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старый 03.03.2011, 15:18   #1
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Mercedes-Benz has taken full control of its Brackley-based Formula 1 team after parent company Daimler, along with its Abu Dhabi-based financial backers, bought the remaining shares still held by the former Brawn management.

The German car company and Aabar Investment initially only acquired a 75.1% shareholding in Ross Brawn’s then-owned world champion outfit in November 2009, with the remaining stakes staying with the management team which included Brawn and CEO Nick Fry.

However, ahead of Mercedes GP’s second season, Daimler announced on Monday that it had increased its shareholding from 45.1% to 60%, with Aabar now owning the remaining 40%.

Daimler says the increased investment underlines the firm’s commitment to achieving long-term success with its F1 team.

"This majority stake holding demonstrates our determination to build a long-term Formula 1 involvement on an even more successful platform," said Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

"Our company's founders invented the automobile 125 years ago and the very first Mercedes was a racing car. These are the reasons why we see our Formula 1 programme as an important element of our brand history.

“The acquisition of a majority stake holding in our Silver Arrows team sends a clear signal that we intend to achieve technical and sporting success on world motorsport's biggest and most important stage – and to do so in cost-effective conditions."

Team chief Brawn is pleased with the increased commitment from the squad’s joint owners and, while he may personally no longer have a financial stake in the Brackley outfit, insists he will remain at helm for the long-term.

"Daimler and Aabar's acquisition of the remaining 24.9 per cent stake in Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix will be a further step in the consolidation and strengthening of our team for the future.

“Motor racing, particularly Formula 1, is a very specialised industry, and we are privileged to have such strong and understanding partners as Daimler and Aabar to support our joint ambitions.

“I remain fully committed to our team for the long-term, along with the management team and all of our employees.

“We all look forward to the challenge of making our team successful, and proudly representing Mercedes-Benz and the racing tradition of the Silver Arrows.”

Mercedes GP are hoping to make significant improvement with their car in 2010 after an underwhelming first season in which they failed to win a race and finished a distant fourth in the constructors' championship.

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старый 04.03.2011, 12:10   #2
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Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have conceded that McLaren go into next week’s final test at Barcelona playing catch up to chief rivals Red Bull and Ferrari, but both have backed the team to come good with the MP4-26.

Having opted to delay the introduction of their 2011 challenger to the second pre-season test at Jerez, the Woking outfit have encountered a number of teething problems with the car in its two test appearances so far and have yet to match either the long-run pace or reliability of the Red Bull RB7 and Ferrari F150.

McLaren had been hoping to hit the ground running this year after stating last season behind their two main competitors but Hamilton admits the team have to do additional development work if they are going to bridge the gap by the first race.

"It is always difficult to catch people,” he was quoted as saying by the Guardian during a media day with McLaren’s drivers.

“Wherever we are right now, we will have to do twice as much work with our update package for the first race because so will they [be doing work].

“We have to close the gap and it makes the challenge a little bit tougher. But it's nothing we can't do."

Ferrari in particular have impressed the paddock with their new car’s reliability out the box but Hamilton has yet to complete more than 107 laps in a single test day.

The 2008 champion pointed to issues towards the back of the MP4-26 as having contributed to the team’s less-than-ideal winter lap count

“One day we did only 38 laps,” Hamilton said.

“That's nothing major but we have had mechanical issues at the back of the car and that has really hampered us.

“In the last test we got 170 laps so we have picked up but we are behind on mileage and we can't catch it up on the testing left. But hopefully it will not hinder us too much."

McLaren’s decision to run the first test at Valencia with its 2010 car raised eyebrows, but the team insisted that it would be more beneficial to assess the new Pirelli tyres with a more known quantity, as well as getting crucial extra days to work on the new car in wind tunnel.

Button, however, acknowledges the team haven’t yet had enough time to focus on set-up work due to the glitches that have repeatedly cropped up.

“It’s tricky because we haven’t had enough testing in the car to do proper set-up work, which is disappointing,” Button was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph

“It’s not exactly a year when it is not complicated, what with moveable rear wings and KERS making a return

“When you are limited on parts and you have reliability issues, you don’t get the testing done, which you need to develop the car."

Hamilton said while the MP4-26 needed more downforce to improve its competitiveness, the situation was nowhere near as bad as 2009 when the team ended pre-season a long way off the ultimate pace.

"The '09 was terrible because the car was hopping, three-wheeling through corners, it was locking up, and it had no downforce,” Hamilton told Reuters.

"This doesn't lock up, it doesn't three-wheel and it handles really nice, better than last year's car, but it just doesn't have as much that's where it feels weak.

