Tag Archive: Carlos Gracia

Oct 11

Maria de Villota dies

De Villota died of natural causes

Maria de Villota 2013-03-08It appears Maria de Villota died of natural causes. Maria de Villota, who lost an eye after a near-fatal F1 testing crash last year, died early on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

FIA vice president loses license for drink-driving

Carlos Gracia, a vice-president of F1’s governing FIA, has lost his license for drink-driving.

2011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona - Vitantonio Liuzzi - Carlos Gracia - Jose Ramon CarabanteFlagworld - FIASpain’s El Confidential reports that the Spanish motor racing chief was pulled over in the Aragon region last October. The 72-year-old failed the breath test, the report added. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 29

Ferrari ‘evaluating’ Vettel overtaking footage

Ferrari has until Friday to lodge a protest against the results of Sunday’s championship-deciding Brazilian grand prix.

Thumbnail03 - Scuderia FerrariThe possibility that Sebastian Vettel could lose his 2012 title, to the benefit of Fernando Alonso, has arisen after video footage emerged on the internet depicting Vettel overtaking at Interlagos possibly under yellow flags. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

De Villota shows scars to media at press conference

Maria de Villota has made her first public appearance since almost dying at the wheel of a Marussia earlier this year.

Maria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'h12 - Marussia F1 TeamThe Spanish test driver appeared in the pages of Hola! magazine on Wednesday, but on Thursday she addressed the international media for a press conference in Madrid. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

De Villota to make first appearance since injury (+photo)

De Villota ‘terrified’ when she saw face injuries

Maria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hMaria de VillotaMaria de Villota will on Thursday make her first public appearance since losing an eye in a formula one test crash in early July. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 20

Carlos Gracia criticises Marussia after de Villota crash

“I see it that they want to shift the responsibility to Maria, but we need to wait if she can recover her memory.”

2011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona - Vitantonio Liuzzi - Carlos Gracia - Jose Ramon CarabanteMaria de VillotaCarlos Gracia, the highest-ranking Spanish motor racing official, has criticised Marussia after the team implied Maria de Villota’s recent testing accident was her fault. Without actually saying the crash into a stationary truck during straightline aerodynamic testing was driver error, Marussia recently revealed that an internal investigation showed the car had not failed.

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Jul 04

Skull surgery for de Villota after Marussia crash

Set to be transferred from her hospital in Cambridge to a hospital in London, perhaps for further surgery.

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 5362012-03-08 - Marussia F1 Team - Maria De VillotaMaria de Villota is undergoing surgery after fracturing her skull in Tuesday’s accident, Spanish motor racing federation chief Carlos Gracia said on Wednesday. And the British newspaper the Mirror said doctors are battling to save the sight in one of the Marussia test driver’s eyes, after her helmeted head took the brunt of the impact into the side of a lorry loading ramp at the Duxford airfield. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 04

Gracia calls for ‘prudence and respect’ for de Villota

De Villota is currently in hospital with reportedly “severe facial and head injuries”.

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 536Spain’s motor racing federation has vowed to help get to the bottom of the incident involving seriously injured female test driver Maria de Villota. But Carlos Gracia, president of the RFEdA, expressed caution in light of rampant speculation following the 32-year-old Spaniard’s impact with a team truck whilst ‘straightline testing’ Marussia’s 2012 car in the UK on Tuesday.

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May 04

The President of the FIA, Jean Todt, visits HRT Formula 1 Team’s new facilities

Before the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix

2012-05-04 - HRT F1 Team - Jean TodtHRT F1 Team Logo_002.jpgToday has been an important day for HRT Formula 1 Team who received the visit of Jean Todt, President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, to its brand new facilities at the Caja Mágica in Madrid. Guided by the team’s CEO, Saúl Ruiz de Marcos, and Team Principal, Luis Pérez-Sala, the head figure of the FIA toured the team’s new facilities.

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Apr 02

‘New’ HRT not in third F1 season – Gracia

Martin Brundle has admitted he is surprised HRT is still struggling so much at the start of its third season in formula one.

