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05/09/10
nassprint

Old Spice leaving Stewart Hass next season
Two-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart is searching for a new sponsor for the 2011 season. Old Spice, a brand of Procter & Gamble which serves as primary sponsor of Stewart's #14 Chevy in 14 races this season, confirmed Sunday it has decided not to renew its sponsorship. "Based solely on a change in our marketing strategies, the Old Spice contract with Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing will expire at the end of 2010 and will not be renewed," Mike Norton, Old Spice Brand spokesman, said in a statement. Office Depot will continue as a co-primary sponsor of the #14 next season and SHR spokesman Mike Arning said the organization has already started a search for a new sponsor. Charlotte Observer

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05/09/10
f1

Lauda predicts Monaco victory for Red Bull
(GMM)  Niki Lauda thinks Red Bull are on course for another victory in Monaco.

With on-track action always kicking off a day earlier in Monaco, the back-to-back scheduling with Spain means that - volcanic ash disruptions or no - the F1 circus must now embark on a quick dash to the Riviera.

After starting from pole position, Red Bull's Webber comfortably dominated the race in Barcelona, but the Circuit de Catalunya is famous for particularly rewarding the best cars aerodynamically.

On slower tracks like Monaco, the RB6's predecessor was not a star.

But Lauda told Motorsport-Magazin.com: "If Red Bull were six tenths faster here, it will be the same picture in Monaco but maybe three or four tenths.

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05/09/10
f1

Mercedes 'nowhere' despite Spain updates - Rosberg
(GMM)  Nico Rosberg thinks Mercedes has made a backwards step with its updated car.

Although his teammate Michael Schumacher was faster than Rosberg all weekend in Spain, the seven time world champion was still a minute behind the winner at the checkered flag -- as he had been in China three weeks ago.

Rosberg, meanwhile, was a lap down, despite finishing twice on the podium in the first four races of 2010.

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05/09/10
f1

Button critical of unapologetic Schumacher
(GMM)  Jenson Button criticized fellow champion Michael Schumacher after their on-track battle in the Spanish grand prix.

Mercedes' Schumacher defended hard for many laps as McLaren's quicker Button looked to overtake in Barcelona.

But it was the returning seven time world champion's behavior into turn one following his British rival's pitstop that drew Button's ire.

"He turned in and if I didn't back out of it, we would've crashed," the reigning world champion told reporters after the race.

Button added: "You would think with his experience, he would know ..."

Unsurprisingly, Schumacher was unapologetic.

"I'm pretty sure it's been rather frustrating for him and exciting for me," said the German.

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05/09/10
f1

Lotus vetoes split Q1, F-ducts to be banned in 2011
(GMM)  Lotus was one of the slower teams to veto moves to split 'Q1' qualifying into two at the forthcoming Monaco grand prix.

We reported earlier that a team bosses meeting in Barcelona was likely to knock the proposal on the head, after Charlie Whiting said the FIA would only act if all the teams agreed.

FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh had predicted that "teams from the middle of the grid downwards" were likely to vote against the split, presumably because it would lock them into the lowest positions.

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05/09/10
nassprint

Bristol race again not sold out
For the first time in nearly 20 years, Bristol Motor Speedway is selling single-event tickets to its night Cup race in August. The tickets cost $109 each and are renewable.

Packages for three days of racing there, which includes the Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Truck and Whelen Modified races, remain for sale for $170, along with two-day weekend packages for the Cup and Nationwide races at $126.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-415-4158 or at www.bristoltix.com

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05/09/10
irl

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05/09/10
gp3

American Alexander Rossi unstoppable in Spain
Alexander Rossi - as we have told you many times on these pages, Rossi has the best shot at becoming America's next F1 world champ someday.  He is blazingly fast and just needs more experience.  Looks for him in GP2 next year
Alexander Rossi was in a class of his own this morning finishing 10.53 seconds ahead of his nearest rival to clinch his first GP3 Series victory in Barcelona, Spain.

The American driver kept his head and made the perfect start from pole position disappearing into the distance and leading home Lucas Foresti and teammate Esteban Gutierrez.

Having qualified a lowly 28th on Saturday Rossi had powered his way through the field in Race 1 finishing in the coveted eighth spot to start on pole for today’s race. When Michael Christensen missed his grid spot it meant a second formation lap for Race 2, leaving Rossi with another long wait whilst the 30-strong field lined up behind him, but the American kept his cool and his race was won from the start.

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05/09/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • Slow teams to vote against quali split - Whitmarsh
  • Barrichello worried about Williams developments
  • Schu says manager wrong about 'no sponsors' claim
  • Grosjean to reappear in Monaco for F1 talks
  • Ferrari to make F-duct 'more comfortable' - Alonso
  • Senna says his HRT chassis damaged
  • Massa still cool on Alonso's pit entry pass

Virgin Racing certainly are backmarkers
Slow teams to vote against quali split - Whitmarsh
(GMM)  A team bosses meeting in Barcelona is likely to knock on the head the concept of a 'split' initial qualifying session for Monaco.

Some drivers want the split so that cars with vastly different speeds are not tangled up in traffic on the Principality's famous twisty curves.

"I expect teams from the middle of the grid downwards to vote against dividing qualifying," said FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh before the meeting on Sunday.

After a cold and overcast start to the day at the Circuit de Catalunya, the sun is now shining with two hours to go until the race.

Predicted rain should hold off until after the checkered flag.

Meanwhile, occupants of the paddock are relieved to hear that Barcelona airport was reopened on Sunday due to the volcanic ash cloud moving on.

But with next week's grand prix to be held in Monaco, Spanish radio said the cloud is now heading to the south of France!

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05/09/10
gp2

Leimer dominates sprint race
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Ocean Racing Technology, Center) celebrates his victory on the podium with Luiz Razia (BRA, Rapax) and Pastor Maldonado (VEN, Rapax)
Fabio Leimer has stormed to victory in today’s sprint race in Barcelona in a lights to flag display which saw him easily control the pace throughout the event: the Swiss driver was never headed from pole position to finish ahead of Luiz Razia and Pastor Maldonado.

