Tag Archive: Andy Soucek

Feb 15

Clos ‘trusts’ HRT to deliver Friday promises

Dani Clos insists he is delighted with his new role as HRT tester, despite some seeing him as little more than a ‘pay driver’.

11 - HRT F1 TeamGP2 - Dani Clos (Rapax), Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering), Josef Kral (Arden International)A reporter for Spain’s Diario AS newspaper admitted to the 23-year-old from Barcelona that when he read the news about his Clos’ new role, he surmised that the driver must have some lucrative backers.

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Jul 24

Soucek hints at F1 team ‘negotiations’

Andy Soucek has revealed he could be on the verge of breaking back into formula one

2010-06-13 - Virgin Racing - Andy SoucekUSF1The Spaniard was Virgin’s test and reserve driver last year but he left the role complaining that “You don’t even get in the car”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 17

Mercedes to be ‘big surprise’ of 2011 – Soucek

Mercedes could be “the big surprise” of the 2011 season, according to Andy Soucek.

2011-03-12 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 01Andy Soucek 091203Speaking to Marca in Spain, the former F2 champion and 2010 Virgin tester was asked to give his verdict about the looming world championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 17

Soucek rules out third driver role with small team

Andy Soucek has ruled out returning to the role of third driver with a small formula one team.

2010-06-13 - Virgin Racing - Andy SoucekF2 - Andy SoucekAs reigning F2 champion, the Spaniard signed up as Virgin’s test and reserve driver last year, but he quit in August due to not receiving any cockpit time. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 01

Soucek sees ‘problem’ for new talent in F1

He revealed that he is also talking to teams in Indycar and DTM.

2010-06-13 - Virgin Racing - Andy Soucek2010-02-27 - Virgin Racing - Andy Soucek 02The long-standing need for sponsor support has now become a real “problem” for new drivers trying to break into formula one. That is the claim of Andy Soucek, who in 2009 became the F2 champion but during the course of the 2010 season gave up his role as a test driver with Virgin. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 12

Virgin plays down 2011 di Grassi exit talks

Virgin team boss John Booth has played down reports he is considering replacing Lucas di Grassi for the 2011 season.

2010-07-11 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi 1Belgian reports have said GP2 driver Jerome d’Ambrosio, who is already working with Virgin as its new reserve driver, has been offered the seat with the British team if he can raise EUR 5 million. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 18

Mercedes may not replace Heidfeld as reserve driver

Mercedes might not appoint a formal replacement for its departed F1 reserve driver Nick Heidfeld.

2010-05-08 - Mercedes GP - Nick Heidfeld 01The Brackley based team agreed to release 33-year-old Heidfeld so that he can become Pirelli’s permanent tyre development tester. 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 10

Third driver Soucek to terminate Virgin contract

Andy Soucek is set to terminate his contract as Virgin’s third and reserve driver.

2010-06-13 - Virgin Racing - Andy SoucekThe 25-year-old Spaniard and reigning F2 champion has been disappointed that his role with the new British team has not involved any driving so far. It is understood, however, that his contract does stipulate some test-driving duties. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 21

Alguersuari back in Europe after 50 hour voyage

It took them nearly 50 hours, but F1 drivers including Jaime Alguersuari and Mark Webber are now back home.

2010-04-17 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Jaime Alguersuari 072010-04-17 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber 4Toro Rosso’s Alguersuari, who travelled with Virgin test driver and countryman Andy Soucek, lost count of how many times they landed at airports to change plane and destination. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 15

No Friday driving plans for Virgin’s Soucek

“Virgin currently have other problems than to be thinking about the third driver.”

2010-03-27 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi 02Andy Soucek on Thursday admitted he is not likely to drive a Virgin during Friday practice sessions at grands prix any time soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Renault says Hamilton weaving should have been punished

But the 2008 world champion was merely warned

2010-04-03 - Renault F1 Team - Vitaly Petrov 02Renault team boss Eric Boullier believes Lewis Hamilton should have received an actual penalty for weaving during Sunday’s Malaysian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 24

Acclimatisation you say?

Lucas clearly knows his way around a surfboard.

2010-03-14 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi 04Virgin Racing’s Lucas di Grassi and Andy Soucek make waves with two-time world surfing title winner Damien Hardman in Melbourne Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 25

Soucek may test Virgin in Spain this week

But the team’s first priority is to solve the reliability issues

2010-02-14 - Virgin Racing Team 02Andy Soucek could make his track debut as Virgin’s new 2010 reserve driver this week. The new British team is the only outfit to have held off naming a definite driver lineup for the last four-day test of the winter, to kick off in Barcelona on Thursday morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 23

Virgin Racing signs Andy Soucek (updated)

Exclusive Q&A with Andy Soucek‏
Soucek expects to drive Virgin car ‘very soon’
2009 F2 Champion becomes Reserve and Test Driver – Soucek to test Virgin this week

USF1The Virgin Racing Formula One team is pleased to announce that it has signed Andy Soucek to the role of Reserve and Test Driver, finalising the team’s driver line-up for the 2010 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 22

Soucek/Virgin deal to be confirmed soon – report

“In a few days the deal will be official”

Confirmation that Andy Soucek will be Virgin’s reserve driver in 2010 is expected within days. We reported last week that the 24-year-old Spaniard, who is the reigning F2 champion, is set to sign with the new British team because confirmed reserve driver Alvaro Parente’s sponsorship has fallen through. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 18

Klien could be new McLaren reserve driver – report (updated)

Soucek set to be Virgin reserve driver

01 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes12 - Virgin RacingChristian Klien could become McLaren’s new reserve and primary test driver. Rumours at the Jerez test, repeated by the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper, suggest the 27-year-old Austrian is being considered to replace Pedro de la Rosa. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 12

Newspaper insists Campos/VW report is true

Volkswagen and Colin Kolles denied they are part of the rescue plan.

VolkswagenA Spanish newspaper insists it is right about a reported rescue package for the embattled Campos team. In response to Thursday’s report, both Volkswagen and Colin Kolles denied they are part of the rescue plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 08

Soucek still fielding options for F1 role

Andy Soucek insists he is still fielding options to have a role in formula one in 2010.

The reigning F2 champion, who once said he could not afford the Campos race seat, also hinted to the Spanish sports newspaper Marca that the other vacant race seat – with the new American team USF1 – could be an option. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 04

Upgraded F2 car makes huge gains in pace

Williams JPH1B betters Formula Renault 3.5 pole time in Portimão 

F2- Andy Soucek 2010The upgraded Williams JPH1B F2 car has enjoyed a hugely impressive track debut during pre-season testing at Spain and Portugal. The car ran for the first time at Barcelona last Thursday, 28 January, and on the first day of the test programme achieved an impressive 1m 35.7sec best lap – which compares remarkably with the pole position time of 1m 39.0 set by Robert Wickens for the first F2 race at Barcelona last year and the 1m 38.0 fastest time for race two qualifying. Read the rest of this entry »

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