Daily Archive: September 8, 2012

Sep 08

Red Bull’s alternator problems return

Red Bull’s alternator problems are back.

2012-09-02 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium 99015 - Sebastian Vettel2012-09-02 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium 99014 - Mark WebberSebastian Vettel’s car broke down in the final practice session at Monza on Saturday morning. He radioed the pits that the problem was battery-related.

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Sep 08

‘Brand Hamilton’ and wily Fuller driving intrigue

It is easy to surmise the Mercedes story was planted simply to ramp up Hamilton’s 2013 price-tag

2012-07-21 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Germany - Lewis Hamilton 062012-06-10_1583McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has hinted Lewis Hamilton’s management is in the driving seat of the current situation surrounding the 2008 world champion’s unknown future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 08

Alonso on back foot as another problem strikes

Recently the runaway championship leader, Fernando Alonso is now firmly on the back foot after yet another problem at Monza.

2012-06-10_1219Romain Grosjean crash Spa - photo © WRI2 Before the now-banned Romain Grosjean destroyed his race at Spa, Spaniard Alonso’s lead in the drivers’ championship was a substantial 40 points. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 08

Lotus F1 Team the catalyst for first solar ‘mega-watt’ project in Luxembourg

Deal signed thanks to Lotus F1 Team will see Wallenborn go solar with Soleco.

2012-09-08 - Lotus F1 Team - Italy - Soleco 022012-09-08 - Lotus F1 Team - Italy - Soleco 01Lotus F1 Team partner Wallenborn and Jérôme D’Ambrosio personal sponsor Soleco have signed an agreement which will see Wallenborn invest in solar panels for its energy supply. Soleco will install and manage the project, which will be Luxembourg’s first ‘mega-watt’ solar installation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 08

Formula One teams Italian Grand Prix qualifying report

Italian Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report

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

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Sep 08

Filippi back to the top for home victory

Local driver claims feature win in Monza

GP2 Series

GP2 - Luca Filippi (Scuderia Coloni)Luca Filippi has claimed a dominant win on his return to the series with a strong start and some judicious overtaking at his home circuit to take the chequered flag in this afternoon’s feature race in Monza, ahead of Johnny Cecotto and Marcus Ericsson. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 08

GP3: Abt sole challenger in title fight with win in Monza

German rookie triumphs as Series leader Mitch Evans fails to score

GP3 - Daniel Abt (Lotus GP) Race 1 Winner Monza 2012GP3 - Lotus GP Champions 2012Two wins in seven days. Daniel Abt claimed his maiden win in Spa and now pockets a further 25 points at Race 1 in Monza, the final round of the season. The win was vital for the German, as it has kept his championship hopes alive in a race where Series leader Mitch Evans failed to finish, and Antonio Felix Da Costa and Aaro Vainio didn’t score, thus ending their championship chances with one race remaining. Tio Ellinas and Matias Laine joined Abt on the rostrum. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 08

Alex Fontana storms to maiden F2 win at the Hungaroring

Podium for Bacheta to edge closer to championship title

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - Alex Fontana secured his maiden F2 win during today's round 13 at the HungaroringAlex Fontana ended his run of bad luck with a superb maiden Formula Two win during today’s (Friday) sun-soaked race at the Hungaroring, powering his way from fourth on the grid to finish ahead of pole-sitter Kevin Mirocha and Luciano Bacheta. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 08

Biaggi posts strong Tissot-Superpole performance

The top 3 in the championship are all here in the first row

WSBK - Nurburgring_Biaggi_actionWSBK - Nurburgring_Biaggi_Tissot-SuperpoleIn near-perfect riding conditions Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) set a new track best of 1 minute 53.855 seconds at the Nürburgring to secure his first Tissot-Superpole win of the year and only the fifth of his career. The 2010 world champion was in superb form and set a lap time that not even the 2012 king of Tissot-Superpole, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), could beat, despite a couple of attempts.

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Sep 08

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, rain postpones the day at Barrie

Wahta Springs 300 rescheduled for Sunday afternoon

Barrie SpeedwayNascar Canadian Tire Series BilingueDue to non-stop rain at Barrie Speedway on Saturday afternoon, officials were forced to postpone the Wahta Springs 300 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race.

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Sep 08

ACT Showdown at Chaudiere postponed

Rescheduled for tomorrow

Autodrome Chaudière - Vallée-Jonction logoACT logoThe American Canadian Tour “Showdown at Chaudiere” All-Star event at Autodrome Chaudiere scheduled for Saturday, September 8 has been postponed due to rain. The event has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Sunday, September 9) with a post time of 12noon.

