Daily Archive: August 27, 2011

Aug 27

Vietoris wins as Grosjean seals the 2011 GP2 SeriesTM title

Racing Engineering driver sails to Spa win. Dams driver crowned Champion

GP2 - Spa - Racing Engineering - Christian VietorisGP2 - Spa - Dams - Romain GrosjeanIt’s a beautiful day in Spa for Christian Vietoris and Romain Grosjean: the German racer drove flawlessly in tricky conditions to take his first win of the season while the Frenchman clinched the seventh GP2 SeriesTM title after he finished third in today’s feature race. Jules Bianchi finished second.

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Aug 27

Bottas takes commanding victory in Spa

Finn takes lights-to-flag victory at Spa-Francorchamps to extend Series lead

GP3 - Spa - Lotus ART - Valtteri BottasGP3 SeriesValtteri Bottas stamped his authority on the 2011 GP3 Series once again this afternoon with a commanding win in Race 1. The Finn finished 6.495 seconds ahead of his teammate and pole sitter James Calado to lead a Lotus ART 1-2. 

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Aug 27

Stewards overrule 107pc cut for four drivers at Spa

The stewards have exempted four drivers from the 107 per cent qualifying rule at Spa-Francorchamps.

GP3 Series - Spa-FrancorchampsSebastian Vettel  pole SpaVirgin’s Jerome d’Ambrosio, as well as both HRT drivers, failed to qualify within the mandatory 7 per cent of Sebastian Vettel’s pole time on the wet Belgian track.

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Aug 27

Formula One teams Belgium Grand Prix qualifying report

Belgium Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report

Spa-FrancorchampsToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Spa-Francorchamps.

 

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Aug 27

Maldonado faces exclusion for Hamilton incident

Pastor Maldonado could be thrown out of the Belgian grand prix for an incident during qualifying at wet Spa-Francorchamps.

2011-07-30 - AT&T Williams - Hungary - Pastor Maldonado 012011-07-30 - AT&T Williams - Hungary - Pastor Maldonado 03After the Williams driver collided lightly with Lewis Hamilton as the McLaren passed him at the end of Q2, Venezuelan rookie Maldonado crashed into his British rival as they then climbed the hill to Eau Rouge. “There should never be an incident after the red lights but unfortunately there was,” said Hamilton.

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Aug 27

Pineiro secures second successive victory

Spanish teenager wins opening F2 race in Austria

F2 - Austria - Ramon Pineiro actionF2 - Austria - Johannes Theobald crashRamon Pineiro secured his second successive win in the FIA Formula Two Championship after dominating the first race at the Red Bull Ring today (Saturday).

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Aug 27

Silverstone to raise $400m with 100-year lease – report

Rumours at Spa this weekend suggest British grand prix venue Silverstone will be leased to a private bidder.

BRDC2011-07-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Britain - Lewis Hamilton 06The Independent newspaper said the Northamptonshire venue’s owner the British Racing Drivers’ Club is signing a 100-year lease with the unnamed bidder “for around $400m”.

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Aug 27

Ecclestone in Rome for daughter’s $2m wedding

The youngest of the F1 chief executive’s two daughters

Bernie Ecclestone-11-2010Bernie Ecclestone has not been at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend because he is in Rome preparing for the wedding of his daughter Petra.

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Aug 27

Webber signs with Red Bull for 2012

Marko in ‘no hurry’ over Webber’s birthday present

2011-07-24 - Red Bull Racing - Germany - Mark Webber 32011-07-24 - Red Bull Racing - Germany - Mark Webber 2Red Bull Racing is pleased to announce that Mark Webber’s contract has been extended for another year, meaning the Australian will continue to drive for the team in 2012. Mark Webber said: “I want to continue racing at the top in Formula One so it’s a nobrainer to remain at Red Bull Racing for another year. ”

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Aug 27

Red Bull ‘can only defeat themselves’ – Frentzen

“At the moment they (Red Bull) can only defeat themselves”

Frentzen Alesi2011-07-24 - Red Bull Racing - Germany - Christian HornerFormer F1 winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen has said it will be difficult for Sebastian Vettel’s rivals to chase down his championship advantage in 2011. “At the moment they (Red Bull) can only defeat themselves,” he told the Austrian portal laola1.

