Daily Archive: March 16, 2011

Mar 16

The Historic Formula 1 Cars return to the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix

First-ever visit of James Hunt’s McLaren M-26 and the return of Mario Andretti’s Lotus 79

Michel Flageole2010-06-11-0272Due to the tremendous success of the vintage Formula 1 cars with the fans at last year’s Canadian Grand Prix, organizers have decided to renew the invitation to the owners-drivers of Historic Grand Prix for the upcoming June 10, 11 & 12 event. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Buttarelli joins the grid with Ombra Racing

Auto GP keeps attracting young talents as the grid is filling-up quickly

Auto GPOmbraRacing18 years-old Samuele Buttarelli reached an agreement with Ombra Racing and will take the wheel of one of the cars prepared by the Italian team to contest the 2011 season, joining the already confirmed Kevin Ceccon. For the team managed by Massimo Pollini it’s an high profile choice, as Buttarelli is considered one of the most gifted italian young guns, and has been drawing the attention of talent scouts throughout the last seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Sebring: Franck Mailleux dominates LMP2 testing

Pierre Ragues gets to grip with Sebring after two day test
OAK Racing set for 12 Hours of Sebring debut

News PhotoNews PhotoFranck Mailleux and the Signatech-Nissan team set the benchmark pace in LMP2 during pre-event testing for this weekend’s 12 Hours of Sebring in their first ever run at the demanding Sebring track. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Robertson Racing geared up for Sebring season opener

2011 looks set to be the Atlanta-based team’s most promising campaign yet 
Robertson Racing logoRobertson Racing car 20100929 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron GT class contenders Robertson Racing will return to competitive action for the first time in over five months this weekend (March 19) at the world famous Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Bridgestone MotoGP round 1 preview (updated)

Round 1: Qatar, Losail

MotoGP 2011 PreviewMotoGPNow established as the curtain-raiser for the MotoGP season, Qatar’s Losail International Circuit again heralds a return to action on 20 March for motorcycle racing’s top category and for Bridgestone who return as the Official Tyre Supplier to the premier class for the third year. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Mitsubishi Electric becomes Technical Partner

Of the Sauber F1 Team

2011-03-16 - Sauber F1 Team - Mitsubishi - EA12V Advance with Robot MER2011-03-12 - Sauber F1 Team- Barcelona - 02The Sauber F1 Team and Mitsubishi Electric have not simply extended their six-year partnership, they have expanded it. Mitsubishi Electric will be Technical Partner with immediate effect. In the course of this cooperation, Mitsubishi Electric will continue to equip the Swiss team with die-sinking and wire-cutting eroding machines. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Todt wants changes to improve driver identification (+ photos)

“At the moment, you don’t find the number, you don’t find the name” – Todt

FIA_GE09_0032011-03-11 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastien Vettel 05Formula one drivers should have permanent race numbers that are displayed prominently as in NASCAR. That is the view of FIA president Jean Todt, who admitted he wanted to make changes to make it easier “to identify a driver” during grands prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Overtaking wing system not confusing – Whiting

“There is no reason to suppose spectators will be confused”

2008-06-05_0049Flagworld - FIAThe FIA insists the new adjustable rear wing systems and their deployment in 2011 will not confuse spectators. When it emerged this week that the zones at which the gap between duelling cars will be measured will differ throughout the F1 calendar this year, Sebastian Vettel said that will be difficult to “explain” to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

May deadline still in place for now – FIA

“We’re adapting to information day by day”

Flagworld - FIABahrain International CircuitA May 1 deadline for the possible rescheduling of this year’s Bahrain grand prix remains in place, a FIA spokesman has clarified. With a three-month state of emergency declared in the tiny island Kingdom on Tuesday, it had been expected that the May deadline was therefore obsolete and the race was definitely off. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Australia ‘as important as Monaco’ – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone insists he still values the Australian grand prix.

2010-06-12_06232010-03-27 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 08The F1 chief executive’s comments follow hot on the heels of those of FIA president Jean Todt, who said in Melbourne this week that the city’s race “is important”. Amid the local debate about the cost of the annual Albert Park event, Ecclestone had said recently that F1 “does not need” Australia. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

New McLaren a second too slow – Hamilton

McLaren’s 2011 car is at least a second off the pace, according to Lewis Hamilton.

2011-03-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Lewis Hamilton 022011-02-11 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton 2After ending the final Barcelona test as the fourteenth fastest driver overall, the 2008 world champion insisted to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that the MP4-26 is not really two seconds slower than the pacesetters. “We are not two seconds from the top, even though I never made it out of the 1.22s,” said the Briton. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Valsecchi to drive Lotus in Australia, Malaysia

“This is a great opportunity for me” – Valsecchi

2011-03-12 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Davide Valsecchi 012011-03-12 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Davide Valsecchi 02Davide Valsecchi will be the first of Lotus’ test drivers to appear in Friday morning practice sessions this year. The Malaysian owned team last week announced that its test lineup for 2011 featured the Italian as well as Brazilian Liuz Razia and Portuguese-born Angolan Ricardo Teixeira. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Karthikeyan not worried about 2011 qualifying rule

Narain Karthikeyan insists he is not overly worried about failing to qualify for grands prix this year.

2011-02-01 - HRT F1 Team - Valencia - Narain Karthikeyan 072011-02-01 - HRT F1 Team - Valencia - Narain Karthikeyan 06A year after three new teams entered formula one last season, the sport has re-imposed a 107 per cent qualifying rule for 2011. It means very uncompetitive cars and drivers can be excluded from the grid based on their qualifying pace. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Comprent Motorsports begins prototype lites title chase at Sebring

Gore, Searcy and Vito looking to give Georgia-based team a winning start to 2011 season

Comprent motorsports logo12 Hours of Sebring 2011 logoComprent Motorsports’ full-time return to the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship commences this week (March 17-18), with a talented multi-car line-up poised to challenge for top honors at Sebring International Raceway. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Fan first day of 2011 NASCAR practice

Set for Saturday at Toyota Speedway

Toyota Speedway logoNASCARNASCAR Home Track Racing opens for business on Saturday April 2nd this year at Toyota Speedway, but the serious fans’ real ‘opening night’ is always the fist public-invited afternoon of open practice.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

NHRA driver Alexis DeJoria breaks two world records in new award winning car

Team Patrón expects to break more records as the season progresses

Alexis DeJoria on carAlexis DeJoria in front of carNHRA driver Alexis DeJoria of Stealth Motorsports broke two Top Alcohol world records this past weekend at the 2011 GatorNationals in Gainesville, FL. During Saturday’s third qualifying round, Alexis’ new Tequila Patrón sponsored car reached a record speed of 267.91 mph. Read the rest of this entry »