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07/20/10
f1

Kubica yearns for f-duct
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica worries that he and Renault may have to suffer a struggle in Germany as the team continues to develop its latest features, most notably the f-duct; not being able to use such a part at present, he believes he could be forced to jettison lap times due to consequent alterations in other areas.

Having joined BMW for the final six races of 2006, Kubica has competed in only one Formula 1 race to date at Hockenheim, finishing seventh in 2008. For this year, though, Robert admits his concerns over not having a rear wing-stalling device installed. 

“All the cars we are racing already have an f-duct system and this makes our life harder because we may have to reduce downforce to be competitive on top speed, which could cost us in the corners,” he explained. “We will have to evaluate the best compromise for us on Friday.

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07/20/10
Automotive

Video: Paul Tracy in the Lee Reherman Battle of the Supercars Promo


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07/20/10
alms

First Look At Lola's cost-capped 2011 P2 Car
Lola today releases details of the 2011 open cockpit LMP2 car. The Lola B11/40 will enable all privateer teams to compete in the new cost-capped LMP2 class using a proven endurance sports car product.

Lola are the first constructor to embrace the new for 2011 cost-capped LMP2 regulations that will see a variety of GT production engines available to Lola customers. BMW, Ford, HPD, Jaguar, Nissan and Toyota units will be available for installation in Lola LMP2 sports cars for the 2011 season. Lola will also provide the proven Lola high-torque transmission, detachable quick-release rear bodywork and all-carbon bodywork.

Current and future Lola teams will be offered access to the very highly regarded Lola customer support centre. This will include full aero maps, trackside spares supply in the LMS and Le Mans 24 Hours, access to engineers, 7-post test rig and wind tunnel model use if required.

The record of Lola’s current generation of sports cars – including three LMP2 class wins (2005-2007) and two Le Mans Series Constructors titles in 2009 – underscores the company’s skill in creating the correct package for endurance racing. Results in LMP1 and LMP2 on both sides of the Atlantic have confirmed Lola as the fastest and most reliable customer chassis.

The 2011 Lola B11/40 LMP2 open cockpit package will include

New all-carbon bodykit
Quick-release removable rear bodywork
Lola high-torque gearbox

Engines available to Lola LMP2 customers

In alphabetical order

BMW V8 N/A
Ford 2.0litre turbo
HPD V6 turbo
Jaguar V8 N/A
Judd V8 N/A
Nissan V8 N/A
Toyota V8 N/A

Development Services brought to you by Lola Group
Aerodynamics

50%-scale rolling road wind tunnel with outstanding correlation to on-track performance
Existing Lola LMP wind tunnel model available for customer programs
Confidentiality ensured by private control room access and secure model making area
CFD cluster recently upgraded to full F1 standard in partnership with AMD and FLUENT
CFD software suite includes latest versions of FLUENT, ANSA, Sculptor, and
FIELDVIEW

Vehicle Dynamics

Baseline chassis set-ups developed on Lola’s in-house 7-post test rig
Circuit simulation (track replay) software employed to optimize suspension and
aerodynamic settings
Test rig also used for damper, spring, suspension geometry and tire analysis
Flexible data and report formats including integration with wind tunnel results
Sessions on test rig available at special discount rate to B11/40 customers

Costs and Support
Terms and Conditions

Choice and full specification of engine must be confirmed with each chassis order
Cost of non-standard engine installation subject to separate quote
Delivery price in GBP or Euros ex-works Lola Cars International in UK

Spares and Updates

Replacement parts shipped to teams from Lola Cars or authorized agents
Key spares also available trackside at LMS events plus Le Mans
Performance updates offered to all customers on impartial basis as and when available
Lola manufacturing capacity ensures reliable supply of spares and updates

Customer Support

Comprehensive manual and regular technical bulletins supplied to customers
Additional support staff and spares supply present at Le Mans 24 Hours
Lola engineer can attend customer’s first test and first race (excluding Le Mans) at no cost

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07/20/10
f1

Q&A with McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh
Martin Whitmarsh
Red Bull may have won the last two races but McLaren have scored enough points to retain the lead in both championships. In a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 'Phone-In' session, team principal Martin Whitmarsh discusses F-ducts, blown diffusers, the team’s chances at the forthcoming Hockenheim race and their rivals for the titles…

Q: At Silverstone you brought your new blown diffuser. After trying it on both cars on Friday you decided not to run with it on Saturday. Williams, meanwhile, used it on the one car and tuned it in before using it for the rest of the weekend. Looking back, do you have any regrets?
Martin Whitmarsh:
I haven't watched what Williams were doing. I think inevitably you want to bring performance to the car as quickly as you can. We were developing a blown diffuser for the forthcoming German Grand Prix. We wanted it to be available to both drivers. I think there are pros and cons of sharing the development parts between drivers, particularly when you are trying to stress equality. A floor with a blown diffuser is not something you can take on and off the car during the course of a practice session. It's even difficult between the two practice sessions. So I think our idea was to get as much data and make sure we were treating the drivers as equally as we could. I don't regret taking it, I don't regret running it on the Friday. I think at that time there were a number of things happening at the circuit.

