Daily Archive: August 28, 2011

Aug 28

Wet-dry action for Pirelli tyres during the GP2 and GP3 Belgian round

GP2 GP3 Spa-Francorchamps review 

GP2 - DAMS - Romain Grosjean2011-07-09 - Pirelli - Britain 1Pirelli’s GP2 and GP3 medium compound tyres along with the P Zero wets enjoyed an action-packed Spa-Francorchamps round, equipping Formula One’s feeder series under extremely changeable conditions during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

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Aug 28

Stoner victorious at Indy as tyre management proves crucial

Round 12: Indianapolis GP – Race

MotoGP - Indianapolis - Stoner - PedrosaMotoGP - Indianapolis - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerIn particularly tricky conditions because of the high temperature and the new tarmac at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Casey Stoner and the Repsol Honda Team delivered a masterclass in consistency and tyre management to romp to a comfortable victory. It’s the Australian’s seventh of the season and his third in succession, extending his championship lead to 44 points with six races remaining.

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Aug 28

IRC Barum Czech Rally Zlin day two report

Intercontinental Rally Challenge, round 7 of 11

IRC - Intercontinental Rally ChallengeJan Kopecký has claimed his first victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for more than a year after triumphing on a thrilling Barum Czech Rally Zlín. The ŠKODA Motorsport ace, roared on by approximately 300,000 home fans, beat Freddy Loix by 1.2s, the closest finish in the history of the IRC. Team-mate Juho Hänninen took third to make it a ŠKODA podium lockout.

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Aug 28

Update on Robert Kubica

Today, Robert underwent one last scheduled operation in Italy, aimed at recovering the full mobility of his right elbow.

2011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Robert Kubica 012011-02-03 - Lotus Renault GP - Robert Kubica 02The surgeons are happy to report that they have been able to complete 100% of their task and did not encounter any complications. They have described the outcome of the operation as “a total success”.

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Aug 28

Pineiro secures third successive F2 win

Spaniard takes lead from Zanella as Bortolotti strengthens championship charge

F2 - Red Bull Ring - Ramon PineiroRamon Pineiro stormed to a third successive victory after winning today’s (Sunday) second FIA Formula Two race at the Red Bull Ring. The young Spaniard took the lead from pole-sitter Christopher Zanella at Turn 2 on the first lap, and in similar style to yesterday, went on to build a comfortable lead to take the chequered flag. Mirko Bortolotti further strengthened his championship charge with a second place while Romanian Mihai Marinescu claimed his second successive podium finish.

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Aug 28

Red Bull considered pitlane start at Spa – Horner

Red Bull had serious concerns about tyres before finishing first and second in the Belgian grand prix.

2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Sebastian Vettel  5 2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Mark Webber  1 That is the claim of team boss Christian Horner, who asked the FIA for permission prior to the Spa-Francorchamps race for Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to be allowed to change their qualifying tyres due to blistering damage.

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Aug 28

Vettel wins after tyre blister controversy

Sebastian Vettel returned to the top step of the podium and extended his championship lead on Sunday by winning the Belgian grand prix.

2011-07-30 - Red Bull Racing - Hungary - Sebastian Vettel 9Spa-FrancorchampsBut the German was sporting an angry face before the Spa-Francorchamps race, after rival teams refused to allow the Red Bulls to change their qualifying tyres due to blistering.

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Aug 28

Formula One teams Belgium Grand Prix race report (+results, + photos)

Belgium Grand Prix Formula One race report

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

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Aug 28

Luca Filippi sprints to Spa victory

Scuderia Coloni driver ends Belgium weekend on a high

Gp2 - Lotus ART - Jules Bianchi - Scuderia Coloni - Luca Filippi - Arden International - Josef KralGP2 SeriesLuca Filippi snatched a second win in the 2011 season at the wheel of the Scuderia Coloni car in an action packed sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps. The Italian who drove flawlessly from P5 on the starting grid was joined by Jules Bianchi and Josef Kral on the podium.

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Aug 28

Richie Stanaway wins on GP3 debut

Stunning drive from the young New Zealander as Lotus ART take teams crown

GP3 - Lotus ART - Richie StanawayGP3 SeriesPole sitter Richie Stanaway drove a brilliant race today to win on his GP3 Series debut weekend. The New Zealander finished 4.007 seconds ahead of his teammate James Calado to lead the second Lotus ART 1-2 of the weekend. The result ensured that Lotus ART sealed the teams’ title for the second season in a row with one round remaining.

