Sunday, 31 July 2011

Maserati Gran Turismo S Superior Black Edition by Anderson Germany

German tuner makes a dark art out of the Gran Turismo S while dialing up output to nearly 500 HP.

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Georges Berger Gerhard Berger Eric Bernard Enrique Bernoldi Enrico Bertaggia Tony Bettenhausen

Dodge Magnum - 7/31 - Updated

Hi guys! Fast and simple build. Strip out side trims, smoothed and opened front and rear bumper, modified Aoshima Trafficstar 20".




Cesar Bossolani

Source: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/SCACS/forums/thread/938500.aspx

Skip Barber Paolo Barilla Rubens Barrichello Michael Bartels Edgar Barth Giorgio Bassi

Whitmarsh: Vettel is not cracking

Following Sebastian Vettel’s fourth place finish at the German Grand Prix, McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has revealed that he doesn’t think the 2010 World Champion is cracking under the pressure. It was the first time the German has missed the podium in 12 races, but he still holds a 77-point lead over team-mate Mark Webber [...]

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Don Branson Tom Bridger Tony Brise Chris Bristow Peter Broeker Tony Brooks

Ham-garoring II

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the second practice session in Budapest, beating Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa. The Mercedes were seventh and eight with Nico Rosberg ahead Michael Schumacher. The Force Indias were next with Paul di Resta beating Adrian Sutil and the two Saubers, Kamui [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/ham-garoring-ii/

Enrique Bernoldi Enrico Bertaggia Tony Bettenhausen Mike Beuttler Birabongse Bhanubandh Lucien Bianchi

Button wins Hungarian GP in 200th F1 start

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/07/31/1381245/button-wins-hungarian-gp-in-200th.html

Tom Bridger Tony Brise Chris Bristow Peter Broeker Tony Brooks Alan Brown

HRT F111 unveiled in Barcelona (photos)

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Jimmy Davies Colin Davis Jimmy Daywalt JeanDenis Deletraz Patrick Depailler Pedro Diniz

CUP: SHR Teammates Back Home In Indiana

Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman are Indiana natives...

Source: http://nascar.speedtv.com/article/cup-shr-teammates-back-home-in-indiana/

Jim Crawford Ray Crawford Alberto Crespo Antonio Creus Larry Crockett Tony Crook

Lexus LS400

this is why i like tamiya so much. every part just drops into place and attaches positively in place. in fact the only issue i had was the grille to hood attachment didn't take, so i used superglue.

This is obviously tamiya's Lexus LS400, which i've done in white with grey interior. it's box stock with only painted details.



i'm now going to spoil it by sticking police decals over it, but thought you might like to see it first.

Source: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/SCACS/forums/thread/955261.aspx

Lucien Bianchi Gino Bianco Hans Binder Clemente Biondetti Pablo Birger Art Bisch

Ferrari F150th Italia is now Ferrari 150� Italia..!

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Lorenzo Bandini Henry Banks Fabrizio Barbazza John Barber Skip Barber Paolo Barilla

Plastic Display Cases

What do you guys use to clean your plastic display cases? I have a custom made one that is quite dirty and I don't want to harm or scratch the plastic. TIA

Source: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/SCACS/forums/thread/971023.aspx

Bill Cheesbourg Eddie Cheever Andrea Chiesa Ettore Chimeri Louis Chiron Joie Chitwood

Q2: Alonso still ahead

Fernando Alonso stayed fastest in the Q2 session in Budapest, three-tenths ahead of Jenson Button and then the two Red Bulls with Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. Felipe Massa was fifth with Lewis Hamilton sixth, the two Merces (Rosberg ahead of Schumacher). The last to go through to Q3 were Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez. [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/q2-alonso-still-ahead/

Fabrizio Barbazza John Barber Skip Barber Paolo Barilla Rubens Barrichello Michael Bartels

F1 2011 Calendar Qualifying and Practice Session Timings

We have covered the race timings of the F1 2011 Grand Prix World Championship. However, we know that there are a lot of people who are as crazy about Formula One as we are. So, this post is for all you Formula One nuts out there who also want to know the details and timings [...]

