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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Spa wants F1 future clarity within weeks

The local Walloon government is seeking clarity about the future of the fabled Belgian grand prix at Spa-Francorchamps within "four or five weeks". Jean-Claude Marcourt, the government's economics minister, was responding on Tuesday in a parliamentary committee, following media reports that France looks set to return to F1 in 2013. Those reports suggested France's Paul Ricard circuit will share a single alternating annual date with Spa, the fabled Belgian venue. Marcourt explained that, in a bid to reduce costs, the government had last year begun […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Paul Ricard could host 70,000 spectators for French GP

If Paul Ricard gets the green light to host France's F1 return in 2013, the circuit in Le Castellet could bring in more than 70,000 spectators. That is the claim of the track's director Stephane Clair, amid reports French prime minister Francois Fillon is poised to approve a deal to see the country alternate an annual spot on the F1 calendar with Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps. Previously, a drawback of installing France's race at Paul Ricard - officially called the High Tech Test Track - was the […]

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2012

French GP plans on track

Plans to put France back on the F1 calendar are "on track", the government has confirmed. Just before the weekend, the Paris daily Le Figaro reported that Paul Ricard is likely to host a Formula 1 race in September of 2013. After that, the event will reportedly alternate annually between the Bernie Ecclestone-linked circuit and Belgium's fabled Spa-Francorchamps. The deal has been supported at the highest levels by the Francois Fillon-led French government. It is "on track", the source at Matignon, the prime minister's official […]

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012

September date set for 2013 French GP return

France's return to the F1 calendar is now so close to confirmation that even a provisional race date has been set. It emerged just before Christmas that, with the historic French grand prix having been last held at Magny Cours in 2008, the country's return to the calendar is likely to take place at Paul Ricard in 2013. The Nice-Matin newspaper had said the Bernie Ecclestone-linked circuit will thereafter alternate a single annual calendar slot with Belgium's fabled Spa-Francorchamps. The news follows last year's establishment […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

France close to F1 calendar return

France's return to the F1 calendar after a three year absence is now looming. That is the claim of Gilles Dufeigneux, who in June was appointed directly by French prime minister Francois Fillon to lead efforts to arrange the race's comeback. It is reported by the Nice-Matin newspaper that the event would be staged at Paul Ricard, with an annual race date alternating with Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps. "Things are moving in a very real way," said Dufeigneux. "All the indicators are green now, or soon will […]

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011

Pic had 'better package' admits axed d'Ambrosio

Jerome d'Ambrosio has admitted it was a lack of financial support that drove him off the grid with Virgin/Marussia. A rookie in 2011, he has been replaced ahead of the team's next campaign by young Frenchman Charles Pic, who is handled by former grand prix drivers Eric Bernard and Olivier Panis, and the Lagardere Unlimited group. It is rumoured Belgian d'Ambrosio is now a contender to be the third driver next year at Lotus, the team headed by his manager Eric Boullier. "That's a good […]

Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011

Vettel collects another trophy

After a year of triumphs Sebastian Vettel’s closing reward came at the appropriately-named Kingdom of Dreams in New Delhi, India, host venue for this year’s FIA Prize Giving Gala. The 2011 FIA Formula One World Champion collected the coveted trophy from FIA President, Jean Todt, while Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner was presented with the 2011 Constructors’ Trophy by Bernie Ecclestone. Jenson Button and Mark Webber also received awards for second and third places respectively in the Drivers’ Championship. “It’s great to be […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Top 10 Raikkonen moments

With Kimi Raikkonen back in F1, here's a look back at his best races

Posted on Sunday, October 9, 2011

Simple solution keeps heat in Red Bull tyres

Oct.9 (GMM) Red Bull is using a simple yet clever solution to heat the tyres and brakes before Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber pull out of the pits.

In 2005, the FIA banned systems like one used by Toyota that heat the inside of the wheel rims.

But...

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011

van der Garde: F1 cars would suit me better

According to Giedo van der Garde, success in feeder category GP2 is no guide as to whether a driver will succeed in formula one. The management of the 26-year-old Dutchman, who reportedly has sponsorship in tow, recently revealed talks about 2012 with three F1 teams. Van der Garde has, however, finished just fifth in this year's GP2 championship after a poor final two rounds in Belgium and Italy. He wrote in his formule1.nl column that he will not be returning to the series in 2012. […]

Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011

Pirelli to involve FIA over tyre camber saga

Sep.9 (GMM) Pirelli could involve F1's governing body to ensure the safety of its tyres.

At Spa two weeks ago, the tyres on some cars - notably the Red Bulls - worryingly blistered.

The cause of the problem was traced to aggressive front camber angl...

Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011

Pirelli moves further to limit camber

Sep.9 (GMM) In a further blow to Red Bull's hopes ahead of the Italian grand prix, Pirelli has issued yet another clampdown on its guidelines about tyre camber.

It had already emerged that, after the tyres on the winning RB7 cars worryingly blistered...