Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 31

Awesome Audette: 2011 F2000 Champion

 Remy Audette clinched the 2011 F2000 Championship with five wins, 14 top tens, six poles, and 13 top fives in 14 races

2011-10-17Remy Audette 2011-05-31Audette, from Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs, Quebec, driving the No. 21 Audette Racing Dimensions Doors Van Diemen, made it look easy in his fourth season of F2000 competition. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Vettel ignores team again to achieve ‘clean sweep’

Sebastian Vettel on Sunday couldn’t resist pushing for F1’s coveted ‘clean sweep’ in India.

2011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel (11)2011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel (7)Having started from pole, and while comfortably leading at the new Buddh circuit, the back to back world champion pushed hard towards the end of the race to also capture the fastest race lap.

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Oct 31

Whitmarsh denies McLaren breaching constructor definition

Martin Whitmarsh has fended off claims teams like McLaren are already breaching the current definition of a F1 ‘constructor’.

2011-09-23 - Singapore - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Martin Whitmarsh 012011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Jenson Button - Martin Whitmarsh 01The issue is on the agenda for this week’s F1 Commission meeting in Geneva, with the possible outcome to be the legalisation of the sale of entire ‘customer cars’ to small teams.

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Oct 31

Hamilton-Massa feud enters ‘dangerous phase’

“In my opinion it was 50:50.  It was a normal racing incident.” – Johnny Herbert

2011-10-14 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Korea - Felipe Massa 012011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Lewis Hamilton 11The feud between Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa is entering a “dangerous phase”, a Brazilian correspondent wrote after Sunday’s Indian grand prix.

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Oct 31

Ferrari to ‘analyse’ front wing fluttering

A point of interest throughout the Indian grand prix weekend was Ferrari’s “fluttering” front wing.

2011-10-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - India - 2011-10-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - India - Fernando Alonso 02It is believed the Italian team, with a firm eye on 2012, is publicly experimenting with the sort of legal wing flexibility that is being mysteriously achieved by Red Bull.

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Oct 31

Rosberg eyeing Ferrari switch – source

Nico Rosberg could be eyeing a switch from Mercedes to Ferrari, a “source” has told a German tabloid newspaper.

2011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Nico Rosberg 032011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Nico Rosberg 02Mercedes chiefs Ross Brawn and Norbert Haug in India indicated they want to keep the 26-year-old beyond his contract, which according to reports is set to run until the end of next season.

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Oct 31

Pic also in talks with Williams for 2012

French hopeful Charles Pic has entered the race to replace Rubens Barrichello at Williams next year.

GP2 - Barwa Addax Team - Monaco - Charles PicGP2 - Spain - Giedo van der Garde - Charles Pic - Sam BirdThe 21-year-old GP2 driver’s mentor Olivier Panis, working with the Lagardere group, admitted recently he is in talks with Team Lotus and Virgin about 2012.

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Oct 31

Buemi close to tears as 2012 decision nears

Sebastien Buemi was close to tears after exiting Sunday’s Indian grand prix in a cloud of smoke.

2011-10-30 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - India - Sebastien Buemi (4)2011-10-30 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - India - Sebastien Buemi (1)The Swiss is under immense pressure to prove to Toro Rosso that he should be retained for 2012, as team owner Red Bull looks to place young hopefuls Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

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Oct 31

Frezza debuts with Ferrari 458 Italia GT

He climbs on the championship podium

Marco FrezzaFIA GT1 World ChampionshipTwo class podium and one overall: this was Marco Frezza’s result in the last race weekend of the International GT Open 2011, which was also his first one with the new Ferrari 458 Italia GT2, the latest Prancing Horse’s model. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Team E spearheads paddle shifters for Firestone Indy Lights

System gets positive reviews at two different tests

IndyLightsTeam E Racing logoFour drivers and other members of several prominent Firestone Indy Lights teams made positive comments after getting a first-hand look at a new paddle-shift system that Team E Racing tested on its Firestone Indy Lights car last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

James Spicer claims NSW Formula Ford Rookie of the Year title

A new star has appeared on the Australian motorsport horizon: James Spicer

James Spicer portraitJames Spicer Formula Ford The Year 11 student, from Dural in Sydney’s north, secured the 2011 NSW Formula Ford Rookie of the Year title at Eastern Creek on October 23 – with one round still remaining! Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

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

Indian Grand Prix Formula One race report

BuddhInternational CircuitToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in India..

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Oct 30

Sebastian Vettel wins inaugural Indian Grand-Prix (+result)

Indian Grand Prix, New Delhi – Race results

2011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel (9)2011-10-29 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel (12)Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel wins the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, 8.4 seconds up on the McLaren of Jenson Button; Fernando Alonso completes the podium for Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

F1 must accept move to new markets – Todt

Jean Todt says he supports formula one’s push out of Europe into new markets.

2011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Drivers - Bernie Ecclestone - Jean Todt2011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel - teams 2The FIA president was speaking at India’s new Buddh circuit, amid some observers’ fears that the sport is steadily walking away from its traditional hosts and venues.

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Oct 30

F1 to consider ‘third car’ issue for 2013

New fuel has been added to Ferrari’s push to have three cars on the formula one grid.

2011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel - teams 1GP2 Series - Barcelona - Circuit de Catalunya - Teams pitsAfter India, key officials will move on to Geneva, when next Thursday the F1 Commission meets. La Stampa newspaper reports that one of the topics on the agenda is the redefinition of a formula one constructor. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

Battle for millions is further down India grid

The junior Red Bull team has been streaking forwards with its blown diffuser

2011-10-30 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - India - Jaime Alguersuari (1)2011-10-29 - Sauber F1 Team - India - Kamui Kobayashi 01With the championship victors now decided, one of the remaining points of interest in 2011 is the multi million dollar battle among F1’s non-top four teams.

