Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 29

Barrichello happy to settle for small retainer

Rubens Barrichello has revealed he is unlikely to race out of formula one over an argument about money.

2011-09-24 - AT&T Williams - Singapore - Rubens Barrichello 012011-08-28 - AT&T Williams - Belgium - Rubens Barrichello 02It is believed Kimi Raikkonen’s talks with Williams ended suddenly because the parties could not agree on the size of the Finn’s retainer.

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Nov 29

Ricciardo to know ’2012 programme’ before Christmas

Daniel Ricciardo can expect to learn about his future in formula one before Christmas.

2011-10-14 - HRT F1 Team - Korea - Daniel Ricciardo 052011-10-14 - HRT F1 Team - Korea - Daniel Ricciardo 02That is the claim of Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner. In 2011, Australian rookie Ricciardo began the season as junior team Toro Rosso’s Friday driver before – still with Red Bull’s backing – moving into the HRT race seat.

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Nov 29

Kovalainen insists ‘sticking with Caterham’ in 2012

Heikki Kovalainen has added his denial to rumours he might return to the Renault (now Lotus) team in 2012.

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Heikki Kovalainen 0002011-10-14 - Team Lotus - Korea - Heikki Kovalainen 01Albeit under former boss Flavio Briatore’s management, the Finn made his debut for the Enstone based team in 2007, before switching first to McLaren and more recently to Team Lotus/Caterham.

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Nov 29

HRT should have signed younger driver – Herbert

Johnny Herbert has expressed his surprise at HRT’s decision to sign Pedro de la Rosa for the next two seasons.

2011-10-14 - HRT F1 Team - Korea - Vitantonio Liuzzi 022011-07-30 - HRT F1 Team - Hungary - Vitantonio Liuzzi 01Having made his grand prix debut in 1999, racing with Arrows, Jaguar and Sauber and serving as McLaren’s long-term main test driver, the Spaniard de la Rosa is hugely experienced.

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Nov 29

Virgin refugee d’Ambrosio aiming for 2012 race seat

Despite losing his Virgin race seat, Jerome d’Ambrosio sounds confident about his future.

2011-10-30 - Marussia Virgin Racing - India - Jerome DAmbrosio 012011-10-30 - Marussia Virgin Racing - India - Jerome DAmbrosio 02The Belgian will be replaced at the newly-renamed Marussia team for 2012 by the French GP2 driver Charles Pic. It means Interlagos was 25-year-old d’Ambrosio’s last race for now.

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Nov 29

Europe ‘finished’ as F1′s spiritual home – Ecclestone

European races are a dying breed on the formula one calendar, Bernie Ecclestone said on Tuesday.

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Bernie Ecclestone - Sebastian VettelFlagworld - F1At present, there are eight European rounds on the 20-event 2012 schedule, with the majority of the season therefore taking place throughout Asia, the Far and Middle East and the Americas.

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Nov 29

First signs of construction at New York site

With Austin’s 2012 US GP project all but dead, the first signs of construction at F1′s New York round for 2013 have emerged.

2011-06-26_0247The car weblog Jalopnik published a photo by a New Jersey local: “It might just be the paddock/parking garage, located in exceedingly glamorous Weehawken, but it’s a start,” the report read.

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Nov 29

Brundle move ends Coulthard commentary combo

Former McLaren drivers Martin Brundle and David Coulthard will no longer share a commentary box in 2012.

Martin Brundle12010-06-11_0902Brundle, who is also Coulthard’s former manager, has accepted an offer to switch from the BBC to Britain’s new dedicated F1 channel run by Sky.

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Nov 29

Sebastian Vettel revved up for ‘magic’ ROC

Reigning Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel ‘can’t wait’ for the Race Of Champions on December 3-4

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Race of ChampionsThe young motorsport superstar has urged race fans to come along for an ‘unforgettable experience’ at Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena this weekend. Vettel will race alongside Michael Schumacher for Team Germany as they bid for a record fifth ROC Nations Cup win in front of their home crowd.

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Nov 28

SBK official 2012 tests dates announced

Once again a two-day pre-race test session will take place shortly before round one at Phillip Island in February

SBK logo WSBK - Magny-Cours - Carlos ChecaWith the new winter testing ban about to come into force (only for Superbike teams) on the first day of December and running until January 15th, the official testing dates for Superbike and Supersport teams for the 2012 season have now been announced.

