Daily Archive: March 22, 2011

Mar 22

Talents gather for the first Auto GP official test

Auto GP is ready to start the engines for the first official test of the 2011 season in Barcelona.

Auto GPAuto GP - Stefano BizzarriFor the two days of testing, that will start tomorrow ending on Thursday, some among the most interesting talents in international motorsport gathered at Circuit de Catalunya to have their first contact with the Lola-Zytek and start preparing the season in the best possible way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Brundle sets the pace in pre-season Silverstone F2 test

22 drivers take part at Silverstone Arena circuit 

F2 - SilverstoneF2 - Alex BrundleThe FIA Formula Two Championship came to Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, for its first pre-season test today (22 March), and 22 drivers were present to take part. 20-year-old Briton Alex Brundle recorded the fastest time of the day in the afternoon’s overboost-enabled session, finishing three tenths of a second clear of the field. Brundle was also impressive in the morning, finishing second behind countryman Jack Clarke. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Qatar Grand Prix debrief with Hirohide Hamashima

Round 1: Qatar GP – Post-race debrief 

Casey Stoner - Jorge Lorenzo - Dani PedrosaBridgestone - Hirohide HamashimaThe 2011 MotoGP season started this weekend with the first race in Qatar, which is unique because it is run in the desert and at night. Since the test on 13-14 March conditions were windy which meant a lot of sand was blown onto the circuit, making it slippery and leading to graining. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

FIM Superbike World Championship Donington preview

World Superbikes return to Donington

SBK - FIM Superbike World Championship logo2011-02-27The FIM Superbike World Championship returns to Donington Park after an absence of just one year, this time for the European Round, the second event on the 2011 championship calendar. Once again Donington becomes a ‘blast from the past’ as the Leicestershire circuit was the scene for the first-ever World Superbike round, which was held back on April 3rd 1988. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

CSBK to be powered by Mopar®

Jeep® Off-Road Camper Trailer from MOPAR up for grabs

CSBK Parts Canadian Superbike Champsionship logoFrontline CSBK Inc., Canada’s premier road racing series organizer, is thrilled to announce an exciting new relationship with Chrysler Canada and the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Formula 3 Euro Series in the starting blocks

Formula 3 Euro Series recently prepared for the season kick-off

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesF3 - Jules BianchiWith four official days of testing, two of them held at Valencia’s 4.005-kilometre Circuit Ricardo Tormo and two at Barcelona’s 4.566-kilometre Circuit de Catalunya, the Formula 3 Euro Series recently prepared for the season kick-off that will be contested in early April at Le Castellet.

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Mar 22

Webber gained weight after losing 2010 title

Mark Webber has admitted he marked not winning the 2010 title by gaining weight and not exercising.

2011-02-20 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Mark Webber 12011-02-20 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Mark Webber 3The Australian admitted he did a “Ricky Hatton” after seeing his teammate Sebastian Vettel win the championship — a reference to a British boxer who famously gains weight and then loses it again between fights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

FIA considers banning high noses for safety

The FIA is looking into banning the high noses that have become commonplace in formula one car design.

2011-03-12 - AT&T Williams - Barcelona - Pastor Maldonado 022011-03-12 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Heikki Kovalainen 01A report on the Spanish website motor21.com said the move would be on the grounds of safety, to reduce the risk of airborne accidents like Mark Webber’s at Valencia last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Pirelli to supply extra tyres in Melbourne

Teams will be supplied an extra set of tyres in Australia on Friday, Pirelli has announced.

2011-03-11 - Pirelli - Barcelona - Paul Hembery 012011-03-09 - Pirelli - Barcelona - 0000Following the extreme wear degradation seen in winter testing, the FIA recently agreed a new rule that will allow extra tyres to be supplied at some events if necessary this year. And as the weather in Melbourne this weekend is “likely to be different” to that seen in Spain in recent months, “teams will be given an extra set of prime (hard) tyres” for Friday morning, a media statement confirmed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Ecclestone goes to New York, not Melbourne

Bernie Ecclestone is no longer travelling to Australia for this weekend’s 2011 season opener.

