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Driver of the Year: Kimi Raikkonen

Driver of the Year: Kimi Raikkonen

Picture a pitch black stage. A drum roll begins, growing quickly to an explosive crescendo as a spotlight suddenly illuminates a microphone stand…a figure trudges into the limelight wearing a baseball cap with a straightened peak, a black t-shirt and khaki utility shorts. Ice blue eyes peer into the darkness for a few seconds before […]

Grand Prix International #51

Grand Prix International #51

As part of the festive season and to celebrate a fantastic year of grand prix racing we are giving YallaF1.com readers a chance to sample Grand Prix International of Edition #51 for FREE for iPad for readers to download now and below to read it with just about every device available including any web browser.

This is our last issue of the 2012 calendar year, the 51st publication of this year and the 51st since the first edition which kick-started this project back in January 2012.

Common denominator with the first issue and this one: Kimi Raikkonen on the cover. For issue number one we were trumpeting his comeback to Formula, this time around declaring him the Driver of the Year – how time flies.
We dedicate the entire edition to The Iceman, his exploits on track and his choicest quotes. When men of few words speak, it is always worth listening and Kimi does not disappoint. We also have a tribute to the ten different F1 cars he drove during his ten seasons as an F1 driver including a special non-F1 ride which is ultra-cool.

Ecclestone: CVC will be forced to get rid of me if the Germans come after me

Ecclestone: CVC will be forced to get rid of me if the Germans come after me

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that his bosses at Formula One owners CVC would probably oust him if he is pursued by German prosecutors, with convicted bribe recipient and ex F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky already in jail, it is reported that F1′s 82-year-old chief executive could be next in the sights of the prosecutors. Last month, […]

Brabham name could return to F1

Brabham name could return to F1

Dec.31 (GMM) The famous Brabham name could return to Formula One, more than a decade since it made its last appearance at the 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix. Former triple world champion Sir Jack Brabham, an Australian who is now 86, founded his eponymous team in 1960 and it later raced under Bernie Ecclestone’s stewardship. The […]

Whiting: F1 will get used to the sound of V6 turbo engines

Whiting: F1 will get used to the sound of V6 turbo engines

Dec.31 (GMM) Charlie Whiting, the highest ranking FIA official at grands prix, is adamant that Formula One will not miss the sound of the current V8 engines. For the past couple of decades, fans have been spoiled by the ear-splitting tones of normally aspirated V12,V10, and more recently 8-cylinder power plants. But from 2014, the […]

Impossible to keep HRT going reveals Sala

Impossible to keep HRT going reveals Sala

Dec.31 (GMM) HRT team boss Luis Perez-Sala has admitted that the Spanish team’s Formula One dream is over. After three seasons at the back of the F1 grid, the Spanish backmarker has folded, even though official confirmation (other than Sala’s admissions during an interview) has not yet emerged. “It was impossible to go on,” Sala, […]

Maldonado given most penalties in 2012 but none for Alonso

Maldonado given most penalties in 2012 but none for Alonso

Dec.28 (GMM) If Pastor Maldonado was the penalty king, then Fernando Alonso would be the prince of fair play when the official FIA sanctions were tallied at the end of the 2012 Formula One season. That is the finding of Brazil’s Globo Esporte, having compiled a list of the official FIA penalties attracted by F1′s […]

Grosjean: I made rookie mistakes wanting the first win at all costs

Grosjean: I made rookie mistakes wanting the first win at all costs

Romain Grosjean thinks that he is ready to take a more mature approach to Formula One, after an incident packed season which tarnished his image and almost cost him his place with the Lotus team for 2013. After the abortive start to his F1 career at scandal-ridden Renault in 2009, the Frenchman got a second chance […]

Mercedes and Ferrari 2013 cars pass FIA crash tests

Mercedes and Ferrari 2013 cars pass FIA crash tests

Dec.28 (GMM) The monocoques of two more Formula One teams’ 2013 cars have passed the mandatory FIA crash tests, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, one of them is Mercedes’ W04, to be raced next year by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The report said that the silver single seater will have a new […]

Raikkonen: Happy with DRS clampdown

Raikkonen: Happy with DRS clampdown

Dec.28 (GMM) Banning the use of DRS, the Formula One moveable rear wing device, on Friday and Saturday of race weekends is a good move, Kimi Raikkonen has declared. DRS was introduced in 2011 to make overtaking easier during grands prix. But because the FIA feared that setup compromises would minimise the effectiveness of the […]

