Daily Archive: September 2, 2012

Sep 02

Formula One teams Belgian Grand Prix race report (updated)

Belgian Grand Prix Formula One race report

Spa-Francorchamps logoToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Spa-Francorchamps.

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Sep 02

Button victorious, after shattering start at Spa (+results)

Jenson Button had a perfect race to win his first Belgian Grand Prix at Spa

Grand Prix de Belgique 2012 -depart2012-07-21 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Germany - Jenson Button 05The race started with disaster for several of the front runners who ended up in a heap at La Source. Whatever the hopes and dreams of the drivers at the front of the starting grid for the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix – from championship front-runners Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton to the likes of Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez, two of the more unexpected occupants of the front two rows – many of them would rapidly end amid a cloud of carbon fibre shards and debris, just 60 metres off the start line. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 02

ALMS, GRAND-AM finalizing merger

After years of rumors, the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM are set to join forces…

2012-08-18 _mg_6218-small2012-08-18_0712SPEED.com has confirmed through multiple sources involved with the negotiations that the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series will announce an agreement that will see the two series race under a single banner, likely beginning in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 02

GP2: Kral cruises to Spa sprint victory (updated)

Czech picks up maiden win with dominant drive

GP2 - Felipe Nasr (DAMS), Josef Kral (Barwa Addax Team), James Calado (Lotus GP)GP2 - Josef KRal (Barwa Addax TEam)Josef Kral has claimed his maiden GP2 victory with a storming start and mature drive to claim the win in this morning’s sprint race in Spa Francorchamps, winning by five seconds from Felipe Nasr, who stole second from James Calado at the final corner. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 02

GP3: Laine victorious in thriller at Spa (updated)

MW Arden’s Matias Laine secures maiden win in Spa Race 2

GP3 - Matias Laine (MW Arden) Spa Race 2, 2012GP3 - Spa Race 2 Podium Laine, Felix Da Costa & DalyWe have a new race winner in GP3! Matias Laine becomes the eighth different winner in the 2012 GP3 Series season, taking his debut victory at Round 7, Race 2 at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Antonio Felix Da Costa (Carlin) and Conor Daly (Lotus GP) finished second and third in a thrilling encounter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 02

Jean-François Déry takes Third Castrol win

Patrick Laperle and Dany Trepanier complete the Montmagny 150 podium

ACT Castrol logoAutodrome MontmagnyQuebec City’s Jean-François Déry claimed his third Série ACT Castrol win of the season in the Montmagny 150 at Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday, September 1. Déry inherited the lead on lap 124 after leader Patrick Laperle had a wheel break on the right front. Déry held off Dany Trepanier for two more restarts to take the win, while Laperle recovered to finish third. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 02

Engineer claims some breached August shutdown pact

“The restrictions (of the shutdown) were very vague, and cheating very simple.”

Flagworld - F12011-05-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Turkey - Fernando Alonso 5An unnamed engineer has alleged that some teams broke the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ governing the factory shutdowns during F1’s recent August break. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 02

Red Bull ‘must show teeth’ after Spa shocker – Marko

Red Bull’s title hopes could take a big hit at Spa-Francorchamps, with neither RB8 set to start Sunday’s race from the points rankings.

2012-07-08 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel - 990142012-06-09_1275Mark Webber, who is second in the drivers’ title chase behind Fernando Alonso, qualified the highest (7th) of the pair in Belgium, but he must move five places back due to a gearbox change.

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Sep 02

Win from pole crucial for fading title challenge – Button

Jenson Button has acknowledged a win from pole in Belgium on Sunday is crucial for his fading world championship hopes.

2012-06-10_05262012-07-21 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Germany - Jenson Button 02This season’s first winner, Button’s 2012 campaign then nosedived so badly that he has been fending off questions all week about when he will slip into a ‘number 2’ role to accept team orders and help his teammate Lewis Hamilton. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 02

Hamilton in ‘Twittergate’ after Spa outburst

In the hours after qualifying at Spa, the paddock quickly and half-heartedly dubbed the affair ‘Twittergate’.

2012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 022012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 04Disappointed with his eighth in qualifying compared to McLaren teammate Jenson Button’s pole, Lewis Hamilton got onto Twitter and used the internet acronym “WTF” (what the f**k?) to describe his feelings.

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Sep 02

Engine switch ‘wise’ despite loss of V8 scream – Domenicali

No 2013 driver announcement at Monza – Domenicali

2011-09-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Italy - Felipa Massa - Stefano Domenicali  - Fernando AlonsoStefano Domenicali  2011-05-27Stefano Domenicali has admitted the F1 fraternity may initially struggle to adapt to the “new noise” of 2014. Ferrari has ruled out announcing its 2013 driver lineup at its home Italian grand prix next week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 02

Schumacher hints intention to race in 2013

Michael Schumacher may have dropped the biggest hint yet about his plans for the future.

2012-07-21 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Michael Schumacher 012012-06-09_0244On the heels of the August break’s rumours, the seven time world champion explained at Spa on Thursday that he and Mercedes will only have decided the plan for 2013 “by October”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 02

Bottas admits more sponsors would ‘help’ for 2013 seat

Valtteri Bottas has admitted that a flood of sponsorship would boost his chances of debuting for Williams in 2013.

2012-07-21 - Williams F1 - Germany - Valtteri Bottas2012-02-24 - Williams F1 - Valtteri Bottas 01Earlier reports from Finland said the British team’s 22-year-old reserve driver has been asked to put together more money to compete with Bruno Senna’s millions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 02

Caterham’s progress in 2012 ‘not great’ – Kovalainen

“The update from Silverstone has either not worked, or it has not brought us enough.”

Caterham-airbus-logo-kovalainen-stand2012-03-24 - Team Caterham - Malaysian Grand Prix - Heikki Kovalainen 00The likelihood Heikki Kovalainen will stay at Caterham in 2013 was dealt a blow at Spa, when the Finn admitted to being disappointed about the team’s progress this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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