Daily Archive: December 28, 2011

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 »

Dec 28

Agencies say Vettel not top European athlete

Sebastian Vettel has finished second as news agencies voted for the top European athlete of 2011

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (4)Novak Djokovic The poll, organised by the Polish agency PAP and comprising 17 other European news outlets, declared Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic the winner. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Axed Alguersuari expects ‘good news soon’

Jaime Alguersuari is holding onto hope that, at the tender age of 21, his formula one career has not ended

2011-10-30 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - India - Jaime Alguersuari (2)2011-07-09 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Britain - Jaime Alguersuari 1From an event in London in which he appeared as an electronic music DJ, Marca sports newspaper quoted the Spaniard as saying: “We will have good news soon.” Less than 50 races into his F1 career, Red Bull has removed Alguersuari – and his 2011 teammate Sebastien Buemi – from the Toro Rosso driver lineup. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Ferrari to fire first V6 engine next year – report

Ferrari’s turbo V6 engine for 2014 will be up and running “by the summer”, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport

2011-10-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - India - Felipe Massa 012011-01-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 0017F1’s current ‘frozen’ engine formula, the regulations for normally-aspirated 2.4 litre V8 power plants, will remain in place next year and also in 2013. But the engine manufacturers are already working on the new 1.6 litre rules, amid reports Mercedes and Renault are also planning to fire up prototype versions mid next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Lola management changes

The Lola Group has a number of key and exciting business opportunities through 2012 and beyond.

Lola logoLola today announces that Mr.Robin Brundle will be stepping out of the day to day running of the Lola Group and will be working with Lola’s Executive Chairman, Mr.Martin Birrane, on these key initiatives.

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Dec 28

Photos show Sauber with UBS sponsor logos

Sauber came tantalisingly close to a major sponsorship deal with UBS, the Zurich based global financial services company

Sauber 2011-12-07UBS logoIt emerged recently that, before deciding to sponsor the entire sport last year, UBS chief executive Oswald Grubel wanted instead to link the brand with an individual team. Blick claims that team was Hinwil based Sauber, and the newspaper has now published three ‘secret’ photographs to prove it. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Teams may already have new Concorde deals – report

Ferrari and Red Bull may already have inked separate new Concorde Agreements with F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone

FOTA2011-06-09_0306The rumour follows the top teams’ recent split from the association FOTA. The current tripartite Concorde agreement, binding the teams with the commercial rights holder and governing FIA, runs out at the end of 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Alonso’s new girlfriend is ‘Tschumi’ – reports

Fernando Alonso has a new girlfriend, according to reports and photographs in the Italian, Spanish, German and Swiss media

Fernando Alonso - Raquel del Rosiaro2011-11-13 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Abu Dhabi - Fernando Alonso - 01Just before Christmas, the Ferrari driver announced his split with wife and Spanish rock singer Raquel del Rosario. Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that he has now linked up with Russian born Swiss model Xenia Tchoumitcheva, 24. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Toro Rosso ‘right’ to axe both drivers – Berger

Berger said Alguersuari and Buemi did not fit the bill

00731full17709 - Scuderia Toro RossoThat is the claim of the team’s former co-owner and boss Gerhard Berger. Faenza based Toro Rosso’s current owner Red Bull has ousted Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi in favour of the fresher Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Pay-drivers ‘not good enough’ for F1 – Trulli

Jarno Trulli has hit out at the growing influence of so-called ‘pay drivers’ in formula one

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Jarno Trulli 03Caterham logoIt is rumoured that, despite his 2012 contract, the Italian veteran could be ousted by Caterham in favour of the well-backed Renault refugee Vitaly Petrov.  Trulli, 37, suggested Renault – becoming Lotus for 2012 – suffered last year as the team collected sponsorship dollars brought by Russian Petrov and Bruno Senna. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Chandhok may switch team for 2012 ‘Friday’ role

Karun Chandhok will not necessarily reprise his role as Team Lotus’ reserve and occasional ‘Friday’ practice driver in 2012

GP2 - Scuderia Coloni - Karun Chandhok2011-07-24 - Team Lotus - Germany - Karun Chandhok 02The Indian has acknowledged that, after a full season in the role this year, it is unlikely he will step into a race seat ahead of 2012. “It’s very difficult to secure a seat in F1 unless you have substantial financial backing,” he told the Times of India. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Bernie Ecclestone traditional Christmas card

This year it concerns Lewis and Felipe magnetic attraction

2011-06-09_0313Bernie Ecclestone carte 2011This year we’ve use Bernie Ecclestone’s Christmas Card for 2011, which perhaps sums up much of F1 for 2011, and the magnetic attraction Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa had for one another this year.


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Dec 28

The Marco Simoncelli Foundation becomes a reality

A non-profit organization in memory of the late MotoGP rising star Marco Simoncelli

Fondazione Marco Simoncelli 58Marco Simoncelli Tribute Wall“The Marco Simoncelli Foundation” began as an idea of Carlo Pernat (Simoncelli’s manager) and was immediately embraced by the Simoncelli family, who worked quickly to make the foundation a legal reality. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

TRG to unleash five-car armada at 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona

Kevin Buckler’s TRG will once again field a five-car lineup in the Rolex 24 At Daytona

Kevin Buckler's TRG Rolex 24 at Daytona 2012 logoThe Racer’s Group, one of the most successful sports car teams in history, has announced that it will bring an armada of five Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars to the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona in defense of its GT title from a year ago. TRG’s lineup of drivers will include defending champions, current veterans, Porsche factory drivers and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Ganassi offers support to Bernard

Team boss Chip Ganassi has spoken up in support of IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard

Dario Franchitti - Chip Ganassi - Homestead - 02-10-2010Randy Bernard IndyCarSince taking over as chief executive officer of the IZOD IndyCar Series at that start of 2010, Randy Bernard has faced intense scrutiny and criticism in the role. But long-time team owner Chip Ganassi has spoken up in support of Bernard and the work he’s been doing since he arrived. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Sordo: I will do at least ten events with MINI

Dani Sordo will do at least ten WRC events with the MINI in 2012, he has confirmed on his official website

ProdriveDani Sordo 2011-09-30Although the Prodrive-run outfit has yet to officially announce its programme for next season and recently missed the deadline to register as a manufacturer [see separate story – click here], the statement from the Spaniard is great news for the WRC. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28

Di Montezemolo: We weren’t happy with Massa

Luca di Montezemolo puts the pressure on Felipe Massa ahead of the 2012 F1 season

Luca di Montezemolo 2011-11-062011-07-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Britain - Felipe Massa 2Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has upped the pressure on ahead of the 2012 F1 season by stating that the team wasn’t happy with the Brazilian’s performance during 2011. Read the rest of this entry »