Daily Archive: February 3, 2012

Feb 03

Ferrari and Santander together until 2017

Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has extended its collaboration agreement with the Santander Bank to the end of the 2017 season.

03 - Scuderia FerrariSantander“We are pleased to have extended our relationship with the Santander Bank,” commented Scuderia Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali. “In these first two years together, we have been able to see on a daily basis how much our two companies share the same values: a desire for excellence, love of competition, team work, the will to excel and to serve one’s customers needs. Having extended the contract from now, is a sign of the great confidence Santander has in us and that is something of which we can be particularly proud.” Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 03

Sauber F1 Team reorganises its technical department

The Sauber F1 Team reorganises its technical department

Sauber F1 Team logo2011-03-12 - Sauber F1 Team - Barcelona - James KeyThe design and development of the Formula One car will be led by the department heads for Aerodynamics, Design, Performance and Operations. The present Technical Director, James Key, has decided to leave the company.

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Feb 03

CEPSA renews sponsorship agreement with Scuderia Toro Rosso

CEPSA has renewed its sponsorship agreement with the Formula One team Scuderia Toro Rosso, effective for the 2012 season.

CEPSA logoScuderia Toro Rosso logoThe CEPSA logo will be visible on the Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo’s and the French driver Jean-Eric Vergne’s race suits and on the nose, rear wing and rear wing endplates of the cars and on the team kit.

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Feb 03

Whiting to attend Jerez amid legality rumours

The teams, the fans and the world’s media will not be the only ones with their eyes firmly on the action at Jerez next week.

2008-06-05_0049Jerez Circuit OverheadIt is rumoured Charlie Whiting, the technical delegate of formula one’s governing FIA, has scheduled to attend the first test of the 2012 pre-season. The news follows speculation some teams are flying too close to the limits of the regulations with their new cars, notwithstanding the banning of blown exhausts.

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Feb 03

Hamilton ‘pathetic’ says Sutil’s angry father

Adrian Sutil’s father has joined the former Force India driver in slamming Lewis Hamilton.

2012-02-01 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton helmet 012011-05-21 - Force India F1 Team - Spain - Adrian Sutil helmet 03Hamilton, who was German Sutil’s former F3 teammate and his closest friend in the F1 paddock, declined to appear as a witness in the trial this week about the assault on Lotus team executive Eric Lux. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 03

Q&A with Narain Karthikeyan

After being confirmed recently as an official driver for HRT F1 Team for 2012, the Indian driver shares his views on the upcoming season.

2011-10-29 -  HRT F1 Team - India - Narain Karthikeyan 092011-10-29 -  HRT F1 Team - India - Narain Karthikeyan 07Q: It has finally been revealed that you will occupy the last seat available as an official driver, how are you facing this new challenge in Formula 1?
NK: It all really started after the Indian GP, where we had a good performance which led to the belief that I am still competitive to drive in Formula 1. It is no secret how difficult it is to stay in F1 at this time, but I ensured that I was physically and mentally ready for any opportunity that arose. So I can’t wait to get back in the car and return to action once again.

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Feb 03

Auto GP welcomes Kumho Tyres

Double compound in F1-fashion

Auto GP logoAuto GP - KumhoKumho Tyres will be the sole tyre supplier for the next season of the Auto GP Championship, after an agreement between the Series organizer and the Korean manufacturer has been signed.

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Feb 03

Marussia Manor Racing GP3 confirms Dmitry Suranovich for 2012 Season

Marussia Manor Racing GP3 is pleased to announce that Russia’s Dmitry Suranovich will drive for the team in this year’s GP3 Series.

Marussia Manor RacingGP3 - Marussia Manor - Dmitry SuranovichDmitry tested with Marussia Manor Racing in Valencia and Jerez at the end of last year, showing great promise. This will be his first season in the Championship. Minsk-born Dmitry started his racing career in karting. He started in KF-3 class in 2008, becoming a European and World Cup finalist.

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Feb 03

Button wants to avoid retiring too soon

While his teammate’s plans beyond this year are unclear, McLaren driver Jenson Button is sure his career is on the right track.