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Aug 28

Bortolotti storms to pole for F2 race two

Austro-Italian sets quickest lap of the weekend with Zanella just securing second

F2 - Red Bull Ring - 1  Mirko BortolottiMirko Bortolotti secured pole position for today’s (Sunday) second FIA Formula Two race at the Red Bull Ring after setting the fastest lap of the weekend so far. The Austro-Italian set a time of 1:20.536s, 0.3 seconds clear of championship rival Christopher Zanella who put in a last gasp time to go second, despite spinning early in the session. Yesterday’s race winner Ramon Pineiro will start third.

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Aug 28

ACT Can-Am 200 at Riverside postponed

Due to rain

Riverside speedway 001-2010ACT Castrol logoThe ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT Castrol combined Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, QC scheduled for Saturday, August 27 has been postponed due to rain.

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Aug 28

Ecclestone skips wedding day-three for Belgian GP

Bernie Ecclestone will be trackside on Sunday for the Belgian grand prix.

2010-09-03 - Force India F1 Team -  Vitantonio Liuzzi 03So far this weekend, the F1 chief executive has been in Rome where he has bankrolled his daughter Petra’s $2 million wedding, which took place on Saturday.

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Aug 28

Webber contract signed weeks ago

Mark Webber had already signed his new contract for 2012 before the summer speculation stepped into its highest gear.

2011-06-26 - Red Bull Racing - Spain - Mark Webber 22011-06-26 - Red Bull Racing - Spain - Mark Webber 1Throughout the August shutdown, it was not certain whether the Australian would be staying alongside Sebastian Vettel next year, or giving way to a youngster like Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi.

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Aug 28

Mercedes investigating lost wheel on Schu anniversary

Mercedes is investigating how a rear wheel fell off Michael Schumacher’s car during qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps.

2011-07-30 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Hungary - 012011-06-12_0445Wearing a special golden helmet to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his F1 debut, the famous German will start the race last because he crashed during his outlap in Q1. “How embarrassing for Mercedes, to destroy his anniversary race because the wheel fell off,” Sky commentator Marc Surer is quoted as saying by Bild newspaper.

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Aug 28

Gachot recalls Jordan winning from Schu debut

My bad luck was his good fortune

2011-06-12_15352011-06-12 - 2716To many in F1 circles, Bertrand Gachot is arguably best known for vacating his Jordan seat in 1991 for a then unknown youngster by the name of Michael Schumacher. Just before Schumacher’s meteoric F1 debut 20 years ago, Gachot was jailed in England for spraying a taxi driver with CS gas some eight months earlier.

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Aug 28

Tost confirms Toro Rosso role for Vergne

Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean on Saturday moved another step towards his return to formula one

2011-07-09 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Britain - Jaime Alguersuari 1Jean Eric Vergne 2Franz Tost has confirmed reports that French youngster Jean-Eric Vergne is set to rev up his formula one career with Toro Rosso. It emerged earlier this weekend that the 21-year-old is set to drive the STR6 on Friday mornings once the Renault World Series wraps up in October.

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Aug 28

Sunday announcement for French GP return – report

The return of the French grand prix could be announced just before Sunday’s race at Spa-Francorchamps.

Grand Prix de FrancePaul Ricard HTTTIt is believed that Bernie Ecclestone’s Paul Ricard circuit will be named as F1’s new French venue, to annually alternate the hosting rights with Belgium.

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Aug 28

Qatar buying Silverstone lease – report

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has been named as the likely buyer of the lease of British grand prix venue Silverstone.

Silverstone logoQatar 090412The Independent said Qatar Investment Authority – already owning shares in the London Stock Exchange, Volkswagen, Harrods, Miramax and French football club Paris Saint-Germain – is in exclusive talks with owner the British Racing Drivers’ Club.

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Aug 28

Thoughts of a champion

2011 GP2 Series Champion Romain Grosjean reflects on his season and future

GP2 SeriesGP2 - Romain GrosjeanGP2 Series: Romain, congratulations. You are the 2011 GP2 Series Champion. How does that sound? Romain Grosjean: Finally! It’s just fantastic. We’ve had a really hard season with such a high level of drivers and teams. I think that professionally and personally, this has been a very important season. The team Dams has been really open-minded to listen to me and my suggestions. They worked really hard. They work very hard I can tell you. We made some mistakes.

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