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Rubens Barrichello Michael Bartels Edgar Barth Giorgio Bassi Erwin Bauer Zsolt Baumgartner

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Red Bull under the spotlight


Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel celebrate with Red Bull boss Christian Horner on the podium © Getty Images
Sections of the international media have questioned Red Bull's strategic approach to the world championship. After Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix from the team's points leader Mark Webber at Interlagos, Der Spiegel noted: "Red Bull gives (Fernando) Alonso wings". Not switching the places means that Spaniard Alonso can take his Ferrari to just second place this weekend in Abu Dhabi and be champion, whereas the alternative strategy would have set up Webber for a straight fight. "It is not easy for Webber to drive in a team that considers him a burden to be up against Vettel," said La Gazzetta dello Sport. Tuttosport noted that it seems "the Austrian team would be happier to lose than to see Webber beat Vettel". "No team orders at Red Bull. Another own goal," headlined La Repubblica. Joan Villadelprat wrote in his El Pais column: "Had Red Bull opted for Webber a few races ago, the Australian would probably now be champion." Red Bull, however, is unrepentant. Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz told Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper that "second under proper conditions can often be more valuable than a first". But there is a feeling that the team is not simply giving up the fight for the drivers' title. One columnist in Brazil's Globo wondered if Vettel's radio message in Abu Dhabi might sound something like 'So ... Mark is faster than you'. "I'm always in favour of leaving the fight on the track with equal chances for both sides," said Rubens Barrichello. "But I wonder if they would do that if the situation was in reverse. ?Mark has done a great job this year and he has been told by his team what position he is in," said Lewis Hamilton. "Against adversity he has kept at it. I want to see Mark win." Webber believes that, if a strategy is deployed, it will only be on the "last lap" of the season this weekend. "Sebastian is part of a team," said Niki Lauda, who believes Webber should be backed fully by Red Bull. "If he does anything it should be helping Webber and not just on the last lap." Webber is quoted by Bild newspaper: "It makes sense. Otherwise it would mean that Ferrari's team orders would have paid off for Fernando." Red Bull team boss Christian Horner hints that sense will ultimately prevail. "We have already given too many presents to Fernando this year," he is quoted by Autosprint.

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/11/red_bull_under_the_spotlight.php

Gianmaria Bruni Jimmy Bryan Clemar Bucci Ronnie Bucknum Ivor Bueb Sebastien Buemi

Pirelli to change colours to differentiate tyres in 2011

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Clemar Bucci Ronnie Bucknum Ivor Bueb Sebastien Buemi Luiz Bueno Ian Burgess

2011 Formula One Calendar

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Trevor Blokdyk Mark Blundell Raul Boesel Menato Boffa Bob Bondurant Felice Bonetto

Mercedes Viano Vision Pearl concept announced

Described as a yacht on wheels, the van has luxurious interior with leather seats, wood floors and brushed aluminum trim.

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Tony Bettenhausen Mike Beuttler Birabongse Bhanubandh Lucien Bianchi Gino Bianco Hans Binder

McLaren lead the First Practice Session in Spanish Formula One Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button gave a strong start to McLaren in the Spanish Formula1 (F1) Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. Both the drivers topped the charts in the first practice session here in Spain. Lewis Hamilton topped the first practice session followed by team mate Jenson Button.
Mercedes, who have come up [...]

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Lucien Bianchi Gino Bianco Hans Binder Clemente Biondetti Pablo Birger Art Bisch

Le Reggie joins in on the Friday Test Driver parade...

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Birabongse Bhanubandh Lucien Bianchi Gino Bianco Hans Binder Clemente Biondetti Pablo Birger

Campaign launched to save Team Lotus


© Save Team Lotus
One side of the Lotus naming dispute has been put forward on a new and in-depth webpage called www.saveteamlotus.com. The basic background is that the Lotus Racing F1 team had its naming rights revoked for next season by Group Lotus and, in order to keep racing under the Lotus name, bought the Team Lotus brand off David Hunt, who had owned it since the original team?s last race in 1994. Group Lotus has now taken Lotus Racing to court to try and stop it using the historic name in Formula One next year. The issue has been a source of constant confusion for many fans and the new webpage offers a breakdown of David Hunt?s and Team Lotus? side of the argument.

