Sunday, July 4, 2010

Formula One racing out in force for Goodwood

The UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed always attracts a plethora of Formula One drivers and machinery, and with an impressive 2010 line-up, this year will be no different. The annual event, which this year celebrates the 60th anniversary of the FIA Formula One World Championship, takes place in the grounds of Sussex’s Goodwood House.

McLaren team mates - and 2008 and 2009 world champions respectively - Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are among those at the top of the bill. Button is looking forward to driving one of Alain Prost’s classic McLarens, the MP4-2C, as well the more recent MP4-23 on Saturday, while Hamilton will also take charge of an MP4-23 - the car with which he won his title - on Sunday.

2010 championship contender Mark Webber and test driver Daniel Ricciardo will field Red Bulls and the team’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey is also expected to give his own design a blast up the famous Goodwood hill. Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, will take a spin in his Mercedes GP car, alongside team test driver Nick Heidfeld.

Fellow German Nico Hulkenberg will be in action in the Williams FW31, while Ferrari test driver Marc Gene will be in action in the Italian team’s latest car. HRT’s Bruno Senna will be another current driver in attendance, the Brazilian having opted to showcase more vintage machinery - his late uncle Ayrton’s iconic McLaren MP4-8.

Past Formula One world champions and Grand Prix winners expected include Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart, Mika Hakkinen, John Surtees, Sir Stirling Moss, Jochen Mass and Patrick Tambay. Stewart will drive Jim Clark's 1965 Indy 500-winning Lotus 38, which is due to run for the first time since 1965, while Surtees will take to the hill in his 1964 championship-winning Ferrari 158. Clark’s Lotus Type 49 will be on show, while Lotus Racing’s Formula One drivers, Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen, will be in attendance.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from July 2-4.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

F1 : Di Grassi and 10 º 19 º Dani Clos

After a disappointing race on Saturday, the grid positions of the two pilots Fat Burner Racing Enginnering for testing in Barcelona this morning were not entirely promising. Still, the Spanish team took the event to assess changes in some cars under race conditions, with Luke and Dani, who took the exit from the 18th and 20th position respectively, obtaining valuable information for future appointments.

Lucas did a great departure from the 18th place and in the first round ahead of eight rivals. The pilot of Fat Burner Racing Engineering continued to improve his position and during the following turns Maldonado pressured by the ninth, but their attacks did not yield the expected fruit. On lap 18, Lucas took a curve a little wide, Nunes took that moment forward. Having been relegated to 11th place, the pilot of the Brazilian benefited from Hulkenberg spin on lap 25 to re-register 10 and cross the finish line in this position.

The other pilot Burner Fat Burner Racing Engineering, Dani Clos, impressed those present with his career. Although his car was sparked on the grid, which instantly destroyed all chances of finishing the test in a good place, the Spanish couple did a great job and, despite having been relegated to last position, and pilot errors perfection at every turn. Marking some very competitive times in each turn, Dani had the best round of the final race and, having reduced the difference with the other riders, finished 19th.

Lucas Di Grassi: I was very good in and out in the first round and was able to retrieve eight positions. Over the next press turns Maldonado, but then I was difficult to continue gaining more places. Today we have progressed about yesterday, but we need to continue our work to improve the car and be among the first.
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Dani Clos: It was a pity that I have stuck in grill. During the race I had very good pace and check the final lap faster on the track. Overall, I am happy with the weekend. We need to improve on certain aspects, especially on my part. The team has worked well throughout the weekend. We have a very good car to Monaco and I hope that we can put everything in place.

Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, Racing Director of Engineering: It's a shame that Dani was calase the car on the grid, but now we have proof that it is an excellent pilot. This weekend has done a great job. As for Luke, we'll see if we find the appropriate settings for Monaco, should fight for victory. Once again, the team has done a great job and I would like to thank them for putting two cars on the grid perfect for the race today after working all night.

F1 : Villa leaves intact the change

Problems in the gearbox of his Dallara, which occurred prior to departure, they ended up costing the abandonment Javier Villa in the race of the GP2 Series sprint circuit in Montmeló.

Asturian The pilot was from inside the fifth row of the grid, but when trying to start the first round of training speed was not his car, which left him standing on the line and sentenced him to starting the pitlane. While the rest of the participants started the race, the car was booted Javi to push for its mechanics, joining track in the last square and clearly distanced himself from the group.

No options and to fight for positions of points, as was his goal, Villa did not make it by giving up, rolling fast and even better times by dialing back the pilots head, which is close to a separating twenty seconds.

