Daily Archive: March 11, 2011

Mar 11

Formula One teams testing report day 4 (+ results)

Formula One day 4 test report

Circuit de CatalunyaToday’s testing report from Formula One teams & drivers in Barcelona.

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Mar 11

Team Lotus confirms 2011 third and test drivers

Razia, Valsecchi and Teixeira in 2011 Team Lotus Driver Line-Up

2011-03-11 - Ricardo Teixeira - Davide Valsecchi - Luiz Razia2011-02-19 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - 01Team Lotus has today confirmed that Luiz Razia and Davide Valsecchi will be combining their 2011 GP2 Team AirAsia commitments with official roles in Team Lotus with Luiz Razia as Third Driver and Davide Valsecchi as Test Driver. Ricardo Teixeira also joins the team as a second Test Driver to continue his long-term development program with the team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Hispania Racing will not run on Saturday due to a customs problem

Hispania Racing will not run tomorrow

2011-02-01 - HRT F1 Team - Valencia - Narain Karthikeyan 062011-03-11 - Hispania Racing Team 01Because certain parts of the car, the dampers, were not released by customs. The result of this is that we can´t run tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Crazy Leo announces two new co-drivers

Yesterday Canadian Rally Championship hosted a live chat with Crazy Leo

2010-09-10_0009 2010-11-20_0015The chat session lasted just over an hour, they received 193 comments. It was good fun! Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Kubica to undergo more elbow surgery

Robert Kubica will have to undergo further surgery.

2011-02-03 - Lotus Renault GP - Valencia - Robert Kubica 012011-02-03 - Lotus Renault GP - Valencia - Robert Kubica 02On Thursday in Barcelona, Renault’s team doctor Riccardo Ceccarelli said he did not think the injured Pole would have to have any more operations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Launch of the new Hispania Racing F111‏ (+ photos)

HRT reveal F111

2011-03-11 - Hispania Racing Team 012011-03-11 - Hispania Racing Team 02With Mr Jose Ramon Carabante at the head of the Team and Colin Kolles as Team Principal, Hispania Racing Team-HRT F1 Team joined its first Formula 1 season in 2010 as the first ever Spanish Formula 1 team, with Bruno Senna, Karun Chandhok, Sakon Yamamoto and Christian Klien as drivers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Drivers want rear wing and rain tyre changes

“Most drivers agree that we have to improve the grip” – Felipe Massa

2011-01-18 - Pirelli 0044Proposed amendments to the new adjustable rear wing rules were not adopted during a meeting this week in Barcelona. Finland’s Turun Sanomat said the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association expressed great concern during the meeting with technical bosses and team chiefs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Red Bull Racing and Pepe Jeans enhance partnership

It’s in the jeans!

2011-02-19 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - 0006Red Bull Racing is set to maintain the style that helped it achieve two world championships, with today’s announcement that Pepe Jeans will continue as the team’s official team clothing partner, with an extended and increased deal for 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Vettel says ‘wow’ after Perez ‘quick lap’

“Wow, that was a quick lap” – Vettel

2011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 00042011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 0012After skipping a chicane to set a fast lap earlier this week, Sauber rookie Sergio Perez on Thursday leapt to the top of the times on merit. The Mexican was doing a full qualifying simulation on low fuel and a new set of super soft Pirellis, but world champion Sebastian Vettel was nonetheless impressed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Webber coy, Gene says Red Bull ‘scary’

“No one knows today how scary Red Bull are going to be” – Marc Gene

2011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber 00052011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber 0013The hide-and-seek continued in Barcelona on Thursday as F1 observers try to decipher the hierarchy for the start of the 2011 season. Accused of sandbagging, Red Bull’s Mark Webber told Autosprint: “We have no time for that.  We already have enough to do.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Too early to write off McLaren – de la Rosa

De la Rosa happy because McLaren return ‘not easy’

2010-06-13_01022011-02-04 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - MP4-26 top frontPedro de la Rosa insists it is “too early” for anyone to write off McLaren ahead of the 2011 season. It was actually the British team’s own race drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button who had admitted the MP4-26 is not currently a title winner. That earned the rebuke from boss Martin Whitmarsh on Thursday that the entire F1 world needs to “wait and see how the season unfolds”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Mercedes is shortest car in 2011 field

