Daily Archive: March 15, 2013

Mar 15

Formula One teams Australian Grand Prix free practice report (udpated)

Australian Grand Prix Formula One free practice report

Melbourne - Albert Park - Australian Grand PrixToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Melbourne.

 

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Mar 15

Back In Black – Lotus F1 Team Partners with Columbia Records

Lotus F1 Team partners with Columbia Records in an innovative deal promoting music through team website and track activities.

2013-03-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Columbia Records 022013-03-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Columbia Records 01Lotus F1 Team is proud to announce an agreement with Columbia Records, the oldest and most credible music label in the world, which will see the team building up on the relationship it has initiated with the music industry in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Marcel Fassler leads Audi 1-2 in qualifying at Sebring

Welcome back Risi: Bruni takes GT pole in Ferrari

ALMS - Ryan Briscoe-Level 5-1ALMS - Marcel Fassler-Sebring-1With years of Audi history on hand this weekend at Sebring International Raceway, Marcel Fassler proved why Audi continues to press the future in sports car endurance racing. A hybrid-powered prototype is on pole position for the first time in the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Marcel Fassler set a track record with a 1:43.886 (129.604 mph) in Audi Sport Team Joest’s No. 1 Audi R8 e-tron quattro. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Zele Racing signs Luciano Bacheta for 2013 Auto GP

“The Auto GP family warmly welcomes a valuable new addition to its roster” -Enzo Coloni

Auto GP - ZeleRacingAuto GP World SeriesA new name has been added to the Auto GP roster for the upcoming 2013 season, as Zele Racing announced that Luciano Bacheta will assume driving duties of one of the Austrian squad’s racecars. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Neil Alberico bounces back in style to win USF2000 race 2 at Sebring

Scott Hargrove managed to fight his way from fifth on the grid to second

USF2000 - Sebring Race 2 StartUSF2000 - Sebring Race 2 PodiumNeil Alberico began the season as a hot favorite for top honors in this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda after winning five of six races in the Cooper Tires Winterfest mini-series last month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Pecking order becomes clearer in Melbourne

After three hours of running in Melbourne, the fog of the winter pre-season has finally begun to clear.

2011-03-26 - Force India F1 Team - Australia - Adrian Sutil 042011-03-26 - Force India F1 Team - Australia - Adrian Sutil 07Lotus, like Mercedes and Ferrari, looks quite competitive, but “The front row will be all Red Bull,” said Romain Grosjean. Lewis Hamilton agreed: “They (Red Bull) have obviously been sand-bagging the whole time in winter as expected. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Sergio Canamasas signs for Caterham Racing

Spanish racer Sergio Canamsas has today finalised a deal to contest the 2013 GP2 Championship with Caterham Racing.

GP2 - Caterham Racing - Sergio CanamasasCaterham Racing logoIn addition to his GP2 role Sergio will be Caterham F1 Team’s 2013 Development Driver and his duties will include F1 simulator work at Leafield Technical Centre, as well as straight-line aero testing for the F1 team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Todt suggests F1 teams’ cost agreement in doubt

“I think F1 does cost too much,” he acknowledged to the Financial Times.

Flagworld - FIAJean Todt (DR)The future of the so-called ‘resource restriction agreement’ – a gentleman’s pact among teams to control costs – has moved under a dark cloud. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

No extra testing for V6 rules debut – Whiting

F1 teams will make do with a normal test programme early next year, despite the introduction of radical new engine regulations.

2012-06-09_0020Some of the engine suppliers reportedly want either an earlier or an extended winter test period ahead of the 2014 season, as F1 switches from V8 to turbo V6 engines. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Boss ‘worried’ about pace of new McLaren

McLaren on Friday admitted it is now “worried” about the pace of the new MP4-28 car.