The race was delayed after Sergio Perez suffered a terminal engine problem on the warm up lap so that the marshals could clean up the oil left behind, but Leimer was unfazed by the delay: when the lights went out he got away cleanly and was never challenged into the first corner.

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05/08/10
f1

Ferrari struggling with grip
Fernando Alonso
An incredible lap from Fernando Alonso in Q3 saw Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro get one car onto the second row of the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix. Team mate Felipe Massa, who struggled with grip levels, will start tomorrow's race from 9th place.

Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest, while Felipe Massa ended up ninth at the end of the third and final part of qualifying. “First and foremost I want to congratulate Fernando,” said Stefano Domenicali. “He drove a really fantastic lap, getting every last thousandth of a second of performance out of the package he had today. Felipe never managed to find the right feeling for the car this weekend and today he did the best he could: we have to analyze the reasons that led to this situation. On this track, so far one team has been untouchable, while the other top three teams are all very close. We will see if this will still be the case in tomorrow’s race, especially in terms of tire performance. Points are handed out on Sunday and before jumping to conclusions, it’s best to wait for the checkered flag.”

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05/08/10
lmes

Bourdais takes pole for Peugeot
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
Sebastien Bourdais gave Peugeot pole position for the Spa 1000km with a stunning lap of 1m57.884s to fend of a seemingly growing threat from Audi this weekend.

The Frenchman put the #3 908 HDi FAP to the top of the times halfway through the 20-minute session.  Timo Bernhard qualified second for the 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) with a time of 1m 58.519s (212.746 km/h).

On the 7.004-km track, the German was just 0.635 seconds slower than pole setter Sébastien Bourdais in the Peugeot 908. Audi Sport Team Joest had expected a bigger gap because, in contrast to the competition, all three Audi R15 TDI prototypes are running in full Le Mans spec - and thus with much less down force than usual at Spa-Francorchamps.

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05/08/10
alms

ALMS to salute Corvettes Legends of LeMans
This year's 24 Hours of Le Mans will mark the 50th anniversary of Corvette's first participation in the world's most prestigious sports car race. Chevrolet will celebrate this motorsports milestone with a salute to the Corvette Legends of Le Mans at the American Le Mans Series Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 21-22.

The spotlight will shine on Corvette's racing heritage with a special display of historic Corvettes that raced at Le Mans and appearances by legendary Corvette drivers. Corvette Racing fans will be able to give the American Le Mans Series' most successful team a grand send-off before the twin Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars begin their transatlantic journey to France, where they'll compete in the world's biggest sports car race on June 12-13.

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05/08/10
f1

Ferrari fined $20,000 for Alonso-Rosberg near-miss UPDATE #2 Nico Rosberg has applauded the stewards at the Spanish GP for punishing Ferrari following a pit-lane incident he felt was fortunate not to cause injury.

As Fernando Alonso exited the Ferrari garage to set off on his first hot lap in the final 10-minute qualifying session, he almost ran into Rosberg who was heading down the pit lane in his Mercedes.

The German was forced to brake sharply to avoid colliding with the Spaniard, following which he issued an immediate retort over the team radio as he snapped: "Alonso should get a penalty for that."

After swiftly reviewing the matter, the four stewards deemed the maneuver an unsafe release from the pits, and in accordance with the regulations, fined Ferrari US dollars 20,000 (£13,500).

Explaining the issue, Rosberg said: "There were some photographers standing there, who I've just spoken to now.

"For them, if we had collided - and it was very possible to collide in that situation - parts could have started flying and it would have been very dangerous for them.

"So it's a serious thing and I think it's correct they (Ferrari) got a fine.

"They really need to try and do better next time. That was not good."

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05/08/10
gp2

Pic powers to victory in Barcelona
Charles Pic
Charles Pic has claimed victory in his first GP2 race in Barcelona, keeping his head and driving a strong, sensible race as his rivals dropped away to lead home Giacomo Ricci and Dani Clos in today’s season opener.

The Frenchman’s race was set up at the start when polesitter Jules Bianchi and teammate Sam Bird struggled to get off the line as the lights went out. Sergio Perez tore away from the front row with Christian Vietoris pushing for a line inside the Mexican at the first turn: the pair came together out of the corner with the German spinning backwards into Bianchi, putting them both out on the spot and forcing Bird over the high curbs to avoid the melee.

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05/08/10
f1

Red Bull will not be caught in 2010 - Hulkenberg
(GMM)  Nico Hulkenberg on Saturday said he doubted any of Red Bull's rivals will catch the team that dominated qualifying at Barcelona.

Pole sitter Mark Webber and his teammate Sebastian Vettel destroyed their competition for the Spanish GP grid.

"I don't believe anybody will catch them this year," said German rookie Hulkenberg, who outqualified his teammate Rubens Barrichello on Saturday but lamented a backwards step for his British team.

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05/08/10
f1

Alonso denies 'no hands' F-duct claims
(GMM)  Fernando Alonso on Saturday denied he has been driving around the Circuit de Catalunya with no hands.

Earlier, Ferrari technical boss Aldo Costa played down suggestions the team's F-duct solution is dangerous.

Unlike McLaren's system which is believed to be activated by the drivers' knees, it became clear in Barcelona that Alonso and his teammate Felipe Massa are triggering the airflow on the straights with their left hand.

Often at the same time, the drivers are then using their right hand to make adjustments to the brake balance.

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05/08/10
f1

Volcanic ash cloud to again affect F1 world
(GMM)  The chaos caused by an erupting volcano in Iceland has followed the world of formula one from China to Spain.

After the sport's personnel suffered travel nightmares as European airports were closed three weeks ago, it is now being reported that flights across Spain have been grounded due to the returning ash cloud.

The latest reports say 19 Spanish airports - including Barcelona - have been closed on Saturday.

European air control officials now expect more flights across the continent to be cancelled, with the Monaco grand prix to be held in just one week.

The good news for F1 is that Barcelona and Monaco are separated by just 700 kilometers of road.

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05/08/10
f1

Alonso consistently faster than Massa - Heidfeld
(GMM) Fernando Alonso now has a solid upper-hand over his Ferrari teammate, according to Nick Heidfeld.

The gap between the pair on the Barcelona grid is six tenths and five grid positions, meaning that Massa has only outqualified Alonso once in 2010.

