Daily Archive: February 8, 2012

Feb 08

First Sepang MotoGP test debrief with Tohru Ubukata and Loris Capirossi

Bridgestone worked around the clock to continue evaluation of its 2012 specification tyre

Bridgestone Moto Tyres MotoGP logoThe first round of pre-season MotoGP testing was completed last week, with Bridgestone supplying its 2012 specification tyre to both the private Valencia test and the IRTA test at Sepang as it forges ahead with its preparations for the upcoming season

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Feb 08

HRT F1 team establishes its permanent headquarters in the Caja Mágica

The team will occupy part of the Caja Mágica facilities and will coexist with the Masters 1000 Madrid Open.

HRT F1 Team logo 2012-02-08 - HRT F1 Team - Jerez - Pedro de la RosaAfter months of evaluations and negotiations in which diverse options have been assessed, Spanish team HRT has finally opted for the facilities of the Complejo Deportivo Madrid Caja Mágica to locate its permanent headquarters.

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Feb 08

Formula One teams Jerez testing report day two

Formula One day 2 test report

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

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Feb 08

Pirelli supports Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy to promote safer driving

To help raise awareness of the importance of preparing your vehicle before winter

MBDA - Mercedes-Benz Driving AcademyPirelliWith the continent experiencing a cold snap over the past week, Pirelli and Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy have been doing their part to help learner drivers become more aware of the risks of hazardous driving conditions.

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Feb 08

The DragRaceCanada Quarter-Mile Corral at the Canadian Motorsports Expo

With some amazing machines

Quarter Mile Corral Nitro Express Top Fuel Dragster Canadian Motorsports Expo logo 2012For the second year in a row, Canadian drag racing fans in attendance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo will be able to get an up-close look at some of Canada’s most exotic and impressive drag racing machines, thanks to Bruce Biegler’s DragRaceCanada.com. The CME takes place February 10, 11 and 12 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

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Feb 08

Sutil files appeal against assault conviction

Adrian Sutil has decided to appeal his conviction of grievous bodily harm.

  2011-05-28 - Force India F1 Team - Monaco - Adrian Sutil 052011-06-09_0290Last week, the former Force India driver was handed an 18-month suspended sentence and fined EUR 200,000 for injuring Lotus team executive Eric Lux with a broken glass in a Shanghai nightclub last April.

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Feb 08

New blown exhaust saga begins at Jerez

So at Jerez, the game began.

Circuito de Jerez 2012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - 02While ‘step’ noses were still occupying some in the F1 paddock, the sport’s purists were staring at the rear of the cars as the field of 2012 tested at Jerez on Tuesday.

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Feb 08

Red Bull ‘letterbox’ slot for driver cooling – Newey

Adrian Newey has cleared up the mystery about the ‘letterbox’ opening in the nose of the newly-launched 2012 Red Bull car.

2012-02-07 - Red Bull - RB8 Mark Webber (1) 2012-02-07 - Red Bull - Adrian Newey (1)The F1 world noticed that Newey’s ‘step nose’ differs from its rivals in the form of an air inlet where the monocoque height meets the new lower nose height. Some surmised it must be for KERS or engine cooling, or perhaps even an F-duct style channel through to the diffuser.

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Feb 08

Webber sees ‘many years’ ahead on F1 grid

Two young chargers are waiting in the wings, but Mark Webber insists he intends to extend his formula one career beyond 2012.

2012-02-07 - Red Bull - RB8 Mark Webber (6) 2012-02-07 - Red Bull - RB8 Mark Webber (5)Among the top names at Red Bull, however, the Australian veteran is the odd one out, with only a one-year contract in his pocket. At the same time, the energy drink company has appointed two young rookies – Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne – to its junior team Toro Rosso.

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Feb 08

Ferrari suspension not seen in F1 since 2001 – Gene

A feature of the 2012 Ferrari car has not been seen in formula one for more than a decade, test driver Marc Gene has confirmed.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari 2012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch Felipe MassaWhile the ‘stepped’ noses have been grabbing all the media’s attention, arguably more noteworthy is Ferrari’s decision to design its F2012 around ‘pullrod’ front suspension. While some F1 teams have been using pullrod suspension at the rear of their cars, it has been essentially absent from the front since the 80s and 90s.

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Feb 08

Raikkonen ‘quick’, not showboating – Button

Williams’ official launch took just five minutes in the Jerez pitlane on Tuesday, before the new Renault-powered FW34 had a difficult birth.

