Daily Archive: March 24, 2011

Mar 24

Ferrari Challenge Series returns to the Canadian Grand Prix

Competition debut for the new Ferrari 458 Challenge in Canada to delight fans at the Canadian Grand Prix

2010-06-11_06372010-07-10_0305Spectators at the next June 10, 11 &12, 2011 Canadian Grand Prix will once again witness two exciting and highly contested race events featuring cars from the North American Ferrari Challenge Series. Entering its 19th season of competition, the series will compete for the 13th time on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with their powerful and spectacular Ferrari 430s whose owner/drivers’ only professional status is their daily occupation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Audette sets sights on 2011 title

Audette Racing returns to run for the championship.

2010-09-24_01112010-09-24_0110After running a competitive partial season in, 2010 winning in the rain at Mosport, and following a third place championship effort in 2009, Remy Audette and Audette Racing have confirmed they will contest the entire 2011 F2000 Championship Series in their #21 Van Diemen/Zetec. It will mark the team’s fourth season in the F2000 Series, and its second full-season effort. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

WRC makes huge impact with Lisbon street stage

“It was a nice atmosphere with a lot of people and it’s been a very good day” – Loeb

WRC logoMarvin - Sebastien Loeb -SThe FIA World Rally Championship underlined its huge public appeal when it brought the streets of the Portuguese capital Lisbon to a standstill for the opening stage of Vodafone Rally de Portugal this afternoon (Thursday). Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Barcelona, Day 2: Filippi breaks the 1″32 mark

Barcelona official Auto GP test

Auto GPAuto GP - Luca FilippiThe first test sessions of the 2011 Auto GP season has just ended in Barcelona, giving two clear indications on what to expect: first of all, given the tight gaps between drivers, the fight for both the overall and the rookie title promises to be really hard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Superbike riders celebrate 80 years of Donington

In 1931 the first-ever motorcycle race took place on a track that

WSBK - RidersWSBK - Max BiaggiThe traditional pre-event press conference for the second round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship on Sunday at Donington Park was an opportunity to celebrate 80 years of motorbike racing at the British circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Wirth Research savours fast start to 2011 season

Success at Sebring

Wirth ResearchWirth ResearchThe innovative Honda Performance Development ARX-01e chassis, designed and developed by Wirth Research, made a hugely impressive debut when finishing a close second in last weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring – a result that once again underlines the far-reaching capabilities of Wirth Research’s groundbreaking ‘Development in the Digital Domain’ techniques. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

New McLaren exhaust is like Red Bull’s – report

McLaren’s new exhaust and floor is a last-minute copy of the Red Bull layout, rather than a reversion to a truly conventional system.

2011-02-11 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton 42011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - RB7 car presentation 0002That is the claim of Auto Motor und Sport, after team boss Martin Whitmarsh ordered the scrapping of the ultra-complex ‘octopus’ exhaust within days of the Melbourne season opener. It was believed that McLaren’s fall-back option was the very conventional one seen in Barcelona testing, but the German report said the new MP4-26 layout is in fact reminiscent of the one seen at the rear and underneath Red Bull’s pace-setting RB7. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Glock getting comfortable after appendix surgery

He is more worried about the pace of the MVR02

2011-03-12 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Timo Glock 052011-02-11 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Jerez - Timo Glock 04Timo Glock is confident he will feel comfortable at the wheel this weekend despite only recently recovering from appendix surgery. The German had to skip the final Barcelona test but he insists he will be at full speed when he practices in the 2011 Virgin car on Friday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Newey turned down Ferrari approach – reports

Newey told F1 Racing magazine earlier this year that the recent Ferrari approach was not a one-off.

2011-02-19 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Adrian Newey2011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - Valencia - Christian Horner - Adrian NeweyAdrian Newey said no when Ferrari asked if he wanted a job with F1’s famous Italian team, according to reports on Thursday. It emerged recently that Red Bull’s highly respected car designer, who has also won titles with Williams and McLaren, had inked a new contract for the next few years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Ecclestone attacks FIA and president Todt

Ecclestone not in New York for F1 race talks

2010-06-12_06282010-06-12_0623Bernie Ecclestone has stepped up his attack on Jean Todt, highlighting a growing rift between F1’s chief executive and the head of the governing FIA. Ecclestone said recently he is “at loggerheads” with Todt over the 2013 engine rules, with Todt responding this week: “I hear about the (engine) noise, but that’s evolution.” The 80-year-old, in London this week rather than travelling to Australia for the season opener, has replied with a stinging attack on Frenchman Todt — “a poor man’s Max.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

A1-Ring return chances ‘more than minor’ – Mateschitz

“The probability of F1 returning to Spielberg is more than minor”

Circuit A1 Ring.pngDietrich Mateschitz 02Dietrich Mateschitz has played down the likelihood of Austria returning to the formula one calendar any time soon. The Red Bull boss has rebuilt the previously demolished A1-Ring, which has been renamed ‘Red Bull Ring’ and approved for F1-standard events by Charlie Whiting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Pirelli ‘know what they’re doing’ – Mosley

Pirelli is not out of its depth in formula one, former FIA president Max Mosley insists.

