Daily Archive: February 4, 2013

Feb 04

Scuderia Toro Rosso launched the STR8

STR8 away!

2013-02-04 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR8 - Jean-Eric Vergne - Daniel Ricciardo (4)2013-02-04 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR8 (1)Scuderia Toro Rosso today revealed its new car, the eighth in the team’s history, in the Jerez de la Frontera pit lane, at an event organised by the team’s Spanish sponsor, CEPSA. The wraps were pulled off the STR8 by our unchanged driver line-up of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

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Feb 04

Canadian Rally Championship round one: Losier bros. take two Top-5 places in Maniwaki

L’Estage and Richard win Gilles Villeneuve Award

Michel Dansereau2013-02-02-1705Driving a pair of Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII, Simon Losier with co-driver Brian Maxwell, and Maxime Losier partnered with Philippe Poirier, finished in the top five at the Rallye Perce-Neige, the first round of the Canadian Rally Championship (CRC) held last weekend near Maniwaki in the Upper Gatineau area.

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Feb 04

Gulf Quebec GT Challenge race schedule

The management of the Gulf Quebec GT Challenge is proud to announce its 2013 racing schedule.

Défi Québec Challenge logoGulf logoThe season will start with a 3 day racing school on May 10-11-22 at Sanair. This program organized by CHAG Autosport Academie, which is also the series promoter, is mandatory for anyone who wishes to obtain a road racing competition license. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

MLR71 up for bolder season in 2013

Alongside its internationally-renowned teams, the Auto GP championship has always enjoyed welcoming new players in motor racing.

Auto GP - Team MLR71 - Michele La RosaAuto GP logoOne of them, Team MLR71, is about to enter their second season: the Italian-based squad, owned by Michele La Rosa, made their Auto GP debut in 2012 with the goal of turning a personal passion into a fully professional effort. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

CME: Swearnet: JP, Mike & Robb, stars of TV’s Trailer Park Boys, are coming to the CME

The stars of TV’s Trailer Park Boys will promote their upcoming motorsports-themed movie SwearNet

Swearnet logoTorontoSun.com logoWhether you know them as the stars of the upcoming racing-themed movie SwearNet or as TV’s Trailer Park Boys, attendees at the Canadian Motorsports Expo on Sunday, February 10 will be able to see, hear, meet and get an autograph from iconic Canadian actors John Paul (JP) Tremblay, Mike Smith and Robb Wells. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Mercedes AMG Petronas launches 2013 Silver Arrows in Jerez (updated with more photos)

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team today unveiled its 2013 Formula One car, the F1 W04, at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.

2013-02-04 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - F1 W04 launch 042013-02-04 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - F1 W04 launch 06Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton arrived at the official photo call at the wheel of two Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, the fifth Black Series model from Mercedes-AMG. Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 race car, the new car offers a blend of breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics and lightweight construction in line with the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy.

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Feb 04

Infiniti Red Bull Racing reveals title partnership and new livery

The new livery integrates Infiniti’s purple-hued branding with the team’s existing racing colours

2013-02-03 - Red Bull Racing - RB9 launch (9)2013-02-03 - Red Bull Racing - RB9 launch (6)The launch of Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s 2013 car, the RB9, not only marked the unveiling of the car with which the team will defend its Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles, but it also ushered in a new era for the team. The car features a striking new livery that reflects the strengthened relationship between Red Bull Racing and premium automotive brand Infiniti.

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Feb 04

Do You Think I’m Sexy?

E21 unleashed on track at Jerez circuit in Spain

2013-01-28 - Lotus F1 Team - E21 042013-01-28 - Lotus F1 Team - E21 03Lotus F1 Team will unleash its 2013 car, the E21, on track at the first day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain, Tuesday February 5th. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Williams F1 Team testing schedule

Jerez test Schedule

08 - Williams F1_q0c3731_snippetAs planned Williams will run the 2012 FW34 in order to continue development work ahead of the FW35 launch on 19 February in Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Dennis van de Laar enters FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Buller joins Threebond with T-Sport

FIA Formula 3 European Championship logoF3 - Liam VenterDutch racer Dennis van de Laar will be competing for Van Amersfoort Racing in FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The 19-year-old driver who was born a few kilometers from the Zandvoort track debuted in Formula 3 last season with Van Amersfoort Racing and managed to score two pole positions in his rookie season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Teams sample Pirelli’s 2013 tyres for the first time

Preview: 2013 official Formula One test in Jerez

PirelliCircuito de JerezThe teams get their first taste of Pirelli’s 2013 Formula One tyres at the opening official test of the year at Jerez in southern Spain, which takes places from 5-8 February. Although the teams already had the chance to sample the new construction during free practice at the Brazilian Grand Prix last year, this will be the first time that they try out the complete new tyre range, together with the latest-specification compounds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Successful First Year sees Microsoft partnership doubled

Lotus F1 Team celebrates a successful first season with Microsoft by extending the terms of the partnership until at least the end of 2016.