Petrov set to stay with Caterham for 2013

Petrov set to stay with Caterham for 2013

Dec.28 (GMM) Russian media sources report that Vitaly Petrov is set to keep his Caterham seat for the 2013 F1 season, the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat claims. Already this week, the 28-year-old’s manager Oksana Kosachenko revealed that “all the necessary work on our part is done — and it’s for Caterham to decide”. Petrov’s teammate […]

Barrichello to stock cars but no DTM for Zanardi

Barrichello to stock cars but no DTM for Zanardi

Dec.28 (GMM) Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi will not be racing in the German touring car series DTM in 2013, while Brazilian  Formula One veteran Rubens Barrichello has forsaken single seaters to race stock cars in his homeland. Zanardi recently tested a hand-controlled BMW, sparking speculation that the popular 46-year-old Italian and Paralympian could return to full-time […]

Quotes of the Year

Quotes of the Year

Dec.27 (Grand Prix 247) Here is our selection of some of the better quotes from the 2012 season, where some will wonder what they were thinking when they said what they said. The sum of all the quotes also provides the background story of what was an amazing season of Formula One racing and a […]

Hulkenberg says top three in title race did great job

Hulkenberg says top three in title race did great job

Dec.27 (GMM) It is difficult to say which of the top-three drivers did the best job in 2012, claims Nico Hulkenberg, who said that this year’s top three championship finishers – Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen – deserve similar praise. “Alonso and Vettel fought for the title until the last race and did […]

Sauber banking on Hulkenberg taking leadership role

Sauber banking on Hulkenberg taking leadership role

Dec.27 (GMM) Sauber is hoping that Nico Hulkenberg embraces a leadership role when he begins his tenure with the team, boss Monisha Kaltenborn has admitted. A few days ago, German Hulkenberg – who is moving to the Swiss team in 2013 from Force India – doubted that his role at Sauber would be significantly different, […]

2013 German GP will happen at Nurburgring says spokesman

2013 German GP will happen at Nurburgring says spokesman

Dec.27 (GMM) The historic but beleaguered Nurburgring circuit will host this year’s German Grand Prix as scheduled, a major local newspaper has declared. The fate of the 2013 race had been in doubt because of the Nurburgring’s well-documented financial problems. But the Bild-Zeitung daily said that the German Grand Prix, as well as GP2 and […]

Maldonado marries his sweetheart in Venezuela

Maldonado marries his sweetheart in Venezuela

Dec.27 (GMM) Williams driver Pastor Maldonado last Saturday married, journalist and regular companion to grand prix races this year, Gabriele Tarkanyi in Canaima, Venezuela. International media reports said the event was attended only by the couple’s closest family and friends. Maria Gabriela Chavez, the daughter of Hugo Chavez, was slated to attend, but she is […]

Faulty wind tunnel forces Ferrari to develop 2013 car in Cologne

Faulty wind tunnel forces Ferrari to develop 2013 car in Cologne

Dec.27 (GMM) Ferrari will develop the aerodynamics of its 2013 car exclusively in Cologne, after encountering problems with its Maranello wind tunnel facility this year, which will be closed next year until August. International reports, including in El Mundo Deportivo newspaper (Spain) and Kolner Express (Germany), said Ferrari has now turned its attention to Cologne, where […]

Valsecchi targeting Lotus reserve role for 2013

Valsecchi targeting Lotus reserve role for 2013

Dec.27 (GMM) Newly crowned GP2 Series champion Davide Valsecchi has admitted that his best hope of breaking into Formula One in 2013 is as a reserve driver for a team. On his fifth attempt at the F1 support series title, the 25-year-old Italian this year beat Brazilian Luiz Razia to the title. Valsecchi was hoping to […]

Ferrari boss adamant that Schumacher will not return to the team

Ferrari boss adamant that Schumacher will not return to the team

Dec.27 (GMM) Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo has ruled out a return to the Italian team for their former hero Michael Schumacher. Schumacher, 43, is returning to retirement in 2013 as, at the end of his unsuccessful three-year comeback, Mercedes replaces him with Lewis Hamilton. As for whether the great German – who won five […]

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