McLaren parts with long-time tester Paffett
The newly founded DTM Driver Association (DTMDA) set to work at the sixth race of the 2014 DTM season in Spielberg.
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).
Long-time McLaren test driver Gary Paffett says Lewis Hamilton’s decision to switch to Mercedes is puzzling.
Throughout 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.
F3 Euro Series Annual Report Media Facts 2012
Since 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.
The sound of F1 engines in Abu Dhabi will resume on Tuesday.
Barely 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.
Schumacher and Green claim victory in Munich
The 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.
Like Ferrari, Red Bull is another team looking keenly ahead to this week’s test at Mugello.
“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.
Like Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey, Magnussen will also work in McLaren’s state-of-the-art simulator.
In 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.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes bids a fond farewell to Pedro de la Rosa
HRT 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.
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.
But, 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.
The backers of young drivers are paying hundreds of thousands of euros to test formula one cars in Abu Dhabi later this month.
We 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.
Ekström leads Audi 1-2-3 at Oschersleben
Three 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.