NEWS ARCHIVE

28 FEBRUARY 2011

DAIMLER COMPLETES BRAWN BUYOUT

The Mercedes GP team is now fully owned by the German car manufacturer's parent company Daimler AG and Aabar Investment PJS, after buying out the remaining shareholders in the team.

INFINITI BRANDING DEAL FOR RED BULL

Red Bull is set to announce an engine branding deal with Infiniti at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

25 FEBRUARY 2011

ANALYSIS: WHAT'S THE 2011 F1 STATE OF PLAY?

Williams technical director Sam Michael, speaking at the livery launch of the new FW33 at the team's Grove, England base, confirmed that the start of the new F1 season should see more Red Bull versus Ferrari battles.

24 FEBRUARY 2011

WILLIAMS UNVEILS LIVERY

Williams F1 unveiled today it's livery design for the 2011 season at an event at it's Grove, England factory.

23 FEBRUARY 2011

END OF SEASON DATE FOR BAHRAIN?

Subject to the end of current unrest in Bahrain, it is possible that the cancelled F1 season-opener could be rescheduled to an end of season date close to that of the Abu Dhabi GP in November.

ECCLESTONE LOOKS TO RESCHEDULE BAHRAIN, GIVES UP $40M

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says that he will try to reschedule the Bahrain GP on the F1 calendar later this season.

KUBICA OUT OF INTENSIVE CARE

Renault's Robert Kubica, seriously injured in an Italian rally on February 6, is now out of intensive care.

21 FEBRUARY 2011

FERRARI FINISHES BARCELONA TEST ON TOP

Felipe Massa put Ferrari on top of the Barcelona test times on the final day's action of the third pre-season F1 test at the Spanish track.

BAHRAIN GP CALLED OFF DUE TO UNREST

The season-opening Bahrain GP has been called off by the organisers due to political unrest in the country.

20 FEBRUARY 2011

ROSBERG TOPS MIXED CONDITIONS DAY IN BARCELONA

Nico Rosberg topped the third day of Barcelona testing. The track was damp for much of the morning following overnight rain, and Rosberg's programme was restricted to several exploratory runs to gain experience of the Pirelli intermediate tyre.

BARCELONA, DAY 3 QUOTES

Team quotes from the third day of testing in Barcelona.

19 FEBRUARY 2011

VETTEL STILL ON TOP IN BARCELONA

World champion Sebastian Vettel topped the second day of F1 testing at Barcelona and put another 104 laps on the new Red Bull RB7.

BARCELONA, DAY 2 QUOTES

Team quotes from the second day of testing in Barcelona.

18 FEBRUARY 2011

VETTEL TOPS BARCELONA FIRST DAY

The opening day of the Barcelona F1 pre-season test was afflicted by mixed conditions that saw the track wet until almost lunchtime. Sebastian Vettel produced the quickest lap on a short run and finished up more than a second quicker than Fernando Alonso.

BARCELONA, DAY 1 QUOTES

Team quotes from the first day of testing in Barcelona.

BOB BELL JOINS MERCEDES GP

Mercedes GP has announced that Bob Bell will join the team as technical director, starting on April 1st.

LIUZZI TO TEST HRT

As the Hispania Racing team is continuing to evaluate drivers for it's second seat, it will test Vitantonio Liuzzi this weekend at Barcelona.

17 FEBRUARY 2011

BAHRAIN GP2 ASIA RACE CANCELLED

This weekend's GP2 Asia race has been cancelled by the organisers due to the civil unrest in Bahrain.

16 FEBRUARY 2011

RENAULT SIGNS NICK HEIDFELD

After completing a successful test with Renault at Jerez, Renault has announced that Nick Heidfeld will join the team to replace the injured Robert Kubica.

PIRELLI ANNOUNCE TYRE COMPOUNDS

F1's new tyre supplier Pirelli has announced the compounds that it will use in the first four races of the season.

BAHRAIN GP IN DOUBT?

There are concerns that the Bahrain Grand Prix in March might have to be cancelled, and the race organisers have issued a statement saying that they are monitoring the unrest and will respond accordingly - as the country is the latest Arab state to face dissent.

