Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 30

Honda denies F1 return rumours

“Of course we are interested but we think there are higher priorities than formula one”

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Honda has now added its denial to rumours the Japanese carmaker could be looking to return to F1 by supplying a V6 engine to McLaren in 2014.

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Nov 30

Red Bull says ‘no’ to Vettel motorcycle swap

Red Bull has banned Sebastian Vettel from taking part in a demonstration ‘swap’ with fellow German and new Moto2 champion Stefan Bradl.

2011-10-29 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel (6)2011-10-19 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel (6)“I would gladly try a formula one single seater,” 22-year-old rider Bradl is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport, “and Sebastian could get on my bike. “Yes, the change would be harder for him than for me.”

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Nov 30

Vettel – F1 return to be difficult for Raikkonen

“I can imagine it would be very difficult to return straight away to the same level as before”

2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (2)2011-10-29 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel (4)Sebastian Vettel has admitted it is “difficult to judge” whether his friend Kimi Raikkonen will be at full speed when he returns to formula one next season. The pair often meet near their Swiss homes to play badminton, but reigning world champion Vettel does not want to predict a smooth comeback for the 2007 world champion after two years in world rally.

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Nov 30

Hopefuls Barrichello, Sutil, play down impact of Raikkonen news

Rubens Barrichello and Adrian Sutil have both played down the impact on their own futures of Renault’s signing of Kimi Raikkonen.

2011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Rubens Barrichello 012011-08-28 - Force India F1 Team - Belgium - Adrian Sutil 01Both Barrichello and Sutil, who are danger of losing their Williams and Force India seats respectively, were believed to be eyeing a vacancy at Renault for 2012. “I am not reading anything this week since there’s so much gossip,” Brazil’s Globo quoted Barrichello as saying.

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Nov 30

Bottas not ruling out 2012 Williams race seat

Valtteri Bottas has acknowledged he is in the running to step up to the formula one race grid with Williams in 2012.

Gp3 Series - Valtteri Bottas, Lotus ART2010-02-01 - Williams - Valterri Bottas - 04The new GP3 champion, already the famous British team’s test driver, impressed during the young drivers’ session in Abu Dhabi recently.

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Nov 30

Barcelona race in doubt for future – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted Barcelona might be the first casualty as F1’s annual calendar sheds some European races.

GP2 Series - Barcelona - Circuit de CatalunyaGP3 Series - Barcelona pitlaneThe F1 chief executive told Spanish sports newspaper Marca that the continent’s dwindling presence on the schedule could drop to as few as just five rounds per season within the next few years.

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Nov 30

Ecclestone happy with HRT’s new direction

Bernie Ecclestone is happy that HRT, the back of the grid Spanish team, appears to have turned a corner.

2011-07-30 - HRT F1 Team - Hungary - Bernie Ecclestone 012011-10-14 - HRT F1 Team - Korea - Narain Karthikeyan  01Last year, the F1 chief executive described the team and fellow straggler Virgin as “cripples” that have been “an embarrassment” that the sport needed to “get rid of”.

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Nov 30

Intrepid North America SuperNationals XV report

There is no better way to put yourself on the karting map than by winning at SKUSA SuperNationals.

Intrepid North America SuperNationals XV - George Russell, otphoto Intrepid North America SuperNationals XV - Teemu Suninen, otphotoWith the event now reaching far beyond its American shores, drivers and manufacturers from around the globe converge at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas each November looking to both end the current season on a strong note, and send a message to the world karting community about the season ahead. Intrepid Kart International did exactly that a week ago, as from dawn till dusk its star-studded line-up was front and centre at SuperNationals XV.

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Nov 30

Simplified points system to be instituted in NASCAR Regional Touring Series

The points system was simplified to make it easier for fans, competitors and the industry to understand.

NASCAR Home TracksNASCARNASCAR announced today that the points system all NASCAR national series began using this year will be instituted in the regional touring level for 2012.

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Nov 30

Yamaha Champions Riding School Instructors to conduct seminars at upcoming motorcycle shows

Nick Ienatsch, Ken Hill and Scott Russell take to the stage

Miller Motorsports Park logo Nick Ienatsch, Ken Hill and Scott RussellThe Yamaha Champions Riding School’s group of No. 1 plate holders, class champions, club champions, track record-holders and national champions, including two-time AMA Champion Nick Ienatsch, top-10 AMA Superbike finisher Ken Hill and World Superbike and AMA Superbike champion Scott “Mr. Daytona” Russell, will step off the track and onto the stage at select upcoming Progressive International Motorcycle Shows to conduct advanced motorcycle riding clinics aimed at helping motorcycle riders of all skill levels.

