Monthly Archive: October 2009

Oct 31

Sticky: F1: Hamilton steals Abu Dhabi pole (+result & grid)

Last lap of session sees Lewis Hamilton usurp Red Bull twins and claim pole

Lewis Hamilton provided the crowd at Yas Marina some qualifying excitement as he waited until the very last moment to snatch pole position for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Spinal Injuries Association celebrate 35 years with the help of Williams F1

300 VIP guests at the stunning East Wintergarden

spinalcoukTo help celebrate the 35th anniversary of the national charity the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), the AT&T Williams team has agreed to feature the charity’s logo on either side of the AT&T Williams driver helmets of Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima that will be worn during the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 1 November. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Fisi admits 2010 team ‘could be Force India’

“I am not thinking of racing with a new team”

Giancarlo Fisichella on Sunday will start dead last in what he acknowledges is “maybe the last race of my career”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Drivers discuss hard racing of Brazil GP

Driving standards were however discussed at length

It was a long drivers’ briefing in Abu Dhabi on Friday, but not everyone in attendance saw the value. “(It was) a lot of talk about nothing,” Sebastian Vettel smiled to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Kovalainen eyes winter rally as McLaren contract expires

“In my next contract I will make sure that as well as formula one I am allowed to drive rallies”

2009-04-18 - McLaren - Heikki Kovalainen 02Heikki Kovalainen has given yet another major hint that Sunday will be his last grand prix at the wheel of a McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Alonso ends Renault career with ‘worst car’

“We have at the moment one of the worst cars on the grid unfortunately”

2009-04-04 - Renault - Nelson Piquet JrFernando Alonso has prepared to draw a line under his seven-year career at Renault by describing the R29 as the “worst car” in formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Heidfeld opts for light and shade

“When there is daylight I have the shade and when it’s dark I tear them off

2009-04-04 - BMW Sauber F1 - Nick Heidfeld 00Nick Heidfeld came up with a novel solution to tackle sunset during qualifying at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Five place drop for Kovalainen while Hamilton set to dominate

The McLaren transmission cannot be repaired and therefore must be replaced for the race

2009-04-18 - McLaren - Heikki Kovalainen 05After pulling out of qualifying on Saturday, Heikki Kovalainen’s woes deepened when it emerged he will drop even further down the grid for the Abu Dhabi grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Soucek scores home win (+results)

Spaniard storms to victory at Circuit de Catalunya

Andy Soucek has taken his first Formula Two victory on home soil after the newly crowned champion put in a commanding drive during race one in Barcelona today (Saturday). Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

ParkinGo World Series

ParkinGO is the leading car park network in the vicinity of the principal Italian airports

Infront Motor Sports and ParkinGO, of the Oasi Handling Group, have signed a two-year agreement which sees the creation of a new one-make Trophy called “ParkinGO World Series”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Formula One teams Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying report (+results)

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report

Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Yas Marina. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Dennis returns as Hamilton dominates qualifying

Dennis may be closely involved with McLaren’s plans for a post-Mercedes future

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis made a timely return to a formula one paddock on Saturday, witnessing his protege Lewis Hamilton dominate qualifying for the inaugural Abu Dhabi grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

British GP deal ‘very close’ – Hill (updated)

“We’re very close, that’s all I can say”

Damon Hill on Saturday sounded quietly confident that a deal to safeguard the immediate future of the British grand prix is close. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

GP2 Series teams Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race 1 report (updated)

Abu Dhabi GP2 Series race 1 report

Today’s report from GP2 Series teams & drivers at Yas Marina Circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Davide Valsecchi storms to victory (+results)

iSport racer takes control of the GP2 Asia Series

Dominant since the beginning of the opening round of the third GP2 Asia Series in Abu Dhabi, Davide Valsecchi took an impressive first victory for iSport International today in the feature race at Yas Marinal Circuit. Losing the lead twice, the Italian fought back to reclaim it and managed a 5.4 second gap at the chequered flag to countryman Luca Filippi. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Wickens doubles up in Barcelona (+results)

Canadian takes fifth pole of season ahead of Soucek and Eng

Robert Wickens clinched his fifth pole of the year in Barcelona, setting a benchmark time of 1:38.096s in the final few minutes of the session. He will again be joined on the front row by Andy Soucek, who held top spot until Wickens’ late effort. Philipp Eng and Nicola De Marco will start from the second row after impressive late runs. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Peugeot THP Spyder Meeting (+photos)

