Daily Archive: November 12, 2010

Nov 12

Sticky: Formula One teams Abu Dhabi Grand Prix free practice report

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula One free practice report

Rally Abu Dhabi 091218Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Yas Marina circuit.

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Nov 12

Hamilton’s pace gives Alonso title boost in Abu Dhabi (updated)

Hamilton escapes penalty for Senna incident
Lewis Hamilton threw a potential spanner in the works on Friday by setting the fastest practice time in Abu Dhabi.

Lewis Hamilton-McLaren-11-2010Fernando Alonso-Abu Dhabi-11-2010Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso have been largely billed as the 2010 championship favourites for the season finale, with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel – the Interlagos winner – tipped to play a supporting role. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

RDD Motorsports Skip Barber driver development program hitting full stride

As two drivers close out the year at different Skip Barber programs

RDD Motorsports of Deerfield Beach, Florida, the exclusive North American importer of the Kart Mini chassis had two of their development drivers on track over the past week. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Innisfil Indy/GP karts ready to takle las Vegas

Four drivers will enter five classes under the Innisfil Indy banner seeking SKUSA SuperNationals glory

The Innisfil Indy/GP Karts racing team will hit the road in November. Four drivers along with family, friends and crewmembers will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA to compete in this years SKUSA SuperNationals XIV. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

FIA steward Pirro hits back at Ferrari bias claims

FIA under fire for appointing Pirro as Abu Dhabi steward

Flagworld - FIAEmanuele Pirro hit back on Friday amid criticisms of his appointment as a FIA steward for the 2010 championship finale. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Jacques Villeneuve inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

“it feels as great as actually winning.” -Jacques Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve - Paul DumbrellJacques VilleneuveJust weeks after his trip to the Armor All Gold Coast 600, 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has been honoured overnight for his racing achievements and career success with an induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test – Lotus Racing Driver Line-Up

Lotus Racing has today confirmed its driver line-up for the forthcoming Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.

2010-11-06 - Lotus F1 Racing - Heikki Kovalainen 32010-10-24 - Lotus F1 Racing - Jarno Trulli 2The two drivers are Vladimir Arabadzhiev (Bulgaria) and Rodolfo González (Venezuela). Both drivers will be on track in chassis T127-02. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Turvey powers to pole in Abu Dhabi (+ results, + photo)

Englishman dominates qualifying session

Rally Abu Dhabi 091218GP2 Series

Oliver Turvey went one better from his fine performance in today’s practice by claiming pole position for the feature race in a dramatic qualifying session in Abu Dhabi ahead of Dani Clos and Sergio Perez. .

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Nov 12

CAMS insists Aus GP dispute about ‘safety’ not fees

A dispute that threatens the 2011 running of the Australian grand prix appeared to escalate on Friday.

Australian Grand PrixFlagworld - F124 hours ago, event promoter Ron Walker said he had travelled to Abu Dhabi for talks with Bernie Ecclestone because the national sanctioning body CAMS was threatening to pull next March’s race. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Booth gives two years to deliver for Marussia

Team boss John Booth has been given two more years to deliver success to Virgin Racing.

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MarussiaThe ultimatum for Booth, whose F3 organisation Manor was the basis of Virgin’s 2010 debut, comes after Russian supercar maker Marussia bought into the team. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Title rivals poke fun at Alonso’s waxed legs

Ferrari driver was sporting smooth and shiny legs in the Yas Marina paddock.

2010-10-23 - Red Bull Racing - Lewis Hamilton - Fernando Alonso - Mark Webber - Jenson Button - Sebastian Vettel2010-10-10 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Fernando Alonso 08In a bit of good humour or championship finale-needle, or both, Fernando Alonso’s title rivals could not hide their grins in Abu Dhabi. Lewis Hamilton admitted that he and Mark Webber noticed on Thursday that the Ferrari driver was sporting smooth and shiny legs in the Yas Marina paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Vettel, not Webber, to do Pirelli tyre test

Mark Webber will not be testing Pirelli’s 2011 tyres in Abu Dhabi late next week.

