Daily Archive: February 21, 2012

Feb 21

Müller tops timesheets on day one of testing in Estoril

Swiss driver fastest in first test session for 2012 in Portugal

GP3 - Trident Racing - Nico Müller GP3 SeriesGP3 Series testing for 2012 opened under beautiful warm sunshine and clear blue skies at the Circuito do Estoril in Portugal today. Nico Müller for Trident Racing came out on top by posting the fast time of both sessions in a fiercely competitive day one of testing in Portugal. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Tests in Estoril and Monza for the Auto GP teams

With the start of the Championship getting closer and closer the teams keep working hard to get ready for the 2012 Auto GP World Series.

Auto GP World Series Auto GP - Estoril - Facu RegaliaWhile waiting for the first day of collective testing, scheduled for 2 March in Monza, some teams have decided to organize their own private sessions, a valuable help to arrive at the season opener in the best possible shape. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Formula One teams Barcelona testing report day 1

Formula One day 1 test report

GP2 Series - Barcelona - Circuit de CatalunyaToday’s testing report from Formula One teams & drivers.

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Feb 21

Mercedes AMG Petronas presents F1 W03 in Barcelona

Mercedes AMG Petronas & Thomas Sabo announce team partnership

2012-02-21 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - F1 W03 Launch 042012-02-21 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - F1 W03 Launch 03Mercedes-Benz this morning marked two world premieres at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, with the unveiling of the 2012 Silver Arrow, the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W03, and the first public sneak preview of the brand-new Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG. The new high-performance roadster, which develops 537 PS while delivering weight savings of 125 kg and 30% improved fuel economy, was introduced by Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher.

(More pictures from the F1 W03 launch here)

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Feb 21

Derek White truckin’ at Daytona

Derek White is teaming with Hackett Racing to compete in the season opening Camping World Truck Series

Derek White hero card2011-02-18_0691Former NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year Derek White is teaming with Hackett Racing to compete in the season opening Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.  White will pilot the #76 Warrior Gaming Associates Ford for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 this Friday February 24th. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Mercedes hints Schumacher to stay in 2013

Mercedes on Tuesday gave the strongest hint yet that Michael Schumacher is set to stay with the Brackley based team beyond 2012.

2011-11-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Brazil - Michael Schumacher 042011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Michael Schumacher 02The seven time world champion returned from retirement with the German team in 2010, and has been widely criticised for failing to live up to the hype of his meteoric initial career. But 2011 was undoubtedly a better season for the 43-year-old, moving team boss Ross Brawn to hint that Schumacher could receive a new deal for 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Early bath on first day in Barcelona

Lotus F1 Team has stopped running early in the first day of testing at Barcelona and will not run for the rest of the day.

05 - Lotus F1 Team2012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean - Jerome DAmbrosio - Kimi Raikkonen 01Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team Race Driver: “We completed a few aero runs and then started timed runs, but I was very quickly aware that the car wasn’t responding as it should.” Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Lotus’ pre-season hits Barcelona speed-bump

Lotus’ impressive start to the 2012 season hit a speed-bump on Tuesday.

2012-02-07 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - Jerez - Kimi Raikkonen 03 2012-02-07 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - Jerez - Kimi Raikkonen 01While the former Renault team’s new E20 car set the pace at Jerez, Romain Grosjean had to retire early when the Barcelona test kicked off on Tuesday.

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Feb 21

2012 cars ‘not ugly’ insists Alan Jones

Amid all the ‘ugly’ talk, Alan Jones doesn’t mind the look of F1’s field of 2012.

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sir Jack Brabham - Mark Webber - Alan Jones2011-10-09 - Pirelli - Japan - Paul Hembery 01With McLaren the notable exception, every team has incorporated an awkward ‘step’ into its nose design as the optimum solution to new FIA rules. Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motor sport director, recently decried the look as “pig ugly”.

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Feb 21

Red Bull admits to ‘hidden secrets’ in RB8 car

Christian Horner has admitted Red Bull is keeping its cards close to its chest ahead of the 2012 season.

01 - Red Bull Racing2012-02-07 - Red Bull - RB8 Mark Webber (7)Under the glare of the F1 world’s eyes, the title-defending RB8 has been in action for four days at Jerez recently. But when the Adrian Newey-penned car was officially launched, the team refused to host a traditional unveiling ceremony, instead releasing a short animated video.

