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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Formula1 | Montezemolo: Ecclestone presence vital | motorsarena.co.cc

Bernie Ecclestone's continued control over Formula 1 is vital if the sport is to secure its long-term future, believes Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

Ahead of what is expected to be some tough discussions over the next two years to frame a new Concorde Agreement from the start of 2013, there has been renewed talk about teams considering a breakaway if they cannot get the extra finances they want to earn from commercial rights holder.


Formula1 | Montezemolo: Ecclestone presence vital | motorsarena.co.cc

MotoGP | Pedrosa to resume full training in January | motorsarena.co.cc

Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa is now in the final stages of recovery from the shoulder injury he sustained last October and is excited to return to training in early January.
MotoGP | Pedrosa to resume full training in January | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Petrov to reveal plans next week | motorsarena.co.cc

Vitaly Petrov is to confirm his future Formula 1 plans next week after announcing on Friday that he is to host a press conference in Russia.

The Renault driver has been widely expected to remain at the Enstone-based team for 2011, with senior management stating that they will keep him on board if he can demonstrate some increased commitment to the job.


Formula1 | Petrov to reveal plans next week | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Toro Rosso To Launch new Car in February | motorsarena.co.cc

Scuderia Toro Rosso will unveil its challenger for the 2011 season on February 1st, the Faenza-based squad announced on Friday.

The event, which will take place at the Valencia circuit, will coincide with the start of the winter testing at the Spanish track.


Formula1 | Toro Rosso To Launch new Car in February | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Liuzzi: I have a Force India contract for 2011 | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Liuzzi: I have a Force India contract for 2011 | motorsarena.co.cc

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Formula1 | Ferrari Welcomes team Order removal and aware of Critical 2011 start | motorsarena.co.cc

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and team boss Stefano Domenicali say it is Luca De Montezemelocritical that the Italian squad starts 2011 as a pacesetter, and avoids the kind of early-season slump that hampered its title bid this year.

Although Ferrari took a one-two with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in this year's season-opener in Bahrain, the next few months proved frustrating for the team, which did not win again until Hockenheim in late July. Alonso then had a much stronger second half to the season and led the standings heading into the Abu Dhabi season finale, only to lose the title to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Formula1 | Ferrari Welcomes team Order removal and aware of Critical 2011 start | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Di Resta to discuss Force India future this week | motorsarena.co.cc

Paul di Resta is expected to sit down with Force India this week to discuss his role with the team for 2011.

The new DTM champion served as the Silverstone based outfit's reserve and Friday driver in 2010, and is a contender for a race seat next year.


Formula1 | Di Resta to discuss Force India future this week | motorsarena.co.cc

Friday, December 10, 2010

Formula1 | 2011 Team Lotus car headed for January launch | motorsarena.co.cc

Team Lotus' new car is heading for a launch in January, chief executive Riad Asmat has revealed.

Amid the naming and livery dispute with new F1 competitor Group Lotus, Asmat insists the confusion is not affecting the progress of the T127 car's successor.


Formula1 | 2011 Team Lotus car headed for January launch | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Greener engines confirmed by WMSC | motorsarena.co.cc

The World Motor Sport Council has announced, as expected, that F1 will switch to ‘greener’ engines from 2013 with the introduction of 1.6 litre four-cylinder engines. It is hoped these will deliver a 35 percent reduction in fuel consumption.
Formula1 | Greener engines confirmed by WMSC | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Team orders ban dropped | motorsarena.co.cc

The rule forbidding team orders has been deleted, the World Motor Sport Council announced today following its final meeting of the year in Monaco. The decision has been taken as a result of this year’s German GP, where it was shown to be unenforceable.
Formula1 | Team orders ban dropped | motorsarena.co.cc

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Formula1 | Renault reveal R30 with new 2011 Lotus livery | motorsarena.co.cc

Renault have revealed the first genuine photographs of their current R30 F1 car in the new 2011 Lotus livery.

It has a black-and-gold design similar to that which Tony Fernandes’s Lotus Racing team also intends to use in 2011, harking back to the John Player Special Lotuses of the 1970s and 1980s.Renault 2011 Lotus Livery R30

Renault announced this morning it will be sponsored by Lotus Cars in 2011, who have also invested in the team.


