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August 2011

FIA confirms final 2012 F1 calendar

FIA confirms final 2012 F1 calendar

The World Motor Sport Council has ratified a newly-reorganised schedule for the 2012 Formula One season, with the Turkish Grand Prix being dropped as expected, and the Bahrain Grand Prix being moved to a late April date.

 

Spa/France close to GP sharing deal

Spa/France close to GP sharing deal

According to a series of reports this week, the French Grand Prix could be set to return to the Formula One calendar from the 2013 season, in a new slot-sharing deal on the schedule with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Lopez surprised by "emotional" Ickle

Lopez surprised by

Renault team owner Gerard Lopez has admitted that he was "surprised" by Nick Heidfeld's decision to opt to take legal action against the team was an "emotional reaction" to their decision to replace him from the Belgian Grand Prix.

Massa insists "I have not been slow"

Massa insists

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has defended his work in the team since being paired with Fernando Alonso, saying that he was working on improving his form but insisting that he does not believe he has necessarily been "slow" so far.

Boullier happy to give Senna more time

Boullier happy to give Senna more time

Renault team boss Eric Boullier says that new race driver Bruno Senna "needs more time" to develop into his new role, though he believes that Senna's overall performance in the Belgian GP was enough to give the team a boost. 

Ferrari admit more work needed on tyres

Ferrari admit more work needed on tyres

The Ferrari team have said that they will redouble their efforts to get to the root of their car issues with the harder compound Pirelli tyres, after Fernando Alonso's efforts to win the Belgian GP were hit by the prime tyre performance.

Button waiting for McLaren to take option

Button waiting for McLaren to take option

McLaren driver Jenson Button says that he is preparing for another year with the Woking squad in 2012, and is now simply waiting on the team getting round to taking up their option on his services for next year's championship.

McLaren not ready to give up on 2011

McLaren not ready to give up on 2011

The McLaren team is not throwing in the towel on the 2011 world championship just yet, despite Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel returning to winning ways at the Belgian GP and extending a seemingly insurmountable championship lead. 

Horner proud of "phenomenal weekend"

Horner proud of

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has hailed his team's 1-2 finish in the Belgian Grand Prix, saying that the team's quick reactions throughout the weekend had allowed them to secure a "massive result" in Spa-Francorchamps.

Monza gets two 'independent' DRS zones

Monza gets two 'independent' DRS zones

The Italian Grand Prix in two weeks time will become the first race of the 2011 season to feature two fully-independent DRS overtaking zones in the race, with the FIA planning to introduce the required timing technology at Monza.

Horner glad to see tyre concerns vanish

Horner glad to see tyre concerns vanish

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has admitted that his team had "genuine safety concerns" about the condition of their blistered front tyres prior to the start of the Belgian GP, but was glad to see the team get through the race unscathed.

Domenicali: DRS made passing "easy"

Domenicali: DRS made passing

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has suggested that the Belgian GP saw a considerable amount of "easy" overtaking taking place through the DRS overtaking zone, amid suggestions that the zone was set in the wrong place.

Kubica's latest surgery was a "success"

Kubica's latest surgery was a

Injured Renault driver Robert Kubica's latest round of surgery on his damaged elbow has been declared a 'complete success' by his doctor Daniele Morelli, as the Pole prepares to start the next stage of his recuperation.

F1 testing return set for Mugello - report

F1 testing return set for Mugello - report

According to a brand new report from the Autosport website, the Formula One teams have agreed to a return of in-season testing in the 2012 season, with a one-off test set to be carried out at the Mugello track in Italy.

Alonso: Win was not possible today

Alonso: Win was not possible today

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has said that a podium finish was "within our grasp", but that the win in the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa was never really an option given the performance of the Ferrari throughout the race.

Schu salutes 'wonderful' end to weekend

Schu salutes 'wonderful' end to weekend

Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher said that his 5th place in the Belgian Grand Prix from the back of the grid was a "wonderful ending" to his 20th anniversary F1 weekend at the Spa-Francorchamps track.

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