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/11/campaign_launched_to_save_team_1.php

Johnny Claes David Clapham Jim Clark† Kevin Cogan Peter Collins Bernard Collomb

Lotus Renault confirm Heidfeld as Kubica stand-in

The Lotus Renault Formula One team have announced that German F1 Driver Nick Heidfeld will replace the injured Robert Kubica as a starting driver for the beginning of the F1 2011 season.
Robert Kubica broke several bones and almost lost his right hand in a horrific rally accident earlier this month. He is out of action [...]

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Tommy Byrne Giulio Cabianca Phil Cade Alex Caffi John CampbellJones Adrián Campos

F1 2011 Calendar Qualifying and Practice Session Timings

We have covered the race timings of the F1 2011 Grand Prix World Championship. However, we know that there are a lot of people who are as crazy about Formula One as we are. So, this post is for all you Formula One nuts out there who also want to know the details and timings [...]

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John Cordts David Coulthard Piers Courage Chris Craft Jim Crawford Ray Crawford

Mystery SpyShot...

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George Constantine John Cordts David Coulthard Piers Courage Chris Craft Jim Crawford

Whitmarsh: ?free-to-air is available to everyone? | F1 Fanatic round-up

In the round-up: Martin Whitmarsh's claim BBC will show all races in full in 2012 is disputed.

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JeanChristophe Boullion Sebastien Bourdais Thierry Boutsen Johnny Boyd David Brabham Gary Brabham

Force India VJM04 Launch pictures ( 8th of February)

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Marco Apicella Mário de Araújo Cabral Frank Armi Chuck Arnold Rene Arnoux Peter Arundell

Friday, 29 July 2011

Bugatti Galibier confirmed for production

Designed to be the undisputed leader in the luxury segment, the Galibier will be launched in late 2012 and feature a sixteen-cylinder engine which is rumored to produce 800 PS (588 kW / 789 hp) to 1,000 PS (735 kW / 986 hp).

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/KLwI0T2oM9k/bugatti-galibier-confirmed-for-production

Jo Bonnier Roberto Bonomi Juan Manuel Bordeu Slim Borgudd Luki Botha JeanChristophe Boullion

Vettel wins, but has to work for it

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/05/vettel-wins-but-has-to-work-for-it.html

Jimmy Bryan Clemar Bucci Ronnie Bucknum Ivor Bueb Sebastien Buemi Luiz Bueno

Sebastian Vettel: ?You can say it?s not like last year??

Sebastian Vettel was only fifth in FP2 in Hungary today, and after the session the German made it clear that he expects RBR to be under pressure again this weekend. Vettel was half a second off the pacesetting McLaren of … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2011/07/29/sebastian-vettel-you-can-say-its-not-like-last-year/

Mike Beuttler Birabongse Bhanubandh Lucien Bianchi Gino Bianco Hans Binder Clemente Biondetti

Circuits weigh into engine row

UPDATED AT 1925 BST

After months of drawn-out and occasionally bitter wrangling, Formula 1's switch to 1.6-litre turbo engines for 2014 was rubber-stamped on Wednesday by the FIA world council, the sport's legislature. In theory, that should be the end of the matter.

But it may not be that simple. It has emerged in the last few days that many of F1's circuits share F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's concerns about the new engines.

He believes the ear-splitting screech of the current 2.4-litre V8s is a critical part of the spectacle of F1 and that the introduction of the new engines, which will have a different and probably more muted sound, will reduce the sport's appeal.

Those with long memories in F1 have raised an eyebrow about Ecclestone's new concern for trackside spectators. This is a man who, until this latest political battle, appeared to some observers to have an eye only for the TV audience, from where much of the sport's income comes.

The circuits, though, are a different matter. Because of their contracts with Ecclestone's companies, the only way they can raise revenue out of F1 is through paying spectators. Costs are high and margins are tight. So if numbers will fall, they have a problem.

The circuits had already expressed their concerns privately to the F1 teams and the FIA but their worries became public courtesy of an article in a Sunday newspaper.

It claimed all the tracks apart from China and Korea had signed a letter to the FIA saying they would consider dropping F1 in favour of IndyCars if the new engines were adopted.

The story appeared in a newspaper to which Ecclestone often speaks, was written by a journalist who has close links with him and featured quotes from Ron Walker, chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, who, you guessed it, is close to Ecclestone.