Formula1 | Renault reveal R30 with new 2011 Lotus livery | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Webber insists injury was not an issue | motorsarena.co.cc

Mark Webber has defended his decision not to tell his Red Bull Racing team about the shoulder injury he suffered prior to the Japanese Grand Prix, insisting that the incident had no impact on his performance in the final races.
Formula1 | Webber insists injury was not an issue | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Renault to become Lotus Renault F1 team in 2011 | motorsarena.co.cc

Group Lotus on Wednesday finally unveiled its collaboration for 2011 and beyond with the Renault F1 team.

It had been expected that the famous British sports car maker, now owned by Malaysia's Proton, would tie up with Renault either in the form of a title sponsorship or by actually buying some of the Enstone based team.


Formula1 | Renault to become Lotus Renault F1 team in 2011 | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Barrichello asked to lose weight for KERS return | motorsarena.co.cc

Rubens Barrichello has revealed he has been asked to lose some weight ahead of the 2011 season.

Prior to the introduction of KERS systems in 2009, many drivers slimmed down to counteract the additional weight.


Formula1 | Barrichello asked to lose weight for KERS return | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Ferrari confirms Badoer leaving as test driver | motorsarena.co.cc

Ferrari has confirmed that 2010 was Luca Badoer's last year as test driver.

The almost 40-year-old Italian has been in the role since the late 90s, reportedly accumulating more than 130,000 kilometres at Fiorano in Ferrari's F1 cars during that period.


Formula1 | Ferrari confirms Badoer leaving as test driver | motorsarena.co.cc

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Formula1 | Hill: Schumacher didn’t disgrace himself | motorsarena.co.cc

1996 Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill has predicted that Michael Schumacher will ‘prove everyone wrong in 2011’ and bounce back from what was a pretty disappointing comeback year. Indeed while Schumacher’s performances weren’t especially great in 2010, Hill added he didn’t think the German did that bad, even if he did only finish ninth in the standings.
Formula1 | Hill: Schumacher didn’t disgrace himself | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Schumacher: Mercedes will do better in 2011 | motorsarena.co.cc

Michael Schumacher reckons Mercedes Grand Prix will be able to make a ‘powerful leap forward’ in 2011 and he is hopeful the Brackley-based team will again be able to battle it out at the front of the grid and challenge the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren.
Formula1 | Schumacher: Mercedes will do better in 2011 | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Horner: Webber should stay away from bikes | motorsarena.co.cc

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner has said he is ‘disappointed’ Mark Webber never told him he fractured his right shoulder prior to the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, when he had another mountain bike accident, his second in as many years.
Formula1 | Horner: Webber should stay away from bikes | motorsarena.co.cc

Monday, December 6, 2010

WRC | Meeke keen on Sordo joining MINI | motorsarena.co.cc

MINI's Kris Meeke says Dani Sordo would be a welcome addition to the team when it makes its debut in next year's World Rally Championship.

Sordo, from Spain, has tested MINI’s Countryman WRC with a view to driving for the UK-based squad next season. Although Sordo’s plans for 2011 have yet to be finalised, MINI is one of the 27-year-old’s main options after his contract with the factory Citroen team expired.


WRC | Meeke keen on Sordo joining MINI | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Webber confirms he broke shoulder with four races to go | motorsarena.co.cc

The Australian's new book 'Up front: a season to remember" claims that separate from his 2009 pre-season crash that broke his leg and left shoulder, the Red Bull driver broke his right shoulder in another mountain bike crash whilst he led the 2010 championship.
Formula1 | Webber confirms he broke shoulder with four races to go | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Schumacher not happy to stay in F1 midfield | motorsarena.co.cc

Michael Schumacher has set out his stall for a much more competitive car in 2011.

After three years of retirement, the 41-year-old struggled this year alongside his younger teammate Nico Rosberg, but neither were able to win with the W01.


Formula1 | Schumacher not happy to stay in F1 midfield | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Marussia must approve d'Ambrosio for 2011 Virgin seat | motorsarena.co.cc

Jerome d'Ambrosio is on the verge of securing his Formula One race debut.

The 24-year-old completed the 2010 season as Virgin's Friday morning driver in the place of Brazilian rookie Lucas di Grassi.