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Feb 21

World champions assess Hamilton’s 2012 so far

A former world champion has dealt Lewis Hamilton a mild rebuke after the Briton refused to appear at Adrian Sutil’s assault trial.

2012-02-01 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton helmet 012012-02-01 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton helmet 02Not only did the McLaren driver defer to his team’s looming car launch date rather than leap to his former friend’s aid in Munich, he has also refused to contact Sutil or answer a single question on the matter posed by the media. Sutil’s father has called the 2008 world champion “pathetic” while the former Force India driver himself described Hamilton as a “coward”.

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Feb 21

Rigon not third driver at Ferrari in 2012

Davide Rigon has confirmed reports he will not serve as Ferrari’s official reserve driver in 2012.

GP2 - Scuderia Coloni - Davide Rigon 303 - Scuderia FerrariWith Ferrari’s Jules Bianchi moving to Force India this year, it was initially assumed that Italian GP2 driver Rigon, 25, would be promoted to replace him on the race team. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Economic situation saved Massa’s seat – Keke Rosberg

Felipe Massa may have kept his seat at Ferrari for economic reasons.

2012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch Felipe Massa - Fernando Alonso 3Felipe Massa Ferrari suit 2012That is the view of Keke Rosberg, the 1982 world champion and father of Mercedes race driver Nico. Keke’s Finnish countryman Mika Salo, a former Ferrari driver, told MTV3 last week he was “surprised” Brazilian Massa kept his seat for 2012 after two consecutively poor seasons.

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Feb 21

Rosberg’s father says Mercedes delay ‘a risk’

Nico Rosberg’s father has questioned the decision by Mercedes to delay the launch of its 2012 car.

2012-02-10 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - MGP W02 - Jerez - Nico Rosberg 032011-11-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Brazil - Nico Rosberg 03Nico Rosberg, the German-born son of 1982 world champion Keke, has publicly backed his team’s approach in not running the W03 in anger until now, a full group test after main rivals Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari got their new cars up and going. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Wurz returns to Williams as ‘driver mentor’

Former Williams driver Alex Wurz has returned to the famous British team as a “driver mentor”.

09 - Williams F1Alexander WurzAustrian Wurz, 38, was Oxfordshire based Williams’ Friday driver in 2006, and Nico Rosberg’s teammate the following year, before he left F1 with 69 grands prix under his belt. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Bahrain should stay on 2012 calendar – Hill

Damon Hill has backed Bahrain as the island Kingdom returns to the F1 calendar this year.

Bahrain International CircuitDamon HillAfter last year’s race was cancelled, the 1996 world champion travelled to Bahrain with FIA president Jean Todt and afterwards said he supports the decision to give the Sakhir circuit its April 22 date for 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Dumping Trulli ‘a no-brainer’ – Jones

1980 world champion Alan Jones has backed Caterham’s decision to dump Jarno Trulli.

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Jarno Trulli 032011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - Jarno Trulli 03Despite having extended the Italian veteran’s contract for 2012, the former Lotus team decided at the last minute to sign the well-backed Russian Petrov.

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Feb 21

Phillip Island (Australia) Day 2 testing – Sykes the man to beat after Phillip Island testing

Indonesia’s Sentul Circuit joins FIM Superbike World Championship

SBK_PI_Checa SBK_PI_SykesTom Sykes was ultimately the man of the moment in two days of Superbike testing at Phillip Island, the Kawasaki man holding onto the top slot in today’s warmer afternoon session that saw only two riders improve. Sykes’s time of 1 minute 31.648 seconds remains the benchmark as the riders now gear up for the opening round of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship this coming weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Nick, Neel and Nico check out Lola!

Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost and Neel Jani spent the morning at Lola yesterday

They were touring the state-of-the-art facility and catching up with Lola engineers and the 2012 Lola LMP1 updates. The trio will drive the #12 Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota in this season’s inaugural FIA World Endurance Series. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Ray Junior Courtemanche tries out at the Bristol Motor Speedway Racetrack, Tennesse, USA

Ray Junior Courtemanche will be driving a Chevy Impala

Bonzai Racing logoRay Junior Courtemanche helmetOn February 27th, Ray Junior Courtemanche and his racing team, Danam Bonzaï Racing will participate in the NASCAR K&N series at the Bristol Motor Speedway racetrack. Read the rest of this entry »