Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 31

Sticky: Happy New Year to all race fans, promoters and drivers

May 2012 be a successful year for all race drivers and event promoters in Quebec and worldwide

Bonne Année 2012flaglogoSaluting the end of 2011, Flagworld wishes to thank all our friends: race drivers, promoters and event organizers.  We love to participate in our way as media representatives for Flagworld Communications Inc. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Patrick Head steps down from the Board of Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC

Patrick co-founded Williams F1 in 1977 with Frank Williams

2011-02-09 - AT&T Williams - Patrick Head - Sir Frank Williams 01 Williams Grand Prix Holdings logoWilliams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (Ticker: WGF1) today confirms that Director of Engineering Patrick Head will step down from its Board of Directors with immediate effect. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

INDYCAR: Top 10 drivers of 2011

Ranking the Top 10 Indy drivers for 2011? Piece of cake. Just copy the final point standings, right? Hell no
Will Power - Dario Franchitti 2011IZOD - IndyCar seriesHell no, you have to look at the complete body of work, practice, qualifying, race day and those intangibles like bad pit calls, racing luck and brain fade. So here’s one opinion in a world of experts, starting from 10th and working down. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Petronas ends Yamaha MotoGP sponsorship

No Petronas backing for the Factory Yamaha MotoGP team in 2012

2011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India 08MotoGP - Malaysia - Yamaha Factory Racing - Ben SpiesThe Factory Yamaha Team, which raced without a title sponsor in MotoGP this season, will be without Petronas backing in 2012. The Malaysian oil and gas corporation came on-board with Yamaha in 2009 (when Fiat was the title sponsor) and thus shared in two consecutive Triple Crown MotoGP victories – the Riders’, Constructors and Teams’ titles – in 2009 and 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Rossi many steps closer to F1

Alexander Rossi reflects on 2011 a year of ‘hard work’ and ‘many new successes’

2011-11-19 - Team Lotus - Abu Dhabi - Alexander Rossi (5)2011-11-19 - Team Lotus - Abu Dhabi - Alexander Rossi (1)American youngster Alexander Rossi believes he is now ‘many steps closer to F1′ following a successful 2011. Rossi, who finished third overall in the World Series by Renault 3.5 Series this year and who is also a senior member of the Team Lotus (now Caterham) F1 Driver development programme, added he is ‘excited’ about 2012 and the future, although his plans for next season have still to be officially announced. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

SVDP Racing to race around the clock again

SVDP Racing the Dubai based racing team have entered the 2012 edition of the Dubai 24hr race where they will be racing their BMW 120d

SVDP bmw Dubai 24 hours logoThis will be the teams 3rd 24hr race after competing in the Britcar 24hr race at Silverstone in 2010 and the 2011 edition of the Dubai 24hr race. The team and car finished a creditable 34th overall at Silverstone (the teams 1st ever 24hr race) and 2nd in class in the 2011Dubai 24hr race. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Lauda says DRS overtaking ‘wrong’ for F1

Niki Lauda has admitted he is no fan of the overtaking innovation ‘DRS’ that debuted in 2011

2011-06-11_11702008-06-05_0049The system, which allows a chasing driver to move a flap in the rear wing and increase top speed when he is close to his rival, is set to be retained and even ramped up for next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Webber enjoys wheelie on grand prix motorbike

Mark Webber has this week enjoyed a high-risk ride on the back of a grand prix motorcycle

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Mark Webber (3)Troy Bayliss trophyThe Australian, who recently sat out part of his own outdoor adventure challenge in Tasmania ostensibly due to Red Bull’s fear of injury, rode at the rear of a Ducati 2-Up machine at Queensland Raceway. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Alonso says Mercedes among favourites for 2012

Fernando Alonso has named Mercedes as a dark horse for the 2012 season

Fernando alonso 2011-10-152011-10-14 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Korea - Fernando Alonso 02Together at the German marque’s new works team since 2010, Michael Schumacher’s return to F1 has been the subject of much criticism while it has been said teammate Nico Rosberg could go his entire career without a win. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Mercedes sure V6 engines will sound ‘great’

Mercedes is sure formula one engines will still sound good when the regulations change significantly in 2014