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07/20/10
f1

Hockenheim: Circuit guide
Hockenheim
The revisions to the Hockenheimring in recent years have transformed what was once a flat out burst through the forests into a medium downforce circuit, with the teams having to balance the demands of a long back straight and a low-speed stadium section at the end of the lap. The team therefore has to adopt a compromise with the set-up. The benefit of such a diverse track usually gives an exciting race with plenty of overtaking opportunities.

Aerodynamics

Like the latest generation of Hermann Tilke tracks, Hockenheim is characterized by long straights followed by slow corners and hairpins, designed with overtaking in mind. With such a long back straight, a good top speed is essential to fend off competitors in the race, and could increase the important of F-ducts, but this has to be balanced with the grip needed in the medium and low-speed parts of the lap. Downforce settings are therefore a compromise, requiring the team to adopt a medium downforce set-up and leaving the drivers short of grip in the low-speed stadium section, but allowing a reasonable top speed on the straights.

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07/20/10
nassprint

Montoyas have 3rd child
Juan Pablo Montoya and wife, Connie, welcomed a new addition Monday to the family – a baby girl, Manuela Montoya Freydell.

The Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver and his wife have three children – Sebastian (5), Paulina (3) and Manuela.

Both Connie and Manuela are doing well, according to a news release.

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07/20/10
tv news

ESPN Launching NASCAR Sprint Cup Coverage at Indianapolis
SportsCenter, NASCAR Now Among Multimedia Platforms Surrounding Brickyard

With a revised schedule and new post-race elements, ESPN launches its coverage of the final 17 races of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a live, flag-to-flag telecast of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 25, at 1 p.m. ET. ESPN’s multimedia platforms will surround the race telecast on television, radio and online.

The telecast from Indianapolis is presented by Golden Corral and follows the one-hour NASCAR Countdown pre-race show at noon. The green flag flies at 1:19 p.m. and following the race, additional reports, analysis and interviews from Indianapolis will air on ESPN’s flagship program SportsCenter, as will be the case for all 14 races airing on ESPN this season.

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07/20/10
British F3

Vergne tops Snetterton test
Cooper Tires British F3 International Series points leader Jean-Eric Vergne underlined his recent run of good form today (Tuesday) at Snetterton, venue for the latest official championship test. Vergne was the only driver in the field to break the 72-second mark for lap of the Norfolk circuit, and the Frenchman did it in two of the three sessions.

Vergne’s best for the Carlin team was 1m 01.935s, just four-hundredths shy of the Snetterton lap record set by Marcus Ericsson in 2008. Hitech’s Gabriel Dias was second fastest, seven-hundredths adrift. The leading Mercedes runner was Daisuke Nakajima in seventh; his Raikkonen Robertson team spent much of the day concentrating on aerodynamic work rather than going for top lap times. Nonetheless, the Japanese driver matched the time he set at Snetterton in February.

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07/20/10
starmazda

Callcap to support Conor Daly
It was announced today that Callcap, the preeminent call capture, call tracking, call evaluation and reporting service in North America, would support Conor Daly’s racing activities for the remainder of the 2010 racing season and beyond. It will be Callcap’s first time to use motorsports as part of their marketing program, and they believe that the Star Mazda platform with Conor Daly is the ideal starting point. “We are a growing business with a desire for more people to know about us. Conor is a great ambassador for our company and the sport, not just because of his on-track success, but also because of the ultra-professional way he handles himself. We look forward to a long term relationship with him and the sport.” said Sunny Smith, CEO of Callcap.

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07/20/10
nassprint

Boris Said to drive No. 83 Toyota
Boris Said
Red Bull Racing Team confirmed today that road course specialist Boris Said will drive the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota at Watkins Glen International on August 8.  “He’s better than the best available,” said Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team Vice President and General Manager. “He’s a phenomenal talent and an even better guy. He’s been close to winning one of these things in the past. We have great history with him, and we have high expectations with him in the car.”  Said has nine Sprint Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen, including one top-5 finish and two top-10s. His best finish of third came at the 2005 race. “I feel like we’ll have a great chance to win this race. It is going to be fun, no matter what. Red Bull participates in so many different forms of racing – this is an exciting opportunity for me and I jumped at the chance.” The start at Watkins Glen will make Said the fifth driver of the No. 83 car in 2010, after primary driver Brian Vickers had to vacate the car due to blood clots earlier in the season. Reed Sorenson has driven the No. 83 car the past three races and will continue to do so through Indianapolis and Pocono.

