Daily Archive: September 5, 2012

Sep 05

Ascanelli resigns post as technical director of Toro Rosso

Scuderia Toro Rosso announces that Giorgio Ascanelli has resigned from his post as Technical Director

2011-02-21 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Barcelona - Giorgio Ascanelli - 990162009-04-17 - Toro Rosso -  Giorgio Ascanelli “Over a period of almost five years, Giorgio has contributed positively to the development of our team” team boss Franz Tost said. “Especially in the difficult transition period from a simple racing team to a fully-fledged constructor he made an important contribution and his undoubted experience was very valuable to us. We would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.”

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Sep 05

Filippi back with Scuderia Coloni in Monza

Scuderia Coloni and Luca Filippi will be back together for the Monza GP2 round.

GP2 - Scuderia Coloni - Luca FilippiScuderia ColoniThe pair that dominated the second part of 2011, with three wins out of four events that paved the way for a 2nd place in the drivers’ championship, will hence reunite for their home race, the same event that last year saw Luca and the team clinch a great win in the Feature Race.

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Sep 05

GRAND-AM Road Racing, American Le Mans Series Announce Historic Merger (updated)

Combined sports car organization will debut with 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona; New board to feature GRAND-AM, ALMS, NASCAR executives

Grand-AM-RoadracingALMSThe most significant development in the history of sports car racing in North America was announced today, with plans for a landmark merger of GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) unveiled at Daytona International Speedway. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 05

GP America signs with evacuation planning company

REGAL Decision Systems helps Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial with Evacuation Planning

Grand Prix of America logo2011-06-26_0247REGAL Decision Systems has added another client to its growing list of sporting venues that utilize REGAL’s SportEvac computer model to simulate spectator movement, ingress/egress, and crowd evacuation.

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Sep 05

Ma Qing Hua will make his debut at the first free practice session of the Italian Grand Prix

Becoming the first Chinese driver to drive at a Formula 1 Grand Prix

2012-07-13 - HRT F1 Team -  Ma Qing HuaHRT F1 Team Logo_002.jpgMa Qing Hua will make his official debut in the Formula 1 World Championship this upcoming Friday at the first free practice session of the Italian Grand Prix which takes place in Monza this week. The 24 year old Chinese driver will replace Narain Karthikeyan at the wheel of the number 23 F112-03 for this session. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 05

F1 in Schools™ World Champion student completes Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team work placement

A work placement at the multiple World Championship winning Formula 1™ team is highly prestigious

F1 in Schools - Jonathan Neale, Managing Director, McLaren Racing, Mark Nanney and John Cooper, Commercial and Finance Director,F1 in schools logoMark Nanney, a member of Unitus Racing, the 2010 F1 in Schools™ World Champions from USA recently completed a work placement at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team, an experience which will stay with him for many years to come.

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Sep 05

Formula One teams Italian Grand Prix preview

Italian Grand Prix Formula One preview

Monza logoToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Monza.

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Sep 05

FIA wants to hike top teams’ F1 entry fees

F1’s governing body wants to increase dramatically the entry fees of the sport’s top teams.

Flagworld - FIA2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix - Pirelli 03 - TeamsGermany’s motorsport-magazin.com reports that the new regime could come into force next year, ensuring a higher flow of income to the Paris-based federation. The report said the FIA’s intention is to charge teams more according to their position in the constructors’ world championship.

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Sep 05

Webber not worried after dropping to third in title chase

 

Mark Webber insists he is not too worried despite falling from second to third in the drivers’ world championship at Spa last weekend.

2012-09-02 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium 99001 - Mark Webber2012-09-02 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium 99014 - Mark WebberThe Australian was Fernando Alonso’s closest challenger at the top of the points standings, but he finished just sixth in Belgium and therefore dropped behind his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 05

No ‘wedge’ between McLaren and Hamilton – boss

McLaren has denied rumours the British team and Lewis Hamilton are falling out of love.

Jenson Button -Lewis Hamilton 2012-07-312012-06-09_0358Amid reportedly intense negotiations over the 2008 world champion’s new contract, the parties got caught up in the ‘Twittergate’ scandal last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 05

F1 must not axe standing-starts – Alonso

Fernando Alonso has rejected claims F1 should consider abandoning its standing-starts in the wake of last Sunday’s Belgian grand prix.

