Daily Archive: April 2, 2012

Apr 02

Mercedes-Benz Junior Team: Bringing on new talent in the DTM

New Mercedes-Benz DTM Junior Team for 2012 consisting of Roberto Merhi, Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens

Robert WickensMercedes-Benz logoSuccessful Mercedes-Benz Junior Team of the 1990s featuring Michael Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger to serve as model. Mercedes-Benz youth development as stepping stone to Formula One and DTM: Eight out of 24 F1 drivers in 2012 and five out of nine Mercedes-Benz DTM drivers in 2011 previously competed in Formula 3 in a Mercedes-powered car. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Sykes quickest in testing on difficult day for Kawasaki

“Obviously it’s been difficult with the circumstances of Joan, he was just starting to go strong.” -Tom Sykes

WSBK - Imola - Tom Sykes - Kawasaki Racing TeamSBK logoTom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) set quickest time in the official one-day Superbike test session at Imola, the day after the World Championship round dominated by Carlos Checa (Ducati Althea Racing). Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Struggling Red Bull the ‘surprise’ of 2012 – Brundle

Martin Brundle has described Red Bull’s lack of pace as the biggest surprise of the 2012 season so far.

01 - Red Bull Racing2012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #5 093After consecutive world championships with Sebastian Vettel, the energy drink-owned team was universally tipped as the pre-season favourite for yet another F1 title. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Button received Ferrari ‘offer’ last year

Jenson Button reportedly received an “offer” from Ferrari before re-committing last year to the McLaren team.

2012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Jenson Button 022012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #9 254The Brazilian news agency Agencia Estado said the Briton held talks with Ferrari prior to October last year, when his new ‘multi-year contract’ with his famous British employer was announced. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Raikkonen return impresses champions Lauda, Fittipaldi

Two former champions have admitted they are impressed with how Kimi Raikkonen has re-adjusted to formula one after two years off the grid.

2012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Kimi Raikkonen 032012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Kimi Raikkonen 04Niki Lauda, the plain-speaking triple world champion, hailed F1’s 2007 title winner for driving “as though he had never been away” in the early phase of his return this season, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Emerson Fittipaldi, the double champion of the 70s, agrees.

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Apr 02

Perez eyes move to ‘big team’ in two years

Sergio Perez insists he is “100 per cent” committed to Sauber, but revealed he would like to be with a “big team” within two years.

2012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 00Sergio Perez - photo SauberAfter his strong second place in Malaysia recently, and amid Felipe Massa’s struggle for form at Ferrari, speculation has linked Mexican Perez with an imminent move to the famous Maranello based team. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

‘New’ HRT not in third F1 season – Gracia

Martin Brundle has admitted he is surprised HRT is still struggling so much at the start of its third season in formula one.

11 - HRT F1 Team2012-03-24 - HRT F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Pedro de la Rosa 01Better known then as ‘Hispania’, the Spanish team was founded by Adrian Campos after former FIA president Max Mosley opened up three new places in pitlane for the start of the 2010 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Toni Cuquerella, new Technical Director of HRT Formula 1 Team

Engineer Toni Cuquerella assumes, as of today, the role of Technical Director of HRT Formula 1 Team.

2012-04-02 - HRT F1 Team - Toni CuquerellaHRT F1 Team LogoCuquerella, besides being at the head of technical development, will continue to exercise his role as the maximum figure of engineering on the track. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Marussia F1 Team partners with UK2.NET

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12 - Marussia F1 Team2012-03-24 - Marussia F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Timo Glock 03After a positive start to the 2012 Formula 1™ season, with strong performances in the opening two races, the Marussia F1 Team is pleased to announce a new Official Partnership with UK2.NET.

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Apr 02

‘F-duct’ saga to continue into China

The 2012 ‘F-duct’ controversy looks set to keep running for now.

Flagworld - F1Flagworld - FIA“It’s not over yet,” confirmed Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko to Germany’s Auto Bild. In Australia and Malaysia, the threat of results protests hung over the opening races of 2012, due to some teams – chiefly Red Bull and Lotus – questioning the legality of the aerodynamic innovation on Mercedes’ 2012 car. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Death amid ‘BloodyF1’ protests in Bahrain

The government has denied it is responsible for the death.

Bahrain International Circuit2010-03-14 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 04Now less than three weeks before the island kingdom is scheduled to host its return to formula one, bitter protests and violence have once again erupted in Bahrain. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

No chequered flag yet for French GP revival

France’s return to the 2013 formula one calendar is not quite at the finish-line.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceMany expected prime minister Francois Fillon’s visit to the Paul Ricard circuit last Friday to coincide with an announcement about the revival of the French grand prix next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

World’s toughest junior racing series schedule modified in consideration of the newly-created FIA European F3 Championship.

A new race schedule for the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesFlagworld - FIAIn 2012, the Formula 3 Euro Series will now have eight race weekends together with the DTM. At least 15 registered drivers from eight teams will battle it out in five European countries for the championship title. Read the rest of this entry »