Daily Archive: November 12, 2011

Nov 12

Formula One teams Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying report

Abu Dhabi  Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report

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

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Nov 12

Ecclestone sure about Bahrain return, not Austin debut

F1 chief executive Ecclestone agreed that Bahrain’s April 2012 date is safe.

MotoGP Austin Texas2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - Toyota - 02Bernie Ecclestone on Saturday sounded hopeful Bahrain will host its grand prix as scheduled next year, and less confident formula one will race in Austin.

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Nov 12

Bosses back F1 to survive Eurozone crisis

Team bosses are sure formula one will weather the European storm.

2011-05-07 - Pirelli -Turkey - Pirelli factory - Team principals 12011-06-30 - FOTA - 02Struggling Eurozone members headed by Greece have triggered a worsening financial crisis in the sport’s key market. But Sir Frank Williams, who is understood to be negotiating with Middle Eastern sponsors, remains confident that formula one will still be able to rely on European money.

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Nov 12

F1 unlikely to tweak qualifying format

Tech bosses agree to blown exhaust ban

2011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel - teams 1Flagworld - F1Formula one appears unlikely to tweak the current qualifying format despite concerns in 2011 about a flagging spectacle. Overall, the ‘knockout’ format has been popular in recent years, with fast drivers graduating from the Q1 segment to Q2, and then from Q2 to the decisive top-ten Q3 session.

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Nov 12

Rumour – Ecclestone considers Concorde offer for Ferrari

Ferrari was selected by the F1 chief executive due to its arguably indispensible value to the sport

2011-01-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 0003Ecclestone-01-2008-09-28Bernie Ecclestone could be planning to pull $100 million out of the coffers to give the negotiations over F1’s next Concorde Agreement a kick-start.

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Nov 12

Massa’s 2012 wing still ‘fluttering’

Ferrari is still working to solve the ‘fluttering’ problem with Felipe Massa’s new 2012-style front wing.

2011-10-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Japan - Felipe Massa 012011-10-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Japan - Felipe Massa 02The Red Bull-like wing – apparently designed to pass the aerodynamic load tests but still flex towards the track – was observed violently oscillating at high speed in India two weeks ago.

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Nov 12

McLaren and Ferrari urge Williams to sign Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen’s most recent teams think Sir Frank Williams would be wise to sign up the 2007 world champion for next season.

Kimi Raikkonen2011-06-26 - AT&T Williams - Spain - Pastor Maldonado - Rubens Barrichello 02For his part, 69-year-old Williams remained calm amid the waves of speculation in Abu Dhabi, refusing to let slip the status of the talks with the former Ferrari and McLaren winner.

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Nov 12

Maldonado set for second F1 season with Williams

“I am sure Pastor will be in one car” – Sir Frank Williams

2011-10-29 - AT&T Williams - India - Pastor Maldonado 032011-08-28 - AT&T Williams - Belgium - Pastor Maldonado 02Amid all the speculation about the identity of his 2012 teammate, it seems clear that Pastor Maldonado can relax about keeping his race seat at Williams.

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Nov 12

Grosjean considered quitting racing in 2010

Romain Grosjean has admitted he almost quit motor sport after his formula one career hit the rocks after just seven grands prix in 2009.

2011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Romain Grosjean 032011-10-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Romain Grosjean 01Among the victims of the ‘crashgate’ saga, the Frenchman had replaced sacked Nelson Piquet at Renault but then fell by the wayside as Flavio Briatore’s career foundered and the team moved into new hands.

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Nov 12

Leimer sails to 2011 GP2 Final win

Racing Engineering driver dominates feature race at Yas Marina Circuit

GP2 - Luiz Razia (Caterham Team AirAsia), Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering), Jolyon Palmer (Barwa Addax Team)GP2 - Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering)Fabio Leimer claimed his maiden GP2 Feature Race win today at Yas Marina Circuit. The Swiss racer took a lights-to-flag victory with a dominant drive, and in spite of his closest rival Luiz Razia’s best efforts to try and reduce the gap, Leimer remained in perfect control of his Racing Engineering machine all race long and was never in danger. Jolyon Palmer in third pocketed his first GP2 podium finish.

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Nov 12

ACT and Thunder Road announce separate banquets

 

The ACT Banquet will honor Patrick Laperle of St-Denis

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Thunder RoadFor the first time in several years the American-Canadian Tour has announced separate banquets for the 2011 ACT competitors and the 2011 Thunder Road competitors.

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Nov 12

Wickens makes Formula One Grand Prix debut

Canadian confirmed for Young Driver Test with Marussia Virgin Racing

WSR - Robert Wickens2011-06-07Robert Wickens made his Formula One Grand Prix weekend debut on Friday, at the Yas Marina Circuit, as the Canadian participated in Friday morning’s free practice session with Marussia Virgin Racing ahead of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Toronto racer ended his maiden F1 session just half a second off team-mate Timo Glock’s best time as he drove the team’s MVR-02 for the first time on the 5.55km circuit.

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