Daily Archive: February 20, 2012

Feb 20

Alex Wurz returns to Williams F1

Williams F1 today welcomed its 2007 race driver Alex Wurz back to the team to act as a driver mentor.

09 - Williams F1Alex will start his duties at this week’s Barcelona test before accompanying the team to races this season. Complementing Williams F1’s recent engagement with Michael Johnson to improve pitstop performance, Alex’s appointment will see the team draw upon his 18 years’ experience as a race driver, 11 of which he competed in Formula One, to support its efforts in returning to the front of the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

GP3 SeriesTM returns to on track action with first test in Estoril

Portugal hosts first official GP3 test session of 2012

GP3 Series GP3 Series - Spain - Lotus ART - Valtteri BottasThe long wait is finally over! GP3 seriesTM is back on track in 2012 with the first official test session in Portugal. Testing takes place over two days – 21-22 February at the Estoril circuit and gives teams and drivers their first opportunity to get a feel with the car – the GP3 10 and to integrate within their squad.

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Feb 20

GP2 Series™ graduates constitute half of the 2012 Formula One™ grid

To this day, fifty-one drivers have been given the opportunity to drive an F1 car

GP2 Series

2011-07-25 - Pirelli GP2With last week’s announcement of Vitaly Petrov joining the Caterham F1 Team, the number of GP2 graduates racing in Formula One for the 2012 season comes up to 12, representing half of the current grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Checa pushes on to head up the timesheets

One more day of official testing remains before the start of the first race weekend of the season.

SBK_PI_Biaggi SBK_PI_ChecaCarlos Checa (Althea Racing) held off the charge of his old rivals Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) in today’s two official test sessions at Phillip Island. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Sirotkin joins the Series with Euronova Racing

Euronova Racing chose their first driver for the 2012 season of the Auto GP World Series

Auto GP - Euronova Racing - Sergei Sirotkin AutoGP World SeriesSergei Sirotkin will drive again for the team managed by Vincenzo Sospiri, continuing the cooperation after a staggering 2011 that saw him clinch the F.Abarth European title.

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Feb 20

Red Bull has ‘clever’ exhaust solution – Caubet

Red Bull has devised a “clever” way of reclaiming some of the downforce lost through the banning of blown diffusers.

2012-02-07 - Red Bull - RB8 Mark Webber (7)2012-02-07 - Red Bull - Adrian Newey (2)That is the claim of Jean Francois Caubet, who is in charge of the team’s engine supplier Renault. Red Bull, the reigning back to back world champions, and Renault Sport F1 have worked more closely than ever before ahead of their 2012 title defence. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Early start for Mercedes’ Barcelona test

Mercedes got its Barcelona test off to an early start on Sunday.

Mercedes F1 W0304- Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamAt the same time, the rest of the F1 world was only setting up at the Circuit de Catalunya ahead of Tuesday’s kick-off for the second of three pre-Melbourne group tests.

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Feb 20

Raikkonen wanted 2010 return ‘for money’ – Lopez

Gerard Lopez has revealed that he doubted Kimi Raikkonen was ready to return to formula one last year.

2012-02-07 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - Jerez - Kimi Raikkonen 01Kimi Räikkönen  Lotus (photo -LAT)Then called Renault, Lotus had talks with the Finn during the 2010 season that ultimately failed. Almost two years on, the 2007 world champion will return to the grid with the Enstone based team next month.

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Feb 20

Karter Sena injured, not Bruno Senna

Bruno Senna has calmed a wave of fears about his health by declaring “I’m fine”.

2012-01-17 - Williams F1 - Bruno Senna 042012-01-17 - Williams F1 - Bruno Senna 08Rumours buzzed around the internet that the Williams driver had been injured less than a month before the 2012 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Perez backer Slim not ruling out Ferrari future

Sergio Perez’s backer has admitted a move for the Mexican driver to Ferrari is not out of the question for 2013.

