Daily Archive: October 27, 2011

Oct 27

Positive 2011 season continues with first winter test for Marussia Virgin Racing‏

It was a positive test for Marussia Manor Racing

Marussia Manor RacingGP3 SeriesMarussia Manor Racing was back out on track this week (25-26 October) at the first post-season GP3 Series test that took place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. Matias Laine was back at the wheel of the car for the first time since the 2011 season ended. Colombian-American driver Gabby Chaves was testing in the second Marussia Manor Racing car after finishing the GP3 season in 11th position with the Addax Team.

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Oct 27

Monras quickest in Barcelona F2 test‏

Spaniard ends day fastest overall ahead of season finale this weekend

F2 - Barcelona - Miki MonrasMiki Monras led the way during today’s (Thursday) official FIA Formula Two Championship test in Barcelona, ahead of the final rounds of the season.

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Oct 27

HRT pays respects to Wheldon and Simoncelli

Both HRT F111 cars will have the image of a black ribbon painted on the livery during the Indian Grand Prix.

2011-07-24 - HRT F1 Team - Germany - 012011-07-24 - HRT F1 Team - Germany - 06This gesture is to commemorate the lives of Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli who passed away in motorsport accidents. Dan Wheldon was an extremely talented English Indy Car driver who had won the prestigious Indy 500 on two occasions and the Indy Car Championship in 2005. He was involved in a fatal collision at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the 16th of October, 2011 and sadly passed away at the age of 33.

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Oct 27

No sportsman of the year title for Vettel

Even in his native Germany, there is one trophy Sebastian Vettel has failed to capture in 2011.

2011-10-19 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel (19)2011-10-19 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel (17)The country’s motor sport federation Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC) has decided that new DTM champion Martin Tomczyk is more deserving of the motor sportsman of the year title.

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Oct 27

Williams F1 and Hatch join forces to develop and deliver innovative solutions to mining, energy, infrastructure and industrial clients.

Williams F1 and Hatch announce Partnership

HatchWilliams F1 logoWilliams F1 and professional services firm Hatch announced today that they have created a partnership to develop new products and services for current and potential mining, energy, infrastructure and industrial clients. The partnership will also develop education initiatives to encourage young people to explore careers in engineering industries.

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Oct 27

Ecclestone happy despite early Indian glitches

“You are always nervous” – Tilke

BuddhInternational CircuitVicky Chandhok experienced a classically harrowing moment on Wednesday when greeted by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone at the new Buddh circuit.

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Oct 27

F1 destroyed my marriage – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that formula one destroyed his long marriage.

2011-06-09_0313The F1 chief executive was married to Slavica, the mother of his two daughters, for almost 25 years until 2009. “I have worked very, very hard for formula one and probably so intensively that it destroyed my marriage,” Ecclestone, to turn 81 on Friday, told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper.

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Oct 27

Ex F1 co-owner mused sacking Ecclestone – witness

“I have a very great and strong support from many people, with a lot of mutual trust.”

2011-06-09_0303German bank and former F1 shareholder BayernLB contemplated dismissing Bernie Ecclestone six years ago, it emerged during Gerhard Gribkowsky’s corruption trial this week.

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Oct 27

Russian government to fund Sochi F1 track

The Russian federal government has committed to invest heavily in the country’s inaugural grand prix in 2014.

Sochi 2011-05-26Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir Putin - Photo Mikhail Metzel APThe Ria Novosti news agency reports that the circuit in Sochi, located on the Black Sea coast, is to be built at a cost of towards US $200 million. And the Krasnodar region’s deputy governor Alaxander Ivanov is quoted by Reuters: “The federal government has allocated $195.4 million for this project.”

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Oct 27

New York promoter denies doubting Austin race

The NY Times author Jonathan Schultz insists however that Hindery was quoted accurately.

