Daily Archive: April 23, 2012

Apr 23

‘The dead live longest’ beams Marko after Bahrain

With Red Bull the latest to hold a trophy aloft this year, yet another potential 2012 champion has emerged.

2012-04-21 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 990052012-04-20 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Marc Webber 99023In theory, back to back world champion Sebastian Vettel, the Bahrain grand prix winner, was always a contender for a third drivers’ crown this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 23

‘More treasure than deserved’ with F2012 – Alonso

Sepang winner Alonso’s latest surprise was to finish ahead of the best McLaren in Bahrain.

2012-02-07 - Scuderia Ferrari - Fernando Alonso 032012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch 08Amid Ferrari’s performance crisis with the struggling F2012 car, the Italian team has emerged from the opening ‘flyaway’ races with a solid head of steam. He might be just fifth, but Fernando Alonso is a mere 10 points off the lead of the drivers’ world championship, after a see-sawing pecking order emerged from the overseas races in Australia, Malaysia, China and Bahrain. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 23

Lotus not sorry after skipping team order

Lotus did not consider employing team orders in order to boost Kimi Raikkonen’s chances of winning the Bahrain grand prix.

2012-04-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 062012-04-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Kimi Raikkonen 01The 2007 world champion ultimately finished second and even had a stab at overtaking winner Sebastian Vettel. And he might have had an ever better chance at challenging the Red Bull had his Lotus team chiefs ordered teammate Romain Grosjean aside at a crucial moment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 23

Pirelli making F1 a ‘show’ or a ‘lottery’?

Tyres.  The political dramas aside, that word utterly dominated the Bahrain grand prix weekend.

2012-04-15 - Chinese Grand Prix - Pirelli 012012-04-03 - Pirelli - 2012 F1 TyresAfterwards, Michael Schumacher admitted he was “unhappy” with the situation. “Sometimes we are driving only 60, 70 per cent through the corners,” he is quoted by Bild newspaper. Pirelli did not take the criticism lightly, insisting it has made Canada 2010-style, heavily degrading tyres to order, for the benefit of the ‘show’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 23

F1 to return to Bahrain ‘forever’ – Ecclestone

The calamitous Bahrain grand prix saga has not jeopardised the island Kingdom’s future on the F1 calendar.

Bahrain International CircuitThat is the strident claim of Bernie Ecclestone, after the F1 chief executive and FIA president Jean Todt displayed rare unity as they insisted the country’s civil and political problems would not affect the grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 23

Ecclestone confirms Spanish hosts to alternate race

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that Barcelona and Valencia will, from next year, alternate a single annual Spanish grand prix race date.

Circuit de Catalunya logoValencia Street Circuit logoCurrently, the two venues have their own places on the formula one calendar. The Germany-style alternating scheme had been floated as a potential solution also for Spain, given the promoters’ financial struggles, and F1 chief executive Ecclestone’s need to free up calendar space for new races. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 23

A sensationally strong Formula 3 Euro Series grid

Significant interest from guest drivers is expected for the other Formula 3 Euro Series’ events as well.

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesFlagworld - FIAWhen the starting lights will turn to green for next weekend’s season opener at Hockenheim, twenty up-and-coming young drivers from ten countries will start into the new season at the 4.574 kilometres long race track in the province of Baden-Württemberg and battle for the first classifications as well as the succession of reigning champion Roberto Merhi, who has graduated into the DTM. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 23

Max Snegirev returns for remainder of F2 season

Russian pilot joins grid from Algarve rounds onwards

F2 - Max Snegirev returns to F2 for 2012F2 - Russian driver Max SnegirevMax Snegirev has confirmed he will contest the remainder of the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship, beginning with rounds three and four in Portugal next weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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