciting race we've ever seen at the venue but it was helped but some incredibly good overtaking from Lewis Hamilton who started out of position in 12th but came through to take 9th place.

Sebastian now leads the FIA F1 World Championship by 53 points from Fernando Alonso who finished second today.


Jean Todt has confirmed he will stand for re-election as president of the FIA and as in my previous column you can learn more about his only confirmed rival for the position - David Ward.


The F1 Calendar has been released in a provisional form for 2014 showing a potential 21 races including Mexico (As I predicted in my previous column) Russia and Austria. The biggest surprise is that New Jersey is not on the calendar but this may well be posturing by Bernie to try and force through the money for the project and scare people into taking some action!

The other biggest change is that Korea would move to the early block of fly away races and that Bahrain is likely to be confirmed as a night race for its 10th anniversary race.

Bernie did however give an interview to Martin Brundle on Sky Sports F1 in which he refused all knowledge of the provisional calendar and claimed to have 22 races on his version (probably the published 21 + New Jersey) He also concluded that the team principles will not be happy with the increased calender.

No Calendar has been formally submitted or passed by the World Motorsport Council so plenty of rumour and counter rumour is likely until this happens at a likely December meeting.


Pirelli are likely to be confirmed as the sole tyre supplier for F1 very soon. Jean Todt confirmed that if all of the teams and the commercial rights holder are happy with Pirelli then there is little point in pushing the confirmation to a full tender and further delays.


The Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemelo has confirmed that he will have meetings mid week next week in order to confirm ASAP the driver line-up for 2014 stressing that he has not decided whether to keep Massa or opt to re-sign Raikkonen. Hulkenburg, Di Resta and Bianchi are also rumoured to be in the running for the drive however a certain amount of pride would have be swallowed in order to re-hire a driver who was paid off a very large sum of money to not drive for them any more!