Tag Archive: Magny-Cours

Oct 05

Rejuvenated title hopes for Guintoli after home round success

Sylvain Guintoli narrowed the gap to leader Tom Sykes

WSBK - Sylvain Guintoli Day 3 The penultimate round of the 2014 eni FIM Superbike World witnessed a change of momentum for the title race, which will be decided on November 2nd at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

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Oct 05

Melandri edges out Guintoli for the win in Race 2

Melandri elevates himself to third place in the standings

WSBK - Race 2 Podium In similar conditions to the opening race of the day, Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) has won Race 2 at Magny-Cours as he crossed the finish line with a 2.6 second advantage over Sylvain Guintoli.

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Oct 02

WSBK riders play petanque on the starting grid

The riders will hit the track tomorrow for the first free practice sessions for all classes.

Action shot Media Event The Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours hosted the usual Thursday Media Event to kick-start the penultimate round of the 2014 eni FIM Superbike World Championship.

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Sep 29

High stakes for the penultimate round at Magny-Cours

The penultimate round of the 2014 eni FIM Superbike World Championship will take place this weekend at Magny-Cours.

SBK eni Superbike Fim World Championship - WSBK logo black The stakes are high for this year’s title as series leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) heads to France with a 31 point advantage with Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team).

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Aug 19

Eni FIM Superbike World Championship 2014 calendar update

As announced, the final prize-giving ceremony for both WSBK and WSS classes will take place in Doha, Qatar

SBK eni Superbike Fim World Championship - WSBK logo white The FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization wish to announce that the Free State South African Round which was cancelled (Press Release of 31 July) will not be replaced by any other event. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Former manager says Alonso ‘best thing about Ferrari’

The new era of social media and F1’s traditional ‘silly season’ may not mix well together.

2014-07-20 - Scuderia Ferrari - Germany - Fernando Alonso 01 Fernando Alonso turned 33 on Tuesday, and as far as official congratulations go, many spotted McLaren’s first. The Spaniard, undoubtedly frustrated with title-lacking life at Ferrari after five years, might be on the move and Honda is clearly on the hunt for a top driver to spearhead its new works McLaren foray. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 12

Magny Cours still ‘trying’ for F1 return

Talks to take formula one back to France are still on, according to Magny Cours boss Serge Saulnier.

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours logo Last month, Saulnier said: “If the will of a number of people is confirmed in the coming weeks, we are very close (to returning).” He said Magny Cours, located a remote 250 kilometres from Paris and absent from the calendar since 2008, is heading for a comeback race in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

May 26

Ecclestone says no to Magny Cours return

Bernie Ecclestone gave a clear “no” when asked if France is on the brink of returning to F1.

2012-11-15_0008 A week ago, former grand prix venue Magny Cours’ boss Serge Saulnier told Infosport: “If the will of a number of people is confirmed in the coming weeks, we are very close (to returning).” Read the rest of this entry »

May 20

Magny Cours on pole for 2015 F1 return

“If the will of a number of people is confirmed in the coming weeks”

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours logo Magny Cours is on pole position to return to the F1 calendar next year, the boss of the former French grand prix venue has said. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

No return to India in 2015 – Ecclestone

F1 will not be returning to India next year.

Indian Grand Prix The race near New Delhi, having joined the calendar in 2011, is absent from this season’s schedule mainly because of the sport’s issues with the Indian tax situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 03

Rumour – Renault also testing 2014 turbo engine

The rumoured ‘secret’ Renault test took place at Magny Cours

2013-02-27 - Renault Sport F1 engines (6)Hot on the heels of reports Ferrari may have track tested its turbo V6 engine, it emerges that Renault might also have done the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 02

WSBK title battle lands to Magny-Cours

The French venue will host the penultimate event of the season

SBK eni Superbike Fim World Championship - WSBK logo whiteThe eni FIM Superbike World Championship will be on track this weekend, for the second of two back to back rounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

Raikkonen injury causes paddock tongues to wag

Apparently due to a pinched nerve in his back

2013-04-20 - Lotus F1 Team - Bahrain - Kimi Raikkonen 05It is not surprising that news of Kimi Raikkonen’s back injury caused eyebrows to raise in the Singapore paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 01

Raikkonen reports are media ‘fantasy’ – Ferrari

“The typical fantasy in this period of rumours”.

2013-06-09_0510Ferrari has dismissed as “fantasy” reports a lucrative 2014 offer has been made to former team driver Kimi Raikkonen. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Ferrari has begun a three-day test at the former French grand prix venue Magny Cours

Ferrari begins three-day test in France

2013-02-07 - Scuderia Ferrari - Pre-season testing - Felipe MassaThat is the claim of the authoritative Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, reporting that Pedro de la Rosa is at the wheel of a 2011-specification single seater. Read the rest of this entry »

May 17

Ferrari joins Lotus in tyre tweak criticism

Ferrari has joined Lotus in criticising Pirelli’s mid-season tyre tweak.

