Daily Archive: February 7, 2012

Feb 07

Formula One teams Jerez testing report day one

Formula One day 1 test report

Circuito de JerezToday’s testing report from Formula One teams & drivers at Circuito de Jerez.

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Feb 07

The Williams F1 Team launches Virtual Build Facebook App

Opening the team’s enhanced social media activities for 2012

09 - Williams F12012-02-07 - Williams F1 Team - Virtual Build Facebook AppTo mark the approaching 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship and the start of pre-season testing, the Williams F1 Team has launched an interactive countdown app on Facebook to give fans exclusive content on the team’s 2012 race car, the Williams Renault FW34. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

Canadian IndyCar star James Hinchcliffe at the Canadian Motorsports Expo

Sunday, February 12

Canadian Motorsports Expo logo 2012 James HinchclifeJames Hinchcliffe missed appearing at last year’s Canadian Motorsports Expo because he was taking part in an IndyCar test at Florida’s Sebring International Raceway. In the time since that test, Hinchcliffe has been extremely busy, and he’ll have a lot to talk about when he takes to the CME’s Mazda Stage on Sunday, February 12. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

Connery shooting for 2012 title with a RFR

Connery won six races in 2011

F2000 Championship Series logo2011 Rookie of the Year standout Kyle Connery will be back in 2012 to run for the F2000 Championship Series title, only this time switching from his no. 91 Van Diemen to a new RFR chassis. Connery finished third in the 2011 title fight, driving for CC Autosport with James Lee Racing, winning six races along the way, including sweeping Road Atlanta and the season finale at Watkins Glen.

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Feb 07

Hembrey becomes Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Race Director

IMSA solidifies its development series’ race control staff

Randy Hembrey IMSA logoMotorsports veteran Randy Hembrey will bring 30 years of racing experience into the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Development Series race control when the IMSA season kicks off with the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring event, March 14-17, in Sebring, Fla.

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Feb 07

2012 F1 season gets underway for Renault in Jerez

Renault prepares for the launch of the 2012 season as first pre-season test gets underway at Jerez

Renault logoRenault Sport F1’s preparations for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship stepped up as the first of the three pre-season tests got underway today at the Jerez Circuit, Spain. Each of Renault’s four partners, Red Bull Racing, Williams F1 Team, Caterham F1 Team and Lotus F1 Team, put their new 2012 challengers through their paces for the first time following individual media launches.

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Feb 07

The Williams F1 Team launches its 2012 season line up

Williams rejoins Renault for its engine partnership.

2012-02-07 - Williams F1 - FW34 launch 012012-02-07 - Williams F1 - FW34 launch 02The Williams F1 Team unveiled its 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship season entry, the Williams Renault FW34, at the Jerez circuit in Spain today. This year marks the team’s 35th year competing in the sport which it will do with a revitalised line-up. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

‘Step noses’ still the hot topic at Jerez

Amid the European cold snap, Franz Tost admits he was worried Toro Rosso might be late for its own car launch.

2012-02-06 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR7 Launch (10)2012-02-06 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari Launch - 0001The STR7 was unveiled on Monday in the Jerez pitlane, a day ahead of its testing debut. “When the trucks left Faenza on Saturday night I was worried we would not arrive in time,” La Gazzetta dello Sport quotes the relieved team boss as saying.

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Feb 07

Eyebrows raise as Red Bull shows nose air intake

Red Bull raised eyebrows throughout the F1 world on Monday by showing some glimpses of its 2012 car.

2012-02-06 - Red Bull - RB8 Launch 022012-02-06 - Red Bull - RB8 Launch 01Although detailed images are not yet available, the ‘stepped nose’ on the RB8 features a mysterious air intake. “Why?” wondered Germany’s Bild newspaper. Spain’s Marca said the intake is “surprising and unprecedented” among the growing field of 2012.

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Feb 07

Exhaust blowing saga not over yet – Lotus

Lotus frustrated with ‘reactive ride height’ ban

2012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 0042012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - Launch 05F1′s ‘blown exhaust’ saga may not be over, according to Lotus team officials. “For us, it is clear that the exhaust gases may not be used to alter the car’s aerodynamics,” said team boss Eric Boullier.