"Already at the last race it was clear that Fernando is consistently faster," Mercedes reserve driver and grand prix veteran Heidfeld told Germany's Motorsport-Magazin.com on Saturday.

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05/08/10
f1

Red Bull's pace 'frightening' - Schumacher
(GMM)  Red Bull's qualifying pace in Barcelona was "formidable" and "frightening", according to leading members of the Mercedes team.

Michael Schumacher on Saturday was happy to have outqualified a teammate for the first time since 2006, but he also admitted to being humbled by the 1.3 second gap to pole position.

"You have to say that the gap to the front is extra large, even frightening," he is quoted by German media.

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn described the pace of the RB6 in Spain as "formidable".

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05/08/10
f1

GP to be 'walk in the park' for Red Bulls
Red Bull design genius Adrian Newey
(GMM)  Red Bull looks set to dominate Sunday's Spanish grand prix.  Locking out the front row of the grid, the RB6s driven by pole sitter Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel were approaching a full second quicker than their closest rival on Saturday afternoon.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, the fastest non-Red Bull runner, was more than eight tenths slower than Australian Webber.

"I don't think anyone expected them to be so fast," he told the BBC.

Local hero Fernando Alonso shares the second row of the grid with Hamilton, mere hundredths ahead of championship leader Button. 

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05/08/10
star mazda

Daly fastest at home track
Conor Daly
With Indianapolis native Conor Daly leading the way, drivers from six countries took to the track for two days of intensive testing at O'Reilly Raceway Park.  After eight 45-minute on-track sessions, a total of six hours, Daly's lap of 20.187 sec. (122.336 mph) around the .686-mile oval asphalt oval in his #22 Juncos Racing / INDECK / The College Network / Merchant Services Ltd. / Tom Lange Co. Mazda put him among the open-wheel elite who have made their mark at this historic track. 

The outright open-wheel lap record of 20.016 sec. (123.381 mph) was set by Jason McCord in an 800-horsepower USAC Sprint Car in 2001.  Jason Leffler set the lap record of 20.298 sec. (121.667 mph) in his 700-horsepower Silver Crown car in 2001 and the lap record for the 350 horsepower USAC midgets was set in 1997 by Chris Schultz at 20.373 mph (121.219 mph).  The Star Mazda race car weighs 1,335 pounds with fuel and driver and the Mazda 'Renesis' rotary engine produces 250 horsepower.

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05/08/10
racing news

Ford looking for new racing engineer
Ford Racing is searching for a new manager of North American Racing Operations. Doug Hervey, who has been in the post since April 1997, will move on to the product development end of the Ford Motor Company. He will be under Brian Wolfe, former director of North American Motorsports. Hervey directed the engineering of all of Ford's North American Racing initiatives with an emphasis on NASCAR and NHRA. He also oversaw Grand-AM and USAC. Ford Racing has been winless in NASCAR's Cup Series since Jamie McMurray took the checkers at Talladega on Nov. 1, 2009. Its last Nationwide Series win came when Carl Edwards was victorious at Phoenix two weeks later. Ford pulled its manufacturing support from the Camping World Truck Series two years ago but still offers technical and contingency support. Fox Sports

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05/08/10
gp2

Portimao dropped from 2010 GP2 Series calendar
GP2 organizers have announced today that the Series will not return to Portugal this season. The Portuguese venue was initially scheduled to host this season’s fourth round in June, and following this announcement it has been decided that Portimao’s event will not be replaced. The 2010 season will now consist of ten rounds, from Barcelona this weekend to Abu Dhabi on November 13-14.

GP2  Series  organizer  Bruno  Michel  explained:  “We  are  disappointed  to  have  to  cancel Portimao  this  season,  but  the  track  organizers  have  not  met  their  contractual  obligations,  and therefore,  we  cannot  go  back  to  Portugal  this  year.  It  is  a  shame  because  I  believe  that  GP2 produced some great race action on that track last September, and we would have loved to have Portimao on our calendar again this season.

“We  will  see  whether  we can return there in 2011. Meanwhile, we will not replace this round in 2010, and therefore will now have twenty races on our calendar.”

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05/08/10
nassprint

Earnhardt Jr. wrecks in practice
Darlington Raceway wasn't too tough for Dale Earnhardt to tame. "The Intimidator" scored nine victories (more than any track but Talladega) here, marking the egg-shaped oval as one of the highlights on the seven-time champion's Sprint Cup resume.

The 1.366-mile track might have a career-defining moment in store for Dale Earnhardt Jr., too — but not in a feel-good, "like father, like son" way. AR1.com has said many times that Dale Jr. is no where near as good as his father, yet his NASCAR's most popular driver, which is a sad commentary for NASCAR - that it's best drivers are not the most popular like most sports.

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05/08/10
f1

A busy weekend for Spanish stewards
(GMM)  It has been a busy weekend so far for the F1 stewards, featuring in Spain the former grand prix driver Derek Warwick.

They have issued five-place penalties to both Virgin drivers due to failing to notify them about the VR-01 cars' gear ratios.

Renault's Vitaly Petrov will also start five places down in Barcelona after damaging his gearbox in his morning practice crash.  HRT's Karun Chandhok suffers the same penalty, also for an unscheduled gearbox change.

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05/08/10
gp3

Nigel Melker takes first ever GP3 Series pole
The early morning start meant a low track temperature of just 14 degrees on a drying track for the first ever GP3 qualifying session in Barcelona, making the conditions tricky for the 30 young drivers.  It was an extremely closely fought battle to take the first ever GP3 Series pole position, with positions constantly changing during the final few minutes. Almost half of the field were potential pole sitters and it was impossible to predict who would find the extra few hundredths needed to claim the coveted top stop.

RSC Mucke Motorsport continued their strong weekend and Nigel Melker crossed the line seconds later posting a time of 1:52.602 and holding on to the top spot despite last ditch attempts from the remainder of the field. Pal Varhaug then put in an extremely impressive performance for Jenzer Motorsport, the young Norwegian improving lap after lap in the dying moments, his last lap time of 1:52.931 enough to knock Wickens down into third. Daniel Morad finished the thrilling session in fourth with a time of 1:53.311, followed by James Jakes for Manor in fifth spot with a time of 1:53.440. Dean Smith flied up the time sheet on new rubber, ending in sixth spot for Carlin, and in a surprise seventh spot for ART was one of the pole favorites Estenban Gutierrez.

