Saturday, 30 June 2012

Martin Whitmarsh: ?These days everything is a surprise??

Martin Whitmarsh admits that McLaren was surprised by how early Lewis Hamilton found himself in tyre problems in Valencia. Hamilton was the first of the leaders to pit after the start, and also hit more severe trouble in the closing … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2012/06/26/martin-whitmarsh-these-days-everything-is-a-surprise/

Geoff Crossley Chuck Daigh Yannick Dalmas Derek Daly Christian Danner Jorge Daponte

Brad Keselowski’s back-up plan a winner in Kentucky

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/06/30/2171810/brad-keselowskis-back-up-plan.html

Bob Bondurant Felice Bonetto Jo Bonnier Roberto Bonomi Juan Manuel Bordeu Slim Borgudd

Vettel and Ferrari ? where is the logic?

Sebastian Vettel might to want to go to Ferrari one day, but at the moment he is in a team that has supported his entire career; that has won him two World Championships, that has shown that it can bounce back from adversity and that gives him a little help if his team mate is [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/vettel-and-ferrari-where-is-the-logic/

Eugenio Castellotti Johnny Cecotto Andrea de Cesaris Francois Cevert Eugene Chaboud Jay Chamberlain

Ode to Portland: Can it already be 5-Years GONE? (Part II)

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Warwick Brown Adolf Brudes Martin Brundle Gianmaria Bruni Jimmy Bryan Clemar Bucci

Engine dispute threatens F1 schism

Seven different winners from the first seven grands prix, an intensely competitive and wide-open championship battle, unpredictable races. On the surface, all is well with Formula 1. Behind the scenes, though, there is ferment.

At its heart is the planned introduction in 2014 of new rules, including new, energy-efficient, turbo-charged engines. The debate about whether this is wise or even possible in the current global financial climate has the potential to tear Formula 1 apart.

The new engines are being pushed strongly by governing body the FIA and have the support of the key manufacturers in Formula 1. But there are fears they will be much more expensive than the current 2.4-litre V8s and that the teams - the engine manufacturers' customers to a large degree - will not be able to afford them.

The engines have a powerful enemy - F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has been against them from the start. He describes the arguments behind adopting them - which can be read in detail here - as "PR" and thinks they should be dropped.

He lost the first battle - they were formally adopted last year as part of the 2014 technical regulations, which also feature major chassis changes - but is still fighting to kill them off.

In that context, the recent formation of a group representing the interests of the F1 circuits should be seen as a transparent attempt by Ecclestone to bring more weight to the argument to scrap the engines.

What has developed is a classic impasse.

Bernie Ecclestone is working away behind the scenes to stop the new engines. Photo: Getty

F1 is in theory committed to the new engines. Renault and Mercedes want them to happen, and Ferrari dismiss rumours they would prefer them to be dropped by saying they will happen. Whether independent Cosworth, which supplies lowly Marussia and HRT, will be able to afford to build one is unclear.

But the teams not directly supported by engine manufacturers have not yet been told how much the new engines will cost, and fear it will be much more than the five million euros they currently pay annually.

Meanwhile, Ecclestone is working away behind the scenes to stop them. He has got former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore to come up with a 'GP1' set of rules, which include - among other things - continuing with the current engines.

The threat, clearly, is that he will take the commercial rights holders and the circuits with him (and possibly many of the teams), giving the FIA the choice to drop the engines or lose the substance of its championship.

But if that happened, Renault, for one, would almost certainly drop F1, and so might well Mercedes. So who would supply the engines to the new championship? And it would take a brave team to join any breakaway series.

On the other hand, if the FIA presses ahead and the teams cannot afford the new engines - there are rumours they could be as much as four times the price of the current V8s - where will all the cars come from in the FIA F1 world championship?

As the chief executive of the Sauber team, Monisha Kaltenborn, puts it: "If we go back to the days when engines were so much more expensive, I wonder how many teams could afford that. And F1 with four teams wouldn't be very exciting."

The manufacturers, though, believe dropping the new engines would be a mistake - as would delaying them by a further year (their introduction was already pushed back from 2013 as part of negotiations last year).

