Daily Archive: April 9, 2011

Apr 09

Formula One teams Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying report

Malaysian Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report

Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix 2011 - Malaysian Grand Prix 2011Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Sepang.


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Apr 09

Morcom hangs on for crazy win at VIR (+result)

Remy Audette at the foot of the podium in fourth place after starting eleventh
Nathan Morcom win VIRF2000 new logoAustralian rookie Nathan Morcom, driving for Primus Racing, hung on at VIRginia International Raceway, on dry tires as the skies opened to win the first F2000 Championship Series race of 2011 over Robert La Rocca and Chris Livengood. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Ragan scores first Cup pole with top lap at Texas (+result)

David Ragan finally fulfilled the potential he showed in practice

David Ragan Texas Samsung Mobile 500 pole2011-02-19_0344Ragan blistered Texas Motor Speedway with a lap at 189.820 mph (28.448 seconds) Friday to win the first Coors Light Pole award of his career. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Connery on pole despite crash at VIR (+grid)

Remy Audette 11th

F2000 new logoA lengthy session stoppage on a slightly damp track awarded Kyle Connery, a rookie driver from the karting ranks, his first ever F2000 pole in his first ever F2000 qualifying session. A badly timed and long black flag period created an interesting grid order, and as the track went green in the closing minutes, Connery suffered a massive crash in his #91 Van Diemen/Zetec. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Edwards drives new Mustang to victory at Texas (+result)

The victory was Edwards’ second at Texas

Carl Edwards Texas Victory 2011-04-08NASCAR Nationwide SeriesCarl Edwards held off tenacious Brad Keselowski to win Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Vettel uses KERS to pip Hamilton to Sepang pole

Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel used KERS to power to pole at Sepang on Saturday.

2011-04-09 - Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Sebastian Vettel 32011-04-09 - Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Sebastian Vettel 4The team did not use the energy-recovery technology to dominate in Melbourne two weeks ago, but championship leader Vettel said he needed it to stave off a resurgent McLaren in Malaysia by just one tenth. “We came here and solved most of the (reliability) problems,” the German said.  “I think if we did not have it (KERS) today, we would not be here (on pole).” Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

F1 overtaking obsession ‘silly’ – Newey

“If overtaking is too easy, it’s not exciting,” he insisted.

2011-04-09 - Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Adrian Newey2011-02-19 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Adrian NeweyThe obsession of some F1 observers about overtaking is “silly”, the sport’s top car designer Adrian Newey insists. With KERS returning in 2011 and the controversial moveable rear wings now also being used in races, the Briton was asked what he would say to Bernie Ecclestone if the F1 chief executive asked him how to make passing even easier. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Coulthard tells flex rivals to ‘put up or shut up’

FIA flexibility tests were further strengthened over the winter.

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - David Coulthard - Daniel Ricciardo 12011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Rick Kelly - Daniel Ricciardo - Robbie Maddison - David CoulthardDavid Coulthard has told Red Bull’s critics to “put up or shut up” as the new flexible front wing saga continues to grip the Sepang paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Red Bull link ‘positive’ insists Hamilton

“World champions can definitely race together as long as there is quality in the team.”

2011-04-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysia - Lewis Hamilton 092011-04-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysia - Lewis Hamilton 06Lewis Hamilton has hit back at Christian Horner’s claim that pairing him with Sebastian Vettel would risk creating “fireworks” at Red Bull. “Look at me and Jenson (Button),” said the McLaren driver, referring to his current teammate.  “World champions can definitely race together as long as there is quality in the team.” Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Ferrari’s gap to leaders ‘very big’ – Massa

“We will have a tough weekend.”

2011-04-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Malaysia - Felipe Massa 022011-04-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Malaysia - Felipe Massa 03Ferrari’s drivers were disappointed at Sepang to learn that pole, victory and even a podium on merit are out of reach at present. The Italian team was surprised to find itself off the pace in Melbourne, but had high hopes that the more conventional Malaysian layout would paint a different picture. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Petrov, Perez say ‘shut up!’ to pay-driver talk

F1 commentators have been told to “shut up” before denouncing newcomers to the sport as mere “pay-drivers”.

2011-04-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Malaysia - Vitaly Petrov 012011-04-09 - Lotus Renault GP - Malaysia - Vitaly Petrov 02It has been said that Vitaly Petrov only kept his Renault seat this year thanks to his Russian millions, while Sergio Perez has brought the backing of Mexican giant Telmex to the Sauber team in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Pirelli use gold line for soft tyres in Malaysia

Pirelli’s soft tyres have a gold line around the edge of the sidewall this weekend in Malaysia.

2011-04-09 - Pirelli - Malaysia 1Sepang International Circuit logoThe move follows complaints in Australia that the tyre supplier’s choice for visibly differentiating the compounds in 2011 – different coloured logo lettering – was not noticeable enough. Pirelli said the gold band “should make the compound easier to spot on television” from Sepang. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

F1 drivers back moves to change Interlagos corner

“There has not been only one death, we have to improve that corner.” – Massa

2011-04-09 - AT&T Williams - Malaysia - Rubens Barrichello 09interlagosGPDA president Rubens Barrichello has backed efforts for a change to the Curva do Cafe corner at Brazilian grand prix venue Interlagos. A stock car driver died after bouncing off the barriers onto the racing line there in 2007, and at Sepang Felipe Massa is wearing a sticker on his helmet to pay tribute to Gustavo Sondermann, after his Brazilian countryman died in a near-identical crash last Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Di Grassi to do next Pirelli tyre test

Pirelli’s other F1 test drivers so far were Nick Heidfeld and Romain Grosjean.

2010-11-06 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi 112011-04-09 - Pirelli - Malaysia 4Lucas di Grassi will do the driving when F1 tyre supplier Pirelli resumes its private track testing programme. We reported in January that the former Virgin driver could be set to replace Pedro de la Rosa, who later announced he has returned to McLaren as third driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

CVC not looking to sell F1 yet – Ecclestone

The 80-year-old also said CVC’s $2.9 billion debt “should be cleared by 2014”.

Bernie Ecclestone-11-2010Flagworld - F1Bernie Ecclestone has played down rumours F1’s owner CVC is looking to sell its 100 per cent ownership of the sport. Several sources told the Reuters news agency recently that a strategic review is underway by CVC for a potential “sale, IPO or debt refinancing”. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

India names F1 track after Buddha

Organisers of the inaugural 2011 Indian grand prix have renamed the New Delhi circuit.

Horizontal tricolour flag (deep saffron, white, and green). In the centre of the white is a navy blue wheel with 24 spokes.Currently under construction in the Uttar Pradesh state and scheduled to host its first race in October, the track was previously called the Jaypee International Race Circuit. Jaypee is the name of the race’s promoter, headed by chief executive Sameer Gaur, who is heading an Indian delegation at the Malaysian grand prix this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

A.J. Foyt will be Grand Marshal for Rolex 24 At Daytona 50th Anniversary

2012 dates confirmed

Rolex 24 Daytona - 50th anniversary logoAJ Foyt Racing logoTo celebrate the historic 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, racing legend A.J. Foyt will deliver the command “Drivers, start your engines” as Grand Marshal for the iconic endurance race in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

AIM Autosport qualifies sixth at Barber Motorsport Park

Team finding pace with each session on track

AIM AutosportMark Wilkins AIM MotorsportsAIM Autosport has qualified sixth for Saturday’s Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. Driver, Mark Wilkins, was at the wheel of the AIM Autosport BMW-Riley sponsored by GAMMA88 to set a time of 1m 22.948s around the 2.3-mile (3.7 km) road course. Read the rest of this entry »