Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 29

Davide Valsecchi quickest on Day 2

Italian ace remains top in Jerez
 
GP2 - DAMS - Davide ValsecchiGP2 - Caterham Racing - Giedo van der GardeDavide Valsecchi confirmed his good form setting the quickest laptime of Day 2 in the 2012 pre-season testing in Jerez. The DAMS driver clocked 1:24.783 in the morning session and left the rest of the field with the task to find the extra pace to try and close the gap with the mighty Italian. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

Teams test tyre strategies in final countdown to the season

Teams tets tyre strategies in final countdown to the season

2012-02-29 - Pirelli returns to Barcelona for the final pre-season testPirelli logo.jpgWith just over two weeks left before Pirelli’s second season of Formula One gets underway in Australia, the teams are embarking on the final four-day pre-season test for the 2012 tyres, which takes place once more in Barcelona this week from March 1-4. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

TNT Energy Drink is a new partner of Scuderia Ferrari

“We are proud to welcome a new partner to the ranks of the Scuderia’s Official Suppliers” - Stefano Domenicali.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari2012-02-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 15Scuderia Ferrari announces it has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Petropolis Group, covering the three years from 2012 to 2014: TNT Energy Drink thus becomes the team’s official energy drink, as of this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

Lotus back on track with redesigned chassis

Lotus is ready to return to the track, after a chassis flaw caused the cancellation of the new E20′s running last week.

2012-02-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 042012-02-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 02Technical director James Allison on Wednesday finally confirmed reports that the problem was with the front suspension mounting. He said the Enstone factory has been a hive of activity as a redesign took place with just one test and less than a month to go until the 2012 season opener. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

Melbourne F1′s ‘least viable’ race – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone on Wednesday warned that formula one could race away from Melbourne after 2015.

2011-03-26 - Force India F1 Team - Australia - Adrian Sutil 07Grand Prix d'Australie - Melbourne 09-2010The Albert Park event has a contract until then, but the F1 chief executive is pushing hard for the Australian organisers to agree to stage a night race. “After then (2015), we really don’t know,” the 81-year-old Briton told the Melbourne newspaper The Age. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

Red Bull leads McLaren for season 2012 – Wurz

Red Bull remains in front, but McLaren is not too far behind.

2012-02-23 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 012012-02-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 11That is the view of former grand prix driver Alex Wurz, who in 2012 returns to the formula one paddock as a ‘driver mentor’ at Williams. The Austrian kicked off his duties at the Barcelona test recently, where he drew an initial impression of the likely pecking order for this season.

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Feb 29

Alonso rules out becoming F1 ‘pay driver’

Fernando Alonso has ruled out ever becoming a ‘pay-driver’ in formula one.

2012-02-07 - Scuderia Ferrari - Fernando Alonso 042012-02-07 - Scuderia Ferrari - Fernando Alonso 01The Spaniard, a two-time world champion and now entering his third consecutive season with Ferrari, is believed to be the sport’s current highest earner. But recent economic conditions have seen retainers become lower throughout the grid, while seasoned drivers like Rubens Barrichello, Jarno Trulli and Adrian Sutil have been left without seats as ‘pay-drivers’ gain the upper hand. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

Mercedes not expecting title tilt until 2014

Mercedes is not targeting a real tilt at the world championship until 2014.

2012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Michael Schumacher 032012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Nico Rosberg 01Germany’s DPA news agency quotes motor sport director Norbert Haug as saying that, after finishing fourth in the constructors’ standings in 2010 and 2011, the leap to first place is not possible in a single step. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

Rosberg admits father opposed to Ferrari move

Nico Rosberg has revealed that his famous father was adamant he should stick with Mercedes for the future.

2012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Nico Rosberg 032012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Nico Rosberg 00Last year, amid rumours Ferrari was considering dropping Felipe Massa, paddock banter said Rosberg was the main contender to be Fernando Alonso’s next teammate. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

Wurz not 2012 reserve driver – Wolff

Williams shareholder Toto Wolff has clarified that Alex Wurz’s new role is not a driving one.

