Monthly Archive: June 2009

Jun 30

Happy Birthday, Ralf!

The DTM weekend in Nuremberg wasn’t the only reason to celebrate for Ralf Schumacher

In the DTM season highlight at the Norisring the German finished sixth and on Tuesday, the Mercedes-Benz driver celebrates his 34th birthday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Jacques Villeneuve confirms: serious negociations for F1 return

In talks with teams

The 1997 World Champion was at the Grand Prix de Mirabel at ICAR circuit last week-end and confirmed that a return to formula 1 is seriously possible for 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Brawn to field improved car in Germany

We have some new improvements for the Nurburgring

Red Bull crushed the championship leaders at Silverstone, but a double-dose of car improvements has Brawn GP hopeful of fighting for the German grand prix crown next weekend.

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Jun 30

Ferrari to confirm Alonso at Monza – report

Alonso could be the “surprise guest” at an event

2009-05-24 - MonacoGP - Renault - Fernando Alonso 02September 11 2009 could be the date on which Fernando Alonso is revealed as a Ferrari driver for the next five formula one seasons. The Spanish newspaper Diario AS claims that the sport’s best-known secret may already be scheduled for official confirmation on the Friday of the Italian grand prix at Monza. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Sauber tried to sign Button in 2002

Jenson Button could so easily have now been at the wheel of a BMW-Sauber

2009-06-06 - Turkish GP - BrawnGP - Jenson Button 04The Swiss team’s founder, Peter Sauber, revealed in his latest column for the newspaper Blick that he tried to employ the Briton at the end of 2002. “Button entered formula one in 2000 as a super-talent,” Sauber, who sold the Hinwil outfit to BMW at the end of 2005, told the Swiss publication. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

FIA figure doubts Todt to succeed Mosley

“It wouldn’t surprise me if Max Mosley runs for re-election” -Gracia

Carlos Gracia, the highest ranking Spanish motor racing official and an FIA World Council member, doubts the federation’s president Max Mosley is grooming Jean Todt to succeed him. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Webber, Newey, enjoy sporting break from F1

Britcar Spa Euro Race, Formula 2,  superbikes and Australian cricket

Adrian Newey2009-04-17 - Red Bull - Mark Webber 01Mark Webber is filling F1’s three-week calendar break by taking a first-hand look at a range of other sports. First, the Australian lover of outdoor activities took in a weekend of speedway and superbikes, before joining a training session of the Australian cricket team led by his friend Ricky Ponting.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Yas Marina Circuit’s ‘Virtual Driver Experience’ goes live

The Virtual Driver Experience can be played online

Motorsports fans around the world can now drive the spectacular new Yas Marina Circuit, months before Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, and the rest of the professional drivers arrive for the first Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Jun 30

Subaru’s Richard wins Rallye Baie des Chaleurs

Subaru teams claim all three podium positions

Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Pat Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell, have won the 2009 Baie des Chaleurs rally. It was a record third win for Richard at Baie des Chaleurs – widely considered to be one of the most challenging events of the Canadian Rally Championship season – and puts the team alone at the top of the 2009 standings.

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Jun 30

Haga’s surgery a success

He will return to Italy today

At 5pm yesterday afternoon Ducati Xerox rider Noriyuki Haga underwent successful surgery at the Derby City Hospital. Having fractured the ulna in his right arm in yesterday’s crash at Donington Park, Noriyuki today had a plate and screws inserted to set the bone. The surgical team deemed the surgery a success and there were no unforeseen complications. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

A promising first run

The new GP3 car had a successful first test today at Paul Ricard

The first official shakedown of the new GP3 car took place today at Le Castellet in the South of France. After months of careful development, this session marked the first performance and the reliability test of the Dallara chassis, combined with a Renault 4 cylinder, 2 litres turbo charged engine and Pirelli slick tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Raikkonen to contest Rally Finland

It’s one of the world’s fastest rallies and double the length

Kimi Raikkonen will shortly step up his foray into the world of professional rallying. After recently contesting three minor events in Finland and Italy, the 2007 world champion and Ferrari driver has now signed up for Finland’s round of the World Rally Championship at the end of July. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Formula One design legend impressed with Formula Two

Adrian Newey impressed after tour of the F2 set up

F2 - Adrian NeweyRed Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey has hailed the FIA Formula Two Championship after taking a tour of the series’ operation at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend (27/28 June). Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Campos on track despite no budget cap

Our car will be 2WD without the possibility to refuel and without KERS

The 2010 debut of the new Spanish formula one entrant Campos is still on track despite the scrapping of budget cap rules. The Spanish outfit signed up for next year’s championship on the basis of the FIA’s published regulations to limit technical spending to 45m euros per team per season.

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Jun 29

Coulthard – I quit F1 one season too soon

I almost certainly would have had the energy to handle a season

David Coulthard believes he might have quit formula one at least a season too soon. The Scot, 38, contested nearly 250 races over 17 seasons, before retiring at the end of 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

2009 Brawn is ‘most expensive car’ – Wurz

With the lowest operating budget ever

2009-03-29 - Brawn GP 00After the car won three-quarters of every race so far under the 2009 regulations, Alex Wurz has revealed the secret of the Brawn BGP001. At times last year, the team’s predecessor Honda had five wind tunnels at its disposal, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, as well as a half-billion euro budget. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Mosley claims ‘pressure’ to stay FIA president

Mosley wants Todt as FIA chief – FOTA source

Max MosleyMax Mosley insists he is not only personally aggrieved, but that he is also “under pressure” to retain his role at the top of F1’s governing body the FIA. After committing only last Wednesday to stepping down, however, it is an unhappy prospect for the rebel FOTA teams, but the 69-year-old Briton has no sympathy following their reaction to the Paris peace deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Ferrari-Le Mans foray now ‘impossible’

Ferrari to focus on 2010 car ‘soon’

2009-01-12_0003Luca di Montezemolo has now stepped away from hinting that Ferrari could field a works prototype in next year’s famous 24 hours Le Mans race. At the height of the FOTA teams’ power struggle with the FIA, the Ferrari president officially started June’s fabled Le Mans event and hinted that sports car racing is a real alternative to formula one for the Italian marque. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Refuelling still to be banned in 2010

2010 technical regulations are still yet to be finalised

2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - Williams - 01Although this year’s rules are to now remain essentially in place in 2010, the proposed ban on in-race refuelling will still be introduced. As peace between FOTA and the FIA was declared last Wednesday, the World Motor Sport Council agreed that “the rules for 2010 onwards will be the 2009 regulations”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Cosworth engine no advantage in 2010 – Head

Cosworth last raced in F1 with Williams in 2006

It is not true that small teams equipped with Cosworth engines next year will enjoy an unfair technical advantage. That is the insistence of Williams’ Patrick Head, amid a recent controversy between FOTA teams and the FIA about formula one’s mandatory 18,000rpm rev limit.

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