11 - HRT F1 Team2012-03-24 - HRT F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Pedro de la Rosa 01Better known then as ‘Hispania’, the Spanish team was founded by Adrian Campos after former FIA president Max Mosley opened up three new places in pitlane for the start of the 2010 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 16

Alguersuari quiet as Spaniards eye HRT option

Jaime Alguersuari is refusing to give anything away as he considers his future following Toro Rosso’s clean-sweep for 2012.

2011-06-09_01622011-06-10_0474Asked if he has been in contact with any alternative employers after he was ousted by team owners Red Bull, the 21-year-old Spaniard told El Mundo Deportivo: “For the moment I can’t say anything.”

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Nov 22

Pedro de la Rosa officially presented as HRT F1 Team driver

Interview with Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa was officially presented today as an HRT F1 Team driver for the next two seasons. The act took part at the “Consejo Superior de Deportes” in Madrid and was attended by Saúl Ruiz de Marcos (HRT F1 Team, CEO), Luis Pérez-Sala (HRT F1 Team, Sports Advisor), Carlos Gracia (Real Federación Española de Automovilismo, President) and Matilde García (CSD, General Director).

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Jun 16

De la Rosa eyes another race if Perez unfit

If Sergio Perez has to sit out a third consecutive race, Pedro de la Rosa will occupy his Sauber seat.

2011-06-10_00462011-06-11_0155Mexican Perez, 21, withdrew ill from his seat after initial Friday practice in Canada, two weeks after suffering concussion in a Monaco qualifying crash. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 08

Two ‘DRS’ zones to spice up Valencia spectacle

The news was confirmed by European grand prix organiser Valmor Sports’ Jorge Martinez Aspar

Valencia Street Circuit logo2011-02-01 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Valencia - Jerome D'ambrosio 07As 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 08

Ecclestone could send own inspector to Bahrain

Ecclestone told the Financial Times he might now send his own inspector to Bahrain.

Bahrain International Circuit2010-06-12_0619Bernie Ecclestone could send his own envoy to Bahrain as the 2011 race rescheduling saga becomes a political power struggle. Some commentators have raised eyebrows this week as Ecclestone, F1’s chief executive, appeared to be back in step with his old sparring partner Max Mosley in the wake of the FIA’s controversial decision to slot Bahrain back into the 2011 calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 07

The first signs have emerged that the rescheduled 2011 Bahrain grand prix actually might not take place late in October.

Todt, Ecclestone wavering on Bahrain decision

Bahrain International Circuit

Bernie Ecclestone - Tom Bower (2)The FIA decided controversially last week to put the troubled island Kingdom back on this year’s calendar despite fears about logistics, politics and security. Teams have vowed to discuss the decision amid reports of continuing violence in Bahrain, while angry protesters are calling for a race-day ‘Day of Rage’. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 03

F1 holds breath before Bahrain decision

Bernie Ecclestone wants the race’s $40 million fee

Bahrain International CircuitFlagworld - F1The F1 world is holding its breath early on Friday as the sport considers returning to troubled Bahrain later this year. Bernie Ecclestone wants the race’s $40 million fee and said recently politics should not influence sport. But that did not stop him hypothesising about the reason for the kind of protests seen in Bahrain and elsewhere in recent months and days. Read the rest of this entry »

May 11

Spain now prouder of Hispania team

HRT is beginning to win over the support of Spain’s motor racing federation.

2011-05-07 - HRT F1 Team - Turkey - 022011-05-07 - HRT F1 Team - Turkey - Transporter 05The 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Spanish FIA chief slams Hispania team

“Like this, I would prefer there was no Spanish team in formula one” – Gracia

2011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona - Vitantonio Liuzzi - Carlos Gracia - Jose Ramon Carabante2011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Narain Karthikeyan 1The head of the Spanish motor racing federation has slammed Hispania after its drivers failed to qualify for the 2011 season opener. In the untested F111, Tonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan kicked off the Spanish team’s second season in F1 with a handful of practice laps before failing to meet the new 107 per cent qualifying rule. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Whiting ‘positive’ during Korea inspection – official

FIA official told Korea to host GP – report

Korean Grand PrixThe crucial inspection of Korea’s new formula one circuit is proceeding well, an official said late on Monday. The FIA’s Charlie Whiting arrived at the Yeongam venue on Monday and began a two-day inspection that will seal the fate of the event scheduled for October 24. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 09

