Daily Archive: March 23, 2011

Mar 23

Ogier rocks, Block rolls on Portugal shakedown (+result)

In warm and sunny conditions close to the rally’s base of Faro

Sébastien Ogier 001-201009-09-11_145Sébastien Ogier continues to edge team-mate Sébastien Loeb for outright pace in the 2011 World Rally Championship, as Citroën lock out the top three on the shakedown for this weekend’s Rally Portugal – and Ken Block goes for a roll. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Filippi, Venturini and Ceccon top first Auto GP test

The 2011 Auto GP season got off the line today with the first official test day on the Barcelona track.

Auto GP - Kevin CecconAuto GP - Giovanni VenturiniFifteen drivers gathered at the Circuit de Catalunya, with a very clear weather giving the teams the chance to complete with no issues their different testing programs. At the end of the day Luca Filippi emerged as the quickest driver: testing with TP Formula in the morning and with SuperNova in the afternoon, the Italian driver was the only one to break the 1’33 mark, posting an impressive 1’32”676. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Sauber F1 Team premium partner announcement

NEC Mexico is Premium Partner of the Sauber F1 Team

Empowered by Innovation NEC.Jump to NEC Home.2011-02-13 - Sauber F1 Team - Jerez - Kamui Kobayashi 02With the season opener just around the corner, the Sauber F1 Team is happy to announce another Premium Partner: as from the Australian Grand Prix, the NEC logo will be visible on the side of the monocoque. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Green light for 2011 China race

China’s Shanghai circuit has received the green light for its 2011 race.

2010-04-17 - Force India F1 Team - Adrian Sutil 03The April event was originally given only a provisional date on this year’s calendar, pending an FIA inspection to approve improvement works at the seven-year-old venue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Herbert to be F1 steward in Australia

Johnny Herbert will make his fourth appearance as a formula one steward this weekend in Melbourne.

Johnny HerbertAustralian Grand PrixThe former three-time grand prix winner made his debut in the white FIA shirt in Malaysia last year, and then returned to officialdom in Turkey and then Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Eastern Canadian Karting Championship on the Mazda Road to Indy

Matthew Di Leo raced opening weekend in the USF2000 Championship

Matthew DiLeoMazda road to Indy logoWith the opening event of its sophomore season just over six weeks away, further details of the 2011 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship are beginning to be finalized and the latest news places the series firmly on the Mazda Road to Indy! Just one week after details of the scholarship were announced, the ECKC has been confirmed as one of just six regional karting championships in North America able to send a driver to the 1st Annual Mazda Road to Indy Scouting Combine! Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Hinchcliffe targets IndyCar seat

Canadian focused on long term future 

Indycar - James HinchcliffeIZOD - IndyCar seriesJames Hinchcliffe left little doubt after last week’s final IndyCar Series test that should he secure a full-time ride in North America’s premier open-wheel category, the Canadian would be a front-runner. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Todt tells Bernie to forget noise and think green

Jean Todt has reportedly dismissed Bernie Ecclestone’s fears about formula one losing its roar in 2013.

2010-10-23 - Red Bull Racing - Christian Horner - Jean Todt2010-05-30 - Red Bull Racing - Bernie Ecclestone - Christian Horner 01F1 chief executive Ecclestone revealed recently he is “at loggerheads” with the FIA president about the 1.6 litre, four-cyclinder turbo engine plans championed by Todt. Todt, however, said it is important to accept the change due to F1 needing to be greener. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Staten Island plays down F1 race rumours

“We did oppose NASCAR.  The majority of people were against it” – Borelli

Flagworld - F1NASCAROfficials in the New York borough Staten Island have played down claims the location could be the scene of a formula one race. It emerged this week that Bernie Ecclestone called off his scheduled visit to Melbourne for the 2011 season opener in order to meet in New York with mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

F1 drivers to discuss Japan reaction on Friday

“We need to stay together and we need help from all over the world.”

