Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 31

Schumacher struggled without top driver simulator – Brawn

Schumacher is hoping the switch from Bridgestone to Pirelli tyres for 2011 will help him

2010-09-26 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 032010-07-24 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 01The lack of a top driver simulator contributed to Michael Schumacher’s struggle to get up to speed in 2010. That is the view of Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn, who said a fully state-of-the-art simulator will not be available to the team’s drivers until 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Verstappen backs Ferrari’s third car proposal

Jos Verstappen has backed Ferrari’s push to allow top teams to enter third cars in formula one.

2010-10-23 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Fernando Alonso 4P6110047“For the teams it’s not expensive as the parts are already there,” said Dutchman Verstappen, who usually drove for the kind of small constructors that Ferrari president Luca di Montezeolo is now so critical of. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Maldonado no ‘pay-driver’ insists Williams’ Parr

Williams boss Adam Parr has hit out at claims Pastor Maldonado is little more than a “pay driver”.

2010-12-02 - Williams - Pastor MaldonadoDespite German rookie Nico Hulkenberg’s solid rookie season with the British team, including pole position in Brazil, he has been replaced for 2011 by the heavily-backed Venezuelan Maldonado. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Alguersuari to welcome 2011 as ‘DJ Squire’

“I am crazy for music”

2010-11-06 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Jaime Alguersuari 42010-05-30 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Jaime Alguersuari 5Jaime Alguersuari will ring in the new year at the controls of a DJ desk, according to the Spanish sports newspaper Diario AS. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Work underway at 2012 US GP site

Actual work at the 2012 site of the US grand prix in Austin, Texas, got underway this week.

Formula 1 United States Grand PrixThe organisers gained conditional planning permission two weeks ago, having announced earlier in 2010 that construction would begin in December. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

City officials approve Rome GP plans – Flammini

“I am very pleased that the city has taken an official decision”

Rome - Comune di RomaCity officials are not opposed to his plans for a formula one race in Rome, promoter Maurizio Flammini insists. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Sochi priority for 2014 is Olympics, not F1 – official

Prime minister Vladimir Putin’s priority for 2014 is the  Winter Olympics.

Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir Putin 2The contract for the inaugural Russian grand prix in 2014 allows for a postponement in the event that preparations for the Winter Olympics in the same city of Sochi are disrupted. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Magnus Racing heads to test with strong driver lineup

For Rolex 24 at Daytona

Magnus Racing PorscheMagnus Racing  DaytonaTest 2010-01-11The no.44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car raised some eyebrows with its form during the Rolex Sportscar Series’ December test at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and heading in to next week’s Roar Before the 24, the team is proud to announce their official driver lineup for the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona. With help from Porsche Motorsports North America, Magnus Racing is headed in to the month of January as one of the most competitive in the field. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Solberg to fight for Monte-Carlo IRC glory

Petter Solberg is aiming for Rallye Monte-Carlo victory

PRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADIRC - Intercontinental Rally ChallengePetter Solberg has vowed to fight for victory when he makes his Intercontinental Rally Challenge debut on Rallye Monte-Carlo next month. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

2011 Ferrari passes monocoque crash tests

Other parts of the 2011 car will be crash tested shortly.

2010-11-06 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Fernando Alonso 22010-11-06 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Fernando Alonso 3Ferrari’s 2011 chassis has passed a sequence of crucial crash tests, according to Italian media reports. The mandatory monocoque tests reportedly took place under FIA guidelines and in the presence of an official observer at the CSI technical facility in Bollate, near Milan. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Stewart tips di Resta to join ‘best ever’ grid in 2011

Sir Jackie Stewart has tipped fellow Scot Paul di Resta to make his formula one debut in 2011.

2010-10-10 - Force India F1 Team - Paul di Resta_22010-06-13-009924-year-old di Resta, the new DTM champion, was Force India’s reserve and Friday driver in 2010 and is being considered for a race seat with the Silverstone based team next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Wind tunnel plans may take two years – Gascoyne

“We’ve made a good start, but it’s very much the first step along the road.”

2010-10-10 - Lotus F1 Racing - Mike Gascoyne 012010-09-14 - Lotus F1 Racing - Jarno Trulli 02It will be some time before Team Lotus has its own wind tunnel up and running, technical boss Mike Gascoyne has admitted. Late in 2010, the Tony Fernandes-led outfit announced it would soon build a tunnel at its Hingham headquarters. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

RB7 to be evolution of 2010 Red Bull – Newey

Red Bull keeping F1 engine ‘options open’ – Horner

2010-11-16 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo 012010-11-19 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel - Pirelli 2Red Bull’s 2011 car will be a further evolution of the pace-setting cars of the past two seasons. This year, the championship-winning RB6 was an evolution of the similarly Adrian Newey-penned 2009 car, which although beaten to the title by Brawn was ultimately the quickest package. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Alonso not worried about Vettel/Ferrari rumours

Alonso among top Spaniards on ‘net in 2010

Sebastian Vettel-Fernando Alonso-11-2010Fernando Alonso-Abu Dhabi-11-2010Fernando Alonso insists he would have no fear if he was paired at Ferrari with F1’s new youngest world champion Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said in recent days that the 23-year-old German will drive a red car “sooner or later”, and Bild newspaper now quotes Vettel as saying a seat at the Maranello based team is a “desire and goal”. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Rosberg not sure Mercedes can catch up in 2011

Germans not predicting Schumacher title in 2011

2010-11-06 -  Mercedes GP - Nico Rosberg 042010-11-06 -  Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 07Nico Rosberg is confident of a more successful season for Mercedes in 2011. But the 25-year-old German, who this year finished 70 points ahead of his famous teammate Michael Schumacher, is not so sure the team’s progress will be enough to close the gap to the pacesetters entirely. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

2011 was last chance for F1 dream – Perez

“But I have proved that I am a good driver; nobody has given me anything.”

Sergio Perez 2010-082010-12-23 - Sauber Motorsport - Sergio Perez - Esteban GutierrezSergio Perez has admitted that his F1 dream would have likely slipped away if he had not been signed to make his debut in 2011. The 20-year-old Mexican, backed by the Carlos Slim-led Telmex company, is quoted by the Spanish website “I think this was my last chance to enter F1.” Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Buemi sets new Swiss waterslide record

Although F1 is in its winter recess, Sebastien Buemi has set a new record.

2010-11-13 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Senastien Buemi 22010-11-06 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Sebastien Buemi 2The Toro Rosso driver slid down the three high-speed waterslides at Aquaparc in Le Bouveret, Switzerland, faster than the previous record holder. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Lauda wants Sutil, Hulkenberg at Force India

Force India is now the last significant team with driver vacancies for the 2011 season.

2010-05-16 - Red Bull Racing - Niki Lauda 022011-11-13 - Force India F1 Team - Adrian Sutil 03With HRT likely to select a pair of well-financed racers much closer to the start of the season, a handful of highly rated candidates are clamouring for the two Mercedes-powered seats at the team run by Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

HRT to use old car for first 2011 test

HRT engineer says F1 KERS systems ‘inefficient’

2010-05-16 - Hispania Racing Team - Karun Chandhok 022010-11-06 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Bruno Senna 04HRT’s 2011 car will not be present for the start of the official pre-season test period in early February. Owner Jose Ramon Carabante recently announced that the Hispania team will be running at the first group session at Valencia on 1 February. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Website admits Santander/HRT story a hoax

Santander buys into HRT team – report

Santander2010-11-06 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Christian Klien 02A Spanish website has admitted a news story about Santander buying into the Spanish team HRT was a hoax. Read the rest of this entry »

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