Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 30

A dreamy goal for Dempsey

ALMS debut and spot at Le Mans at the forefront 

Foster - DempseyDempsey Racing Lola 2Acting has opened a lot of doors for Patrick Dempsey, “Dr. McDreamy” of the ABC TV show Grey’s Anatomy and star of a number of motion pictures. But he has put in some long hours and plenty of hard work to turn the dream of being a professional race driver into reality.

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Apr 30

Teams look ahead to novel Mugello test

Like Ferrari, Red Bull is another team looking keenly ahead to this week’s test at Mugello.

Mugello Circuit logoMugello“Not only do we have many new parts in the luggage,” promised team advisor Dr Helmut Marko, according to Auto Motor und Sport on Monday. “For the first time in a long time, we are also going to give much more attention to the car setup.  There are still gaps in our understanding,” he said, a week after Sebastian Vettel’s breakthrough first win of 2012 in Bahrain. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Race with us at this year’s British Grand Prix

Faces for charity 2012 – Be our Wing Man at this year’s British Grand Prix

2012-04-30 - Red Bull Racing - SV and MW Wings for Life2012-04-30 - Red Bull Racing - Heinz and Hannes with MW and SVRed Bull Racing is offering fans the chance to put their faces and pictures on Sebastian Vettel’s and Mark Webber’s Formula One cars at this year’s British Grand Prix, 6-8 July 2012. Organised for Wings for Life, the charity that is striving to find a cure for spinal cord injury, the initiative is open to anyone around the world who wants to race with our drivers at this year’s Silverstone race and support this incredible cause. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Webber back on Ferrari’s radar – report

Mark Webber might have signed a pre-contractual agreement with Ferrari, one of Spain’s leading F1 correspondents has revealed.

2012-04-22 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Mark Webber2012-04-20 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Marc Webber 99000Raymond Blancafort, writing for El Mundo Deportivo, referred to widespread speculation in the paddock about Sergio Perez’s likely future alongside Fernando Alonso. “There may be a pre-contract,” he said, “but between Ferrari and Webber.” Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

‘B’ Ferrari not ready yet – reports

Ferrari will not run all of its planned car improvements at the Mugello test this week.

2012-04-22 - Bahrain Grand Prix - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 012012-04-22 - Bahrain Grand Prix - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 02“My information is that the new single seater is not ready,” reported Livio Oricchio, the correspondent for O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper. There has been speculation that, following Ferrari’s troubled start to the new championship with its F2012 car, the changes for the forthcoming Barcelona race will be so sweeping that it might be called a “B” version. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

F1 a job, ‘not my life’ – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen insists he is “not interested” in formula one — except the cars, and winning.

2012-04-22 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel - Kimi Raikkonen2012-04-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Kimi Raikkonen 02Asked by the reporter for Bild am Sonntag newspaper if the famous Finnish character might remove his sunglasses for an interview, 2007 world champion Raikkonen replied simply: “No.”

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Apr 30

Grosjean told ‘Kimi faster than you’

Romain Grosjean was given a familiar instruction by his team during the recent Bahrain grand prix.

2012-04-22 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel - Kimi Raikkonen - Romain Grosjean - Christian Horner2012-04-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 01The Finnish broadcaster MTV3 reports that the Frenchman was told that his teammate “Kimi (Raikkonen) is faster than you”. “Do not hold him up,” the radio message reportedly ended. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Sauber confirms Chelsea sponsor rumour

Rumours that a top English premier league football club is entering formula one as a sponsor have proved correct.

2012-04-15 - Sauber F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Sauber C31-Ferrari2012-04-30 - Sauber F1 Team - Welcome Chelsea FC - Sauber C31Ever since Sauber has been running teaser ‘Out of the blue’ and ‘True blue’ graphics on its engine cover livery in China and Bahrain, speculation about the identity of the forthcoming sponsor have been swirling in the F1 paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Manager Panis happy with Pic so far

Olivier Panis is happy with the early progress of French rookie Charles Pic’s 2012 season.

2012-03-24 - Marussia F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Charles Pic 012012-04-15 - Marussia F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Charles Pic - Timo GlockPanis, the 1996 Monaco grand prix winner and veteran of over 150 formula one races, now manages the career of 22-year-old Pic on behalf of the Lagardere group.

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Apr 30

Pirelli situation ‘good for F1′ – di Grassi

Pirelli test driver Lucas di Grassi has defended the F1 tyre supplier following Michael Schumacher’s criticism.

2011-07-24 - Pirelli - Germany - Lucas di Grassi 012011-07-06 - Pirelli - Lucas di GrassiSchumacher attacked the Italian marque’s 2012 product after the Bahrain grand prix, complaining that the tyres wear so fast that drivers often have to take corners at half-pace like the safety car. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Sponsorship ‘only problem’ for di Grassi

Lucas di Grassi has admitted that even his continuing role at Pirelli is not a ticket back onto the F1 grid.

2010-11-06 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi 92010-06-27 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi 2“I’m in the best possible position technically, as the driver with knowledge of the tyres – almost choosing them for next season – it puts me in a very comfortable position. “Of course I want to race again with a team and I’m working on it,” said the 2010 Virgin driver, who was replaced by the now Marussia team with Jerome d’Ambrosio at the end of his only season in F1. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Brother Ralf says own F1 career ‘over’

Ralf Schumacher has ruled out following his older brother Michael back into formula one.

DTM - Ralf Schumacher2010-10-10 - Mercedes GP - Ralf Schumacher - Norbert Haug - Michael SchumacherAt the weekend, 36-year-old Ralf kicked off his fifth consecutive season driving a Mercedes in the German touring car series DTM. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Politics still threatening French GP

Politics are still in play, as France pushes to return to the formula one calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceAccording to Bernie Ecclestone, a financial deal is in place that will see Paul Ricard join the 2013 calendar, alternating annually thereafter with the fabled Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

F1 returnee Bahrain eyes Olympic bid

Bahrain could launch a bid for the Olympic Games, off the back of its highly controversial return to the formula one calendar.

2012-04-22 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 01 - TeamsBahrain International Circuit“Why not?  Yes, we will,” an official for the island Kingdom’s ministry of works said. The Olympics will take place in London later this year, and in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro four years later.

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Apr 30

IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Race 2 Report

Utah Grand Prix

2012-04-27_00832012-04-27_0078Sean Johnston gave pole-sitter and hometown favorite Madison Snow a run for his money at the end of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series second race in the Utah Grand Prix, but he came up half a second short of stopping Snow from collecting his second victory of the weekend.

(Flagworld’s Utah Grand Prix photo album)

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