Daily Archive: September 21, 2011

Sep 21

Michel Nykjær returns to Mantorp Park

The final of the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship will be staged at Mantorp Park

WTCC - Spain - Michel NykjærWTCC logoLike in the penultimate round of the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship Michel Nykjær will be among the participants when the final round is held on Friday and Saturday. Once again Pole Position Denmark has done a lease deal for its fast WTCC driver race to race for Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden, where he will act as a support for Rickard Rydell, who is one of the two title candidates for the championship.

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Sep 21

Tech 1 Racing: a marked improvement in 2011

GP3 SeriesThe 2011 GP3 Series Championship finished in Italy on the very fast Monza circuit. Simon and Sarah Abadie’s team did not score any points, but its performance confirmed that the team has made a marked improvement this season. The Toulouse-based team finished the championship in sixth place with 1 victory and 46 points.

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Sep 21

Australian team crowned F1 in Schools worl champions

Canada took the knock-out racing glory

F1-in-Schools-World-Champions,-Pentagliders-from-AustraliaF1-in-Schools-podium-places.-1st---Pentagliders,-Australia,-2nd---BETAGREEN,-Germany,-3rd---UNITUS-Racing,-USA[1]The Australian National Anthem rang out and glittering gold confetti showered over Pentagliders, from Brooks High School, Tasmania, as the Australian team lifted the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and were crowned 2011 F1 in School World Champions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, today. Staged at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur in the presence of the Malaysian Deputy Minister for Education, Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong the event was a fitting finale to the highly professional pit displays, innovative engineering designs and extremely close racing seen this week.

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Sep 21

Tests for the best Euro Series drivers

Formula Renault 3.5 and DTM opportunities

World Series by Renault logoDTM logoSince its creation back in 2003, the Formula 3 Euro Series has established as the ideal stepping stone for young racing drivers – and this tradition should be continued, this year. The champion and the vice-champion of the 2011 Euro Series Championship will be rewarded with a Formula Renault 3.5 test.

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Sep 21

McLaren confident of V6 future with Mercedes

McLaren is confident for the future despite suggestions the team is stranded without a ‘works’-style engine deal.

02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes2011-01-13_0153Red Bull has teamed up as Renault’s factory outfit, Ferrari builds its own engines and Mercedes GP is naturally the main focus of McLaren’s engine supplier.

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Sep 21

World Superbike heads to Imola with title there for the taking

Imola prepares for World Superbike weekend – Davies one step closer to the title in World Supersport

SBK - FIM Superbike World Championship logoImola - Autodromo Enzo E Dino FerrariExcitement is growing over the 11th round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship, which comes to Imola’s Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit, one of the most spectacular in the history of motor sport. A new track resurfacing should help to mix up the cards but in any case Imola, with its legendary title battles of the past still fresh in the memory, still remains a fascinating and atmospheric venue for all fans.

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Sep 21

Boullier clouds Petrov’s future with ‘exit clause’ talk

Renault’s team boss has added fuel to speculation Vitaly Petrov might be ousted at the end of the season.

2011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 032011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Bruno Senna - Romain GrosjeanIt was reported last week that not only Russian Petrov but also his 2010 teammate Robert Kubica could be overlooked for the Enstone based team’s race seats next year. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said that, instead, Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean might be regarded as the favourites, despite the fact Petrov has a valid contract.

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Sep 21

Progress at India GP venue ‘alarming’ – report

The report said “the circuit is not only not complete but very far from it”

BuddhInternational CircuitNew photos reportedly depict an “alarming situation” at India’s Buddh circuit just over a month before the inaugural Indian grand prix is scheduled to be held. Spain’s Marca sports newspaper published the photos that were reportedly taken days ago by a fan by the name of Parth Doshi.

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Sep 21

Murdoch has lost interest in F1 – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone thinks News Corp has lost interest in buying formula one.

News Corporation 2011-05-032011-06-09_0303Before the phone-hacking scandal stepped into a high gear earlier this year, the Rupert Murdoch-led media conglomerate and the Ferrari-linked Exor company announced they were looking at “formulating a long-term plan for the development of formula one”.