2012-09-02 - Ferrari - Belgium - Fernando Alonso2012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 5 0101The Spaniard was lucky to escape serious injury when the now-banned Romain Grosjean’s Lotus flew dangerously close to Alonso’s exposed cockpit opening. The incident has triggered renewed calls for F1 to ramp up the cars’ head protection, while some have even suggested the sport might follow Indy’s lead by getting its races up and running with a rolling start.

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Sep 05

Alonso says Ferrari career could stretch into 2017

Fernando Alonso has admitted he could stay at Ferrari beyond his 36th birthday.

2012-09-02 - HRT F1 Team - Belgium - Fernando Alonso - Pedro de la Rosa 012012-06-09_0631The former double world champion, in his third year with the Italian marque and leading the world championship, is currently under contract until the end of the 2016 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 05

Hulkenberg, Sutil vie for Massa’s seat – report

A pair of Germans are in the running to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari in 2013, the major Bild-Zeitung daily reports.

2012-09-02 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Belgium - Nico Hulkenberg 022011-06-09_0290The newspaper said the Maranello based team has now almost certainly decided to part with Brazilian Massa at the end of his seventh consecutive season with Ferrari. Reports last weekend at Spa suggested Nico Hulkenberg, who currently races for Force India, might already have signed some sort of agreement with Ferrari.

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Sep 05

Lotus delays ‘the device’ debut until Suzuka

Lotus will not race its highly-anticipated double DRS-inspired ‘device’ at least until Suzuka next month.

2012-09-02 - Lotus F1 Team - Belgium - Kimi Raikkonen 012012-04-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 03The Enstone based team intended to use the straightline speed-boosting system at Spa, but Friday’s practice sessions were a washout. And Lotus will also not fit the device to Kimi Raikkonen and Jerome d’Ambrosio’s cars at Monza, due to the unique low-downforce configuration of the historic track.

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Sep 05

Grosjean hasn’t blown second shot at F1 – Boullier

Romain Grosjean’s race ban – the first in formula one for almost two decades – has not damaged the Frenchman’s relationship with Lotus.

2012-09-02 - Lotus F1 Team - Belgium - Romain Grosjean 032012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix a 0020That is the claim of his boss and manager Eric Boullier, who fended off speculation Grosjean, 26, could be on the verge of blowing his second and final shot at a grand prix career. Boullier’s other Gravity-managed driver, Belgian Jerome d’Ambrosio, is sitting in for Grosjean this weekend, prompting the risk the usually-happy Frenchman could lose momentum and – as he did at the end of 2009 – once again slide off the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 05

Grosjean apologised to Alonso by text message

Romain Grosjean has said sorry to Fernando Alonso

2012-09-02 - Lotus F1 Team - Belgium - Romain Grosjean 04Romain Grosjean crash Spa - photo © WRI2 “He apologised in an SMS,” the Ferrari driver, whose hands and head were narrowly missed by Frenchman Grosjean’s flying Lotus last Sunday at Spa, revealed.

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Sep 05

Glock wants to ‘solve’ issues with teammate Pic

Marussia teammates Timo Glock and Charles Pic are still far from the best of friends.

2012-09-02 - Marussia F1 Team - Belgium - Timo Glock 022012-09-02 - Marussia F1 Team - Belgium - Charles Pic 01We reported in July that the pair are not getting along, after the experienced German Glock accused his rookie French teammate of blocking him in Hungary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 05

Magny Cours applies for place on 2013 calendar

Magny Cours has lodged an application to be considered for F1’s 2013 calendar.

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours logoMagny-Cours le circuitFrench language sources RMC, L’Equipe and AFP said the application was given to the country’s sanctioning body FFSA this week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 05

ACT invites additional ten to Loudon

Ten more teams invited to Bond Auto ACT Invitational

ACT - Bond Auto ACT Invitational - NHMS - New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayACT InvitationalACT officials have announced invitations 11-20 for the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 22. These ten teams have earned their invites through their performance in either the American Canadian Tour or Série ACT Castrol. Read the rest of this entry »

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