Monthly Archive: July 2011
“It was an almost perfect weekend.” – Roberto Merhi
Having 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).
Red Bull’s “joker” put Sebastian Vettel right back on track at the Hungaroring.
Each 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.
Nico Hulkenberg says he would rather leave formula one than spend another season as test driver.
“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.
Lotus ART dominate in Hungary
Valtteri 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.
A delayed US grand prix next year could be a sigh of relief for more than one reason
Officially, 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.
Fernando Alonso thinks Sebastian Vettel should not be nervous about his championship chances
McLaren 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.
Although Thesan Capital recently bought HRT
The 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.
Fears Barcelona could be dropped from the 2012 calendar have been eased by the circulation of a new provisional schedule in Hungary
It 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.
Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed suggestions the new television broadcasting deal for Britain is a breach of the Concorde Agreement
It is understood the highly-secreted agreement between the commercial rights holder, the FIA and the teams includes clauses guaranteeing free-to-air coverage in F1′s key markets.
Renault Sport F1 chief Rob White has admitted “concern” about the appointment of Gilles Simon by 2014 engine supplier Pure
After leaving Ferrari, the French engine designer moved to the FIA where his role as head of powertrain has involved working closely with the teams.
Two Ducati bikes slotted in at the top of the timesheets following Friday’s first qualifying at the new-look Silverstone circuit.
On a track that is more suitable on paper to four-cylinder power, points leader Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) led the way with a time of 2 minutes 05.477 seconds, four-tenths quicker than the surprise of the day, the young Frenchman Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team Ducati).
The test and tune will take place on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 from 7am until 5pm
The American Canadian Tour announced today that forty four (44) teams are preparing to test at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Teams will be getting ready for the ACT ALL STAR CHALLENGE to be held in conjunction with the IZOD INDYCAR event and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on August 12-14, 2011.
Sauber ends Money Service Group sponsor deal
In the light of recent developments regarding the Money Service Group, the Sauber F1 Team has decided to end its partnership with the company with immediate effect.
“I think it is always sad when you lose a grand prix. We are sorry to see Turkey go”
More reports from the Hungaroring on Friday seemed to confirm that Turkey has been dropped from the 2012 calendar. The Istanbul track made its debut in 2005 but it appears to have been deleted from the latest schedule for next year that is being circulated in the paddock in Hungary.
Valtteri Bottas leads Lotus ART one-two in Practice 2 at Hungaroring
After his maiden GP3 victory last weekend, the Finnish driver continued with his good form by topping the second of two Friday practice sessions, just 0.064 ahead of his teammate and this morning’s quickest man James Calado.
Sebastian Vettel is sporting a minor scrape on the palm of his right hand this weekend in Hungary.
The Red Bull driver, reigning world champion and 2011 championship leader reportedly cut his hand last week. Television images captured the injury during Friday practice at the Hungaroring, with the 24-year-old’s hand wrapped in athletic sporting tape.
Brazilian driver takes maiden pole for Caterham Team AirAsia
Luiz Razia snatched his first ever GP2 pole position for Caterham Team AirAsia – also a first for the Malaysian squad, today at Hungaroring in a closely fought qualifying session that saw the young Brazilian go top in the dying minutes ahead of Luca Filippi and Marcus Ericsson.
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