2012-02-24 - Williams F1 - Alex Wurz - Valtteri Bottas - Mark Gillan09 - Williams F1Austrian Wurz, a former Williams race and test driver and currently a Le Mans racer for Toyota, has been drafted in by the Oxfordshire based team to mentor 2012 drivers Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and Valtteri Bottas. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

F1 to reduce pit speed to 60kph in 2012 – report

Race strategy looks set for a major shakeup in 2012, as it emerges the FIA intends to significantly reduce the pitlane speed limit.

2011-06-12_1357Flagworld - F1The latest edition of Italian magazine Autosprint reports that, ahead of the forthcoming 2012 season, the in-race limit will drop from 100kph to just 60kph throughout the grand prix calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

FIA to correct ‘nose step’ rules flaw for 2013

Formula one looks set to prevent the cars of 2013 from being as ‘ugly’ as this season’s field.

2012-02-07 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari - Jerez - Kamui Kobayashi 04Flagworld - FIAPirelli chief Paul Hembery recently called the 2012 generation, mainly featuring an awkward ‘step’ between the front of the monocoque and the nose, as “pig ugly”. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

Barrichello to announce Indycar deal on Thursday

Rubens Barrichello will announce on Thursday he has agreed a deal to switch to Indycar racing in 2012.

Randy Bernard - Rubens BarrichelloRubens Barrichello KV Racing seat fittingThat is the claim of the well-connected O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, reporting that the formula one veteran has secured $3 million in sponsorship backing to secure the seat. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 29

More points awarded for Race 2

With the new Regulations,  drivers will face the same challenge in both races

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - Haryanto - VenturiniWhile the teams are defining the last details of the line-ups they will field in the official test scheduled for 2 March and in the season maiden race that will start one week later, for Auto GP World Series it’s time to announce the last Regulation change for the season. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 28

DJ Kennington racing at Phoenix

Former NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion DJ Kennington is returning to a race track that he’s had a lot of success at recently. 

NASCAR K&N Pro SeriesDJ KenningtonThis weekend Kennington will once again pilot the #81 Northern Provincial Pipelines entry from Bill McAnally Racing in the season opening K & N Pro Series West event at Phoenix International Raceway. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 28

The Pat Burns Ride Of Courage, to raise finds to fight prostate cancer

Back in Quebec City on July 10.

La Randonnée du Courage Pat Burns 2La Randonnée du Courage Pat Burns 1Marcel Aubut, Jean Pagé et Jason Burns, Pat Burns’ son, were at the 2012 Montreal Motorcycle Show last week to announce some exciting details about the 2012 running of the “Pat Burns Ride Of Courage”. The main objective of the Ride is to raise money to fight prostate cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 28

F2000, F1600 and Atlantic Support SOS Children’s Villages

All cars will carry SOS decals in 2012.

Slideshow image 2SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest charity dedicated to providing homes to orphaned, abandoned and foster children, will be back as the official charity of Formula Race Promotions in 2012, supporting the F2000 Championship Series, F1600 Formula F Championship Series, and new Atlantic Championship.

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Feb 28

Davide Valsecchi leads the way in Jerez

DAMS driver quickest on Day 1 of 2012 pre-season test 

GP2 - iSport International - Marcus EricssonGP2 - DAMS - Davide ValsecchiThe GP2 Series paddock gathered in Jerez de la Frontera this week for the first of two official pre-season test sessions. After the winter break, the thirteen teams were eager to hit the track and get back to action. The field welcomed newcomers Venezuela GP Lazarus as the thirteenth team in 2012 and 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 28

Steady Kenseth restores order to crazy Daytona

Rain, delay, fire, delay…

2012-02-27_01172012-02-27_0178Appropriately, in the end the car was spewing water, a little geyser emitting from the vehicle’s overflow valve. Because there’s something about a battle with the elements that brings out the best in Matt Kenseth at the Daytona 500.

(Flagworld’s photo album)

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Feb 28

FIA says no to top teams’ test plans

The FIA has stepped in to prevent Red Bull and Ferrari from modifying the end of their pre-season preparations for the 2012 season.

2011-04-17 - Red Bull Racing - China - Sebastian Vettel 1 teamsFlagworld - FIAWith the last Barcelona test scheduled for Thursday through Sunday this week, both top teams decided to shift their programmes by a day — meaning they would instead run between Friday and Monday.

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