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Sep 08

Hamilton & Button secure front row lock out for Italian Grand Prix

Mercedes power proves dominant as Fernando Alonso falters down in 10th

2011-09-08 - GP3 - MonzaLewis Hamilton has stormed to his fourth pole of the season, after yet another terrifically exciting qualifying session at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. The Briton will be joined on the front row for tomorrow’s race by team-mate Jenson Button, as Fernando Alonso faltered in the closing minutes to only manage 10th on the grid.

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Sep 08

Mercedes eyes ‘contingencies’ amid Hamilton rumours

So for now, the Hamilton saga is the talk of the Monza paddock.

2012-09-02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Lewis Hamilton 002012-09-02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Lewis Hamilton 05Norbert Haug has admitted Mercedes is eyeing possible “contingencies”, in the event Michael Schumacher does not race the German team’s 2013 car. “Of course we have to plan for all contingencies,” said Mercedes’ competition vice-president, amid raging speculation Lewis Hamilton might sensationally switch from McLaren to drive in Schumacher’s place next year.

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Sep 08

Power-players Ecclestone, Todt meet with Ferrari

Montezemolo is not even ruling out Ferrari quitting the sport.

Jean Todt - Bernie Ecclestone2011-01-29 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 0017F1 power players Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt on Friday met with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo at the fabled Italian team’s Maranello headquarters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 08

Todt reveals Alonso’s 2000 ‘betrayal’

Jean Todt has revealed he did not attempt to sign Fernando Alonso during his time as Ferrari boss due to an earlier betrayal.

2012-05-10 - Spanish Grand Prix 372Jean Todt (DR)The Frenchman, who is now the FIA president, reigned over Ferrari from the 90s until 2008. At the end of 2006, he chose Kimi Raikkonen as the retiring ‘number 1’ Michael Schumacher’s replacement, even though Spaniard Alonso – now Ferrari’s long term hope – was also on the market.

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Sep 08

No grid penalty for Alonso after failures

Tifosi favourite Fernando Alonso will not have to move five places down Sunday’s Italian grand prix grid.

2012-06-09_13552012-06-09_0621Some broadcasters on Friday said there was a risk the Spaniard, who endured a bad practice Friday at Ferrari’s home Monza circuit, would cop a penalty for his gearbox breakdown. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 08

No one better on market to replace me – Massa

With Ferrari still yet to re-sign him for 2013, Felipe Massa insists he sees no better alternative to him on the market.

2011-05-20 - Ferrari - Felipe Massa 00012012-07-21 - Ferrari - Germany - Felipe Massa 00Rumours say Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez are the frontrunners to replace Massa next season, but the Brazilian thinks he is the best choice. “Many people want my seat,” he is quoted by Spain’s Mundo Deportivo newspaper, “but I do not see anyone better on the market.

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Sep 08

Banned Grosjean supporting Lotus at Monza

Normally smiling ear-to-ear, Grosjean admitted it is hard to be trackside in such difficult circumstances.

Romain Grosjean crash Spa - photo © WRI2 2012-09-02 - Lotus F1 Team - Belgium - Romain Grosjean 04An unusually-forlorn Romain Grosjean was an unhappy pitwall spectator on Friday as he began to serve his one-race ban for last Sunday’s Spa crash. The Frenchman arrived at the Monza paddock as practice began, to watch Lotus’ reserve driver Jerome d’Ambrosio drive his black and gold car.

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Sep 08

GP3: Evans one step nearer to title with Monza pole

MW Arden’s Mitch Evans flies to pole for Series decider in Italy

GP3 - Mitch Evans (MW Arden) Qualifying Monza 2012GP3 - Evans, Felix Da Costa, Fumanelli. Monza Qualifying 2012Mitch Evans has one hand on the GP3 Series championship trophy after flying to pole position in Qualifying today for Round 8 of the 2012 season. Series rival Antonio Felix Da Costa (Carlin) was just 0.020s shy of the New Zealander with David Fumanelli of MW Arden in third.

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Sep 08

Kevin Mirocha storms to maiden pole at the Hungaroring

Pole secures pole during closely fought session

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - Kevin Mirocha secured his maiden F2 pole during today's qualifying at the HungaroringKevin Mirocha secured his maiden pole during today’s (Friday) closely fought Formula Two qualifying at the Hungaroring, setting a blistering lap midway through the session to edge out Markus Pommer by a mere 0.027s. Read the rest of this entry »

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