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Nov 28

Ouellette is now a two-time Rotax World Champion (updated)

Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals report – Ouellette champion and Team Canada 2nd

Rotax Max Challenge Pier-Luc Ouellette AMGphotoPSL Karting can now boast its third Rotax Max Challenge World Champion as Pier-Luc Ouellette captured the DD2 crown Saturday at Al Ain Raceway, United Arab Emirates. It’s the same spot he earned a DD2 Grand Final win in 2007, one that came a year after Luc Sauriol won the Masters Rotax Max World Championship in Portugal. The event brought the race season to a close for PSL, one that began when it was named the #1 CRG distributor in the world and now ends with the Rotax World Championship.

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Nov 28

Head ‘won’t wear Williams shirt’ in 2012

Interlagos was team co-founder Patrick Head’s last grand prix in a Williams shirt.

2009-04-04 - Williams - Patrick Head 01 2011-02-09 - AT&T Williams - Patrick Head - Sir Frank Williams 02The 65-year-old veteran handed over as technical director some years ago for a lead engineering role, and earlier this year cashed in millions of his team shareholding for the Frankfurt stock floatation.

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Nov 28

Hulkenberg admits F1 return chances ‘high’

Nico Hulkenberg did not look like a driver with an uncertain future as the 2011 season closed at Interlagos.

2011-03-12 - Force India F1 Team - Barcelona - Nico Hulkenberg 2 2011-04-09 - Force India F1 Team - Malaysia - Nico Hulkenberg 01When asked by BBC commentator David Coulthard to put a figure on the likelihood he will return to the grid in 2012 after a year as Force India’s Friday reserve, the young German grinned widely.

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Nov 28

Michael Schumacher primed for ‘sensational’ ROC

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher is revved up and ready for the Race Of Champions on December 3-4

2011-11-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Brazil - Michael Schumacher 03Race of ChampionsThe German motor sport legend declares race fans have ‘nowhere else to be’ but Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena this weekend. Schumacher will partner Sebastian Vettel for Team Germany as they bid for a record fifth ROC Nations Cup win in front of their home crowd.

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Nov 28

Turkey no substitute for failed 2012 US GP – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone on Sunday sounded certain next season will drop from the scheduled 20 grands prix.

Formula 1 United States Grand Prix2011-05-07 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Turkey - Timo Glock 5He insisted Korea and Bahrain will take place as planned, but cast huge doubt on the ability of the US grand prix organisers to overcome their problems. “They might pay something now, but it’s the future we are looking for,” F1′s chief executive, referring to the inaugural Austin event, told reporters in Sao Paulo.

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Nov 28

Drivers deny Red Bull faked Vettel gearbox problem

Even Ferrari smelled a rat on Sunday when Sebastian Vettel let his teammate Mark Webber pass for victory during the 2011 season finale.

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Mark Webber - Jonathan Wheatley - Sebastian Vettel2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil (3)Before the Brazilian grand prix, Australian Webber had failed to win a single race all season but was mathematically still in the fight for second place in the drivers’ championship.

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Nov 28

Hamilton hugs Massa as feud and bad season ends

Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa on Sunday came close to following recent advice to ‘kiss and make up’ after their spat-fuelled 2011 season.

2011-11-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Brazil - Lewis Hamilton 012011-06-12_0459The pair, jointly awarded the tongue-in-cheek BBC “naughty boy” prize earlier this weekend, shared a hug after the season finale in Brazil. “I’m going to make it up with him,” said the McLaren driver before approaching Massa during the Ferrari driver’s media appearance for Portuguese language reporters.

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Nov 28

Barrichello reveals helmet design for 2012 season

Rubens Barrichello left the Interlagos paddock late on Sunday without saying goodbye.

2011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Rubens Barrichello 052011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Rubens Barrichello 04It is believed the 39-year-old Brazilian’s longest-ever F1 career might have ended as the chequered flag waved at Interlagos, as Adrian Sutil and Valtteri Bottas appear more likely candidates for the Williams seat in 2012.

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Nov 28

Alguersuari ‘very clear’ about plans for 2012

Jaime Alguersuari has hinted strongly that he knows he is being retained by the Toro Rosso team in 2012.

2011-10-14 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Korea - Jaime Alguersuari2011-08-28 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Belgium - Jaime Alguersuari  2 Earlier at Interlagos, the Spaniard said he would leave formula one if the team’s owner Red Bull decides to replace him, with the energy drink company’s newest rookies Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne waiting in the wings.

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Nov 28

Fernandes smiles after $28m payday for Caterham team

His cars were lapped twice at Interlagos on Sunday, but Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes could not hide his smile.

2011-05-22 - Team Lotus - Spain - Tony Fernandes 012011-04-16 - Team Lotus - China - Bernie Ecclestone - Tony FernandesDespite scoring no points all season, the fact Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli finished the race ahead of their Virgin and HRT rivals yet again finally cemented the team’s tenth-place finish in the 2011 constructors’ championship.

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