2012-02-07 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - Jerez - Kimi Raikkonen 05 2012-01-27 - Lotus F1 Team - Kimi Raikkonen 01“Unfortunately testing was cut short with a couple of initial teething problems which we are currently investigating,” said engineer Mark Gillan. Official testing action burst into life in 2012, with every team except Marussia – and nine all-new cars in action for the first time – kicking off their campaigns.

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Feb 08

Raikkonen slams ‘ridiculous’ DRS

Raikkonen head-start no shock to teammate Grosjean

2012-02-07 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - Jerez - Kimi Raikkonen 02 2012-02-07 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - Jerez - Kimi Raikkonen 03Kimi Raikkonen has revealed he is no fan of F1′s ‘DRS’ concept. The former world champion was busy in the world rally series last year when formula one introduced the moveable rear wing system, designed to boost overtaking.

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Feb 08

Toro Rosso counts Caterham among 2012 rivals

Toro Rosso counts Caterham – the 2010 start-up team that has failed to score a single point since inception – among its close rivals for 2012.

2012-02-07 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR7 - Daniel Ricciardo (2)2012-02-07 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR7 - Daniel Ricciardo (1)Last season, the Red Bull-owned rookie team Toro Rosso finished the championship in eighth place with 41 points, well clear of Williams and behind Sauber and Force India. “Our direct competitors are Sauber, Force India and Caterham,” the Faenza based team’s boss Franz Tost is quoted by autohebdo.fr.

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Feb 08

First title winner Jones not writing off Williams

Australian Jones, now 65, in 1980 won the once-great team’s first of seven drivers’ titles.

2012-02-07 - Williams F1 - FW34 launch 04Alan Jones - 10-2010Alan Jones is not ruling out a Williams resurgence in 2012, despite his former championship-winning team slumping to its worst-ever result last season. Williams has also won nine constructors’ championships, but not since 1997.  Juan Pablo Montoya won the team’s most recent victory, in 2004.

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Feb 08

Wolff should step up at Williams – Ecclestone

Team shareholder Toto Wolff should take more control of the famous yet beleaguered formula one team Williams.

2012-02-07 - Williams F1 - FW34 launch 072011-02-09 - AT&T Williams - Sir Frank Williams - Toto WolffThat is the view of Bernie Ecclestone, who in the Swiss magazine Speed Week said the Grove based outfit was wrong to try to fix its problems from the bottom up. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 08

Kovalainen not keen on Caterham’s practice plans

Heikki Kovalainen insists he does not need number one status at Caterham.

2012-02-07 - Team Caterham - Jerez - Heikki Kovalainen2012-02-07 - Team Caterham - Jerez 00Entering his third year with the former Lotus team, and with his teammate Jarno Trulli reportedly on the cusp of being ousted, it is an open secret in the paddock that Finn Kovalainen is the favourite. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 08

HRT awaiting crash test news on Wednesday

Fingers are being crossed at HRT as its 2012 car undergoes the FIA’s mandatory crash tests.

11 - HRT F1 Team2012-02-07 - HRT F1 TeamMost of the Spanish team’s rivals have already begun testing their new single seaters. But at Jerez on Tuesday, Pedro de la Rosa was driving HRT’s 2011 machine, painted all white. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 08

Marussia intends to keep Pic beyond 2012

Marussia intends to keep Charles Pic, the team’s new French rookie, for more than a single season.

Marussia F1 Team logo2011-11-27 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Abu Dhabi - Charles PicWhen known as Virgin, the team ousted Timo Glock’s 2010 and 2011 teammates – Lucas di Grassi and Jerome d’Ambrosio respectively – after a single season each.

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Feb 08

New destinations not harming F1 – Jones

That is the view of 1980 world champion Alan Jones.

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sir Jack Brabham - Mark Webber - Alan JonesFlagworld - F1Bernie Ecclestone is not harming formula one with his planned expansion to even more new venues. F1 chief executive Ecclestone, who has already arranged two forthcoming US races and also an event in Russia, has said in recent interviews that he hopes his sport’s next destinations are Africa and Mexico.

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Feb 08

State ousts Nurburgring circuit operator

The future of the German grand prix at the Nurburgring is looking grim, after the Rhineland-Palatinate state cancelled the circuit operator’s lease.

GP3 - NürburgringNurburgring logoMinister Roger Lewentz told the Rhein-Zeitung newspaper that a bright future for the venue was “not possible” with the existing tenants. The report, however, said talks with Bernie Ecclestone about a new deal for the formula one race are well advanced.

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