Ford drops to near-bottom of Consumer Reports' reliability study Ford Motor Co. plunged for the second straight year in Consumer Reports' survey of auto reliability and now ranks near the bottom of the annual scorecard.
The Ford brand finished 27th out of the 28 brands rated in the latest report, after dropping to 20th from No. 10 last year. Lincoln fell to 26th from 14th. Toyota Motor Corp.'s Scion, Toyota and Lexus brands ranked first, second and third in a list that continues to be dominated by Asian brands.
MILLER: No Cure For IndyCar's Stupidity In the 44 years I’ve covered Indy car racing, nothing compares to the spineless, devious and classless treatment of Randy Bernard. It was as unprofessional as it was unnecessary and certainly a black eye for a series that is the laughing stock of motorsports today.
From the phonies who sat in the board meeting last month and endorsed Bernard’s budget/schedule to the embarrassing vote of confidence for him on Friday to that insulting press release Sunday claiming that he was stepping down, it stinks on every level.
Wilson to Oversee RCR No. 31 Program for Rest of 2012 Season Championship-winning Richard Childress Racing crew chief Shane Wilson will replace Drew Blickensderfer at the helm of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team with driver Jeff Burton for the final three races of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
"I want to thank Drew for all of his effort with the No. 31 Caterpillar team this season," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "He's a great crew chief and I can't say enough about his dedication to RCR. Making the move now, before the season is over, gives Drew some additional time to pursue other opportunities.
Performance Power Racing Ford GT sets 283 MPH standing mile record On October 16, Johnny Bohmer, owner of Performance Power Racing, strapped himself into the driver’s seat of his 1,700+ horsepower Ford GT, then pointed the nose towards the end of NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway.
The 15,000 foot runway, located on Merritt Island, would give Bohmer plenty of shut-down room after attempting to set a new standing mile speed record. With the folks from Guinness World Records on hand, Bohmer launched his Ford GT into the history books, achieving a standing mile speed of 283.232 miles per hour.
Chevy Clinches NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers' Championship Jimmie Johnson's victory in the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway clinched the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers' Championship for Chevrolet. It is the 10th consecutive year, and the 36th time overall that the Bowtie Brand has captured the prestigious title in NASCAR's top series. In the 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races run to-date in 2012, Chevy drivers have captured 12 victories. Chevy won its first Manufacturers' Cup in 1958, and now with the 2012 Cup secured, Chevy has reached an unprecedented 36th title. Chevy PR
Motorsports This Week on ESPN NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series at Texas The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth this weekend with races on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4. ESPN will have a live telecast of Sunday’s 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the eighth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, with NASCAR Countdown at 2 p.m. ET and the race’s green flag at 3:16 p.m. Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race also airs on ESPN, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. and the green flag at 7:41 p.m. Also from Texas, ESPN2 will televise NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday, Nov. 2, at 4:30 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.
Randy Bernard fired by IndyCarUPDATE The decision was immediately criticized by Roger Penske, the most powerful owner in open-wheel racing. “I’m very disappointed in this decision; the board continues to show poor judgment. There is no future plan," Penske told AP's Jenna Fryer. "The series had momentum. New cars, new engines and new race formats, all brought about by Randy. No business can run with a senior management change every two years."
Randy Bernard fired by the dysfunctional Hulman-George family
10/28/12 The board of directors of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation convened a special meeting Sunday, Oct. 28 and has announced that Randy Bernard will relinquish his position as CEO of INDYCAR effective immediately. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation President and CEO Jeff Belskus was appointed as interim CEO of INDYCAR.
"We are very grateful for the tireless effort that Randy has invested into learning, understanding and working to grow the IndyCar Series over the last three racing seasons," Belskus said. "As both Randy and our organization have reflected on the past season and as we look toward the opportunities ahead and how to best take advantage of them, we agreed that the timing was right to pursue separate paths."
Almirola close to deal to stay with Petty Aric Almirola said he is close to a deal that will keep him in the famous #43 at Richard Petty Motorsports in 2013 following Sunday's fourth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway.
"I feel like I'm close to getting it done,'' said Almirola, who was given a one-year deal for this year. "I want to be there.''