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05/08/10
f1

Spanish GP: Vettel again dominates final practice
Vettel again made the rest look like monkeys
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel led the way with a 0.704-second margin over team-mate Mark Webber to again dominate final practice for the Spanish GP at Catalunya.

McLaren ended up third and fourth with Hamilton and Jenson Button, as Michael Schumacher again beat his teammate to take fifth for Mercedes.

The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were back in sixth and eighth, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg in between.

Results

Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:20.528 +0.000 15
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:21.232 +0.704 11
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.348 +0.820 14
4. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.376 +0.848 16
5. Schumacher Mercedes 1:21.583 +1.055 14
6. Massa Ferrari 1:21.749 +1.221 16
7. Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.013 +1.485 14
8. Alonso Ferrari 1:22.091 +1.563 15
9. Kubica Renault 1:22.242 +1.714 20
10. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.377 +1.849 12
11. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.400 +1.872 18
12. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.412 +1.884 11
13. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.527 +1.999 20
14. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.634 +2.106 16
15. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.926 +2.398 20
16. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:22.953 +2.425 16
17. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:23.597 +3.069 12
18. Petrov Renault 1:23.896 +3.368 5
19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.610 +4.082 14
20. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.745 +4.217 11
21. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.722 +5.194 15
22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.855 +5.327 14
23. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:26.611 +6.083 18
24. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:30.246 +9.718 6

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05/08/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - 2
  • Ferrari insists F-duct not dangerous
  • New commercial manager for Rosberg
  • Barrichello wants more power from Cosworth
  • No F-duct for Lotus in 2010
  • Ralf Schumacher eyes F1 team boss role
  • Klien's pace played down by Bruno Senna
  • Home pole would be unlikely 'miracle' - Alonso
  • Ian Phillips, Grosjean, in paddock on Saturday
  • Klien to drive on 'several' more GP Fridays
  • Chandhok recovered from stomach bug

Ferrari insists F-duct not dangerous
(GMM)  Ferrari technical boss Aldo Costa has played down suggestions the team's F-duct solution is dangerous.

It is believed the cars driven by both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are still fitted with the downforce-spoiling innovation on Saturday following Friday's practice tests.

But unlike McLaren's system which is believed to be activated by the drivers' knees, the rumor in Barcelona is that Alonso and Massa - like the Sauber drivers - are triggering the airflow on the straights with their left hand.

Often at the same time, the drivers are using their right hand to then make adjustments to the brake balance.

"As you know, drivers are trained to use several systems in the car," said Costa.  "They normally use the front flap adjuster, they normally use brake balance.

"Last year they used the KERS system, so they can also use the F-duct with no big issues," he insisted.

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05/08/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • Wet track on Saturday morning
  • Pirelli applies to be sole tire supplier
  • HRT car 'not up to F1 standard' - Klien
  • Button not hurt by latest Briatore insult
  • Alonso 'having fun' with provocative comments - Button

Wet track on Saturday morning
(GMM)  It rained overnight in Barcelona and the track was wet on Saturday morning when the new GP3 cars were running.

But at the same time the sun was shining and drying the Circuit de Catalunya surface, amid forecasts for almost certain rain on Saturday and also Sunday.

"This weekend will be about qualifying position and the way the weather turns out to be on Sunday," said Force India's chief engineer Dominic Harlow.

Pirelli applies to be sole tire supplier
(GMM)  Pirelli has submitted an official application to supply tires to formula one teams in 2011.

Unlike Michelin who want the rules to be amended to allow a tire war next year, the Italian marque said it is happy to replace Bridgestone as the sport's sole supplier.

"We believe a single tire (supplier) is not incompatible with an exciting sporting spectacle," Pirelli's Paul Hembery is quoted as saying by German news agency SID.

Pirelli already supplies the FIA's world rally championship, as well as the new GP3 series.

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05/07/10
nassprint

Latest on Hamlin's Knee
From Denny Hamlin's driver diary at USA Today: "Knee surgery was more than a month ago, but I still am going to rehabilitation almost every day if I'm in town. It's going well, but the recovery is so slow is what's frustrating. It's not like anything else. You can break a bone or sprain something, and it can get better in a couple of weeks. This is a long, long process of putting in a whole bunch of work, and I wish the results were faster. The rehab mostly involves squats and stuff to try to get the quad and calves strong again. They get very weak being laid up, and they don't fire as well anymore, which in turn gives you more knee pain. So I'm doing the normal leg exercises that anyone would do to build muscle. It's better every week, for sure, but not 50% better, it's 10% or 5% better. It's about a six-month recovery, and we're a month into it. The doctors have said we're ahead of schedule. I still can't run, and that's the biggest limiting factor. I can't get the cardio exercise as I'd like, so that part also is a bear to deal with. I can get to where I'm on the elliptical machine now and can make some rotations. Within a week, I figure I'll be back to some sort of cardio, but nothing sports-related. The biggest thing I hear from people who do this in sports all the time is part of the depression that athletes face is not being able to go to the gym and do things as they did before. We live in the gym and live to play sports and do stuff like this. Being told to sit on the couch to recover is tough to deal with." USA Today

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05/07/10
nnw

Hamlin wins Nationwide pole
Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin picked up his first NASCAR Nationwide Series pole of the season on Friday as he beat teammate Kyle Busch for the top qualifying spot for Friday night’s Royal Purple 200 at Darlington Raceway.

Hamlin’s top speed of 16.031 mph was enough for his 14th career Nationwide Series pole, and in doing so denied Busch his chance for two in a row.

Busch (175.754 mph) will roll off second in his sixth top-five start in nine races this season. Brad Keselowski (175.322 mph), Jamie McMurray (174.767 mph) and Carl Edwards (174.556 mph) rounded out the top five.

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05/07/10
irl

IndyCar Kansas TV Rating UPDATE The final TV rating from last weekend's IndyCar race from Kansas won by Scott Dixon on ABC, was a 0.7.

