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Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011

Vettel not certain he will dominate in 2012

Sebastian Vettel has baulked at claims he will almost certainly stroll to an historic third consecutive drivers' title in 2012. Some pundits think that, given the 24-year-old's huge 122-point championship win over McLaren's Jenson Button this year, it is almost inconceivable his and Red Bull's advantage will be eroded in the 80 days until Melbourne. "We will try (to win again)," the German agreed in an interview with France's Auto Hebdo. "But the beauty of this sport is that before a new season, all the […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Montezemolo: F1 must not abandon Europe

Luca di Montezemolo is worried about F1's trend away from Europe. F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone said recently that he predicts only a handful of races in Europe will still be present on the calendar in a few years. "I give him credit that in all these years he has always had great respect for the role and importance of Ferrari in F1," the Italian marque's president di Montezemolo is quoted by Autosprint. "But I cannot accept this trend of F1 going away from Europe. […]

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011

Vergne defends Marko after Toro Rosso cull

Jean-Eric Vergne has defended Dr Helmut Marko after the Red Bull driver manager ousted Toro Rosso's entire lineup for the 2012 season. Rookie Frenchman Vergne as well as Daniel Ricciardo are the beneficiaries after team regulars Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi were axed. "Surprised? Yes, but I had belief," the 21-year-old told France's Auto Hebdo. "Toro Rosso's policy is to develop young drivers. I think Jaime and Sebastien did a great job, but they were no longer a part of this policy. "It is true […]

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 Friday, December 16, 2011

Vettel and Red Bull in running for Laureus prizes

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing are among the nominees to win prestigious 2012 Laureus World Sports awards following their successes this year. In the running alongside German Vettel to be hailed Sportsman of the Year are sprinter Usain Bolt, tennis' Novak Djokovic, Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, football's Lionel Messi and basketballer Kirk Nowitzki. And fighting it out with Red Bull for the team prize are New Zealand's All Blacks, England's cricket team, basketball's Dallas Mavericks, FC Barcelona and Japan's female football team. […]

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011

How Kimi spent his time away from F1 – Part 2

All throughout 2010 Kimi Raikkonen was a silly season by himself. The rumours about what he would do in 2011 started even before he stepped into his Red Bull-sponsored Citroen C4 for the first time in January 2010. The main question was whether he was going to return to F1 or not, but the Iceman would never give a clear answer. He was linked to the Red Bull F1 team and later on with Renault, yes, the same team he is going to drive for […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Vergne and Ricciardo confirmed at Toro Rosso

Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo will race for Scuderia Toro Rosso next season

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Red Bull to launch 2012 car on February 5

The car in which Sebastian Vettel will push for an ultra-rare triple back-to-back world championship will be launched on February 5. That is the claim of France's Auto Hebdo, with the autohebdo.fr website saying the official unveiling of the 2012 Red Bull will take place at the energy drink-owned team's Milton Keynes headquarters. February 5 is two days before the first official test of the 2012 pre-season kicks off at Jerez, and the RB8's designer Adrian Newey has revealed the intention is to take the […]

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 Monday, December 5, 2011

Hakkinen: The return will be difficult for Raikkonen

Formerly his strongest supporter, Mika Hakkinen is now questioning how quickly his compatriot Kimi Raikkonen can get back up to speed in Formula One. When he retired a decade ago, Hakkinen recommended rookie Raikkonen to then McLaren team boss Ron Dennis by saying: "If you want to win, get the Finn." Now, a 32-year-old Raikkonen is reportedly busy losing the four kilograms he put on during his forays in world rallying and NASCAR. Hakkinen tells Bild am Sonntag: "The return will be very difficult for […]

Posted on Saturday, December 3, 2011

Team Germany wins fifth ROC Nations Cup

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel secured the fifth consecutive ROC Nations Cup title for Team Germany to delight their home fans. Team Germany defeated Team Nordic’s Tom Kristensen and Juho Hänninen by two heats to nil in the final. Semi-final disappointment for Team France (Sébastien Ogier and Romain Grosjean) and Team Great Britain (Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx). Team Germany’s Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel sent the home crowds into delirium by winning their fifth consecutive ROC Nations Cup title in Düsseldorf. Legends from all […]

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ecclestone extends contract deadline for Austin GP

Bernie Ecclestone has extended the deadline for organisers of the 2012 US grand prix to rescue their Austin event. The news, reported by the American news agency AP, came as the F1 chief executive's original Wednesday deadline came and went. "We are still trying to make it (the race) happen," the 81-year-old is quoted as saying. "They need to get some money and a pen ... as soon as possible." The new deadline is next Wednesday's meeting of the World Motor Sport Council. "If it […]