2011-06-26_0247Circuit of the AmericasThe promoter of F1’s newly announced New York round has denied doubting the separate US grand prix in Texas will ever take place. Austin is scheduled to host the sport on a purpose-built circuit late next year, but there has been speculation construction is seriously delayed and that state funding may be in danger.

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Oct 27

Red Bull ‘behind me’ for final 2011 goal – Webber

Mark Webber has admitted he is focused on overtaking his rivals to take second place in the drivers’ world championship.

2011-10-19 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber2011-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Mark Webber (1)With the drivers’ and constructors’ titles now both in the bag, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said recently that helping Webber climb from fourth to second is the team’s remaining objective for 2011.

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Oct 27

New Ferrari to borrow ideas from rival teams – Tombazis

Ferrari’s 2012 car will borrow some ideas from Red Bull and other rival teams in formula one.

Nicolas Tombazis 2011-10-262011-10-14 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Korea - Fernando Alonso 02That is the admission of chief designer Nikolas Tombazis, who is heading the project of what has been described as an “aggressive” change of direction for the famous Italian team.

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Oct 27

Hulkenberg, di Resta not counting on 2012 seats

Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta are refusing to believe they will definitely front Force India’s race driver lineup in 2012.

2011-10-14 - Force India F1 Team - Korea - Paul di Resta 012011-05-07 - Force India F1 Team - Turkey - Nico Hulkenberg 02It is now expected that the team’s long-time regular Adrian Sutil may have to seek alternate employment, with Friday driver Hulkenberg set to step up to the race seat alongside rookie Scot di Resta.

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Oct 27

Pic in F1 talks for 2012 confirms manager Panis

He admitted that the first step for Pic is a seat in November’s young driver test in Abu Dhabi.

GP2 - Nurburgring - Barwa Addax Team - Charles PicGP2 - Barwa Addax Team - Monaco - Charles PicFrench GP2 driver Charles Pic’s manager has confirmed talks about securing a place in formula one next year for the 21-year-old. Pic, fourth in this year’s GP2 championship, has been linked recently with a Toro Rosso test in Abu Dhabi next month, and possibly a race seat with Virgin in 2012.

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Oct 27

Trident Racing to line-up with Leal and Richelmi at Abu Dhab‏i

The long 2011 GP2 Series season is about to reach its completion.

Trident RacingGP2 - Trident Racing - Julian Leal 2Teams and drivers will be on-track at Abu Dhabi for a non-championship race in support of the upcoming Formula 1 Grand Prix on the 13th of November. All the 13 squads involved in the 2011 Main Series will be lining-up for the finale.

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Oct 27

Fabio Leimer and Nathanaël Berthon will drive for Racing Engineering at the 2011 GP2 Final

Following on from their very successful testing at Barcelona

GP2 - Jerez - Racing Engineering - Fabio LeimerGP2 - Jerez - Racing Engineering - Fabio LeimerRacing Engineering are pleased to announce that Fabio Leimer and Nathanaël Berthon will be driving for the Spanish team in Abu Dhabi at the season-ending 2011 GP2 Final to be held from the 11th to 13th of November.

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Oct 27

Tom Kristensen returns to the Race Of Champions

“The Race Of Champions is a great event” – Tom Kristensen

Race of ChampionsTom KristensenMotor sport legend Tom Kristensen will compete in his 11th consecutive Race Of Champions at Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena in December. The Dane has won the Le Mans 24-Hour race more than any man in history, with a total of eight victories and counting. Kristensen will partner Mattias Ekström for Team Nordic in a field that already features three F1 world champions.

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Oct 27

Miclotte not giving up on IRC title dream

Loix and Miclotte will head to Cyprus next week to chase IRC title glory

PRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADPRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADFreddy Loix’s co-driver Frederic Miclotte says the BFO-SKODA Rally Team pair won’t give up on their dream of winning the Intercontinental Rally Challenge crown despite conceding they start the title showdown in Cyprus next month with a disadvantage to their rivals.

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