05/03/10 The overnight TV rating for Saturday's IndyCar race at Kansas Speedway on ABC was a 0.8.  This beats last year's Versus TV rating for the same race of 0.15.  Versus or ABC, you decide.

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05/07/10
nassprint

Richmond TV Rating UPDATE The final TV rating for last weekend's Richmond NASCAR Sprint Cup race on FOX was a 3.7, down 7.5% from last year's 4.0 final rating.

NASCAR Sprint Cup telecasts on Fox are averaging a 5.1 Nielsen rating and 8.402 million viewers for eight telecasts to date. That average does not include two Sunday races which were rained out and run on the following Monday. Compared to the same time period last year (10 races), Fox is down 3.7% in ratings and 5.9% in viewership. Two races to date -- Phoenix on April 10 and Talladega on April 25 -- have seen ratings increases from '09. Last weekend's Crown Royal presents the Heath Calhoun 400 marks the lowest-rated and least-viewed spring Richmond telecast since the race moved to Fox from FX in '07. Saturday's telecast is also tied with the April 10 Phoenix telecast as the second lowest-rated NASCAR race ever on Fox, ahead of only last year's Subway Fresh Fit 500, which drew a 3.6 rating. The six lowest-rated NASCAR Sprint Cup telecasts on Fox have been during the last two seasons. THE DAILY

05/03/10 NASCAR ON FOX earned a 3.4/7 on Saturday night for racing from Richmond International Raceway. The 3.4/7 for the short-track race was down -8% compared to last year's 3.7/7. With the green flag coming a half-hour earlier this year, initial tune-in for the race was off slightly. Despite the overall decline, FOX's race earned a 3.5/7 in Primetime. That gave FOX a narrow win for the night in the metered markets over second-place CBS's 3.4/6, but that slim margin is set to expand when national ratings are tabulated and NASCAR gets its usual small-market bump. For the season-to-date NASCAR On FOX is now averaging a 4.6/10 in the overnights, down -2% compared to 2009's 4.7/10

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05/07/10
f1

Webber says McLaren is sandbagging
Mark Webber
Mark Webber reckons we have yet to see McLaren's true pace after the team finished over a second behind Red Bull in Friday's practice.

After topping the timesheets on Friday morning in Spain, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button failed to shine in the afternoon session.

Hamilton was the better placed of the two, claiming fifth place. However, he was 1.226s off the pace set by Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

"I haven't particular seen a huge amount of what has happened in that session, but for sure McLaren probably weren't showing everything today," Webber said.

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05/07/10
f1

Spanish GP Friday Press Conference
Ross Brawn
TECHNICAL DIRECTORS
: Ross BRAWN (Mercedes), Aldo COSTA (Ferrari), Sam MICHAEL (Williams), Nick WIRTH (Virgin)

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q: A question to you all. You have all brought new modifications to the cars. How are they performing so far looking at today's performance? Would you like to start, Sam.

Sam MICHAEL: We had some of our parts on the car today. Just on Rubens's (Barrichello) car actually. They are all working fine and we have some more parts coming tomorrow.

Q: Can you give us some indication what they are?

Michael: We are running a diffuser today, a new sidepod and back part of the engine cover and then some mechanical parts which you can't really see. And tomorrow we will have a new front wing.

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05/07/10
f1

Hulkenberg positive despite costly crash
Nico Hulkenberg conceded it was disappointing to lose so much practice time on Friday afternoon at Barcelona after he crashed early on in the second session.

Nico Hulkenberg
The Williams rookie lost control of his FW32 after running wide at the exit of the Campsa corner and spun back across the track and into the tire barrier, doing damage to the front of his car.

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05/07/10
gp3

GP3 - RSC Mucke Motorsport dominate free practice
The GP3 Series was officially underway in Barcelona this afternoon with the first 30 minute practice session of the 2010 inaugural season.

Dutch driver Renger van der Zande put his early stamp on the Series by dominating almost from beginning to end in today’s opening free practice session at Circuit de Catalunya. The RSC Mucke Motorsport driver posted a time of 1:38.664 and finished just ahead of team mate Nigel Melker, an impressive showing from the Ralf Schumacher led race team. It certainly wasn’t plain sailing for the Dutch driver. With Gutierrez hot on his heels and just six minutes remaining, van der Zande was shown a black and orange flag for a broken mirror he picked up earlier in the session. But, despite a last-gasp effort from Gutierrez, the Mexican was unable to match the flying Dutchman and had to settle for third.

With fresh rubber on his Status GP car Robert Wickens moved towards the top of the time sheets and finished the session in fourth spot posting a time of 1:38.974. Four tenths of a second behind Wickens was Manor Racing driver James Jakes, followed by his teammate and GP3 newcomer Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. Despite ending his session prematurely deep in the gravel after just five laps, Addax Team driver Mirko Bortolotti managed to finish the session in seventh spot. Eighth was the Italian’s teammate Pedro Sanchez Lopez. ART’s Alexander Rossi had an afternoon to forget, ending his session out on track and ninth in the final timings. Rounding out the top ten was Dean Smith for Carlin.

MW Arden’s top driver was Michael Christensen in eleventh just ahead of the newly signed Addax Team driver Felipe Guimaraes. Simon Trummer recovered from an early bump in the pits with his teammate to bring his GP3 car home in thirteenth. Atech CRS GP driver Oakes only took part in session briefly after mechanical issues meant he failed to finish the first lap.

The GP3 action continues bright and early tomorrow morning for Qualifying at 08:45 local time.

