Daily Archive: February 18, 2013

Feb 18

Television host and driver Benoît Gagnon returns to the Lombardi Honda Racing Team

2013 Canadian Touring Car Championship

Lombardi Benoit Gagnon

CTCC logoThe Lombardi Honda Racing Team will return to the Canadian Touring Car Championship this season, entering several cars and drivers. Today, the Montréal-based team confirmed the first of these drivers as Benoît Gagnon, the well-known Québec radio and television host, who will be making his return to motorsports after almost a five year absence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

Carbir Announces 2013 FF Program with Hazelton

Carbir will join a full field of Mygales, Spectrums, Van Diemens, Pipers and more in what is shaping up to be a big 2013 season.

F1600 F Championship logoAfter a hiatus from the North American market, Carbir Race Cars is back for a full season in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series with Reid Hazelton in a Honda-powered entry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

Danica Patrick becomes first female pole winner In NASCAR Sprint Cup history

Rookie wins the Coors Light Pole for The Daytona 500

NASCAR - Danica PatrickNASCAR - Danica Patrick - Coors Light Pole AwardDanica Patrick made NASCAR history today during Coors Light Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500, becoming the first female driver to win a pole at NASCAR’s top level – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

Vettel’s Red Bull contract ‘long term’ – Lauda

Sebastian Vettel is locked into a “long term” contract with Red Bull, according to Niki Lauda.

2013-02-08 - Red Bull - Jerez - Sebastian Vettel (4)2013-02-08 - Red Bull - Jerez - Sebastian Vettel (7)Triple world champion Lauda, now the Mercedes team’s chairman, revealed he is aware of the precise term of the reigning world champion’s current deal. “I know Sebastian’s contract with Red Bull and it’s long term,” the famous Austrian told Italian television Griglia di Partenza. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

‘Risk taker’ Hamilton beats Vettel on Top Gear

Lewis Hamilton could not contain his smile as he smashed Sebastian Vettel’s lap record on the British motoring television show Top Gear.

2013-02-04 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton (3)2013-02-04 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton (2)The 2008 world champion’s existing lap of the show’s test track in a Suzuki Liana, set on a wet and slippery track some years ago, was bettered by seven tenths by current world champion Sebastian Vettel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

Mercedes rejects push for F1 withdrawal

Mercedes has hit back at reports some of its shareholders want the German marque to pull out of formula one.

05 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team2013-02-04 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - F1 W04 launch 05The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper has quoted two such shareholders – Michael Muders of the fund manager Union, and Henning Gebhardt, of DWS – as criticising Mercedes’ expanding push for F1 success. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

GP2 champ hopes 2013 role leads to F1 race seat

Davide Valsecchi is the first champion in GP2 history who risks never sitting on a formula one grid.

2012-10-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Davide ValsecchiGP2 - Davide Valsecchi (DAMS) GP2 Series Champion 2012Since the sport’s feeder series began in 2005, every champion – Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock, Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean – has recorded his place in F1 history. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

Barcelona Sutil’s ‘last chance’ for return – manager

Adrian Sutil’s manager has acknowledged a test this week in Barcelona is the German driver’s “last chance” to return to formula one.

2011-08-28 - Force India F1 Team - Belgium - Adrian Sutil 012011-05-21 - Force India F1 Team - Spain - Paul di Resta 02Sutil, 30, bowed out of the sport at the end of 2011, after Force India replaced him with Nico Hulkenberg in the wake of the Eric Lux assault affair. But with Hulkenberg now at Sauber for 2013, Force India’s is the last race vacancy for the forthcoming season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

‘Works’ teams look to seize 2014 opportunity

Still amid the Red Bull era, the so-called ‘works’ teams are looking ahead with great eagerness to 2014.

2012-05-27 - Red Bull Racing - Monaco - Mark Webber 990002012-05-27 - Red Bull Racing - Monaco - Mark Webber 99001Red Bull has mastered the current era of aerodynamics-dominated regulations, where the normally-aspirated V8 engines have been ‘frozen’ for many years. That is all about to change.  From next year, the cars will be powered by all-new turbo V6s integrated with sophisticated energy recovery or ‘ERS’ systems. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

Ecclestone sure F1 to race in Bahrain

It is “100 per cent” certain this year’s Bahrain grand prix is going ahead, according to Bernie Ecclestone.

Formula 1 Circuit in Sochi - Bernier Ecclestone 22012-04-22 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - 01However, violence has kicked off once again in the island Kingdom, as thousands of anti-government protesters mark the two-year anniversary of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’. The latest international reports say at least two have already died in the new clashes between the protesters and security forces. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

F1 to proceed with float in October – source

Owner CVC looks set to proceed with the floatation of formula one later this year, according to F1 business journalist Christian Sylt.

CVC Capital PartnersFlagworld - F1Late last year, Sylt said CVC had decided to continue to delay the planned Singapore floatation until at least 2014. But in a new report for the Telegraph, he quotes a ‘senior source’ as saying CVC is now eyeing October, when it hopes the European financial crisis and the Gribkowsky corruption affair in Germany will be resolved. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

Atech Grand Prix becomes Bamboo Engineering

British team joins forces with GP3 team Atech

tamasmonzaGP3 SeriesGP3 Series organisers are pleased to announce that Atech Grand Prix and Bamboo Engineering have joined forces and will compete in GP3 for the 2013-2015 seasons under the name of the Silverstone Technology Park-based team. Founded in 2009, Bamboo Engineering have competed in the prestigious World Touring Car Championship. The newly-named team will run their GP3/13 cars for the first time on February 20-22 for the first official pre-season testing of year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

FIA Formula 3 European Championship Newsflash

Felix Rosenqvist wants to fight for the title

FIA Formula 3 European Championship logoFelix Rosenqvist has extended his contract with the German team Mücke Motorsport into a third consecutive year. The 21-year-old Swede has signed a deal to compete in FIA Formula 3 European Championship the upcoming season. Rosenqvist finished in second place at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in China in November 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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