Daily Archive: March 6, 2012

Mar 06

Williams F1 Conference Centre a Multiple Winner at Industry Awards

The Williams F1 Conference Centre has received two Silver awards at the highly acclaimed Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards 2012.

09 - Williams F1For the second successive year the Williams F1 Conference Centre has been awarded a Silver award for Best UK Conference Centre, and also picked up a Silver award for Best Conference & Banqueting Staff. It was voted to Silver place in both categories by corporate event organisers as a leading example of customer service, quality of product and guest satisfaction. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Fabrizio Crestani sets the pace in Barcelona

Venezuela GP Lazarus driver quickest on day 1 of second pre-season testing

GP2 - Venezuela GP Lazarus - Fabrizio CrestaniGP2 - Carlin - Max ChiltonGP2 Series 2012 pre-season testing resumed this week at Circuit de Catalunya. Four new faces joined the field: Giancarlo Serenelli at Venezuela GP Lazarus, Ricardo Teixeira and Sergio Canamasas at Rapax, and Jon Lancaster at Ocean Racing Technology. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Marussia F1 Team’s MR01 passes final crash test

Ready to race

2012-03-06 - Marussia F1 Team - MR01 062012-03-06 - Marussia F1 Team - MR01 02Hot on the heels of a successful track debut with its new 2012 contender at Silverstone yesterday, the Marussia F1 Team is pleased to confirm that the MR01 has now passed the final FIA-observed crash test. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Marko admits Red Bull ‘slightly ahead’

With the 2012 season now looming, Dr Helmut Marko has admitted Red Bull is “slightly ahead” of its rivals.

2011-10-09 - Red Bull Racing - Japan - Christian Horner - Dr Helmut Marko2012-02-24 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber 03February’s official testing season is over, leaving competitors and pundits to predict the likely pecking order less than two weeks before the Melbourne grid forms. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Red Bull may revert to ‘old’ RB8 for Melbourne – report

Red Bull is considering taking the ‘old’ version of its new car to Melbourne for the 2012 season opener.

01 - Red Bull Racing2012-02-23 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber 05That is the claim of Germany’s authoritative Auto Motor und Sport magazine, after the radically updated model made a troubled debut late last week as the pre-season test period ended. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Jenson Button tips struggling Ferrari to recover

After the famous Italian team announced it does not initially expect to be a podium contender in 2012.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari2012-02-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jenson Button 000Paddock insiders are tipping a close three-way battle between Red Bull, McLaren and possibly Mercedes early this season, as Ferrari apparently flounders with its complex F2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Salo intrigued ahead of secret Ferrari test

Mika Salo and the Finnish press are intrigued as the former F1 driver prepares to test a modern Ferrari later this month.

Mika Salo03 - Scuderia FerrariNewspapers Ilta and Turun Sanomat, and the broadcaster MTV3, report that the 45-year-old former Toyota driver has been drafted in to test a Ferrari at Suzuka. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Mercedes ready to push top teams in 2012 – Lauda

Niki Lauda has tipped Mercedes to flirt with the top positions in 2012.

04- Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team2011-06-12_0579After February’s winter group tests, rivals and pundits are now assessing the likely pecking-order less than two weeks before the season opener in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Dragons’ Den Star Peter Jones visits Williams Technology Centre Qatar

Peter was afforded an in-depth look into the applied research and technology commercialisation activities of Williams in Qatar.

2012-03-06 - Williams F1 - Dragons' Den Star Peter Jones visits Williams Technology Centre Qatar09 - Williams F1Williams F1 were pleased to welcome Peter Jones, leading business entrepreneur and star of the hit BBC show Dragons’ Den, to its Williams Technology Centre in Doha last week.

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Mar 06

HRT completes 2012 grid with Barcelona debut

The 2012 grid is complete, after backmarkers Marussia and HRT finally revealed their new cars on Monday.

2012-03-06 - HRT F1 Team - F112 Narain Kartikeyan - Pedro de la Rosa2012-03-06 - HRT F1 Team - F112 05Former Virgin team Marussia rolled out its MR01 at Silverstone, while HRT’s F1112 was also running on demo Pirelli tyres for a ‘filming day’, at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Valencia hints at F1 share deal in ‘coming weeks’

Valencia, however, turned down the initial proposal, but Barcelona officials this week suggested that talks are back on.

Valencia Street Circuit logoCircuit de Catalunya logoValencia president Alberto Fabra has admitted it is possible the Spanish port city will annually alternate its F1 race date with Barcelona. Amid Spain’s worsening economic crisis, organisers of the Circuit de Catalunya’s Spanish grand prix last year proposed a Germany-style sharing of a single race date, alternating between the venues every year. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

De la Rosa replaces GPDA president Barrichello

Pedro de la Rosa has returned to the head of the formula one drivers’ trade union, the GPDA.

2011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Pedro de la Rosa 02Rubens Barrichello KV RacingThe Spanish veteran was the president of the safety-oriented Grand Prix Drivers’ Association between 2008 and 2010, stepping down when he returned to the grid with Sauber after years as McLaren’s reserve. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Alguersuari to stay in paddock with radio role

Journalist Tom Cary said the news will be confirmed officially on Tuesday.

2011-10-30 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - India - Jaime Alguersuari (3)2011-10-14 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Korea - Jaime AlguersuariHe may not have a race or even a reserve seat, but Jaime Alguersuari will at least be a regular face in the formula one paddock in 2012. The axed Toro Rosso driver will be experienced broadcaster James Allen’s co-commentator for British radio BBC 5 Live, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

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Mar 06

Ecclestone successor talk ‘unnecessary’ – Lauda

Bernie Ecclestone is not close to lifting his foot from the throttle.

2011-06-09_0306Flagworld - F1That is the view of the outspoken triple world champion and F1 legend Niki Lauda, admit the latest rumblings about the sport’s future beyond the 81-year-old Briton’s long reign. Read the rest of this entry »