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 »

Jan 29

Campos considers female driver for second seat

It is believed the Campos issue will be discussed by the F1 Commission on Monday.

Maria de VillotaAs the clock ticks for Campos, the new Spanish team is considering whether signing a female driver could help attract much-needed sponsors. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 27

Teixeira denies Campos will do no winter testing

Teixeira set to rescue Campos team – reports

Tony Teixeira has denied reports that F1’s new Spanish team Campos is set to miss all four group tests of the pre-season. An Associated Press report on Tuesday quoted head of strategy Daniel Eisen as suggesting the Valencia based team will not test prior to the Bahrain season opener. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 20

2011 “F2 prize drive” lure set to fill Jim Russell series grid

2010 Jim Russell Championship Series title winner gets fully-funded F2 “seat”

Jim Russell Championship SeriesFuture Driver Search winners Carlton and Ellis confirmed for 16-race series. Team USA Scholarship winner Smrz returning to compete for European series attraction. The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School organization welcomes the new decade in terrific style by opening entries and confirming details for its 2010 Championship Series that sees the champion earn himself a fully funded drive in next year’s FIA Formula Two Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 18

Andy Soucek pleased with F2 car upgrade progress (+photos)

2009 champion continues to assist with development of the Williams JPH1B 

F2 - Andy Soucek - engineer2009 FIA Formula Two Champion Andy Soucek says the Williams-designed F2 car has already made significant improvements as the Spaniard continues to play a major role in developing the car prior to the 2010 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 13

Senna could switch to Toro Rosso for 2010 – reports

Campos to announce Teixeira investment

Campos could release Bruno Senna so that the Brazilian rookie can sign for the 2010 season with Toro Rosso. Citing Brazilian sources, that information was reported by Italy’s Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport publications, in the wake of claims that the new Spanish team is struggling to compile a full budget for its formula one debut. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Soucek hints Williams test option for 2010

“I would prefer to race with any of the new teams than to be test driver with Williams.”

New F2 champion Andy Soucek has hinted he could be installed as Williams’ test and reserve driver in 2010. As his prize for winning this year’s F2 series, the 24-year-old Spanish-Austrian recently tested for the British team at Jerez. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

A year of success for Stilo (+photo)

As the company looks forward to 2010 with the Dakar 

Stilo, based near Bergamo in northern Italy, is looking forward to another year of success in 2010 following a fantastic 2009 season. Stilo helmets claimed both the FIA World Rally Championship (for the fifth time) with Sebastien Loeb and the FIA World Touring Car Championship thanks to Gabriele Tarquini: the first time that the FIA’s most important rally and touring car titles have been won by a single helmet manufacturer. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 21

F2 champion Soucek struggles to find F1 seat

“F2 was created to be the step before F1″

Andy Soucek is frustrated that, as the new champion of the FIA Formula Two series, he is struggling to find a seat on the F1 grid. The Spanish-Austrian, who is 24, performed well as he recently claimed his prize of a full test with the Williams team. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 02

Speedy Soucek wants F1 seat in 2010

“I think I deserve a seat in formula one next year.”

New F2 champion Andy Soucek has staked a claim for a 2010 formula one race debut by outpacing eleven other young hopefuls as the Jerez test began on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 02

Soucek’s sponsors can’t afford Campos seat

“I know it’s a Spanish team and I’m a Spanish driver, so it’s logical.”

Campos MetaAndy Soucek has admitted he is well backed by sponsors, but can’t afford to be Bruno Senna’s 2010 teammate at Campos. Nelson Piquet has said he is also interested in the seat, but that the Spanish team is looking for a Spaniard to complete its inaugural driver lineup. Read the rest of this entry »

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