In the fifth round and took Javi contact with the tail of the group, and successive drafts Herckx already exceeded Teixeira, reaching the position on lap 19 taking advantage of the top tenth of Perez. But the failure of change iban increasing, with growing problems for the reduction gears. After a few more laps to harass a compact bunch which closed Ricci and Valsechi, Villa should definitely come in boxes and being forced to leave.

Ended a weekend that did not give it to Javier expected results, but at least it served to show his speed again with a very good lap times when you could roll smoothly.
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The goal now is to leave behind the misfortune suffered in Montmeló and cope with optimism following the appointment of the GP2, nothing less than the historic layout of Monaco.

Javier Villa: "It was a difficult weekend. Cronos Since we had the pace to have fought for the pole in both races and we run very fast, making it the fourth best time yesterday and today the second ... and that we are there We have more than demonstrated. But that's not what we want, we must go, and go racing finish picking points. Today was a shame, and tickets went out with an option to take two or three points at the pace we were going, but a failure hydraulics in the box did not allow us to put the first and could not quit. Then, after twelve rounds were completely blocked in the fourth and we had to go back to boxes

F1 : Drivex The team will make its debut in Valencia

After an intense preseason, Drivex will have its baptism of fire in the European F3 Open this weekend in Valencia. The team of Miguel Angel de Castro, aspires to victory in his first season in cars.

The Galician Celso Miguez, one of the most experienced pilots and fast grilling, will himself fight for wins and podiums at the controls of the Dallara F308 Class A. In all pre-season test, Celso has been among the fastest drivers, positioning itself as one of the favorites for the title.

Luis Villalba, the Pilot team in Class B (Dallara F306), this is your first experience of competition at the wheel of a car after making the leap from karting. Luis must take this first meeting to get the most experience possible and for the first time to face a real career. Promising time in its constant progression throughout the season, make it feasible to think of seeing him fight for the victories of his class once the first races.

Miguel Angel de Castro: "I'm anxious to see what we can in our first race cars. This project has been set up with a great deal of enthusiasm, but taking that to get results you need to have the best. I think we have a team, both pilots, engineers and mechanics, the first order within the European F3 Open. We will fight for the positions of honor. "

Celso Miguez: "We have a good preseason and I feel confident for the championship.
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Valencia is perhaps the circuit for the car that we have a less refined, but still in the last test we perform on this track was among the three fastest, so that we can not rule out fighting for the victories from the first manga. "

Luis Villalba: "Everything will be new for me. Although I have competed in karting for many years at international level, this will truly be the first race cars in my life. This includes booting from standing, not thrown out, and a lot more things that are completely new to me. I have to try to get the maximum experience possible this weekend. "

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dual F1 test role for Brendon Hartley

New Zealand teenager Brendon Hartley has confirmed that the official test driver for Red Bull and Toro Rosso, Sebastien Buemi after promoting him to the race team.

Hartley met at Oulton Park last year during a race in Formula Three. It was not just a fantastic atmosphere after being beaten to first place team, Jaime Alguersuari. I did not get to see him the next day, after the pair moved his Red Bull-backed Carlina fork but I can not imagine that he was much happier after that.

Alguersuari success (and Oliver Turvey Carlin driver) for the title but all three showed great promise last year. While Hartley in the F3 Euroseries races this year and Turvey Aguersuari strengthened with the World Series by Renault, which updates the talents of F1, Sebastian Vettel, Robert Kubica and (in an earlier form) Fernando Alonso.

Red Bull have a lot of money in their young driver program and then Vettel had not received an enormous amount of results. Hartley is another driver to find his way in the plan, but to take this opportunity to test an early age (19) will help in the way of F1, speaking of driving when I met him.

Hartley seems to have taken a leaf from another driver for Red Bull's book style: Vitantonio Liuzzi. There are some complicated arrangement hat perched on his head when I met with two large tassels hanging around his waist. I understand that this is not the result of a lost wager, and indeed his regular hat.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Michael Schumacher: “Both of them did a great job”

“Both of them did a great job”. Seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher has praised pole-man Felipe Massa and his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, for having locked out Monaco’s front row. “We are in the first row for tomorrow’s race and it’s a great thing as the race strategy is in our hands,” said the German.

Scuderia Ferrari’s last pole position in the streets of the Principality belonged to Michael Schumacher, who recalls: “Eight years have passed since our last pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix. Really, congratulations to Felipe!. I am really happy for the team as the guys are working hard. They do not even sleep at night.”

Qualifying: David Coulthard crash Video,2008 Monaco GP

Red Bull’s David Coulthard crashes into the barriers while braking at the exit of Monte Carlo’s tunnel.