15 FEBRUARY 2011

INDIAN GP ON SCHEDULE

Construction of the track for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix is on schedule.

13 FEBRUARY 2011

BARRICHELLO ON TOP AT JEREZ TEST CONCLUDES

Rubens Barrichello set the fastest time of the week as the second pre-season F1 test of 2011 drew to a close at Jerez. The Williams then caused one of the day's red flags when it stopped with a hydraulic leak.

12 FEBRUARY 2011

HEIDFELD STAKES HIS RENAULT CLAIM

Nick Heidfeld set the fastest time on day three of the Jerez test as he staked his claim to taking over Robert Kubica's seat at Renault.

11 FEBRUARY 2011

VIRGIN NOT SULLIED BY SYMONDS

Former Renault director of engineering Pat Symonds is to work with Virgin Racing in a consultancy role.

SCHUMACHER QUICKEST AT JEREZ

Michael Schumacher topped the testing times in Jerez today as he took over Mercedes duties from Nico Rosberg.

RENAULT CHIEF THINKS HEIDFELD IS THE LOGICAL CHOICE

Nick Heidfeld has been given a boost by Renault team principal Eric Boullier - even before he makes his first appearance in the Renault R31 in testing at Jerez this week.

10 FEBRUARY 2011

MASSA TOPS FIRST DAY AT JEREZ

Felipe Massa once again underlined the unlikelihood of this season's new Ferrari F1 challenger being "truck-like", despite the recent branding issues with Ford, when the Brazilian topped the first day of Jerez F1 testing by almost three-quarters of a second.

EXXONMOBIL EXTENDS MCLAREN SPONSORSHIP

ExxonMobil has announced today that it has extended it's sponsorship deal with the McLaren-Mercedes team for another five years, promoting it's Mobil 1 products.

FERRARI REBRANDS F1 CAR AFTER DISPUTE WITH FORD

Ferrari has announced that it has renamed it's new 2011 F1 chassis the "F150th Italia" to avoid confusion with the Ford F-150 truck.

9 FEBRUARY 2011

ANALYSIS: HEAD CASHES IN AS WILLIAMS FLOATS

Patrick Head, co-founder of Williams Grand Prix Engineering with Sir Frank Williams, will reduce his 27% stake in the team to just over 5% as Williams prepares to float on the Frankfurt stock exchange next month in a move that should enrich head by almost $65m.

HEIDFELD AND SENNA TO TEST RENAULT

Renault has announced that it will test both third driver Bruno Senna and Nick Heidfeld in the R31 at Jerez over the coming weekend.

8 FEBRUARY 2011

ANALYSIS: WHAT WILL RENAULT DO?

Although Robert Kubica continues to show promising signs of recovery 48hrs after his rallying accident, it is obvious that he is going to be incapacitated for a considerable time.

FORCE INDIA REVEALS VJM04

At an event today, Force India unveiled it's 2011 Formula 1 challenger, the VJM04.

FORCE INDIA TECHNICAL DIRECTOR ANDREW GREEN ON THE VJM004

The 2011 Force India chassis is the first for the team created by new Technical Director Andrew Green, who comments on the process.

QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH THE FORCE INDIA DRIVERS

Q&A with Force India's drivers, Adrian Sutil, Paul di Resta and reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg.

RENAULT UPDATE ON KUBICA

Robert Kubica continues to make progress following his rallying crash on Sunday, with Lotus Renault GP issuing the following statement today.

HISPANIA RELEASES IMAGES OF F111

While not actually holding a launch presentation, the HRT team has released virtual images of it's 2011 Formula 1 challenger, the F111.

7 FEBRUARY 2011

GOOD SIGNS FROM KUBICA

After suffering a major crash in the Ronde di Andora rally on Sunday, and enduring a seven-hour operation to repair broken bones and a damaged hand, Robert Kubica was put into an induced coma last night.

RENAULT UPDATE ON KUBICA

The Renault team has issued another update on the condition of Robert Kubica following his crash yesterday.

VIRGIN LAUNCHES MVR-02 CHASSIS

The Virgin Racing team has unveiled it's 2011 Formula 1 car, the MVR-02, at an event in the BBC Television Centre in London today.

