There have been some rumors in the last few months about the possibility of another United States GP in the Formula One competition, but nothing certain. It seems that the Korean GP organizers are having serious problems since in the last two years they’ve lost a lot of money hosting the F1 race, but Bernie Ecclestone has refused to lower the fees that the organizers have to pay.
For this reason, the Korean GP will be replaced by the U.S. GP which will be held in New Jersey starting with 2013. The governor Chris Christie confirmed this return and added that “up to 100,000 people are expected to attend each race.”
As a reminder, the last time when United States hosted a race in F1 was back in 2007 at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Aside from New Jersey, starting with next year the Formula One calendar will also include the race in Austin, Texas for which a contract has been signed for a period of nine years so in two years we’ll have two GPs on American grounds.
The current world champion Sebastian Vettel has managed to grab his eight pole this season, out of a total so far of eleven races. Today he was fast the fastest driver during the qualifying session and tomorrow we’ll be seeing him start from the first place of the Hungary GP organized at Hungaroring. RBR’s driver was faster than Lewis Hamilton and Jenson button who came into second and third place.
Tomorrow on the fourth position of the starting lineup we will see Ferrari’s Massa, followed by his teammate Fernando Alonso while Webber only obtained a very disappointing 6th place. Behind him is Paul di Resta, Renault’s Vitaly Petrov, along with Kobayashi, Heidfeld, Barrichello and Alguersuari.
Here are the full results of today’s qualifying session for the Hungariang Grand Prix:
1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 19.815s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 19.978s
3. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 20.024s
4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 20.350s
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 20.365s
6. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 20.474s
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 21.098s
8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 21.445s
9. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 21..907s
10. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari no time Q3
11. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 22.256s
12. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 22.284s
13 Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 22.435s
14. Nick Heidfeld Germany Renault-Renault 1m 22.470s
15. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 22.684s
16. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 22.979s
17. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth no time Q2
18. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 24.070s
19 Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 24.362s
20 Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 1m 24.534s
21. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 26.294s
22 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 1m 26.323s
23. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 1m 26.479s
24 Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 26.510s
The 2011 season of F1 is approaching and the teams have started launching their cars. Last week we’ve seen Ferrari roll out their new F150 and now the Lotus Renault F1 team launched their R31 2011 F1 car. The presentation of the car was done at the Ricardo Tormo race track and the team is hoping that it will conquer the top spots in the F1 manufacturer’s championship.
Apart from the launch of their new car, the team announced that they obtained the services of Bruno Senna who will be the third driver for the Lotus Renault team this upcoming season. He will be the team’s test driver and he will take part in the development of the car. As you know, the car’s in F1 are in the development process even after the second half of the season, it is a continuous process and attempt to make the cars faster and more competitive on the track.
The car will be driven this season by Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov, who had the pleasure of unveiling it yesterday, along with the team’s technical director James Allison, team principal Eric Boullier and chairman Gerard Lopez. Allison declared that the R31 is a step forward from its predecessor, the R30, a car that allowed the team to grab the 5th place in 2010 in the constructors’ standings.
As if F1 and Moto GP weren’t spectacular enough, last week, the Ducati Moto GP team challenged the Ferrari F1 team to a very interesting contest consisting of two race, one in go-karts and the other in track-ready Fiat 500s. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? Well, not exactly, because both races took place on a snow covered ice rink. We’re not gonna tell you who won and we’ll let you enjoy the video where you can see Valentino Rossi, Fernando Alonso, Nicky Hayden, Felippe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella. Sound good, huh? Enjoy!
Since 2008, when the last Formula 1 US Grad Prix was held in Indiana, rumors consistently appeared about the return of the famous motorsport competition to America.
Now, after much speculation about the venue, it has been officially announced that Formula 1 will be returning to the USA in 2012. Where will the race be held? Surprisingly at a purpose-built track in Austin, Texas.
The venue has yet to be built, but with the ink still drying on the contract that mandates the F1 US GP to be held there between 2012 and 2021, you can guess that the work has been pushed into overdrive.
We’re a bit surprised of the location, but if this means the glorious F1 cars will once again be able to show their stuff in the USA, we’re all for it.
Ayrton Senna was the Formula 1’ s God. What a great champion! What a talented man! Nowadays we hear speeches about leadership. A lot of speeches! But Ayrton was the real lider. He died in 1994, in Italy. The people wanted and still want at least a follower, somebody that can continue to inspire the others.
Lewis Hamilton had the extraordinary honor to receive two trophies, including the one for International Racing Driver of the Year. The organizers of the ceremony had invited Viviane Lalli Senna, Ayrton Senna’s sister, as guest of honor. The big moment came when from her hands, Lewis received the trophies. All these wonderful things happened at Britain’s most important motorsport awards presentation in London.
I thought I should write about this subject because it’s more than a prize in this situation. We’re facing a succession here. It’s a symbol. Lewis Hamilton is taking on his shoulders a huge weight. The weight to be the man that has an ethical duty starting that moment. The duty to continue to bring hope to the people.
Is it too early to make comparisons between Hamilton and Senna? Yes, it is. But it isn’t too early to look forward and find huge characters.
Yup, that’s how much Afzal Kahn, head of the Kahn Design and Project Kahn, paid for the “F1″ license plate. More exactly, $870,000 ($740,000 plus taxes). Mr Kahn bought the license plate to put it on his custom made McLaren Mercedes SLR, so actually his plate worths more than his car. The “F1″ plate was registered in the UK long time ago, in 1904, back when it was just a license plate and F1 didn’t mean anything. And it looks like Bernie Ecclestone and Eddie Irvine tried to buy the plate in 2005, but wouldn’t pay the requested price.
The previous most expensive plate was the “M1″ sold in 2006 for $650,000, but the new record could be broken soon, when the “A1″, UK’s oldest registered license plate, will go on sale.