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07/20/10
f1

Webber 'regrets' Silverstone comments - Horner
(GMM)  Mark Webber "regrets" comments he made at Silverstone last week, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said on Tuesday. In the wake of the Silverstone front wing furor, Australian Webber issued a lengthy statement backtracking from suggestions Sebastian Vettel is the team's preferred driver.

"We spoke together quite early last week," Horner said in an interview with Germany's SID news agency.

"It was good.  I think Mark regrets some of the comments he made because they detracted from a great team achievement.

"Mark's performance was first-class, but it was a victory for the team, just as were the ten before it," added the Briton. 

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07/20/10
f1

Hamilton not yet McLaren's de facto no.1 - Whitmarsh
(GMM)  McLaren is not ready to concede that Lewis Hamilton is its best bet for the 2010 drivers' world championship.

At the head of the title standings, Hamilton is 12 points ahead of his teammate Jenson Button, but the Red Bull runners are close behind with a faster car.

But when asked on Tuesday if Hamilton is now recognized as McLaren's title favorite, team boss Martin Whitmarsh answered: "Not yet.

"I'm sure Jenson hasn't given way to Lewis and he will want to win this weekend and move that momentum back in his favor," said the Briton in a teleconference with reporters.

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07/20/10
f1

Q&A with Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost
Q: As we go into the second half of the season, if you had a magic wand, what area of the team’s performance most needs improving?

Franz Tost: The short answer is every area, because unless all aspects of a team’s performance are operating properly, the results will not come. In terms of the car itself, we are introducing some updates over these next two races, starting with a new front wing in Hockenheim, then a new diffuser in Hungary. Other updates are in the pipeline and I am therefore convinced that car performance will improve, starting with next weekend.

Q: At the moment, Scuderia Toro Rosso is ninth in the championship. Is that where we should be?

Franz Tost: No, because I have always said our target is to finish eighth in the Constructors’ classification. We are working very hard towards achieving this goal, even if our closest rivals at Williams and Sauber are doing a good job. Therefore it will not be easy.

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07/20/10
f1

More info on Austin F1 race UPDATE KXAN reports new details on the groundbreaking of Austin's Formula 1 racetrack. A source close to the project says groundbreaking will take place in December.  The track should be complete by June 2012, with the racing series debuting here shortly after. The series is scheduled to run through 2021, but officials have not yet released the location of the track.  Promoters say that information is expected sometime next week. KXAN.com

07/20/10 About the only thing state Comptroller Susan Combs didn't like about her recent trip to England and the British Grand Prix was the 300,000 frequent flier miles it cost her and husband Joe Duran to get there and back.

"We're still in a grieving process," Combs joked.

A little less than two weeks ago, Combs and Duran, at their own expense, took a six-day vacation to London and Silverstone, a storied racing circuit about 70 miles north of London. She was on the track's starting grid, chatting with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone , until three minutes before the start of the race.

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07/20/10
f1

2011 deal for Barrichello 'a formality' - Williams
(GMM)  The extension of Rubens Barrichello's contract is just a formality, officials for the British team Williams have revealed.

The 38-year-old Brazilian will notch up a monumental 300th grand prix later in 2010, but the longevity of his record-setting career looks set to extend to a nineteenth season next year.

Barrichello, who revealed at Silverstone that he does not yet have a deal for next season, said he is not in talks with rival teams because leaving Williams "would be exactly the wrong thing".

Sir Frank Williams told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport: "Assume that Rubens is staying with us."

And technical director Sam Michael added: "The extension should be as much a formality for Rubens as is his daily breakfast.

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07/20/10
automotive

Volkswagen aims to be electric car leader
Germany's Volkswagen AG will roll out gas-electric hybrids and all-electric cars in the next couple of years as part of its plan to stake a leading position in the battery-powered electric car sector.

"I am deeply convinced Volkswagen will play a key role in electrifying the automotive world," Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn told reporters here Monday.

Winterkorn was in California to visit the automaker's Electronics Research Laboratory in Palo Alto and to mark the launch of the all-new, sixth-generation VW Jetta compact.