Sunday's finish equaled Almirola's career best. He was fourth last season in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. RPM also is close to finalizing a deal to keep Marcos Ambrose in the #9 next season. Team officials said they hope to have everything wrapped up in the next few weeks. ESPN
SPEED's Robin Miller Reacts to Randy Bernard Dismissal on Wind Tunnel SPEED IndyCar Series insider Robin Miller reacted to the board’s reported dismissal of president Randy Bernard today. He joined host Dave Despain to talk about what transpired, and what’s next for the sport.
“Its shark infested waters. It was a board meeting, probably conducted over the telephone. I think it had to take a majority of those 10 board of directors to vote him out, and obviously that’s what happened. It’s the most heinous way to treat somebody that I have ever seen. It’s a low class, amateur move – it’s been going on all summer. Rumors, innuendos, guys dropping hints. Guy worked his butt off and you treat a guy like this, and he’s pretty well respected by a lot of pretty big people in this country. It gives IndyCar racing such a bad, bad taste, bad reputation and it makes them look so amateurish. To read that release, to truly read it was the biggest crock. He was thrown out, period. He didn’t want to leave.”
Latest F1 news in brief - SundayUPDATE McLaren F1 Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh has dismissed F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone's idea of a budget cap as "unrealistic," according to Andrew Benson of BBC.co.uk. Ecclestone "has proposed a $250M limit on total spending, including driver salaries, for all team." Whitmarsh said, "It's a little bit unrealistic to have a global budget cap. It becomes difficult to pin down and know everyone is comfortably operating within it." Red Bull Racing "spent £176.8M last year, but that entity has only 52 employees." Whitmarsh said, "The philosophy of controlling costs in F1 is important to our sport. I think we all agree on that. There is a difference of opinion about how you best achieve that. Bernie wants one that controls driver salaries and all those things. I think what we should be trying to do is ensure we are spending money in the appropriate places. I think we should be controlling excessive spend in development." BBC.co.uk
Ecclestone pushing for F1 budget cap
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Championship-crucial wins recorded at Las Vegas stop Ron Capps raced to his fifth Funny Car victory of the season Sunday at the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals and cut Jack Beckman's series lead to four points with one race remaining in the season.
Bob Vandergriff Jr. (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners in their respective categories at the penultimate race in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Capps powered his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger to a performance of 4.070 seconds at 315.12 mph to hold off Beckman's Schumacher Electric Charger in a dramatic final round. Capps also defeated Tony Pedregon, top qualifier Cruz Pedregon and Johnny Gray in earlier rounds to claim his 38th career victory and move ever closer to earning that elusive first world championship title. The veteran driver has finished second three times in his career.
Andretti Autosport comments on Bernard's firing Andretti Autosport thanks Randy Bernard for his tireless efforts during his term as CEO of INDYCAR. In recent months, others have spoken on our behalf and until now Andretti Autosport has refrained from comment, but we believe now is an appropriate time to address our company's position regarding the leadership of INDYCAR.
Randy worked hard to further the Series; we are grateful for his time with the sport and we wish him well in his future endeavors. We supported Randy just as we will continue to support the new administration. We believe that the board of directors of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, IMS President and CEO Jeff Belskus and the Hulman-George family will make the right decisions that leverage the many strengths of INDYCAR for the benefit of the fans, teams, drivers, promoters and sponsors.
Negri Tops Rolex Series Chart Again At Kansas Ozz Negri had the fastest time for the fifth-consecutive Rolex Series session on Sunday, in this weekend’s GRAND-AM test at Kansas Speedway. Driving Michael Shank Racing’s No. 60 Ford/Riley, Negri peaked at 122.888 mph (1:09.429 seconds). Christopher Haase also went five-for-five in GT, driving the No. 52 Audi R8 for Audi of America. Haase turned a fast lap of 113.661 (1:15.065). One more Rolex Series session remains, starting at 4:45 (ET).
McLaren's Sam Michael admits their chances of winning the constructors title slim McLaren's Sam Michael admits that their chances in the Constructors' Championship are realistically over with three races left to run.
Following Sebastian Vettel's victory in the Indian Grand Prix, McLaren are in third place 91 points adrift of Red Bull - a gap Michael reckons can only be bridged if the defending champions are suddenly struck down by a spate of retirements.