2012-02-01 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jenson Button helmet 012012-02-01 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jenson Button 01Lewis Hamilton has been making headlines this week after saying he wants to think about his future beyond 2012 – when his existing contract expires – soon. “Probably, after the first couple of races, it’s something we will probably want to get out of the way, probably in the earlier part of the year rather than later,” said the Briton.

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Feb 03

New Ferrari, Force India have ‘ugly’ noses

McLaren was left the odd-one-out on Friday, as Ferrari and Force India joined Caterham in launching new cars with ‘ugly’ noses.

2012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch 052012-02-03 - Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 Launch 02The odd feature – a quirk of new regulations – is the centrepiece of Ferrari’s new F2012, launched on Friday morning at Maranello, and the Mercedes-powered Force India VJM05, whose covers were pulled off in the chilly Silverstone pitlane.

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Feb 03

Ferrari to beam launch live on Friday morning

Ferrari 2012 single seater on the internet

2012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch 052012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch 01Having cancelled its media launch event due to the snowy weather in Italy, Ferrari is preparing for a live internet reveal of its 2011 car on Friday morning.

(More pictures from the F2012)

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Feb 03

Sahara Force India unveiled its 2012 challenger today as Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg pulled the covers off the VJM05 at Silverstone.

Sahara Force India unveils the VJM05 at Silverstone

2012-02-03 - Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 Jule Bianchi - Nico Hulkenberg - Paul di Resta 22012-02-03 - Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 Launch 01They were joined by reserve driver, Jules Bianchi, as the team’s new car was presented for the first time. The VJM05 is the second car to be created under the watch of Technical Director, Andrew Green, as the team seeks to build on its on its sixth place finish in the constructors’ championship and take the fight to the teams that lie ahead.

(More pictures from the VJM05 launch)

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Feb 03

Force India needs more staff for F1 tilt – Szafnauer

‘Friday’ driver plan not for top teams – Szafnauer

06 - Sahara Force India F1 Team2010-02-09 - Force India - Otmar SzafnauerForce India has acknowledged it will not challenge for the world championship until the team is bigger. Otmar Szafnauer, who is the Silverstone based team’s chief operating officer, told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that the former Jordan, Midland and Spyker team’s head-count is currently 310.

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Feb 03

Sutil deserves to stay in F1 – Hulkenberg

Adrian Sutil deserves to keep his formula one race career alive.

2011-10-29 - Force India - India - Adrian Sutil 032011-07-30 - Force India F1 Team - Hungary - Adrian Sutil 01That is the claim of Nico Hulkenberg, the driver who is replacing his German compatriot at Force India in 2012. Sutil, 29, has failed so far to secure an alternative seat, and days ago was dealt a further blow with a Munich court convicting him of grievous bodily harm for an assault on Lotus team executive Eric Lux last year.

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Feb 03

Karthikeyan completes 2012 grid with HRT deal

Karthikeyan will be Pedro de la Rosa’s teammate.

2011-10-29 -  HRT F1 Team - India - Narain Karthikeyan 0811 - HRT F1 TeamHRT, the Spanish team that until now had the final vacancy on the 2012 grid, has finally completed its race driver lineup by signing Narain Karthikeyan. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 03

New addition to Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame featured in display at the CME

The Mazda stage will be a hive of activity at the Canadian Motorsports Expo

Mazda B-Spec car (Medium) Daytona Prototype in AIM liveryThe Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame will feature the latest addition to the Hall’s collection at its display during the Canadian Motorsports Expo. The three-day show runs February 10, 11 & 12 at the International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

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Feb 03

Trevitt returns home and joins Inside Motorcycles team

“I’m thrilled to welcome Andrew back to Canada and to the Inside Motorcycles team” – Graeme Jones

Inside Motorcycles logo

One of Canada’s best Andrew Trevitt portraitknown motorcycle racers and journalists has come home, as former road race champion Andrew Trevitt has joined the roster of Inside Motorcycles magazine. Read the rest of this entry »


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