Formula One Paddock: Latest Gossip and Rumours

Scott MitchellContributor IAugust 19, 2013

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 18:  Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives for the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the young drivers test at Silverstone Circuit on July 18, 2013 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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From budding Brazilian F1 drivers to celebrity romances, here's a run through some of the stories doing the rounds online this week.


Ricciardo In At Red Bull? 

German news organisation Bild Sport reported over the weekend that Daniel Ricciardo has been chosen as Mark Webber's replacement and will join triple world champion Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.

A loose translation from quotes attributed to Helmut Marko, boss of Red Bull junior team Scuderia Toro Rosso in which Ricciardo currently resides, does not confirm the claims—but, equally, did not deny them.

Apparently, this was enough for Bild to make a judgement, and so came the story that Red Bull owner Dieter Mateschitz made the decision over the summer break...while on holiday in Fiji.

Convinced? I'm not...


Razia Aiming For F1 In 2014

Remember Luiz Razia? The GP2 runner-up with possibly the shortest career in F1 history?

Well, after being rather unceremoniously dumped by Marussia after a sponsor failed to stump up promised cash, he has been milling about racing at the front of GT Open this year.

While he's enjoying his time racing a McLaren on the world sportscar stage (albeit a less brightly lit one than Blancpain or FIA GT, for example), the Brazilian has his sights set on Formula 1 next season.

However, as he told Sky Sports F1, while that remains his goal, he is acutely aware of the make-or-break requirement of bringing firmed-up sponsorship.

F1 these days is all about the money and second hand is the talent - unfortunately I don't have money at the moment, so it is looking difficult to get back to it.

There should be the step forward from GP2 to F1, but with these kinds of budget issues it is difficult to get promoted.

So, for sure I am looking for opportunities—even IndyCar would be good if I got the chance. But it is all about getting the chance and if there is a good opportunity coming up I will take it for sure.


Remembering Ferrari 

The official Formula 1 website paid tribute to legendary Ferrari boss Enzo Ferrari this week.

2013 marks 25 years since the founder of the famous Prancing Horse marque passed away at home in Italy, aged 90.

Highlights of a sensational life include serving in the Italian army during the First World War before racing throughout the 1920s prior to the birth of his son Dino.

He founded Scuderia Ferrari, which started out as Alfa Romeo's racing arm, in 1929 before Enzo's focus shifted to his own fully fledged team, which debuted its first car in 1947 and raced in the inaugural Formula 1 season in 1950.

On track, the rest is history. But a moment of respect for both Enzo, who died in '88, and his son Dino, who passed away tragically in '56 after suffering from muscular dystrophy.

Ferrari boss Luca Di Montezemolo told the website:

The example set by Enzo Ferrari is always kept in mind.

He managed to realise his dream of building extraordinary cars thanks to his determination and his passion, characteristics which are part of the DNA of all the men and women who work for the company that bears his name.


Finishing With A Flourish...Hamilton's New Celebrity Romance

Here's one of the most "gossipy" stories you'll likely ever read on B/R's F1 section: Lewis Hamilton is, apparently, eyeing up pop star Rihanna.

According to website, the pair have been partying in Monaco together and quotes a survey from Victoria Milan which voted the pair as the hottest F1 love interests.

OK, sure. But unless you're Hamilton's dog Roscoe, do you care?