2011-11-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Brazil - 03Thomas FuhrThe German marque, whose F1 engines are designed and built in Northamptonshire, is believed to be imminently ready to fire up its first 1.6 litre turbocharged V6. But after the sound of F1 changed when the sport moved from normally-aspirated V10 to its current V8 engines in 2006, there have been fears the cars could sound comparatively tame when they are powered by turbo V6s in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Vettel insists more dominance in 2012 not certain

Sebastian Vettel has baulked at claims he will almost certainly stroll to an historic third consecutive drivers’ title in 2012

2011-10-29 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel (5)2011-11-13 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Abu Dhabi - Jenson Button 03Some pundits think that, given the 24-year-old’s huge 122-point championship win over McLaren’s Jenson Button this year, it is almost inconceivable his and Red Bull’s advantage will be eroded in the 80 days until Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Williams ‘worst’ scenario for rookie in 2011 – Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado is confident he will have a better second season in formula one

2011-07-30 - AT&T Williams - Hungary - Pastor Maldonado 03Williams F1 logoWith his Venezuelan backing, the 26-year-old made his grand prix debut as the reigning GP2 champion this year, but scored only one of Williams’ 5 points. He is staying with the famous British team in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Stenhouse turns NNS upside down

 Youthful driver earns vindication, confirmation with surprising championship
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.NASCAR Nationwide SeriesWhen the 2011 Nationwide Series season began, the talk in the garage was all about the veterans. The assumption was that someone like Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson or Jason Leffler would take home the championship trophy. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Engineered to be the best

Target Chip Ganassi Racing engineer Chris Simmons isn’t one to mess with success

Target Chip Ganassi Racing logoDario Franchitti 2011-08-12 Tinker, yes, as the IZOD IndyCar Series continues to evolve with the introduction of a new chassis and renewal of engine manufacturer competition for the 2012 season. He has one constant: driver Dario Franchitti. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Campana thrilled by MINI chance

Pierre Campana delighted with MINI drive in Monte Carlo

Pierre Campana 2011-12-26Pierre Campana  2011-12-23Pierre Campana says he is thrilled to have been given the chance to compete with MINI on the opening round of the 2012 World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Roar Before The Rolex 24 testing event schedule

From Friday, Jan. 6 to Sunday, Jan. 8 at Daytona International Speedway

Grand-AM-RolexGrandAm ContinentalSports cars from the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will be testing the 3.56-mile road course in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Regalia joins the Auto GP grid with Campos Racing

“It’s really great news, a great gift for this Christmas celebration time” – Facundo Regalia

Auto GP - Facundo RegaliaAuto GPFacundo Regalia will be on the grid of the next Auto GP season as the 20 year-old Argentinean driver signed an agreement with Campos Racing to take part in the 2012 Series.

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Dec 29

Liuzzi admits HRT seat ‘uncertain’ for 2012

Vitantonio Liuzzi has acknowledged that he is looking into an “uncertain” future despite possessing a contract for 2012

2011-07-24 - HRT F1 Team - Germany - Vitantonio Liuzzi 012011-07-09 - HRT F1 Team - Britain - Vitantonio Liuzzi 01The 30-year-old joined HRT last year before the Spanish team was sold by Jose Ramon Carabante to its current owners, Thesan Capital, and boss Colin Kolles was replaced by the former Minardi driver Luis Perez-Sala. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Marko was unhappy with axed Alguersuari in October

Sections of the Spanish media claim to have unearthed perhaps the true reason for Red Bull’s decision to drop Jaime Alguersuari

2011-10-30 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - India - Jaime Alguersuari (2)2011-08-28 - HRT F1 Team - Belgium - Daniel Ricciardo 03The young Spaniard’s Toro Rosso teammate Sebastien Buemi has also been ousted so that the Faenza camp’s lineup will feature the fresher faces of Daniel Ricciardo and French rookie Jean-Eric Vergne next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Vettel ‘could beat Schumacher records’ – Todt

Sebastian Vettel could be on a winning streak that races him past the record-setting achievements of Michael Schumacher

