Daily Archive: November 18, 2012

Nov 18

Brad Keselowski wins 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship (updated)

Owner also celebrates as First-Time Series Champion

2011-02-19_00642010-09-19-dimanche-FrancoisGobeil.zipBrad Keselowski won the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning owner Roger Penske’s first title in NASCAR’s premier series. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Formula One teams United States Grand Prix report

United States Grand Prix Formula One race report

Circuit of the AmericasToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Austin, Texas.

(François Tremblay / Pole Position photo album)

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Nov 18

F1 title battle still on for Brazil finale

F1 will have its championship finale in Brazil next Sunday, after Sebastian Vettel failed to win the US grand prix.

Vettel-Alonso - photo Getty Images - Red Bull2012-06-09_1320But Red Bull’s German further expanded his points lead over his never-say-die title rival Fernando Alonso in Austin, with the gap now 13 points with just the twentieth race of the season in Sao Paulo still lying ahead. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Lewis Hamilton takes historic victory at Austin

Hamilton denies Vettel the victory, as the Championship goes down to the wire!

Lewis Hamilton Austin - photo Getty ImagesLewis Hamilton - Austin - photo Getty ImagesLewis Hamilton has taken a historic victory at the brand-new Circuit of the Americas, in what was an absolutely enthralling United States Grand Prix. The Briton was followed home by Sebastian Vettel, with Fernando Alonso a distant 3rd. Red Bull have therefore secured their third Constructors’ Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Canadian Ferrari Challenge driver Emmanuel Anassis wins both Ferrari Challenge North America at US GP

Ferrari Challenge North America at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas

Ferrari Québec - Emmanuel Anassis (2)Ferrari Québec - Emmanuel Anassis (1)The Canadian National anthem was heard by thousands of race fans who attended the first inaugural Formula One United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Massa’s deliberate penalty gives Alonso title boost

Ferrari on Sunday sparked a pre-race controversy by deliberately inflicting a penalty on Felipe Massa.

2012-11-17_00072012-11-17_0008A long-life gearbox rule means that breaking an official FIA ‘seal’ – usually necessary only in the event of a technical problem – incurs a five-place grid penalty. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

F1 members admitted to hospital in Austin

Members of F1’s travelling circus have been admitted to hospital in Austin, the Swiss newspaper Blick reports.

2011-06-12_10282012-11-17_0000The report said three members of the press from Portugal, Denmark and England respectively, and “some members” of the Red Bull team, are in hospital. Rumours suggest the Briton involved is the well-known photographer Keith Sutton, while the other two press-men are journalists Peter Nygaard and Luis Vasconcelos. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Oil, not dust to blame for slippery Austin

The particularly slippery conditions suffered by drivers at the new Circuit of the Americas this weekend is caused by oil, not dust.

2012-11-17_00162012-11-17_0019That is the claim of the authoritative German publication Auto Motor und Sport, which said Texas’ colder-than-expected temperatures and too-hard Pirelli tyres are also contributing to the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Wurz helped Tilke design Austin layout

Alex Wurz had a hand in the layout of the new Circuit of the Americas, which has lauded by formula one drivers this weekend.

2012-11-17_00022012-11-17_0013Wurz, now 38 and a sports car driver, contested 69 grands prix between 1997 and 2007, finishing on the podium three times. The Austrian now works as a ‘driver coach’ at Williams, serving alongside his friend and countryman Toto Wolff, the British team’s new shareholder and director. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Horner defends Vettel after Villeneuve criticism

“Sebastian is an emotional person” – Horner

2012-08-31 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium 99003 - Christian Horner2012-11-16_0014Christian Horner has defended Sebastian Vettel, after Jacques Villeneuve slammed the reigning world champion for often behaving “like a child”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Vettel likely to wrap up third title on Sunday

Sebastian Vettel is on the cusp of wrapping up his historic third consecutive drivers’ title, after totally dominating the weekend so far in Austin.

2012-11-16_00002012-11-16_0011If the pole-sitting German can steer his Red Bull to victory on Sunday, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso will have to move up from eighth on the grid to fourth at the finish to keep the championship mathematically alive for next weekend’s Brazil finale. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Hamilton, Vettel, told to modify helmets in Austin

Two of F1’s biggest names had to pull out the gaffer-tape in Austin to fix up their offending helmet liveries.

2012-11-17_00362012-11-16_0013The always-controversial Lewis Hamilton’s US-themed helmet attracted the most attention for its H.A.M. slogan, which according to street slang means ‘Hard as a motherf***er’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Senna sounds downbeat on 2013 future

Bruno Senna’s bad mood in Austin may have given away the game when he was asked about his plans for 2013.

2012-11-17_00122012-11-15_0013It is believed Williams plans to oust Brazilian Senna so that the British team’s young protege Valtteri Bottas can debut alongside Pastor Maldonado next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Félix da Costa wins at Macau

Felix Rosenqvist 2nd, Alex Lynn 3rd

Macau-GPF3 Formula 3 EuroseriesPortuguese António Félix da Costa, who raced in the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series, celebrated the biggest success of his career to date in Sunday’s Macau Grand Prix. At the end of the race at the 6.12 kilometres long Guia circuit, he had an advantage of 1.573 seconds from Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport), the best-placed Formula 3 Euro Series driver.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Formula 3 Euro Series to become Europe’s most important junior category as European Championship

Already for a decade, the Formula 3 Euro Series has been considered as the world’s toughest junior racing category.
A new start for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesFlagworld - FIAOver the last years, numerous Euro Series drivers have made the step into Formula 1 as the sport’s premier category or into the DTM, including such prominent drivers as world champions Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 18

Formula E orders 42 cars from Spark Racing Technology

CEO of FEH comments on McLaren – SRT Partnership

McLaren Electronic Systems logoFormula E Holdings Ltd. (FEH) – the official promoter of the new FIA Formula E Championship – has announced the purchase of 42 electric Formula cars from the newly formed company, Spark Racing Technology (SRT). The cars will be used in the Formula E Championship inaugural race in 2014. SRT, led by Mr Frédéric Vasseur, onMonday announced it had reached an agreement with McLaren Electronic Systems to design and construct the powertrain for the first Formula E car. Read the rest of this entry »

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