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07/20/10
nassprint

Edwards and Keselowski Invited to Settle Score in School Buses at CMS
Charlotte Motor Speedway officials are inviting NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski to 'settle the score', after their incident at Gateway International Raceway's Nationwide race last Saturday, behind the wheels of 13-ton school buses during Tuesday night's Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series. The two NASCAR stars have had more than their share of on-track run-ins over the past 16 months, with the latest coming this past weekend at Gateway International Raceway, where they tangled twice on the final lap, with Edwards emerging the victor of the duel and the race. More info and tickets about the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series at charlottemotorspeedway.com. CMS PR

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07/20/10
f1

Ferrari has more updates for Germany
Ferrari will take another raft of upgraded car parts to Hockenheim this weekend as it tries its upmost to stay in the championship fight. Having lost significant ground to McLaren and Red Bull over recent races, the Scuderia enjoyed a stronger on-track performance at Silverstone despite scoring no points.

The British Grand Prix featured a noticeable raw performance gain but soon turned into a disaster for Ferrari, with Fernando Alonso’s afternoon being compounded by a drive-through penalty as team-mate Felipe Massa spun at Luffield corner.

Nevertheless, the Italian squad heads to Germany with the knowledge that it has won more races in the country (19) than any other on the F1 calendar.

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07/20/10
irl

Tagliani vows revenge
Alex Tagliani vowed revenge if part-time driver Tomas Scheckter shows up next weekend in Edmonton. "I hope he'll be back in Edmonton because I have a lot of front wings to damage," the irate French Canadian said Sunday after Scheckter wrecked him on the final restart in the Honda Toronto Indy.  With all the attrition, we were in a good position to bring the car home in sixth. On that restart, Tomas just brought us into the wall in Turn 1 and that was it. So, we went from sixth to 17th."

Tagliani and Scheckter also tangled last year in Toronto after Tagliani ran into the back of the South African's car.

Tagliani said Scheckter cursed at him after Sunday's race and said it was payback.

"He was actually happy that he didn't finish the race and took us out," Tagliani said, not realizing Scheckter did finish and ended up 15th. Scheckter left the track without commenting to the media.

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07/20/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • Ferrari wants illegal passing rule change
  • Domenicali 'hurt' by Ferrari 'disarray' claims
  • Ferrari cools Rossi F1 switch rumors
  • 13th team place may not be filled in 2011
  • Buemi confirms he is staying with Toro Rosso
  • Unnamed engineer 'surprised' by Webber's outbursts
  • Vettel admits tense relationship with Webber
  • 'No panic' in Schumacher's push for pace - Vettel
  • No sell-out for German GP at Hockenheim
  • Heavy rain on way for Hockenheim GP weekend

Ferrari wants illegal passing rule change
(GMM)  Ferrari wants a rule change in the wake of Fernando Alonso's drive-through penalty imposed during the recent British grand prix.

The Italian team criticized the time it took for race director Charlie Whiting to answer a query about whether Alonso, who cut a corner, should hand back the position to Robert Kubica.

Ferrari claims it took the FIA almost two minutes to respond, by which time giving the place back to Kubica would have been complicated.

"We will discuss an amendment to the regulations: if the race directors are not involved within 3-4 corners afterwards, the maneuver is considered to be correct," team boss Stefano Domenicali said in an interview with La Stampa.

Following Ferrari's furious criticism of the safety car rules after the preceding Valencia race, the regulations were tweaked at Silverstone.

When mischievously asked whether the rules need changing after every race, Domenicali smiled: "It's a very complex sport."

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07/19/10
irl

Power increases championship points lead over Franchitti
Will Power has been taking that one-race-at-a-time approach to the second half of the IZOD IndyCar Series season. Concurrently, he's sizing up the scenarios that point toward his first series championship.

His victory July 18 in the Honda Indy Toronto could prove to be the tipping point.

"The key for me when I came to this race was avoiding carnage and accidents, which happens every year here," said Power, who led Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti across the finish line by 1.2 seconds. "The first corner of the first lap could have been the end for me, but I just backed off and gave up a couple of positions instead. Sometimes you just need to keep in mind the big picture."

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07/19/10
automotive

Honda announces Insight improvements
Honda has improved the specification and settings of its Insight hybrid in response to early customer feedback. The suspension of the low-emission, 5-door hatch has been adjusted to improve ride comfort and NVH levels, while interior trim levels have been enhanced.
  • Suspension changes to improve ride and comfort
  • Higher-spec interior
  • New EX model with leather and Sat Nav
  • A new, top-of-the-range, EX model, featuring black leather upholstery and DVD Sat Nav and hands-free telephone equipment, has also been introduced to the Insight line-up.