Ecclestone-01-2008-09-28Flagworld - F1The F1 chief executive’s office had previously confirmed that the 80-year-old would be in Melbourne, but reports on Tuesday said Ecclestone has headed instead to New York. Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun said New York mayor Michael Bloomberg issued the invitation following speculation the Victorian government wanted to offload its race due to rising costs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Lawyer says Ecclestone ‘available’ for corruption probe

Ecclestone has denied the accusations of bribery

Flagworld - F1Bernie Ecclestone is reportedly “happy” to make himself “available as a witness” as German prosecutors investigate a corruption scandal. Banker Gerhard Gribkowsky is detained in Munich, accused of receiving $50 million that some German media suspect was paid by F1’s chief executive amid the sale of the sport five years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Melbourne rain, Kovalainen cold and Barrichello flight

Rain is in the air as Melbourne gets set to host the 2011 formula one opener.

2011-03-12 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Heikki Kovalainen 032011-03-12 - AT&T Williams - Barcelona - Rubens Barrichello 03There are showers on the radar in Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon, and they may return on Thursday and Friday when the Albert Park paddock really bursts into life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

F1 figures say Vettel favourite for 2011

Leading F1 bosses believe Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull are well-placed to defend their titles in 2011.

2011-02-19 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastian Vettel 00012011-02-13 - Red Bull Racing - Jerez - Sebastian Vettel 01“The favourite is always the reigning champion, so it’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull,” Mercedes’ Norbert Haug is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost agrees: “They (Vettel and Red Bull) have shown very good performance in all the tests.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Adjustable wing innovation to be tweaked – Whitmarsh

Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that the debut of adjustable rear wings in F1 this season is “a test”.

2010-11-06 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Martin Whitmarsh2011-03-08 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Jenson Button 01The McLaren boss, who is also the chairman of the formula one teams alliance FOTA, said the controversial innovation was put in place due to fans’ feedback about wanting to see more overtaking during grands prix. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Hamilton comments suggest Red Bull move not imminent

Lewis Hamilton has poured cold water on speculation he is courting a move to Red Bull in the near future.

2011-02-11 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton 12011-02-11 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton 4The rumours were triggered recently by Christian Horner, who predicted the 2008 world champion will be knocking on his door if McLaren have another fallow season. But Hamilton on Tuesday is quoted in multiple British reports as hitting out at the reigning champion team, including by doubting Red Bull will ever be a permanent grandee like McLaren or Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Lotus denies breaching name sale agreement

Team Lotus has denied breaching an agreement with the former owner of the disputed name.

2011-03-12 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Luiz Razia 022011-03-12 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Jarno Trulli 04As the legal fight with Group Lotus resumed in London this week, it emerged that David Hunt had not been paid by Malaysian millionaire Tony Fernandes for the Team Lotus name. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Team Lotus confirms Karun Chandhok as reserve driver

Chandhok to drive Lotus in Friday practice

GP2 - Scuderia Coloni - Karun Chandhok2011-02-04 - Team Lotus - 02Team Lotus has today finalised its 2011 driver line-up with confirmation that Karun Chandhok is the team’s Reserve Driver, joining Race Drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, Third Driver Luiz Razia and Test Drivers Davide Valsecchi and Ricardo Teixeira in the Anglo / Malaysian team’s stable of driving talent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

HRT in ‘major’ financial trouble – source

HRT is straining under “major financial problems”, a source at the team has told a specialist website.

2011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona 022011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona - Narain Karthikeyan - Jose Ramon Carabante - Vitantonio LiuzziF1today.nl in Holland also claims the Spanish team’s explanation about not being able to test the new F111 recently in Barcelona due to parts being held in customs was not true. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 22

Formula One teams Australian Grand Prix preview

Australian Grand Prix Formula One preview 

Australian Grand PrixPreview report from Formula One teams & drivers in melbourne.

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Mar 22

Pan-Am Challenge: Seats available for Homestead

Details for Canadian drivers

Rotax Max Challenge Pan American logo2010 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals - Pier-Luc OuelletteThe first qualifying event for the Pan-American Challenge will take place Apri 8-10 in Homestead, Florida. If you want to participate but don’t want to driver your trailer down there, Team SRA Karting will be at this event and few “arrive & drive” seats are still available. Read the rest of this entry »

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