Protégé of Ferrari, Marciello joins as a test and reserve driver for Sauber. The announcement came from the team of Swiss for 2015 season. Being 20 years of age Marciello has been tested for Ferrari that took place in Abu Dhabi. He also boasts of experience in the machinery of Formula 1. In the championship of 2014 he stood 8th by claiming 4 podiums. He has to be dutiful towards Sauber for the GP2 second season. (more…)
Leading F1 squad Caterham has revealed 75,000 pounds of profit from crowdfunding that permitted it to take part in 2014’s last Grand Prix at Abu Dhabi. The team came up the crowdfunding plan post his administration collapse last October but the plan was received with severe controversies. The F1 fans came up with an aggregate of 2.4 mn pounds to purchase team equipment’s & have their names placed on the vehicles at the Abu Dhabi race. But as per the just released documents, value of old kit & memorabilia that Caterham offered back to donators came to simply 160, 316 pounds. Thus the team received a grand profit from crowdfunding. The documents even disclosed that the squad came up with a 515,298 pounds of boost from the sponsorship paid from its two drivers- Kamui Kobayashi & Willl Stevens. While Kamui has retired from racing, Will finished in the last place. According to close sources, a huge share of the income got exhausted in the grand racing expenditures. “It’s estimated that last trading surplus picture would be around 75,000 pounds”, read the document. The F1 team’s fuel bill at the last race was around 80,000 pounds while accommodation & travel costs came at around 31,142 pounds & a heightened 28,577 pounds was spent for catering. On the contrary, 49 squad members from Caterham were paid a mere 2,000 pounds each that is way behind the supercharged salaries this sport is so famous for. In fact, it is believed that the Caterham crew received lesser payment even in comparison to workers in any other F1 squad this year. Marussia can be a close competition which is another F1 squad that collapsed down recently and had a fair share of their assets being sold off at auction this December.
The Sauber F1 driver Sergio Perez has said that the recently concluded Indian Grand Prix is a major disappointment for him personally. Sergio Perez was recently named as the replacement for Lewis Hamilton at McLaren. His performances the season has been one of the bright points for Sauber, but he had a number of problems in the recently concluded Indian Grand Prix. He had to retire from the race after having participated in only 20 laps. He has said that after the race that one of the main problems he faced was tyre blistering and the team was still unable to find the reason. Sergio Perez had to retire from the race after he damaged the car beyond repair following his clash with Daniel Ricciardo. His teammate Kamui Kobayashi also did not have the best race possible because he was stuck behind a slower car for the majority of the race. Despite having a rather quick car in the situations, Kamui Kobayashi found himself constantly mixed in traffic. The Japanese driver finished the race in the 14th position. He also made contact with the Williams driver Pastor Maldonado during the race, but was able to continue with some minor damage. "Today was a total disappointment. First of all I had to pit after 14 laps because the front left tyre was blistering badly. We don't know yet why this happened. I wanted to recover the lost positions but touched Daniel Ricciardo's front wing when I overtook him. The rear right tyre came off the rim and damaged something at the rear of the car. So my race was over after 20 laps," said the Sauber driver Sergio Perez. This poor result means that the team find themselves 20 points behind the German team Mercedes in the constructors championship with only a few races remaining.