Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 31

James Cole graduates to F2

McLaren Autosport Award finalist signs up after impressive pre-season tests

F2 - James ColeJames Cole is the latest driver to confirm he will be competing in the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship, after a standout performance at the recent pre-season tests at Silverstone and Snetterton. The 22-year-old Briton impressed by frequently running in the top ten over both days and even topping a session at the new Snetterton 300 circuit yesterday (Wednesday), despite his previous lack of experience in the Williams JPH1B F2 car. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Tony Fernandes receives CBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“I am extremely humbled to have received this award today”

2011-03-31 - Tony Fernandes Receives CBE From Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II2011-03-26 - Team Lotus - Australia - Tony Fernandes 02The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award will serve to further facilitate the promotion of commercial and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and Malaysia, says Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes who was honoured with the award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London today. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

iSport get Grouped on

“This is a great opportunity for anybody to come and see the inner workings of a top class motorsport team”

iSport - GrouponiSport InternationalInternet marketing phenomenon Groupon are offering motorsport fans a dream ticket on their website today, having signed their first ever deal with a sports team in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Formula Two joins forces with Base Performance

To launch state-of-the-art F2 simulator

F2 - Alex Brundle in simulator overheadF2 - Alex Brundle in simulatorFormula Two has joined forces with double Le Mans winning Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner to promote driver development by launching a new state-of-the art F2 simulator. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

RACMSA Rally of Scotland to run from 7-9 October

Pierre Campana hopes success in Italy will lead to Tour de Corse outing

PRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADPRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADRACMSA Rally of Scotland, the penultimate round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, will take place from 7-9 October, one week earlier than scheduled.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Red Bull exhaust copycats ‘a pain’ admits Newey

“It’s a form of flattery but it’s a bit of a pain if they then beat you with it”

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 92011-03-27 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 3Adrian Newey admits it is flattering but also “a pain” that the latest trend in F1 is to copy the exhaust layout on Red Bull’s new RB7 car. Sebastian Vettel easily won the 2011 opener from pole in Melbourne last weekend, but in second place was McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, after the British team ditched its own complex ‘octopus’ exhaust system. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Hamilton ‘a topic’ for Red Bull in 2012 – Marko

“First we have to see how the season goes for Mark and what he decides

2010-09-26 - Red Bull Racing - Dr Helmut Marko2011-03-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Lewis Hamilton 03Helmut Marko is not ruling out making a move for Lewis Hamilton, perhaps as imminently as in time for the 2012 season. After a recent round of speculation, during which Red Bull team boss Christian Horner described Hamilton as a “great driver”, the 2008 world champion insisted he is committed to McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

‘Far ahead’ Red Bull hard to catch – Rosberg

Red Bull is “far ahead” and it will be very difficult for rivals including Mercedes to catch up.

2011-03-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Australia - Nico Rosberg 102011-03-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Australia - Nico Rosberg 05That is the claim of Nico Rosberg, who after a promising winter campaign for Mercedes struggled for pace in the new silver W02 in Australia. “We have to say that Sebastian (Vettel) and Red Bull are far ahead of everyone,” he told Sport Bild. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

‘No dismissals’ after Melbourne rear wing saga – Sauber

“For me, the wounds are definitely far from being healed”

2011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - 022011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - Sergio Perez 04Peter Sauber has denied rumours the disqualification of the C30 cars in Australia cost technical director James Key his job. Briton Key, who has been with the Swiss team only a year after switching from Force India, is ultimately responsible for the 3-5 millimetre rear wing breach that cost Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez their points in Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Ricciardo to skip race for Chinese F1 duty

He kicked off his duties in Melbourne, and will be back in action in Malaysia next weekend.

