Daily Archive: March 28, 2012

Mar 28

Markus Pommer goes quickest during F2 pre-season test at Silverstone

Upgraded 2012-spec F2 car leads to two seconds quicker lap times

F2 - SilverstoneF2 - Silverstone - Markus Pommer - portraitMarkus Pommer headed the timesheets during today’s (Wednesday) official FIA Formula Two Championship test at the Silverstone GP circuit. The session also marked the first outing for the new upgraded 2012-spec F2 car, which lapped the circuit two seconds quicker than during last year’s pre-season test. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

AIM Autosport Team FXDD Looking Forward to Racing Ferrari 458 Italia at Barber Motorsports Park

Team Eager to Race Following Eight-week Schedule Break

AIM Autosport Team FXDDFerrari Quebec - Aim AutosportAIM Autosport Team FXDD is excitedly looking forward to racing its Ferrari 458 Italia GT Grand-Am in the upcoming race at Barber Motorsports Park, near Birmingham, Ala., the site of round two of the 2012 Rolex Sports Car Series. The team has been hard at work during the eight-week break since the season opener, the Fiftieth Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona. Making its racing debut, the FXDD Ferrari 458 finished eighth in the gruelling 24-hour race. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Global TV presence for the Formula 3 Euro Series

This year, the Euro Series once again will feature a competitive international grid

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesHockenheimring Baden-WürttembergThe first tests at the circuits of Valencia and Barcelona are completed and the preparations for the forthcoming season are running flat out: on the final weekend in April (27th to 29th April, 2012), the Formula 3 Euro Series is going to kick off its 10th season at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg.

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Mar 28

Yann Cunha on the Valencia grid with Ombra Racing

 21 year-old from Brazil

Auto GP World SeriesAfter Sten Pentus another newcomer will join Auto GP World Series in Valencia, it’s Yann Cunha, who will drive the #23 entry of Ombra Racing on the Spanish track. A 21 year-old from Brazil, Cunha has been a strong F3 contender in the last few seasons, clinching wins both in South America and in Europe.

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Mar 28

Vettel risks penalty for ‘middle finger’ tirade

The FIA could sanction F1’s reigning back-to-back world champion for his behaviour during the recent Malaysian grand prix.

2012-03-23 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 2990092012-03-24 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 299016Before calling backmarker Narain Karthikeyan a “gherkin” and “idiot” in the wake of their collision, Sebastian Vettel was captured by his on-board camera twice displaying his middle-finger to the Indian driver. “I think he’s highly frustrated because he’s having a tough season,” Karthikeyan told the Deccan Chronicle on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Vettel team order ‘not tactical’ – Marko

“We called him in purely because the car was no longer safe.  It was not a tactical decision”

2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 1882012-03-23 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 299007Red Bull has hit back at claims the team lied about a technical problem in Malaysia in order to gain a tactical advantage for the forthcoming races. Near the end of the Sepang race, Sebastian Vettel’s engineer repeatedly instructed the back-to-back world champion to retire his RB8 car.

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Mar 28

McLaren must improve race pace – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to push his McLaren engineers to improve the race pace of the British team’s 2012 car.

2012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 052012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 01The 2008 world champion put the MP4-27 on pole position for both the Australian and Malaysian grands prix, but then failed to have winning pace in the all-important races. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Ferrari ‘Concorde’ with $50m bonus – report

Ferrari’s new deal for the 2013 Concorde Agreement reportedly involves a $50 million annual fee.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari2012It is believed the Italian team has now finalised its commercial agreement with Bernie Ecclestone. The same is reportedly true for fellow top teams McLaren and Red Bull, whose annual additional fee is, according to German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, $35m apiece. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Massa summoned to Maranello amid career crisis

While Fernando Alonso leads the drivers’ world championship at present

2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 2962012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 295Amid his performance slump and rumours Sergio Perez will soon replace him, Ferrari’s struggling Felipe Massa has been summoned to Maranello. A report on the Italian team’s official website said there is “sorrow” within the team at witnessing the “particularly difficult time” being suffered by Ferrari’s Brazilian driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Senna hopes strong result silences critics

Bruno Senna has admitted he feels a release of pressure following a strong showing in Malaysia last weekend.

2012-03-24 - Williams F1 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Bruno Senna 012012-03-24 - Williams F1 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Bruno Senna 02The Brazilian, whose uncle was the great triple world champion Ayrton Senna, has had a tough time establishing his credentials to date with part-time seats at the HRT and Renault (now Lotus) teams. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Sutil has ‘enough friends’ without Hamilton

Adrian Sutil has admitted that discovering Lewis Hamilton was not a friend was one of life’s “disappointments”.

2011-06-09_02902012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 02Since their F3 days as teammates, Sutil and Hamilton have been arguably the closest pair of friends in the formula one paddock. That changed, however, when the German driver was charged with assaulting Lotus team executive Eric Lux, and Hamilton was summoned as a witness to the Shanghai nightclub incident. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Pirelli eyes Alguersuari, Trulli for test role

Pirelli is reportedly considering signing a 2011 race driver to be the official tyre supplier’s new test driver.

2012-03-24 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Pirelli 012011-11-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Brazil - Pirelli 01AS newspaper in Spain said Jaime Alguersuari, formerly at Toro Rosso and now travelling the F1 calendar as a co-commentator for British radio, is a front-runner. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

FIA rejects latest Bahrain axe rumours

The FIA has dismissed the latest rumours about next month’s Bahrain grand prix.

Flagworld - FIABahrain International CircuitSome publications this week said F1’s governing body was in the process of drafting a statement announcing that the Sakhir race has been cancelled due to security concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Huge television audience figures for IRC in 2011

IRC enjoyed 500 hours of programming in 2011

2011 IRC TV figures imageIRC - Intercontinental Rally ChallengeOne hundred and seven million different people watched television coverage of the all-action Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2011, an increase of 35 per cent over the amount recorded for the previous year*.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Ebimotors to line-up with two Porsche 997 GTS Cup cars at Monza

The Como-based outfit will rely on Roberto Silva and Sebastien Fortuna in their bid for the gts cup title

GTSprintSuperstars logoWith just four days to go for the first race of the 2012 INTERNATIONL GTSPRINT SERIES, its spectacular field of grand touring cars is getting close to being finalized. Porsche squad Ebimotors, a popular presence in the FG GROUP-promoted championship, is eager to get on-track at the Milan-bound circuit. Read the rest of this entry »