Formula1 | Marussia must approve d'Ambrosio for 2011 Virgin seat | motorsarena.co.cc

Friday, December 3, 2010

Formula1 | Glock: I’m already confirmed at Marussia Virgin | motorsarena.co.cc

Timo Glock stresses that he will be staying at Marussia Virgin Racing, despite his name having not been released on the FIA’s first draft of the 2011 Formula 1 entry list on Tuesday. The expected contract renewal, set to be officially confirmed with the team’s second driver announcement, will mark the German’s fourth full season in the sport.
Formula1 | Glock: I’m already confirmed at Marussia Virgin | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Lotus to start 2011 season without KERS | motorsarena.co.cc

Lotus has not changed its mind about running a KERS system in 2011.

In May this year, team boss Tony Fernandes said the Norfolk-based team had "good reasons" to build the 2010 car's successor without the energy recovery technology.


Formula1 | Lotus to start 2011 season without KERS | motorsarena.co.cc

WRC | Meeke impressed after latest run for MINI | motorsarena.co.cc

MINI driver Kris Meeke says he was delighted with his first taste of the MINI Countryman WRC on asphalt after running the car for two days in Sardinia last week.
WRC | Meeke impressed after latest run for MINI | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Proton confirms talks for partial Renault F1 takeover | motorsarena.co.cc

Proton intends to push ahead with a partial takeover of the Enstone based Formula One team Renault.

Previously, it was believed the Malaysian carmaker was only in talks over a potential title sponsorship, with Renault F1 to be renamed after the Proton-owned British sports car maker Group Lotus.


Formula1 | Proton confirms talks for partial Renault F1 takeover | motorsarena.co.cc

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Formula1 | Williams confirm Maldonado for 2011 | motorsarena.co.cc

Williams have announced that 2010 GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado will contest the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship for the team. The appointment finalises Williams’ line-up for next season following last month’s confirmation that Rubens Barrichello will remain with the British squad for a further season.
Formula1 | Williams confirm Maldonado for 2011 | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Alonso: My driving is better than ever | motorsarena.co.cc

Ferrari number one Fernando Alonso believes his level of driving was better than ever this season - and he was delighted with how he settled in at the Maranello-based team and with how he managed to trounce team-mate, Felipe Massa.
Formula1 | Alonso: My driving is better than ever | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Hamilton happy with new McLaren | motorsarena.co.cc

Lewis Hamilton has given McLaren’s 2011 challenger, the MP4-26, the thumbs up after ‘testing’ it in the Woking-based outfit’s simulator this week and he added that he is encouraged by the progress that has been made as they look to knock Red Bull off the top step.
Formula1 | Hamilton happy with new McLaren | motorsarena.co.cc

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Formula1 | FIA publishes 2011 entry list | motorsarena.co.cc

Motoring governing body the FIA has released its first version of the entry list for the 2011 Formula One World Championship. At present only the top four teams plus Sauber and Lotus’ line-ups are revealed in full, with the latter coming before an official announcement for either Jarno Trulli or Heikki Kovalainen.
Formula1 | FIA publishes 2011 entry list | motorsarena.co.cc

MotoGP | Guareschi: “We have high aims for 2011” | motorsarena.co.cc

The Ducati Team Manager discusses the 2010 campaign with Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden and also previews 2011 in a video feature interview.

Vittoriano Guareschi reviewed his first season as Team Manager of the Ducati factory team in a special post-season interview, which can be viewed in the attached video, discussing the 2010 campaigns of Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden.


MotoGP | Guareschi: “We have high aims for 2011” | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Trulli and Kovalainen stay with Lotus for 2011 | motorsarena.co.cc

With Formula 1 governing body the FIA having released its first draft of the 2011 entry list on Tuesday afternoon, it has been confirmed that Lotus retains its line-up of Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen, although the eventual name of the Norfolk-based outfit remains to be seen.
Formula1 | Trulli and Kovalainen stay with Lotus for 2011 | motorsarena.co.cc

Formula1 | Santander set to end McLaren sponsorship deal | motorsarena.co.cc

Santander is to transfer its full-backing to Ferrari in 2011, ending its four-year relationship with the McLaren-Mercedes team.

The Spanish banking giant entered F1 in 2007 as part of Fernando Alonso's ill-fated move to McLaren-Mercedes that year, but while the former champion switched to Renault at the end of the season, Santander stayed on board with the Woking-based team.
Formula1 | Santander set to end McLaren sponsorship deal | motorsarena.co.cc