Daily Archive: March 1, 2011

Mar 01

A new Vintage Club is born

Cars have to be at least 20 years old to be eligible

CVQ  logo2010-06-20For many months now rumours were running around about a new vintage racing club ‘’made in Quebec’’. Well the rumour is confirmed! A non profit organization is born and ready to welcome pilots who had been waiting for the first Vintage road racing club in Québec; The CVQ; Course Vintage Quebec. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Imola added to GP2 Asia Series calendar‏

San Marino track to host final round on March 18, 19 and 20

GP2 ImolaImola will host the final round of the 2011 GP2 Asia Series on March 18, 19 and 20. This will mark the return of the Series to the San Marino track since 2006 where Gianmaria Bruni and Ernesto Viso respectively triumphed for Trident Racing and Racing Engineering. This is also where the GP2 Series held its first ever race weekend on April 23-24 2005 with Heikki Kovalainen winning the feature race for Arden International and Adam Carroll snatching victory in the sprint race for Super Nova Racing. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

New Dassault Systemes partnership allows McLaren Racing to push design and production cycle to new limits‏

McLaren Racing and Dassault Systèmes new partnership announcement

2011-03-01 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1™ vehicle design and development processes use a range of Dassault Systèmes PLM product2011-03-01 - McLaren Racing finance and commercial director John Cooper (left) and Dassault Systèmes CEO Bernard Charles (right)McLaren Racing, the operating arm of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, and Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, are pleased to announce a new partnership to further enhance racing car development efficiency.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Raikkonen not returning to F1 – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone does not think F1’s world champion of 2007 is ever coming back to his sport.

Kimi Raikkonen Japan GPBernie Ecclestone-11-2010After committing to a second full-time season in the world rally championship this year, Kimi Raikkonen said he has “no interest” in returning to F1. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Magnus Racing goes to the Grand Prix of Miami

It’s gotta be better than last year

Magnus Racing New Jersey 20100719Magnus Racing PorscheAt least year’s Grand Prix of Miami, the Magnus Racing crew was faced with an almost impossible task – rebuilding the no.44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup after a blown tire in the Saturday morning warmup sent Craig Stanton hard into the concrete retaining wall of the Homestead Miami Speedway.

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Mar 01

Braun added to Robertson Racing’s enduro line-up

“Sebring is such a special race so I’m really excited and looking forward to it.”

Robertson Racing car 20100929 Robertson Racing has added Ford factory driver Colin Braun to their line-up for this season’s American Le Mans Series endurance events in place of Rob Bell. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Glock to miss final test after appendix surgery

Timo Glock looks set to miss next week’s final pre-season test as he recovers in a Swiss hospital.

2011-02-11 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Jerez - Jerome Dambrosio - Timo Glock 002011-02-11 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Jerez - Timo Glock 04Reuters reports on Tuesday that Virgin’s 28-year-old German driver has had his appendix removed after a sudden illness and “routine” surgery. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Kobayashi: “We will have exciting races”

One more test and then, finally, the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship gets underway.

2011-02-01 - Sauber F1 Team - Valencia - Kamui Kobayashi 002011-02-13 - Sauber F1 Team - Jerez - Kamui Kobayashi 01Sauber F1 Team driver Kamui Kobayashi looks to the past and the future, and the 24-year old Japanese talks about tyres, rules and roles. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Onidi completes Lazarus line-up

Lazarus completed their line-up for the 2011 Auto GP campaign

Auto GP - Lazarus - Fabio OnidiAuto GPThe team reached an agreement with Fabio Onidi, who will race besides the already confirmed Fabrizio Crestani forming an all-italian duo. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Sam Schmidt saving FAZZT IndyCar team?

Alex Tagliani could drive for Sam Schmidt 

Alex Tagliani 2010-09-0318 - Fazzt - 2010-01-14_0726One of the best stories of the 2010 IZOD INDYCAR season was a one-car team with a veteran cast and a tiny budget. And one of the rumors that wouldn’t go away during the past few months was that the FAZZT Race Team might not be able to answer the bell in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

SingTel finally confirms Singapore GP extension

SingTel announced the 2011-2012 extension on Tuesday.