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Nov 29

Kimi Räikkönen – “I never really lost the passion for racing in Formula 1”

Kimi Räikkönen Q&A

Kimi, good news today, you have decided to come back to Formula 1. Why are you coming back? The main reason was that I never really lost the passion for racing in Formula 1, just maybe for all the other things around it. But when I did some NASCAR races this year I noticed that I was increasingly missing the racing side – to race against each other – because in rallying you really race against the clock. And then I got the call from certain people in Formula 1. All sorts of things happened and we managed to have a nice conversation with Lotus Renault GP and make a deal – I’m really very happy with that!

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Nov 29

Vitaly Petrov’s manager on Tuesday confirmed speculation that the 27-year-old’s place at Lotus Renault GP might not be secure for 2012.

Renault gives Petrov ‘stay or go’ deadline – manager

2011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - India - Vitaly Petrov 04 2011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 03Russian Petrov has a contract for next season, but manager Oksana Kosachenko was reported to be heading to the team’s Enstone headquarters this week for urgent talks.

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Nov 29

Press mocks Vettel’s ‘phantom’ gearbox problem

The international press suspects Red Bull imposed team orders during the season ending Brazilian grand prix.

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (4)2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (10)The team has already strongly denied the claims, but publications like Spain’s Marca suspect Sebastian Vettel pulled over for Mark Webber because of a “phantom problem” with his gearbox.

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Nov 29

Season finale win good news for Webber – Horner

Mark Webber’s Brazil win is good news for the Australian heading into the winter, according to his boss.

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Mark Webber (4)2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Mark Webber - Bernie Ecclestone - Sebastian Vettel - Christian HornerUntil Sunday, the 35-year-old struggled all season to match up to his teammate Sebastian Vettel, failing to win a single race compared to the sister Red Bull driver’s eleven.

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Nov 29

‘Innovation’ set Red Bull apart in 2011 – Gene

One word has set Red Bull apart from its rivals McLaren and Ferrari this season: “Innovation.”

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (9)2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil (1)That is the claim of Marc Gene, a test driver for Ferrari. “I have no doubt,” he wrote in his column for El Mundo newspaper.  “It was they who came up with the blown diffuser and then hid the innovation from the other teams.

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Nov 29

New McLaren contract ‘likely’ admits Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he may soon be ready to sit down with his boss and sign a new contract beyond 2012.

2011-11-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Brazil - Lewis Hamilton 022011-11-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Brazil - Lewis Hamilton 01The 2008 world champion has had a tumultuous season on and off the track, while his teammate Jenson Button finished behind Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship and inked a new long-term deal.

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Nov 29

Massa most disappointing driver of 2011 – Coulthard

David Coulthard has singled out Felipe Massa as the most “disappointing driver” of the 2011 season.

2011-10-14 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Korea - Felipe Massa 012011-06-10_1240Brazilian Massa remains under contract to Ferrari for one more season but the Italian team has warned him that, next year, he will be racing to rescue his 2013 seat.

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Nov 29

Petrov manager heads to Enstone for 2012 talks

With Kimi Raikkonen now seated firmly at Lotus Renault, the race is on to be the famous Finn’s teammate in 2012.

2011-10-14 - Lotus Renault GP - Korea - Vitaly Petrov 022011-07-24 - Lotus Renault GP - Germany - Vitaly Petrov 01Vitaly Petrov has a contract that runs into next year, but the Russian admitted recently that paperwork in F1 is often meaningless. Indeed, the Russia Today (RT) publication on Tuesday reported that Petrov’s manager, Oksana Kosachenko, is on her way to the team’s Enstone base late on Tuesday “to hold talks over (the driver’s) future with the team”.

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Nov 29

Raikkonen insists F1 passion and motivation intact

Kimi Raikkonen on Tuesday insisted he “never lost passion” for racing in formula one.

2011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - India 012011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (1)The 2007 world champion, who left F1 two years ago for world rallying and NASCAR, also denied he might not be sufficiently motivated ahead of his return to the sport with Lotus Renault in 2012.

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Nov 29

Kimi Räikkönen back in F1 with LRGP in 2012

Renault/Lotus team signs Raikkonen for F1 return

2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (6)2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (3)Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Kimi Räikkönen will race for the team next season. The 2007 World Champion, who left Formula 1 at the end of 2009 to pursue a career in rallying, has decided to make a comeback at the pinnacle of single-seater racing. He has now signed a two-year agreement with Lotus Renault GP.