Mercedes’ 2011 car is the shortest on the grid, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

2011-02-19 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Nico Rosberg 012011-02-13 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Jerez - Michael SchumacherBild newspaper has therefore christened the W02 the ‘mini Mercedes’ after learning that the wheelbase is 9cm shorter than the Red Bull, 5 than the Ferrari and a whopping 27cm smaller than McLaren’s MP4-26. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Williams might start 2011 without KERS

Williams might have to start the 2011 season without KERS.

2011-02-24 - AT&T Williams - FW33 082011-02-13 - AT&T Williams - Jerez - Rubens Barrichello 01With its own KERS company Williams Hybrid Power, the Oxfordshire based team initially developed a flywheel system but instead opted for the more tightly-packaged battery version for its 2011 car FW33. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Barrichello happier than ever in longest F1 career

Rubens Barrichello insists he is not yet thinking about retirement.

2011-02-01 - AT&T Williams - Valencia - Rubens Barrichello 032011-02-01 - AT&T Williams - Rubens Barrichello 07Seven time world champion Michael Schumacher, who is now well into his second formula one career, has contested nearly 40 fewer grands prix than the record-setting Brazilian. But speaking ahead of his eighteenth consecutive season, he told Finland’s Turun Sanomat that he is enjoying F1 like never before. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Pirelli two-stop strategy ‘impossible’ – Sutil

Massa acknowledged that there will be “three or four” pitstops per race

2011-02-08 - Force India F1 Team - VJM04 022011-01-27 - Force India F1 Team - Paul di Resta - Adrian Sutil - Niko HulkenbergAdrian Sutil has reinforced the view that three or even four-stop pit strategies will be commonplace in 2011. The Force India driver did a race simulation at the Barcelona test on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Kovalainen eyes Schumacher guru Balbir Singh

Heikki Kovalainen is considering teaming up with Michael Schumacher’s former fitness guru.

2011-02-19 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Heikki Kovalainen 032011-02-19 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Heikki Kovalainen 01Turun Sanomat newspaper reports that the Lotus driver has split with his physiotherapist Petri Lehikoinen. The report said Schumacher proposed that Kovalainen start working with Indian Balbir Singh instead, whose last job in F1 was alongside Giancarlo Fisichella at Force India. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Lotus reliability still concerns Trulli

“I’m sure there is still a lot to come before the first race.”

2011-02-03 - Team Lotus - Valencia - Jarno Trulli 012011-02-19 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - 01With his tumultuous 2010 season behind him, Jarno Trulli has admitted he is still concerned about reliability. The Italian veteran completed only a handful of laps in the new Team Lotus T128 in Barcelona on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Liuzzi hopes for ‘long’ HRT tenure

The F111 car will finally be launched on Friday.

2011-02-18 - HRT F1 Team - José Ramón Carabante - Vitantonio Liuzzi2011-02-08 - HRT F1 Team- HRT F111 01With HRT’s stop-start debut season in memory, Vitantonio Liuzzi on Thursday would not reveal the length of his new contract with the Spanish team. No fewer than four drivers competed for Hispania last year as the team struggled for survival financially. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Glock back with doctors after Barcelona visit

“No, the (stitches) procedure will be no problem” – Glock

2011-02-07 - MVR-02 00102011-02-13 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Jerez - Jerome DAmbrosio 03After spending Thursday as a spectator at the Barcelona test, Timo Glock returned to Switzerland. Auto Motor und Sport reports that the Virgin driver, who has sat out the entire test following an appendectomy, will be back with the doctors on Friday to have stitches removed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Volkswagen says no to F1 foray

Volkswagen has delivered a fresh blow to speculation the German giant is eyeing a foray in formula one.

2011-01-13_05832011-01-13_0582The dominant Red Bull Racing had positioned as an ideal carmaker partner for the Wolfsburg-based group, but Ulrich Hackenberg ruled out F1 as well as NASCAR. Read the rest of this entry »

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