Neil England - the non-executive chairman of Silverstone, who deals with Ecclestone regarding the British Grand Prix - described the report as "a slight misrepresentation of the situation". Silverstone had not, he said, been signatories of any letter but they had made clear their discomfort about the new engine rules.

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Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey on 2014 engine rules

England does, he says, see the "media value" of the new engine - Ecclestone himself has described it to me as "PR" - but says he would prefer to focus on the "things that make a difference".

He agrees that the noise is a large part of F1's spectacle and, while Silverstone support attempts to reduce F1's carbon footprint, they feel a bigger impact could be made in other ways, such as producing co-ordinated travel plans for spectators and teams.

England denies he has been lobbied or manipulated by Ecclestone. "He's concerned and has an awareness that it's a potential issue," England says. "I don't feel manipulated and I don't think that's what happened."

Someone on the other side of the argument had a succinct response to that. "Of course they've been pressured by Bernie!" he said. "They've read all his nonsense about engine noise for weeks and weeks and weeks!"

As I said, the argument has got a bit heated.

The new engines were the brainchild of the F1 teams and they have been enthusiastically embraced by FIA president Jean Todt - with whom, incidentally, Ecclestone does not see eye to eye.

The idea behind them was two-fold:

- to popularise and make 'sexy' a direction road-car manufacturers were already heading with their engines

- and to insulate F1, in a world of diminishing fossil fuels and climate change, from charges that it was wasteful by playing a role in the increased development and sales of more efficient road cars.

The idea is that, by using these engines in F1, the public will increasingly understand that an exciting car can have an efficient, small capacity engine and regenerate as much energy as possible. In addition, it will speed up the development of the technology by exposing it to the white-heat of F1 competition.

Those in favour of the engines, then, say that to dismiss the new rules as having only "media value" somewhat misses the point.

It may be true that persuading spectators to get more buses and trains to a grand prix rather than driving their private cars would reduce carbon emissions more effectively than changing the engines in the F1 cars themselves. But it could also be said that if a significant proportion of the world's car users switched to more efficient vehicles, the effect of that would be exponentially larger again.

Those backing the new engines counter the arguments about noise as follows:

- F1 previously used turbo engines of almost exactly the same size as those being introduced in 2014 back in the 1980s (1.5-litre turbos as opposed to 1.6-litre turbos). No-one complained about the noise then. In fact, that time is remembered as a golden era.

- Audi and Peugeot use turbo-diesel engines at the Le Mans 24 Hours sports car race and have done for several years. These sound infinitely less dramatic than the new F1 engines will do - they are diesel, for a start, and they rev much lower - but spectator numbers at Le Mans haven't reduced. The event still attracts around 250,000 people.

- Many of the 'rebels' are old romantics who hark back to the glory years of the 1970s and the sounds of some of the engines used then. But they forget that the supposedly evocative Matra V12 and Ferrari flat 12 revved to no more than 12,000rpm, exactly what had been the initial limit imposed on the new turbos.

- No one knows whether spectators will object to the sound of the new engines because no one knows what they will sound like. That's because they haven't been in a car yet.

Following the intervention of the circuits, the rev limit of the new engines has been raised from 12,000rpm to 15,000rpm.

According to someone intimately involved with the negotiations over the new engines from the very beginning, this was done in response to the concerns about the noise, "even though we were quite confident that the sound was not going to be anything like as bad as most people feared".

It remains to be seen whether this will assuage the concerns of both the circuits and Ecclestone, although the fact England called for a "period of consultation" suggests not.

But there are many in F1 who believe Ecclestone is devoting his energies and concerns in the wrong direction.

As Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn put it: "There are many considerations we have to make when we are changing the power-plant in F1. Obviously the technology in the automotive field is changing and the big question is how relevant do we need to be and how relevant do we want to be?

"The technology we're working on with these new engines is the technology that is going to become commonplace in road car engines in the future: small capacity, turbocharged engine, direct injection, special Kers systems.

"We don't want to end up as a dinosaur in five or 10 years."

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2011/06/circuits_weigh_into_engine_row.html

Jimmy Daywalt JeanDenis Deletraz Patrick Depailler Pedro Diniz Duke Dinsmore Frank Dochnal

Mercedes Viano Vision Pearl concept announced

Described as a yacht on wheels, the van has luxurious interior with leather seats, wood floors and brushed aluminum trim.