For them - and particularly for Mercedes and Renault - the new small-capacity turbos with significant energy recovery systems are in line with the way the road-car business is going. Without them, there would be no justification for a continued involvement in F1.

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says: "We're committed to a new engine programme, it's progressing, we've been able to justify the budgets to our board and we don't want to see a deferment or a delay in that new engine.

"It sends a very bad message back if Formula 1 keeps changing its direction on things that are so fundamental, which need so much investment to make work. I think the new engine is very exciting."

Brawn adds that the future sustainability of the sport depends on moving with the times.

"We're going to be running around on two-thirds of the fuel that we're running on now with, we think, comparable power outputs," he says.

"We've got to change the engine at some stage. We will become irrelevant with the engine if we don't look to change.

"The world's changing and I think the new engine is a far more relevant engine for F1 for the future.

"If we're going to get new manufacturers into F1, which I think is a good thing, then why will they come in to build an antique V8 engine? They won't.

"They will only come in with this new engine, so we want to attract manufacturers back into F1 and this new engine is very important (in doing that)."

But the sustainability argument has a counter-point, as detailed by Marussia chief executive officer Graeme Lowdon.

"The teams do understand the direction the FIA is going with the new engines and people do generally support it," he says.

"We're happy to see technology go in that direction, but that has to be secondary to the sustainability of the sport."

The backdrop to that statement is that times are tough for all but the very biggest teams in F1. While the top four are all pretty much financially secure, there are concerns to one degree or another for the other eight.

The latest development in the saga came at last weekend's Canadian GP, when Mercedes vice-president of motorsport Norbert Haug said: "It's absolutely clear if you introduce a new engine that it will cost more in the beginning but I think we can achieve comparable spending over a five-year period and that has to be the target."

This was news to most customer teams - but even that might not be enough to end the argument. As Lowdon puts it: "The challenge for most businesses is cash-flow." In other words, many teams don't have the money to pay higher up-front costs, even if they come down later.

Talks are continuing behind the scenes, but as for what the solution to the conundrum might be, Lowdon voices the current situation best: "I have absolutely no idea."

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/06/engine_dispute_threatens_f1_sc.html

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

Ode to Portland: Can it already be 5-Years GONE? (Part III)

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Richard Attwood Manny Ayulo Luca Badoer Giancarlo Baghetti Julian Bailey Mauro Baldi

Video: Behind-the-scenes of MINI's parallel parking record

There are some records that you wouldn’t even think existed were it not for great marketing from those that are trying to set it.

One of those records is the recent one set by MINI earlier this month; you remember that as the parallel parking record they attempted to promote the special edition Chinese Job MINI Cooper. Well, despite their penchant for quirkiness, attempting to set the record was no small feat - even with a professional driver like Han Yue behind the wheel.

In this video, MINI takes us on a behind-the-scenes look on the preparations and hours of practice that went behind the attempts. In the end, Yue managed to squeeze in his MINI with only 5.9" of real estate separating the MINI from hitting the cars.

Check out the video and see how everything went down; it’s certainly worth your time to see how somebody is capable of doing something as cool as that when a lot of us can’t even grasp the concept of parallel parking.

Video: Behind-the-scenes of MINI's parallel parking record originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 30 June 2012 04:00 EST.

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Duane Carter Eugenio Castellotti Johnny Cecotto Andrea de Cesaris Francois Cevert Eugene Chaboud

F1 Lotuses celebrated at the Goodwood Festival | 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Dozens of different F1 Lotuses, some of the most successful and unusual F1 cars ever raced, are on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Bernard Collomb Alberto Colombo Erik Comas Franco Comotti George Connor George Constantine

Montezemolo rallies the Maranello troops

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has reminded his team not to get too excited after Fernando Alonso?s Valencia win, pointing out that Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull had a clear advantage. Montezemolo, who was in Valencia for Ferrari’s disappointing qualifying … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2012/06/27/montezemolo-rallies-the-maranello-troops/

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Romain soldiers to the front

