Monthly Archive: November 2012

Nov 30

Jännerrallye stages will thrill, says ERC’s Nicolas

Next year’s FIA European Rally Championship will get off to a spectacular start if the stages of the Jännerrallye are anything to go by.

European Rally Championship logoERC 2013 Jannerrallye reconnaissanceThat’s the view of ERC General Co-ordinator Jean Pierre Nicolas, a former international-level rally winner, following a drive through the Austrian event’s stages earlier this week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 30

Vettel overtaking saga ‘now closed’ – Ferrari

Ferrari on Friday said the controversy about Sebastian Vettel’s alleged illegal overtaking move is “now closed”.

Thumbnail03 - Scuderia FerrariThe Italian team had contemplating protesting the result of the championship-deciding Brazilian grand prix, after video footage purportedly showed Red Bull’s German driver passing a Toro Rosso under yellow flags. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 30

Victorians extend lead as F1 star Webber joins the action

Formula 1 star Mark Webber starts the beach run on the third day of the Challenge that carries his name.

MW_TASMANIA_CHALLENGE_CMYKFormula 1 star Mark Webber starts the beach run on the third day of the Challenge that carries his name.As Australian Formula 1 star, Mark Webber, took to the rugged trails and costal waters on the East Coast of Tasmania, the battle for the lead of his adventure race, the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge, has continued. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 30

Ecclestone, FIA, say Vettel will stay 2012 champion

Bernie Ecclestone has slammed as a “complete joke” Ferrari’s efforts to question the outcome of the 2012 world championship.

Sebastian Vettel  - Ecclestone -  photo Getty ImagesFlagworld - FIAThe controversy erupted when video footage emerged – and was circulated widely by “Fernando Alonso’s management” according to Sport Bild – of Sebastian Vettel purportedly overtaking illegally under yellow flag conditions at Interlagos. Ferrari confirmed that it asked the governing body for “clarification”, and spokesman Luca Colajanni insists the Maranello team has “until tomorrow (Friday) to file an appeal”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 30

F1 is ‘a world without pity’ – Grosjean

As the candidates clamour for his seat, Romain Grosjean has acknowledged that formula one is a “world without pity”.

Gerard Lopez - Eric Boullier - Romain Grosjean 2012-10-14 - Lotus F1 Team - Korea - Romain Grosjean 04“Yes,” he confirmed to the Swiss daily Le Matin.  “But that’s normal for the top level. “It’s also the case with banking and watchmaking.  There is no room for mercy. “Seats in F1 are scarce; there are no presents.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 30

Pic breaks record for most times overtaken

Charles Pic has entered F1’s history books by breaking an unenviable record.

2012-11-04 - Marussia F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Charles Pic (2)2012-06-08_0161Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper reports that the young Frenchman, who made his debut this year with Marussia and for 2013 will switch to Caterham, broke a record held for more than 20 years by Italian Stefano Modena. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 30

Schumacher to be karting test driver in 2013

Reports that Michael Schumacher has signed up as Mercedes’ F1 test driver for 2013 are wrong.

2011-04-09 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Malaysia - Michael Schumacher 01MichaelSchumacherThe reports were sparked when the retiring seven time world champion was quoted in English-language reports as saying: “I have signed a contract and will be active as a test driver”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 30

Just a few hours after 2013 schedule release and Auto GP is about to be back at the Montmelò track for a 2-day test

Ghirelli, Kuroda and Sato bring fresh note to upcoming Auto GP test in Barcelona

Auto GP - Yoshitaka Kuroda KurodaAuto GP logoThe cars will be lining-up at the venue, which is located outside Barcelona, on Thursday, December the 6th and Friday, December the 7th. Once again, the winter tests will enable teams to evaluate new drivers coming from other categories for possible 2013 deals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 30

Norman Nato, the next French coming man with DAMS in 2013!

“It’s a pleasure to welcome and to give a chance to a new, young French coming man in our team” – Jean-Paul Driot

The Formula Renault 3.5 Series preparatory tests finished on 24th November and the French team has already selected one of its two drivers for the 2013 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 29

TRG, Aston Martin Racing launch multi-faceted factory-supported North American race program

“Aston Martin Racing, as a factory- supported entity, has truly arrived in North America” – Kevin Buckler

Kevin Buckler-1TRG-AMR GT3The Racer’s Group (TRG) and Aston Martin Racing announced today the formation of a partnership to bring a factory-supported, multi-faceted Aston Martin Racing program to North America starting in 2013.