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Joie Chitwood Bob Christie Johnny Claes David Clapham Jim Clark† Kevin Cogan

My take on the 94 Impala SS

This is what happens when you have an abundence of left over parts. Between resin bodies and hot rods I found myself staring at most of a Revell '94 Impala SS.

So, I thought what could I do to spice this ride up a bit? The 94-96 SS is my fave muscle car of the modern era, and I felt it needed some upgrades. Behold a LS1 from a GTO! No worries, all is good. Then I started looking at the seats from the GTO. Hmmmm, they are needed in the Impala. Well the front seats have to match the back seats, right? 

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Source: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/SCACS/forums/thread/970712.aspx

Johnny Boyd David Brabham Gary Brabham Jack Brabham† Bill Brack Ernesto Brambilla

Why are the FIA bringing out their toolkits?

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Giancarlo Baghetti Julian Bailey Mauro Baldi Bobby Ball Marcel Balsa Lorenzo Bandini

64 Fairlane.....Re-Build....."Got It Finished"..........7/28

Got this old sorta built and will try to make into a true muscle car.................................

Hope to have some soon.....................

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Bob Christie Johnny Claes David Clapham Jim Clark† Kevin Cogan Peter Collins

The Effervesant ?PT introduces us to the word Haboobs in his latest Blog post...

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Bobby Ball Marcel Balsa Lorenzo Bandini Henry Banks Fabrizio Barbazza John Barber

1:16 scale General Lee WIP

This is my first work in progress online so sorry if my progress is a bit slow.  I got the recently re-released big scale General for my birthday in April, and have now been working on it for about a month.  This kit has a lot of problems because it is based of of a nascar kit ( not sure why!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bang Head ) so I have had to do numerous modifications and this is my first real experience scratch building.  It has been a bit frustrating so far, but I am happy with my results and I plan to take this to the NNL West show next year, hopefully it comes out good enough.Cool  I plan to make this as realistic as possible so hear it goes and thanks for looking!

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This is about how it will sit, but not exactly because the body is only sitting on the chassis.  As you can see there hasn't been any body work yet.

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The kit has the exhaust incorrectly end at the headers, so I had to make my own out of 1/8 inch steel rod.  The shocks are 1/8 inch OD aluminum tubing with snug fitting aluminum rod slipped inside.  The kit has two shocks for each side which is also not correct for a stock 69 charger and the kit ones were rough at best.  I figured it would look a lot better if I made my own.  The tank straps were made by cutting strips from the frame holding some old photoetched parts and bending them into shape.

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In contrast to the rest of the kit, this motor is probably the best I have ever worked with.  It comes with easy to use plug wires and even the hoses to plumb the motor.  I do think the distributor may be a bit out of scale but for me that is as small issue that I am not very conserned about.

 

Source: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/SCACS/forums/thread/963905.aspx

Raul Boesel Menato Boffa Bob Bondurant Felice Bonetto Jo Bonnier Roberto Bonomi

BBC and Sky in new UK F1 deal until 2018

The BBC and Sky Sports have agreed a new F1 deal to last from 2012 to 2018 – and it will mean that only half the races will be shown live on BBC. All will be shown on Sky Sports, … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2011/07/29/bbc-and-sky-in-new-uk-f1-deal-until-2018/

Chuck Daigh Yannick Dalmas Derek Daly Christian Danner Jorge Daponte Anthony Davidson

Teammates seeing Red!

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Bob Christie Johnny Claes David Clapham Jim Clark† Kevin Cogan Peter Collins

Thursday, 28 July 2011

F1 2011 Calendar Qualifying and Practice Session Timings

We have covered the race timings of the F1 2011 Grand Prix World Championship. However, we know that there are a lot of people who are as crazy about Formula One as we are. So, this post is for all you Formula One nuts out there who also want to know the details and timings [...]

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Rene Arnoux Peter Arundell Alberto Ascari Peter Ashdown Ian Ashley Gerry Ashmore

Whitmarsh: Vettel is not cracking

Following Sebastian Vettel’s fourth place finish at the German Grand Prix, McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has revealed that he doesn’t think the 2010 World Champion is cracking under the pressure. It was the first time the German has missed the podium in 12 races, but he still holds a 77-point lead over team-mate Mark Webber [...]