2012-02-06 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari Launch - Sergio Perez 0000Carlos SlimAlready a part of Ferrari’s driver programme, Perez is also strongly backed by Telmex, the telcom headed by the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Caterham F1 Team announce Sibur as first Russian team partner

Caterham F1 team has today announced that it has signed a deal with SIBUR to be an official Team Partner.

Sibur announced as team partner10 - Team CaterhamSIBUR, the largest petrochemical company in Russia and Eastern Europe, has also confirmed that it is continuing the partnership agreement it began in 2011 with Vitaly Petrov in his new role as Race Driver for the Anglo / Malaysian Caterham F1 Team. The SIBUR logo will feature on the CT01 cars and on Vitaly’s race suits throughout the 2012 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Azkar, new official supplier of HRT Formula 1 Team

“As a part of the team’s renovation process, we are working on many fronts, all of them being important” – Luis Pérez-Sala

2012-02-20 - HRT F1 Team - AzkarHRT F1 Team logo_001.jpgTransportes Azkar S.A., an international integrated logistics operator with its headquarters in Spain, and HRT Formula 1 Team have signed a collaboration agreement for the renowned logistics operator to become a collaborator of the renewed team, joining as an Official Supplier for the 2012 season.

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Feb 20

New HRT still yet to pass crash tests

HRT’s 2012 car is still not ready to test, team driver Narain Karthikeyan has clarified.

11 - HRT F1 TeamFlagworld - FIAWhile the struggling Spanish team ran with its 2011 car at the recent Jerez test, the new single seater failed to pass two of the mandatory FIA crash tests. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

2013 France GP project ‘not dead’ – minister

France’s sports minister insists the country is still on course to return to the formula one calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceRecently, a deal to see the Paul Ricard circuit annually share a grand prix date with Belgium’s fabled Spa-Francorchamps seemed imminent. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Pirelli closer to deal for 2010 test car

Pirelli is closer to finding a solution to its current lack of a F1 test car.

Pirelli2011-11-13 - Pirelli - Abu Dhabi 12In the past two years, the sport’s Italian supplier has used the last car raced by defunct team Toyota to develop its tyres. But Paul Hembery, Pirelli motor sport director, has said the 2009-spec TF109 is now too outdated and has been retired.

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Feb 20

P Zero White medium the most popular choice in Barcelona

Pirelli heads to Barcelona

Pirelli logo.jpg2012-02-20 - PirelliTwo weeks after embarking on the first tyre test of the 2012 season, Pirelli heads to Barcelona: the circuit on which the Italian Formula One tyres have run on most, having accumulated several thousand kilometres on the Spanish track to date in private and official testing. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Bahrain disappointed to lose season open date

Organisers of the Bahrain grand prix have admitted disappointment with being bumped from the head of the 2012 calendar.

Bahrain International Circuit2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - RedBull - Mark Webber 04Following the cancellation of its 2011 race and test over the civil unrest early last year, Bahrain was provisionally scheduled to return to F1 by opening this season’s championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Keke Rosberg tips Caterham to step up in 2012

1982 world champion Keke Rosberg has tipped Caterham to take a “step forward” in 2012.

10 - Team Caterhamdiscussion-01-2008-09-28But the Finn, whose son is the Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, also said Heikki Kovalainen’s team could face a speed-bump in the form of its scheduled factory move. “That will be a big distraction,” Rosberg, 63, told the MTV3 broadcaster.

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Feb 20

Trulli proud of F1 career ‘without help’

The Italian press has pointed the finger at Vitaly Petrov’s “rubles” as Jarno Trulli races out of formula one.

2011-06-11_03592011-06-26 - 10 - Team Lotus - Spain - Jarno Trulli 03With Vitantonio Liuzzi replaced at HRT by Narain Karthikeyan, and veteran Trulli ousted at Caterham by Petrov, F1 history enters a new phase as Italy no longer has a single driver on the grid. Read the rest of this entry »


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