Daily Archive: April 5, 2012

Apr 05

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, 911 creator, dead at 76

The grandson of Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Alexander PorscheFerdinand Alexander Porsche 911 What irony. On the day Porsche’s 911 wins an award for world’s best performance car at the NY Auto Show, its original creator — Ferdinand Alexander Porsche — dies. He was 76. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Stoner lights up Losail in first practice session

Round 1: Qatar MotoGP™ – Free Practice One

MotoGP logoMotoGP - Losail - Casey StonerThe first laps of the 2012 season were completed tonight at the Losail International Circuit, with Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner taking first place in a session that saw the highly anticipated return of the 1000cc machines to competitive MotoGP™ action.

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Apr 05

Limited running for Rossi and Arden Caterham WSR Team in Barcelona test

Second collective FR3.5 test at the Circuit de Catalunya

World Series by Renault - Arden Caterham Motorsport - Alexander RossiWorld Series by Renault - Arden Caterham Motorsport - Alexander Rossi 1Alexander Rossi joined his Arden Caterham Motorsport World Series by Renault team for the second collective FR3.5 test at the Circuit de Catalunya, near Barcelona this week. However torrential rain, mixed conditions, mechanical and electrical car issues meant that the newly formed squad made limited progress into its planned running programme on either day of the test. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Pirelli shows durability and performance in GT racing

Returning to FIA GT1 World Championship

FIA GT1 World ChampionshipPirelliPirelli returns to endurance racing this weekend with the opening round of the FIA GT1 World Championship, which this year is combined with the GT3 European Championship for the first time. Pirelli will be the sole supplier to both series, adding to the Italian firm’s illustrious portfolio of more than 50 motorsport championships all over the world.  Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

A Formula 3 Championship coming to Canada?

Canadian Formula 3 Championship

F3 (1)F3 (5)That’s what it seems as the 1st Dallara Formula 3 car was introduced to the general public at Pole Position Magazine’s 6 Heures Enduro des Champions at Kart-O-Mania’s facility in Montréal two weeks ago. The Canadian Formula 3 Championship had the car on display adorned with decals of their Technical Partners; Dallara, Pirelli, Puma, Bosch, ATS, Taneisya, World F3rst, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Mauro Calamia steps up to Formula Two

20-year-old Swiss graduates from Formula Renault 2.0

F2 - Mauro CalamiaF2 - Mauro Calamia will make his F2 debut in 2012Swiss driver Mauro Calamia will race in the FIA Formula Two Championship in 2012, after stepping up from Formula Renault 2.0.

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Apr 05

Naoki Tokunaga becomes RSF1’s new Technical Director – New generation power unit

Naoki Tokunaga, Deputy Technical Director, will leave the team at the end of this week

Renault Sport F1 logo05 - Lotus F1 TeamLotus F1 Team announces that Naoki Tokunaga, Deputy Technical Director, will leave the team at the end of this week to become Renault Sport F1’s Technical Director – New Generation Power Unit. He adopts this new position with the full blessing of the team. The position of Deputy Technical Director will remain vacant for the foreseeable future. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

International Superstars Series attracts 31.000 fans to set new attendance record at Monza

Superstars, GTSprint enjoy a massive turnout of fans at Monza.

International Superstars Series - Paddock showInternational Superstars Series - Starting gridFreeticket, Stands4fun, paddock show set to be repeated at Imola. Like happened last year, the FG GROUP-promoted championships went on-track for their seasonal debut at Monza, the cathedral of speed, and once again the fan support proved massive. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

‘Honest’ Vettel no ‘smiling boy’ after losing

Sebastian Vettel remains unapologetic after insulting his rival Narain Karthikeyan.

2012-03-24 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 2990112012-03-24 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 299000The reigning world champion twice showed Indian Karthikeyan the middle finger in Malaysia recently, also describing the HRT driver as an “idiot” and “gherkin” following their on-track clash. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Barrichello not ruling out Ferrari return

“I want the fans to understand that I don’t have any hard feelings.”

Rubens Barrichello 2012-01-312012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #5 300Just after backing his friend and countryman to bounce back, Rubens Barrichello has refused to rule out returning to formula one to replace the struggling Felipe Massa. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Mercedes’ clever F-duct not easily copied – report

In the case of Sauber’s clever exhaust solution, Red Bull simply rolled out a copy in the days before the 2012 season.

2012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 012012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 02Writing in O Estado de S.Paulo, Brazilian correspondent Livio Oricchio said the Sauber philosophy makes ingenious use of something called the ‘Coanda effect’. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Raikkonen to ‘have his say’ on 2013 Lotus design

F1 comeback easy with ‘good car’ – Raikkonen

2012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Kimi Raikkonen 002012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Kimi Raikkonen 01Just two races into 2012, Kimi Raikkonen has already sat at the wheel of Lotus’ car for 2013. His race engineer Mark Slade revealed that the Finn was at Enstone on Wednesday to sit in “a basic mock-up” of the single seater for next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Lotus wants ‘no more crashes’ from Grosjean

Grosjean crosses fingers for French GP return

2012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 002012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 03Pressure is on Romain Grosjean to have a clean race in China next weekend. The reigning GP2 champion has shown pace in his return to formula one so far this year, making good use of the competitive Lotus E20. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Lack of development budget ‘a shame’ – Kaltenborn

Sauber is in a race for money after discovering its 2012 car is up to speed with F1′s richest teams.

2012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Peter Sauber - Monisha Kaltenborn2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 460As ever in formula one, world championships are won not on the basis of a clever initial design, but on a team’s ability to continue to develop it throughout a long season. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Perez developed skills in Mexican rain – father

Sergio Perez honed his wet-weather race craft from a very early age, his father has revealed.

2012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 062012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 02According to the rumour mill, the 22-year-old Mexican has gone straight to the top of Ferrari’s shortlist for 2013 after his strong charge for victory in the changeable Malaysian grand prix recently. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Ma Qing Hua joins HRT Formula 1 Team’s Driver Development Programme

HRT Formula 1 Team announces the incorporation of Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua to the Spanish team’s young driver development programme.

2012-04-05 - HRT F1 Team - Ma Qing HuaHRT F1 Team Logo_002.jpgThe formation programme designed by HRT F1 Team for Ma Qing Hua includes professional assessment in his career as a driver, private tests with cars from different categories and simulator tests. If the results of the partnership are satisfactory, Qing Hua could take to the wheel of the F112 at the Formula 1 Young Driver test. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Pressure mounts on F1 to cancel Bahrain again

Damon Hill has changed his mind yet again on the controversial issue of Bahrain’s return to formula one later this month.

2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 480Bahrain International CircuitAmid the debate about the island Kingdom’s return to the calendar in the wake of the cancelled 2011 event, the 1996 world champion said initially: “F1 must align itself with progression, not repression”. Read the rest of this entry »


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