Romain Grosjean set the pace in the Q2 session beating Nico Rosberg by a few hundredths. Paul di Resta was third for Force India, ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button. The top 10 was completed by Pastor Maldonado, Lewis Hamilton and Kamui Kobayashi. It was a bad day for Ferrari with Fernando [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/romain-soldiers-to-the-front/

Elio de Angelis Marco Apicella Mário de Araújo Cabral Frank Armi Chuck Arnold Rene Arnoux

All great drivers need luck, but Alonso makes his own

It's not often Fernando Alonso is overcome with emotion, but he only just managed to hold it together as he stood on the podium after a quite stunning victory in the European Grand Prix.

His voice had already cracked as he giggled his delight on the team radio on his slowing-down lap - and in the pits Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali was in the same state as he praised a "fantastic" drive by the Spaniard.

But listening to the Spanish and Italian national anthems, the magnitude of the moment almost got the better of Alonso. He choked a bit, grinned, almost cried, gritted his teeth and then collected himself.

No wonder he was so emotional - in the previous half an hour or so, it had all come together to create a perfect weekend for him.

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso (centre) celebrates winning the European GP with second place Kimi Raikkonen (left) and third place Michael Schumacher (right). Photo: Getty  

Alonso has driven some outstanding races in his career - he is generally regarded within F1 as the finest driver in the world - but this one has to be right up there with the very best.

Fighting up from 11th place on the grid, he pulled off some quite brilliant overtaking moves to make his way up into contention, the opportunism and skill never better than when he separated Lotus's Romain Grosjean from second place immediately after a restart following a safety car period.

That move meant Alonso inherited the lead when Sebastian Vettel's dominant Red Bull retired further around the same lap. Then, as he completed a spectacular victory, his day was made perfect when the man he regards as his main title rival, Lewis Hamilton, retired with two laps to go.

Both his main rivals out of the race, a momentous win in his home grand prix and less than 24 hours after Spain's football team made it into the semi-finals of Euro 2012. No wonder he was close to tears.

Of course, luck was involved in Alonso's win. He was not going to beat Vettel before the German's retirement - no one was - and he would not have been in a position to challenge Grosjean at the re-start had it not been for yet another pit-stop problem for McLaren.

But Alonso put himself in the position to gain from others' misfortune, and all the other positions he gained he worked for and won in a style befitting one of the greatest racing drivers the world has seen.

Ferrari's superbly quick pit crew played a part, too - one rival engineer said this weekend that they had moved the goalposts for pit stops this year.

But the fact remains that Alonso would not have had to do what he did had Ferrari's strategists not made the error that left him down in 11th on the grid - a decision for which the driver must share some blame.

Ferrari failed to realise that Alonso would need to fit a second set of the 'soft' tyres in second qualifying to be sure of progressing into the top 10 shoot-out.

Lotus had also planned to follow Ferrari's strategy of running a set of 'medium' tyres in Q2 followed by a set of 'softs'.

But when the English team saw how close it was in Q1, they realised they could not afford to take the risk, and switched to running two sets of 'softs' in Q2 and only one in the top 10 shoot-out.

It's impossible to know where Alonso would have ended up on the grid had he made it through.

Fortunately for Ferrari, their blushes were spared by his stellar performance on Sunday - on a track where it had previously been almost impossible to overtake but which came alive this year with the combination of degrading tyres and a DRS overtaking zone judged exactly right.

Ferrari took a fair bit of stick for the decision - and rightly so. It would be dangerous of them not to learn from it for this is not the first time this season that their strategy has been found wanting.

Alonso might have won in Barcelona had Ferrari not allowed Williams to get Pastor Maldonado ahead of him by making their second stop earlier.

As Alonso admitted himself, a win was also on the cards in Monaco had Ferrari reacted more quickly to his blistering pace on his in-lap and left him out to do a couple more.

And in Canada, where he fell back to fifth, he should have finished at least second - and could possibly have won - but the team failed to react to his tyres losing grip dramatically in the closing stages.

