Formula 1 Paddock: Latest Gossip and Rumours

Fraser MasefieldContributor IAugust 26, 2013

NUERBURG, GERMANY - JULY 04:  Pirelli tyres are seen on display in the paddock during previews to the German Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring on July 4, 2013 in Nuerburg, Germany.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Michelin set for 2014 return?

Michelin is in talks with the FIA about becoming the official tyre supplier for 2014.

Those were the rumours circulating in the Spa-Francorchamps paddock over the weekend, with Pirelli’s head of motorsport Paul Hembery describing the situation to the Daily Telegraph as “farcical.”

Although Pirelli already has contracts in place with the majority of the teams on the grid for the 2014 season, it does not have a deal with the FIA. And following the manufacturer’s struggles this season it is thought that the FIA will put the supply deal up for tender.

If Michelin wanted to return why didn't they come out and say so last September?. Quite frankly a tender in September when you are running in January would be farcical. You should have done that in September last year. We are obviously working for 2014 and spending a lot of money for 2014. We have contracts in place and we hope that people want to adhere to them.


Mexico set for sensational F1 return

The Mexican Grand Prix could be back on the Formula One calendar as soon as 2014 according to reports in Autosport.

A draft calendar for the 2014 season has not yet been released, but Autosport understands that high level sources have revealed it is to be given a provisional slot on next year’s schedule.

The most likely slot for the race would be back-to-back with Austin with Tavo Hellmund leading efforts for the return of the famous Mexico City circuit that last hosted a Grand Prix in 1992.

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is also part of the project team and his influence will also be significant in the return of the race as he sits on the FIA senate. Slim told FIA journal Auto (via Autosport) back in June that “all the pieces are coming together.”

He went on to say:

I believe there is potential to do more races in the Americas and I believe that Mexico is in the right spot to do it. It's a stable country by and large, our economy is doing quite well and we have drivers people can identify with. All of the pieces are coming together and I believe the potential promoters are doing a good job in trying to secure something.


Sauber close to new engine deal

A new engine deal for Ferrari to supply engines for Sauber could be announced as soon as at the Italian Grand Prix, according to Stefano Domenicali.

The Ferrari boss is quoted by Russia’s (via that he is keen to continue the relationship despite rumours of unpaid bills from the financially struggling Swiss team for the current V8 engine.

"As you know, we want to continue to supply our engines to Sauber. So I hope that very soon we will settle all the formalities."

Asked whether a 2014 engine deal for Sauber could be announced at Monza, Domenicali answered: "I hope so."

Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn also indicated that a new deal was close to being agreed.

"We have never considered any other options (than Ferrari) and do not plan to either."