Pos Car # Name Team Best Laps
1 11 Renger Van der Zande RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:38.664 14
2 10 Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:38.867 15
3 2 Esteban Gutierrez ART Grand Prix 1:38.918 14
4 4 Robert Wickens Status Grand Prix 1:38.974 13
5 7 James Jakes Manor Racing 1:39.044 11
6 9 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor Racing 1:39.106 15
7 19 Mirko Bortolloti Addax Team 1:39.181 5
8 18 Pedro Sanchez Lopez Addax Team 1:39.195 14
9 1 Alexander Rossi ART Grand Prix 1:39.274 13
10 15 Dean Smith Carlin 1:39.297 15
11 20 Michael Christensen MW Arden 1:39.412 12
12 17 Felipe Guimaraes Addax Team 1:39.431 15
13 24 Simon Trummer Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.445 15
14 12 Tobias Hegewald RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:39.477 16
15 6 Daniel Morad Status Grand Prix 1:39.483 14
16 28 Jean-Eric Vergne Tech 1 Racing 1:39.561 13
17 21 Miki Monras MW Arden 1:39.583 14
18 25 Nigel Muller Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.601 16
19 8 Rio Haryanto Manor Racing 1 :39.727 13
20 23 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.788 14
21 14 Joef Newgarden Carlin 1:40.063 10
22 26 Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 Racing 1:40.176 13
23 31 Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS GP 1:40.176 16
24 22 Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 1:40.204 15
25 16 Lucas Foresti Carlin 1:40.440 15
26 3 Pedro Nunes ART Grand Prix 1:40.550 11
27 5 Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 1:40.754 14

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05/07/10
f1

Red Bulls look untouchable in Spain
Adrian Newey - the best F1 designer.  Wherever he goes, the team becomes dominant.  And to think he was once in CART as race engineer for Mario Andretti (1986).
(GMM)  Red Bull looks unbeatable in Spain.  Although the McLarens were quickest in the morning, both RB6s were able to speed up to the tune of a full second per lap when the final 90-minute practice session was held in the afternoon.

Mercedes' Michael Schumacher came closest to the Red Bulls in that session at the cool Circuit de Catalunya, but still lagging Sebastian Vettel's pace by a whopping eight tenths.

"It does seems that maybe one team is to be very, very quick at the moment," said McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, fifth.

His teammate Jenson Button agreed: "It's horrible to say it, but I think Red Bull are untouchable this weekend."

Mark Webber, two tenths slower than Vettel in the afternoon but still much quicker than anyone else, told reporters he thinks McLaren "probably weren't showing everything today".

But Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who like Schumacher was right on the non-Red Bull pace on Friday, disagreed.

"Red Bull were very, very quick in second practice and it will be very difficult for all of us to arrive to those times," the Spaniard said.

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05/07/10
lmes

3 more teams withdrawal from LeMans classic
The ASA ACO des 24 Heures du Mans has received three official withdrawals since Thursday 6th May. Belgian team Anthony Kumpen’s Pekaracing, which was to enter a Corvette C6.R in LM GT1 officialized its withdrawal on Thursday evening. On Friday morning, two more withdrawals were confirmed by Sora Racing and Pescarolo Sport, each of which was to enter a prototype Pescarolo-Judd in the LM P1 category.

The following are thus invited to attend scrutineering for the 78th Le Mans 24 Hours (6-7 June 2010), and have been included on the official list of entries for the event.

  • The AF Corse Team’s Ferrari F430 GT, first on the LM GT reserve list
  • The KSM Team’s Lola-Judd, LM P reserve car
  • The Matech Competition Ford GT, second on the LM GT reserve list.

The no. 95 Ferrari F430 GTC, AF Corse’s second entry, will be driven among others by Giancarlo Fisichella, the first nominated driver. Thus, there will be 2 AF Corse Ferrari F430 GTCs at the start (nos 95 and 96). They will battle for victory in the LM GT2 category, which has attracted an exceptional field. This category, which links prestigious makes and major manufacturers, has attracted another heavyweight, as the second AF Corse Ferrari joins the other Italian manufacturer’s representatives, the Risi Competizione, and Hankook-Team Farnbacher squads.

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05/07/10
f1

Ferrari - no decision yet on F-duct use in Spain
Alonso's Ferrari in Barcelona Friday
(GMM)  Ferrari has in fact not decided whether to keep using its new full F-duct system for the remainder of the Spanish grand prix weekend.

It has been reported that, after a shakedown at Vairano in Giancarlo Fisichella's hands and tests on the race cars at Barcelona on Friday, the downforce-spoiling system will stay on the F10 for qualifying and the race in Spain.

But Fernando Alonso, quicker than Massa throughout Friday and fourth fastest in the afternoon session, said a final decision will only be taken "this evening".

"The system worked well but obviously, despite the fact we have tested it on various occasions, we still lack a bit of experience before we can get the best out of it," he added.

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05/07/10
f1

Schumacher 'comfortable' with updated Mercedes
Michael Schumacher
(GMM)  Michael Schumacher on Friday confirmed he is now feeling more comfortable at the wheel of his 2010 Mercedes.

Earlier at the Circuit de Catalunya, his younger brother Ralf remarked that "everything for Michael looks a whole lot better" as he outpaced the sister car driven by Nico Rosberg in both 90-minute sessions.

"Here I'm feeling comfortable with the car, it does do what I'm asking it to do," said the German, after driving the revised W01 car with a longer wheelbase.

Nico Rosberg, meanwhile - who had previously been outpaced by Schumacher in just four other official sessions this season - said he "went wrong on the setup" of the updated car.

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05/07/10
f1

Michelin and Pirelli prepared to be F1's only tire supplier UPDATE Pirelli has confirmed that it has no intention of ending its involvement in the World Rally Championship should it prove to be successful with its application to re-enter the Formula One arena next season.

The Italian tire company last week revealed that it was to perform a U-turn on previously stated claims that it had no interest in replacing Bridgestone for 2011, but its confirmation sparked concern among WRC competitors, who feared that relationships built up in recent years would be ended at a stroke. Adding to the fears is the fact that Pirelli is in the final year of a three-year deal to supply control tires to the WRC and the 'junior' championships running under its umbrella, but a company spokesman insists that its backing for rallying remains strong.

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05/07/10
f1

Hamilton frowns on Alonso's pit entry passing
After being down 4/10th to Alonso's Ferrari (above) Lewis Hamilton was whining again
(GMM)  A new war of words between former bitter McLaren teammates Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton is threatening to break out.

It is three years since the pair clashed so memorably at the British team, and two years since the ugly racist incident during winter testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

It is at Barcelona that Hamilton, 25, has chosen to respond to local hero Alonso's claim that the 2008 world champion is now on the verge of receiving penalties by the stewards.

The Spaniard said last week that some of Hamilton's driving this year has been "punishable", adding that "if he does something in the next race, however little, there will be penalties".

Hamilton has responded by pointing to Alonso's move three weeks ago in China, when his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa ended up on the grass in the Shanghai pitlane.

