Daily Archive: March 7, 2012

Mar 07

SMR has announced that for every point driver Tim Paul scores in 2012, the team will donate $1 to SOS Children’s Villages

SMR: $1 to SOS for Every Point

F2000 Championship Series logoSMR has announced that for every point driver Tim Paul scores in 2012, the team will donate $1 to SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest charity dedicated to providing homes to orphaned, abandoned and foster children. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Ray Courtemanche Jr will race in new ICAR Sportsman Challenge at Circuit ICAR, near Montreal

In addition to his commitment for the 2012 season of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS)

Bonzaï Racing logo2011-08-07_0206Montreal-based driver Ray Courtemanche Jr has decided to participate in the newly-announced ICAR Sportsman Challenge (ISC 2012) events at ICAR, a road course 30 minutes north of Montreal.

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Mar 07

Hector Hurst to make Formula Two debut in 2012

Briton joins F2 following impressive showing in winter testing

F2 - Hector HurstF2 - Hector Hurst action19-year-old Hector Hurst will contest his maiden season in international single seater racing after becoming the latest name to be confirmed for the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Esteban Gutiérrez quickest on Day 2

Lotus GP ace sets best laptime in Barcelona
GP2 - Trident Racing - Julian LealGP2 - Lotus GP - Esteban GutiérrezEsteban Gutiérrez finished at the top of the timesheets today after putting in a laptime of 1:28.740, 0.004s ahead of Giedo van der Garde in a very closely fought morning session. Julian Leal topped the afternoon session ahead of Nigel Melker. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Maria De Villota joins Marussia F1 Team

On board

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Spaniard Maria De Villota has become a Marussia F1 Team test driver. Maria has raced in a variety of single-seater and sports car categories, including Spanish F3, the Daytona 24 Hours, the Euroseries 3000 and Superleague Formula Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Pirelli announces the new test car for 2012

A test driver should be appointed later this month.

Pirelli2010-01-31 - Renault R30 00bItalian tyre firm Pirelli, the official tyre supplier to Formula One, will make use of a 2010 Renault R30 for testing purposes this year, with the test driver still to be appointed.

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Mar 07

Red Bull ‘not faultless’ as 2012 season looms

“He threw the car away four times unnecessarily.” – Dr Helmut Marko

2012-02-21 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 022012-02-09 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian VettelThey are the reigning back-to-back world champions and the favourites heading into 2012, but Sebastian Vettel has admitted Red Bull is not perfect. “Yes, last year was nearly faultless”, the German is quoted by the Guardian newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Jordan says Hamilton should stay at McLaren

Eddie Jordan has advised Lewis Hamilton to stick with McLaren.

2012-02-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 012011-06-12_1572With the 2008 world champion’s current contract coming to an end this year, he said recently he would address the issue of his future “sooner rather than later”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Montezemolo alarmed as Ferrari expects to ‘suffer’

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he pointed his finger at the current regulations.

2012-02-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 012012-02-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 02Luca di Montezemolo has reacted with alarm as Ferrari concedes it will not be a podium contender at the start of the 2012 season. Despite a media ban, Fernando Alonso warned that he expects to “suffer” initially this year due to the famous Maranello based team needing to better understand its complex new F2012 car. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Ferrari car fix means new crash test – report

Ferrari is already working on a major chassis modification that could require the F2012 to undergo a new FIA crash test.

2012-02-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 122012-02-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 15That is the claim on Wednesday of Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. The report follows Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo’s alarm at the team’s current situation, with Fernando Alonso expecting Ferrari will have to “suffer” early this season based on recent track testing results. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Lotus’ technical boss has played down expectations the former Renault team could be ready to return to the winner’s circle in 2012.

Lotus not 2012 favourite – Allison

Lotus 2012-03-062012-02-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 03Although the middle test was a write-off due to a technical flaw discovered on the new car, the E20 was arguably the surprise of the winter, setting the ultimate pace at Jerez and Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

‘Obvious’ HRT needs more backing – de la Rosa

“This is a time of crisis”

11 - HRT F1 Team2012-03-06 - HRT F1 Team - F112 Pedro de la Rosa 01Pedro de la Rosa has defended the viability of struggling HRT, despite its new owners trying to build up a formula one team in the mist of a near-unprecedented economic crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Marussia’s 2012 car will be on the Melbourne grid next weekend, after the MR01 finally passed a missing FIA crash test

Marussia to race after passing FIA crash test

2012-03-06 - Marussia F1 Team - MR01 062012-03-06 - Marussia F1 Team - MR01 01The former Virgin team’s Cosworth-powered car sat out the entire official pre-season period due to a new regulation in 2012 requiring single seaters to be fully homologated before they can even be tested. The MR01 finally made its track debut on Monday and Tuesday, due to a loophole allowing limited running on demonstration Pirelli tyres for filming purposes even when the mandatory crash tests have not been passed. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Hembery admits new tyres not heavily-degrading

Paul Hembery has admitted Pirelli’s new soft tyre might not degrade quick enough in 2012.

2011-05-07 - Pirelli -Turkey - Pirelli factory - Paul Hembery2012-02-06 - PirelliThe sport’s new supplier was lauded at the beginning of 2011 for spicing up the action by bringing tyres that quickly degrade. But by the end of the season the teams had essentially solved the mysteries of the rubber, and in recent winter testing it seemed apparent that the 2012 tyre generation is not as inherently heavily-degrading as the last. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

US GP on schedule despite latest setback

“Our focus remains positive.” – Circuit of the Americas

Circuit of the AmericasFormula 1 United States Grand PrixEven amid the latest speed-bump, organisers insist they are still on schedule to host Austin’s inaugural US grand prix late this year. Circuit of the Americas backer Bobby Epstein is being sued by race founder Tavo Hellmund, but he did not want to talk about it whilst giving the Culturemap Austin publication a tour of the construction site. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Alguersuari ready to return to F1 grid

Jaime Alguersuari has ruled out following his former Toro Rosso teammate Sebastien Buemi to Le Mans.

2011-10-30 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - India - Jaime Alguersuari (2)2011-07-30 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Hungary - Jaime Alguersuari - Sebastien BuemiThe pair were axed at the end of last season, leaving Swiss Buemi with the reserve role at Red Bull and a one-off drive in the fabled Le Mans 24 hour race. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Montoya blasts F1 ‘joke’

Montoya admits he still watches some races, but has “very little interest” overall.

2012-02-26_00312012-02-24_0095Juan Pablo Montoya has aimed fire at formula one, blasting the look of this year’s cars and insisting he does not regret walking away.

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Mar 07

Ocean Racing Technology enters GP3 Series in 2012

Portuguese team takes over from Tech 1 Racing 

Ocean Racing TechnologyGP3 SeriesGP3 Series organisers are pleased to announce that Ocean Racing Technology will take over from Tech 1 Racing in 2012. The Portuguese team has been involved in GP2 Series since 2009 and showed a strong interest in participating in GP3 Series as well. After they reached an agreement with Tech 1 Racing, it has been decided that Ocean Racing will enter the Series for this season.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

David Zhu confirms place on F2 grid in 2012

21-year-old becomes series’ first Chinese driver

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - David ZhuDavid Zhu has confirmed his participation in the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship, becoming the first Chinese driver to race in any era of F2. Read the rest of this entry »