2011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Daniel Ricciardo 62011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Daniel Ricciardo 3Daniel Ricciardo will sit out the opening round of the Formula Renault 3.5 season next month as his F1 duties take precedence. Putting enormous pressure on Toro Rosso’s race lineup this year, the Australian has been appointed by team owner Red Bull to drive on the morning of every initial F1 practice session. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

HRT to beat Lotus and Virgin by May – owner

HRT’s budget for this year is EUR 45 million

2011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Vitantonio Liuzzi 42011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Narain Karthikeyan 8HRT failed to qualify after an embarrassing display in Australia, but owner Jose Ramon Carabante insists the Spanish team will be beating rivals Virgin and Lotus by May. He confessed that the Melbourne debacle, where mechanics spent the official practice sessions cobbling together the F111 which ultimately fell outside the 107 per cent qualifying rule, was due to financial problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Simone-Meade Autosports announces 2011 racing season plans

Simone-Meade Autosports is pleased to announce their plans to campaign two full time entries

Nascar Canadian Tire SeriesDan Clarke - Anthony Simone - Donald MeadeSince joining forces mid way through last season Simone Autosport and business leader Donald Meade have begun implementing their strategy to take their racing program to the front of the field and also create awareness to the serious problem of injurious micro-organisms and eliminate the mould pandemic.

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Mar 31

2011 Team Canada: three more drivers!

Parker Thompson, Nicholas Latifi and Michael Vincec

2010 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals - Team CanadaRotax Max ChallengeNow that the two American winter series are finished, we have three additional drivers who will join Team Canada at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Al Ain, U.A.E. next November. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

The Grand Evening of the Grand Prix du Canada returns in 2011

Bernard Ecclestone and Michael Fortier to be Honorary Co-Chair of the event

The Grand Evening logoLe Grand Soir - The Grand Evening - Pilotes F1 Drivers 2010Following the resounding success of last year’s inaugural edition, the Grand Prix du Canada announced today the return of the gala “The Grand Evening”. The exclusive social event, which will once again this year serve as the inaugural soirée of the 2011 Grand Prix du Canada, will be held on Thursday, June 9 at Windsor Station’s Salle des Pas Perdus. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Intercontinental Trophy Cup completes first official test

Series Principal and officials express confidence and excitement.

ITC Cup logo, Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series logoITC-VIRIntercontinental Trophy Cups (ITC) series officials are expressing excitement and confidence following the series’ first official test this past week at Virginia International Raceway. The test was a prelude to the opening round for the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), sanctioning body of the ITC series. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Gabby Chaves back on top at Silverstone‏

The session was less than smooth with a flurry of red flags

GP3 SeriesGP3 Series - Addax Team - Gabby ChavesOnce again it was Addax Team’s rookie Gabby Chaves who was the quickest man on track at Silverstone Circuit, after setting the best time of 1:50.799 on day two of second 2011 official GP3 Series testing. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Miki Monras tops final F2 pre-season test at Snetterton

Capacity field present at new ‘300’ circuit 

F2 - Miki MonrasF2 - Jack Clarke - Alex BrundleMiki Monras topped the final FIA Formula Two Championship test of the season as the series took to the new Snetterton 300 circuit for the first time today. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Ford Blue Oval Challenge has lots of new competition

The popularity of the Ford program will be in evidence

ACT logoFord Racing logoThe Ford Blue Oval Challenge for ACT Late Model teams will see some administrative changes and a whole lot more competition in the upcoming 2011 race season. The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Ford Sportsman Circle Track Racing, a division of Ford Racing, announced today the second year of the “Blue Oval Challenge” for the Ford competitors racing in ACT events or at ACT affiliated Late Model tracks. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Red Bull wing flex not illegal – Whiting

Charlie Whiting has dismissed fears Red Bull could fall afoul F1’s rules prohibiting flexible aerodynamic components.

2008-06-05_00492011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Mark Webber 2As was the case in 2010, the dominant team has again been accused of running a car whose front wing extremities bend to the track — so much in Australia that mechanics were constantly repairing damage to the endplate undersides. But FIA technical delegate Whiting told Germany’s Bild newspaper: “We have found nothing unusual.  The car is in order.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Formula 3 Euro Series season kick-off

At Le Castellet

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesPaul Ricard HTTTThis weekend, the Formula 3 Euro Series is going to kick off the ninth season of its history – in France, at Le Castellet’s 5.791-kilometre circuit. And the entrants will have to cope with several innovations: for the first time since the Euro Series’ creation in 2003, series partner Kumho provides a completely new tyre spec – and the race weekends comprise three instead if two races. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Three carmakers linked with post-2013 F1 forays

“Volkswagen, Honda and Hyundai”