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05/07/10
f1

No German GP sellout yet despite Schu factor
Michael Schumacher
(GMM)  July's German grand prix is not yet sold out, despite the Hockenheim race being held for the first time in two years.

Moreover, Michael Schumacher has made his return from three years of retirement, while there are five other German drivers on the 2010 grid.

In the Barcelona paddock, it was announced by track boss Georg Seiler that 55,000 tickets for race-day Sunday have been sold to date.

But he is quoted by the German news agency SID as confirming that ticket sales did increase in the wake of Schumacher's decision to return, meaning that the event should break even in 2010.

In 2008, 62,000 spectators attended the Hockenheim race.

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05/07/10
gp2

Bianchi storms to GP2 pole
Jules Bianchi
Jules Bianchi has taken an early lead in this year's GP2 championship with a storming drive to pole  position  in  today's  qualifying  session  in  Barcelona,  claiming  the  top  spot  ahead  of  Sergio Perez and this morning's fastest man Sam Bird. The Frenchman stunned his rivals with a laptime of 1:27.727 in warm, sunny conditions to claim the first pole position of the season, three tenths ahead of Perez and half a second in front of his teammate. The  session  opened  to  warmer  temperatures  than  this  morning's  free  practice,  with  Christian Vietoris leading the way on the first lap before Bianchi asserted his authority and set the target for his rivals. Bird, Perez and Pic opened a five way fight for the top spot early in the session, and when Bianchi broke the 27 second barrier a third of the way through the fight was on. The  field  headed  back  to  the  pits  at  half  time  for  fresh  tires  and  a  rethink,  everyone  casting around for a new advantage on the only testing circuit of the race season, but with the track so well  known  it  was  going  to  take  an  almighty  effort  to  knock the Frenchman off his perch in the closing stages of qualifying. With minutes remaining Bird pushed hard to repeat his morning's result but lost time in the final sector and was two tenths off, with Bianchi pushing to cover but actually running slower. When Perez's first sector time went purple it looked as though the Mexican was going to break through, but instead he came into the pits without crossing the line, clearly unhappy with something. And when Bianchi spun to a stop at the chicane in the final sector was no chance of anyone else improving, putting the rookie at the front of the grid for tomorrow afternoon's race one. Slotting in behind the top three will be Vietoris, Oliver Turvey, Pic, Dani Clos and Marcus Ericsson:  with  six  rookies  in  the  top  eight  tomorrow's  start  promises  to  be  unmissable entertainment.

Barcelona – Qualifying session

Pos.

Driver Team Time Laps
1. Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix 1:27.727 13
2. Sergio Perez Barwa Addax Team 1:28.011 12
3. Sam Bird ART Grand Prix 1:28.241 14
4. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:28.254 16
5. Oliver Turvey iSport International 1:28.298 16
6. Charles Pic Arden International 1:28.300 16
7. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:28.372 14
8. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing 1:28.376 12
9. Pastor Maldonado Rapax 1:28.670 15
10. Davide Valsecchi iSport International 1:28.714 14
11. Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.723 15
12. Giacomo Ricci DPR 1:28.969 14
13. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:29.000 14
14. Luiz Razia Rapax 1:29.065 14
15. Johnny Cecotto Trident Racing 1:29.129 15
16. Jerome d’Ambrosio DAMS 1:29.238 15
17. Alberto Valerio Scuderia Coloni 1:29.271 13
18. Josef Kral Super Nova Racing 1:29.382 12
19. Max Chilton Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.437 16
20. Michael Herck DPR 1:29.500 15
21. Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 1:29.518 14
22. Ho-Pin Tung DAMS 1:29.519 14
23. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Scuderia Coloni 1:29.912 9
24. Rodolfo Gonzalez Arden International 1:30.209 15

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05/07/10
f1

Vettel worried rain will spoil his dominance
Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel believes his biggest worry this weekend is not his rivals, rather it's the threat of rain falling during the grand prix.

Red Bull have yet to claim a victory this season when it has been raining, losing both the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix to McLaren's Jenson Button.

In fact, Red Bull's only win, which was secured by Vettel, came in Malaysia, which was a race weekend that saw the rain cause havoc in qualifying but fail to materialize during the grand prix.

This weekend's Spanish GP could once again see rain hamper proceedings with a slight chance of showers during qualifying and Sunday's race.

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05/07/10
f1

Michael and Nico on different programs
Schumacher and Brawn
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn was happy with progress on the opening day of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, with Michael Schumacher looking more competitive than he has thus far in 2010 with third quickest time behind the pace-setting Red Bulls. Brawn confirmed, however, that Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, who was seventh, half a second behind, had run different programs.

"We still don't have a complete understanding of Michael's lack of Shanghai performance," Brawn said. "I think that even drivers of Michael's caliber face quite a challenge coming back to F1 after a three year absence but, saying that, I think Shanghai was an anomaly. His chassis had underside damage and is being repaired and he is using the testing chassis here with our modifications.

It's often the case that when you come to the Barcelona race the drivers say that the car isn't as good as it was in pre-season testing at the circuit but our drivers are saying that it's much better, so that's a positive. But it's still a moving target. If you stand still in F1 you go backwards by 0.2-0.3s per race."

Explaining the thinking behind the team's revised engine cover and air intakes, Brawn added: "It was done to improve the potential of the rear wing. At some circuits, including some of those coming up, you need that, and we think it is a better system." grandprix.com

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05/07/10
f1

Ferrari will keep their F-Duct
After giving it a run on Friday, Felipe Massa says Ferrari is likely to continue using its F-Duct for the rest of the Spanish Grand Prix.

The team tried out an initial design in China, and brought a revised version to Barcelona. With positive data in hand, the team is very likely to race it.

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05/07/10
f1

Virgin signs sponsor Full Tilt Poker
Virgin Racing, which is competing in the Formula One world championship for the first time this year, has signed a sponsorship agreement with online poker site Full Tilt Poker.

The company’s logos will have “significant branding” on the cars and team clothing, including that of drivers Timo Glock and Lucas Di Grassi, starting with this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

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05/07/10
f1

Spanish GP: Vettel quickest in Practice 2, Schumacher improves
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel was the only driver to below the 1m20s barrier, setting a best time two tenths of a second faster than teammate Mark Webber, who sat atop the timesheet for the majority of the session after posting the best time on the hard tire runs early on.

