Daily Archive: February 17, 2012

Feb 17

Tim Tremblay wins Friday’s Open Snocross at the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt

While American Joel Diamond dominates the Pro Champ race

Grand Prix Ski-Doo Valcourt - 30 ans logo2012-02-17_0518Friday race action at the 2012 Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt, presented by La Capitale General Insurance produced exciting performances from riders in the snocross classes and in the many snowmobile and ATV ice oval competitions held at Circuit Yvon Duhamel.

Flagworld’s photo album live fron circuit Yvon Duhamel

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Feb 17

Venezuela GP Lazarus joins GP2 Series

Italian team get entry for the Series in 2012 and 2013

Venezuela GP Lazarus GP2 Series MediaGP2 Series organisers are pleased to announce that Venezuela GP Lazarus have been allocated an entry for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Founded in 2009 by Tancredi Pagiaro, the Italian squad joins the thirteen team field in replacement of Super Nova Racing. Venezuela GP Lazarus will run their GP2/11 cars for the first time in two weeks in Jerez where the first official pre-season testing of the Series will take place on February 28-29 and March 1st.

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Feb 17

Vicky Piria joins Trident Racing for 2012 GP3 Series

Vicky Piria will be lining-up in the 2012 GP3 Series with Trident Racing.

GP3 - Trident Racing - Vicky Piria Trident Racing logoThe team, owned by Maurizio Salvadori, is proud to announce the positive outcome of the talks with the really talented female racer. The Milan-based driver will be running in an highly-international context but in a familiar environment, forming an all-italian combination.

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Feb 17

Tio Ellimas completes Marussia Manor Racing GP3 driver line-up

Alongside Russian Dmtry Suranovic

Marussia Manor RacingMarussia Manor Racing is pleased to announce that Cypriot Tio Ellinas will join the team for the 2012 season, driving alongside Russian Dmtry Suranovich and Brazilian Fabiano Machado.

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Feb 17

Auto GP becomes Auto GP World Series

2012 intercontinental calendar is confirmed

AutoGP World Series AutoGP - PaddockAuto GP keeps growing steadily: entering its third year, the Championship has changed its name to become Auto GP World Series. Not a big change in terms of wording, but an important update that reflects the intercontinental evolution that the Series undertook for 2012, as the Organization confirmed the expansion plan announced last September.

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Feb 17

Petrov could stay at Caterham beyond 2012 – manager

Vitaly Petrov could stay at the Caterham team beyond 2012, the Russian’s manager said on Friday.

10 - Team Caterham 2012-02-17 - Team Caterham - Vitaly Petrov 02Earlier, the former Lotus outfit announced that Petrov, ousted by Lotus (Renault) at the end of last season, is replacing Italian veteran Jarno Trulli with immediate effect.

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Feb 17

HRT admits Karthikeyan not promised full season

HRT on Friday refused to guarantee Narain Karthikeyan will race the full season with the struggling Spanish team.

2011-10-29 -  HRT F1 Team - India - Narain Karthikeyan 09 11 - HRT F1 TeamAlbeit with different team ownership and management, HRT began the 2011 season also with Indian Karthikeyan at the wheel, but he was replaced mid-season for the Red Bull-backed Daniel Ricciardo deal.

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Feb 17

Vitaly Petrov joins Caterham F1 Team

Replacing Jarno Trulli with immediate effect

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - Jarno Trulli 032012-02-17 - Team Caterham - Vitaly Petrov 01Caterham F1 Team has today announced that Vitaly Petrov has joined the team as race driver, replacing Jarno Trulli with immediate effect. The Russian was at the Anglo-Malaysian team’s factory in Hingham on Friday 17th February for a seat fitting ahead of his first run with the team at the second pre-season test in Barcelona, 21st to 24th February. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 17

Arzak-Bokado will compete in formula 1 alongside HRT

“It will be an exciting challenge”

11 - HRT F1 Team 2012-02-17 - HRT F1 Team - Elena - Juan Mari ArzakThe prestigious Basque chef, Juan Mari Arzak, will be in charge, through his catering company Arzak-Bokado, of not only satisfying Formula 1’s most exquisite palates but also feeding team members throughout the 20 Grands Prix this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 17

Suspicions linger after Newey’s ‘cooling slot’ claim

“The drivers are going to get their feet wet when it rains”

2012-02-07 - Red Bull - RB8 Mark Webber (7)2012-02-07 - Red Bull - RB8 Mark Webber (2)Two authoritative sources have admitted they doubt Adrian Newey was telling the whole truth about the air inlet in the ‘step’ nose of Red Bull’s 2012 car. Designer Newey, the pioneer of the now-banned blown diffuser solutions seen throughout last year’s grid, insisted that the mysterious letterbox-slot gap in the RB8 is simply to cool the drivers with air.

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Feb 17

Salo ‘surprised’ Ferrari kept Massa for 2012

Former Ferrari driver Mika Salo has admitted he was “surprised” his former team opted to honour Felipe Massa’s contract for 2012.

2012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch Felipe Massa - Fernando Alonso2012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch Felipe Massa - Fernando Alonso 4The Finn, who raced at the famous Maranello team for a time in 1999 after Michael Schumacher broke his leg, said Fernando Alonso is the “clear number one” nowadays. “I don’t think Massa will be staying after this season,” former Sauber and Toyota driver Salo, who attended last week’s Jerez test, told the Finnish broadcaster MTV3.

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Feb 17

Secret debut for new ‘conventional’ Mercedes

Mercedes’ highly-anticipated 2012 car made its track debut this week during a secret test day at Silverstone.

2012-02-10 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - MGP W02 - Jerez - Nico Rosberg 04Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team logo.jpg“Lots of questions about Silverstone and shakedowns,” admitted the Northamptonshire based team on Twitter on Thursday. Youtube video footage, captured by a trackside observer, showed the ‘step’ nose W03 turning laps at the British grand prix venue, which is located just a 15-minute drive from the German team’s Brackley headquarters.

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Feb 17

Lotus says losing seat vital ‘shock’ for Petrov

Losing his race seat could be the “shock” that causes Vitaly Petrov to up his game.

Lotus F1 Team dorée2011-07-24 - Lotus Renault GP - Germany - Vitaly Petrov 01That is the claim of Gerard Lopez, owner of the Lotus team that has ousted the Russian driver after two seasons. He told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that Petrov, who is now seeking an alternative race seat but may have to be content with the Pirelli test role, felt too comfortable in 2011.

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Feb 17

Gascoyne to attend ‘most’ races in new Caterham role

Mike Gascoyne has handed over day-to-day control of the Caterham team’s technical operations.

2011-05-21 - Team Lotus - Spain - Mike Gascoyne 012010-04-17 - Lotus F1 Racing - Mike Gascoyne  01The former Lotus outfit announced that Briton Gascoyne – a founding member of the Tony Fernandes-led team and a long-term prominent figure in the paddock – has become chief technical officer of the whole Caterham Group.

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