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Nick Heidfeld has defended the new Formula E series following criticism from within the F1 paddock.
F1’s reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel recently slammed the fully electric powered series – which kicked off on the streets of Beijing last weekend with an all-star grid and global interest – as “cheese”.
FIA Formula E championship
Renault, a pioneer in the world of electric vehicles and an active participant in motorsport ever since the brand was founded, was named last year as an official technical partner of the FIA Formula E Championship. With the competition’s inaugural race in Beijing, China, in September, 2014, looming fast, the French carmaker has announced that is to step up its involvement in the new series in the form of backing for e.dams.
Briscoe (P2), Muller (GT), Rayhall (PC), Bleekemolen (GTC) lead classes
Rebellion Racing set the fastest time in the third and final day of testing for Saturday’s 16th Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda, with Nicolas Prost running a lap of one minute, 9.942 seconds (130.737 mph) at Road Atlanta to lead Wednesday’s session.
Lotus’ technical boss thinks many teams will continue to use ‘step’ noses in 2013.
The first 2013 car to be unveiled on Monday, Enstone based Lotus’ E21 still features the indecorous ‘step’ synonymous with last year’s grid, despite the FIA now allowing teams to please the fans by installing a so-called ‘modesty’ laminate.
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.
Lola-Toyota wins Petit Le Mans on drama-filled day
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, Level 5 Motorsports and Rebellion Racing were the big winners Saturday at Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. Rebellion’s Neel Jani, Andrea Belicchi and Nicolas Prost won the 1,000-mile race for the first time with a three-lap victory in their Lola-Toyota on a day filled with drama at Road Atlanta.
More than 25 drivers with formula one experience will be on the grid at this weekend’s 80th running of the fabled 24 hour Le Mans race.
Near the front, in the premier LMP1 prototype class, will be Allan McNish and Marc Gene, driving for Audi. Scot McNish raced in F1 with Toyota in 2002, while Gene drove for Minardi and is still a Ferrari test driver. Toyota has since left F1 and for 2012 has entered Le Mans, and the Japanese marque’s number 8 entry is a grand prix-superteam featuring Anthony Davidson (Super Aguri), Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) and one-off 1999 Minardi driver Stephane Sarrazin.
Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost and Neel Jani spent the morning at Lola yesterday
They were touring the state-of-the-art facility and catching up with Lola engineers and the 2012 Lola LMP1 updates. The trio will drive the #12 Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota in this season’s inaugural FIA World Endurance Series.
The setting for the Trophée Andros dropped in altitude this weekend with a visit to Saint-Dié des Vosges, in eastern France.
The battle for victory was as thrilling as ever, however, and the big crowd saw Alain Prost pull out a gap over Jean-Philippe Dayraut after beating his title rival in both races. That said, Benjamin Rivière boosted his championship hopes with a strong run in the Vosges Mountains. There is very little in it between these three drivers ahead of next weekend’s last round at Super Besse (Auvergne).
The foundations for Dacia Lodgy Glace’s maiden Trophée Andros win in the Principality of Andorra were laid in two phases.
A strategic victory for Alain Prost and his son Dacia Lodgy Glace
Alain Prost gave an early hint of his speed when he posted the fastest time during the first race’s first qualifying session at the Pas de la Case ice-racing circuit. However, he decided to spare his tyres during the second session. He ended up second in the first race before going on to claim a brilliant victory in the weekend’s second race.
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To have any chance of winning the biggest motor race in the world you obviously need a fast and reliable car, but it’s not the only factor. Benoît reveals the four simple rules that can help tip the balance!