The changes made to the Insight across the range are in direct response to the comments received from early customers and the media. The initial focus was on suspension, to which improvements have been made to address negative feedback on ride and comfort levels.

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07/19/10
f1

Chandhok expects to race again in 2010 UPDATE Karun Chandhok has explained that he respects the decision of Hispania to place test and reserve driver Sakon Yamamoto in his car for the German Grand Prix this weekend. Furthermore, the Indian has revealed that the Spanish team plans to rotate between its quartet of drivers in the second half of the year.

Until Silverstone, where Yamamoto replaced Bruno Senna, the Brazilian and Chandhok had driven in all races although the Chennai man has said that other tester Christian Klien is also likely to race at some point this season. 

“The team have taken the decision that they’re going to rotate drivers between the four of us that are on contracts with the team,” Chandhok explained to Talksport radio.

“At the end of the day we’re not fighting for the World Championship or for points and, with the current testing regulations, it’s quite difficult for them to evaluate drivers during a season.

"All four of us are Superlicense drivers, so we can’t do the young driver days at the end of the season, and we also missed the pre-season testing.

“It’s a team decision and I’ve got to respect that.”

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07/19/10
f1

Button supports Russian Grand Prix
Formula One world champion Jenson Button has endorsed the idea of having a Russian Grand Prix after getting a feel of driving round the Kremlin on Sunday.

"This is not a day of work, it's a day of enjoyment," the Briton told reporters after taking a few leisurely laps in his race car round the Kremlin walls on his first trip to Moscow.

"I've always wanted to visit Moscow. I haven't seen much of the city as we only arrived two days ago," the McLaren driver added.

"It would be a good idea [to have a Grand Prix here] as I definitely want to come back."

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07/19/10
nnw

Harvick Reacts to Edwards/Keselowski Incident
Kevin Harvick, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader, was a guest Sunday night on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain on SPEED.  Among the topics discussed was the Carl Edwards/Brad Keselowski incident on the final lap Saturday night at Gateway International Raceway.  Harvick, who was driving the No. 33 KHI Chevrolet in the race, offered his opinion on the continuing saga.  Following is a transcript of the interview:

Despain: Do you have an opinion about this latest Carl Edwards/Brad Keselowski run-in in the Nationwide Series race?
Harvick: Yeah, that was pretty tough.  I went back and watched it last night and I have a tough time with people just hooking … hooking someone in the right-rear is different than rubbing on somebody and just leaning on somebody, and wrecking half the field is something that’s pretty tough to swallow for a lot of those guys that were involved in that at the end.  In the end, I know it probably won’t be Carl’s fault but I think that’s a little bit overboard, in my opinion. 

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07/19/10
f1

Fairuz Fauzy back on Friday for German GP
Lotus Racing has today confirmed that third driver Fairuz Fauzy will be back in the T127 hot seat at Hockenheim for FP1 at this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

Fairuz had already been confirmed to drive in FP1 at the British, Hungarian, Singapore and Abu Dhabi races, but, after mechanical issues cut short his run at Silverstone, the team has decided to bring forward his Hungary run to Germany. This gives him the chance to bring another valuable perspective to the team’s on-track development as soon as possible, and on a track that should suit the Lotus Racing T127.

Lotus Racing Team Principal Tony Fernandes commented: “It’s an exciting day for all of us in the Lotus Racing team – being able to tell Fairuz he has another Friday run a week before he thought he’d be back in the car is a great way to start the week, and we all know he’ll deliver for us, both on track and in the feedback he’ll provide the team. He’s an inspiration to young drivers around the world, proving that being determined to make your dreams come true can make very exciting things happen!”

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07/19/10
f1

Ferrari resumes rant against F1 decision-making UPDATE Ferrari’s sporting director Massimo Rivola has released minute-by-minute details of the conversation taken from a recording of the pit wall radio in another effort to show exactly how the FIA punished them unfairly, in their opinion.

At 13:31:05 Alonso takes Kubica at Club and after Rivola immediately calls Whiting, who replies after 11 seconds. Rivola asks the race director, “Have you seen the pass? In our opinion there was no room to overtake.”

26 seconds after the move, Whiting asks to be given time to watch TV footage.

At 13:33, a second radio call is made by Ferrari – almost two minutes after the pass. Alonso has gone on to complete another lap plus one sector, closing in on Nico Rosberg and Alguersuari, while Kubica drops further back towards Barrichello.

Whiting tells Ferrari that the stewards believe Alonso could give the position back. Rivola then asks Whiting, “Is this the decision?”