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Feb 07

Renault still Lotus team sponsor – Caubet

Lotus – the former Renault team – will continue to receive the French carmaker’s backing in 2012.

2012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - Launch 0002012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - Launch 07The Renault chassis name has now departed the grid, but Renault remains one of F1′s few engine suppliers. While the French marque’s focus is the championship-winning Red Bull team, the word ‘Renault’ remains prominent on Lotus’ new black and gold E20 car livery.

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Feb 07

Raikkonen to reunite with McLaren engineer

Raikkonen not Lotus team owner – Boullier

2012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - Kimi Raikkonen - 012012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 launch Eric BoullierKimi Raikkonen will have a familiar race engineer for his return to formula one this year. Finnish reports in Turun Sanomat and the broadcaster MTV3 claim the 2007 world champion will work with Mark Slade. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

Grosjean thanks knockers for 2009 criticism

Romain Grosjean has thanked those who wrote him off after his disappointing 2009 debut.

2012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean -  01Romain Grosjean 02When Nelson Piquet was ousted amid the developing ‘crashgate’ scandal, Swiss-born Frenchman stepped in at Renault and failed to shine alongside Fernando Alonso.

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Feb 07

Sauber’s Key headed for Le Mans with Lotus

Sauber’s departing technical boss James Key appears headed for Lotus.

2010-04-17 - BMW Sauber F1 Team - James Key 0205 - Lotus F1 TeamOn the eve of its 2012 car launch, the Swiss team announced that it will not replace the departing Briton Key, who has accepted an offer to work in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

Van der Garde ‘surprised’ by Jerez test day

Giedo van der Garde has admitted to surprise at his inclusion in Caterham’s test plans this week.

2012-02-04 - Team Caterham - CT01 062012-02-04 - Team Caterham - CT01 05Originally, the former Lotus team scheduled the four days of the Jerez session to be split evenly between Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli. Italian veteran Trulli, however, has been shunted from Thursday’s schedule in favour of van der Garde, the Dutch former GP2 driver who has been signed as Caterham’s 2012 reserve.

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Feb 07

HRT to be among ‘step nose’ teams – de la Rosa

HRT will be among the ‘stepped nose’ teams in 2012, Pedro de la Rosa has revealed.

11 - HRT F1 Team2011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Pedro de la Rosa 02The Spanish veteran has visited not only the team’s new Paterna headquarters in Valencia, but also the technical base in Munich, where the new car is being built.

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Feb 07

Marussia F1 Team partners with global online recruitment solution provider

Monster deal

2012-02-07 - Marussia F1 Team - Timo Glock 01Marussia F1 Team logoThe Marussia F1 Team is pleased to announce its second new partnership of 2012, teaming with Monster.com®, the worldwide leader in connecting people to job opportunities and the flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW). Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

Teams say F1 officials to decide on Bahrain return

Sauber’s Monisha Kaltenborn has admitted the Swiss team will return to Bahrain this year if F1 officials say so.

Bahrain International Circuit2012-02-06 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari Launch - Minisha KaltenbornShe is referring to the fact that, despite the island Kingdom’s scheduled return to the calendar in April, there are reports the situation inside Bahrain is not yet stable.

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Feb 07

Alguersuari ready for F1 comeback ‘opportunity’

Jaime Alguersuari has admitted he was “hurt” by Red Bull’s late decision to oust him from Toro Rosso.

2011-07-09 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Britain - Jaime Alguersuari 32011-07-09 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Britain - Jaime Alguersuari 2The 21-year-old announced this week that, amid speculation he might rescue his career with the reserve role at Mercedes, he will in fact be missing entirely from the F1 paddock in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

Morcom back with Primus

Morcom is back in a RFR for 2012.

F2000 - Watkins Glen - Nathan Morcom (DPO-Rondo RFR) F2000 Championship Series logoNathan Morcom has confirmed that he will contest this year’s F2000 Championship Series in the USA. It will be the 19 year-old Sydney driver’s second campaign in the ‘development’ openwheeler series, which will run over seven double-header rounds from April until October. As in 2011, Morcom will team with Primus Racing with backing from building material suppliers Direct Plasterboard Outlet and Rondo, and motorsport fashion brand Racer Inc.

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