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Nov 29

Barrichello happy to settle for small retainer

Rubens Barrichello has revealed he is unlikely to race out of formula one over an argument about money.

2011-09-24 - AT&T Williams - Singapore - Rubens Barrichello 012011-08-28 - AT&T Williams - Belgium - Rubens Barrichello 02It is believed Kimi Raikkonen’s talks with Williams ended suddenly because the parties could not agree on the size of the Finn’s retainer.

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Nov 29

Ricciardo to know ‘2012 programme’ before Christmas

Daniel Ricciardo can expect to learn about his future in formula one before Christmas.

2011-10-14 - HRT F1 Team - Korea - Daniel Ricciardo 052011-10-14 - HRT F1 Team - Korea - Daniel Ricciardo 02That is the claim of Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner. In 2011, Australian rookie Ricciardo began the season as junior team Toro Rosso’s Friday driver before – still with Red Bull’s backing – moving into the HRT race seat.

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Nov 29

Kovalainen insists ‘sticking with Caterham’ in 2012

Heikki Kovalainen has added his denial to rumours he might return to the Renault (now Lotus) team in 2012.

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Heikki Kovalainen 0002011-10-14 - Team Lotus - Korea - Heikki Kovalainen 01Albeit under former boss Flavio Briatore’s management, the Finn made his debut for the Enstone based team in 2007, before switching first to McLaren and more recently to Team Lotus/Caterham.

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Nov 29

HRT should have signed younger driver – Herbert

Johnny Herbert has expressed his surprise at HRT’s decision to sign Pedro de la Rosa for the next two seasons.

2011-10-14 - HRT F1 Team - Korea - Vitantonio Liuzzi 022011-07-30 - HRT F1 Team - Hungary - Vitantonio Liuzzi 01Having made his grand prix debut in 1999, racing with Arrows, Jaguar and Sauber and serving as McLaren’s long-term main test driver, the Spaniard de la Rosa is hugely experienced.

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Nov 29

Virgin refugee d’Ambrosio aiming for 2012 race seat

Despite losing his Virgin race seat, Jerome d’Ambrosio sounds confident about his future.

2011-10-30 - Marussia Virgin Racing - India - Jerome DAmbrosio 012011-10-30 - Marussia Virgin Racing - India - Jerome DAmbrosio 02The Belgian will be replaced at the newly-renamed Marussia team for 2012 by the French GP2 driver Charles Pic. It means Interlagos was 25-year-old d’Ambrosio’s last race for now.

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Nov 29

Europe ‘finished’ as F1’s spiritual home – Ecclestone

European races are a dying breed on the formula one calendar, Bernie Ecclestone said on Tuesday.

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Bernie Ecclestone - Sebastian VettelFlagworld - F1At present, there are eight European rounds on the 20-event 2012 schedule, with the majority of the season therefore taking place throughout Asia, the Far and Middle East and the Americas.

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Nov 29

First signs of construction at New York site

With Austin’s 2012 US GP project all but dead, the first signs of construction at F1’s New York round for 2013 have emerged.

2011-06-26_0247The car weblog Jalopnik published a photo by a New Jersey local: “It might just be the paddock/parking garage, located in exceedingly glamorous Weehawken, but it’s a start,” the report read.

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Nov 29

Brundle move ends Coulthard commentary combo

Former McLaren drivers Martin Brundle and David Coulthard will no longer share a commentary box in 2012.

Martin Brundle12010-06-11_0902Brundle, who is also Coulthard’s former manager, has accepted an offer to switch from the BBC to Britain’s new dedicated F1 channel run by Sky.

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Nov 29

Sebastian Vettel revved up for ‘magic’ ROC

Reigning Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel ‘can’t wait’ for the Race Of Champions on December 3-4

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Race of ChampionsThe young motorsport superstar has urged race fans to come along for an ‘unforgettable experience’ at Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena this weekend. Vettel will race alongside Michael Schumacher for Team Germany as they bid for a record fifth ROC Nations Cup win in front of their home crowd.

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Nov 28

SBK official 2012 tests dates announced

Once again a two-day pre-race test session will take place shortly before round one at Phillip Island in February

SBK logo WSBK - Magny-Cours - Carlos ChecaWith the new winter testing ban about to come into force (only for Superbike teams) on the first day of December and running until January 15th, the official testing dates for Superbike and Supersport teams for the 2012 season have now been announced.

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