Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 30

Three carmakers linked with post-2013 F1 forays

“Volkswagen, Honda and Hyundai”

2011-01-13_05832011-01-13_0623Three car makers have been named as potential candidates to enter formula one after the engine rules change in 2013. Jean-Francois Caubet, managing director of F1 engine supplier Renault Sport F1, said “Volkswagen, Honda and Hyundai” could launch forays when the turbocharged four-cylinder power plants replace the current 2.4 litre V8s. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

CVC not ruling out sale of F1 stake – report

Bribery affair surrounding former F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky could complicate the sale

Flagworld - F1CVC is not ruling out selling its 100 per cent ownership of formula one’s commercial rights, according to financial news specialists Reuters. The report said “several sources” believe the private equity firm is conducting a strategic review of its stake for a potential “sale, IPO or debt refinancing”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Raikkonen to combine rally with NASCAR in 2011

Raikkonen’s former McLaren teammate Juan Pablo Montoya switched to NASCAR in 2006.

Kimi Räikkönen  2011-03-01Kimi Raikkonen 20101114As the second F1 season without him kicks off, Kimi Raikkonen has revealed plans to branch into NASCAR racing this year. Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper said the 2007 world champion will combine his world rally championship foray in 2011 with America’s premier motor racing category. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Berger no fan of F1 overtaking debate

Gerhard Berger has admitted he is no fan of the ongoing debate about overtaking in formula one.

00731full17700731full84After watching the Australian grand prix on television, the ten-time race winner said the new moveable rear wings made “barely” any difference. But “This is the wrong approach,” he said on Austrian Servus TV.  “I want to see racing, where if you want to get past you have to brake later. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

McLaren to scrap titanium diffuser for Malaysia

McLaren has good reason to expect another step forwards in Malaysia next weekend.

2011-03-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Jenson Button 072011-03-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Jenson Button 09After a dire winter period, the British team scrapped its complex ‘octopus’ exhaust system before Melbourne and moved onto the pace with a Red Bull-inspired layout. And the same layout is set to be lighter at Sepang next weekend, according to Auto Motor und Sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Briatore tells Ferrari to ‘focus on 2012′

Meanwhile, former ten-time GP winner Gerhard Berger agrees with Briatore

2011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Felipe Massa 012011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Fernando Alonso 01Flavio Briatore has advised Ferrari to write off 2011 after this year’s 150 Italia car struggled in Melbourne last weekend. The Italian team, featuring Fernando Alonso as its lead driver, is currently investigating why the new car was not as good in Australia after a promising winter test campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Fallout continues after costly Sauber blunder

“It will certainly be days before we can even mentally deal with this” – Sauber

2011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - Sergio Perez 022011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - Kamui Kobayashi 02After Sauber’s Melbourne disqualification, angry fans have demanded to know why the C20 was cleared to drive all weekend with an illegal wing. Team owner Peter Sauber has said the Swiss team had two wing specifications on hand in Australia, with one of them fitted to Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi’s cars on Sunday breaching a technical rule by mere millimetres. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Alguersuari says Buemi to blame for Heidfeld damage

The prime suspect for the crash was Alguersuari

2011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Jaime Alguersuari 22011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Sebastien Buemi 2Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari has revealed that his teammate was responsible for Nick Heidfeld’s damage in the Melbourne season opener. The crash was not captured on television or by photographers, but Heidfeld had a notably poor debut with Renault in Australia and it emerged only afterwards that his right sidepod had sustained significant damage. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

HRT hopes to qualify with new wing – Karthikeyan

“We respect the 107 per cent rule.  We are a serious team.”

2011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Narain Karthikeyan 52011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Narain Karthikeyan 12Narain Karthikeyan insists he supports F1′s 107 per cent rule and is confident he will be quick enough to qualify for the second event of his return to the sport. Struggling Spanish team HRT had a horror opening weekend of its second season, hardly running at all in practice and then not lapping quick enough to qualify for the Australian race. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Cosworth’s engineering debrief: Australian GP

Setting the Scene

CosworthCosworth CA2010 F1 race engine - BLOODHOUND SSC 3The Australian Grand Prix is one of the five toughest tracks on the calendar from Cosworth’s perspective. As the season-opening race, it was the first occasion for teams and drivers to experience the rigours of a full race weekend with their new spec cars. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Honda and Ford Pledge Support for F1600

Honda and Ford have pledged contingency money for F1600.

