Tag Archive: Epsilon Euskadi

Nov 14

Epsilon Euskadi’s Villadelprat convicted

Corruption and negligence

Epsilon EuskadiThe final chapter in Epsilon Euskadi’s failed bid to enter formula one took place this week in a Spanish court. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 17

Suspicions linger after Newey’s ‘cooling slot’ claim

“The drivers are going to get their feet wet when it rains”

2012-02-07 - Red Bull - RB8 Mark Webber (7)2012-02-07 - Red Bull - RB8 Mark Webber (2)Two authoritative sources have admitted they doubt Adrian Newey was telling the whole truth about the air inlet in the ‘step’ nose of Red Bull’s 2012 car. Designer Newey, the pioneer of the now-banned blown diffuser solutions seen throughout last year’s grid, insisted that the mysterious letterbox-slot gap in the RB8 is simply to cool the drivers with air.

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Feb 07

HRT to be among ‘step nose’ teams – de la Rosa

HRT will be among the ‘stepped nose’ teams in 2012, Pedro de la Rosa has revealed.

11 - HRT F1 Team2011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Pedro de la Rosa 02The Spanish veteran has visited not only the team’s new Paterna headquarters in Valencia, but also the technical base in Munich, where the new car is being built.

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Oct 12

Experts say Schumacher-like Vettel era unlikely

A trio of former F1 drivers doubt Sebastian Vettel will trouble Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven world titles.

2011-08-28 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Belgium - Michael Shcumacher 002011-09-11 - Red Bull Racing - Italy - Sebastian Vettel 3After the 24-year-old German became the youngest back-to-back world champion in the sport’s history, Niki Lauda predicted that the record of Vettel’s famous countryman could eventually tumble.

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Sep 16

HRT to set up camp at Valencia harbour – report

HRT is set to select the port of Valencia as its new headquarters, according to the Spanish sports daily Marca.

2011-08-28 - HRT F1 Team - Belgium - Daniel Ricciardo 022011-08-28 - HRT F1 Team - Belgium - 01The newspaper said the back-of-the-grid Spanish team is targeting the harbourside site recently occupied by the BMW Oracle yacht racing outfit. Warning that the deal “is not done yet”, Marca said HRT chose Valencia, the scene of the annual European grand prix, over other frontrunners including Madrid and Barcelona, and the factory of the sports car team Epsilon Euskadi.

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Jul 05

New owner eyes Spanish drivers and HQ after HRT buyout

Priorities will be to have the greatest possible number of Spanish personnel

2011-06-26 - HRT F1 Team - Spain - Vitantonio Liuzzi 012011-06-26 - HRT F1 Team - Spain - Jacky Eeckelaert - Vitantonio Liuzzi - Richard ConnellIn its first two seasons, Hispania has been effectively based at Colin Kolles’ Greding headquarters in Germany, with no Spanish drivers on the roster.

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Mar 08

HRT to test new car ‘when it’s ready’ – source

HRT is working hard to have its 2011 car ready for this week’s Barcelona test.

2011-02-08 - HRT F1 Team- HRT F111 072011-02-01 - HRT F1 Team - Valencia - Narain Karthikeyan 06A report in the Spanish daily Sport said the Cosworth-powered F111 will make its debut at the earliest possible moment during the final pre-season test “depending on when it is ready”. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 01

Only Red Bull free to spurn driver inequality – Villadelprat

Webber is Australia’s top sports earner

2010-11-16 - Red Bull Racing 0034Mark Webber(1)-Red Bull-Abu Dhabi-11-2010Red Bull’s refusal to dictate a driver hierarchy for the 2010 championship would not have been possible for other teams. That is the claim of Joan Villadelprat, the Epsilon Euskadi chief who was among the multitude of pundits who said the energy drink-owned team would be justified to make either Mark Webber or Sebastian Vettel a de-factor number 1 driver in order to win the drivers’ title. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 26

RBR messed up ‘great opportunity’ in 2010 – Alesi

Christian Horner said before leaving Korea that team strategy will be discussed internally

2010-10-23 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber - Sebastian Vettel2010-10-23 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 1Sebastian Vettel sounds unlikely to voluntarily fall in line behind Mark Webber as Red Bull pushes for its first ever drivers’ world championship. Although heading for the championship lead in Korea before his engine failure, Vettel is now 25 points off Fernando Alonso. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 25

Epsilon Euskadi not giving up on F1 ambitions

He ruled out buying the struggling HRT team.

