Tag Archive: Gary Paffett

Nov 17

Gary Paffett and McLaren to part company

McLaren parts with long-time tester Paffett

 

05 - McLaren MercedesAfter a long and successful association, Gary Paffett and McLaren will part company at the end of the 2014 Formula 1 season, with McLaren changing engine partner from Mercedes-Benz to Honda.

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Aug 02

DTM drivers given one unified voice: DTM Driver Association launched

The newly founded DTM Driver Association (DTMDA) set to work at the sixth race of the 2014 DTM season in Spielberg.

DTMDA logo In the future, the role of the DTM Driver Association, which operates independently of the individual manufacturers, is to improve cooperation between drivers, the organiser of the series, the ITR, and the German Motor Sport Association (DMSB). Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 13

McLaren’s 2013 flaws not fully understood – Paffett

But Paffett said McLaren is right on track.

2011-07-05 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Gary Paffett McLaren ended last season without fully understanding where it went so wrong with the 2013 car. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 17

Paffett claims first season win for Mercedes-Benz at Lausitzring

Bruno Spengler was the best-placed BMW driver in seventh position

Gary_Paffett_Lausitz_PodiumGreat joy for Gary Paffett and Mercedes-Benz: in the fourth round of the 2013 season at Lausitzring, the Brit crossed the finish line after 52 laps as the winner with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

No Mercedes DTM seat for Kubica

Robert Kubica has been left out of Mercedes’ lineup for the German touring car series DTM in 2013.

DTM - AMG Mercedes C-Coupe - Robert Kubica (18)DTM - AMG Mercedes C-Coupe - Robert Kubica (10)Last month, the Pole tested one of the German marque’s cars, with Toto Wolff saying it was a “proper test in a proper race car”. “Let’s see how it goes,” said Mercedes’ new motor racing director. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 25

DTM race seat ‘possible’ – Kubica

Robert Kubica is not ruling out a move to the DTM series for 2013.

DTM - AMG Mercedes C-Coupe - Robert Kubica (18)DTM - AMG Mercedes C-Coupe - Robert Kubica (20)The Pole tested Mercedes’ touring car for the German category this week and, according to Auto Motor und Sport, was “immediately almost at the same speed as Mercedes top-dog Gary Paffett”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 15

Tester Paffett puzzled by Hamilton’s team switch

Long-time McLaren test driver Gary Paffett says Lewis Hamilton’s decision to switch to Mercedes is puzzling.

2011-07-05 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Gary Paffett2012-06-09_0050Throughout Briton Hamilton’s six-year racing tenure with McLaren, countryman Paffett, now 31, has split his DTM career with his F1 testing role. He said at the Autosport International show in Birmingham that he does not understand why Hamilton would swap McLaren for Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 06

Formula 3 Euro Series – the coming stars shine with amazing media presence

F3 Euro Series Annual Report Media Facts 2012

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesF3 - Macau - Roberto MerhiSince its foundation back in 2003, the Formula 3 Euro Series represented the stepping stone to Formula 1 for more than two dozens of young talents – as test or GP drivers. Among them Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, both World Champions and the current top stars at the pinnacle of motor racing. Meanwhile, another eleven of the best Euro Series hopefuls succeeded in securing a cockpit in the most popular international touring-car series, DTM.

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Nov 08

Formula One teams Abu Dhabi young driver test report (updated)

Abu Dhabi young driver test day 3 report

Yas Marina logoToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Yas Marina.

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Nov 07

Formula One teams Abu Dhabi young driver test report (updated)

Abu Dhabi young driver test day 2 report

Yas Marina logoToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Yas Marina.

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Nov 07

Force India to announce second driver on Wednesday

Swiss newspaper Blick has tipped Force India to announce Paul di Resta’s next teammate on Wednesday.

06 - Sahara Force India F1 Team2012-11-04 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Abu Dhabi 01Veteran journalist Roger Benoit said the Silverstone based team has weighed up paying drivers including Adrian Sutil and Bruno Senna, or an essentially unsponsored talent like Sebastien Buemi. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Formula One teams Abu Dhabi young driver test report

Abu Dhabi young driver test  day 1 report

Yas Marina logoToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Yas Marina.