He replies, “No, but that’s how we see it.”

Rivola then informs the team as Rosberg overtakes Alguersuari. Kubica drops further back, and Alonso overtakes Alguersuari at Maggots.

At 13:33:22 Ferrari then make a third radio call to Whiting to say Alonso “would have to concede two positions now.”

As they discuss the incident Kubica is overtaken by Barrichello meaning Alonso would have to give up three positions to give back the place.

Whiting tells Rivola: “We have given you the chance to do it or not. Things being this way, the stewards will hear the drivers at the end of the race, but I understand your position.”

At 13:35:30 Kubica retires from the race so Alonso can no longer give the position back.

Ten minutes later, at 13:45:31, the stewards investigate the incident. The F1 computers display “car number eight under investigation”, almost 15 minutes after the move was made.

Just 55 seconds later, at 13:46:26, the stewards hand Alonso a drive-through penalty.

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07/19/10
f1

Heidfeld backs Alonso's penalty for Kubica pass UPDATE See related article.

07/12/10 (GMM)  Nick Heidfeld has backed the stewards' decision to penalize Fernando Alonso at Silverstone, adding that the only judgment error was made by the Spaniard and Ferrari.

The BBC announced that Alonso was too angry to be interviewed after the British grand prix, where a drive-through penalty ruined his race.

The penalty, within memory of the team's furious reaction to the events at Valencia two weeks ago, was applied after Alonso overtook Robert Kubica on the grass.

Alonso and Ferrari elected not to immediately give the place back to the Pole, and by the time the race director had answered their query, Kubica had retired.

And by the time Alonso had to serve a drive-through penalty, the safety car had bunched up the field and he lost many race positions.

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07/19/10
irl

Quote of the Week
"I'm glad it's not my checkbook," Tracy said. "People ask me why I don't become a team owner. I don't like writing checks; I like receiving them."  Paul Tracy was the only one of the four KV Racing Technology drivers who didn't end the race with a damaged car.  Mario Moraes ran into teammate Takuma Sato, and E.J. Viso couldn't avoid contact with a sliding Raphael Matos. Moraes also hit Mario Romancini.  KV Racing has endured 20 accidents this season, easily a series record pace to-date.

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07/19/10
nhra

Capps gets on the scoreboard; Dixon, Coughlin, Phillips win again
Ron Capps scored his first win of the season in Funny Car and was joined in the winner’s circle at the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., by Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock), and Michael Phillips (Pro Stock Motorcycle) at race two of the annual Western Swing.

Seattle winners Cory McClenathan in Top Fuel and Greg Anderson in Pro Stock had their bids cut short for what would have been the middle leg of an unprecedented second sweep of the Western Swing. McClenathan did reach the semifinals of his sponsor’s event but Anderson was knocked out a round earlier. Seattle Funny Car champ Tim Wilkerson, who won two of the three Swing races last year, was defeated in round one. The teams head now to Denver for the Swing’s conclusion at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, the second to last event before the Countdown to 1 playoffs begin Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis, but a number of drivers clinched their playoff berths in Sonoma.

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07/19/10
superleague

Video: Superleague Formula 2010 at Zolder, Crazy start in race 2


This is what happened to Robert Doornbos yesterday at the start of race 2. He was 3rd in the first race and had to start 15th in the second race. He got hit from behind by the 'wingless'  Sevilla FC race-car driven by Marcos Martinez

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07/19/10
irl

Conway on the fast track to recovery
Mike Conway gets into the PTR simulator
Following his spectacular crash at the Indianapolis 500 at the end of May, British Indy Car driver Mike Conway is now firmly on his way to making a full recovery and returning to the driver’s seat.

After sustaining multiple fractures to his lower left leg and a compression fracture to his T3 vertebrae, Mike underwent surgery in the States to repair the damage to his leg and was fitted with a neck brace to heal the compression fracture to his vertebrae.

Mike returned to the UK in mid-June to recuperate and last week, thanks in part to his high levels of personal fitness prior to the accident, has been able to start work on an extensive and carefully designed rehabilitation program.

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07/19/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • Red Bull will not muzzle drivers after wing saga
  • Petrov to hold 2011 Renault talks 'later'
  • Schumacher could appear as witness for Weber
  • De la Rosa delays Sauber talks for September

Red Bull will not muzzle drivers after wing saga
(GMM)  Dietrich Mateschitz has dismissed the Silverstone front wing affair as "much too dramatised", declaring that Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel still have equal chances to win the 2010 world championship.

The energy drink company Red Bull's owner, an Austrian billionaire, insisted to Kleine Zeitung newspaper that German 23-year-old Vettel is not the team's preferred winner this year.