2013-02-04 - Lotus F1 Team - Microsoft 012013-02-04 - Lotus F1 Team - Microsoft - Kimi Raikkonen 01Lotus F1 Team is proud to announce an extension of its partnership with the Microsoft Corporation. Following the successful first phase roll-out of Microsoft Dynamics at the team’s factory in 2012, the remainder of the current contract has been extended from two to four years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Giorgio Ascanelli, the well-known engineer who last year left his post as Toro Rosso’s technical director, has re-emerged at F1 brake supplier Brembo.

Ascanelli re-emerges at F1 brake supplier Brembo

2011-02-21 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Barcelona - Giorgio Ascanelli - 99016Brembo logoFollowing recent speculation, we reported last month that rumours the 53-year-old Italian is returning to the sport with Ferrari were wide of the mark. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Williams F1 Team announces updated technical line-up for the 2013 Season

The Williams F1 Team is pleased to announce an updated senior race operations line-up for the 2013 Formula One World Championship season.

Cmx26832_spotlight08 - Williams F1Xevi Pujolar moves up into the newly created position of Chief Race Engineer, overseeing all aspects of race car performance within trackside operations. Xevi has been with the Williams F1 Team since 2003 and after spending the 2010 season as Senior Race Engineer at Hispania F1 he returned to Williams ahead of the 2011 season to become Race Engineer to Pastor Maldonado. Xevi remained in this role for two seasons which included helping steer Pastor to an historic victory in last year’s Spanish GP. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Ecclestone ‘super impressed’ on Sochi visit

Bernie Ecclestone on Monday was on the spot at Sochi, the scene of next year’s inaugural Russian grand prix.

Formula 1 Circuit in Sochi - Bernier Ecclestone 3Formula 1 Circuit in Sochi - Bernier Ecclestone 2There had been some doubt about whether the resort city would host its first ever formula one race on schedule, following reports construction had stopped. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Mercedes AMG Petronas ‘keep moving’ with Blackberry partnership

Hamilton watches Rosberg debut 2013 car

2013-02-04 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - F1 W04 - Nico Rosberg 022013-02-04 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - F1 W04 - Lewis Hamilton 01As the new Silver Arrow, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W04, completes its first laps this morning at the Jerez circuit in Spain, the team is delighted to announce a significant new partnership agreement with BlackBerry (NASDAQ: RIMM, TSX: RIM). Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Horner ‘happy’ with Webber after Marko spat

Boss Christian Horner has played down the significance of an apparent spat between Mark Webber and the team’s outspoken Dr Helmut Marko.

2012-08-31 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium 98014 - Christian Horner - Mark Webber2013-02-03 - Red Bull Racing - RB9 launch (22)Recently, Austrian Marko suggested Red Bull’s main allegiance is to triple world champion Sebastian Vettel, because of Australian Webber’s inconsistent form. Webber, who on Sunday attended his seventh consecutive Red Bull launch, had hit back that it has been clear “for a long time” that he is not part of Marko’s “agenda”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Team, not Alonso, makes Ferrari’s decisions – boss

Luca di Montezemolo has moved to play down the ‘Jerez controversy’ by insisting Fernando Alonso is not in charge at Ferrari.

2012-11-18_000802 - Scuderia FerrariFirst, some suggested that Alonso – Ferrari’s undisputed number 1 – had hand-picked Spanish countryman and former McLaren colleague Pedro de la Rosa as his test driver for 2013. Then, it emerged that de la Rosa would be standing in for Alonso as this week’s official test action begins at Jerez. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Report – a Sauber ‘spy’ at Red Bull?

Tongue in cheek, a German specialist publication has wondered if there is a Sauber spy in the house at world champions Red Bull.

2013-02-02 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C32 front06 - Sauber F1 TeamAfter Swiss team Sauber surprised the world with its ultra-slim sidepods and a half-‘stepped’ nose for its newly launched C32, Auto Motor und Sport’s Michael Schmidt noticed that Red Bull’s new RB9 – which broke cover on Sunday – “has the same characteristics”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

Force India eyeing Bianchi, Sutil, Kobayashi or Senna?

Four drivers appear to be prominently in the running for the last race seat on the 2013 grid.

07 - Sahara Force India F1 Team2013-02-01 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - VJM06 - Bob Fernley - Paul Di Resta 2Strangely in the ultra-professional world of F1, Force India launched and debuted its new car, the VJM06, at Silverstone on Saturday with only one race driver under contract — Paul di Resta. Read the rest of this entry »

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