Tag Archive: 2011

Aug 27

Barrichello admits 2012 Williams exit possible

“I have waited for three weeks but there has been no contact on the part of the team”

2011-07-30 - AT&T Williams - Hungary - Rubens Barrichello 012011-07-09 - AT&T Williams - Britain - Rubens Barrichello - Sir Frank Williams 01Rubens Barrichello has reportedly confessed that he might lose his seat at Williams due to the team’s “economic problem”. The Brazilian veteran on Saturday posted on Twitter a photo of the special helmet he wore at Honda when he broke the all-time record of 256 grands prix.

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Feb 01

More than one hundred pictures of 2011 F1

Following today’s test in Valencia

2011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing  - Sebastian Vettel - 001904 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 TeamWe have added more than one hundred pictures of 2011 F1 in each team’s album, so here is what awaits us this year!

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Sep 21

Lotus back on track with ART

“It is a fantastic opportunity for ART Grand Prix to be working with Lotus” – Frédéric Vasseur

The best of British meets the best of France as Lotus Motorsport and GP2 championship winners ART Grand Prix unite to create the ultimate GP2 and GP3 race teams. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

Returning Heidfeld not yet signed up for 2011

Heidfeld said returning to Sauber for the last races of 2010 is like coming “home”

2010-09-14 - BMW Sauber F1 Team - Nick Heidfeld 01Returning Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld is still in talks with other teams about a full-time race cockpit in 2011. The 33-year-old German has been Mercedes’ reserve driver for most of this year, before he recently signed up with Pirelli and began testing the Italian marque’s 2011 tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

F1 Lotus owner launches GP2 team

The Malaysian millionaire’s team is called Team Air Asia

2010-07-11 - Lotus F1 Racing - Tony FernandesLotus team owner Tony Fernandes’ application to launch a GP2 team for 2011 has been successful, the series announced on Tuesday. The Malaysian millionaire’s team is called Team Air Asia, named after his Kuala Lumpur based low-fare airline, and is “strongly linked to formula one”, GP2 organisers said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 09

Mercedes inflates price for 2011 KERS supply – report

A further 5 million euros per team could then be spent on developing the systems.

2010-08-01 - Mercedes GP 01The price for customer teams of Mercedes’ 2011-specification KERS system has reportedly increased from an original EUR 1 million to 6 million. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that F1 teams initially agreed that customer supplies of the energy-recovery technology next should cost purchasing teams just 1 million euros. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 08

Villeneuve not giving up on F1 team plans (updated)

FIA confirms no 13th team, 20 races in 2011

Jacques Villeneuve on Wednesday said he has not given up on heading his own formula one team in 2011. Earlier in Paris, the FIA ruled that neither Villeneuve’s collaboration with Italian racing outfit Durango, or the Spanish applicant Epsilon Euskadi, had satisfied the requirements for the vacant 13th place on next year’s grid.

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Sep 07

Kamui Kobayashi remains with Sauber Motorsport in 2011

Sponsor could help de la Rosa keep seat

Kamui Kobayashi will again line up for Peter Sauber’s team in the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2011. The Japanese driver, who will celebrate his 24th birthday on Monday 13th September, has collected 21 World Championship points so far this season and recorded a best race result of sixth at Silverstone. He has made it into the top ten qualifying on three occasions. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 07

FIA to leave 13th team spot vacant in 2011

More details emerge about F1’s new shape for 2013

Flagworld - FIAAccording to emerging rumours, the FIA has decided to leave the 13th team position vacant for the 2011 season. It is believed that Epsilon Euskadi, and the Villeneuve/Durango alliance, were the only two contenders to make their grand prix debuts next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 06

GP2 series to use Pirelli’s F1 tyres in 2011

“For the GP2 drivers, it means them racing on the same tyres as in formula one” – Perrin

Pirelli TyresIt is now clear that next year’s formula one tyres will be identical to the ones used in the feeder series GP2. We reported last month that, as Nick Heidfeld began testing Pirelli’s F1 prototypes at Mugello, also running the tyres for the Italian marque was a GP2 car driven by Briton Ben Hanley. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 12

