Daily Archive: April 12, 2012

Apr 12

La Rocca leads VIR F2000 testing

 F2000 Championship Series opener at VIRginia International Raceway this weekend

F2000 Championship Series logoVenezuelan driver Robert La Rocca set the fastest lap during testing for the F2000 Championship Series opener at VIRginia International Raceway this weekend. La Rocca, driving for HP-Tech, clocked in at 1:54.701 in HP-Tech’s No. 10 Van Diemen, switching over from the RFR chassis he has previously ran. F1600 graduate Wyatt Gooden was second fastest for Quantum Racing Services. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

F1600 Testing: Koykka out front

Koykka in the Spectrum

Finnish rookie Matias Koykka paced four F1600 Formula F Championship Series test sessions at VIR on Thursday prior to the opening doubleheader weekend of the 2012 season. The Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver was out front in all of the day’s sessions in the No. 10 Spectrum/Honda entry. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

F1 GP du Canada The Grand Evening returning Thursday June 7

A new setting and an exceptional show to highlight the third edition

The Grand Evening logo2011-06-09_0344F1 Grand Prix du Canada “The Grand Evening”: Festive Montreal Summer at Its Best, returning Thursday June 7. On Thursday, June 7, Montreal will once again play host to the most exclusive event of the summer’s social calendar with the presentation of “The Grand Evening”, the official opening event of the 2012 Grand Prix du Canada, which will benefit local charities.

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Apr 12

Evans fastest again at final pre-season test

MW Arden’s Mitch Evans quickest on day two at Silverstone

GP3 - Mitch Evans (MW Arden) Silverstone Test April 2012GP3 - Antonio Felix Da Costa (Carlin) Silverstone Test April 2012The final pre-season test concluded in Silverstone today before the GP3 Series heads to Barcelona next month to kick start the 2012 season. The session got underway under dark clouds on a chilly morning at a slippery circuit which was declared wet at the start of the test. Maxim Zimin stepped into the Jenzer Motorsport and was fastest for the first hour until Tio Ellinas in his Marussia Manor Racing car took control of the timesheets. The morning test was eventful: five red flags occurred with several drivers getting caught out in the tricky conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

José Luis Abadin returns to F2

Spanish racer takes place on Silverstone grid this weekend

F2 - Jose Luis Abadin returns to F2 in 2012F2 - Spaniard Jose Luis AbadinSpaniard José Luis Abadin has confirmed he is to return to the FIA Formula Two Championship following a promising part-season last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

FIA rejects ‘double-DRS’ protest

The FIA has thrown out Lotus’ official protest against Mercedes’ so-called ‘double-DRS’ innovation.

Flagworld - FIADespite the governing body having consistently declared the system legal in Australia and Malaysia, Lotus lodged the appeal in China on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Austrians gaining power at Williams

There are changes afoot at the top of the Williams team.

2011-02-09 - AT&T Williams - Sir Frank Williams - Toto Wolff09 - Williams F1Chairman Adam Parr, recently seen by founder and principal Sir Frank Williams as his natural successor, stepped down late last month. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Auto GP to introduce a new car in 2013

In order to bring our championship even closer to the standards boasted by the top step of the motorsport ladder

Auto GP - TeamsAuto GP World SeriesWith the championship already entering its third event, scheduled for the coming weekend on the Marrakech street track, for Auto GP it’s already time to start planning for 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Short news: Lost in China, protest, Red Bull and McLaren

There was a face missing in the vast Shanghai paddock on Thursday — Kimi Raikkonen’s.

Shanghai circuit“We have lost him somewhere in China,” a spokesman for the Lotus team grinned to SID news agency, adding that the 2007 world champion was stuck in heavy traffic and therefore could not appear for a press conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Red Bull to run split setup strategy in China

Red Bull will split in two directions this weekend in China, as the defending champions seek to return to the pace.

2012-03-23 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Mark Webber - 990192012-03-24 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 299016After a less than satisfying start to the 2012 season for the previously dominant energy drink owned team, Dr Helmut Marko said this week that Red Bull has “a plan” for how to get back on track in Shanghai and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

No pole for Hamilton after gearbox change

Hamilton must resist ‘VIP’ pitfalls – Lauda

2012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 042012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 02Lewis Hamilton’s perfect qualifying score in 2012 is over. It has emerged that the highest the McLaren driver can start Sunday’s Chinese grand prix is sixth, due a five-place grid penalty. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Ferrari still ‘one step below’ leaders – Alguersuari

McLaren and Red Bull are the teams to bet money on after the early phase of the 2012 season.