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Nov 06

Final young driver test to begin on Tuesday

The sound of F1 engines in Abu Dhabi will resume on Tuesday.

2012-11-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina Circuit 012010-11-13 - Renault F1 Team - Abu Dhabi Yas MarinaBarely a day after Kimi Raikkonen won Sunday’s thrilling grand prix at Yas Marina, the track will return to life on Tuesday when the final three day ‘young driver test’ begins. Six teams have already run their young driver days this year, so just Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, Sauber, Toro Rosso and Caterham have stayed behind in Abu Dhabi for the session. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 21

Sticky: Spengler wins his first DTM title at Hockenheim

Bruno Spengler is the 2012 DTM champion

DTM logoBy winning the race on the Hockenheim circuit for the last race of the DTM season, Bruno Spengler finally won his first title in the DTM. Gary Paffett finished runner-up. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

Grosjean banned for Monza after Spa crash

He was also fined a whopping EUR 50,000.

2012-07-21 - Lotus F1 Team - Germany - Romain Grosjean 042012-05-27 - Lotus F1 Team - Monaco Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 01Romain Grosjean will sit out this weekend’s Italian grand prix at Monza, after Lotus decided not to appeal the Frenchman’s one-race ban for causing the first corner crash at Spa. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

DTM: A thrilling relay competition

Schumacher and Green claim victory in Munich

DTM Munich -  Timo Sheider - Ralf SchumacherDTM logoThe DTM provided an extraordinary motoring show in Munich’s Olympiastadion on Saturday. In an action-packed relay competition of the three manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Ralf Schumacher and Norisring winner Jamie Green with the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé beat two times’ DTM champion Timo Scheider and Adrien Tambay with the Audi A5 DTM in a very close final. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Teams look ahead to novel Mugello test

Like Ferrari, Red Bull is another team looking keenly ahead to this week’s test at Mugello.

Mugello Circuit logoMugello“Not only do we have many new parts in the luggage,” promised team advisor Dr Helmut Marko, according to Auto Motor und Sport on Monday. “For the first time in a long time, we are also going to give much more attention to the car setup.  There are still gaps in our understanding,” he said, a week after Sebastian Vettel’s breakthrough first win of 2012 in Bahrain. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 27

Button not keen to test at Mugello next week

Jenson Button has admitted he sees no point to changing McLaren’s Mugello test programme next week.

2012-04-15 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Chinese Grand Prix - Jenson Button 072012-04-15 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Chinese Grand Prix - Jenson Button 08After the British team struggled for pace on Pirelli’s complex tyres last weekend in Bahrain, Button’s teammate Hamilton admitted he wanted to test at Mugello. The in-season test in Italy is F1’s first for years, but McLaren had already announced that only test drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey would be in action. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 25

HRT only team to miss Mugello test

HRT has announced it will sit out next week’s rare in-season formula one test at Mugello.

2012-04-15 - HRT F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Pedro de la Rosa 052012-04-15 - HRT F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Narain Karthikeyan 01For the first time in years, the sport has relaxed slightly its strict testing ban in order to give teams the chance to run between grands prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 24

Hamilton to muscle in on McLaren’s Mugello test schedule

Lewis Hamilton is rethinking McLaren’s scheduled approach to the rare and crucial in-season test at Mugello next week.

2012-04-21 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton - Sebastian Vettel - Marc Webber2012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 02The British team announced last week that both Hamilton and his teammate Jenson Button would sit out Mugello, so that testers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey can run over the three-day session instead. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 15

Paffett called up as Force India reserve

Gary Paffett is next in line for a Force India race seat this weekend in Australia.

Gary Paffett - DTM 09-201006 - Sahara Force India F1 TeamThe Silverstone based team’s new regular Friday and reserve driver, Jules Bianchi, is unavailable this week as he tests ahead of the Renault World Series. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 15

McLaren signs former driver Magnussen’s son

Like Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey, Magnussen will also work in McLaren’s state-of-the-art simulator.

