Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 31

Sticky: Pirelli takes to the track for the first official Formula one test of 2011

The Formula One teams will test the latest evolution of the new Pirelli PZero tyres

2010-11-18 - Pirelli 00112011-01-16 - Pirelli 0032“We arrive in Valencia with all our compounds defined and ready to offer the teams different tyre solutions, having enjoyed an intense and fruitful collaboration so far. This test will provide us with some useful feedback and a valuable taste of the season to come” Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Sticky: R31 Launch: Black to the future (updated)

Lotus Renault GP’s 2011 challenger
Senna joins Renault as 2011 ‘third’ driver

2011-01-31 - Lotus Renault GP  - R31 Launch 00072011-01-31 - Lotus Renault GP  - R31 Launch 0001The world’s media got their first glimpse of Lotus Renault GP’s 2011 challenger this afternoon as the R31 was presented in the pit lane of the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Sticky: Team Lotus unveils 2011 car

New Lotus called T128, not TL11
Team Lotus confirms no KERS for 2011 car

Our 2011 Challenger - the T128The Team Lotus 2011 challenger T128 was launched on Monday 31st January exclusively in Team Lotus Notes. The special launch edition of the team’s magazine has a number of first-see images of the 2011 car and insights from key players within Team Lotus into the design and build process of the new car, including people from the Aero, R&D and Vehicle Dynamics, Design and Senior Management Teams. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Sticky: Sauber reveals 2011 car C30

Sauber on Monday became the next team to reveal its 2011 car.

2011-01-31 - Sauber F1 Team 00032011-01-31 - Sauber F1 Team 0001Photographers captured the new C30 in the chilly Valencia pitlane, where group testing will begin 24 hours later. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Senna next in line for Renault race drive

Bruno Senna insists he is first in line to take the wheel if Renault’s regular race drivers run aground in 2011.

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In the Valencia pitlane on Monday morning, the Lotus-sponsored team unveiled the R31 and also a plethora of drivers, including ‘third’ drivers Senna and Romain Grosjean and reserves Fairuz Fauzy, Ho-Pin Tung and Jan Charouz. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Lotus dispute about ‘money’ – Lopez

The Lotus naming dispute is simply about money, Renault team owner Gerard Lopez said on Monday.

He was speaking at Valencia, where the newly Lotus-sponsored Renault revealed its 2011 car, mere hours after the entirely separate Team Lotus launched another car that will also carry the evocative brand name this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Double victory for Porsche

At long distance classic in Florida

PorscheTRG Racing GT65Porsche’s success story at the Daytona 24 hour race continues. At the 49th running of the long distance classic in Florida, the sports cars from Zuffenhausen celebrated an impressive double victory. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Perez not focused on possible Ferrari future

He finished last year’s GP2 championship in second place.

2011-01-25 - Sauber F1 Team - Sergio Perez - 00042011-01-25 - Sauber F1 Team - Sergio Perez - 0005Sergio Perez insists he is not getting carried away with thoughts about one day racing in F1 for Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Todt admits ‘admiration’ for Red Bull’s Mateschitz

FIA president Jean Todt has revealed a “great admiration” for Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz.

Dietrich Mateschitz 022010-10-23 - Red Bull Racing - Christian Horner - Jean TodtAlthough with a relatively hands-off role personally, Austrian billionaire Mateschitz’s main F1 team secured the drivers’ and constructors’ titles last season, just six years after taking over struggling Jaguar. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Pirelli denies Ferrari bias fears

“We are a company, not a flag.”

PirelliPirelli 001-2010Pirelli boss Marco Tronchetti Provera has dismissed claims the Italian tyre marque might favour Ferrari this year. With Ferrari naming its 2011 car F150 in tribute of Italian unification and painting a tri-colour on the rear wing, the national link between the Maranello marque and Milan-based Pirelli had raised some fears among Ferrari’s rivals. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Most drivers feel sick in simulators – Schumacher

Mercedes’ new state-of-the-art simulator is not expected to be up and running until next year.

2010-05-08 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 022010-05-08 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 03Michael Schumacher insists he is not the only driver who suffers from motion sickness at the wheel of simulators.  A major story broke last week suggesting that Schumacher’s limited time in Mercedes’ Brackley simulator could explain his struggle to keep up with Nico Rosberg after returning to F1. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Alonso comment ‘logical’ not comical – Schumacher

Schumacher told Bild newspaper that Alonso’s prediction was not empty flattery.

2010-07-24 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 022011-01-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 0014Michael Schumacher believes it was “logical” for Fernando Alonso to recently nominate him as the major challenger for the 2011 title. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Alonso to shave beard before 2011 season

Dyer demoted to factory-based role in 2011

2011-01-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 0027Fernando Alonso has vowed to shave off his beard before the 2011 season begins officially in Bahrain. The Spaniard has been wearing a ‘three musketeers’-style goatee at Ferrari’s ‘Wrooom’ media event and also for the launch and track debut of the team’s new 2011 car. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Williams and Ferrari used Toyota wind tunnels

The report said as many as six other teams will also use the Toyota facilities.

Two teams have recently utilised the facilities of the departed formula one team Toyota, it has emerged. The German-language Speed Week said Cologne based Toyota Motorsport GmbH, whose impressive facility including two wind tunnels is available for external parties to hire, has counted Williams and Toyota among its latest clients. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Grosjean announces Renault third driver role for 2011

Romain Grosjean is Renault’s third driver for the 2011 season.

