Daily Archive: March 25, 2011

Mar 25

Formula One teams Australian Grand Prix free practice report

Australian Grand Prix Formula One free practice report

Australian Grand PrixToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Melbourne.



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Mar 25

Tyre fears subside as Sutil says two-stops possible

“We will definitely not see a ridiculous race with five stops (per car) or something” – Sutil

Pirelli2011-03-12 - Force India F1 Team - Barcelona  - Adrian Sutil 4Despite all the fears of four or possibly even five-stop strategies in Melbourne, Adrian Sutil on Friday said the tyre situation in Melbourne is not so bad. F1’s new official supplier Pirelli has copped a barrage of criticism for the extreme degradation seen in winter testing, but the tyres did not wear so badly during the three hours of practice under cool and cloudy skies as the 2011 season finally kicked off. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

McLaren surprise with quickest Melbourne pace

McLaren clouded the predicted pecking-order in Melbourne on Friday by topping the times.

2011-02-04 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - MP4-262011-03-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Lewis Hamilton 01It had been the Red Bulls suitably ahead of the field in inital practice for the Australian grand prix, before Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton went quicker in the late session. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

F1 figure confident Suzuka race not threatened

Kamui Kobayashi’s manager is confident the Japanese grand prix will take place as scheduled later this year.

Suzuka CircuitCircuit de Suzuka (1) - 10-2010With much of the country in turmoil due to the recent and unfolding earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, it is feared that October’s Suzuka race might be in doubt even though the immediate area is not overly affected. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Kinky Kylie, Chandhok crashes, no HRT yet

“It has a tight butt, is supple and is good to look at.”

2011-03-11 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastien Vettel 052011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona 10As action kicked off under cloudy Melbourne skies, it emerged that new world champion Sebastian Vettel has finally dreamed up a name for his 2011 ride. The British press speculated that the unofficial name for his new Red Bull – Kinky Kylie – is a nod to Australian pop star Kylie Minogue. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Red Bull half a second in front – Newey

According to Autosprint, Vettel remains cautious.

2011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - Valencia -Adrian Newey - Mark Webber2011-02-19 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - 99011Red Bull’s new car enters the 2011 season with a significant advantage, designer Adrian Newey has admitted. Until now, figures at the reigning championship-winning team have played down speculation the RB7 is clearly faster than its nearest competitor, Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Red Bull opposes wing rules due to power deficit

“Letting us use it on all the straights, on all the laps, makes no sense”

2011-03-11 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastien Vettel 022011-02-20 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Mark Webber 3Red Bull reportedly made a last-minute attempt to have the moveable rear wing rules changed ahead of the 2011 season opener. Finland’s Turun Sanomat claimed that the reigning champions wanted the wing banned for practice and qualifying sessions, but not all the other teams agreed. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Hamilton reinforced commitment to McLaren in meeting

“I’m not thinking about going elsewhere”

2011-02-04 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton2011-03-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Lewis Hamilton 01Lewis Hamilton has revealed he sought out his boss Martin Whitmarsh to re-pledge his commitment to McLaren. Recent speculation had linked the 2008 world champion with a future move to Red Bull, but he played those rumours down by saying the reigning champions are just “a drinks company”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Tyre situation leaves Domenicali ‘concerned’

Stefano Domenicali has urged Pirelli to improve the durability of its 2011 tyres.

2011-02-18 - Fernando Alonso 012011-03-09 - Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroDespite recently shielding the Italian marque from the barrage of criticism, the Ferrari team boss admitted he is concerned about races beginning to unfold this season with multiple pitstops per driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

No Lotus court outcome for weeks – report

It will be weeks before the outcome of the Lotus court battle is known.

Group Lotus plc2011-02-04 - Team Lotus - 02A ten-day trial between Team Lotus and Group Lotus is underway in the London High Court, but the outcome will not be immediately known, according to the Norwich Evening News. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Valsecchi disappointed with Chandhok drive

Chandhok crashed Trulli’s car within three corners

2011-03-12 - Team Lotus - Barcelona - Davide Valsecchi 02GP2 - Scuderia Coloni - Karun ChandhokDavide Valsecchi has admitted he was disappointed to miss out on Team Lotus’ Friday driving duties in Melbourne. The Italian and GP2 driver was initially selected to drive in Jarno Trulli’s car in initial practice, but Karun Chandhok was signed at the last minute. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Glock admits Virgin’s 107pc qualifying fear

Timo Glock has admitted that Virgin might struggle to qualify for the Australian grand prix.

2011-03-12 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Barcelona - Timo Glock 012011-03-12 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Barcelona - Jerome DAmbrosio 03F1 has reintroduced the old 107 per cent qualifying rule for 2011, and – based on the initial Friday time sheet – it means cars must be within about 6 seconds of the Q1 pole time on Saturday to qualify for the Melbourne grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Australian Grand Prix from the tyre’s perspective

The teams are now making their final preparations in Melbourne for Pirelli’s return to Formula One.

2011-03-11 - Pirelli - Barcelona - Paul Hembery 032011-02-13 - Pirelli - Jerez - 02The Albert Park circuit is one of the most complex of the entire Formula One calendar. Having brought the hard and soft compound PZero rubber to Melbourne (as the prime and option tyre respectively) Pirelli is expecting two to three pit stops per car in what should be an action-packed race. The Italian firm explains the reasons behind the choice of the compounds below, and reveals the highlights of a track that traditionally springs a few surprises. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Bouffier confirms Canarias IRC run

IRC leader Bryan Bouffier has confirmed his participation on Gran Canaria

PRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADPRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADBryan Bouffier has confirmed that he will bid to defend his lead of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge drivers’ standings by entering Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles next month. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Rossi and Fortec have excellent test in France (+ results)

Third collective pre-season FR3.5 tests

Fortec - Alexander RossiFortec - Alexander Rossi 2Excellent World Series by Renault test in France, leaves Alexander Rossi and Fortec confident ahead of series opener next month in Spain Following already two successful winter tests in Spain earlier this month, Alexander Rossi spent the past two days circulating Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France for the third collective pre-season FR3.5 test with Fortec Motorsport. Read the rest of this entry »