2013-01-31 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jenson Button - Sergio Perez 022013-01-31 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Launch 05Jenson Button was just ninth in opening practice in Melbourne, before lagging more than two seconds off the pace in the second ninety minute session. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Vodafone quit McLaren over Bahrain issue – report

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s Telmex company is the favourite to replace Vodafone at McLaren next year

2013-02-08 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jerez - Sergio Perez 032013-03-03 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Sergio Perez 03McLaren has reportedly played down reports title sponsor Vodafone is pulling out of formula one due to the controversial Bahrain grand prix. A day after the British team confirmed that its title sponsor since 2007 will pull out at the end of the year, The Times newspaper said Vodafone made its decision “after conducting a review of the deal on the back of last year’s Bahrain grand prix”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Raikkonen denies racing only for money

Kimi Raikkonen has hit back at claims only money motivates him to keep racing in formula one.

2013-03-07 - Lotus F1 Team - Kimi Raikkonen - CNBC2013-03-03 - Lotus F1 Team - Barcelona - Kimi Raikkonen 02After a two-year hiatus in world rallying in the wake of his Ferrari career, the phlegmatic Finn returned to the grid with Lotus last year, winning in Abu Dhabi and finishing a surprise third in the world championship. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Grosjean admits to ‘fatigue’ after 2012 season

Romain Grosjean has admitted the 2012 season took its toll.

2013-03-03 - Lotus F1 Team - Barcelona - Romain Grosjean 022013-02-23 - Lotus F1 Team - Barcelona - Romain Grosjean 00Banned in Monza and written off as F1’s ‘first lap nutcase’ by Mark Webber, Grosjean admits he was relieved at the end of December, when Lotus decided he should be given another chance for 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

‘Something wasn’t right’ at McLaren – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he decided to leave McLaren at the end of last year because “something didn’t feel right”.

2013-03-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Lewis Hamilton 06Lewis Hamilton - photo Getty ImagesThe 2008 world champion had been groomed by the Woking based team for F1 stardom from his McLaren-sponsored days in karting, but 2012 was his sixth consecutive season on the grid with the same outfit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Report – active suspension the key to Mercedes’ speed

Auto Motor und Sport said the Brackley based team has been “tinkering with the system for three years”.

2013-03-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Nico Rosberg 032013-03-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Nico Rosberg 02Specialist publications are reporting a secret of the apparent speed of Mercedes’ new W04 car — a system known in the German squad’s garage as ‘Fric’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Five teams could win in Melbourne – Lauda

Triple world champion Niki Lauda thinks “at least five teams” could be in the running to win the opening grand prix of 2013.

2013-02-07 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Jerez - 042012-06-10_0513“So the best structured (ones),” said the famous Austrian, “Red Bull, us (Mercedes), Ferrari, McLaren and Lotus. “After what we saw in winter testing, I would say that any of them could win at Albert Park,” he told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper in Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

Maldonado no longer certain Venezuela backing will flow

Pastor Maldonado has admitted he cannot be certain his F1 career will continue long after the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

2013-03-03 - Williams F1 - Barcelona - Pastor Maldonado 012012-09-02 - Williams F1 - Belgium - Pastor Maldonado 0Sponsoring Williams via the state-controlled PDVSA oil company, Chavez died of cancer last week and Maldonado rushed back to his native country before Australia for his funeral. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

No F1 comeback any time soon – Kubica

But he said he would “give everything” to be able to return to his first love; circuit racing.

Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRCRobert Kubica photo © DPPI - Alexandre Guillaumot Robert Kubica is not willing to give up on a future return to formula one, despite acknowledging he will not be ready for a comeback for some time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

2013 FIA European Rally Championship, round three of 13 preview

Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés (Spain), 21-23 March

European Rally Championship logoFIA ERC Rally Islas Canarias Craig Breen action imageFrom the ice and snow of Austria and Latvia, the FIA European Rally Championship heads to sunnier climes next week for some high-speed asphalt action with a hint of Formula One thrown in for good measure. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 15

GTSprint International Series: Petri Corse to field Marco Cassarà, Gianluca Carboni on a Porsche 997

Simone Petri doubles Superstarsworld effort, adds GTSprint team to 2013 Porsche Panamera Superstars program

GTSprint - Marco CassarGTSprint International Series logoPetri Corse have confirmed their entry in the 2013 GTSprint International Series with a Porsche 997 which will be shared by Marco Cassarà and Gianluca Carboni – an experienced pair of GT racing regulars with longtime stints under the Stuttgart manufacturer’s banner. Read the rest of this entry »

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