2010-11-06 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 2PirelliBut Red Bull boss Christian Horner denied the news is a sign the Australian’s disparaging comments in Brazil, and ensuing rumours that Webber will be leaving the team, had motivated the decision. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Massa, Barrichello, approve of Red Bull position swapping

Even from Vettel’s perspective, that scenario appears a no-brainer.

2010-11-06 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Lucas di grassi - Rubens Barrichello - Felipe Massa - Bruno Senna2010-11-06 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 5Felipe Massa thinks Red Bull’s drivers are open about swapping positions during the Abu Dhabi grand prix on Sunday. The Ferrari driver, who was controversially ordered aside for his teammate Fernando Alonso at Hockenheim, was commenting on the main topic of conversation at the 2010 finale — whether Sebastian Vettel will move over for Mark Webber in order to prevent Fernando Alonso from winning the drivers’ title. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Bianchi to take over from Fisichella as Ferrari reserve

Italian publication Autosprint believes he will.

Ferrari - Jules Bianchi 12009-09-13 - Italie - Ferrari - Giancarlo Fisichella 02Jules Bianchi is set to take over the role at Ferrari currently occupied by Giancarlo Fisichella. The Italian team announced on Thursday that Frenchman Bianchi, a frontrunner in the GP2 series this year, will be a Ferrari “test driver” in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Heidfeld eyes Renault while Sutil set to stay at Force India

Adrian Sutil has revealed he is still likely to remain with the Force India team for 2011.

2010-11-06 - BMW Sauber F1 Team - Nick Heidfeld 052010-11-06 - Force India F1 Team - Adrian Sutil 1The German’s plans had become once again clouded in recent days, when Renault team boss Eric Boullier mentioned both Sutil and Nick Heidfeld as potential replacements for Vitaly Petrov. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Kovalainen not sure what ‘Lotus’ to be called in 2011

“I can’t worry about it.  Let’s see what will happen”

2010-11-06 - Lotus F1 Racing - Heikki Kovalainen 52010-11-06 - Lotus F1 Racing - Heikki Kovalainen 4Heikki Kovalainen has admitted he is not sure what his F1 team for the 2011 season will be called. That’s not because the Finn is set to leave his current Malaysian employer, but because ‘Lotus Racing’ is locked in a bitter naming dispute with Group Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Klien admits 2010 races ‘positive’ for future

Christian Klien admits he is hopeful of returning to the F1 grid next year with HRT.

2010-11-06 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Christian Klien 062010-11-06 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Christian Klien 01Although the struggling Spanish team’s driver-swapping has been much derided within the paddock this season, Austrian Klien says his appointment is a good sign for the future. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Test ‘gap’ shows fear of F1 tyre espionage – report

Bridgestone can pack up and leave no trace of its technological secrets for the incoming Pirelli

BridgestonePirelliThe schedule for next week’s post-season testing in Abu Dhabi shows a fear of technological espionage, according to a report. Auto Hebdo claims it is no mistake that a full day has been left between next week’s two days of young driver testing (Tuesday-Wednesday) and the first running on Pirelli tyres on Friday and Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Zetsche wants F1 title name change – rumour

Wants the FIA to change the official title of the “World Constructors’ Championship”.

Dieter Zetsche2010-10-10 - Red Bull Racing  5According to a rumour in the Abu Dhabi paddock, Dieter Zetsche is not happy with the outcome of the 2010 title race. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

F1 track wet in Abu Dhabi desert!

“Is it my sleepy eyes or is it raining?” – Karun Chandhok

Yas Marina logo2010 Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand PrixShortly before the initial Friday practice session in warm and humid Abu Dhabi, it rained quite heavily. To the surprise of many in the paddock, within sight of the huge and sandy Abu Dhabi desert, spray was streaming from the rear of the cars during the Porsche support race at Yas Marina. Read the rest of this entry »

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