Plus 2009  Rencontres Peugeot Sport 

Five months after its one-two in the world’s most famous endurance race, Peugeot Sport returns to Le Mans, this time with a packed programme featuring all its one-make championships for the season’s final Rencontres Peugeot Sport meeting. Spectators can look forward to an exciting weekend of action-packed racing. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Ecclestone hints Piquet to be other Campos driver

Mere hours after Campos confirmed one of its drivers for 2010

Bernie Ecclestone has hinted at the identity of Bruno Senna’s teammate. The Spanish team is yet to announce the second driver, amid reports of flagging negotiations with its preferred appointment, Pedro de la Rosa. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Heidfeld now on pole for McLaren seat – report

Nick Heidfeld has emerged as the leading candidate

To become Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren teammate in 2010, according to a leading German newspaper. Bild-Zeitung claims the 32-year-old “suddenly has the best chance” to replace Heikki Kovalainen, after Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button were also touted for the seat. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Senna confirms deal for 2010 F1 debut

Bruno Senna and Campos Meta 1 have confirmed widespread reports

The Brazilian will make his formula one debut with the new Spanish team in 2010. By making a post to his Brazilian fans on his Twitter page, the 26-year-old confirmed that the Senna name is set to return to formula one 16 years after the death of his famous uncle. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Brawn has title sponsor for 2010 – boss

One of Brawn’s tasks for the forthcoming winter period is to announce a title sponsor for 2010

“We have got a title sponsor, that will become clear over the winter, and we are looking good in other areas,” said team boss Ross Brawn. The Brackley based outfit’s main (albeit minor) sponsor this season has been Virgin, but Sir Richard Branson is taking the brand to the Manor team for next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Sutil, Buemi, not signed up for 2010 yet

Two drivers  revealed they are technically still on the market for 2010

Adrian Sutil said in Abu Dhabi that he would be happy to stay at Force India for another season, but has been mentioned amid ‘silly season’ rumours about Renault, Toyota and even the plum second McLaren seat next to his former F3 teammate Lewis Hamilton. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Prost still interested in FIA role under Todt

Alain Prost has indicated he might still be interested in a role under the FIA’s new president, his French countryman Jean Todt

The retired quadruple world champion earlier this year indicated he would consider joining Todt for a “F1 and sport” role if the former Ferrari boss won office. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

American Le Mans Series content a centerpiece (+photos)

Of critically acclaimed Forza Motorsport 3

The American Le Mans Series announced its partnership with Microsoft Game Studios in the release this week of the highly acclaimed Forza Motorsport 3, the culmination of more than a year’s worth of technical and commercial development with Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Kovalainen alleges unequal treatment by McLaren

In what might be interpreted as a parting shot

Heikki Kovalainen has suggested that he did not enjoy equal treatment as Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren teammate in 2008 and 2009. The Finn is now linked strongly with a move to Toyota, or possibly Renault, as McLaren weighs up pairing Hamilton next year with Kimi Raikkonen or Jenson Button. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Basso aims for glory on IRC supporter event (+photos)

Giandomenico Basso will attempt to make up

For the disappointment of losing out on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge drivers’ title when he contests Rallye International du Valais this weekend. The event, which has become established as Switzerland’s biggest rally, is a round of the European Rally Championship and also qualifies for IRC Supporter Event status. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

Williams confirms Cosworth, USF1 confirms Aragon

American team aiming to make its F1 debut next March.

Two press releases were issued while formula one cars circulated during the evening light/dark practice session in Abu Dhabi on Friday evening. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

Webber to have last leg surgery next month

The main titanium rod will now be taken out

Mark Webber will have surgery next month to remove the last artificial pieces from the leg he broke badly in a pre-season cycling crash. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

Chance of new Button deal now ’80pc’ – Fry

I’m pretty confident he will stay with the team

The percentage-chance that Jenson Button will stay at Brawn in 2010 has dropped, team chief executive Nick Fry has admitted. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

No deadline on Red Bull engine decision

Mercedes this year has proved the most powerful engine in F1

A string of internal deadlines have come and gone, so Red Bull is no longer trying to put a timeline on the decision about its engine supplier for the 2010 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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