Daily Archive: March 18, 2012

Mar 18

Formula One teams Australian Grand Prix race report (+ results, + photos)

Australian Grand Prix Formula One race report

Australian Grand Prix 2012 logoToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Melbourne. 

(Australian Grand Prix pictures by Francois Tremblay)

 

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Mar 18

New title leader Button ends Red Bull era

2012 championship leader Jenson Button on Sunday proved Red Bull’s era of dominance may be over.

2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #9 14082012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #3 085After two titles on the trot, Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel finished second in Melbourne as McLaren’s 2009 champion Button sped to an early 7-point lead over German Vettel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

End of an era as McLaren puts ‘normal nose’ in front

So far in 2012, McLaren stands all alone — with not only the fastest car, but also the best-looking one.

2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 4392012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #9 038With almost every other team fielding an ‘ugly’ stepped nose, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button dominated qualifying in Melbourne with their sleek silver machine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

Consumer eyewear brand the House of Binz today announced a multi-year partnership with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team.

House of Binz joins forces with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Binz02 - Vodafone McLaren MercedesBinz has spearheaded the design of intelligent eyewear: supported by over 60 granted patents to date, the sunglasses incorporate electronic features such as stereo audio, heads-up displays, voicemail recording, onboard satellite navigation and audiobook functionality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

Rumours swirl of Red Bull, Ferrari ‘deal’

Hot on the heels of the new technical controversies, the 2012 season has also kicked off in the sport’s high-intrigue world of politics.

2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #9 0552012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #5 300A fascinating blog post by Sky News’ City editor Mark Kleinman has been pulled from the internet just hours after it went live. It was about “F1 finance and control allegedly involving Ferrari, Red Bull and (the sport’s owner) CVC”, according to veteran journalist and broadcaster Maurice Hamilton on Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

2012 start ‘couldn’t be worse’ – Italian press

Ferrari has made a “devastating start” to the 2012 season, the Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport has blasted.

2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #3 4152012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #3 246“The new season could barely have begun worse,” said the report. Felipe Massa qualified sixteenth for Sunday’s Australian grand prix, while Fernando Alonso also failed to make the ‘Q3’ cut when he spun into the gravel.

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Mar 18

Brawn scolds rivals as protest threat lingers on

Ross Brawn has scolded Mercedes’ critics as a protest threat continues to hang over the Australian grand prix.

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #2 1062012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 275Lotus is concerned the silver W03 features illegal aerodynamic solutions, and on Saturday raised the prospect of post-qualifying or post-race protests. “It’s an option,” boss Eric Boullier is quoted by the Sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

Hulkenberg denies Mallya crisis to sink Force India

“The rumours are nothing new” – Nico Hulkenberg

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #2 1932012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #2 083Nico Hulkenberg has played down the link between Vijay Mallya’s struggling Indian airline Kingfisher and the billionaire’s formula one team Force India. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

Di Grassi in Pirelli test talks

Lucas di Grassi is in talks about returning to the role as Pirelli’s official test driver.

2011-07-24 - Pirelli - Germany - Lucas di Grassi 012011-07-06 - Pirelli - Lucas di GrassiThe Brazilian worked with F1’s official supplier last year at the wheel of its Toyota test car, after losing his race seat at Virgin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

Two cities could alternate Aus GP – report

Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ron Walker, however, described the idea as “a formula for disaster”.

2012-03-16 - Vendredi2012-03-17 - SamediOrganisers of the grand prix in Melbourne are reportedly considering sharing the city’s formula one rights with another Australian state. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

Korea to pay less for F1 race

The future of the embattled Korean grand prix looks safe for now.

2011-10-14 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Korea - Korea International Circuit 012011-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Mark Webber (1)The Korea Herald reports that organisers of the Yeongham event have reached a deal with Bernie Ecclestone to reduce the race fees. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

2013 France GP comeback weeks from collapse

The race to put the French grand prix back on track will be over in three weeks.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceThat is the claim of Nicolas Deschaux, the president of the country’s motor sport federation who admitted concern the deal to put Paul Ricard on the 2013 calendar is not yet done. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

12 Hours of Sebring: Audi wins Classic 60th Anniversary race at Sebring (+ results, + photos)

BMW Team RLL wins dramatic GT battle on final lap
Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and Alex Job Racing WeatherTech team finished in 2nd place in the GTC class

12 Hours of Sebring - 60 ansAudi -Sebring- photo DPPI Jean Michel Le MeneurAudi returned to victory at Sebring International Raceway for the first time since 2009 on Saturday with a convincing victory in the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish completed 301 laps in their Audi R18 to win by four laps in the opening round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the FIA World Endurance Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

Ferrari Racing Days at Suzuka: Mika Salo wows the Japanese fans

A great success with a crowd of over 18 thousand spectators on the weekend

Ferrari - Corse Clienti logoSuzuka Circuit, Suzuka logoThe first Ferrari Racing Days in Japan recently took place at the Suzuka Circuit. The special event groups together the races for the entrants in the Asia-Pacific series of the Ferrari Challenge Tofeo Pirelli and the track sessions for clients involved in the XX and F1 Programmes. Read the rest of this entry »

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