Auto GP - Romain Grosjean - DAMSFrench reports said the appointment is despite the Proton-linked Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy being recently signed as the Lotus-sponsored team’s reserve driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

10th manufacturer joins F1000 Pro Series in 2011

 From the Silver Screen to professional auto racing

F1000 Pro SeriesTapacat Racing logoJoining the field of nine other manufacturers set to compete in the 2011 F1000 Pro Series is Tapacat Racing Cars, headed by Hollywood screenwriter and former racer, Christopher Crowe. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

The final hour of the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona

With four DP cars in the hunt for victory

Rolex24_DaytonaScott Pruett VIR 20100425With 23 hours logged at the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona it would be natural to assume the drivers would be looking to preserve their equipment in order to make it to the finish, but here at Daytona International Speedway it is the exact opposite.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Davide Rigon new Ferrari simulator driver

Rigon to “Me, the new Italian driver in Ferrari”

2011-01-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 0005Davide RigonThe two-times Superleague Formula champion, former Pirelli-shod Ferrari driver in FIA GT, is now part of Maranello’s Formula One team as simulator driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Turner Motorsport leads at Daytona before gearbox setback

Returns to take race finish for second consecutive year

2011-01-27_0007Turner-Motorsports-logoFor the first three hours of the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Turner Motorsport BMW M3 staked their claim as the team to beat. However, a rare type of gearbox failure forced the team to go back to the garage and effect repairs that took over four hours to complete.

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Jan 30

Jean-François Dumoulin and Bennett Racing lift up

Following several challenges at the Daytona 24

Jean-François Dumoulin  Daytona 2Bennett Racing LogoThe Bennett Racing Team, for whom Jean-François Dumoulin was driving, has overcome numerous challenges since the start of the activities at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Scott Pruett wins the Rolex 24 At Daytona (+result)

Chip Ganassi goes One-Two on the podium with Pruett and Dixon

Scott Pruett VIR 20100425Scott Pruett  Memo Rojas podium Barber 20100410For the fourth time Scott Pruett wins the 24 hours race… Ganassi Racing finished first and second in the 2011 24 Hours of Daytona. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Andrew Ranger finishes 22nd (updated)

In NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown

Andrew Ranger 007-2010Andrew Ranger 8Andew Ranger overcame a cancelled flight due to a snow storm, slept in an airport and survived 11 cautions to finish in 22nd place in the eighth running of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, which brings together the top racers from across North America and has grown into the “Daytona 500 of short-track racing”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Mechanical failures for Bennett Racing no. 56 Ferrari and JF Dumoulin

In the pit since midrace

Jean-Francois Dumoulin portrait DaytonaJean-Francois Dumoulin Daytona 56 (3)Jean‐François Dumoulin and his teammates at Bennett Racing  have completed 266 laps at the 24 Hours of Daytona, before having to stop in the pits. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

DJ Kennington claims second at All Star Showdown

“We didn’t just come here to run around we wanted to show how good this team is” – Kennington

DJ Kennington - Castrol Edge Car - IrwindaleNASCAR Toyota All-Star ShowdownReigning NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion DJ Kennington of St. Thomas, ON capped off a busy January of activity with an amazing run at the NASCAR All Star Showdown this past Saturday night In Irwindale, California. In a car provided by Bill McAnally Racing, Kennington piloted his #17 Castrol Edge machine to a second place finish in the race referred to as the Daytona 500 of short track racing. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Vettel hints at Red Bull stay for ‘next few years’

Sebastian Vettel on Sunday appeared to agree that rumours of a Ferrari switch some time soon can be put to rest

2010-11-13 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 4Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said earlier that there was “nothing” to the speculation that new world champion Vettel could be Maranello’s next driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Clio front-runner Robinson remains with TCR

For Ginetta switch

Mike Robinson - Renault Clio Cup PodiumTotal Control Racing logoMike Robinson will stay with Total Control Racing for a fourth year of competition in 2011 but the ELF Renault Clio Cup front-runner has confirmed he will be trying his hand at something different after today, Friday, 28th January, announcing his participation in the popular Ginetta Challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Newspaper reveals photo of 2011 Mercedes

 Two days ahead of the rest of the world

2011-01-13_01532011-01-30 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - MGP W02 Digital 3D renderingA German newspaper has revealed the first photo of Mercedes’ formula one car for 2011. Bild am Sonntag published a photo showing the W02 with a very high and wide nose, a shinier silver livery and a reversion to a more conventional airbox. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Sponsor guru Brown could be next Ecclestone – report

F1 marketing specialist Zak Brown has been named as a potential successor
 For the sport’s long-standing chief Bernie Ecclestone

2010-06-12_0628United Autosports Zak BrownAmerican Brown, who is racing alongside Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell in this weekend’s Daytona 24 hour race with his own team, also heads Just Marketing, the leading sponsorship agency that represents several high-profile formula one team backers. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Accident in practice spoils the Gleasons’ hopes

But their teammates go on to win Friday’s Continental Tire Race at Daytona

GrandAm ContinentalAPR Motorsport - 2010-08-12Auto racing’s topsy-turvy manner was the story line for the Gleason brothers’ experiences at the season opener for Grand-Am’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series Thursday and Friday at Daytona International Speedway. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

MOTOGP: ”MotoGP dream on pause” – Rea

” But it’s still my dream ”

Jonathan Rea Jonathan Rea 091002 Magny CoursJonathan Rea concedes that whilst joining the MotoGP grid remains his ‘dream’, his full focus at present is on claiming the 2011 World Superbike Championship crown with Castrol Honda – and then letting destiny take its course… Read the rest of this entry »

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