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Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012

Karthikeyan targets qualifying boost

Narain Karthikeyan has pinpointed an improved performance on Saturday afternoons as the Formula One season recommences in Belgium in a couple of weeks' time. Karthikeyan has been beaten by HRT team mate Pedro de La Rosa in all eleven qualifying sessions so far and admits that he needs to up his game over one flying lap. "I think that my race performance has been very strong, with my 15th place in Monaco standing out, but in qualifying I’ve been a bit weaker", said the Indian […]

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012

Lotus pushing to debut 'double DRS' at Spa

Technical boss James Allison has confirmed speculation Lotus intends to debut its so-called 'double DRS' system in Belgium next month. On British broadcaster Sky's 'F1 Show', television pundit Ted Kravitz explained that - unlike Mercedes' pioneering device - the Lotus version is in fact not attached to the rear wing DRS. He said Lotus actually calls it the "F-duct". "(In a race) you can only use DRS at one point on the circuit, where they'll have this straightline speed boost at pretty much any point […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pirelli announces first three nominations for second half of 2012

Pirelli has announced the first three tyre nominations for the second half of the 2012 season in Belgium, Italy and Singapore. At Spa, the home of the Belgian Grand Prix, the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero White medium tyres will be nominated, allowing the drivers to meet the demands of a circuit that puts plenty of energy through the tyres. Just like Spa, Monza – Pirelli’s home race – is characterised by high speeds and fast corners, meaning that the P Zero Silver […]

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pirelli hopes Alguersuari makes 2013 return

Pirelli's Paul Hembery is confident Jaime Alguersuari will be back on the grid soon. After losing Red Bull's backing and his Toro Rosso seat at the end of last season, the now 22-year-old Spaniard kept his F1 dream alive by accepting the role as official tyre supplier Pirelli's main test driver. This week, he is in action at Belgium's fabled Spa Francorchamps. "These days there are few opportunities for drivers to drive Formula One cars," Hembery told El Confidencial. "Right now Jaime is doing almost […]

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012

Spa alternation plans 'no longer on agenda'

Spa-Francorchamps is no longer part of the proposal to revive the French grand prix. Prior to ex president Nicolas Sarkozy losing the general election, plans to alternate a single annual race between Paul Ricard and Belgium's fabled Spa were well advanced. But with Francois Hollande in power and his sports minister Valerie Fourneyron in the driving seat of the grand prix project, the situation is now very different. French reports this week say Fourneyron has told France's motor racing sanctioning body, the FFSA, that Paul […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New minister says 'no agreement' for French GP return

New French sports minister Valerie Fourneyron declared on Tuesday "no formal agreement" exists that will see the country host a grand prix next year. Before former president Nicolas Sarcozy lost the recent general election, Bernie Ecclestone was confirming that Paul Ricard would annually alternate a Formula One race with Belgium's Spa Francorchamps. Everything changed, however, when new president Francois Hollande appointed Fourneyron as sports minister. She met with a Paul Ricard delegation on Tuesday, and will reportedly meet with representatives of the former grand prix […]

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012

New sports minister doubts 2013 French GP

France's new sports minister has confirmed there is some doubt the country will return to the Formula One calendar next year. Bernie Ecclestone announced recently that, with a French race having been absent from F1 since 2008, Paul Ricard could - starting from 2013 - share an annually rotating date with Belgium's Spa Francorchamps. But then the French government changed. The new sports minister is Valerie Fourneyron, who told RMC: "There was a remarkable acceleration in this issue recently. "There have been no grands prix […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

France rushing to complete GP deal

The French government is dashing to seal the lid on the country's return to F1. Bernie Ecclestone has said a deal has been reached to annually alternate a race between Paul Ricard in France and Belgium's fabled Spa-Francorchamps. But the final signature and official announcement are still missing. David Douillet, the French sports minister, told Le Journal du Dimanche that the chance France will be on the 2013 calendar is "90 per cent". "The contract is going back and forth between the lawyers. I hope […]

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012

Raikkonen rues lost opportunity for race win

Only four races into his return to Formula 1 from rallying, 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen has already finished on the podium in a highly competitive drive which saw him gain nine positions. Although the Finn was pleased with his efforts, he regrets not taking what would have been an unforgettable victory for Lotus. After passing his team-mate Romain Grosjean and then closing the gap to leader Vettel, Raikkonen had his one and only opportunity to snatch the lead away from Vettel. Unfortunately, the returning […]

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012

French PM could announce GP return on Friday

French prime minister Francois Fillon will on Friday travel to the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet. According to Le Parisien newspaper in an exclusive report, he could announce the deal is finally done to revive the French grand prix for 2013. A source said Fillon will provide an update and indicate that France is "ready" to host F1 again for the first time since 2008 at Magny Cours. It has been widely reported for some time that negotiations are taking place to annually alternate […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

French PM shows green light to 2013 F1 return

France is poised to return to the F1 calendar. French-language RMC Sports reports that prime minister Francois Fillon has finally "given the green light" to the race at Paul Ricard to alternate annually with Belgium's Spa Francorchamps, beginning in 2013. "The negotiations with Bernie Ecclestone can begin," read the report, adding that "informal meetings" with the F1 chief executive have already been held. Fillon's decision follows a minister's meeting last Thursday, and RMC said the Var region has also agreed. "There are still some loose […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Senna confirmed at Williams

Bruno Senna has been confirmed as a Williams driver for this season