Overhauling the 10-point gap to second-placed Ferrari is now the target for McLaren's Sporting Director after watching Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button finish fourth and fifth respectively on Sunday.
Nunez Out of Luck in the Final after Semi Final Win; Mitchell Jr. Finishes Fine Fifth
Mitchell in car #21, Nunez in #22
Jack Mitchell Photography
Formula Ford Festival Finals Day didn’t go quite the way Team USA Scholarship winners Tristan Nunez and Jack Mitchell Jr. had hoped, but the two American youngsters still played central roles in the plot and emerged with their heads held high. Nunez claimed another brilliant come-from-behind victory in this morning’s Kent Semi Final before being taken out in the Final, while Mitchell posted a fine charge to elevate himself from 12th on the grid in the Final to finish fifth. The event was won for the second year in succession by Northern Irish veteran Ivor McCullough.
2013 Provisional FIA WEC Calendar A provisional calendar for the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has been announced with the intent of bringing Le Mans-type racing and endurance values to audiences and participants around the globe.
Gerard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC, stated that the current economic situation put extra emphasis on attempting to curb costs, particularly when it came to transporting the participating cars around the globe. “This calendar allows us to send the cars by sea freight rather than by air as many times as possible,” said Neveu, “which will help drive down the costs for everyone involved in the FIA WEC. This is very important for the long term future of the championship and I’m confident that this calendar will allows us to attract more teams and more drivers to the World Endurance Championship next season.”
2012 FIA World Endurance Champions Driver Award: Marcel Fassler (CHE), Benoit Treluyer (FRA) and Andre Lotterer (DEU) LM P1 Manufacturer Award: Audi (DEU) LM GTE Manufacturer Award: Ferrari (ITA) Private LM P1 Team Award: Rebellion Racing (CHE) LM P2 Team Award: Starworks Motorsports (USA) LM GTE Pro Team Award: AF Corse (ITA) LM GTE Am Team Award: Larbre Competition (FRA)
Toyota Racing utterly dominated today’s 6 Hours of Shanghai, the eighth and final round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship. Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre finished a lap ahead of the No.2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen having led the way from the start.
However, it was also a day of celebration and smiles in the Audi garage. By crossing the finish line in third place, Andre Lotterer, Benoît Treluyer and Marcel Fassler scored enough points to capture the World Drivers’ Championship – the first for this new FIA championship. The trio made history in June by becoming the first hybrid powered car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and followed this with two further wins at the 6 Hours of Silverstone and 6 Hours of Bahrain.
Katsuyuki Nakasuga to Replace Ben Spies at Valencia Japanese Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga will step in to replace injured Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies for the final round of the 2012 MotoGP Championship, the Grand Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana in two weeks time.
Nakasuga-san has already proven to be a trustworthy rider to handle the Factory YZR-M1, taking it to an impressive sixth place finish whilst substituting for injured Factory rider Jorge Lorenzo at last year’s Valencia Grand Prix. He was back again this year as wild-card for the Grand Prix of Japan with the Yamaha YSP Racing Team, again impressing with a ninth place finish.
Lorenzo crowned Champion as Stoner makes it six at Australian GP
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was crowned 2012 MotoGP World Champion after taking second place at the AirAsia Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island where local hero Casey Stoner made it six wins in succession and Cal Crutchlow took his second-ever podium.
It was Lorenzo that got the holeshot into turn one after a lightning start, with Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa close on his tail in front of his teammate Stoner. Pedrosa was boisterous from the off and pushed past Lorenzo within a couple of turns as he tried to pull away. Local hero Stoner was soon all over Lorenzo and took him on the home straight heading into lap two.
Will Casey Stoner give the win tomorrow to his teammate who is battling Lorenzo for the title?
Casey Stoner left no room for a surprise in today's qualifying practice at Phillip Island and will start his final Australian Grand Prix of his career from pole position. The 2011 World Champion, aiming for his sixth successive win at his home Grand Prix, will start in front of Spanish duo, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, second and third respectively, who continue to fight for the MotoGP World Championship.