Kevin Magnussen  2011-10-1802 - Vodafone McLaren MercedesIn 1995, Denmark’s Jan Magnussen – also a former McLaren test driver – made his formula one race debut with a one-off McLaren seat. He moved on to contest 24 grands prix with Stewart until he was stepped down for poor performances in 1998.

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Feb 14

Magnussen steps up a gear in McLaren Driver Development Programme

“I’m really pleased by this new agreement with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes” – Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen  2011-10-1802 - Vodafone McLaren MercedesVodafone McLaren Mercedes is pleased to announce that 19-year-old Kevin Magnussen will be taking on additional challenges as he reaches the next stage of our Young Driver Programme.

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Jan 23

McLaren, F1 ‘need Hamilton back’ admits Paffett

Team test driver Gary Paffett has admitted McLaren is hoping Lewis Hamilton has “sorted himself out” after a tumultuous 2011.

2011-07-05 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Gary PaffettVodafone McLaren Mercedes logoF1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone told Austria’s Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper that the fact Jenson Button beat the 2008 world champion was the “biggest surprise” of last year’s world championship.

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Nov 21

Pedro de la Rosa will drive for HRT F1 Team in 2012

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes bids a fond farewell to Pedro de la Rosa‏

2011-06-10_00462010-07-24 - BMW Sauber F1 Team - Pedro de la Rosa 02HRT F1 Team continues to take important strides towards the consolidation of its solid project for 2012. After the recent technical announcements and with the new headquarters established in Spain, HRT takes a further step forward by announcing that Pedro de la Rosa will be a driver for the team next season. Reaching an agreement with the driver from Barcelona was a long desired target and a fundamental pillar for HRT F1 Team in its renewed project, which began in July after Thesan Capital acquired the team.

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Nov 18

De la Rosa slams ‘young driver test’ format

“It makes perfect sense to me to limit and control tests in order to contain costs”

2011-09-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Italy - Pedro de la Rosa 012011-06-12_0480Pedro de la Rosa has slammed the format of this week’s ‘young driver test’ in Abu Dhabi, saying it is not fair experienced drivers are left in the cold as the sport looks to control its costs.

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Nov 16

Abu Dhabi test not just about young drivers – Sauber

The eyes of the formula one world remain on Abu Dhabi this week, as a big field of so-called ‘young drivers’ conduct three days of testing.

2011-10-29 - Sauber F1 Team - India - Peter Sauber and Minisha Kaltenborn 012011-11-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Abu Dhabi - Romain Grosjean 02But, as ever at the pinnacle of motor racing, nothing is ever exactly as it seems. “I think it is not so much a ‘young driver’ test,” said Peter Sauber, who returned to Switzerland after Sunday’s race rather than opting to remain with his team in the Arab emirate.

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Nov 08

Young drivers pay dearly for Abu Dhabi seats

The backers of young drivers are paying hundreds of thousands of euros to test formula one cars in Abu Dhabi later this month.

Yas Marina logo2010-11-13 - Renault F1 Team - Abu Dhabi Yas MarinaWe revealed recently that Swiss 22-year-old Fabio Leimer, 14th in this year’s GP2 standings, purchased his Sauber seat for the young driver test. Earlier, it emerged that Toro Rosso’s rides were open to the highest bidder at around the EUR 200,000 mark per day, with Sauber’s seat costing even more.

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Sep 29

2012 Pirelli tyres in action this week

Pirelli’s tyres for the 2012 season are up and testing this week in Barcelona.

2011-09-24 - Singapore - Pirelli - C Hallows2011-09-24 - Singapore - Pirelli - Paul HemberyThe official supplier’s test driver Lucas di Grassi has revealed he is in action at the Circuit de Catalunya. So how do the 2012 tyres feel?: “Can’t tell you, sorry,” the Brazilian said on Twitter.

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Sep 18

Spengler still 2nd in the championship after a 13th place in Oschersleben

Ekström leads Audi 1-2-3 at Oschersleben

DTM logoThree Audi drivers on the podium: the eighth DTM season round at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben took place under the sign of the four rings. In adverse weather conditions, Mattias Ekström (Audi) won from his fellow Audi drivers Martin Tomczyk and Edoardo Mortara.

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