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Sep 21

No F1 return for Raikkonen says Finnish newspaper

Kimi Raikkonen’s plans for 2012 do not include formula one, according to the Finnish evening daily Ilta-Sanomat.

Kimi Räikkönen 2011-05-27Kimi RaikkonenThe report follows speculation the 2007 world champion – who left the sport at the end of 2009 to begin his forays in world rallying, NASCAR and Le Mans sportscars – recently visited the headquarters of famous British team Williams.

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Sep 21

Audit shows ‘discrepancies’ in Red Bull F1 budget

Autosprint questioned the timing of the emergence of the Capgemini story

2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Sebastian Vettel (1)2011-08-09 - Red Bull Racing - Italy - 99004An audit by a company called Capgemini has found “discrepancies” in relation to Red Bull’s budget in the context of last year’s resource restriction agreement. That is the claim of Italian magazine Autosprint, as Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel travels to Singapore where he can wrap up his second consecutive championship this weekend.

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Sep 21

Vettel to receive ‘Kinky Kylie’ as title present

So what does Vettel think about his championship present?

2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Sebastian Vettel (4)2011-07-30 - Red Bull Racing - Hungary - Sebastian Vettel 4Red Bull insists the champagne is not yet on ice, but the team’s owner has already decided what present he will be giving Sebastian Vettel for winning the 2011 world championship. “The same as last year,” Dietrich Mateschitz said in an interview this week with the German news agency DPA.  “His championship-winning car.”

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Sep 21

Mercedes says safety car ‘almost certain’ in Singapore

The appearance of F1′s safety car is very likely during the Singapore grand prix this weekend.

2011-06-12_11332011-06-12_0820That is the view of Mercedes GP, who said that on the entire F1 calendar there is a 100 per cent record of safety car deployment at only two race venues. They are Singapore and Korea, although “in the case of Korea this is calculated on the basis of a single race”, said the German team in a feature preview.

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Sep 21

Force India is Hulkenberg’s only chance for 2012 seat

Force India is Nico Hulkenberg’s only chance to return to the formula one grid in 2012.

2011-08-28 - Force India F1 Team - Belgium - Nico Hulkenberg - Adrian Williams 012011-05-07 - Force India F1 Team - Turkey - Nico Hulkenberg 01Last year’s impressive Williams rookie had to settle for the reserve role at Force India in 2011, including the opportunity to practice on most Friday mornings. With current race lineup Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta also in the running for next season, team owner and boss Vijay Mallya has said he will not make a decision about 2012 until mid December.

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Sep 21

50 ‘just a number’ as Buemi reaches milestone

Sebastien Buemi is not getting excited despite preparing to clock up a career milestone this weekend.

2011-08-28 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Belgium - Sebastien Buemi  3 2011-07-24 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Germany - Sebastien Buemi 6Blick newspaper points out that the 22-year-old Swiss, who debuted for his current team Toro Rosso as a teenager in 2009, will contest his fiftieth consecutive grand prix in Singapore. He will therefore draw level with Luca Badoer and move ahead of the career tallies of predecessors including Christian Klien and Derek Daly, and even race winner Jean-Pierre Jabouille as well as Mike Hailwood.

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Sep 21

Liuzzi not looking for HRT switch

Liuzzi said he is happy at HRT and expecting to move forwards in 2012.

2011-08-28 - HRT F1 Team - Belgium - Vitantonio Liuzzi 002011-08-28 - HRT F1 Team - Belgium - Vitantonio Liuzzi 01Sebastian Vettel may be about to match his tally of championships, but Fernando Alonso remains the best driver in formula one. That is the view of HRT driver Vitantonio Liuzzi, according to the Spanish sports daily Marca.

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Sep 21

GP2 test for JK Racing Asia Series winner

JK Racing Asia Series Champion to get GP2 test with Caterham Team AirAsia

JK Racing Asia Series logoJK Racing Asia SeriesThe winner of the JK Racing Asia Series 2011 season will receive a GP2 test in the Caterham Team AirAsia GP2 car, it was announced. The test will take place during the official GP2 pre-season tests in 2012, at a date and venue to be announced later.

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