Daily Archive: December 28, 2012

Dec 28

Two more 2013 cars pass FIA crash tests

The monocoque of two more F1 teams’ 2013 cars have passed the mandatory FIA crash tests.

Flagworld - F1Flagworld - FIAAccording to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, one of them is Mercedes’ W04, to be raced next year by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The report said the silver single seater will have a new and smaller gearbox, totally different sidepods for the Coanda exhaust, and rear suspension designed to be flexible to geometry changes if required to suit Pirelli’s new tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 28

No official penalties for Alonso in 2012

If Pastor Maldonado was the penalty king, then Fernando Alonso is the master of fair play in 2012.

Fernando Alonso2012-11-16_0015That is the finding of Brazil’s Globo Esporte, having compiled a list of the official FIA penalties attracted by F1’s 24 drivers this year. Williams’ Maldonado tops the list with 15 penalties; almost double the tally of the penalty runner-up Sergio Perez, whose 8 penalties was also matched by world champion Sebastian Vettel’s official infractions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 28

DRS clampdown ‘sensible’ – Raikkonen

Banning the use of the moveable rear wing innovation DRS on Friday and Saturday is a good move, Kimi Raikkonen has declared.

2012-11-16_00082012-11-17_0010DRS was introduced in 2011 to make overtaking easier during grands prix. But because the FIA feared that setup compromises would minimise the effectiveness of the system, it was decided that DRS could also be used during free practice and qualifying. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 28

Grosjean wanted first win ‘at all costs’

Romain Grosjean thinks he is ready to take a more mature approach to formula one.

2012-12-16 - Race of Champions - Romain Grosjean 03Gerard Lopez - Eric Boullier - Romain Grosjean After the abortive start to his career at scandal-ridden Renault in 2009, the Frenchman got a second chance at the pinnacle of motor racing this year, with Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 28

Sources say Petrov to keep Caterham seat

‘Russian sources’ report that Vitaly Petrov is set to keep his Caterham seat for 2013, the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat claims.

2012-11-04 - Team Caterham - Abu Dhabi - Vitaly Petrov 012012-09-03 - Team Caterham - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 01Already this week, the 28-year-old’s manager Oksana Kosachenko revealed that “all the necessary work on our part is done — and it’s for Caterham to decide”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 28

No DTM for Zanardi, Barrichello to stock car

Alex Zanardi will not be racing in the German touring car series DTM in 2013.

Alex Zanardi 2011-12-26Rubens Barrichello Medley portraitThe former F1 driver recently tested a hand-controlled BMW, sparking speculation the popular 46-year-old Italian and Paralympian could return to full-time motor racing. Read the rest of this entry »

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