After four thrilling, flyaway rounds to open the 2013 season, the Formula One paddock moves on to the more traditional territory of Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya for next weekend’s Formula 1 Gran Premio de España 2013. Those involved discuss their prospects for the race
F1 promoter Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed to the Daily Telegraph that the automatic $10 prizemoney payments made to the “new” teams which entered F1 in 2010 are to end. From now on only the top ten teams will receive money each season. This makes the battle for 10th place in the constructors’ championship more intense than ever, with Caterham and Marussia vying for the final position.
Former Marussia F1 aero test driver Maria de Villota has been speaking this weekend of her new life, following her life threatening accident at Duxford almost a year ago. De Villota was doing straight line aero tests on the runway at the former WWII airbase when she crashed into the open tailgate of a truck which was parked near the team’s temporary pit awning. Formula 1 held its breath as she underwent a series of vital operations at Adenbrokes Hospital in nearby Cambridge.