Tag Archive: European Grand Prix

May 01

Azerbaijan set to announce F1 race deal

Meanwhile, Ecclestone has flagged the possibility of a return to India

Three equally sized horizontal bands of blue, red, and green, with a white crescent and an eight-pointed star centered in the red bandPlans are racing ahead for a grand prix in Azerbaijan, an oil-rich former Soviet state at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 16

Valencia mayor rejected proposal to move GP

“The budget of Valencia is for Valencians”

Valencia Street Circuit logoThe mayor of Valencia rejected a proposal that might have saved the European grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 10

Barcelona denies Valencia alternation talks

“The agreement is (now) awaiting the signature of the Catalan president Artur Mas”

Circuit de Catalunya logoCircuit de Catalunya chief Salvador Servia has played down reports Barcelona could annually alternate the Spanish grand prix with Valencia. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 14

Valencia could return to F1 in 2014

Valencia could be set to return to the formula one calendar.

Valencia Street Circuit logoFlagworld - F1The European grand prix is missing from the 2013 schedule, and it emerged recently that a return was unlikely because city authorities and race organisers had left the street circuit in a state of disrepair. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Nurburgring to host 2013 grand prix – reports

Nurburgring officials have reached an agreement with Bernie Ecclestone to host the German grand prix as scheduled in July.

GP3 - NürburgringNurburgring logoThat is the claim of the German newspapers Allgemeine Zeitung and Rhein Zeitung, following a long-running ‘on again, off again’ saga surrounding the fortunes of the financially beleaguered Nurburgring. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 24

F1 dream over, Valencia street circuit crumbles

Valencia’s F1 foray is apparently over, with a Spanish newspaper reporting that the street circuit is now falling into disrepair.

GP3 - ValenciaValencia Street Circuit logoThe chances the former European grand prix venue will return to the calendar therefore seem dim, as Marca newspaper publishes images that suggest the facility is no longer being even minimally maintained. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 19

Barcelona pulls pin on Valencia alternation plans

Barcelona has moved to secure its annual spot on the formula one calendar.

GP2 Series - Barcelona - Circuit de CatalunyaGP3 - ValenciaWith European grand prix host Valencia dropped from the 2013 schedule, it was expected that both of Spain’s F1 hosts would now move to annually alternate a single race per year. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 04

Valencia hoping for F1 return in 2014

Valencia is hoping to return to the F1 calendar in 2014.

Valencia Street Circuit logoSauber ValenciaThe Spanish street race – recently the regular host of the European grand prix – has dropped off the sport’s schedule for next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 03

Valencia aims for F1 return in 2014

All is not yet lost for Valencia’s grand prix.

Kimi Raikkonen  ValenciaValencia Street Circuit logoRecent reports suggested Bernie Ecclestone had said in Hungary last weekend that the European grand prix, held on the streets of the Spanish port city since 2008, would be replaced in 2013 by New Jersey.

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Jul 06

Valencia winner Fernando Alonso, and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, only narrowly avoided penalties at the recent European grand prix.

FIA admits Alonso and Hamilton escaped Valencia sanctions

2012-06-09_13142012-06-09_0437Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport has revealed the details of a team bosses meeting that took place at Silverstone on Thursday.

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Jul 06

Sebastian Vettel has denied ever suggesting the FIA deployed the safety car at Valencia as a deliberate ploy to spoil his race.

Vettel denies safety car conspiracy theory

2012-06-10_10932012-06-09_0371The reigning world champion, and Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko, were quoted after the recent European grand prix as implying that Charlie Whiting only neutralised the race to deliberately curb Vettel’s runaway race lead.

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Jun 26

Hamilton should have avoided Maldonado crash – boss

He crashed almost within sight of the chequered flag in a dice with Williams’ Pastor Maldonado

2012-06-10_15832012-06-07_0007Lewis Hamilton should have known better before going wheel-to-wheel with Pastor Maldonado in the dying stages of Sunday’s European grand prix. That is the view of the McLaren driver’s boss Martin Whitmarsh, after the British team’s top 2012 driver fell 23 points off the championship lead at Valencia.

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Jun 26

F1 race sharing ‘only option’ for Valencia

“We do not contemplate anything other than the alternating (scheme)” – Gonzalo Gobert

Kimi Raikkonen  ValenciaGP2 - Valencia, SpainValencia is unlikely to return to the F1 calendar unless Barcelona and Bernie Ecclestone agree to annually alternate the Spanish grand prix starting next year. That is the claim of Mundo Deportivo newspaper, following reports Valencia president Alberto Fabra met with F1’s chief executive during last weekend’s European grand prix.

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Jun 23

Timo Glock will not be in the European Grand Prix in Valencia

Still ill Glock to ‘almost certainly’ miss Valencia race

2012-06-09_02412012-06-08_0433“Further to the medical problem which prevented Timo Glock from participating in yesterday’s qualifying session for the European Grand Prix in Valencia, the Marussia F1 Team can confirm that Timo is unable to compete in today’s race.

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Jun 20

Ferrari now working on three F1 cars – report

Even Ferrari’s huge resources are being tested in 2012, as the famous Italian team reportedly works on three different cars simultaneously.

2012-06-09_13142012-06-09_1137That is the claim of the Spanish sports daily Marca, amid news the once-struggling F2012 car will enjoy yet another significant upgrade for the streets of Valencia this weekend. The report said Ferrari will use a new front wing and floor at the European grand prix, whilst also rolling out upgrades to the rear wing and exhausts.

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Jun 19

Rosberg says Mercedes ‘fastest car’ in 2012

Nico Rosberg sounds very confident ahead of this weekend’s European grand prix on the streets of Valencia.