Epsilon Euskadi2010-10-24 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Sakon Yamamoto 01Joan Villadelprat on Monday insisted he has not given up on bringing his Spanish Le Mans team Epsilon Euskadi into formula one. The Spaniard tried to acquire the thirteenth and final team entry for 2011, but the FIA ruled that none of the applicants had the financial resources to justify the go-ahead. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

HRT to survive debut season insists boss Kolles

Team boss Colin Kolles has played down paddock rumours that HRT is on the verge of collapse.

2010-09-03 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Sakon Yamamoto 1

 The new Spanish outfit has struggled with the slowest car in 2010, and the rumour at Monza last weekend was that the Cosworth engines were set to fall silent due to unpaid bills to Cosworth. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

FIA team selection process ‘too slow’ for Stefan GP

“Too late to go in and design a car for next year”. – Stefanovic

Stefan GPStefan GP pulled out of the running for the 13th team entry for 2011 because the FIA’s selection process was too slow. That is the view of Zoran Stefanovic, who after missing out on a place on this year’s grid vowed to try again for the 2011 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Losing two teams would be ‘just fine’ for F1 – Parr

“I think it’s a very real possibility that we could lose a couple of teams”

2010-06-13 - AT&T Williams - Adam Parr - Patrick Head12 teams is enough for formula one, and 10 would also be a healthy number, according to Williams’ chairman Adam Parr. The Jacques Villeneuve/Durango bid, as well as the Spanish Le Mans team Epsilon Euskadi, have been turned down by F1’s governing body after applying for the final 13th spot on the 2011 grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 09

13th entry ‘not only way’ to enter F1 – Epsilon Euskadi

“The 13th license was one way but not the only way to get into formula one”

Flagworld - F1Joan Villadelprat insists he is not giving up on bringing his Spanish Le Mans team Epsilon Euskadi into formula one. After the FIA said on Wednesday it has decided to leave the 13th team entry vacant for now, Jacques Villeneuve said his partnership with Italian outfit Durango will now try to enter the sport by buying into an existing team. 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 08

FIA still to decide on 13th team spot – Villeneuve

“Their analytical work is ongoing — that’s all we know” – Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve is not confirming reports that the FIA intends to leave the 13th team spot vacant for the 2011 season. The 1997 world champion, in collaboration with Italian racing team Durango, is in the running along with Spain’s Epsilon Euskadi for the last place on next year’s grid. 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 »

Aug 12

Sticky: Villeneuve back in Europe as FIA considers 13th team

“I’m really proud of our bid” – Villeneuve

2010-07-11-0085After a stint working on his NASCAR plans, Jacques Villeneuve has returned this week to the other side of the Atlantic to focus on setting up his own F1 team. While also trying to land a full-time seat in America’s premier series, the 1997 world champion is collaborating with the Italian former GP2 outfit Durango in a bid to fill the 13th and final place on the 2011 formula one grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 11

Epsilon Euskadi eager for FIA’s 13th team decision

FIA’s decision about the 13th team entry is due late this month.

Epsilon EuskadiJoan Villadelprat is eager for the FIA to make its decision about the identity of F1’s thirteenth team for 2011. The formula one veteran, who has worked at Tyrrell, McLaren, Ferrari, Benetton and Prost, is now pushing to bring his own Le Mans prototype and junior single seaters team Epsilon Euskadi onto the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 10

FIA wants no more USF1 ‘fiascos’ – Villeneuve

He said his plans for Villeneuve/Durango have been in motion for a year.

