Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 28

ESM, Level 5 ramp pp P2 programs ahead of Sebring

Teams put prototypes through paces in preparation for 12 Hours

ALMS - IMSAALMS - Scott Sharp-Patron A#7C224BThe P2 class for the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is taking shape. Both Extreme Speed Motorsports and Level 5 Motorsports put their HPD ARX-03b machines through paces in a private test session at Sebring International Raceway last week in preparation for the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida on March 16. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

Son of Damon Hill to contest FIA F3 European Championship

Josh Hill and Dmitry Suranovich will contest the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship for Fortec Motorsport.

Josh HillGP3 - Marussia Manor - Dmitry Suranovich22-year-old Josh Hill, the son of the 1996 Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill, joins Puerto Rican Felix Serralles and Brazilian Luis Felipe Derani as third Fortec driver and the quartet will be completed by Russia’s 17-year-old former GP3 driver Dmitry Suranovich. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

McLaren Group supports British industry at the Manufacturing Summit

“My time at McLaren has completely changed my view of engineering” – Bernadette

McLaren GroupMcLaren Group - Bernadette CollinsBernadette Collins, an engineer with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, today highlighted the need to change outdated perceptions of the manufacturing industry and the importance of inspiring young people in a speech to Government Ministers and industry leaders

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Feb 28

Formula One teams Barcelona testing report day 1

Formula One day 1 test report

Circuit de Catalunya logoToday’s testing report from Formula One teams & drivers at Circuit de Catalunya.

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Feb 28

James Calado finishes on top in Jerez (updated)

ART Grand Prix driver ends final pre-season test day at the top of the timesheets

GP2 SeriesCircuito de JerezJames Calado concluded his week’s work in the best possible way. Lasts season’s best rookie was quickest today at Circuito de Jerez with a laptime of 1:24.659 set this afternoon. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs set the best laptime in the morning for newcomers MP Motorsport. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

Adrian Sutil completes Sahara Force India’s 2013 line-up

Sahara Force India is pleased to announce that Adrian Sutil will complete its driver line-up for the 2013 season.

2013-02-23 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Barcelona - Adrian Sutil 102013-02-23 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Barcelona - Adrian Sutil 04The 30-year-old German will race alongside Paul Di Resta, recreating the successful partnership that raced together during the 2011 season. The 2013 campaign will be Adrian’s fifth racing season in the colours of Sahara Force India and his sixth year of Formula One competition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

Lorenzo quickest at second official MotoGP™ test at Sepang

Sepang International Circuit

MotoGP - Yamaha Factory Racing - Jorge LorenzoMotoGP - Repsol Honda - Dani PedrosaYamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo posted a fastest lap of 2’00.282 on the second day of testing to finish on top of the timesheets at the second Sepang pre-season MotoGP™ group test. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

McLaren denies 2013 car off the pace

McLaren has denied it is slightly off the pace as teams enter the final week of pre-season testing.

2013-02-23 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Jenson Button 022013-02-23 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Sergio Perez 04With multiple sources reporting that Red Bull and Lotus look to be narrowly leading the 2013 field at present, Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali this week admitted he would be “very surprised” if the new F138 is quickest in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

Lotus to begin 2013 season without title sponsor

Lotus looks set to begin the 2013 season without a title sponsor.

2013-02-23 - Lotus F1 Team - Barcelona - Romain Grosjean 022013-02-23 - Lotus F1 Team - Barcelona - Kimi Raikkonen 03Late last year, it emerged that the Genii-owned team was close to announcing a $30 million per year deal with Honeywell, the American technology giant. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

Lotus denies engine maps issue will slow 2013 car

Ahead of the final pre-season test and 2013 season opener, Lotus has played down a new controversy about engine maps.

2013-02-23 - Lotus F1 Team - Barcelona - Kimi Raikkonen 052013-02-27 - Renault Sport F1 engines (1)We reported on Monday that, after Red Bull were told to stop using certain ‘maps’ mid last season, the similarly Renault-powered Lotus was now also embroiled in a similar controversy. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said the FIA directive issued in August of last year still applied for 2013, despite Red Bull and Lotus assuming it related exclusively to last season’s championship. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

Sutil’s manager says Force India drive ‘has worked out’

“It looks like it has worked out” – Manfred Zimmermann

2013-02-23 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Barcelona - Adrian Sutil 082013-02-23 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Barcelona - Adrian Sutil 04Having denied it was a done deal mere hours ago, Adrian Sutil’s manager now sounds certain the 30-year-old has secured a Force India race seat for 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

Razia’s F1 debut now in serious doubt – report

As the F1 teams prepare for the final pre-season test in Barcelona, Brazilian rookie Luiz Razia’s formula one future appears in tatters.