Sebastian Vettel Champion 2011Jean Todt2That is the claim of Jean Todt, who before becoming president of F1’s governing FIA was Schumacher’s boss and close personal friend as Ferrari team principal. Schumacher was 26 when, in 1995, he became world champion for the second time — a milestone reached by Vettel in 2011 at the tender age of 24. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Retired Berger too content to consider F1 return

Gerhard Berger insists he is too content in his retirement to consider options to return full-time to premier motor racing

00801full3282011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Eric Boullier 01After hanging up his helmet in 1997, the ten-time grand prix winner served as BMW’s joint motor sport director before buying half of the Toro Rosso team. With those adventures over, the 52-year-old recently denied reports he is set to buy the GP2 team Super Nova or replace Eric Boullier as Lotus’ F1 team principal. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Barrichello still ‘waiting’ on news from Williams

Rubens Barrichello has revealed he is still “waiting” to know if he will race a twentieth consecutive formula one season in 2012

2011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Rubens Barrichello 012011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Rubens Barrichello 04The British team has already confirmed the well-backed Pastor Maldonado for next season but is looking at its options for the other seat, which has been occupied by Brazilian veteran Barrichello for the past two years. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Hamilton had raisins and brown rice for Christmas

McLaren’s race drivers are on strict diets as the British team plots a course to the top step of the podium in 2012

2011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Lewis Hamilton 152011-11-13 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Abu Dhabi - Lewis Hamilton 05Even on Christmas Day, when much of the world indulges, Lewis Hamilton ate a protein shake for breakfast with dates and raisins, followed by beans with brown rice for lunch and fish for dinner. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Zanardi tips Hamilton to bounce back in 2012

Alex Zanardi has tipped Lewis Hamilton to bounce back in 2012 from his troubled past season

Alex Zanardi portrait2011-11-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Brazil - Lewis Hamilton 03Briton Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, had a disastrous season, struggling with his personal life amid a series of on and off-track incidents and poor form. But Italian Zanardi, who lost his legs in a Champ Car crash two years after being fired by Williams at the end of 1999, tipped the 26-year-old to fire on all cylinders in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

V6 engine rules ‘good compromise’ – Lauda

Niki Lauda has hailed formula one’s change of engine regulations for 2014

2011-06-11_1170Flagworld - F1The sport’s governing body initially wanted the current normally-aspirated 2.4 litre V8 engines to be replaced in 2013, but ultimately ceded to pressure to agree turbo V6 rules that will make their debut a year later. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Jerez to host 2012 Spanish Grand Prix

An agreement has been reached that ensures the Circuito de Jerez will play host to the Grand Prix of Spain again in 2012

MotoGP logoJerez Circuit OverheadContinued negotiations will aim to ensure the inclusion of the event on the MotoGP calendar for a further four years, as is desired and anticipated by all parties concerned. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Busch to drive No. 51 for Phoenix Racing in 2012

Kurt Busch has found a new ride in the No. 51 car of Phoenix Racing

2011-02-18_0113Phoenix Racing logoThe 2004 NASCAR champion will drive James Finch’s car next year on the Sprint Cup tour. Steve Barkdoll, general manager for the Spartanburg, S.C.-based team, confirmed Thursday that Busch would be the team’s driver. Busch, reached later by telephone, said he had a one-year deal to run the full schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

F1 must not abandon Europe – Montezemolo

Luca di Montezemolo is worried about F1’s trend away from Europe.

Luca di Montezemolo  2011-04-11 2011-06-09_0303F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone said recently that he predicts only a handful of races in Europe will still be present on the calendar in a few years.

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Dec 28

Lauda tips Red Bull to pull ahead in 2012

Niki Lauda has tipped Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel to pull even further clear of their rivals in 2012

Sebastian Vettel Champion 20112011-06-11_1170German Vettel won his second consecutive drivers’ title in dominant style this year, and triple world champion Lauda tipped the 24-year-old to equal his own career tally next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Berger would not have signed Raikkonen for comeback

If he was in charge at Lotus, Gerhard Berger would not have signed Kimi Raikkonen for 2012

00801full32809 - Scuderia Toro RossoFormer ten-time winner Berger, the former BMW motor sport director and Toro Rosso co-owner, admitted that the 2007 world champion’s comeback is “good for formula one”. Read the rest of this entry »

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