Centered red circle on a white rectangle.2011-03-12 - Sauber F1 Team- Barcelona - Kamui Kobayashi 05Formula one drivers will discuss an appropriate reaction to the Japanese disaster during their meeting on Friday. Numerous members of the F1 circus have expressed shock and sadness at the recent and unfolding earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Coulthard disappointed as Aus GP debate rolls on

“Every time I come down here we see all the anti-grand prix debate”

2010-06-11_09022010-06-12_0141The Victorian government has played down the prospect of the under-fire Australian grand prix being moved to a permanent circuit outside of Melbourne. As speculation continues about the race’s future beyond its 2015 contract, Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ron Walker recalled recent plans for a purpose-built facility at Avalon, an airport 50 kilometres south of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Mateschitz still not ruling out own engine for Red Bull

Dietrich Mateschitz has once again refused to rule out Red Bull producing its own engine for formula one.

2011-02-20 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Mark Webber 62011-02-19 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - 99002The team’s collaboration with Renault has deepened with the new sponsorship by luxury Nissan brand and sponsor Infiniti, but owner Mateschitz said the new rules for 2013 means the idea of Red Bull making its own engine is “no longer so absurd”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

F1 driving just as complex in past – Berger

“So nothing has changed; the complexity of driving in our time was also at least as great”

00731full84Berger-2008-09-04The current formula one drivers’ cockpit workload is no higher than in the past, according to former ten-time grand prix winner Gerhard Berger. Many drivers, including GPDA director Sebastian Vettel who has threatened a strike, have expressed concerns about having to use KERS at the same time as adjusting the new moveable rear wing on track in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Button tells Hamilton to stick with McLaren

Button, 31, said he is also looking at a future with Woking-based McLaren.

2011-02-04 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton - Jenson Button2011-02-04 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - MP4-26 top frontJenson Button has advised Lewis Hamilton to stick with McLaren in the long term rather than risk “a surprise” by moving elsewhere. With McLaren’s 2011 car not expected to challenge for victory in Australia this weekend, it has been rumoured that Briton Hamilton might look to switch to Red Bull at the expiry of his contract late next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Alonso says ‘not many’ faster than Massa

“After all, when he crossed the line in Brazil in 2008, he was the world champion for a few seconds”

2011-01-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 00152011-01-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 0014Fernando Alonso neatly sidestepped the issue when asked if he would welcome Sebastian Vettel as a new Ferrari teammate. Even though Vettel has now signed to stay at Red Bull for the next four seasons, the reigning world champion has admitted he would like to switch to Ferrari one day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Costa, Heidfeld, defend Pirelli amid criticism

“Pirelli only started work in August and in six months developed safe tyres”

2011-03-11 - Pirelli - Barcelona - 00162011-03-07 - PirelliTwo prominent figures in the F1 paddock have defended the sport’s new supplier Pirelli amid widespread criticism of its 2011 tyres. “Let’s be frank,” said Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa when asked about the criticisms, particularly the extreme degradation of the compounds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Rosberg ‘would love’ long Mercedes stay

Nico Rosberg has signalled a long tenure in formula one with Mercedes.

2011-02-19 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Nico Rosberg 012011-02-18 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Nico Rosberg 04The 25-year-old showed impressively alongside the returning seven time world champion Michael Schumacher last year, and for 2011 the W02 car is expected to be better than its predecessor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Buemi says Toro Rosso ‘among first five’ teams

“We seem to be among the first five teams, based on the hierarchy of the winter testing.

2011-02-21 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Barcelona - Sebastien Buemi 990102011-02-20 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Barcelona - Daniel Riciardo - 99013Sebastien Buemi is predicting a competitive start to the 2011 season for Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso. The STR6 impressed not only with its pace but also its innovative ‘double floor’ concept in recent winter testing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Chandhok still hoping to race in India

“I might, I might not, only time will tell.”

2010-11-13 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Karun Chandhok - Vicky Chandhok - Mohammed Bin Sulayem2011-03-12 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Ricardo Teixeira 03Karun Chandhok has admitted he is hoping to be on the grid this year when India makes its formula one bow. The Indian has signed up as reserve driver this year with Team Lotus, and will begin his duties this weekend when he takes part in initial practice on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

HRT car to have Barcelona update – owner

“We plan to have a serious aerodynamic package in Barcelona prepared by Geoff Willis”

2011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona 112011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona 09HRT’s 2011 car will be upgraded ahead of the Spanish grand prix in May, team owner Jose Ramon Carabante has revealed. The news is noteworthy given that the struggling Spanish team went through its entire debut season in 2010 without updating its car — not even for the unique Monaco race that usually requires special wings. Read the rest of this entry »

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