Daily Archive: December 30, 2011

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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