Soucek not giving up on F1 seat for 2011

Insists his departure “by mutual agreement” was not acrimonious or due to a disagreement

2010-02-27 - Virgin Racing - Andy Soucek 03Andy Soucek still hopes to make his formula one debut next year, despite splitting with the new British team Virgin. The reigning F2 champion has been Virgin’s third and reserve driver in 2010, but reportedly decided to leave because he was not being given opportunities to actually drive the VR01. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 09

Villeneuve not confirming FIA interview for 2011 entry (updated)

Villeneuve said he is no longer affiliated with Stefan GP
Villeneuve annoyed that F1 team plans leaked

2010-08-07_0412Jacques Villeneuve has pointed gentle criticism in the direction of the hopeful Spanish entrant Epsilon Euskadi. It is believed that, as well as Stefan GP, Villeneuve’s joint bid with the Italian former GP2 outfit Durango is in competition with Epsilon Euskadi for the last place on the 2011 formula one grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 02

20-race 2011 draft calendar leaked in Hungary

An unofficial draft calendar for the 2011 season emerged in the paddock during the Hungarian grand prix weekend.

Flagworld - F1The leaked schedule, published in German by ‘sport1′, features an unprecedented 20 races, beginning in Bahrain on 13 March and ending with a 13 November finale in Abu Dhabi. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 01

Toro Rosso to use Ferrari KERS in 2011

Toro Rosso’s 2011 car will be fitted with KERS.

2010-07-24 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Sebastien Buemi 1“It’s mainly because Ferrari are going to be using KERS,” team boss Franz Tost said in an interview in Hungary with motorline.cc. Ferrari is Toro Rosso’s customer engine supplier. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Cypher out of running for 2011 F1 debut

The American outfit Cypher Group has pulled out of the running to race in formula one next year.

Cypher GroupThe group had applied for the 13th 2011 team entry and was reportedly in talks with American driver Jonathan Summerton and possibly also Nelson Piquet Jr. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 25

Williams set to keep same drivers in 2011 – co-owner

Williams looks set to keep the same driver lineup in 2011.

2010-07-24 - AT&T Williams - Rubens Barrichello 01Team figures indicated recently that the extension of Rubens Barrichello’s contract is a mere formality. The Brazilian veteran’s current teammate is the reigning GP2 champion Nico Hulkenberg, who said recently he was worried about losing his seat for 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 24

Kovalainen smiles at ‘nice’ 2011 Renault switch rumours

“That’s the first time I’ve heard that” -Mike Gascoyne

2011-07-11 - Lotus F1 Racing - Heikki Kovalainen 01Mike Gascoyne says he is not surprised that Heikki Kovalainen’s name is being linked with a possible switch to a rival team. “That’s the first time I’ve heard that,” the Lotus technical boss told Finland’s Turun Sanomat, when asked about the rumours linking Kovalainen with a 2011 return to his former team Renault. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 21

Alguersuari ‘sceptical’ after 2011 Toro Rosso renewal

Jaime Alguersuari has cautiously welcomed news that he will be staying with Toro Rosso in 2011.

2010-07-11  - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Jaime Alguersuari 2Last week, team boss Franz Tost said the Spanish 20-year-old as well as current teammate Sebastien Buemi are “both confirmed” for next season. Swiss 21-year-old Buemi initially reacted by denying he has signed a new contract, before clarifying that he will indeed be staying with the Faenza based team in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 20

Buemi confirms he is staying with Toro Rosso

Sebastien Buemi has confirmed he will still be driving for Toro Rosso in 2011.

2010-06-13 - Scuderia Toro Rosso -  Sebastien Buemi 01The Swiss 21-year-old initially denied team boss Franz Tost’s announcement that he had signed a deal for next year. “I haven’t signed yet,” Buemi told Switzerland’s Blick. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 19

Petrov to hold 2011 Renault talks ‘later’

Vitaly Petrov is currently being left out of talks about being Robert Kubica’s Renault teammate in 2011.