6 FEBRUARY 2011

SURGEON EXPLAINS KUBICA OPERATION

Robert Kubica is still undergoing surgery in the Santa Corona hospital in Pietra Ligure, being overseen by Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli, the Renault GP doctor, and renowned hand surgeon Professor Igor Rossello who is based locally.

RENAULT UPDATE ON KUBICA

The Renault team has issued the following release regarding the condition of Robert Kubica.

KUBICA SERIOUSLY HURT IN RALLY CRASH (UPDATE)

Robert Kubica has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries to his arm, leg and hand after a crash during a stage of the Ronde di Andora rally in Italy.

CIVIL HONOUR FOR FERNANDES

Team Lotus principal and entrepreneur Tony Fernandes has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen.

5 FEBRUARY 2011

LAUNCH FEATURE: MCLAREN - YOU'VE SEEN NOTHING YET!

McLaren may have launched its new MP4-26 in Berlin but the car unveiled had a 2010 specification nose and no sign of any trick exhaust treatment which is expected to be seen before the season starts in Bahrain on March 13.

4 FEBRUARY 2011

MCLAREN UNVEILS MP4-26 IN BERLIN

McLaren has revealed it's new MP4-26 chassis in an event in Berlin's Potsdamer Platz this morning.

3 FEBRUARY 2011

KUBICA ON TOP IN VALENCIA

Robert Kubica topped the final day of Valencia testing with the new Lotus Renault GP R31.

LAUNCH FEATURE: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROSS BRAWN

An interview with Mercedes GP Team Principal Ross Brawn.

2 FEBRUARY 2011

ALONSO TOPS SECOND TEST DAY IN VALENCIA

Fernando Alonso put another 100 plus laps on Ferrari's new F150 in Valencia, his 1:13.307s best lap proving 0.31s quicker than reigning champion Sebastian Vettel in the new Red Bull RB7 on the second day of testing at the Spanish track.

FERNANDO ALONSO ON THE NEW FERRARI F150

Fernando Alonso gives his views on the latest Ferrari chassis.

INTERVIEW: PAUL HEMBERY, PIRELLI MOTORSPORT DIRECTOR

An interview with the head of Pirelli's F1 tyre programme.

VETTEL GIVES NEW RED BULL THE THUMBS UP

World Champion Sebastian Vettel was impressed with the new Red Bull RB7 that took him to the top of the first day's pre-season testing time sheet in Valencia.

CHANGES TO MARUSSIA VIRGIN MANAGEMENT

In the lead-up to the new Formula 1 season, the Marussia Virgin team has made a number of changes to it's management structure.

INTERVIEW: WILLIAMS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR SAM MICHAEL

An interview with Williams F1 technical director Sam Michael.

1 FEBRUARY 2011

BARRICHELLO UNCONCERNED BY WILLIAMS OPENING DAY

Williams ran its FW33 for the first time in Valencia today, losing much of the morning session to a KERS problem but satisfied with the day overall, with times considered meaningless.

NICO ROSBERG ON THE NEW MERCEDES MGP W02

As the new Mercedes MGP W02 was unveiled in Valencia today, Nico Rosberg gave the car its track shakedown this morning before talking to the media about his first impressions.

LAUNCH FEATURE: RED BULL RB7

Red Bull Racing pulled the wraps off its new RB7 today in Valencia, the device with which it hopes to defend its drivers' and constructors' titles.

RED BULL REVEALS NEW RB7

World Championship winner Red Bull Racing has unveiled it's 2011, Adrian Newey designed, RB7 chassis at Valencia.

SENNA STEPS BACK TO GO FORWARD

Bruno Senna had what can only be described as a character-building first year in F1. The HRT team was new, its Dallara-built chassis was not truly up to F1 standard and there was no chance for Senna to shine.

WILLIAMS RUNS FW33

Williams F1 has started running with it's 2011 challenger, the FW33, using an interim livery today at Valencia.

MERCEDES LAUNCHES W02

Mercedes GP has officially launched it's 2011 challenger, the W02, after issuing a 'sneak peak' image over the weekend.

TORO ROSSO LAUNCHES STR6

Scuderia Toro Rosso revealed it's new 2011 chassis, the STR6, at Valencia today.