Daily Archive: April 11, 2012

Apr 11

Formula One teams Chinese Grand Prix preview

Chinese Grand Prix Formula One preview

Shanghai circuitToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Shanghai..

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Apr 11

F2000 set for 2012

Last year’s Series Champion, Remy Audette, has graduated to sports cars, leaving the Championship wide open for a new title holder.

Robert La Rocca leads HP-Tech's three-car effort in the RFR chassis. (photo: Dennis Valet)F2000 Championship Series logoThe 14 race, seven-weekend 2012 F2000 Championship Series is about to get going, with a 30-car-plus field expected at VIRginia International Raceway this Thursday for testing prior to a three-day race weekend. The big story coming into VIR is the sharp end of the field, with most of the top 2011 pilots returning, joined by a crop of new aspiring drivers, in addition to the proliferation of brand new cars throughout the F2000 paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

F1600 ready for 2012

Nearly 30 cars and drivers are ready for the 2012 F1600 Formula F Championship Series opening weekend at VIRginia International Raceway.

Nearly 30 cars are set for the second F1600 season. (photo: Dennis Valet)The 17 twists and turns at VIR led to a nail-biting finish in 2011, and 2012 is promising to be even more competitive, with new drivers, cars and teams entering the Series for the expanded 12-race, six-weekend calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

Evans top at Silverstone pre-season test

MW Arden’s Mitch Evans edges out teammate Matias Laine on day one of testing
 
Gp3 - Mitch Evans (MW Arden) Pre Season Test SilverstoneGP3 - Matias Laine (MW Arden) Pre Season Test SilverstoneThe GP3 Series headed to Silverstone for the final two-day pre-season test before the season commences in Barcelona next month. There was one new face in the line-up for the test and that was British youngster Alice Powell making her maiden appearance in a GP3 car for Status Grand Prix, hoping to impress to land a drive for the upcoming season and become the third female driver of the 2012 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

Sauber bans Perez’s father

Sauber has banned Sergio Perez’s father from attending grands prix, the Swiss newspaper Blick revealed on Wednesday.

Sergio et Antonio Pérez Garibay 2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 843The report said the Mexican’s dad Antonio – himself a former Mexican F3 champion – struggled to cope trackside last year when his son was injured at Monaco. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

Golf tournament going ahead in Bahrain

A major golf tournament is set to go ahead in Bahrain.

Bahreïn 2012-04-08Bahrain International CircuitThe BBC is reporting on Wednesday that “a number” of formula one teams now fully expect next weekend’s Bahrain grand prix to be called off – with the final decision to be made this weekend in China – due to the security risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

Dino Zamparelli confirms place on Formula Two grid for 2012

McLaren Autosport Award finalist to make debut at Silverstone

F2 - Dino ZamparelliF2 - Dino Zamparelli steps up to F2 for 2012British driver Dino Zamparelli has confirmed his place on the grid for the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

International Superstars Series: Francesco Sini aims for more podium finishes at Imola for Chevrolet

After ending up in third place in race 2 at Monza, the Solaris Motorsport driver is eager to do it all again at Imola

International Superstars Series - sini-liuzziInternational Superstars Series - francesco-sini-chevrolet-lumina-cr8Francesco Sini is ready to take his season to the next level. The 31-year-old, Abruzzo-based racer, who cruised to an excellent third-place finish in Race 2 at Monza, celebrated the debut of Solaris Motorsport in the International Superstars Series arena, and is now eager to repeat at Imola. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

Susie Wolff appointed Development Driver for the Williams F1 Team

The Williams F1 Team (Ticker: WGF1) today confirmed that Susie Wolff will join the team as its Development Driver.

2012-04-11 - Williams  F1 - Susie Wolff portrait09 - Williams F1Born in Scotland, Susie Wolff has had the classic racing career, beginning in karting and then moving to junior single-seater series and was twice nominated for the prestigious Young Driver of the Year Award before moving up to DTM. In 2012, Susie will contest her seventh season in DTM.

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Apr 11

Shareholder calls on Mercedes to quit F1

A Daimler shareholder has called on the German car giant to pull its works Mercedes team out of formula one.

Mercedes-Benz logoFlagworld - F1Fund manager Ingo Speich, of the Daimler shareholder Union Investment, said at Daimler’s annual general meeting that he is disappointed Mercedes has lost ground to road car rivals Audi and BMW. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

More passing in 2012 than early last year – report

This year, there were 70 passes in Australia-Malaysia combined.

2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix - Pirelli 03 - Teams2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 439The 2012 season has kicked off promisingly, with more overtaking moves recorded in the first two races than in the same exciting period last year. The finding is significant, given the highly lauded contribution early in 2011 made by the new passing aid ‘DRS’, and new official supplier Pirelli’s heavily-degrading tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

Red Bull ‘has a plan’ to bounce back in China

Red Bull is ready to start bouncing back from a difficult start to 2012.

2012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #5 0932012-02-22 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 05That is the claim of the energy drink owned team’s racing consultant Dr Helmut Marko, who acknowledged that Australia and Malaysia was not a good start to the campaign for a third-consecutive championship-winning season. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

McLaren not yet ready with own F-duct

McLaren is not yet ready to roll out a Mercedes-style ‘F-duct’ to complement its highly competitive 2012 car.

2012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 042012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #9 038Despite Mercedes struggling with tyres in the actual races so far, the W03 is a standout qualifying performer, thanks in part to the so-nicknamed front and rear ‘super-DRS’ system. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

Bianchi to begin Friday duties in China

Jules Bianchi will kick off his season of Friday practice duties this weekend in China.

2012-02-07 - Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 - Jerez - Jules Bianchi 012012-02-03 - Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 Jule Bianchi - Nico Hulkenberg - Paul di Resta 3Despite remaining under contract to Ferrari’s development programme, the Frenchman was signed to be reserve driver at Force India this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

Caterham has ‘blown away’ F1 rivals – boss

Tony Fernandes has given a strident defence of his formula one team, Caterham.

2012-03-24 - Team Caterham - Malaysian Grand Prix - Vitaly Petrov 02Tony Fernandes 2011-12-13The former Team Lotus outfit, headed by the cheery Malaysian entrepreneur Fernandes, entered its third season with high hopes it was set to join the midfield mix. Read the rest of this entry »

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