Mosley-02-2008-09-122011-03-08 - Pirelli - Barcelona - 0010Asked about the criticism being directed at F1’s new official tyre supplier, the Briton told Welt newspaper: “The people at Pirelli know what they’re doing. “The teams are now busy adjusting their cars to the new situation as they’ve always had to live with these technical challenges. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

F1 return ‘possible’ admits Mario Illien

F1’s new engine formula for 2013 may have piqued the interest of Mario Illien.

Norbert Haug - Mario IllienFlagworld - F1Formerly the designer of Mercedes’ title-winning engines for McLaren, the Swiss has since delved into Indy racing and NASCAR and even attempted a MotoGP foray. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Vettel quiet after title win indulgence

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he treated himself to a personal gift after winning the 2010 title.

2011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing  - Sebastian Vettel - 00612011-02-19 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastian Vettel 0001“I won’t lie to you,” he told a reporter for Germany’s Bild newspaper, after shearing a sheep at a farm outside Melbourne. “Yes, I did.” But the 23-year-old Red Bull driver is not giving anything else away. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Alonso as great as Schumacher – Montezemolo

Fernando Alonso is as good as Michael Schumacher, according to Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

2010-11-13 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Fernando Alonso 82011-03-12 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Michael Schumacher 02He told Corriere dello Sport that the Spaniard “lacks nothing” in comparison to F1’s statistically greatest-ever driver. Explaining Schumacher’s huge success, Montezemolo agreed that Schumacher “is a great but he also had a car clearly superior to the others”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Mercedes car has third pedal for adjustable wing

“Probably the operation of the buttons is complicated if the drivers have to press all of them at once”

2011-03-12 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 022011-03-12 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Nico Rosberg 02Ross Brawn has laughed at reports of a possible driver strike over the complexity of operating KERS and adjustable rear wings in 2011. “Because it’s hard to do both!” he told Auto Motor und Sport when asked about the complaints, but revealed that “Our drivers have no problems with it”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Ricciardo ‘ready’ for F1 debut with eye on Webber

And if he should get an early call to the F1 grid, Ricciardo confirmed that he is “Ready.

2011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - Jerez - Daniel Ricciardo2011-02-01 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Valencia - Daniel Ricciardo - 0035Daniel Ricciardo has admitted the timing of his formula one race debut could be linked with the longevity of countryman Mark Webber’s career. The pair joked as they barbequed sausages for the media this week, but already posed to Toro Rosso’s new Friday driver Ricciardo was whether he is just waiting for Webber to retire. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Valsecchi to drive Lotus on Friday in Malaysia

Davide Valsecchi will make his debut as a Friday driver for Team Lotus in Malaysia.

2011-03-12 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Davide Valsecchi 012011-03-12 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Davide Valsecchi 03Recently, the GP2 driver and Italian admitted that getting the green light to drive in first practice in both Australia and Malaysia was a “great opportunity”. But the team then announced that Karun Chandhok will be driving in Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

Liuzzi nervous under grim Melbourne skies

On the day before the first practice day of 2011, heavy Rain was falling at the Albert Park circuit.

2011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona - Vitantonio Liuzzi - Carlos Gracia - Jose Ramon Carabante2011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona - Jose Carabante Aguilera - Narain Karthikeyan - Jose Ramon Carabante - Vitantonio Liuzzi  However, weather forecasters believe the skies should clear for the forthcoming three days of track action, and with his fingers and toes crossed is Tonio Liuzzi. The experienced Italian is scheduled to drive HRT’s F111 car, which has never before turned a wheel at a circuit, on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 24

AIM Autosport fielding three cars in Star Mazda Championship

Newcomer Zack Meyer joining returnees Walt Bowlin and Larry Pegram

StarMazdaAIM AutosportAIM Autosport is pleased to announce that it will enter three cars in the 2011 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. AIM will field cars for Championship Class driver, Zack Meyer, and Expert Class drivers, Walt Bowlin and Larry Pegram. Read the rest of this entry »

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