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Posted on Saturday, October 8, 2011

F1 to discuss latest problems in Bahrain

F1 teams and the governing body are set to discuss Bahrain's scheduled return to the 2012 calendar. After this year's event was cancelled, Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA scheduled for the race to return next April due to the Kingdom's calming civil problems. But those problems seem to have resurfaced in recent days, with the New York Times reporting that security forces clashed with protestors as recently as Friday. "It's always concerning with the media reports that you hear," Red Bull team boss Christian Horner […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ecclestone not ruling out Turkey return

Bernie Ecclestone has not ruled out reinstating the Turkish grand prix on future formula one calendars, a local newspaper reports this week. We reported this week that the Istanbul circuit, the scene of seven grands prix since 2005 but not on next year's schedule, is on standby in the event Bahrain needs to be cancelled again. And the Turkish Hurriyet daily reports that F1 chief executive Ecclestone "has expressed hope that F1 management will agree with Turkish authorities to hold the races in the country […]

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011

Turkey on standby for 2012 Bahrain axe

Turkey is on standby should Bahrain not return to the formula one calendar next season. Last year's race in the island Kingdom was called off due to the civil unrest. But Bahrain's troubles seem to be persisting still, with violence near the now-famous Pearl Square marking the parliamentary elections at the weekend. According to veteran Swiss correspondent Roger Benoit, writing in the Blick newspaper, Turkey has been put on standby should Bahrain's late April event be called off in 2012. Turkey's Istanbul Park was dropped […]

Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011

Red Bull pushing to win back curfew 'wild card'

Sep.25 (GMM) Red Bull is working to win back its second to last paddock curfew 'wild card'.

With the race weekend schedule skewed for the Singapore night race, several teams - Toro Rosso, Mercedes and Virgin - have this weekend lost one of their four...

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ferrari preview the Singapore GP

This weekend’s fourth Singapore Grand Prix marks the start of a hectic time, featuring six races crammed into the space of ten weeks, with the season finale taking place on November 27th, the latest ever date in the calendar for a Formula 1 race. Last year, Scuderia Ferrari was in the running for the titles right up to the final round, as indeed it has been on so many occasions. However, this year that will not be the case as one team and one driver […]

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011

Alesi happy with Spa/France alternating proposal

Sep.1 (GMM) Jean Alesi has welcomed news his native France looks set to rejoin the formula one calendar.

It is expected that, three years after Magny Cours dropped off the schedule, France will return in 2013 with a single annual date to be alternate...

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011

Todt to propose Friday practice for testers only

Sep.1 (GMM) Jean Todt will propose a radical tweak to the formula one race weekend format for 2012.

Finland's Turun Sanomat said the FIA president wants the change to benefit test and reserve drivers - particularly up-and-coming ones - amid the sport...

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011

Force India tweaked format to help Sutil

Aug.26 (GMM) Force India changed its usual grand prix weekend schedule at Spa-Francorchamps in an effort to help Adrian Sutil.

Usually, reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg takes over one of the Mercedes-powered cars for Friday morning practice.

But for B...

Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Work currently stopped at 2012 US GP venue

Aug.23 (GMM) Construction of the 2012 US grand prix venue in Austin has stopped, according to the local American Statesman newspaper.

Reporter Eric Dexheimer said he has received "several anonymous phone calls" informing that no work has been taking ...

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bahrain and US organisers happy with calendar

Officials from the Bahrain International Circuit and the Circuit of the Americas have said that they are satisfied with the updated 2012 calendar that was presented by Bernie Ecclestone at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix. Bahrain had been given the honour of hosting the season opener in mid-March, with the new Circuit of the Americas hosting the US Grand Prix in June. However, both circuits were unhappy with their original slots as Bahrain officials wanted more time to deal with social unrest whilst the latter […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ecclestone slams call for 2012 calendar rethink

Aug.2 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has slammed suggestions the F1 teams will negotiate changes to the 2012 grand prix calendar.

A revised version of the provisional schedule for next year shows seven 'flyaway' races within a ten week period on four separa...

Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011

Teams to ask for 2012 calendar 'rethink'

Jul.31 (GMM) Formula one teams are concerned about the latest version of the provisional calendar for 2012.

With Turkey scrapped and Bahrain shuffled to the end of the schedule, Bernie Ecclestone circulated a revised version of next year's calendar i...