Ferrari issued radio message to ‘motivate’ Massa

Alonso puts Contador cycling team plans on ice

2010-09-02 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Felipa Massa2Ferrari argued on Wednesday that Felipe Massa decided to let Fernando Alonso pass him for the race lead at Hockenheim because the Brazilian was angry. As was rumoured before the World Motor Sport Council’s disciplinary sitting in Paris, the Maranello based team rejected the charge that it imposed an illegal team order that deprived Massa of the German GP victory. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

Lauda thinks FIA should punish Ferrari

Marc Surer agrees that the World Motor Sport Council must act.

2010-06-13_0434Niki Lauda thinks Ferrari should receive a bigger penalty for swapping the order of its cars at the recent German grand prix. A survey by Autoblog showed that 95 per cent of 15,000 respondents want the World Motor Sport Council to inflict more than just the $100,000 fine imposed by the Hockenheim stewards. Read the rest of this entry »

May 19

Epsilon has better chance with ‘new’ FIA – Gracia

“I think and I hope that now it will be different” – Gracia

Epsilon EuskadiEpsilon Euskadi has a better chance of winning a spot on the formula one grid now that Max Mosley has departed. That is the suggestion of Carlos Gracia, the head of Spain’s motor racing federation. Read the rest of this entry »

May 05

Todt backs more cost cuts so new teams can ‘survive’

Bad weather spoils Todt’s Epsilon Euskadi visit

Costs in formula one must be further cut so that the sport’s newly arrived teams do not fall at the first hurdle, Jean Todt said on Tuesday. While announcing that he is pushing for KERS to return to the grid in 2011, the FIA president vowed to support new teams Virgin, Lotus and HRT, on the same day he intended to visit the Spanish headquarters of hopeful entrant Epsilon Euskadi. Read the rest of this entry »

May 04

Todt to visit 2011 hopeful Epsilon Euskadi on Tuesday

A press conference is then scheduled for the afternoon.

Epsilon EuskadiEpsilon Euskadi could be set to take another step towards becoming F1’s thirteenth and final team for the 2011 season. We reported in March that the Spanish outfit would apply for the berth following the FIA’s invitation for expressions of interest. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 28

Spanish official eyes sponsors for beleaguered de la Rosa

Pastor Maldonado and Luca Filippi have been linked with his job.

2010-04-03 - BMW Sauber F1 Team - Pedro de la Rosa 05Spain’s motor racing federation is helping Pedro de la Rosa to secure some personal sponsorship. Carlos Gracia, a friend and supporter of the Spanish driver and also president of the Real Federacion Espanola de Automoviliso (RFEDA), was responding to yet more speculation about the future of de la Rosa’s Sauber race seat. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 28

Valencia GP future not in doubt – official

Promoter Valmor’s race contract runs until 2014.

Valencia Street CircuitThe future of the European grand prix at Valencia is not in doubt, Spanish motor racing chief Carlos Gracia insists. At the second running of the race around the port city’s streets last August, attendance was so low that it was rumoured Valencia might soon drop off the calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 22

De la Rosa’s Sauber seat ‘not in doubt’ – Gracia

De la Rosa insisted he is “driving well”.

2010-04-17 - BMW Sauber F1 Team - Pedro de la Rosa 00Peter Sauber has reassured a close supporter of Pedro de la Rosa that the Spanish veteran is not about to lose his race seat. 39-year-old de la Rosa, who returned to the F1 grid this year after a long stint as McLaren’s test driver, played down the rumours about his near future in China last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 18

No ‘will’ to reform F1 says FIA figures

“It’s like climate change, it’s got to be bad before it can get better”

Formula one lacks the “will” to make sweeping changes to address the problem of the sport’s flagging spectacle, according to two prominent figures of the governing body FIA. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 05

HRT car to make track debut in Bahrain – Kolles

“We are happy but would like to have come here as was originally planned”

2010-03-05 - HRT F1 Team 2HRT drivers Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok on Thursday pulled the wraps off the grey, white and red formula one car they will race in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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