Daily Archive: February 6, 2013

Feb 06

Formula One teams Jerez testing report day 2

Formula One day 2 test report

Circuito de JerezToday’s testing report from Formula One teams & drivers at Circuito de Jerez.

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Feb 06

Expanded partnership with Sage helps the Marussia F1 Team keep pace

Bigger and better

sage logo11 - Marussia F1 TeamThe Marussia F1 Team is pleased to follow the reveal and testing debut of its new race car with its first partnership story of the 2013 season. The Team has extended and expanded its relationship with Sage, who now become an Official Partner.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

Hamilton crashes new Mercedes

On his first day of official running in 2013, Lewis Hamilton crashed the new Mercedes.

2013-02-04 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton (8)2013-02-04 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton (3)The 2008 world champion had done a few filming laps in the silver W04 on Monday, but Wednesday was his first real day of on-track work in the wake of his six years as a McLaren driver. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

Ecclestone confirms only 19 races for 2013

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that F1’s 2013 schedule will feature only 19 rounds.

Flagworld - F1Formula 1 Circuit in Sochi - Bernier Ecclestone 3Until New Jersey’s demise, this year’s calendar was set to have twenty grands prix. Ecclestone, the F1 chief executive, opened up the twentieth slot to a potential new European venue, but he said on Tuesday that he could not now fill it “at this late stage”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

Dennis ‘fine’ with defectors who don’t ‘bleed McLaren’

Ron Dennis has declared defiantly that McLaren can thrive without those who do not bleed ‘rocket red’ blood.

2012-11-18_00132012-11-13 - Winning team Reed's School with Vince Cable and Ron DennisStill the ‘supremo’ of the entire company, Dennis declared this week that – with Martin Whitmarsh now in charge – he has now “moved on” from his F1-dedicated days. But the Financial Times insists that Dennis, 65, is still firmly involved; consenting to Lewis Hamilton’s departure and now musing the potential loss of McLaren’s technical director Paddy Lowe, also to Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

Button stuns rivals with Jerez pace

Jenson Button and McLaren have fired the opening salvo of the 2013 world championship, stunning rivals with the pace of the new MP4-28 at Jerez.

2013-01-31 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jenson Button - Sergio Perez 022013-01-31 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jenson Button - Sergio Perez 01Despite a technical problem, by the end of Tuesday’s action Briton Button was almost a second clear of the rest of the field, headed by Mark Webber in the new Red Bull. “I was surprised when I saw the (laptime on the) dash,” Button said, “but the time doesn’t mean anything.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

Cosworth not as good as Mercedes, Ferrari – Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg is well placed to comment on the respective strengths and weaknesses of most of the current engine suppliers in F1.

2013-02-02 - Sauber F1 Team - Nico Hulkenberg 022013-02-02 - Sauber F1 Team - Nico Hulkenberg Helmet 02When he debuted in 2010, the German’s Williams was powered by a Cosworth, while last year he raced a Force India with a Mercedes V8. And on Tuesday at Jerez, his brand new Sauber had a Ferrari engine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

Toro Rosso duo in running for Webber’s seat

Jean-Eric Vergne has revealed he is still in the running to move up to Red Bull’s championship-winning team in 2014.

09 - Scuderia Toro Rosso2013-02-04 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR8 - Jean-Eric Vergne - Daniel Ricciardo (4)The Frenchman, who last year debuted for the energy drink company’s junior squad Toro Rosso, said he and continuing teammate Daniel Ricciardo are potential candidates in the event Mark Webber does not stay beyond his contract this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

Brighter Caterham sparks first controversy of 2013

When Caterham unveiled its 2013 car in the Jerez pitlane early on Tuesday, observers immediately spotted the ‘step’ nose and a new, brighter livery.

10 - Team Caterham2013-02-05 - Team Caterham - CT03 08“Cool!” said Dutch rookie Giedo van der Garde when asked what he thinks of the new green hue. “Last year it was a little too dark, which sometimes didn’t look good on TV,” he told Dutch magazine Formule1.  “We have had a good response so far.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

Marussia confirms Razia for 2013

Marussia on Wednesday finally confirmed reports Luiz Razia has completed the team’s 2013 race driver lineup.

11 - Marussia F1 TeamGP2 - Luiz Razia wins Valencia Sprint Race (Arden International)The 23-year-old Brazilian, runner-up in last year’s GP2 championship, will mark the news by testing Marussia’s newly-launched MR02 car at Jerez on Wednesday. The 2013 vacancy, now filled by Razia, opened up recently when Marussia split with Timo Glock, citing the need for a sponsored driver. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

Pirelli wants new five-year F1 deal

Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s F1 boss, has revealed the Italian tyre supplier is pushing for a longer-term contract beyond 2013.

Pirelli2013-01-23 - PirelliRecently, the FIA has been tendering is contracts with F1’s sole tyre suppliers on a three-year basis, and Pirelli is now approaching the end of its first run. Hembery said Pirelli wants to stay on the grid beyond 2013, but is pushing for an even longer contract than three years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

Senna swaps F1 for Le Mans in 2013

Bruno Senna is bowing out of formula one.

Aston Martin - Bruno Senna - photo © DPPI - Clément Marin 2012-11-17_0012Despite hoping to find a new seat after being replaced at Williams by Valtteri Bottas, the Brazilian has been signed up for 2013 by Aston Martin’s sports car team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

Superstars World: Pasquale Di Sabatino set for Superstars testing debut

WTCC racer joins Chevrolet Solaris Motorsport for the upcoming round of testing at Adria

Superstars - Pasquale Di SabatinoSuperstars World logoWith just two days to go for the first collective test of the 2013 SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL SERIES, Chevrolet Solaris Motorsport announced a new addition to their roster at Adria. On the next 8th of February, the northern-Italian circuit will host a round of testing as well as the SUPERSTARS SPORTING AWARDS, the series’ prize ceremony for the 2012 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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