Daily Archive: March 17, 2011

Mar 17

Stoner fastest after windy opening practice session in Qatar (+ results)

Round 1: Qatar GP – Free Practice One

MotoGP - Hector Barbera - Mapfre Aspar TeamMotoGP - Casey Stoner - Repsol HondaThe first Grand Prix of the 2011 season got underway today under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. In a change to the usual timings, brought about by the night-time schedule, riders took to the circuit for 45minutes tonight for the first official free practice session of the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

2011 GP2 Asia Series Round 2 Preview: Imola‏

Final round of the fourth season takes place this weekend at Autodromo Dino e Enzo Ferrari.

Imola - Autodromo Enzo E Dino FerrariGP2 Asia SeriesThe 2011 GP2 Asia Series resumes this week for Round 2 at Autodromo Dino e Enzo Ferrari in Imola, Italy. In light of the current events happening in Bahrain and the decision from Bahrain Motorsport Federation to cancel the two remaining meetings in this season, GP2 organisers’ priority was to add another venue to the calendar and chose Imola to host the final round of the fourth season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Canarias a step into the unknown for ace Pons

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

PRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADPRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADXevi Pons will enter an Intercontinental Rally Challenge round in a Super 2000 car for the first time when he contests Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles next month in what his team manager Luis Moya has said will be a step into the unknown. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Helpless but Hopeful – a message in Japanese

我々の祈り、日本に届きますように。

2011-03-17 - Sauber F1 TeamTen days before the opening race of the FIA Formula One World Championship season the world is shocked and stunned by what has happened in Japan.

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Mar 17

Shell to become the Official Title Sponsor of the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix

Spa future secure after Shell naming dealSpa-Francorchamps

ShellToday Shell announced a multi-year agreement with the Formula One Group to become the Official Title Sponsor of the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa Francorchamps circuit and to continue its trackside advertising programme at selected Formula 1 races. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Ecclestone to push for less teams in new F1 deal

Ecclestone to fight Todt over 2013 engines

2010-05-30 - Red Bull Racing - Bernie Ecclestone - Christian Horner 01Jean Todt2Bernie Ecclestone has continued to argue that ten teams is a better number for formula one. The F1 chief executive was a staunch critic of the sport’s three new stragglers last year, but he has since said Team Lotus is a worthy competitor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Ecclestone to be questioned in bribery probe

Ecclestone has not yet been contacted but will be “happy to assist with the investigation”.

Flagworld - F1German prosecutors are likely to seek an interview with Bernie Ecclestone as they investigate F1’s 2006 takeover. It is the latest development following the jailing in Munich of banker Gerhard Gribkowsky surrounding his mysterious receipt of $50 million, with German media suspecting it may have been paid by F1 chief executive Ecclestone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

FIA seeks to solve Chinese F1 visa issue

F1’s governing body is seeking to solve a visa problem ahead of the Chinese grand prix next month.

Flagworld - FIA2010-04-17 - Force India F1 Team - Adrian Sutil 03The Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat reports that the visa documentation for many of the sport’s travelling personnel is late. After the FIA’s head of communications Matteo Bonciani wrote to Shanghai race organiser Juss Event this week, the reply admitted that the visa application process for 2011 “will be a little time-consuming”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

McLaren has least reliable car for 2011

McLaren was the least reliable team of the 2011 pre-season.

02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes2011-03-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - TruckAn analysis by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport shows that, excluding HRT who did not run a new car at all during the winter tests, Ferrari’s 150 Italia did the most mileage. And at the bottom of the ranking, behind Force India, Lotus and Virgin, is McLaren, having done almost half of Ferrari’s nearly 7000 kilometres. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Kobayashi cool, Vettel not says Sauber sponsor

Kimi Raikkonen and Kamui Kobayashi are cool, but F1’s new world champion Sebastian Vettel is not.