Had Ferrari got those calls right, Alonso could have been heading into the Valencia weekend on the back of two wins and a second place, rather than a second, a third and a fifth.

That's 27 points thrown away even before the error in qualifying this weekend. In a season as close as this, even if Alonso wins the title it is unlikely to be by that much.

In each case, the error has been a result of apparently not being reactive enough - being either too fixed on a specific, pre-ordained strategy, and/or too focused on one specific rival and not looking at the bigger picture.

That was exactly what happened in Abu Dhabi in 2010, when another strategy error handed the title on a plate to Vettel.

Ferrari have now got back many of those points thanks to the problems suffered by Vettel and Hamilton.

Despite Vettel's retirement, the Red Bull showed frightening pace in Valencia following the introduction of a major upgrade, as BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson detailed on Friday.

Vettel would have walked the race had his alternator not failed on lap 34 and the pace shown by Red Bull this weekend will have set alarm bells ringing in Maranello and McLaren's factory in Woking.

At McLaren, though, they have other things to worry about after yet another pit-stop problem for Hamilton.

This time it was a failure of one of the new Ferrari-style angled jacks the team designed as part of a wholesale restructure of their pit-stop operation following problems in Malaysia, China and Bahrain earlier this year.

It lost Hamilton a place to Alonso when the leaders pitted during the mid-race safety-car period - and that of course would have meant he was leading following the retirements of Vettel and Lotus's Grosjean.

Given the tyre problems Hamilton found himself in during the closing laps, it seems unlikely that he would have been able to hold off Alonso for the victory, but it would have meant he was clear of Pastor Maldonado, and therefore the incident that took him out of the race, for which Hamilton was blameless.

Interestingly, if you look back at how many points Hamilton had lost to various operational issues at McLaren this year before Valencia, it was 27 - exactly the same number as Alonso.

Add the 18 or 15 he would have got for either second or third place in Valencia (depending on whether Kimi Raikkonen would have caught him) and that is more than 40.

After Valencia, he is now 23 points behind Alonso. The McLaren has been on balance the fastest car this year, but Ferrari's form is getting better and better and, after Valencia, Red Bull look more formidable than at any time this year.

There are still 12 races to go in an already extraordinary season that clearly has many more twists and turns to come. But Hamilton should be comfortably leading the championship. Have McLaren already thrown it away?

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/06/alonso.html

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

RETRO: Lotus Victorious ? During a Time when Real Diversity existed...

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Keith Andrews Elio de Angelis Marco Apicella Mário de Araújo Cabral Frank Armi Chuck Arnold

Friday, 29 June 2012

London Grand Prix A Reality?

You could be forgiven for forgetting that the British Grand Prix will be taking place next weekend, with all of the talk surrounding F1 in the nation switching to a possible London based event. Although there is nothing concrete as of yet, Formula One chief, Bernie Ecclestone, has reportedly bid �35 million to host an [...]

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

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

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

Sebastian Vettel on Late Night with David Letterman (+Video)

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Jose Dolhem Martin Donnelly Carlo Abate George Abecassis Kenny Acheson Andrea de Adamich

Raikkonen ?disappointed not to have a win yet? | 2012 F1 season

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Kimi Raikkonen says he's disappointed not to have won a race yet after finishing on the podium three times so far this year.

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Eugene Chaboud Jay Chamberlain Karun Chandhok Alain de Changy Colin Chapman Dave Charlton

Few unfamiliar Faces 'Behind the Scenes' of an F1 event

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Walt Ader Kurt Adolff Fred Agabashian Kurt Ahrens Jr Christijan Albers Michele Alboreto

1969 Mercury Cougar CJ428

I am going to begin this kit next weekend. It will be my 5th build.

 

 

Up until now I have built kits straight from the box  as stock versions using spray cans to paint the body and brush for trim and detail.

 

This time I am going to use the build to try some new techniques.I am intending getting an airbrush to paint the body and am also intending trying to use Bare metal foil and Alclad for the chrome

Finally I am going to attempt wiring the engine.

