Daily Archive: December 20, 2011

Dec 20

Julian Leal completes Trident Racing’s 2012 GP2 line-up

Trident Racing successfully completed its roster for the 2012 GP2 Series.

GP2 - Trident Racing - Julian LealTrident RacingThe Italian squad, owned by Maurizio Salvadori, will be relying on the services of Colombian Julian Leal. He will join Stéphane Richelmi in a pair which is well-known by the team from both a professional and human point of view.

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Dec 20

Age costing Schumacher ‘precious tenths’ – Frentzen

Age has slowed down Michael Schumacher, his countryman and former rival Heinz-Harald Frentzen said on Tuesday.

2011-11-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Brazil - Michael Schumacher 04 2011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Michael Schumacher 02Early in their motor racing careers, it was the now 44-year-old Frentzen who was considered the quicker of the pair, but Schumacher went on to dizzying heights in F1 while the other German retired in 2003 with just three wins.

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Dec 20

Chandhok admits test seat likely for 2012

Karun Chandhok on Tuesday acknowledged he will likely have to settle for another season as a test driver.

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Karun Chandhok 01 2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Karun Chandhok - Vicky Chandhok 01In the role this year, the Indian made a one-off appearance in Jarno Trulli’s Team Lotus car at the Nurburgring and was hoping for a regular seat in 2012.

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Dec 20

After dominating in formula one this season, Sebastian Vettel has been pipped at the post as Germany’s outstanding male athlete was crowned.

Vettel beaten to Germany’s top sportsman plaudit

2011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel (3)2011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel (1)The Red Bull driver missed out on the 64-year-old award – presented during a nationally televised ceremony in Baden-Baden – that instead was won by Dirk Nowitzki.

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Dec 20

Alonso expects Ferrari to close gap on Red Bull

Fernando Alonso has admitted an “overdose of optimism” as Ferrari looks to bounce back and win the world championship in 2012.

2011-06-11_11792011-06-10_0901The normally-cautious Spaniard said he expects the “dramatic difference” in pace to Red Bull this year to have been curbed in time for next season, with Ferrari having rendered its conservative approach to history with an all-new project.

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Dec 20

Fernando Alonso reacted coolly when asked if he is hoping fellow Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari can rescue his stalled formula one career.

Alonso ‘not bothered’ after Alguersuari loses seat

2011-10-14 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Korea - Jaime Alguersuari2011-06-11_1104Alguersuari, 21, has been axed from the Toro Rosso lineup, and will likely not return to the paddock in 2012 unless he is appointed Red Bull’s official reserve. A less likely outcome is that HRT will move to complete an all-Spanish race lineup for next season by putting Alguersuari alongside Pedro de la Rosa.

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Dec 20

Renault to fire up first V6 engine in 2012

Renault’s V6 engine, designed for the new 2014 regulations, will be fired up for the first time next year.

2011-07-05 - AT&T Williams - Renault Engines 01Renault logo2012 is two full seasons before the current generation of 2.4 litre V8s are dispensed with, but the French carmaker’s F1 manager Jean-Francois Caubet insists the early fire-up is crucial.

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Dec 20

Sutil willing to wait on future until February

Adrian Sutil is in no rush to secure his future after losing his long-time Force India seat ahead of 2012.

2011-06-09_02902011-06-12_0483The 28-year-old – with an impressive finish to the 2011 season behind him – has been shortlisted by Williams, who are reportedly also interested in the German’s solid backing by the computer company Medion.

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Dec 20

Black Watch Racing Group to F1600

Black Watch Racing Group  joining the F1600 Series for 2012

Black Watch Racing Group has announced that it will contest the 12-round, six-weekend 2012 F1600 Formula F Championship Series season with a pair of Van Diemen/Hondas. The team is a newcomer to the F1600 Series, but ran a SCCA Formula F program in 2011, including an entry at the National Championship Runoffs.

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Dec 20

Second ECKC season closes at Rotax Grand Finals

Bedard was the top Canadian Junior, Boisclair had an epic drive in the Saturday prefinal.

Olivier Bedard, AMGphotoChristophe Boisclair, AMGphotoWhen the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship was founded in the Spring of 2010, managing partner Daniel Di Leo noted, “For years we have seen great drivers develop their skills in their respective provinces.

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