Valencia could still return to the F1 calendar in 2014.
Spain’s formula one race hosts have finally agreed to annually alternate a single grand prix date.
Spanish sports newspapers Marca and Diario Sport said the respective organisers and supporting governments of the Barcelona and Valencia races have now agreed that the country should host only one grand prix per year.
Ferrari does not have a leading car so far in 2012, but when it comes to pitstops, the famous Italian team is setting the pace.
That is the finding of the Spanish sports daily Marca, reporting that Fernando Alonso’s 2.4 second pitstop in Shanghai was the fastest of all. And the report said Ferrari’s pitstops were on average six tenths better than those performed by rival top teams Mercedes, McLaren and Red Bull in China.
Fernando Alonso said he is hoping the F2012 becomes “3 or 4 tenths” better at Barcelona.
Ferrari is looking ahead to Barcelona next month, as the famous Italian team plans to begin putting a difficult start to the 2012 season behind it. Test driver Marc Gene, who is travelling to the grands prix this year, said the F2012 was “born well” but fell behind the other leading teams as the winter pre-season progressed.
HRT is hoping to get one up on its tailender rival Marussia by at least running its 2012 car before shipping it to Australia.
Marussia, formerly Virgin, has announced that after failing an FIA crash test, it will be unable to run its new Cosworth-powered car at the final Barcelona test this week. “Of course it’s a shame,” German driver Timo Glock told the DPA news agency, “but safety comes first.”
The latest spat between Bernie Ecclestone and the F1 teams’ association is set to break out.
Spain’s Diario Sport newspaper reports that FOTA, headed by McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh, believes the F1 chief executive has breached the Concorde Agreement in devising the arduous 20-race calendar for 2012.
“The rule changes are going to spice things up” – Lewis Hamilton.
It is no coincidence that Ferrari has earmarked Silverstone as a key indicator for its approach to the remainder of 2011. With Red Bull apparently running away with the title, Ferrari has not ruled out switching its focus to next season after July’s British race.
Alonso told Diario Sport newspaper in Canada that he knows nothing about the Briatore rumours.
Ferrari’s media guru and Fernando Alonso have dismissed rumours linking Flavio Briatore with the top job at the famous team. The Dutch website f1today.nl this week said Briatore, the disgraced and banned former Renault team boss who is still Spaniard Alonso’s manager, is “in talks with Ferrari” about replacing current principal Stefano Domenicali.
Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko agrees: “Sebastian has a comfortable lead but there are 350 points to go.”
If Bernie Ecclestone were to bet a few dollars of his fortune on the outcome of the 2011 title, he would safely back his young friend Sebastian Vettel. The F1 chief executive is famously friendly with the 23-year-old German who last year became the sport’s youngest champion and this year is running away with the spoils.
Jean Todt says one race will definitely fall off the proposed 2012 calendar.
The governing body’s World Motor Sport Council last week rubber-stamped a provisional schedule for 2012 featuring an unprecedented 21 race dates. Among the scheduled events are season opener Bahrain and the inaugural US grand prix in Texas, but the only race marked ‘subject to confirmation’ was Turkey in early May.
The FIA announced last Friday that it will now stage “consultations”
Ferrari and Mercedes are pushing for the 2013 engine rules to be delayed, FIA president Jean Todt has admitted. It emerged recently that the agreed ‘greener’ four-cylinder turbo regulations no longer had the support of all four of F1′s current engine suppliers.
Ferrari has accused a Spanish journalist of lying about the concerns of a major team sponsor.
AS sports newspaper writer Raul Romojaro had said Santander chief Emilio Botin had words in Barcelona with Stefano Domenicali about Ferrari’s poor start to the 2011 season. “When lies are being bandied about then the Horse Whisperer cannot let it go,” said Ferrari in a website column written by an anonymous writer.
“I would like Flavio to return, we miss him” – Alonso
Fernando Alonso would like to see Flavio Briatore back in formula one, but he denies his arrival at Ferrari “would be like Mou in Madrid”. The ‘Mou’ reference is to Jose Mourinho, the highly respected Portuguese football coach who arrived at Real Madrid last year and is regarded as one of the best managers in history.
Webber backtracks on ‘harsh’ Monza review
Mark Webber has played down suggestions he is asking for his teammate Sebastian Vettel to play a supporting role for the rest of 2010. At Spa-Francorchamps recently, the Australian suggested that with a growing points gap to his teammate, the time might be nearing for Red Bull to appoint a number one, depending on “how hungry they are”.
Ferrari’s version was tested for the first time in Hockenheim practice.
One of Ferrari’s developments for the F10 car this weekend is the Red Bull-like constant exhaust-gas pressure concept. It emerged recently that Red Bull’s dominance of the Q3 qualifying segment this year was due to a system that keeps exhaust gases flowing through the blown diffuser even when the driver is not on the throttle in slow corners.
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