Daily Archive: March 29, 2011

Mar 29

Rookie Gabby Chaves tops day one at Silverstone‏

The GP3 Series teams gathered for the second of three pre-season tests

GP3 SeriesGP3 Series - Addax Team - Gabby ChavesAddax Team’s rookie Gabby Chaves was the fastest man out on track today, after setting the best time of 1:51.449 on day one of official GP3 Series testing at Silverstone Circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Natalia Kowalska returns for a second season in F2‏

Female racer looks forward to building on a promising first campaign 

F2 - Natalia KowalskaF2 - Natalia Kowalska - Ivan Samarin21-year-old Polish driver Natalia Kowalska is the latest driver to be confirmed for F2 in 2011, where she aims to build upon a promising first season in which she frequently demonstrated fine race craft. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Sauber F1 Team will not appeal‏

Sauber withdraws Aus GP disqualification appeal

2011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - Sergio Perez 04After examining all the facts, the Sauber F1 Team has decided not to appeal against the verdict of the stewards following the Australian Grand Prix last Sunday. The two drivers Sergio Pérez and Kamui Kobayashi had crossed the finish line in Melbourne in seventh and eighth places respectively, but were subsequently excluded from the results. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

First track test for the new Kumho tyres

In the official pre-season tests at Valencia and Barcelona

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesKumho Tyres logoThis year, the teams and drivers competing in the Formula 3 Euro Series will have to cope with a new tyre spec – for the first time since the series’ creation in 2003. Especially for the planet’s most competitive young gun-series, Euro Series tyre partner Kumho developed a new tyre compound. In the official pre-season tests at Valencia and Barcelona, the new tyres were tested for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Bridgestone MotoGP preview

Round 2: Spain, Jerez  

Circuito de JerezMotoGP logoThe Spanish Grand Prix at the Jerez circuit is next on the MotoGP calendar, representing the first European event of the 2011 season. Located near the southern Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera, the Grand Prix is a classic event on the MotoGP calendar with huge crowds making the most of the Spanish sun to support their national heroes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

FOTA approves Turkey tyre test for de la Rosa

FOTA chief not backing ‘fake rain’ proposal

FOTA2011-01-18 - Pirelli 0044Pedro de la Rosa is set to test one more time for F1’s new official tyre supplier Pirelli. The veteran Spaniard was the Italian marque’s primary tester but for 2011 he has returned to his former reserve role at McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Red Bull investigates Webber’s Aus struggle

“We need to go through things with a fine tooth comb.” – Christian Horner

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Mark Webber - Christian Horner2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Mark Webber 7Red Bull has vowed to get to the bottom of Mark Webber’s lack of pace in Australia last weekend. While his teammate Sebastian Vettel dominated the field, Webber struggled in the sister car, moving team consultant Helmut Marko to surmise that the Australian’s RB7 may have had a chassis fault. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Rivals will struggle to catch Red Bull – Briatore

Flavio Briatore has issued a sober warning to Red Bull’s rivals after the 2011 season opener.

2011-03-27 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 7Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone“You don’t recover all those tenths in two months,” the former Renault team boss told La Politica.  “Half a second in formula one is huge. “Red Bull are very well financed so I see it hard for them (the others) to play catch-up,” said Briatore. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Hamilton says Red Bull wings still flexing

Vettel not as good as Mansell – Hamilton

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Lewis Hamilton - Sebastian Vettel2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Lewis Hamilton - Sebastian Vettel - Mark Webber 12011 could be set to stage a repeat of last year’s flexible front wing saga. As Red Bull dominated the pace with its ultimately title-winning RB6 in 2010, rivals pushed for better scrutineering checks after noticing the extremities of the front wing bending towards the track. “I see him (Alonso) as my Prost … if you were to say ‘choose a driver’ I would clearly choose Ayrton (Senna).  And maybe I would put him as Prost,” Hamilton told British newspapers.

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Mar 29

Long flights no problem before Malaysia – Hamilton

“I can’t miss my brother’s first race.  I can sleep on the flight.  I can still stay in this timezone”

2011-03-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Lewis Hamilton 08Nicolas HamiltonLewis Hamilton has played down concerns that returning to Europe this week is a less-than-ideal preparation for F1’s forthcoming Malaysia-China double header.The McLaren driver, after finishing the Melbourne opener in second place, revealed he is flying back to the UK to watch his disabled 19-year-old brother Nicolas make his motor racing debut in the Renault Clio Cup. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Ferrari identifies downforce issue on 2011 car

“They have a lot less downforce than Red Bull because they built a car that is too conservative with no risk.”

2011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Felipe Massa 012011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Felipe Massa 02Ferrari is working hard after the 2011 season opener, where in Australia the team’s 150 Italia car was notably less competitive than it had seemed during the recent winter period.”I was not surprised that Red Bull were so good, but that we were so bad,” admitted Fernando Alonso, according to Bild. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Kubica enjoyed 2011 opener on TV – manager

It is believed Kubica’s text message to Petrov was via team boss Eric Boullier.

2011-03-27 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Lewis Hamilton - Sebastian Vettel - Vitaly Petrov2011-03-26 - Lotus Renault GP - Australia - Vitaly Petrov 02Robert Kubica watched the entire Australian grand prix from his Italian hospital room, and afterwards sent a text message to congratulate teammate Vitaly Petrov for securing the first podium of his career. “Robert followed the race like a child follows his favourite Disney cartoon,” manager Daniele Morelli, who watched the race with Kubica along with the Pole’s girlfriend Edyta, told La Stampa newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

FIA glitch grounded Barrichello’s wing in Aus

An FIA glitch marred the start of Rubens Barrichello’s Australian grand prix, Williams has revealed.

2011-03-26 - AT&T Williams - Australia - Pastor Maldonado 012011-03-26 - AT&T Williams - Australia - Rubens Barrichello 05Immediately after the Melbourne race, the British team said the Brazilian driver had “problems with the sector settings on the moveable rear wing”. To Auto Motor und Sport, team manager Dickie Stanford elaborates: “Something in the race control system was wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Sauber reveals team’s 3mm rear wing rule breach

Sauber’s breach of the rear wing rules was by as little as 3 millimetres, according to team boss Peter Sauber.

2011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - 012011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - Kamui Kobayashi 04After finishing in the points, both C20 cars were disqualified in Melbourne when scrutineers found that the concave radius of the upper wing element measured less than 100mm. “Unfortunately, the rules were clear and we had no choice but to disqualify them,” former team driver Johnny Herbert, who was on the stewards’ panel in Australia, wrote in a column for The National. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Spanish FIA chief slams Hispania team

“Like this, I would prefer there was no Spanish team in formula one” – Gracia

2011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona - Vitantonio Liuzzi - Carlos Gracia - Jose Ramon Carabante2011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Narain Karthikeyan 1The head of the Spanish motor racing federation has slammed Hispania after its drivers failed to qualify for the 2011 season opener. In the untested F111, Tonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan kicked off the Spanish team’s second season in F1 with a handful of practice laps before failing to meet the new 107 per cent qualifying rule. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 29

Q&A with Nicolas Hamilton ahead of Brands Hatch racing debut

F1 world champion’s brother preparing for Clio Cup debut at Brands Hatch

Brands_HatchNicolas HamiltonAs well as the opening three races of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Brands Hatch will host a busy programme of support race action this weekend (2/3 April).

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