Daily Archive: October 16, 2009

Oct 16

Brawn GP agrees partnership witj MAPFRE Group in Brazil

The MAPFRE Group is the largest insurance company in Spain and Latin America

Brawn GP is pleased to confirm a one-race partnership with Spanish insurance company, the MAPFRE Group, for the Brazilian Grand Prix which takes place at the Interlagos circuit in the city of Sao Paulo this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Formula One teams Brazilian Grand Prix free practice report

Brazilian Grand Prix Formula One free practice report

Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Sao Paulo. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Early fight between Bratt and Onidi in Monza free practice sessions (+results)

The last weekend of the Euroseries 3000 history started with an immediate fight at the top.

Even if Friday is only bound for Free Practice, nobody cared about that and nobody wanted to stay behind, also because immediately finding a good feeling and the right setup can be crucial for a good result. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Friday spectating ‘not easy’ – Massa

Felipe Massa on Friday admitted his first appearance in a formula one paddock since his July accident had been “not easy”

The Brazilian was a mere spectator in the paddock, pitlane and on the Interlagos pitwall, where a year ago he won his home race and nearly the world championship in style. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Ferrari slow in Brazil with eye on 2010

Ferrari on Friday ended the opening day of the Brazilian GP weekend at the very tail of the timesheets

But with a firm eye already on the 2010 world championship. Kimi Raikkonen was just 18th quickest in the afternoon practice session and Giancarlo Fisichella dead last in the sister car. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Alonso admits top Interlagos pace not real

Fernando Alonso topped Friday afternoon practice at Interlagos

But the Renault driver is not expecting to be a pacesetter in either qualifying or the Brazilian grand prix. The Spaniard, who will switch to Ferrari for the 2010 season, admitted his late speed in the 90-minute session had been powered by a low-fuel qualifying trial. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Senna insists Campos deal not signed yet

” It’s not done yet ” – Senna

Bruno Senna on Friday denied recent reports in the Spanish press that he has signed a contract to race with the new Campos team in 2010. But the Brazilian, in the Interlagos paddock, admitted that he expects to make his formula one debut next March, and also named the Spanish outfit as an option. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Massa watches morning practice at Interlagos

Red Bull’s Mark Webber topped the 90 minute session

Felipe Massa donned a set of headphones and followed the morning practice action from the Interlagos pitlane. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Vatanen starts legal action against FIA

Questioning the trustworthiness of the apparently democratic election process

Ari Vatanen on Friday commenced legal action against the FIA ahead of his bid to be elected president of F1’s governing body. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Piquet wanted son to race for Toro Rosso in 2009

Nelsinho wanted to stay with Renault

Nelson Piquet’s famous father on Friday revealed his son would currently be a Toro Rosso driver had he listened to his advice. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

F1 official robbed in Sao Paulo

“You hear about all these muggings year after year”

The F1 fraternity’s first brush with Sao Paulo crime on its 2009 visit was reported on Friday. David Warren, commercial director of the sponsorship and Paddock Club company Allsport Management, was robbed en route from the international airport to the sprawling metropolis. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Rosberg has a cold and no news about future

Rosberg said he had no news to tell amid speculation

2009-07-25 - Williams - Nico Rosberg - 22143Nico Rosberg appeared in the Interlagos paddock on Thursday with a slight cold. “It’s nothing serious,” the Williams driver told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Webber cool on Vettel supporting role

“He’s won more races than anyone, he’s done a lot of overtaking, the other guys haven’t done that” -Webber

2009-05-21 - Monaco GP - RedBull - Mark Webber 01Mark Webber has reacted reluctantly to Sebastian Vettel’s claim he is set to drive to support his championship charge this weekend in Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Newgarden pays tribute to JTR and the late Joe Tandy

British Formula Ford runner-up confident he can deliver Formula Ford Festival Glory 

American junior formula car standout Josef Newgarden returns to the cockpit of his Joe Tandy Racing Formula Ford this weekend (October 17-18), taking part in this year’s premier division of the historic Formula Ford Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Mosley hits back after Vatanen legal threats