2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #2 2102011-07-09 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Britain - Jaime Alguersuari 2That is the view of Jaime Alguersuari, the former Toro Rosso driver who is now a commentator for British radio as well as Pirelli’s new test driver. The Spaniard told Europa Press news agency that Ferrari, whose Fernando Alonso won the rain-marred Malaysian grand prix three weeks ago, remains “one step below” the current pacesetters. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Lotus F1 Team Targets Carbon Neutrality with AGT & Trina Solar

Lotus F1 Team targets carbon neutrality

2012-02-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 012012-02-07 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - Jerez - Kimi Raikkonen 02Lotus F1 Team reiterates its commitment to minimising its environmental impact with measures to reduce and offset its carbon emissions. Through commitment from existing partner Trina Solar and through a new relationship with Emissions Spot Trading organization Advanced Global Trading (AGT), the team targets significant carbon emission reduction and carbon neutral status in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Lotus preparing F-duct protest in China – reports

Two publications are reporting strong rumours that Lotus is preparing an official protest against Mercedes’ controversial F-duct system.

2012-02-07 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - Jerez - Kimi Raikkonen 032012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 04Germany’s specialist Auto Motor und Sport said the Enstone based team could file the protest in Shanghai on Thursday, following stalemate meetings last week between technical directors and the FIA’s Charlie Whiting. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Proton has rights to buy into Lotus team

Proton, the Malaysian carmaker, has an option to buy 10 per cent of the F1 team that bears the name of its sports car marque Lotus.

Proton2012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - Launch 03Rumours about Group Lotus’ health ramped up this week after it emerged that its title sponsorship of the Genii-owned Lotus team has been “terminated”. Group Lotus responded angrily to the subsequent speculation, albeit admitting it is grappling with “problems”. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Just as colourful as the country it represents is the logo “visit Mexico“, which from now on will again travel with the Sauber F1 Team around the world.

“Visit Mexico“ brings colour into play

2012-04-12 - Sauber F1 Team - Visit Mexico07 - Sauber F1 TeamThe North American country is promoting itself with the individually coloured letters during 12 of the remaining 18 Grands Prix in the prominent position on the back of the rear wings of the two Sauber C31-Ferraris. At all championship rounds the nation’s name will be present on the cars’ nose cones, on the racing overalls and helmets of drivers Sergio Pérez and Kamui Kobayashi, as well as on the team’s equipment.  Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Bottas to practice even in Shanghai rain

Valtteri Bottas will return to practice action in Bruno Senna’s car on Friday, even if the Shanghai skies open.

2012-03-24 - Williams F1 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Valtteri Bottas 01Valtteri Bottas portraitEnglish-language television weather reports in the Chinese metropolis on Thursday are predicting a close to 100 per cent chance of rain for the opening day of action. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

HRT Formula 1 Team presents driver Ma Qing Hua at the Shanghai International Circuit

The official presentation of Ma Qing Hua took place this morning at the Shanghai international Circuit.

2012-04-12 - HRT F1 Team - Ma Qing HuaHRT F1 Team Logo_002.jpgThe Chinese driver joins HRT Formula 1 Team’s driver development programme with the team intending on creating a platform for the formation of professionals in the pinnacle of world motorsport. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

‘Everybody or nobody’ to race in Bahrain

‘No reason’ to axe Bahrain – FIA

Bahrain International CircuitFlagworld - FIAThe vast majority of the 12 F1 teams have declined to comment on the sport’s deepening Bahrain crisis. With uncertainty surrounding the staging of next week’s race at Sakhir by the controversial Bahraini government, CNN contacted every one of the competing teams. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

CSBK announces spec fuel for nationals

The official CSBK series spec Sunoco 260 GT plus fuel will be available shortly through Brooklin Cycle Racing

CSBK Parts Canada Canadian Superbike Champsionship logoCSBK - Raphael Archambault 2Frontline CSBK Inc., organizers of Canada’s National motorcycle road racing Championship series, is excited to announce that Sunoco 260 GT Plus will be the spec performance fuel for the upcoming 2012 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

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