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Bobby Ball Marcel Balsa Lorenzo Bandini Henry Banks Fabrizio Barbazza John Barber

Martin Whitmarsh: ?Sebastian made a couple of mistakes??

Martin Whitmarsh says that McLaren can?t expect to rely on Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull hitting problems – but can at least try to put the championship leaders under pressure while improving the team?s own form. Vettel has still not … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2011/07/25/martin-whitmarsh-sebastian-made-a-couple-of-mistakes/

Peter Broeker Tony Brooks Alan Brown Walt Brown Warwick Brown Adolf Brudes

Red Bull RB7 launch pictures (1st of February)

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Olivier Beretta Allen Berg Georges Berger Gerhard Berger Eric Bernard Enrique Bernoldi

Jaime Alguersuari - classic F1

Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari is the latest grand prix driver to pick his five all-time favourite races for BBC Sport's classic Formula 1 series.

The 21-year-old Spaniard has been impressing on the track in recent races, putting to one side speculation about his future with strong drives into the points in the last three races - Canada, Valencia and Silverstone.

Alguersuari is a singular character - outspoken and interesting, with a particularly idiosyncratic approach to his Twitter account.

He has applied that uniqueness to his choice of races for this feature, which we use to whet your appetites for the action to come at this weekend's German Grand Prix.

In chronological order, his choices are as follows:

The 2006 Japanese Grand Prix

A no-holds-barred, flat-out battle between F1's then top two drivers - Fernando Alonso and Michael Scumacher. It was reminiscent of a similar fight between Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen six years previously. Alonso, driving for Renault, put huge pressure on Schumacher throughout the race, so much so that the Ferrari's engine eventually broke.

The result did not quite secure Alonso a second consecutive championship but it did put him in a virtually unassailable position - and he made no mistake at the final race of the season in Brazil. This is the first time we have shown highlights of that Japanese race.

The 2007 European Grand Prix.

Alguersuari remembers that "there was a big casino with the rain and you had whatever Force India was then - Spyker maybe - actually leading the race and a lot of people crashing". He's right. This was a spill-a-minute race, won by Alonso, who was driving for McLaren. More on that in a moment.

The 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix

"Because it was my first grand prix," says Alguersuari.

It was also the scene of a brilliant victory by Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren car that had started the season more than two seconds off the pace.

The 2010 Australian Grand Prix

This race will long be remembered for Jenson Button's inspired victory for McLaren. It was also enlivened by Alguersuari's brief but exciting tussle with Michael Schumacher, when the Spaniard re-passed the German legend after being overtaken.

"It was the first time I had really had a battle with someone in Formula 1," Alguersuari says. "It was the start of something good, of what was a big season for me in 2010. It was the basis of my championship."

The 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel led Mark Webber to a comfortable Red Bull one-two but Alguersuari remembers the race because it was the one in which he scored his first F1 points. "That was very nice and something I will not forget," he says.

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As always, we choose one of these races to highlight. This time, we have gone for the 2007 European Grand Prix, which was held at the Nurburging, the track that hosts this weekend's German GP.

It was an incident-packed weekend, starting from the moment Hamilton crashed his McLaren at high-speed in qualifying after a wheel came off, leaving the Englishman in 10th place on the grid, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen on pole and Hamilton's team-mate Alonso beside him on the front row.

The Nurburgring, high in the Eifel mountains, is famous for its capricious weather - and this race was no different. After rain hit on the first lap, Spyker's Markus Winkelhock, making his one and only grand prix start, held the lead. The race was then stopped after four laps before Alonso and Raikkonen's team-mate, Felipe Massa, battled it out for the win.

In the dry, Massa pulled out a lead of about five seconds only for Alonso to cut it back in the closing stages. The late rain then gave Alonso the chance he needed.

After both men had fitted intermediate tyres, Alonso was much faster than Massa, the Spaniard passing the Brazilian with a superb move around the outside of Turn Five, the two men banging wheels as the McLaren went through.

The result moved Alonso to within two points of Hamilton in the championship - and set the stage for a cataclysmic sequence of events at the next race at Hungary.

The highlights of that thrilling Nurburgring race are embedded below - Murray Walker is the commentator as he did a one-off stand-in race for BBC Radio 5 live that weekend.