2013-05-12 - Scuderia Ferrari - Spain - Fernando Alonso 04Following early-season criticism, culminating in the furore after Barcelona recently, Pirelli announced it is making key changes to its controversial 2013 tyres for next month’s Canadian grand prix and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

May 09

Caterham F1 Team has launched “Access All Areas”

Access All Areas

“Access All Areas” was shot at the Magny Cours circuit in France and gives an insight into a day in the life of an F1 team at work on track. Read the rest of this entry »

May 02

Kovalainen tests ‘vanity panel’ at Magny Cours

In heavy rain, the Finn drove at Magny Cours for a ‘filming day’

Caterham-airbus-logo-kovalainen-standIn between his Friday practice outings in Bahrain and Barcelona, Heikki Kovalainen has this week been back in action at the wheel of Caterham’s 2013 car. Read the rest of this entry »

May 02

Laffite doubts F1 return for Magny Cours

“I doubt formula one will return to Magny Cours.”

2012-06-08_0288Former F1 driver Jacques Laffite has played down reports Magny Cours is still in the running for a return to the F1 calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

2014 French grand prix ‘possible’ – Prost

Alain Prost, the quadruple world champion, is hopeful France could finally return to the F1 calendar next year.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceRecently, following his native country’s five year absence from the schedule, Magny Cours and Paul Ricard were linked with a possible French grand prix for 2013. “I still read in the press that there are opportunities for 2013,” Prost, who was involved in the talks, is quoted by France’s Sport24. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 13

Todt – not up to me to revive French GP

Jean Todt insists it is not up to him to revive France’s grand prix.

Jean Todt président FIA (DR)Grand Prix de FranceDespite earlier efforts by venues Paul Ricard and Magny Cours to raise the tricolour once again, the last remaining spot on the 2013 calendar is now expected to be filled by either Turkey or Austria. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 29

2013 French GP return ‘impossible’ – Prost

Alain Prost has confirmed reports France will definitely not feature on F1’s 2013 calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceAlain Prost - Romain Grosjean CastelletThe reports had said Paul Ricard and Magny Cours both missed the deadline to apply to France’s sanctioning body, the FFSA, for a request to the FIA for a 2013 calendar change. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 28

No French grand prix in 2013 – report

There will be no French grand prix in 2013, according to the sports daily L’Equipe.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceThere had been moves afoot to revive the country’s defunct grand prix, at either Paul Ricard or Magny Cours. But L’Equipe said the French sanctioning body FFSA had not, by Tuesday’s deadline, received a request to apply to be added to the FIA’s 2013 schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

‘Be wary’ of Ecclestone’s Magny-Cours comments – Tambay

The F1 world should handle with caution Bernie Ecclestone’s suggestion his sport could be heading back to Magny-Cours.

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours logo2012-06-07_0273Amid reports Paul Ricard is leading France’s bid to revive the country’s defunct grand prix in 2013, F1 chief executive Ecclestone said this week: “If we go to France, it will be Magny Cours”. But former French F1 driver Patrick Tambay told RMC Sport that commentators “must be wary” of the wily 82-year-old’s comments. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Ecclestone names date for possible Magny-Cours return in 2013

Bernie Ecclestone has named Magny-Cours as the likely venue for a 2013 French grand prix.

2012-06-07_0273Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours logoQuadruple world champion Alain Prost was in Abu Dhabi last weekend for talks with the F1 chief executive about Paul Ricard’s race bid, and potential investors. But Ecclestone is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport: “If we go to France (next year), it will be Magny Cours.” Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 22

GP3 Champion Evans tests new generation car

Mitch Evans assists with GP3 tyre development and gets first taste of GP2

GP3 - Mitch Evans 2012 GP3 Series Champion (MW Arden)GP3-13 Car - officialReigning GP3 Series Champion Mitch Evans got behind the wheel of the eagerly anticipated GP3/13 car today for a two-day development test session at the Magny-Cours circuit in France. GP3 organisers decided that as part of winning the title, the newly crowned Champion would get the opportunity to experience a first taste of the second generation GP3 car by undertaking some development testing. On top of this, a test in the GP2 development car was also awarded, thus giving Evans the chance to drive both cars.  Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

Biaggi champion again after closest ever finish

Biaggi now has two world titles

WSBK - Magny-Cours - podiumWSBK - Magny-Cours - Max Biaggi championThe closest ever finish in the history of the Superbike World Championship came today at Magny-Cours when Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) ended the second race in fifth place and in doing so he ended up the season 0.5 points ahead of Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team). Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 01

Superbike face-off at Magny-Cours for Biaggi, Sykes and Melandri

The Manufacturers’ battle is also at stake

Alfa Romeo Mito SBKSBK eni Superbike Fim World Championship - WSBK logo blackThree riders and three different manufacturers will be facing off on Sunday in the final showdown at Magny-Cours for the 2012 eni FIM Superbike World Championship titles. Not for the first time will the French circuit play host to the championship’s grand finale, which this time sees two Italians, Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorad Motorsport) and a British rider, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), currently second in the standings, mathematically still in with a chance of winning. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 28

Renault ‘definitely’ staying in F1 – CEO Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn, the chief executive of Renault, said he does not regret keeping the Paris-based carmaker in formula one.

2012-09-20 - Renault Sport F1Renault Sport F1 logoRenault no longer owns and runs its own team, but amid the manufacturer exodus of a few years ago, the marque chose to stay on the grid as an engine supplier. “We are involved and we want to stay, definitely,” Ghosn said at the Paris motor show. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Gov’t not willing to support French GP return

France’s hopes of returning to the F1 calendar have taken a knock.

GP de France 2011-08-27Grand Prix de FranceRecently, it emerged that Paul Ricard and Magny Cours had submitted formal proposals as the motor racing federation FFSA pushes to organise the first French grand prix since 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

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