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Aug 27

Ferrari plans to run first V6 prototype next year

Ferrari is planning to have the first prototype of its 2014 V6 turbo engine up and running some time next year.

2011-07-30 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Hungary - Fernando Alonso 12011-07-30 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Hungary - Felipe Massa 2F1’s engine manufacturers are already making plans for the forthcoming end of the current V8 engine era, with new regulations for 2014 now in place. The current rules have been effectively frozen for some time, but Ferrari’s engine chief Luca Marmorini revealed at Spa-Francorchamps that his department has been busy in 2011 with the blown exhaust developments.

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Aug 27

Senna ‘better for the team’ than Heidfeld – Boullier

Boullier flags test in 2009 car for Kubica

2011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Bruno Senna 022011-02-03 - Lotus Renault GP - Robert Kubica 01Nick Heidfeld lacked speed and therefore the ability to lead the Renault team as its top driver in 2011. That was the claim of boss Eric Boullier at Spa-Francorchamps as he explained the decision to replace the veteran German with Bruno Senna.

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Aug 27

Senna admits ‘commercial potential’ of new race seat

Bruno Senna has denied he is paying for his half-season of racing with the Renault team.

2011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Bruno Senna 032011-07-24 - Lotus Renault GP - Germany - Bruno Senna 01The Brazilian has been confirmed only for Spa and Monza, with a judge this week ordering the compromise before a full High Court hearing is held at dumped Nick Heidfeld’s request in a few weeks.

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Aug 27

Barrichello admits 2012 Williams exit possible

“I have waited for three weeks but there has been no contact on the part of the team”

2011-07-30 - AT&T Williams - Hungary - Rubens Barrichello 012011-07-09 - AT&T Williams - Britain - Rubens Barrichello - Sir Frank Williams 01Rubens Barrichello has reportedly confessed that he might lose his seat at Williams due to the team’s “economic problem”. The Brazilian veteran on Saturday posted on Twitter a photo of the special helmet he wore at Honda when he broke the all-time record of 256 grands prix.

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Aug 27

Vergne to get Friday chance with Toro Rosso

Red Bull’s next young charger is set to enter the scene at the energy drink company’s second formula one team.

Jean Eric Vergne2011-07-24 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - GermanyThe BBC is reporting that 21-year-old Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne is slated to drive the Toro Rosso on Friday mornings once his Renault World Series campaign finishes in October.

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Aug 27

Team Lotus name and logo stays same for now

Speculation reported on Friday about the future of Team Lotus’ identity might have been wide of the mark.

2011-07-24 - Team Lotus - Germany2011-07-09 - Team Lotus - Britain 04The Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat said Tony Fernandes’ outfit will probably be renamed Caterham Team AirAsia for 2012, with the Lotus logos to be dropped as soon as the forthcoming Italian grand prix at Monza.

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Aug 27

Ricciardo ‘must deliver’ for Red Bull future

Daniel Ricciardo admits he has been earmarked as a potential future replacement for his countryman Mark Webber.

2011-07-30 - HRT F1 Team - Hungary - Daniel Ricciardo 032011-07-30 - HRT F1 Team - Hungary - Daniel Ricciardo 01But the young Australian, who with his Red Bull backing replaced Narain Karthikeyan at HRT earlier this season, acknowledged that he first must prove he is up to the task.

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Aug 27

James Calado takes maiden pole

Lotus ART dominate in Belgium 

GP3 SeriesGP3 - Lotus ART - James CaladoJames Calado took his first GP3 pole position for Lotus ART after an epic battle for pole position at Spa-Francorchamps today. The British driver finished just 0.088 seconds ahead of his teammate and Series leader Valtteri Bottas proving that the reigning champions are still the team to beat this season.

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Aug 27

Ramon Pineiro secures pole position in Austria

Spaniard continues recent good run of form at Red Bull Ring

F2 - Red Bull Ring - Ramon PineiroRamon Pineiro claimed pole position for today’s (Saturday) first FIA Formula Two race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring after putting in a late surge to fend off Mirko Bortolotti and Christopher Zanella.

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