F1600 F Championship logoThe F1600 Formula F Championship Series has announced that Honda and Ford have pledged support to Series entrants, in an unprecedented move, virtually unheard of for entry-level professional open wheel racing in America for some four decades. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Rookie Gabby Chaves tops day one at Silverstone‏

The GP3 Series teams gathered for the second of three pre-season tests

GP3 SeriesGP3 Series - Addax Team - Gabby ChavesAddax Team’s rookie Gabby Chaves was the fastest man out on track today, after setting the best time of 1:51.449 on day one of official GP3 Series testing at Silverstone Circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Natalia Kowalska returns for a second season in F2‏

Female racer looks forward to building on a promising first campaign 

F2 - Natalia KowalskaF2 - Natalia Kowalska - Ivan Samarin21-year-old Polish driver Natalia Kowalska is the latest driver to be confirmed for F2 in 2011, where she aims to build upon a promising first season in which she frequently demonstrated fine race craft. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Sauber F1 Team will not appeal‏

Sauber withdraws Aus GP disqualification appeal

2011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - Sergio Perez 04After examining all the facts, the Sauber F1 Team has decided not to appeal against the verdict of the stewards following the Australian Grand Prix last Sunday. The two drivers Sergio Pérez and Kamui Kobayashi had crossed the finish line in Melbourne in seventh and eighth places respectively, but were subsequently excluded from the results. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

First track test for the new Kumho tyres

In the official pre-season tests at Valencia and Barcelona

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesKumho Tyres logoThis year, the teams and drivers competing in the Formula 3 Euro Series will have to cope with a new tyre spec – for the first time since the series’ creation in 2003. Especially for the planet’s most competitive young gun-series, Euro Series tyre partner Kumho developed a new tyre compound. In the official pre-season tests at Valencia and Barcelona, the new tyres were tested for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Bridgestone MotoGP preview

Round 2: Spain, Jerez  

Circuito de JerezMotoGP logoThe Spanish Grand Prix at the Jerez circuit is next on the MotoGP calendar, representing the first European event of the 2011 season. Located near the southern Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera, the Grand Prix is a classic event on the MotoGP calendar with huge crowds making the most of the Spanish sun to support their national heroes. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

FOTA approves Turkey tyre test for de la Rosa

FOTA chief not backing ‘fake rain’ proposal

FOTA2011-01-18 - Pirelli 0044Pedro de la Rosa is set to test one more time for F1′s new official tyre supplier Pirelli. The veteran Spaniard was the Italian marque’s primary tester but for 2011 he has returned to his former reserve role at McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Red Bull investigates Webber’s Aus struggle

“We need to go through things with a fine tooth comb.” – Christian Horner

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Mark Webber - Christian Horner2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Mark Webber 7Red Bull has vowed to get to the bottom of Mark Webber’s lack of pace in Australia last weekend. While his teammate Sebastian Vettel dominated the field, Webber struggled in the sister car, moving team consultant Helmut Marko to surmise that the Australian’s RB7 may have had a chassis fault. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Rivals will struggle to catch Red Bull – Briatore

Flavio Briatore has issued a sober warning to Red Bull’s rivals after the 2011 season opener.

2011-03-27 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 7Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone“You don’t recover all those tenths in two months,” the former Renault team boss told La Politica.  “Half a second in formula one is huge. “Red Bull are very well financed so I see it hard for them (the others) to play catch-up,” said Briatore. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Hamilton says Red Bull wings still flexing

Vettel not as good as Mansell – Hamilton

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Lewis Hamilton - Sebastian Vettel2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Lewis Hamilton - Sebastian Vettel - Mark Webber 12011 could be set to stage a repeat of last year’s flexible front wing saga. As Red Bull dominated the pace with its ultimately title-winning RB6 in 2010, rivals pushed for better scrutineering checks after noticing the extremities of the front wing bending towards the track. “I see him (Alonso) as my Prost … if you were to say ‘choose a driver’ I would clearly choose Ayrton (Senna).  And maybe I would put him as Prost,” Hamilton told British newspapers.

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