2011-03-12 - Sauber F1 Team- Barcelona - Kamui Kobayashi 042011-03-12 - Sauber F1 Team- Barcelona - Kamui Kobayashi 05That is the view of Ari Koivula, the boss of the Sauber sponsor Mad Croc. Mad Croc is an energy drink, so it is no surprise that Koivula is critical of Vettel, the most prominent representative of market leader Red Bull. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

2011 Pirelli tyre development important – Marko

“But over 19 races, the most important thing is to have a fast car” – Alonso

2010-09-26 - Red Bull Racing - Dr Helmut Marko2011-03-10 - Pirelli - Barcelona - 0020Red Bull’s competition director Helmut Marko told the APA news agency that the development of Pirelli’s tyres this year will be crucial.”There are going to be a lot more tyre pistops this year and when the safety car comes out at a bad time, the middle class teams could benefit,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Pirelli wants de la Rosa for one last test

Pirelli wants to use the services of Pedro de la Rosa for one last time.

2011-01-18 - Pirelli Pedro de la Rosa 00342011-02-18_Pedro de la RosaThe veteran Spaniard, who was the Italian tyre marque’s main tester for the development of this year’s tyres, has now returned to his former role as McLaren reserve driver for 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Mercedes to be ‘big surprise’ of 2011 – Soucek

Mercedes could be “the big surprise” of the 2011 season, according to Andy Soucek.

2011-03-12 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 01Andy Soucek 091203Speaking to Marca in Spain, the former F2 champion and 2010 Virgin tester was asked to give his verdict about the looming world championship. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Soucek rules out third driver role with small team

Andy Soucek has ruled out returning to the role of third driver with a small formula one team.

2010-06-13 - Virgin Racing - Andy SoucekF2 - Andy SoucekAs reigning F2 champion, the Spaniard signed up as Virgin’s test and reserve driver last year, but he quit in August due to not receiving any cockpit time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Toyota gifts Zonta 2004 F1 car

“They managed to fulfil my dream of having an F1 car in my house”

Ricardo ZontaZonta_puits_GPCFormer grand prix Ricardo Zonta this week received his dream gift — the Toyota he raced in formula one in 2004.  Globo reports that the 34-year-old Brazilian, who raced a few times in 2004 after Toyota ousted Cristiano da Matta, took delivery of the TF104 at his home in Curitiba. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Minister says gov’t to be tough in next Aus GP talks

“It’s just that we’re not going to be bunnies in contractual negotiations.”

Australian Grand PrixGrand Prix d'Australie - Melbourne 09-2010The state Victorian government wants to keep the Australian grand prix beyond 2015 but only with new contract terms. That is the latest development in the saga surrounding Melbourne’s future on the F1 calendar, after powerbrokers Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone this week said Australia is important to the sport. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Changing weather offered no luck for Fortec and Rossi

At World Series 3.5 test in Barcelona, Spain

Fortec MotorsportsGP2 - Alexander Rossi 03Following a productive test at Aragon Motorland, Spain last week, Alexander Rossi was once again behind the wheel this week for the 2nd collected FR3.5 test with Fortec Motorsport at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, but only for a few frustrating sessions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Jeremy Shaw: The sounds of Sebring

A soundtrack of sports cars stirs the mind like no other

ALMS Sounds_1ALMS Sounds_2The sights, the sounds and even the smells that abound at a major auto race provide much of the allure for seasoned aficionados and inquisitive newcomers alike. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Series, Sebring to aid Japan relief efforts

The Series will place signage at various locations around the track

ALMS-Patron12 Hours of Sebring 2011 logoThe American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón along with Sebring International Raceway will work with the American Red Cross this weekend to encourage fans and television viewers to support the relief efforts for the Japan earthquake. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Juncos Racing Barber Motorsports Park test report

Plus St. Petersburg Preview
 
Juncos RacingJuncos Racing 20100131-1Juncos Racing and the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear kicked off the 2011 season this week at the first official Mazda Road to Indy test of the year at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama.  Read the rest of this entry »

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