2010-08-06-0007Jacques Villeneuve has admitted that his efforts to establish a new formula one team in 2011 may be shot down by the FIA. The 1997 world champion is collaborating with the Italian former GP2 team Durango for the final and 13th entry next year, reportedly in competition with fellow hopefuls Epsilon Euskadi and Stefan GP. 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 05

Epsilon Euskadi begins testing F1 car in wind tunnel

Rinland said Epsilon Euskadi has not even begun to think about a driver lineup.

Epsilon EuskadiHopeful Spanish outfit Epsilon Euskadi has begun wind tunnel testing a scale model of its 2011 formula one car. The Azkoitia based team, involved in single seater categories as well as Le Mans with a prototype car, has applied to fill the 13th F1 team entry for next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 04

FIA to meet with hopeful 13th teams next week

F1’s governing body is pushing ahead with the selection process to fill the final spot on the 2011 grid.

2010-08-01 - Red Bull Racing 3Amid reports the FIA might prefer to keep the space open for now, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has made it clear he would even be happy if one or two of this season’s new teams do not survive beyond 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 04

Haug calls for end to Schumacher move criticism

UK bookmaker William Hill is taking bets that the German will retire before the Belgian grand prix

According to Mercedes chief Norbert Haug, a line should now be drawn underneath the recent criticisms of Michael Schumacher. With his detractors already questioning his competitive struggles in 2010, the seven time world champion sparked a new line of attack with his aggressive driving against former Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello in Hungary. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

Durango optimistic over F1 plans

Durango team manager Ivone Pinton is optimistic his program with Jacques Villeneuve can make it into Formula 1

Villeneuve has joined forces with the Italian squad and has applied for the 13th slot in the sport for the 2011 season. Durango, which dropped out of GP2 at the end of 2009 due to financial problems, is competing for the place with the likes of Epsilon Euskadi, the American Cypher Group and Stefan GP. Pinton says the team is already working on the assumption that it will get an entry. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

F1 could lose up to two teams – Ecclestone

“The bottom line is they haven’t really and truly given us value for being there”

2010-06-12_0629“One or two” of F1’s existing twelve teams might bow out of formula one before November’s Abu Dhabi finale, Bernie Ecclestone has warned. “I think there are a couple of teams in formula one who really shouldn’t be there.  They are a bit out of their depth at the moment,” he said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 20

Colonel Gaddafi’s son linked with Villeneuve/Durango

13th team place may not be filled in 2011

Eric Huot BelangerOne of Jacques Villeneuve’s potential team investors is reportedly the son of the Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi. 37-year-old Al-Saadi al-Gaddafi, known as a businessman and professional football player, is backing Villeneuve and Italian racing team Durango’s bid for the 13th place on the 2011 grid, according to Italiaracing. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 12

13th team must pay 19m euro entry deposit – Ecclestone

F1’s unnamed 13th team for 2011 must pay a EUR 19 million deposit, Bernie Ecclestone has revealed.

2010-06-12_0628In a bid to attract new teams, the sport recently abolished the long-standing requirement of a $48m bond, with the F1 chief executive even offering this year’s newcomers a multi-million startup fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 08

Cypher Group confirms 2011 F1 team bid

The group also confirmed that it will potentially collaborate with Summerton.
Cypher GroupThe American outfit Cypher Group on Thursday confirmed it is vying for the final place on the 2011 formula one grid. A flutter of activity on Twitter earlier this week revealed that the hopeful outfit is in talks with 22-year-old Indy Lights driver and American Jonathan Summerton. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Villadelprat urges Alonso to cool his anger

“I also believe the stewards failed to react as they should.”

2010-06-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Fernando Alonso_6Joan Villadelprat has warned Fernando Alonso to put a lid on his overt criticisms of F1’s governing body. Spaniard Villadelprat, bidding to bring his Le Mans team Epsilon Euskadi onto the F1 grid next year, was referring to Alonso’s accusation that a mild penalty for Lewis Hamilton in Valencia last week amounted to FIA manipulation. Read the rest of this entry »

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