2011-01-13_05832011-01-13_0623Three car makers have been named as potential candidates to enter formula one after the engine rules change in 2013. Jean-Francois Caubet, managing director of F1 engine supplier Renault Sport F1, said “Volkswagen, Honda and Hyundai” could launch forays when the turbocharged four-cylinder power plants replace the current 2.4 litre V8s. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

CVC not ruling out sale of F1 stake – report

Bribery affair surrounding former F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky could complicate the sale

Flagworld - F1CVC is not ruling out selling its 100 per cent ownership of formula one’s commercial rights, according to financial news specialists Reuters. The report said “several sources” believe the private equity firm is conducting a strategic review of its stake for a potential “sale, IPO or debt refinancing”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Raikkonen to combine rally with NASCAR in 2011

Raikkonen’s former McLaren teammate Juan Pablo Montoya switched to NASCAR in 2006.

Kimi Räikkönen  2011-03-01Kimi Raikkonen 20101114As the second F1 season without him kicks off, Kimi Raikkonen has revealed plans to branch into NASCAR racing this year. Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper said the 2007 world champion will combine his world rally championship foray in 2011 with America’s premier motor racing category. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Berger no fan of F1 overtaking debate

Gerhard Berger has admitted he is no fan of the ongoing debate about overtaking in formula one.

00731full17700731full84After watching the Australian grand prix on television, the ten-time race winner said the new moveable rear wings made “barely” any difference. But “This is the wrong approach,” he said on Austrian Servus TV.  “I want to see racing, where if you want to get past you have to brake later. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

McLaren to scrap titanium diffuser for Malaysia

McLaren has good reason to expect another step forwards in Malaysia next weekend.

2011-03-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Jenson Button 072011-03-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Jenson Button 09After a dire winter period, the British team scrapped its complex ‘octopus’ exhaust system before Melbourne and moved onto the pace with a Red Bull-inspired layout. And the same layout is set to be lighter at Sepang next weekend, according to Auto Motor und Sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Briatore tells Ferrari to ‘focus on 2012′

Meanwhile, former ten-time GP winner Gerhard Berger agrees with Briatore

2011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Felipe Massa 012011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Fernando Alonso 01Flavio Briatore has advised Ferrari to write off 2011 after this year’s 150 Italia car struggled in Melbourne last weekend. The Italian team, featuring Fernando Alonso as its lead driver, is currently investigating why the new car was not as good in Australia after a promising winter test campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Fallout continues after costly Sauber blunder

“It will certainly be days before we can even mentally deal with this” – Sauber

2011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - Sergio Perez 022011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - Kamui Kobayashi 02After Sauber’s Melbourne disqualification, angry fans have demanded to know why the C20 was cleared to drive all weekend with an illegal wing. Team owner Peter Sauber has said the Swiss team had two wing specifications on hand in Australia, with one of them fitted to Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi’s cars on Sunday breaching a technical rule by mere millimetres. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Alguersuari says Buemi to blame for Heidfeld damage

The prime suspect for the crash was Alguersuari

2011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Jaime Alguersuari 22011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Sebastien Buemi 2Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari has revealed that his teammate was responsible for Nick Heidfeld’s damage in the Melbourne season opener. The crash was not captured on television or by photographers, but Heidfeld had a notably poor debut with Renault in Australia and it emerged only afterwards that his right sidepod had sustained significant damage. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

HRT hopes to qualify with new wing – Karthikeyan

“We respect the 107 per cent rule.  We are a serious team.”

2011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Narain Karthikeyan 52011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Narain Karthikeyan 12Narain Karthikeyan insists he supports F1’s 107 per cent rule and is confident he will be quick enough to qualify for the second event of his return to the sport. Struggling Spanish team HRT had a horror opening weekend of its second season, hardly running at all in practice and then not lapping quick enough to qualify for the Australian race. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Cosworth’s engineering debrief: Australian GP

Setting the Scene

CosworthCosworth CA2010 F1 race engine - BLOODHOUND SSC 3The Australian Grand Prix is one of the five toughest tracks on the calendar from Cosworth’s perspective. As the season-opening race, it was the first occasion for teams and drivers to experience the rigours of a full race weekend with their new spec cars. Read the rest of this entry »

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