The qualifying practice was a repetition of the previous four years: Casey setting the pace and the rest of the field chasing the Australian hero, who has been unstoppable during the whole weekend. Despite a crash on Turn 4, on his out lap of his third run, Casey didn't lose too much confidence and continued to improve his times to secure pole position with 1'29.623, his fifth of the 2012 season and fifth successive in Phillip Island.
Schumacher, Neff, Johnson, Krawiec lead opening day in Las Vegas Mike Neff raced to the qualifying lead in Funny Car Friday at the 12th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Neff paced the Funny Car class with a 4.070 at 313.73 mph in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to move around Cruz Pedregon, who was second overall with a 4.084 at 308.21 from his Snap-on Toyota Camry. Countdown to the Championship points leader Jack Beckman was fourth at the end of Friday’s qualifying sessions with a 4.093 at 306.88, and Ron Capps, who is currently second in points, landed fifth with a pass of 4.098 at 308.78 in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger.
Ecclestone tips Vettel for Schumacher-like greatness
Vettel being compared to F1's best ever driver, Michael Schumacher
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has tipped Sebastian Vettel to achieve Michael Schumacher-like success in formula one.
Back-to-back world champion Vettel is now on a roll in 2012, having overtaken Fernando Alonso's title lead and dominant in India, where converting his pole position on Sunday will mean a fourth-consecutive race win.
"Vettel is close to a hat-trick of championships and he has all the capability to finish his career with seven or more titles," said the Red Bull driver's rival and countryman Timo Glock.
Schumacher, to retire at the end of the season, has F1's outright records for wins (91) and titles (7).
Toyota Racing took pole position for the final FIA World Endurance Championship race of the season, the Six Hours of Shanghai, by a narrow margin today in China.
Alex Wurz, who shares the #7 TS030 HYBRID with Nicolas Lapierre, recorded his best effort on his second flying lap to take pole position by exactly 0.1secs with the quickest time of the week so far.
That marks TOYOTA Racing’s third pole position from six attempts in its debut season, once again illustrating the impressive performance of the TS030 HYBRID and the TOYOTA HYBRID System - Racing, which delivers 300hp of power boost.
Asian Le Mans Series releases inaugural Calendar for 2013 2013 will see the launch of the eagerly awaited Asian Le Mans Series with the calendar being confirmed with races in China, Korea, Japan and Indonesia.
Six events are programmed for the first season of the Asian Le Mans Series in 2013. They are spread all over the Asian continent with three races in China at the start of the year followed by an event in South Korea, another in Japan and the final round in Indonesia.
All the events will have the same format: free practice sessions on Friday with qualifying on Saturday and a 3-hour race on Sunday, with option to increase race distance in future years.
Full Asian Le Mans Series Calendar is as follows:
28th April 2013, Zhuhai (China) 26th May 2013, Shanghai (China) 7th July 2013, Ordos (China) 4th August 2013, Inje (South Korea) 22nd September, Fuji Speedway (Japan) 8th December Sentul (Indonesia)
The GTC category will be made up with car homologated to FIA GT3 and Super GT300 specification with a balance of performance provided by the ACO.
In order to help the maximum number of Asian entrants to learn the ropes of endurance racing with teams will consist of two or three drivers (open choice but there must be an amateur and a professional). Each line-up in each category must have at least one driver who is a native of the continent. The aim is to help bring on new talent, and also to help a few drivers who have problems finding seats.
Three invitations for the 2014 Le Mans 24 hours will be awarded to the 2013 winners of the LM P2, LM GTE and GTC categories (the GTC winners will have to enter a GTE Am car for Le Mans). The 2013 winning LM PC team will be given an invitation to take part in the 2014 test day for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
To date interest from teams, manufactures and partners have exceeded expectation and organizers expect the grid to be strong across all categories in 2013. Official team registration will commence on 28th October 2012 and run through 20th March 2013.
Organizers of the Asian Le Mans Series, are also in the process of establishing a comprehensive marketing and media program around the Series and recently announced that is has already secured two prestigious TV broadcast partners to show its races in 2013, those being, ESPN STAR Sports and Eurosport Asia-Pacific.
The Automobile Club de l'Ouest has entrusted the organization of this new Series to promoters S2M Group, established in China since 1999 and already an ACO partner for the ILMC races staged at Zhuhai in 2010 and 2011, which has been. TS Motorsport, established in Shanghai since 2005, will look after the logistics and race operating activities of the races. The ACO and its team of scrutineers and officials will be present to help this new championship get off the ground in 2013.