2010-09-26 - Renault F1 Team - Vitaly Petrov 02SingTel has finally confirmed a new two-year agreement to remain the naming sponsor of the Singapore grand prix. We reported last October that the local telecommunications company had inked a new estimated $30 million contract to associate with the city-state’s popular night race. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

F1 should press ‘rain button’ during races – Ecclestone

F1 officials should have a ‘rain button’ to ensure excitement during a grand prix.

Bernie Ecclestone-11-20102011-01-18 - Pirelli 0042That was the suggestion of the sport’s famous chief executive Bernie Ecclestone during a typically controversial interview. “There are race tracks that you can make artificially wet and it would be easy to have such systems at a number of tracks,” the 80-year-old told F1’s official website. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Sponsor Infiniti not rebadging Red Bull engines

“The Red Bull Racing team will continue to utilise the Renault F1 engines in 2011 and 2012″

2011-02-19 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastian Vettel - Adrian NeweySIAM_2011_SP_136Red Bull’s new sponsor deal with Infiniti was finally confirmed at midnight on Tuesday, but reports that it involves the rebadging of the team’s Renault engines proved wide of the mark. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

New Mercedes ‘not a bad car’ – Brawn

“What I can see is a very motivated Michael.”

2011-02-03 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Valencia - Ross Brawn 012011-02-19 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Michael Schumacher 03Ross Brawn has admitted that Mercedes will be pushing for performance at the final test of the pre-season next week. Asked by Auto Motor und Sport about his assessment of the new W02 car so far, the Brackley based team’s boss said: “I would say it’s reasonable. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

‘F1 foray’ named as Lotus owner slumps

More of the same in the future

ProtonLotus LogoProton, the owner of Renault’s new title sponsor Group Lotus, has recorded big losses and a slumping share price, according to reports in the Malaysian press. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Drivers express concern about Pirelli degradation

Three leading F1 drivers have admitted their concerns about this year’s Pirelli tyres.

2011-02-02 - Pirelli Tyre2011-02-01 - Pirelli“The problem is that they degrade too quickly,” reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel said on Austrian television Servus TV. “By lap 16 or 17 they’re falling apart,” said the German, who said the problems could push drivers up to 10 “or maybe more” seconds per lap off the pace. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Some pay drivers are ‘moving obstacles’ – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he is worried about the “pay driver” issue in formula one.

2011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing  - Sebastian Vettel - 00702011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing  - Sebastian Vettel - 0066The global economic situation has led to an increase in the number of drivers who bring substantial financial backing to their teams. World champion Vettel said on Austrian television Servus TV that the situation is compromising the quality of the F1 grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Webber backs Stewart’s criticism of Tilke

“I fear he has not done much for the spectators”

2011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing  - Mark Webber - 00542011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing  - Mark Webber - 0057Mark Webber has backed triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart’s views about formula one circuit design. “Spot on”, said the Australian driver on Twitter, after reading famous Scot Stewart’s new column in London’s Daily Telegraph. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Pirelli switch ‘not good for big teams’ – Alonso

Fernando Alonso believes F1’s switch to Pirelli tyres is “not good for the big teams”.

2011-02-18 - Fernando Alonso 042011-02-11 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Jerez 7There have been widespread complaints about the severe degradation of the 2011-specification products supplied by the sport’s new official supplier. “There will be lots of pitstops,” said the Ferrari driver at a sponsor event in Madrid, according to the Spanish press. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Alonso fends off Hamilton ‘sabotage’ reports

“I ignore what is said from other countries” – Alonso

Sebastian Vettel-Fernando Alonso-Lewis Hamilton-Mark Webber-Abu Dhabi-11-20102011-02-18 - Fernando Alonso 01Fernando Alonso has fended off the latest press revelations about his stormy relationship with McLaren and Lewis Hamilton in 2007. In his newly-launched biography about Bernie Ecclestone, author Tom Bower said Spaniard Alonso had asked his then boss Ron Dennis in Hungary to sabotage the sister car driven by Hamilton so that it ran out of fuel. Read the rest of this entry »

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