There are also links to short and extended highlights of last year's German Grand Prix, which was held at Hockenheim. During the controversial race, Ferrari asked Massa to hand the lead to Alonso, now his team-mate, to boost the latter's title chances.

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH SHORT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2010 GERMAN GRAND PRIX
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A selection of the classic races will be shown on the BBC red button on interactive television in the United Kingdom. These will be Japan 2006, Europe 2007, Malaysia 2010 and extended highlights of Germany 2010.

Satellite and cable viewers will be able to watch them from 1500 BST on Wednesday 20 July until 0855 on Friday 22 July, when our broadcast of free practice starts.

Those watching via Freeview will be able to see the classic races between first and second practice on 22 July, from 1035 until 1255.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2011/07/jaime_alguersuari_-_classic_f1.html

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2012 Cadillac SRX gets a performance boost

Cadillac has announced the 2012 SRX will feature a new 3.6-liter V6 engine with 308 hp (230 kW / 312 PS).

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To America, Hamilton is the new Beckham

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Red Bull's wounds reopen as Alonso shines

At Silverstone

A week before the British Grand Prix, I sat down with Mark Webber to talk to him for his new column for this website.

Silverstone is a track he adores and always goes well on. So, expecting him to be more of a threat to Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel at Silverstone than he had been so far this season, I asked him if he would be allowed to race and beat the German if the circumstances arose.

He was momentarily taken aback. "Well, yeah, I hope so, yeah," he said. "I don't see any reason why we can't."

Given that Vettel headed into the race in complete control of the season having utterly dominated the championship so far, it is easy to see why Webber would be of that opinion.

As it turned out, though, his team principal Christian Horner was not.

Fernando Alonso (left) enjoyed his victory on a frustrating day for Mark Webber. Alonso (left) enjoyed a superb race but it was a frustrating day for Webber. Photo: Getty Images

With a great race winding to a thrilling climax, Horner watched Webber closing in on Vettel at about a second a lap as, ahead of them, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso cruised to a brilliant victory, his first of the season.

Horner would have known how desperate the Australian was for a strong result here, to start to try to make up for a disappointing start to the season compared to Vettel. But he decided that 33 points in the bank for the team was better than the potential of, as Horner put it, "two cars in the fence", and he tried to call Webber off.

And so a wound that has been festering for a couple of years was torn open again.

There is history here, as anyone who followed the titanic struggle between Vettel, Webber, Alonso and McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in last year's championship will know.

The issue of favouritism at Red Bull is a thorny subject with Webber, who last year at Silverstone had a front wing taken off his car and given to Vettel, whose own had failed.
Webber went on to win that race, and famously said over his radio on the slowing down lap: "Not bad for a number two driver."

The issue had been in the background long before that, and has been ever since, occasionally bubbling up to the surface, such as at the penultimate race of last season in Brazil, when Webber said it was "obvious" the team favoured Vettel.

Red Bull have always denied this, while reserving the right to call off fights when they feel the team is at risk - a policy hardened by the collision between their two drivers while disputing the lead at the Turkish Grand Prix last year.

Horner, well aware of the issues, admitted on Sunday afternoon that he could "understand" why Webber would be "frustrated".

He protested that the two drivers were allowed to race until that point, and that he felt the battle had gone "far enough".

And he insisted that the Australian was not being relegated to a de facto number two driver, and that he would still be allowed to race Vettel.

Let's be clear about this - Red Bull did nothing wrong.

Team orders are legal again in F1 this year, after governing body the FIA finally ended a farcical eight years when they pretended they could police whether teams were using them. And bosses are entitled to tell their drivers to hold station, or reverse positions, if they like.

But as an Italian colleague pointed out to Horner on Sunday, Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz made great play before last season's title-deciding race of the fact that his team would never use team orders to interfere with the championship battle, drawing a pointed comparison with Ferrari's demand to Felipe Massa to let Alonso win in Germany.

Horner's reply - "Mr Mateschitz wouldn't thank us for having both cars in the fence on the last lap, having got ourselves into a very good position" - did nothing to redress the obvious disconnect between Mateschitz's words and Red Bull's deeds.

On the face of it, many will feel that Horner over-reacted, given Vettel's massive advantage in the championship. But did he?

