Daily Archive: November 10, 2011

Nov 10

2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is sold out

Event sells out for the third year running and 2012 tickets now available

Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 1Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand PrixAt 6pm tonight, organisers of the 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix announced that the 2011 race weekend had sold out. The announcement marks a sell-out event for the third consecutive year, since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix debuted on the Formula 1 Championship calendar in 2009.

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Nov 10

Danica Patrick will make her NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the prestigious season-opening 54th annual Daytona 500

Danica Patrick to compete in the 2012 Daytona 500

Danica Patrick numero 102011-08-18_0402Patrick, who will compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with JR Motorsports in 2012, announced that her limited Sprint Cup Series schedule with Stewart Haas Racing will kick off with “The Great American Race.”

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Nov 10

Hamilton says Whitmarsh claim ‘rubbish’

“My issues have been much, much bigger than that — more personal” – Hamilton

2011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Lewis Hamilton 102011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Lewis Hamilton 13Lewis Hamilton has described as “rubbish” boss Martin Whitmarsh’s claim that he has been spooked by the good form of Jenson Button this year.

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Nov 10

Schumacher not in future talks with Mercedes yet

“It’s not the time to talk about it.”

2011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Michael Schumacher 022011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Michael Schumacher 01Michael Schumacher on Thursday insisted he is not yet even talking to Mercedes about extending his contract beyond 2012.

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Nov 10

Spanish fan admits to having Webber’s Monza wing

The mystery surrounding Red Bull’s disappearing front wing has unravelled in the Spanish press this week.

2011-10-29 - Red Bull Racing - India - Mark Webber (9)2011-10-29 - Red Bull Racing - India - Mark Webber (8)Before the very similar-looking and ‘fluttering’ Ferrari version made its debut recently, Red Bull revealed they never recovered the front wing of Mark Webber’s car after his Monza crash.

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Nov 10

Rosberg to earn EUR 50m with new contract – report

New contract reportedly running through 2015

2011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Nico Rosberg 032011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Nico Rosberg 04Nico Rosberg’s new Mercedes deal is for the next four years and will earn him almost EUR 50 million by 2015, the major German daily Bild reported on Thursday.

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Nov 10

Raikkonen rumours stalk Barrichello, Sutil in Abu Dhabi

Returning in 2012 after a two year world rally and NASCAR hiatus

2011-10-29 - Force India - India - Adrian Sutil 032011-09-24 - AT&T Williams - Singapore - Rubens Barrichello 01Even in the cool Finn’s notable absence in Abu Dhabi, two drivers are keeping a keen eye on the plans of Kimi Raikkonen.

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Nov 10

The 2011 GP2 final preview

Running alongside the Formula One™ Grand Prix

GP2 SeriesGP2 Series - Abu DhabiThe twenty –six GP2 cars are ready for their last outing of 2011 which will take place this weekend at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi as the Series gets ready for the 2011 GP2 Final.

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Nov 10

iSport looking to finish season on a high

Will be competing against 26 other GP2 drivers

GP2 - iSport - Spain - Sam Bird actioniSport will be one of the 13 teams taking part in the GP2 finale this weekend at the Yas Island Circuit, with Marcus Ericsson and GP3 graduate Tom Dillmann taking to the iSport cars.

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Nov 10

Caterham Team AirAsia Abu Dhabi preview

GP2 final race preview, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

GP2 - Caterham Team AirAsia - Barcelona - Alexander Rossi 2Team Air Asia logoCaterham Team AirAsia will conclude 2011 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, the very same track the team made its exciting race debut when it scored a podium finish in February.

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Nov 10

Abu Dhabi F1 talks ‘more important than race’

Martin Whitmarsh would be happy if the forthcoming negotiations over F1’s future results in the teams owning a slice of the sport.

2010-11-13 - Lotus F1 Racing - Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina 2Rally Abu Dhabi 091218With the bitter political battle of 2009 still in memory, many of F1’s paddock players are looking nervously towards the expiry next year of the crucial tripartite Concorde Agreement.

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Nov 10

Mercedes GP Petronas & Nico Rosberg agree contract extension

Rosberg extends Mercedes contract for 2013 and beyond

2011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Nico Rosberg 012011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Nico Rosberg 02Mercedes GP Petronas is delighted to confirm that the team and Nico Rosberg have agreed a multi-year contract extension to include the 2013 season and beyond.

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Nov 10

Maldonado happy to keep Barrichello as teammate

As Williams considers its options, Pastor Maldonado has revealed he is happy to race at the British team alongside Rubens Barrichello.

2011-10-29 - AT&T Williams - India - Pastor Maldonado 012011-07-30 - AT&T Williams - Hungary - Rubens Barrichello 01With his millions in Venezuelan backing, the 2011 rookie’s race seat is considered safe for 2012. But the same it not true of Brazilian veteran Barrichello, as Williams admits talks with Kimi Raikkonen and reportedly also eyes Force India’s experienced and sponsor-backed Adrian Sutil.

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Nov 10

Raikkonen finally confirms Williams talks

He says a deal is not done, but Kimi Raikkonen has finally admitted talking to Williams about possibly returning to formula one next year.

Kimi Räikkönen  2011-03-012011-10-29 - AT&T Williams - India - Rubens Barrichello 03Amid intensifying speculation about the 2007 world champion’s plans, Williams co-owner Toto Wolff confirmed last week that the talks with former McLaren and Ferrari race winner Raikkonen about next season are “serious”.

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Nov 10

Force India to decide 2012 lineup before Brazil

According to the paddock grapevine, Hulkenberg’s countryman Sutil needs to be looking hard for another job.

2011-07-30 - Force India F1 Team - Hungary - Adrian Sutil 012011-07-30 - Force India F1 Team - Hungary 01Nico Hulkenberg on Thursday confirmed rumours his Force India colleagues have been asked to wait longer on the team’s decision about 2012.

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Nov 10

Boss blames drivers for Sauber’s slow pitstops

Sauber has pointed the finger at its drivers after the Swiss team featured low on the list of average pitstop speed in 2011.

2011-10-29 - Sauber F1 Team - India - Kamui Kobayashi 012011-10-29 - Sauber F1 Team - India - Sergio Perez 02According to the pitstop analysis of the 17 grands prix so far, Sauber was ranked equal eighth of the twelve teams, on average 1.3 seconds per pitstop slower than the pacesetter Red Bull.

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Nov 10

D’Ambrosio looks around but no Virgin decision yet

Virgin has refused to confirm reports it has already decided to replace Jerome d’Ambrosio with French rookie Charles Pic in 2012.

2011-10-30 - Marussia Virgin Racing - India - Jerome DAmbrosio 02011-10-30 - Marussia Virgin Racing - India - Jerome DAmbrosio 02The French sports daily L’Equipe reported on Wednesday that 21-year-old Pic, fourth in GP2 this year and backed by the Lagardere group, will be Timo Glock’s new teammate.

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Nov 10

Formula One teams Abu Dhabi Grand Prix preview

Abu Dhabi  Grand Prix Formula One preview 

Yas Marina Circuit - Abu DhabiToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Yas Marina Circuit.

 

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Nov 10

GRAND-AM Rolex Racing Sports Car Series returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2012

Grand Prix of Miami Set for April 27-29

Homestead-Miami Speedway logoGrand-AM-RolexNext spring, Homestead-Miami Speedway will serve as host to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series’ Grand Prix of Miami, with the Daytona Prototypes and Grand Touring classes both set to run in South Florida in April. The Grand Prix of Miami will take center stage as Race 3 of the 2012 campaign on the 2.3-mile road course.

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