Daily Archive: October 27, 2012

Oct 27

Formula One teams Indian Grand Prix qualifying report

Indian Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report

BuddhInternational CircuitToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Buddh International Circuit just outside New Delhi.

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Oct 27

Raffaele Giammaria scores sensational debut pole for Mercedes at Pergusa Del Castello, Benedetti to start from the pole in GTSprint

Sicilian fans set for breath-taking race day action

Superstars - benedetti-del-castelloSuperstars - raffaele giammariaThe Superstars International Series featured a spectacular qualifying session on Saturday at Pergusa. Three different car brands shared the top-three at the fast Sicilian venue, hosting the final round of the 2012 season. The pole went to championship newcomer Raffaele Giammaria, who set a fastest mark of 1’42″589 to edge Jaguar’s Max Pigoli, running for Team Ferlito aboard an XF model. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Ecclestone would consider another Indian GP

Ecclestone confirms Hockenheim talks over 2013

Hockenheimring Baden-WürttembergBuddhInternational CircuitF1 boss Bernie Ecclestone would consider letting in a second Indian race in the future. Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed reports Hockenheim could return to the F1 calendar in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Ecclestone tips Vettel for Schumacher-like greatness

Bernie Ecclestone has tipped Sebastian Vettel to achieve Michael Schumacher-like success in formula one.

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Bernie Ecclestone - Sebastian Vettel2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #3 309Back-to-back world champion Vettel is now on a roll in 2012, having overtaken Fernando Alonso’s title lead and dominant in India, where converting his pole position on Sunday will mean a fourth-consecutive race win. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Teams to try 2013 tyres in Brazil

F1 teams will get their first taste of next year’s Pirelli tyres in Brazil next month, the Italian website motorionline.com reports.

2012-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Sebastian Vettel - Mark Webber (4)2012-07-21 - Pirelli -  (5)The report said the sport’s Italian supplier has almost certainly decided to field asymmetric tyres in 2013, with different shapes on the sides to improve degradation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Horner ‘comfortable’ with Red Bull’s spending

Christian Horner insists he is “very comfortable” with Red Bull’s stance regarding costs in formula one.

2012-08-31 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium 99004 - Christian Horner - Dr Helmut Marko2012-08-31 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium 99003 - Christian HornerIt is believed the energy drink-owned team, the reigning back-to-back world champions and the favourite to win again with Sebastian Vettel in 2012, is the sport’s biggest spender. “Red Bull spends about 250 million per season,” Williams’ Toto Wolff is quoted by El Confidencial. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

McLaren defends mosquito-ridden hotel

Jenson Button’s manager has admitted he is concerned about McLaren’s accommodation for the Indian grand prix weekend.

2012-07-21 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Germany - Jenson Button 052012-06-09_0028Earlier, we reported that mosquitoes are a problem at McLaren’s hotel, particularly with hundreds of New Delhi locals having contracted the deadly Dengue fever. McLaren is staying at the Hilton, which is a sponsor of the British team. “The Hilton is really nice and the people there are friendly and helpful,” Button’s manager Richard Goddard is quoted by the Daily Mail. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Hamilton not expecting immediate success at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton is not expecting to enjoy immediate success at Mercedes next year.

2012-09-22 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Singapore - Lewis Hamilton 012012-10-14 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Korea - Lewis Hamilton 04“Perhaps we will have a good car next year and will keep up, that would be fantastic,” the Briton, who is switching to the famous German marque after six years with McLaren, told Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Ferrari denies navy flag logo is ‘political’

Ferrari has rejected claims it put the Italian navy flag logo on its F1 cars in India for political reasons.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari2012-09-08 - Ferrari - Italy - Fernando Alonso 02The decision has undoubtedly sparked a political response, with Italian government figures welcoming the decision and their Indian counterparts angered. But team boss Stefano Domenicali on Friday denied the move was linked with the diplomatic situation involving two Italian sailors held in India on murder charges. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Schumacher with injured knee in India

He said he was injured playing soccer last week

2012-10-14 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Korea - Michael Schumacher 03Michael Schumacher Adieu (2) 2012-10-04 - Getty ImagesMichael Schumacher is sporting a big graze and a bandage on his left knee and shin in the paddock ahead of this weekend’s Indian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Raikkonen admits Lotus budget held team back

Lotus’ budget has held Lotus back in the second half of 2012, Kimi Raikkonen has admitted.

2012-10-14 - Lotus F1 Team - Korea - Kimi Raikkonen 062012-10-14 - Lotus F1 Team - Korea - Kimi Raikkonen 03Still a mathematical contender for the championship, Finn Raikkonen confessed to the MTV3 broadcaster that he can no longer keep up with F1’s fastest cars. “We are constantly trying to improve the speed of our car,” he said, “but the others have more money and people to develop and that’s where the differences are,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Force India not confirming Hulkenberg exit

Almost the entire F1 paddock seems to believe that Force India is on the hunt for a new driver.

2012-06-09_01162012-07-21 - Sahara Force India - Germany - Nico Hulkenberg 02Nico Hulkenberg is not commenting, but it is widely believed that he has signed up with Sauber for 2013. Paul di Resta, on the other hand, will stay put at Force India. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Di Resta admits need to spice up image

Paul di Resta has vowed to work on his image, after admitting it was “disappointing” to miss out on a move to a top team for 2013.

2012-06-09_01212012-03-24 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Paul di Resta 01The Scot was linked with moves to McLaren and Ferrari, but McLaren ultimately signed young Mexican Sergio Perez, while Ferrari retained its Brazilian driver Felipe Massa. Di Resta admitted to the Telegraph that he thinks Perez “opens up various different markets” for McLaren, which could have contributed to the British team’s decision. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Karthikeyan not good enough for Force India – boss

Force India has confirmed Narain Karthikeyan’s suspicion that the door to the Silverstone based team is closed.

2012-06-09_026306 - Sahara Force India F1 TeamCurrently hoping to keep his place at the back of the grid with HRT, Karthikeyan is F1’s only Indian driver, but so far he has never been seriously linked with countryman Vijay Mallya’s nationally-branded team. Lewis Hamilton said this week he has his fingers crossed for Karthikeyan, as a move to Force India would be “a huge stepping stone for him”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Leimer pulls the plug on Sauber test

Fabio Leimer has dropped out of the running at Sauber.

GP2 - Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering)07 - Sauber F1 TeamAfter paying hundreds of thousands of euros for a test with the team a year ago, the young Swiss was expected to return to the track for the forthcoming young drivers’ test in Abu Dhabi. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Bottas still hoping for 2013 Williams debut

Valtteri Bottas is still sitting tight, in the hope he will get the nod to step into a race seat at Williams in 2013.

2012-07-21 - Williams F1 - Germany - Valtteri Bottas2012-09-02 - Williams F1 - Belgium - Valtteri Bottas 01The team’s young Finnish ‘Friday’ driver is hotly tipped to be Pastor Maldonado’s teammate next season, having impressed the British team this season. In his 14 morning practice outings in Bruno Senna’s car this year, he has outpaced Maldonado a credible 6 times. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27

Stoner seizes pole position at Phillip Island

 Once again Stoner was the only rider to lap in the 1’29 bracket today

MotoGP - Casey Stoner 2012 Phillip Island MotoGP QPMotoGP - Jorge Lorenzo 2012 Phillip Island MotoGP QPCasey Stoner further enhanced his reputation as ‘King of the Island’ after slinging his Repsol Honda RC213V around the Phillip Island circuit in a time of 1’29.623 in Qualifying to seize pole position for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix.

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