The pair were six tenths clear of the rest of the field. But the pack was tightly packed behind with the next six tenths covering from third to ninth.

Michael Schumacher was the fastest of the challengers, continuing to overshadow Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg now that he has a car that suits him.  "Today I felt much more comfortable in the car and feel that it is behaving more consistently. In my view, our upgrade is a step forward but we have to wait and see how big the step is as the other teams have obviously improved as well. Now we have to deeply analyze the data to get a better overview on the actual situation and as usual after the Friday practice sessions, it is difficult to estimate where you actually are in comparison to our competitors. We will only have the real picture after qualifying tomorrow."

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05/07/10
f1

Schu looks 'a whole lot better' in Spain - brother
(GMM)  On the opening day of the fifth grand prix weekend of 2010, Michael Schumacher's brother thinks the seven time world champion may have turned the corner.

6-time GP winner Ralf Schumacher, six years younger than the Mercedes driver, is in the Barcelona paddock this weekend as sporting boss of the GP3 team RSC Mucke.

Mercedes has heavily updated its 2010 car for the Spanish grand prix, including a longer wheelbase that is touted to suit 41-year-old Schumacher's famous affection for strong front-end handling.

In morning practice, he was ahead of Nico Rosberg by more than three tenths, having been outpaced by the younger German in nearly every previous track session.

Schumacher looked comfortable and competitive once again in the afternoon.

"Here in free practice we have seen that everything for Michael looks a whole lot better," Ralf told Sky television.

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05/07/10
gp2

Bird on top in first session
Sam Bird has started his season with a shot across the bows of his rivals by putting himself at the top of the timesheets in today's season opening free practice session here in Barcelona, finishing narrowly ahead of Charles Pic and Sergio Perez. The Briton claimed the top spot with a time of 1:28.511, with the top three split by just three tenths as the drivers went out in anger for the first time this year under sunny but cool conditions.

The session opened with a bang as Jules Bianchi followed the rear wing of Perez a little too closely on their warm up lap: the Mexican spun gently into the gravel but found his way back to the pits just behind his French rival, while a few turns later Jerome d'Ambrosio found the wall at turn 9, bringing his session to an early end. But back on track Bird set the early running with a lap of 1:28.511 and continued to push as Perez and Bianchi sat just below him on the screens. The Briton went even faster just before the usual rush for fresh rubber just before the halfway mark of the season, with Pic staying out a lap longer to get some clear air and his best time. And the story of the session was told: with the teams concentrating on set up ahead of this afternoon's qualifying session the timesheets saw little movement as the clock wound down to zero.

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05/07/10
irl

Speedway to provide bus shuttles for race fans
The Town of Speedway is facilitating roundtrip bus service for 2010 Indianapolis 500 fans Sunday, May 30 at four convenient locations, including three in downtown Indianapolis and one at Indianapolis International Airport.

Service will be provided by Transportation Management Services (TMS) and the Free Enterprise System, Inc. Both companies will serve fans with air-conditioned shuttles and handicapped-accessible vehicles on all routes. Shuttle details:

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05/07/10
nassprint

With sales down, NASCAR tracks can't gouge fans as much
NASCAR pledged the 2010 season would be aimed at placating its hard-core supporters with rough-and-tumble racing, but the fans are still staying away in droves due to the recession, but more likely because fans finally realize the extremely high prices they were being charged for race tickets while, they (Tracks) were reporting huge profits year-in-and-year-out, was enough..

According to estimates from official box scores, attendance decreased in nine of the first 10 races, with double-digit drops at Bristol Motor Speedway (14%), Phoenix International Raceway (13%) and Talladega Superspeedway (13%). International Speedway Corp., which owns Phoenix, Talladega and 10 more tracks that host Sprint Cup races, said during a first-quarter conference call last month that crowds at its speedways were at 81% of capacity.

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05/07/10
f1

McLaren chief advocates small turbocharged engines with KERS
McLaren’s chief engineer Tim Goss feels that a move to turbocharged engines - and the return of KERS - would be the correct route for Formula One to take.

Goss said the sport needs to make moves to find an engine formula that provides performance, but that also makes F1 more fuel efficient.

A move to a 1.5-litre turbo engine and KERS has been mooted for 2013.

"As far as the 2013 engine is concerned, I think that Formula One does need to move on and show that it is moving in a fuel-efficiency age," he said.

"So we fully support all the moves that the Engines Working Group and FOTA are doing to push Formula One in that direction. The concept of a 2.4-litre V8 is getting a little bit dated now and I think the move to turbocharged engines with KERS is the right thing to do.

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05/07/10
f1

Spanish GP: Hamilton tops opening practice
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the opening practice session for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona. McLaren set the top two times, with Hamilton finishing the 90-minute session half a second clear of teammate Jenson Button.

Michael Schumacher beat his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the first time this year, so perhaps the revised car is more to his liking.

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05/07/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • Ferrari launch new blue Alonso T-shirt
  • Hamilton denies Hakkinen to be new manager
  • 'Angry' Schu not swayed by comeback critics
  • Epsilon aims to prove financial backing to FIA
  • Chandhok has stomach bug in Spain
  • Sauber cars to feature Burger King logos in Spain
  • Chandhok 'amazed' as Klien faster than Senna

Ferrari launch new blue Alonso T-shirt
(GMM)  Even with Fernando Alonso-mania in full swing, the grandstands at Circuit de Catalunya this weekend will remain a sea of blue.

At the height of the Spaniard's title-winning run last decade, his supporters wore the light blue of his home region Asturias -- which was a perfect match for the Mild Seven-blue of the Renault car.

But now that he has switched to Ferrari, the grandstands are set to remain blue in 2010, due to the newly-launched Ferrari T-shirt that is not scarlet red.

"I'm sure they will come with their blue flags and blue colors, plus the new Ferrari T-shirt that is blue," 28-year-old Alonso said in Barcelona.

On one sleeve of the new blue T-shirt is the yellow cross of Asturias, combined with the Prancing Horse and Alonso signature on the front.

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