Pierre Fillon, Automobile Club de l’Ouest President: “The launch of a series of endurance races on the Asian continent bearing the name and embodying the values of the Le Mans 24 Hours is an essential step in the context of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s development on the international scene. It is our duty to put on Le Mans-type endurance races where the markets are surging from an economic point of view: concerning the motor car, the Asian one is the uncontested world leader. Like all our championships that follow the Le Mans 24-Hours spirit that has lasted 89 years, the Asian Le Mans Series will enable manufacturers to showcase the reliability of their products and enhance their image, as well as demonstrating the soundness of their new technologies in a sporting, competitive spirit guaranteed by the values of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. Our dearest wish is that an Asian driver, an Asian team or a manufacturer/constructor from the Asian Le Mans Series wins the Le Mans 24 Hours.”
Mark Thomas, Managing Director of S2M Group: “Firstly I would like to thank the ACO for giving S2M Group the opportunity to be involved in the Asian Le Mans Series. Today’s calendar launch is the culmination of much time and work in terms of preparation and planning. Such a pan-Asian endurance motor sports Series cannot be successful without the collaboration of many different partners not least the respective National Associations and circuits that will host the races but also all the prospective manufacturers, teams and commercial partners that will be involved. In reality, today marks the start of much hard work to create a successful Asian Le Mans Series for many years to come. However we are confident with the team and partners we are bringing together we can cement the Series as one of the preeminent motor sports properties in Asia.”
Daly Qualifies on Front Row in India American Conor Daly qualified second fastest this morning at the Buddh International Circuit where the newly launched MRF Challenge will run this weekend in support of the Indian Grand Prix. It will be a double header weekend for the Dallara-Renault powered cars with race one taking place on Saturday morning just after Formula One free practice three. Race two will be on Sunday morning before the 2nd running of the Indian Grand prix. After arriving in Delhi at midnight on Thursday, Daly managed just five hours of sleep before his crew call to make a custom seat for a race car that he had never seen before.
Latest F1 secrets kept from Hamilton Lewis Hamilton tested McLaren Research and Development parts as Indian Grand Prix practice took place on Friday. However, as the 2008 World Champion is switching to the Mercedes factory team next year, he was not allowed to know specifically what was being run on the car. He and Jenson Button ended the day in sixth and seventh places.
“It was quite a positive day – on my side of the garage, at least,” said Hamilton, choosing not to discuss the new components. “The car felt quite good, but to get the best from the tires on each lap wasn’t so easy. We’re not quite quick enough yet, but tire durability and our long-run pace both looked quite good. In fact, I was very happy with the long run. If we continue in that direction, we’ll hopefully be strong in the race.
Porsche dumps support of Flying Lizard team One of Porsche's most successful GT teams will no longer serve as a development partner for the German manufacturer.
Porsche announced Friday that it will discontinue its factory supported program with Flying Lizard Motorsports, as development of the 997-model Porsche 911 GT3 RSR winds down ahead of the 991-model GT contender, which will make its North American debut in 2014.
Pack smart if going to Austin for the F1 race A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Today is great example of the possibility I mentioned in my last email. The high temperature in Austin yesterday was in the upper 80s. Last night a cold front blew in and it is currently 52 with a projected high of 57. Saturday is forecast for 59 and Sunday for 65. Of course, by next Thursday we're back up to 80.
In mid November these temperatures could easily be 20+ degrees cooler. People coming to Austin for the race should pack a jacket -- and some shorts! You just never know in Texas. Kerry Vincent
Bob Jenkins wife dies Longtime Indianapolis-based broadcaster Bob Jenkins and friends are mourning the loss of his wife, Pam, who died Thursday evening due to a rare form of brain cancer. She had been in and out of the hospital since April. The Jenkins were married 44 years, and she was his pride and joy, at her side throughout this difficult period. He announced his retirement in a bid to spend more time with her. They did not have children. The Liberty, Ind., native and Indiana University graduate is known for his work with ESPN, NASCAR, IndyCar, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the NBC Sports Network. Service info and more as it becomes available. Indianapolis Star
Pagenaud, Newgarden nominated for top rookie prize Simon Pagenaud, who won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year, and Josef Newgarden are among the nominees for the Autosport Rookie of the Year Award.