Should be a good learning project..Smile

 

Source: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/SCACS/forums/thread/1020663.aspx

Don Beauman Karl Gunther Bechem Jean Behra Derek Bell Stefan Bellof Paul Belmondo

Small block Chevy longtube headers

I'm working on a project to make a replica of my wife's 94 Z28.  I need long tube headers for a regular small block Chevy engine.  All I'm finding my stash are shortys, Nascar-type headers or street rod headers (that exit out the side).  I'd like to find a set of regular long tube headers that one would install in a street car. 

Does anyone know of any kits that are available these days that might have such an animal?  I'll be happy to buy a kit to use for spares.  I have a pretty decent stash, and have looked at all the ones I think might have something, but I'm having no luck. 

Anyone have any spares?  Thanks for looking.

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas

 

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Patrick Depailler Pedro Diniz Duke Dinsmore Frank Dochnal Jose Dolhem Martin Donnelly

World's Fastest Audi S4 [video]

ThatRacingChannel has sent us this video of the alleged world's fastest Audi S4 in action setting a quarter mile time of 9:61.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/vyCXJyTuf4o/worlds-fastest-audi-s4-video

Clemente Biondetti Pablo Birger Art Bisch Harry Blanchard Michael Bleekemolen Alex Blignaut

Could Schumacher be penalised for the DRS slip?

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Giulio Cabianca Phil Cade Alex Caffi John CampbellJones Adrián Campos John Cannon

2014 Acura MDX spied for the first time [video]

Our spies have snapped the first pictures of the 2014 Acura MDX.

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

Portland?s Last Waltz - 5yrs After...

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Ian Ashley Gerry Ashmore Bill Aston Richard Attwood Manny Ayulo Luca Badoer

New Jersey, Mexico and Argentina

Bernie Ecclestone knows how to manipulate the media. It is not hard in most cases and he knows just how to tickle a journalistic ego. If these folk are stupid enough to think that they matter because he talks to them and they do not question what he says, then he gets the benefit of [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/new-jersey-mexico-and-argentina/

Pedro Matos Chaves Bill Cheesbourg Eddie Cheever Andrea Chiesa Ettore Chimeri Louis Chiron

Thursday, 28 June 2012

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

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

MOTOGP: No Room For Nicky In '13?

Nicky Hayden's MotoGP future is in doubt as the American could end up the odd man out in this year's silly season.

Source: http://moto-racing.speedtv.com/article/motogp-no-room-for-nicky-in-13/

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

Bull wins fight in Spain.

Sebastian Vettel took pole position in Valencia, three-tenths of a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton, with Pastor Maldonado third for Williams. Fourth and fifth places belonged to the Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen with Nico Rosberg sixth, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi, who may be penalised for an incident in Q1 with Nico Hulkenberg. [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/bull-wins-fight-in-spain/

Yannick Dalmas Derek Daly Christian Danner Jorge Daponte Anthony Davidson Jimmy Davies

Vettel on pole at Valencia as few Big Names struggle

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Felice Bonetto Jo Bonnier Roberto Bonomi Juan Manuel Bordeu Slim Borgudd Luki Botha

Nine players tied in Predictions Championship | Predictions Championship

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The incredibly close 2012 championship continues to make life difficult in the Predictions Championship. Find out how you did in Valencia.

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Hans Binder Clemente Biondetti Pablo Birger Art Bisch Harry Blanchard Michael Bleekemolen

Team Lotus Launch Their 2011 Machine The T128

Team Lotus (the one who raced last year) have become the second team to officially pull the covers off their new 2011 car. The green and yellow liveried machine will start be raced by Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen this season under the name of Team Lotus as the management’s row with Group Lotus, now [...]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/team-lotus-launch-their-2011-machine-the-t128/

Johnny Cecotto Andrea de Cesaris Francois Cevert Eugene Chaboud Jay Chamberlain Karun Chandhok

Simulation of the New Jersey track

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/10/simulation-of-the-new-jersey-track.html

Alain de Changy Colin Chapman Dave Charlton Pedro Matos Chaves Bill Cheesbourg Eddie Cheever

New Jersey Leg of F1 Circuit Put on Hold

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Between F1 and INDYCAR, we are unsure which of the open-wheeled racing conglomerates are in worse shape. INDYCAR gets bumped by a beer festival, then can?t find a location quick enough to replace it, so cancels the race altogether. Then again, F1 has its head honcho, Bernie Ecclestone, in hot water for bribing various banking officials. Both circuits, F1 more than INDYCAR, are constantly under fire for their lack of parity, as the same drivers/teams win over and over again. We don?t have an issue with the lack of parity, we say let the best driver and car win, but the public tends to get bored by it.