2013-02-10 - Marussia F1 Team - Jerez - Luiz Razia 042013-02-10 - Marussia F1 Team - Jerez - Luiz Razia 07The 23-year-old was left out of Marussia’s entire schedule for the recent Barcelona test, with the team saying only that it wanted to benefit from the “consistency” of having Max Chilton in the car for every day of running. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

Marussia looking for 2014 engine supplier

Marussia is on the market for a new engine supplier, sporting director Graeme Lowdon has admitted.

11 - Marussia F1 TeamGP3 - Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing)Although Cosworth has not ruled out supplying a turbo V6 for the all-new 2014 regulations, Marussia is now the British company’s only customer for the existing V8. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 28

The maiden test of the brand-new AutoGP car in 2013 spec is set to be held next Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1 at Vallelunga.

New Auto GP car gets on track at Vallelunga

Auto GP 2013Auto GP logoThe series’ new machine, presented in late 2012 as a prototype version, was developed through a targeted R&D work that resulted in an interesting and innovative project.

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Feb 27

Tom Dillmann still on top in Jerez (updated)

Hilmer Racing driver confirms top form on Day 2 of pre-season test session 

GP2 - Tom Dillmann (Hilmer Motorsport)GP2 - Stéphane Richelmi (DAMS)Once again, Tom Dillmann put newcomers Hilmer Motorsport on top in Jerez as the GP2 Series teams prepare for the 2013 season. On the second day of the first pre-season test session at Circuito de Jerez, the Frenchman set the quickest laptime in the morning with a 1:24.400. Stéphane Richelmi at DAMS was fastest in the afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 27

Sutil secures F1 return with Force India – report

Adrian Sutil’s manager has denied reports on Wednesday that the 30-year-old has definitely secured his return to formula one.

2013-02-23 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Barcelona - Adrian Sutil 012013-02-23 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Barcelona - Adrian Sutil 00The German magazine Sport Bild said Sutil, the long-time Force India driver who sat out 2012 in the wake of the Eric Lux assault affair, has beaten hot contender Jules Bianchi to become Paul di Resta’s new teammate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 27

2013 Official Formula One test in Barcelona Pirelli preview

Teams to collect more tyre data in final pre-season test

Pirelli2013-02-13 - Pirelli - Full Pirelli 2013 Formula One Tyre RangeThe final four-day pre-season Formula One test takes place from Thursday to Sunday in Barcelona, which will bring the total number of testing days before the season starts in Australia next month up to 12. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 27

China Racing announced as second Formula E team

Chinese team is the second entry officially proposed to the FIA in new global electric Championship

Formula E - China Racing CarFormula E Holdings logoChina Racing, announced today at the FIA headquarters in Paris, that “FIA Formula E Team China Racing” is the second team agreed with Formula E Holdings (the promoter) to be officially proposed to the FIA as one of 10 teams taking part in the forthcoming FIA Formula E Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 27

Bad weather and car ‘holes’ for final winter test

Teams are concerned about a forecast of bad weather for the final week of pre-season testing, according to the German language Speed Week.

2012-06-08_0320Circuit de Catalunya logoLast week, the ‘middle’ Spanish test ended with cold and wet conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya. “I can’t remember having a full test day this cold,” said Australian Mark Webber. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 27

V6 to deliver less horse power, eighth gear – Renault

With the sophisticated ‘ERS’ energy recovery systems to complement next year’s V6 engines, F1 is not set to lose much horse power.

2013-02-27 - Renault Sport F1 engines (17)2013-02-27 - Renault Sport F1 engines (7)That is the claim of Rob White, engine supplier Renault’s technical boss. “Today’s engines produce around 750 horse power,” White, referring to the normally aspirated V8 units that will be used for the very last time in 2013, told Speed Week. Read the rest of this entry »

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