Max Mosley has hit back after Ari Vatanen accused him of breaching French law and defaming him

In a letter leaked to the press, the Finn Vatanen had questioned the outgoing FIA president for favouring his rival Jean Todt for the role, warning that he might take legal action. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Raikkonen not ruling out NASCAR switch

While Scott Speed plays down chances of F1 return

Kimi Raikkonen 2Kimi Raikkonen has refused even to rule out a switch to America’s premier NASCAR racing categories in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Gascoyne denies A1 team merger reports

Mike Gascoyne has denied reports the new Lotus F1 team could merge with the Malaysian A1GP team

The Malaysian Insider on Thursday cited a “source” as revealing that “deep discussions” between Lotus team officials Tony Fernandes and Gascoyne, and A1 team boss Jack Cunningham, took place recently at the Singapore grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Vatanen accuses Mosley of breaking law, defamation

Ahead of the Brazilian grand prix in Sao Paulo, Vatanen dismissed the charges

The battle for control of F1’s governing body has continued to intensify, but Ari Vatanen insists he is not employing “dirty” tactics to defeat his rival Jean Todt. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

F1 absence has not changed Massa – Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello played down suggestions his friend and countryman Felipe Massa has changed since his serious accident in July

Brazilian Massa, 28, has been particularly outspoken in recent times, suggesting his 2010 Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso knows more about crash-gate, and saying Jenson Button might blow the world championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Nearing the end of only his second season in MotoGP

“If we want to win the title we have to win at least two races” – Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo believes he will need to win at least two of the remaining three races in order to inflict a shock 2009 MotoGP title defeat upon Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

AIM Autosport: A complete season

Team ends the Grand-Am Rolex Spots Car Series sixth overall

The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season came to a dramatic close for AIM Autosport this past weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  In a tight battle for fifth place in the championship, the No 61 Ford Riley needed a solid finish in the race to secure the position. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Atkinson tight-lipped about Monster opportunity

Chris Atkinson has declined to comment on speculation linking him to a return to the WRC in 2010

As part of a new top-level team backed by Monster energy drink and led by American rally star Ken Block. According to a story in the British press, Block is just weeks away from finalising a deal to run the ‘Monster Energy Drink World Rally Team’ in association with Ford’s rally partner M-Sport, for the next three WRC seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Raikkonen yet to make plans for 2010

Kimi Raikkonen said he has not yet signed a new contract to keep racing in formula one next year

The Finn agreed to end his Ferrari deal to make room for Fernando Alonso in 2010, and two weeks ago announced that he is likely to either stay on the grid with a top-flight team or switch to rallying. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Grand-Am announces KONI Sports Car Challenge 2010 schedule

Series boasts 10 races, including nine In conjunction with Rolex Series

Ten races, spanning across the U.S. and Canada, will make up the 2010 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge schedule, which Grand-Am Road Racing announced today. Nine of those races will be held in conjunction with the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. The single stand-alone race is the popular Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in Quebec, Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Danny Watts signs with Strakka Racing

The Aylesbury-born driver joined Strakka at the beginning of 2009 

Strakka Racing is pleased to confirm that the team has signed a new long-term contract with established sportscar ace Danny Watts. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Kubica hints experienced driver to be 2010 teammate

Robert Kubica indicated that his new Renault bosses for 2010 are considering appointing an experienced driver to be his teammate

The current occupant of the second seat at the French team is the rookie Romain Grosjean, who has failed to set the track alight since Flavio Briatore chose him to replace Nelson Piquet. Heikki Kovalainen, Timo Glock and Nick Heidfeld are some of the names linked with the drive in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

The Euroseries 3000 era ends in Monza

A new championship with 1,200,000 Euros prize from 2010

Euroseries 3000 is in Monza to decide its 2009 champion, but the managing staff is already looking to 2010. Everything is getting in place for next season, which will bring great news. The first one, is that the current season, ending this weekend in Monza, will be last one for the Euroseries 3000. Read the rest of this entry »