Pagenaud finished fifth in the IZOD IndyCar Series on the strength of four podium finishes in his first full season in the IZOD IndyCar Series. He finished a season-best second at Long Beach.
Newgarden, who won the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights championship, had a respectable rookie campaign, highlighted by a front-row start at Long Beach and a seventh-place qualifying effort for his first Indianapolis 500.
Voting for the award, which will be presented in London during the Autosport Awards in December, is currently open at Autosport.com
ALMS Confirms 2013 schedule change The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n has confirmed a date change for its 2013 race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. The new date – Saturday, May 11 – reflects a change from the previously announced May 18 date, which conflicts with the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
The American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patr¢n at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which has been a fixture on the ALMS schedule for each of the Series’ 14 seasons, is a four-hour enduro run over the track’s 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit.
Wind Tunnel Sunday Mike Helton, NASCAR President, will join Dave Despain in the Wind Tunnel studio to talk about the race weekend in Martinsville among other NASCAR topics.
David Hobbs will stop by to break-down the Indian Grand Prix and preview the season’s final three events.
And we’ll talk to 7-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion, Brett Hearn, who will get us ready for next week’s World of Outlaws World Finals in Charlotte. The event will showcase the sanction’s modified, late model, and sprint car divisions.
Angry Perez says 'no reason' to skip India practice (GMM) Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton appear to be in the process of falling out of favor within their respective teams.
Hamilton is moving from McLaren to Mercedes for 2013, to be replaced at the famous British by Sauber's Perez.
Mexican Perez was sidelined in morning practice in India early on Friday, ostensibly due to a heavy cold. He was replaced by Esteban Gutierrez, who is tipped to move into Perez's race seat full-time next year.
Unwell Perez back on track in India (GMM) Sergio Perez is set to complete the rest of the Indian grand prix weekend, after skipping Friday morning practice with a heavy cold.
The McLaren-bound Mexican's likely 2013 successor, Esteban Gutierrez, stepped in for the unwell 22-year-old, but Perez was back on track and up to speed in the afternoon.
"Now Sergio will be taking over again but, in case anything should happen, I feel ready to get into the car again," Gutierrez said after going 20th quickest in the morning, 1.4 seconds behind Kamui Kobayashi.
Ecclestone to act as Ferrari gesture sparks controversy
All the fuss over a little flag?
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has vowed to "look" into a burgeoning controversy about Ferrari's decision to run an Italian navy flag logo on its F1 livery this weekend in India.
The move, linked to Indian officials holding two Italian marines over the recent killing of two Indian fishermen, has angered Indian officials and may also contravene the FIA's anti-political statutes.
The Indian government has indeed admitted its disapproval, an external affairs spokesman saying the use of "sporting events to promote causes which are not of a sporting nature is not in keeping with the spirit of sports".
Video: Crashfest Oregon Team vs. TDS Team Wim Beelen (TDS Team) crashes into the two Oregon cars on the 1st lap of the 2012 Megane Trophy at Barcelona but later in the race, his teammate Bas Schothorst (TDS) got wrecked while leading with 2 laps to go by Old Navajo (Oregon/Torino Team) who was a lap down and cutting the chicane on purpose.
Today the first day of the Australian Grand Prix saw Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa topping the time sheets at Phillip Island. Casey set the best lap time of 1'29.999, faster than the circuit record (Nicky Hayden, 1'30.059 in 2008), with Dani in second position, 0.8 tenths off the Australian hero with 1'30.884.
Casey began his mission to take the victory on his last career appearance at Phillip Island, while Dani aims to keep his current momentum and finish in front of Jorge Lorenzo again to bring the fight for the championship to the last round in Valencia.
Indian GP: Charged up Vettel tops opening practice
Hot off the heels of three straight wins and the 2012 F1 points lead, a charged up Sebastian Vettel led the opening practice at the Buddh International Circuit for the Indian GP by more than 0.3s over Jenson Button and the German's chief championship rival Fernando Alonso.
Lewis Hamilton was fourth fastest ahead of Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher.
Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen completed the top ten.
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