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Nov 29

Ray Courtemanche Jr. Most Popular Driver In NASCAR Canadian Tire Series for 2012

“For this contest, we gave Leucan 25 cents for each vote we garnered” – Ray Jr.

Ray Courtemanche Jr. - LeucanNASCAR has just announced that Montreal driver Ray Courtemanche Jr. has won the ‘Most Popular Driver’ contest for 2012 in the NASCAR Canadian Tide Series (NCaTS).

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Nov 29

Vettel pass was legal, FIA’s Whiting declares

“Between the last yellow light and the green light, there was a green flag being waved.” – Charlie Whiting

2012-06-09_0020ThumbnailF1’s governing body has sided with Red Bull, after Ferrari on Thursday wrote the FIA a letter that might have changed the outcome of the 2012 world championship. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 29

Formula 1 star arrives as epic battle heats up

Australian Formula 1 star, Mark Webber, has arrived in Tasmania for the multi-sport adventure race that carries his name.

MW_TASMANIA_CHALLENGE_CMYKMark Webber logoWith a host of World Champion adventure racers, Olympians, ironmen, surfers and AFL footballers on its starting list, the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge is once again living up to all expectations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 29

Vettel’s Red Bull Racing F1 car heads for ROC 2012

Triple Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will show off one of his title-winning Red Bull Racing cars at the 2012 Race Of Champions

Vettel’s Red Bull Racing F1 car heads for ROC 2012Race Of Champions logoVettel will take 2011’s dominant Red Bull Racing RB7 on demonstration runs round Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium at ROC 2012 next month. Other highlights of the show include Chris Pfeiffer Streetbike Freestyle Rider, stunt driver Terry Grant, rally legend Stig Blomqvist in the Audi S1 and 2012 MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo on his Yamaha bike. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 29

Vettel says last races proved critics wrong

Sebastian Vettel has hit back at critics who claim the new triple consecutive world champion is not good at overtaking.

2012-10-14 - Red Bull Racing - Korea - Sebastian Vettel - Mark Webber (4)2012-11-03 - Red Bull Racing - Abu Dhabi - Sebastian Vettel 299003The critics have said the Red Bull driver is good at dominating grands prix from pole position, but usually falters when he needs to do some passing en route to the chequered flag. But German Vettel thinks his races in Abu Dhabi, when he fought through the field from the pitlane to finish on the podium, and in Brazil where he won the title despite a first-lap spin, have proved the critics wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 29

Ferrari ‘evaluating’ Vettel overtaking footage

Ferrari has until Friday to lodge a protest against the results of Sunday’s championship-deciding Brazilian grand prix.

Thumbnail03 - Scuderia FerrariThe possibility that Sebastian Vettel could lose his 2012 title, to the benefit of Fernando Alonso, has arisen after video footage emerged on the internet depicting Vettel overtaking at Interlagos possibly under yellow flags. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 29

Raikkonen to begin break with snowmobile race

Kimi Raikkonen will kick off his winter break with a snowmobile race.

2012-11-17_00102012-10-06 - Lotus F1 Team - Japan - Kimi Raikkonen 03Just after signing to return to F1 in 2012 with Lotus, the 2007 world champion hurt his wrist in a snowmobile racing crash in Austria. Now, APA news agency reports that the 33-year-old Finn intends to race a 70 horse power snowmobile again, in Saalbach on 8 December. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 29

Now Kobayashi could replace Grosjean at Lotus – report

Lotus finished fourth in the constructors’ title.

2012-10-23 - Sauber F1 Team - oerlikon - Kamui Kobayashi - Suzuka2012-06-10_0527Kamui Kobayashi has entered the frame as a potential replacement for Romain Grosjean at Lotus, Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper reports.

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Nov 29

Ousting Senna not commercial suicide for Williams – Wolff

Williams has dismissed suggestions Bruno Senna’s departure will hurt the British team’s coffers for 2013.

2012-04-15 - Williams F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Bruno Senna 032012-11-04 - Williams F1 - Abu Dhabi - Sir Frank Williams - Toto Wolff 01The Oxfordshire based team announced this week it is replacing Brazilian Senna, who is significantly sponsored, with the rookie Finn Valtteri Bottas. Bottas is linked managerially to Williams executive and shareholder Toto Wolff. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 29

2013 French GP return ‘impossible’ – Prost

Alain Prost has confirmed reports France will definitely not feature on F1’s 2013 calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceAlain Prost - Romain Grosjean CastelletThe reports had said Paul Ricard and Magny Cours both missed the deadline to apply to France’s sanctioning body, the FFSA, for a request to the FIA for a 2013 calendar change. Read the rest of this entry »

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