2012-06-09_03402012-06-08_0295The breakthrough Shanghai winner, who also finished second recently at Monaco, is quoted by Germany’s Sport1 as insisting the Mercedes is “absolutely the fastest car” at present. At the same time, Pirelli’s Paul Hembery is reported as having tipped Rosberg’s teammate and Monaco polesitter Michael Schumacher for pole and victory this weekend.

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Jun 14

Valencia chief backs Spanish alternation scheme

Valencia race chief Gonzalo Gobert has confirmed moves are afoot to host the European grand prix street race only once every two years.

Circuit Ricardo Tormo - ValenciaValencia Street Circuit logoIt emerged recently that the regional governments of Valencia and Catalonia have finally agreed that, amid Spain’s economic crisis, Bernie Ecclestone’s race alternating scheme is the best way forward. So when asked how the city of Valencia can imagine sustaining both F1 and MotoGP amid the economic crisis, Gobert told Marca newspaper: “The key is the alternation.

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Jun 13

Valencia sells less than 40,000 F1 tickets

Valencia has sold less than 40,000 tickets ahead of next weekend’s European grand prix.

2011-06-26 - Force India F1 Team - Adrian Sutil 02Valencia Street Circuit logoEl Pais newspaper reports that, of the street circuit’s deliberately reduced capacity of 45,000 seats, only 85 per cent have been sold. And of the 38,000 tickets sold, 64 per cent of them were purchased by foreign visitors, the Spanish publication added.

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May 23

Valencia slashes seats at loss-making F1 race

Valencia has once again reduced the capacity of its street circuit ahead of next month’s European grand prix.

Circuit Ricardo Tormo - ValenciaValencia Street Circuit logoAfter a 112,771 spectator sellout for the inaugural event in 2008, organisers reduced the temporary seating capacity by 35,000 on lower demand the following year. The capacity was shrunk again, to 65,000, for last year’s race, and this year there will be only 45,000 places for spectators to sit amid Europe’s economic crisis, according to El Pais newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »

May 16

Villeneuve joins Sky Sports F1 HD

1997 World Champion will be part of the team in Canada

2011-08-19_17102011-06-09_0335Jacques Villeneuve will join the Sky Sports F1 HD team for this year’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. The 1997 World Champion joins Simon Lazenby and Johnny Herbert for his home race, on the circuit named after his late father Gilles.

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Mar 02

Valencia on verge of F1 exit – reports

Valencia could be mere days from dropping off the formula one calendar.

Valencia Street Circuit logo2011-06-26 - Force India F1 Team - Paul di Resta 01El Pais newspaper claims the regional government is yet to pay Bernie Ecclestone the fee for June’s European grand prix street race. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 12

A shakeup behind the scenes of the Valencia street circuit’s European grand prix has taken place within the last few days.

Valencia government takes over European GP

Valencia Street Circuit logo2011-06-26 - Force India F1 Team - Paul di Resta 02EFE news agency reports that the regional government, the Generalitat Valenciana, has taken over the running of the annual race from the existing promoter, Valmor Sport.

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Oct 05

Valencia mayor reveals Ecclestone talks

Talks are “on the right track”

2011-06-26 - Force India F1 Team - Paul di Resta 022011-06-12 - 2710Valencia’s mayor has revealed active negotiations with Bernie Ecclestone over the future of the formula one street race.

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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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Jun 28

Valencia to be Spain’s only F1 race – reports

Valencia will be the only Spanish date on next year’s formula one calendar.

Valencia Street Circuit logoCircuit de CatalunyaThat was the claim on Tuesday of Radio Valencia as well as Cadena SER, the premier Spanish radio network. The reports said Valencia, the Spanish port city and host of last Sunday’s European grand prix, will take on the mantle of the Spanish grand prix in 2012 and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 28

Valencia wants earlier F1 calendar slot

“F1 is spectacular in terms of boosting the economy through tourism”

Valencia Street Circuit logoOrganisers of the European grand prix would like an earlier date on formula one calendars of the future. The streets of the Spanish port city Valencia hosted last weekend’s race, the ninth round of the original 2011 schedule and the fourth in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 22

Frentzen to reappear as Valencia steward

Heinz-Harald Frentzen will reprise his 2010 stewarding duties at this weekend’s European grand prix.

Frentzen AlesiValencia Street Circuit logoThe German made his debut in the FIA role at the same Valencia street circuit last season. Now 44, Frentzen won three grands prix during his 160-race career between 1994 and 2003. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 21

DRS inventor ‘deserves praise’ – Robertson

“Whoever invented this system deserves the most authentic of praise.”

2011-06-11_11482011-06-11_1132As in Canada, there will be two ‘DRS’ overtaking zones on the streets of Valencia this weekend, but only one ‘detection point’. The new-in-2011 adjustable rear wing innovation contributed to a plethora of overtaking on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, ahead of this weekend’s event at Valencia where processional races have been common. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 20

Vettel cool as blown exhaust ban looms

“I don’t believe it will hit us harder than anybody else”

2011-06-11_01542011-06-11_1109Sebastian Vettel insists he is not overly worried about the FIA’s controversial clampdown on blown exhaust solutions. The reigning world champion has run into a clear lead in 2011, with his Red Bull said to benefit the most from the so-called ‘hot blowing’ of engine gases through rear diffusers. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 02

Two grands prix in Spain ‘a problem’ – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that Spain is unlikely to continue to host two grands prix per season.

2010-06-12_0619Currently, the Spanish grand prix is held at Barcelona, while the European grand prix is a newer and often-criticised street event in the port city Valencia. Read the rest of this entry »

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