Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 30

Wild-card Hopkins powers to Tissot-Superpole win!

“I’m over the moon right now” – John Hopkins

WSBK - Silverstone - John HopkinsWSBK - Silverstone - SuperpoleHopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) rocked the WSBK establishment with the Tissot-Superpole win at Silverstone. The American rider, a regular in BSB this season, took a new track best of 2’04.041 in the last of the three superpole contests.

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Jul 30

Valtteri Bottas takes GP3 Series™ lead

Revised drivers’ standings

GP3 - Hungary - Lotus ART - Valtteri BottasGP3 SeriesLotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas has inherited the lead of the GP3 Series™ drivers’ standings after Alexander Sims was excluded from the Budapest Race 1 results.

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Jul 30

Romain Grosjean wins in Budapest

Series leader pockets fifth win after Marcus Ericsson gets a drive through 

GP2 - Hungary - Dams - Romain GrosjeanGP2 - Hungary - Dams - podiumDams driver Romain Grosjean has claimed a fifth victory this season in today’s feature race at Hungaroring. The Frenchman took the lead after race-long leader Marcus Ericsson was handed a drive through penalty in the closing stages. Charles Pic and Luiz Razia complete the podium.

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Jul 30

Valtteri Bottas wins Budapest Race 1

Finn takes lights-to-flag victory at Hungaroring

GP3 - Hungary - Lotus ART - Valtteri BottasGP3 SeriesToday rookie Valtteri Bottas became the first GP3 driver to win more than one race this season, and showed he is ‘in it to win it’ in the battle to become the 2011 GP3 Series™ champion. The Lotus ART driver took a lights-to-flag victory at Hungaroring to finish 0.9 seconds ahead of Michael Christensen.

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Jul 30

Oschersleben, Buttarelli penalized for start crash

Bad news for Samuele Buttarelli

AutoGP - Oschersleben - Samuele Buttarelli - Fabrizio CrestaniAuto GPRace Direction considered the Italian driver responsible for the crash that immediately after the start took both him and poleman Fabrizio Crestani out of the race, and decided to punish him as a consequence.

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Jul 30

Roberto Merhi also dominates second FIA Trophy race at Spa

“It was an almost perfect weekend.” – Roberto Merhi

Spa-FrancorchampsF3 Formula 3 EuroseriesHaving already won the first FIA Formula 3 International Trophy race at the 7.004 kilometres long Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam) was also unbeatable in the second race. At the finish, he had a margin of over 23 seconds over Marco Wittmann (Signature). Laurens Vanthoor (Signature) ended up fourth behind William Buller (Fortec Motorsport).

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Jul 30

Red Bull ‘joker’ puts Vettel on pole (+results)

Red Bull’s “joker” put Sebastian Vettel right back on track at the Hungaroring.

2011-07-24 - Red Bull Racing - Germany - Sebastian Vettel 42011-07-09 - Red Bull Racing - Britain - Sebastian Vettel - Christian Horner_resizeEach team can break the mechanics’ late-night paddock curfew four times before a penalty applies, and Red Bull used one of theirs overnight to apply major setup changes to the RB7 after a difficult Friday in Budapest.

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Jul 30

Hulkenberg would rather leave F1 than stay tester

Nico Hulkenberg says he would rather leave formula one than spend another season as test driver.

2011-06-12_05882011-07-24 - Force India F1 Team - Germany - Nico Hulkenberg 01“I don’t want to sit around all weekend; I love racing too much,” said the young German, who became Force India’s ‘Friday’ driver this year after being ousted by Williams after a promising 2010 debut.

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Jul 30

Formula One teams Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying report

 Hungarian  Grand Prix Formula One qualifying report

Hungaroring.svgToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Budapest.

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Jul 30

Oscherleben, Race 1: unstoppable Afanasiev

Sergei Afanasiev shines again in Auto GP

Auto GPAutoGP - Oscherleben - Dams - Sergei AfanasievThe Russian driver, who just two weeks ago had to miss the Donington round due to problems in obtaining the visa, passed from bad to good clinching a dominating win (the second of his season) in the first race of the Oschersleben weekend.

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Jul 30

Valtteri Bottas takes maiden pole

Lotus ART dominate in Hungary

GP3 - Hungary - Lotus ART - Valtteri BottasGP3 SeriesValtteri Bottas took his first GP3 pole position for Lotus ART after leading the rest of the field for most of the thirty minutes session at Hungaroring today, and confirming he is on fine form following his success last week at Nurburgring. The Series race winner was 0.330 seconds ahead of his teammate James Calado to lock out the front row of the grid for the French team.

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Jul 30

Race delay is big help for 2012 US GP

A delayed US grand prix next year could be a sigh of relief for more than one reason

MotoGP Austin TexasTracé AustinOfficially, it is believed the organisers requested the date change from June to November to avoid Austin’s hot summer. But there might be more to it, amid speculation a deadline for the first race payment to Bernie Ecclestone will shortly pass while the Texas comptroller continues to review the application for state funding. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30

Vettel should not fear losing title – Alonso

Fernando Alonso thinks Sebastian Vettel should not be nervous about his championship chances

2011-06-26 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Spain - Fernando Alonso 0012011-06-26 - Red Bull Racing - Spain - Sebastian Vettel 01McLaren and Alonso’s Ferrari team appear to have caught up with the earlier dominant Red Bull, but Vettel maintains a 77 point advantage with nine races to go. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30

Reports – LA Lakers player could buy HRT

Although Thesan Capital recently bought HRT

Pau Gasol portraitThe Spanish team could be set for yet another change of ownership in the very near future.  AS and El Economista newspapers say the buyer is Pau Gasol, a famous Spanish basketball player for the famous NBA team Los Angeles Lakers. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30

Both Spanish venues stay on new 2012 calendar

Fears Barcelona could be dropped from the 2012 calendar have been eased by the circulation of a new provisional schedule in Hungary

GP2 Series - Barcelona - Circuit de CatalunyaValencia Street Circuit logoIt was rumoured the Spanish venue might have to alternatively share a single annual calendar spot with Valencia, but both destinations are showing on the latest unofficial schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

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