Now F1 is joining INDYCAR in the cancelling of races, as after saying that the New Jersey leg of its U.S. tour may be pushed back to 2014. Now Ecclestone is saying ?No. Definitely no,? that the race will not happen in 2013. This all comes following Sebastian Vettel?s test drive of the course and him saying that the track is ?nowhere near ready.?

Following his pretty definitive statement, Ecclestone backed up and reworded his statement by saying that if organizers get the NJ track ready, it will be added to the 2013 calendar.

This is obviously one gigantic mess, as even the event organizers in NJ are saying that they are ahead of schedule and have not hit any of the snags that the other American leg, Austin, Texas, hit. So, maybe Ecclestone is jumping the gun a little on this one, so we will have to keep an eye one what?s going on here.

New Jersey Leg of F1 Circuit Put on Hold originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:00 EST.

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Source: http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/new-jersey-leg-of-f1-circuit-put-on-hold-ar131576.html

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American F1 Circuits get notoriety

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John CampbellJones Adrián Campos John Cannon Eitel Cantoni Bill Cantrell Ivan Capelli

The Sochi Olympic Stadium could be the scene of the 2014 F1 Russian GP

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Kevin Cogan Peter Collins Bernard Collomb Alberto Colombo Erik Comas Franco Comotti

A London GP? How about one on Mars?

It is no great surprise that on the morning after the sentencing in Germany of Dr Gerhard Gribkowsky to a lengthy prison term for accepting a bribe in the sale process of the Formula One group – and the obvious questions that arise from that verdict – there is a story in the English newspapers, [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/a-london-gp-how-about-one-on-mars/

Colin Chapman Dave Charlton Pedro Matos Chaves Bill Cheesbourg Eddie Cheever Andrea Chiesa

The Last Crusade

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/11/the-last-crusade.html

Gary Brabham Jack Brabham† Bill Brack Ernesto Brambilla Vittorio Brambilla Toni Branca

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Five ways to improve F1


Emerson Fittipaldi in his heyday © Sutton Images
In an interview in the Times, former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi?s outlined his five-point plan to enhance Formula One. Cut costs ?They spend a fortune in wind-tunnel testing alone. Reduce costs and the slowest teams would catch up and make it more even.? Limit downforce ?They need to reduce enormously the downforce in the cars, the only way to bring back overtaking. We need more mechanical grip so that you have longer braking areas, can set up the car coming out of a corner, get in the slipstream and then overtake.? Close the pitlane ?When the safety car goes out they should close the pitlane. Now it?s just a lottery.? Lift ban on team orders ?It is a very stupid rule. It?s why they are called teams, it?s why they have two cars. If a driver is leading in the championship, everything has to go in his favour. What is wrong with that? It?s so easy for teams to camouflage their orders anyway. All they need to do is tell one guy on the radio he has a problem with his brakes. They can bend the rules very easily. In the old days they would even swap cars, so why do we have this ban now?? Retain traditional grands prix ?These places are the soul of racing. The Americas are under-represented. We have Canada back, but there is no USA, no Argentina, no Mexico. We need to stay in the heartlands.?

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/11/five_ways_to_improve_f1.php

Frank Armi Chuck Arnold Rene Arnoux Peter Arundell Alberto Ascari Peter Ashdown

2013 Lucra LC470 revealed

Lucra Cars has released the first renderings of their 2013 LC470. It features a GM-sourced engine which produces 630 hp (470 kW / 639 PS).

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/2eLlk9OxrG8/2013-lucra-lc470-revealed

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