Daily Archive: December 27, 2012

Dec 27

News agencies vote Vettel top Euro athlete

Sebastian Vettel has been named the top European athlete of 2012.

2012-11-25 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (6)2012-11-25 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (2)F1’s new reigning triple world champion received the title after 26 European news agencies voted in the annual poll organised by Poland’s PAP agency. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Ferrari says Red Bull give ‘best parts’ to Vettel

Red Bull also has a clear number 1 driver, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has alleged.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari01 - Red Bull RacingThe fabled Italian team is open about its policy of hiring a clearly superior top driver – presently Fernando Alonso – alongside a capable ‘number 2’ such as Felipe Massa. In Austin last month, this policy was highlighted when Ferrari deliberately incurred a gearbox penalty on Brazilian Massa’s car in order to give Alonso a better grid position. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Ferrari to develop 2013 car in Cologne

Ferrari will develop the aerodynamics of its 2013 car exclusively in Cologne.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari2012-11-16 - Scuderia Ferrari - USA - Fernando Alonso 01After encountering problems with its Maranello facility this year, Ferrari’s wind tunnel will be closed next year until August. International reports, including in El Mundo Deportivo newspaper (Spain) and Kolner Express (Germany), said Ferrari has now turned its attention to Cologne, where the former F1 team Toyota rents out its state-of-the-art facility to clients. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Ferrari rules out F1 return for Schumacher

Ferrari has ruled out a return to the famous Italian team for Michael Schumacher.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari2012-11-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Michael Schumacher 01Schumacher, 43, is returning to retirement in 2013 as, at the end of his unsuccessful three-year comeback, Mercedes replaces him with Lewis Hamilton. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Sauber hopes Hulkenberg takes leadership role

Sauber is hoping Nico Hulkenberg embraces a leadership role, boss Monisha Kaltenborn has admitted.

07 - Sauber F1 Team2012-11-04 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Nico Hulkenberg 04A few days ago, German Hulkenberg – who is moving to the Swiss team in 2013 from Force India – doubted his role at Sauber would be significantly different, even though his new teammate is the Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

2012’s top three deserve equal praise – Hulkenberg

It is difficult to say which top-three driver did the best job in 2012.

2012-09-02 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Belgium - Nico Hulkenberg 022012-06-09_0116That is the view of Nico Hulkenberg, who said this year’s top three championship finishers – Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen – deserve similar praise. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Maldonado marries in Venezuela

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado last Saturday married journalist Gabriele Tarkanyi in Canaima, Venezuela.

2012-06-09_02252012-11-15_0026International media reports said the event was attended only by the couple’s closest family and friends. Maria Gabriela Chavez, the daughter of Hugo Chavez, was slated to attend, but she is reportedly at her father’s side as the Venezuelan president recovers in Cuba from cancer surgery. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Petrov waiting for Caterham’s call – manager

Vitaly Petrov’s hopes lie with Caterham, as the Russian bids to stay in formula one for a fourth consecutive season in 2013.

2012-11-04 - Team Caterham - Abu Dhabi - Vitaly Petrov 022012-09-03 - Team Caterham - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 00His manager, Oksana Kosachenko, admitted that while there is also still a race seat vacancy at Force India, the 28-year-old driver is only waiting on Caterham’s call. “At the moment, all the necessary work on our part is done — and it’s for Caterham to decide,” she told sportbox.ru. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

De la Rosa not expecting McLaren return

Pedro de la Rosa has acknowledged that, with HRT closing its doors, he is not expecting to simply stroll back into his job as McLaren’s reserve driver.

2012-06-09_03162012-05-10 - Spanish Grand Prix 199“No, that’s not true,” he told the Spanish sports newspaper Marca. “I took my road and I live with my decision, so I’m not going back to McLaren with their doors open wide, because I left twice.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Valsecchi hoping to be Lotus reserve

New GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi has admitted his best hope of breaking into formula one in 2013 is as a third driver.

2012-10-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Davide ValsecchiGP2 - Davide Valsecchi (DAMS) 2012 GP2 Series ChampionOn his fifth attempt in the F1 support series, the 25-year-old Italian this year beat Brazilian Luiz Razia to the title. Valsecchi was hoping to follow recent champions like Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg into F1, but admitted to Italiaracing: “At this point, I’m working to get the place of the Lotus team’s third driver. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Conspirator Symonds to return to paddock in 2013

Pat Symonds’ paddock exile is about to end, according to international reports.

Pat Symonds portraitFlagworld - F1Although working as a crucial technical consultant with Marussia in the last couple of seasons, the Briton was officially serving his F1 ban in the wake of the 2008 Renault ‘crashgate’ scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

Nurburgring to host 2013 German race – spokesman

The Nurburgring will host this year’s German grand prix as scheduled, a major local newspaper has declared.

NürburgringNurburgring logoThe fate of the 2013 race had been in doubt because of the Nurburgring’s well-documented financial problems. But the Bild-Zeitung daily said the German grand prix, as well as GP2 and GP3 support races, will be held at the track in early July, as per the published FIA calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 27

New Japanese racers eye to Auto GP

Vincenzo Sospiri believes that Auto GP is a category in which a driver can really learn a lot

Auto GP - Vincenzo Sospiri and Takachiho InoueAuto GP logoWhile all the Auto GP cars have stopped running and reached their garages in order to be fitted with the 2013 upgrades, the work aimed at bringing some bright new talent in the series continues.

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Dec 27

Final World Rally Ranking 2012

The Rally Driver No. 1 is Sébastien Loeb – The Rally Codriver No. 1 is Daniel Elena

World Rally Ranking logoSebastian Vettel - Sébastien Loeb (photo © DPPI - Thierry Bovy)Sébastien Loeb is without question the number 1 of international rallying, as confirmed by the 2012 world rally ranking WRR (World Rally Ranking) promoted by the IRDA (International Rally Drivers Association), the first place is always occupied by the French driver, in second place the Finnish Mikko Hirvonen, the podium is completed by Norvegian Andreas Mikkelsen. Read the rest of this entry »

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