2011-07-11 - Renault F1 Team - Vitaly Petrov 01Despite being initially labelled little more than a pay-driver, the Russian rookie has been a solid performer this season. But the Enstone based team’s management, targeting a return to the top of the podium in the wake of the crashgate scandal and change of ownership, is openly contemplating its options for next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 19

De la Rosa delays Sauber talks for September

With half the season now gone, Pedro de la Rosa admits he is not sure what he will be doing in 2011.

2010-05-30 - BMW Sauber F1 Team - Pedro de la Rosa 4“I am trying only to enjoy the moment,” said the 39-year-old Spaniard, who returned to the grid this year after a long spell as McLaren’s test driver. Last month, the Sauber driver revealed he is “available” for future employment by other teams. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 18

Haug backs Schumacher for Mercedes’ 2011 team lineup

Norbert Haug is convinced Michael Schumacher is the ideal teammate for Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

2010-07-11 - Mercedes GP - Michael Shcumacher 03The seven time world champion’s lukewarm return to formula one this year has been much criticised, but competition boss Haug says the German marque is happy with its current lineup. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

Buemi denies signing 2011 Toro Rosso deal

Sebastien Buemi has denied he has signed a contract to remain at Toro Rosso in 2011.

2010-07-11  - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Sebastien Buemi 1In a team-distributed interview on Thursday, boss Franz Tost said 21-year-old Swiss Buemi as well as Jaime Alguersuari are “both confirmed” for next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

Signs grow that Raikkonen to keep rallying

“The hard work is now beginning to pay off”

Kimi RaikkonenThe signs are growing that Kimi Raikkonen will keep rallying next year rather than return to formula one. The 2007 world champion has been linked with both Renault and Mercedes for 2011, but reports on Thursday said Raikkonen, 30, is close to agreeing a new deal with the Red Bull-sponsored world rally team Citroen. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

Toro Rosso confirms same drivers for 2011

Toro Rosso on Thursday announced it will keep the same driver lineup in 2011.

2010-07-11  - Scuderia Toro Rosso2010 is Swiss 21-year-old Sebastien Buemi’s second full season in formula one, while Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari made his debut with the Faenza based team last July. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

Jose Maria Lopez targets F1 debut in 2011

Jose Maria Lopez has not given up on formula one.

Before the American outfit folded, the 27-year-old Argentine and his sponsors had signed up to race for USF1 in 2010. Lopez returned to Argentina to race in the TC2000 touring car series, but at Silverstone last weekend was spotted in the formula one paddock with his manager Victor Rosso. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 13

Lotus eyes same driver lineup for 2011 – Gascoyne

Lotus will announce its 2011 driver lineup “pretty soon”, according to Mike Gascoyne.

2011-07-11 - Lotus F1 Racing - Jarno Trulli - Heikki Kovalainen - Fairuz FauzyAlthough there are rumblings the Malaysian-owned team could be considering its Kuala Lumpur born test driver Fairuz Fauzy for a race seat, the team’s technical boss said he is happy with Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 12

Barrichello committed to Williams for 2011

Rubens Barrichello has revealed he is committed to staying with the Williams team in 2011.

2011-07-11 - AT&T Williams - Rubens Barrichello 02The veteran Brazilian, on the verge of notching up 300 career grands prix, joined the British team this year and has proved the regular pacesetter alongside highly-rated newcomer Nico Hulkenberg. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 12

Lotus meets Renault amid Cosworth switch rumours

Lotus’ potential switch to Renault power for 2011 might still be on, according to a media report.

2011-07-11 - Lotus F1 Racing - Tony FernandesLast week, we reported that the new Malaysian backed team will continue to use Cosworth engines next year, with boss Tony Fernandes saying the British supplier’s product has been “competitive enough” in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 12

Stewart tips Schumacher to retire before 2011

The famous Scot was asked if he thinks Schumacher can improve in 2011.

2010-06-12_0214Sir Jackie Stewart thinks Michael Schumacher will return to retirement after November’s Abu Dhabi finale. The seven time world champion is committed to Mercedes in 2011 and 2012, but his mediocre comeback only got worse in Britain at the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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