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Oct 30

Red Bull lost front wing before Ferrari ‘flutter’

A mischievous rumour in the Buddh circuit paddock could help to explain the behaviour of Ferrari’s front wing this weekend.

2011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel - teams 22011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel - teams 1The team set tongues wagging in India with another version of its 2012-style prototype wing. At high speed, the behaviour of the wing has been described by observers as oscillating or – as per the aviation jargon – “fluttering”.

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Oct 30

‘Delhi belly’ strikes McLaren team members

The first reports of ‘Delhi belly’ affecting a formula one team this week have emerged from the McLaren garage.

2011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Lewis Hamilton 082011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Jenson Button 05SID news agency reports that the famous British team had to fly in from Woking some replacement staff, who had been placed on standby in case those in India suffered the notorious traveller’s illness.

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Oct 30

Whitmarsh opposed to new customer car push

Martin Whitmarsh on Sunday confirmed reports McLaren is still opposed to the idea of ‘customer cars’ in formula one.

2011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Martin Whitmarsh 012011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Jenson Button - Martin Whitmarsh 01The possible redefinition of a ‘constructor’ will be debated next week at the F1 Commission in Geneva. It is believed Bernie Ecclestone is now supportive of Ferrari’s renewed push to be allowed to sell an entire chassis to a small team.

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Oct 30

Massa thinks Raikkonen return ‘could happen’

If Kimi Raikkonen does return to formula one, it won’t be because he admires the sport’s headline-writers.

2011-10-14 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Korea - Felipe Massa 01Kimi RaikkonenSpeculation is growing by the day that the 2007 world champion could return from his world rally and NASCAR experiment with the Williams team in 2012.

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Oct 30

Brawn puts job on line for Mercedes success

But Ross Brawn was not willing to make the same guarantee about his job as team principal.

2011-10-14 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Korea - Ross Brawn 022011-07-24 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Germany - Ross Brawn - Nick FryMercedes’ works team will “definitely” be on the formula one grid in the coming three seasons, the marque’s motor sport president Norbert Haug confirmed in India.

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Oct 30

Force India trio to learn 2012 fate by Abu Dhabi

 “I have three top drivers, but only two can sit in the car.  This is a difficult decision for me.” – Vijay Mallya

2011-10-29 - Force India - India - Dr. Vijay Mallya 022011-10-29 - Force India - India - 04Vijay Mallya has flagged Abu Dhabi in two weeks as the accelerated deadline for the announcement of Force India’s 2012 driver lineup. The billionaire had intended to hold off the call until mid December, but reports in the last week strongly suggest he has already settled on pairing Paul di Resta with Nico Hulkenberg.

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Oct 30

F1 future uncertain for Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan enjoyed a positive return to the F1 grid on Sunday but he’s not sure he will be back in 2012.

2011-10-29 -  HRT F1 Team - India - Narain Karthikeyan 092011-10-29 -  HRT F1 Team - India - Narain Karthikeyan 08The Indian lost his seat to the Red Bull-backed Daniel Ricciardo earlier this season, but was back at the wheel in Delhi for a one-off return at his home race.

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Oct 30

Imperious Bortolotti takes F2 win record

Bortolotti claims pole position ahead of Pineiro in Barcelona

F2 - Barcelona - Mirko Bortolotti actionF2 - Barcelona - Mirko Bortolotti championItalian’s victory halts Pineiro’s charge for second in championship. Mirko Bortolotti has taken the FIA Formula Two Championship win record with victory in the final race of the season at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona today (Sunday). His seventh victory in 2011 matches Andy Soucek’s record from 2009, the year Bortolotti took his first of what has now become eight wins.

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Oct 29

Sticky: Formula One teams Indian Grand Prix qualifying report

Indian Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report

BuddhInternational CircuitToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in India.

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Oct 29

International team to enter British Supersport Championship

Adding to the global appeal of the series

Motodex logoMelissa Paris  MotodexA brand new two-rider international team will be entering the British Supersport Championship in 2012. MotoDex Performance First Yamaha is a British-owned and run company based in Bavaria, Germany and Managing Director Tony Dexter has sponsored Gearlink Kawasaki in recent seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 29

McDowell paces practice in Martinsville (+result)

Johnson tops Chasers in only M’ville session; Edwards, Kenseth among slowest

Michael McDowell  2011-10-29NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTalk about a day of rarities Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. The sun finally came out from behind the clouds. Michael McDowell was quickest in Happy Hour. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 29

Bortolotti scores commanding Barcelona race one win

Pineiro’s third place denies Monras third place in the championship

F2 - Barcelona - Mirko BortolottiF2 - Barcelona - Mirko Bortolotti actionMirko Bortolotti has won the first race at Barcelona with a strong performance, breaking the early challenge of Miki Monras with a succession of fast laps. Ramon Pineiro completed the podium with third place, guaranteeing him at least third place in the championship.

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Oct 29

Webber does not want team orders in 2011

Mark Webber on Saturday said he does not want to be gifted victory in the Indian grand prix.

2011-10-29 - Red Bull Racing - India - Mark Webber - Sebastian Vettel - Lewis Hamilton2011-10-29 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel - Mark Webber 2Given Lewis Hamilton’s grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags earlier this weekend, Australian Webber will start Sunday’s race alongside his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel.

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Oct 29

Ferrari drives back into tobacco controversy

Ferrari could be set to race back into a controversy surrounding cigarette advertising.

2011-04-16 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - China - 012011-10-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - India - Fernando Alonso 02Earlier this year, amid fresh criticism of the team’s ongoing sponsorship by the Philip Morris company, Ferrari dropped the ‘Marlboro’ from its official name.

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