Alonso's victory on Sunday was as impressive as any by Vettel so far this season. The Ferrari driver took advantage of a pit-stop problem at Red Bull to take the lead, but once there his pace was, as Horner put it, "very strong".

Alonso clearly had the speed to compete with Vettel for victory at Silverstone, a particularly impressive feat given that this is a track where Red Bull have traditionally excelled and Ferrari have struggled.

On Sunday night, many put Ferrari's speed down to the row over off-throttle blowing of diffusers that has dominated this weekend.

This technology, in which Red Bull are said to lead the field, was banned for the British Grand Prix, and Horner felt this put his team at a disadvantage. Ferrari, by contrast, were believed by some to have benefited.

It would be wrong, though, to put all Ferrari's progress down to the change in the rules.
As Vettel pointed out: "There has been a bit of a trend over the last couple of races; they have been very strong on race days."

My colleague Mark Hughes will go into this subject in more depth in his column on Tuesday, but it is clear that much of Ferrari's progress at Silverstone can be explained by a major development to their car for this race, on which there is more detail in Ted Kravitz's post-race analysis.

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Alonso made full use of it on Sunday with a superb drive, to end a victory drought that goes back to last October's Korean Grand Prix.

The Spaniard was cautious about his title chances after the race, as well he might be given Vettel's 92-point advantage over him - nearly four clear wins.

But there is not a driver on the grid more formidable than the Spaniard with the scent of a possible victory in his nostrils.

Horner knows this full well - after Alonso's superb fight back last year, from 47 points off the championship lead following Silverstone, to leading it after that win in Korea.

Asked on Sunday how concerned he was about Ferrari's pace, Horner did not really answer the question. But if that is what was in his mind when he made the call to Webber, it is not that hard to see where he was coming from.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2011/07/red_bulls_wounds_reopen_as_alo.html

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F1 2011 Teams and Drivers

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Stefano Domenicali: ?The performance is where it should be?

Stefano Domenicali has reiterated that Ferrari has to focus on doing its own thing and not worry about the margin to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull. Fernando Alonso has scored more points than any other driver over the last three … Continue reading

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Have You Ordered your Make A Wish T-Shirt yet?

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Alonso the new favourite


Fernando Alonso is the new favourite for the title © Getty Images
Fernando Alonso is the new favourite to win the Formula One drivers? title, said David Coulthard in his column for The Telegraph.
?He is the man with the momentum and, on the same basis that I backed Mark Webber to win the title before Korea, is now my favourite to claim the world title in Abu Dhabi on Nov 14. ?When the cars are so evenly-matched you have to back the man in possession. Especially when that man is a two-time world champion and arguably the finest driver of his generation.?
The Mirror?s Byron Young drew comparisons between Alonso and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher as the Spaniard bids to become the sport?s youngest ever triple world champion.
?Like Schumacher, Alonso accepts no opposition within his team. Ultimately he fell out with McLaren over their refusal in 2007 to bring Lewis Hamilton to heel. ?He returned to Renault on condition he was No.1, only to be at the centre of the Singapore cheat scandal - engineered to hand him victory. ?The Spaniard has always denied involvement but at the German GP in July he was brazen enough to radio Ferrari to rein in team-mate Felipe Massa so he could start the winning streak that has taken him to the brink of history.?

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/10/alonso_the_new_favourite_1.php

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Doctors use Formula One pit crews as safety model

American Medical News reports hospitals in at least a dozen countries are learning how to translate the split-second timing and near-perfect synchronisation of Formula One pit crews to the high-risk handoffs of patients from surgery to recovery and intensive care.
"In Formula One, they have checklists, databases, and they have well-defined processes for doing things, and we don't really have any of those things in health care."

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/10/doctors_use_formula_one_pit_cr.php

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My take on the 94 Impala SS

This is what happens when you have an abundence of left over parts. Between resin bodies and hot rods I found myself staring at most of a Revell '94 Impala SS.

So, I thought what could I do to spice this ride up a bit? The 94-96 SS is my fave muscle car of the modern era, and I felt it needed some upgrades. Behold a LS1 from a GTO! No worries, all is good. Then I started looking at the seats from the GTO. Hmmmm, they are needed in the Impala. Well the front seats have to match the back seats, right? 

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