"Once again I say: we do not have a number one and a number two.  Both drivers have cars with exactly the same specification.  The problem with the new wing at Silverstone was the first exception," he said. "Of course, the situation was not pleasant for Mark, but this was a little problem made into a large one. Our management was not diplomatic and perhaps not correct," he admitted, albeit insisting that Webber's 'number 2' comment after winning at Silverstone was also "unnecessary".

"But, on the other side, Mark did nothing wrong.

"We will not make them be quiet.  Everyone can tell the truth; that is one of the highest virtues of Red Bull.  There are no factions, although it is obvious that the two sides have their own driver firstly at heart. We have two drivers going for the world championship.  Actually, it's a luxurious problem that many teams would like to have."

Mateschitz, 66, is confident about Red Bull's chances of winning in 2010.

"If you ask me today who will be champion, I would say 'one of our drivers'.  But the pits must not interfere, because then the problems really begin."

He said appointing a number one is not in accordance with his "philosophy of racing".  "Our drivers know that they first have the beat the other," said Mateschitz.

"I have no preference; as champion each of the two would be equally great to me."

And Mateschitz admitted that letting the drivers fight down to the wire could backfire and hand the title to an opponent.

"I think that is unlikely but I would not rule it out.  And if it should happen, my God, we are talking about racing.  The image of blood, sweat and tears is not by accident."

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07/18/10
f2

Eng bounces back with Brands Hatch victory
Philipp Eng claimed his third victory of the season at Brands Hatch in a race that will also be remembered for a clash between championship rivals Jolyon Palmer and Dean Stoneman.

Starting from second, Eng kept position away from the line as polesitter Kazim Vasiliauskas began to edge into the distance. Behind the lead duo Jolyon Palmer had come from fifth to third, with Dean Stoneman also moving up from seventh on the grid into fifth.

Gladdis and Stoneman traded places on two occasions during the opening lap, with Stoneman eventually getting into fourth around the outside at Surtees.

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SEAT

Video: Massive SEAT crash at Brands Hatch


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fil

Vernay goes flag-to-flag in Toronto
Polesitter JK Vernay hopes to move up to IndyCar in 2011 and today he helped that cause by winning his 4th Firestone Indy Lights race of 2010 by leading flag-to-flag in Toronto Sunday.  The rookie held off James Hinchcliffe the entire race until Dan Clarke passed Hinchliffe on the last lap as the Canadian's tires appeared to be all used up.  Hinchcliffe later crashed on the same lap.

“I didn't take risks because I had the chance to lead and didn't have to pass,” said Vernay, who has stood on the podium in six of the seven races. “But I'm not focused on the championship.  My goal is to win the championship, for sure.  But I prefer to be focused race after race, great qualifying, because on the road courses it is really important.  If you start on pole, second, the first two rows, really it's a big deal.

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07/18/10
f1

Sauber to debut blown diffuser
Sauber will become the latest team to run a blown diffuser exhaust when they debut their device next weekend in Germany.  In recent weeks, many teams have adopted the diffuser style, however, it has not been easy for any of them.

"We will have several aero updates on our C29, including a modified diffuser. It's a package which is again a step in the same direction we've been pursuing for Valencia and Silverstone," said tech director James Key.

Key is also hoping that the team can continue their good run of form, having finished the last two races in the points, although he admits Hockenheim is a very different track to Valencia and Silverstone.

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07/18/10
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Alex Job drops 2 ALMS entries
"Alex Job Racing will not continue to field the No. 80 and 81 cars for the remainder of the 2010 American Le Mans Series in the GTC category," Alex Job, team owner said. "Regrettably, several factors have conspired to the withdrawal of those entries. Our team is dedicated to continuing our high-level of performance with the No. 23 Tequila Patron/Battery Tender/ Porsche 997 GT3 Cup team and our ongoing quest for the GTC championship."

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motogp

Pedrosa defeats Lorenzo in Germany
Dani Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa firmed his grip on second in the World Championship standings with victory at Sachsenring in the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on Sunday, as Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo took second place and Casey Stoner third ahead of a courageous Valentino Rossi in his first race back after injury.

The original race was red flagged on lap nine when a crash for Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) at turn four brought down both Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) and Aleix Espargar¢ (Pramac Racing), neither of whom could avoid the Frenchman’s bike which burst into flames. The top five order at that stage was Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso and Rossi, and the trio involved in the accident were unable to line-up for the shortened 21-lap new race after failing to return to Pit Lane with their bikes within five minutes of the red flag. De Puniet was physically not able, having sustained fractures in his left tibia and fibula in the incident.

