De Villota ‘terrified’ when she saw face injuries
Valencia is pushing ahead with the idea it will from now on annually alternate a single grand prix race date with Barcelona.
Bernie Ecclestone recently confirmed speculation that a deal has been reached so that the sport’s Spanish hosts, whose country is struggling amid an economic crisis, will host their respective races only once every two years.
McLaren and Red Bull are the teams to bet money on after the early phase of the 2012 season.
That is the view of Jaime Alguersuari, the former Toro Rosso driver who is now a commentator for British radio as well as Pirelli’s new test driver. The Spaniard told Europa Press news agency that Ferrari, whose Fernando Alonso won the rain-marred Malaysian grand prix three weeks ago, remains “one step below” the current pacesetters.
Jaime Alguersuari has hinted strongly that he knows he is being retained by the Toro Rosso team in 2012.
Earlier at Interlagos, the Spaniard said he would leave formula one if the team’s owner Red Bull decides to replace him, with the energy drink company’s newest rookies Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne waiting in the wings.
Niki Lauda has scoffed at Spa winner Sebastian Vettel’s claim that the fight for the 2011 world champion is still on.
The news was confirmed by European grand prix organiser Valmor Sports’ Jorge Martinez Aspar
As in Canada this weekend, there will also be two ‘DRS’ overtaking zones for Valencia’s grand prix later in June. The news was confirmed by European grand prix organiser Valmor Sports’ Jorge Martinez Aspar in the Spanish port city on Tuesday.
HRT is beginning to win over the support of Spain’s motor racing federation.
The country’s head FIA official Carlos Gracia said after Australia, where the F111 cars failed even to qualify: “Like this, I would prefer there was no Spanish team in formula one”. But three races on, with Vitantonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan pressing the pace of their nearest rivals and untroubled by the 107pc qualifying rule, Gracia admitted he is happier.
“I’m not thinking about going elsewhere”
Lewis Hamilton has revealed he sought out his boss Martin Whitmarsh to re-pledge his commitment to McLaren. Recent speculation had linked the 2008 world champion with a future move to Red Bull, but he played those rumours down by saying the reigning champions are just “a drinks company”.
Alonso among top Spaniards on ‘net in 2010
Fernando Alonso insists he would have no fear if he was paired at Ferrari with F1′s new youngest world champion Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said in recent days that the 23-year-old German will drive a red car “sooner or later”, and Bild newspaper now quotes Vettel as saying a seat at the Maranello based team is a “desire and goal”.
HRT vows to ‘work’ rather than react to Ecclestone
A deal for Pedro de la Rosa to return to the grid next year could be announced officially next week. After being ousted by Sauber, the 39-year-old Spaniard was recruited as Pirelli’s main test driver but said he would be interested in driving for HRT in 2011 if its “sporting project is interesting and ambitious”.
Santander reduced its advertising in other areas after investing in F1
Santander is more than happy with its sponsorship activities in formula one, according to Spanish media reports. Citing the confirmation of communications boss Juan Manuel Cendoya, the EFE and Europa Press (EP) news agencies said the Spanish bank’s EUR 50 million spend this year will net a five-fold return.
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