Daily Archive: March 10, 2011

Mar 10

Grand-Am: Compass 360 Racing finishes 5th at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Championship Honda Team battles against strong forced-induction opposition

Compass 360CompassRacing 77Compass360 Racing’s #75 Honda Civic Si crossed the line fifth in a thrilling last-lap run for the flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend. After running second for much of the last half-hour of the race, the creditable finish was still a tough pill to swallow for the team, which looked sure to notch a podium result. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Sauber sponsor Slim tops world rich list

Business magazine Forbes has named Sauber sponsor Carlos Slim the richest man on earth.

Carlos Slim2011-02-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Guadalajara - Sergio Perez 0271-year-old Slim, the Mexican telecoms magnate who is backing the Swiss team and its rookie Sergio Perez this year through his company Telmex and its subsidiaries, grew his fortune over the past year by more than $20 billion to $74bn, the magazine said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Formula One teams testing report day 3 (+ results)

Formula One day 3 test report

Circuit de CatalunyaToday’s testing report from Formula One teams & drivers in Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Mike Conway back behind the wheel as he tests Andretti Autosport IndyCar

“It sounds so clichéd but it really is so fantastic to be back!”

Mike ConwayAndretti Autosport logoBritish racing driver Mike Conway was yesterday back behind the wheel of an IndyCar as he took to the Sebring race track in his Andretti Autosport car, setting the fastest lap of the day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Basso keen on PROTON for IRC after test

Next event: Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles (14-16 April, 2011)

PRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADPRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADGiandomenico Basso has tested for PROTON Motorsports and says he would seriously consider driving for the Malaysian team in this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Pirelli to supply ‘extra hard’ tyre in Turkey

Pirelli is working on a fifth tyre compound to use in 2011.

2011-02-11 - Pirelli - Jerez 012011-02-01 - PirelliGermany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that the ‘extra hard’ compound is designed initially to cope with the additional demands of Turkey’s famous Turn 8 in May. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Renault doctor predicts ‘long’ road for Kubica

Renault doctor Riccardo Ceccarelli on Thursday admitted Robert Kubica’s will be a “long” road to recovery.

2011-02-03 - Lotus Renault GP - Valencia - Robert Kubica 0105 - Renault F1 TeamSpeaking at the Barcelona test, he said the injured Pole is recovering well in an Italian hospital after his horror rally crash more than a month ago. “Robert is getting better day by day,” Ceccarelli is quoted as saying by the team’s official website. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Platform and Red Bull Racing take it to the next level

While the drivers compete at the sharp end of Formula One, the work behind the scenes is equally intense

2011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - Jerez 0019The leader in cluster, grid, cloud management softwareJust as a championship-winning team requires the finest driving talent, it also needs cutting-edge technological backup. With this in mind, Red Bull Racing is delighted to announce that Platform Computing has expanded its partnership with the team for the 2011 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Panda Security sponsors Hispania F1 Racing Team for 2011

Hispania Racing will enjoy Panda Security’s cutting edge cloud-based security service

2011-02-01 - HRT F1 Team - Valencia - Narain Karthikeyan 06Panda Security will protect the Spanish team’s office and mobile computers with its cloud-based solution Panda Cloud Protection and its Panda GateDefender Integra appliances. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Rear wing rule changes possible after meetings

F1 drivers have raised concerns during a meeting with FIA officials at the Barcelona test.

2011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - RB7 car presentation 0001Flagworld - FIAThe Grand Prix Drivers’ Association is now headed by Rubens Barrichello, but former president Nick Heidfeld said this week that he is concerned the drivers “don’t have the most powerful lobby”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

De la Rosa returns ‘home’ to McLaren

Pedro de la Rosa is returning to McLaren as the British team’s test and reserve driver.

2011-02-04 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - MP4-26 angleHamilton-De la Rosa-02-2008-10-31After leaving his long-time role with the Woking based squad at the end of 2009 to return to racing with Sauber, the 40-year-old was hoping to stay on the grid this year with HRT. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

New McLaren not ready to win title – Hamilton

“We definitely have the strength within the team to catch up” – Hamilton

2011-02-11 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton 12011-02-11 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton 4Lewis Hamilton has admitted that McLaren’s 2011 car is currently not good enough to win the world championship. “That doesn’t mean it won’t become a world championship-winning car,” he told reporters at the Barcelona test, after completing just 57 laps due to technical problems with the MP4-26. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Better mood at Mercedes as new package arrives

“We had glimpses that showed that the full package should be a big step”

2011-02-13 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Jerez - Nico Rosberg2011-02-19 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - 01Nico Rosberg sounded more confident after testing some of Mercedes’ upgrade package for the start of the 2011 season. Team figures had said the W02 is a second off the leading pace, insisting however that the launch model was “basic” and would be substantially improved. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Now Williams following Red Bull’s lead on exhausts

“The most efficient solution is Red Bull’s” – Sam Michael

2011-02-24 - AT&T Williams - FW33 072011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - RB7 car presentation 0002Williams will become the next team to follow Red Bull’s lead with the layout of its blown exhaust system. After reportedly finding itself a few tenths behind the RB7 in initial testing, Ferrari is believed to have hastily copied the layout that is now being tested in Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

‘No match’ in F1 for new Red Bull – Peter Sauber

“We have done a lot of laps without encountering major reliability problems.” – Vettel

2011-02-01 - Sauber F1 Team - Valencia - Peter Sauber 01 - Red Bull RacingThe usually reserved Peter Sauber spoke on behalf of the entire F1 community this week when he admitted to seeing “no match” for Red Bull’s new RB7. But Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport has published statistics showing that, based on recent pre-season testing, it is actually Ferrari with the best average lap time so far. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

HRT will overtake Red Bull in ’11 – Kobayashi

“If they’re on older hard tyres and Hispania have a brand new set of super-softs, it could happen”

2011-02-01 - Sauber F1 Team - Valencia - Kamui Kobayashi 002011-02-08 - HRT F1 Team- HRT F111 05The 2011 season will throw up some “funny moments” due to the Pirelli tyre situation, according to Kamui Kobayashi. “Maybe we will see a Red Bull being overtaken by a Hispania,” Sauber’s Japanese driver, referring to the extreme degradation of the tyres seen in testing, told Auto Motor und Sport. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Liuzzi looks ahead with new F1 seat, manager

“In any case, there is no reason to think about it anymore, and anyway we know that F1 is like that”

2011-02-18 - HRT F1 Team - José Ramón Carabante - Vitantonio Liuzzi2011-02-08 - HRT F1 Team- HRT F111 03Vitantonio Liuzzi is looking to the future this week rather than back at a stop-start formula one career so far. After being ousted by Force India despite having a 2011 contract, the 29-year-old Italian will complete the grid this season after signing a new deal with HRT just over a fortnight before the season opener. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Deutsche Post new series partner of the Formula 3 Euro Series

With immediate effect, Deutsche Post is new series partner of the Formula 3 Euro Series.

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesDeutsche PostThe Bonn based logistics group and the planet’s most competitive young-gun series agreed upon a two-year deal. With this move, Deutsche Post adds another component to the active young-driver promotion programme of its extensive motor-racing involvement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Alexander Rossi sets second fastest lap at FR3.5 test

Combined FR3.5 test times, Day 1 & 2, Motorland, Spain

Fortec MotorsportsGP2 - Alexander Rossi 03Alexander commenced two days of intensive testing with his 2011 World Series Renault team, Fortec Motorsport, at Motorland, Spain this week. Alexander had to get to grips with not only joining a new team, but working for the first time alongside his engineer in Formula Renault 3.5. Read the rest of this entry »

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