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07/18/10
f1

Vettel: All F1 drivers are egotists
Red Bull may be claiming that all is well within the team, however, Sebastian Vettel says Mark Webber is never going to be his best friend.

Red Bull suffered another blow to their already tense team-mate battle when they handed Vettel the front wing off Webber's car ahead of qualifying in Britain.

The team's decision did not go down well with Webber, however, Vettel says that's F1, everyone driver is looking out for himself.

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07/18/10
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McLaren to again test blown diffuser at Hockenheim
(GMM)  McLaren is still not committed to qualifying and racing with a Red Bull-style 'blown diffuser' exhaust layout.  At Silverstone, the British team tried the specification in Friday practice but reverted to the original setup for qualifying and the race.

McLaren and its drivers still head both world championships with more than half the season now run, but boss Martin Whitmarsh admits the team is "under no illusions" about Red Bull having the faster car.

He confirmed that the blown exhaust will be back on the car in Germany for a "major test program" to compare the new and old floor layout.

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07/18/10
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Webber had food poisoning after front wing furor
(GMM) In the days after the Silverstone front wing furor, Mark Webber was recovering from food poisoning.

"Bloody prawn, mate," he said at his Buckinghamshire home during an interview with the Daily Mail. "Vicious, aren't they?"

The news "led to jokes that it may have been tampered with at the barbecue hosted by Red Bull team boss Christian Horner last Sunday," teased Telegraph correspondent Tom Cary.

Webber, 33, cried foul both before and after winning the British grand prix, because a newer specification front wing was taken from his RB6 and fitted to the sister Red Bull driven by his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

The Australian's anger has since subsided, but he admits that his comments last weekend were "a message to my team".

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07/18/10
f1

F1 needs new approach to team orders - Horner
(GMM) F1 should take a new approach to team orders, Christian Horner has told a German news magazine.

Just last month, Red Bull's team boss backed the FIA's current ban by insisting that "team orders are wrong".

The Briton has now told Focus: "It is a regime that should definitely be discussed again and clarified."

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07/18/10
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Haug backs Schumacher for Mercedes' 2011 team lineup
(GMM) Norbert Haug is convinced Michael Schumacher is the ideal teammate for Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

The seven time world champion's lukewarm return to formula one this year has been much criticized, but competition boss Haug says the German marque is happy with its current lineup.

"For the rest of the year Michael will concentrate on achieving the absolute best results. And next year he will go for the title," he is quoted by Kicker magazine.

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07/18/10
irl

Justin Wilson remains the man to beat in Toronto
Justin Wilson continued his dominance of the Honda Toronto IndyCar race weekend by topping the morning warm-up session by a slim margin but it did not even look like he was trying. Will Power was 2nd and Dario Franchitti 3rd. One second covered the top-15 cars.  If Wilson makes it through the first corner clean he is going to be tough to beat today.

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07/18/10
track news

Week 2 Repaving Progress Report at Daytona
The following is the Week 2 progress report from engineers overseeing the repaving project at Daytona International Speedway:
  • A total of 57 light poles have come down, which were stationed between Turns 1 and 2 and Turns 3 and 4. No more light poles need to be removed.
  • The fence, including the posts, have been removed from Turn 3 to Turn 4.
  • The steel and form energy reduction (SAFER) barrier has been removed from Turns 3 and 4 and from the tri-oval area. Each piece of the SAFER barrier is 28-feet long.
  • All the asphalt from the entire backstretch has been milled, or ripped from the ground and shredded into bits. The short chute exiting Turn 4 has been milled. Both the backstretch and first "short chute" has been compacted and are pavement-ready.
  • Engineers estimate they have milled 60 percent of the 2.5-mile, tri-oval asphalt or an estimated 17 million pounds.
  • The new skid pad area on the backstretch has been excavated and is being prepared for paving.
  • The dirt from the skid pad area has been used as fill behind Turns 3 and 4.
  • A team from Jostens is cutting out pieces of racing surface. Those blocks will be transformed into collectibles and racing mementos.
  • Current onsite work force is approximately 40. Lane Construction has 25 full-time employees working the job.
  • The start-finish line pavement area was carefully removed and placed in a secure location on Speedway property.
  • The mobile asphalt plant, located in a parking area outside of Turn 2, is nearly operational. Technicians were in the process of wiring the sensor equipment on the plant to a control room. Daytona Beach News-Journal


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07/18/10
irl

Penske to run three cars in 2011
Roger Penske said his "plan" is to continue with three Indy cars next season, but he doesn't currently have the sponsorship to do so.  Indy Star

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