"Hopefully we've got some more downforce coming onto the car before the first race".

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старый 05.03.2011, 16:59   #3
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F1 2011 - Lotus Renault Presents New Car

Jan. 31, 2011 - (L to R): Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Lotus Renault GP; Eric Boullier (FRA) Lotus Renault GP Team Principal; Gerard Lopez (FRA) Genii Capital and Robert Kubica (POL) Lotus Renault GP at the Lotus Renault GP R31 unveiling...Formula One Testing, Preparations, Valencia, Spain, Monday 31 January 2011.

The cancelled Bahrain Grand Prix will be rescheduled for this season should peace return to the Gulf kingdom, according to Bernie Ecclestone, with a late-season slot for the race the most likely solution.

Formula 1’s planned season-opener at the Sakhir circuit was called off indefinitely by the country’s rulers at the start of last week following the onset of civil unrest on the nation’s streets, which made headlines around the world.

Ecclestone suggested earlier in the week that he and FIA president Jean Todt had agreed that a decision on whether the 2011 event was reinstated onto the calendar needed to be made swiftly, in order for any reshuffling of other race dates to take place.

Speaking to the BBC on Thursday, the sport’s commercial impresario said that should the situation in Bahrain return to normal in the coming months then the 2011 race will still happen.

“I’m hoping beyond hope things settle peacefully in Bahrain and we can try to find a slot later on in the year," Ecclestone said.

“I don’t know how likely it is [that there is] going to be peace in Bahrain, but if there is we will find a way [to work the race back into the calendar].”

He added: “If there’s peace in Bahrain we will be there.”

Although he had previously floated the idea of rescheduling the race for F1’s August break, Ecclestone now accepts that the sport should “forget” trying to try to stage a summer event due to the sweltering temperatures in the country at that time of the year.

He says he will have to put a proposal to the FIA's World Council on the issue in time for the body's sitting early next week and thinks a slot towards the end of the eight-month season would be the most sensible solution, with one possibility being for Bahrain to follow Abu Dhabi on November 20 with the Brazil finale moved back a week into December.

“We'll try and have a look and see what we can do, how we can swap things round a bit,” Ecclestone added.

“Maybe we can change with Brazil, something like that.”

Ecclestone has waived Bahrain’s fee for its postponed grand prix and admits it would not have been good had the F1 race been used as a platform for further demonstrations.

"Whether it [staging the grand prix] would have given the opportunity for more unrest or not I don't know but I'd hate to have had it happen that we were the cause for people getting a lot more publicity by sabotaging F1,” he said.

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старый 07.03.2011, 13:39   #4
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Ferrari have made a further change to the name of their 2011 Formula 1 car – and hit out at Ford for complaining that people might be confused between the Italian racer and the American firm's pick-up truck brand.

Originally the 2011 Ferrari was known as the F150, a name chosen to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy – a choice that many commentators felt was a nod to team president Luca di Montezemolo's future political ambitions.

But Ford then initiated legal action, claiming that Ferrari were infringing the F-150 trademark that they used for their pick-up truck.

Ferrari responded by amending the name of their F1 car to F150th Italia, and on Friday Ford said they considered the matter resolved.

However Ferrari were not finished yet, and announced on their website that the car would henceforth be known as the 150° Italia.

"In order to avoid the slightest risk of anyone confusing a Formula 1 car with a pick-up truck, for their part, the men from Maranello have decided that the car will lose the F that precedes the number 150 and which stands for Ferrari, as it has done on numerous occasions when it's come to giving a car a code name, be it for the race track or the road," said Ferrari in a strongly-worded column on their website entitled the 'Horse Whisperer'.

"It appears that this could have caused so much confusion in the minds of the consumer across the Pond that, at the same time as losing the F, the name will be completely Italianised, replacing the English 'th' with the equivalent Italian symbol.

"Therefore the name will now read as the Ferrari 150° Italia, which should make it clear even to the thickest of people that the name of the car is a tribute to the anniversary of the unification of our country."

The column hinted that Ferrari had found the row something of an annoyance during their build-up to the 2011 world championship.

"Let's hope the matter is now definitely closed and that we can concentrate on more serious matters, namely ensuring that our car that already seems to be pretty good out of the box, becomes a real winner."

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старый 08.03.2011, 06:50   #5
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Lewis Hamilton says the need to nurse the new Pirelli tyres is making Formula 1 “painfully slow” and “just not exciting”.

Pirelli has responded to requests from F1 teams and rulemakers that its new-for-2011 rubber should not have the longevity of predecessor Bridgestone's.

The authorities want to create more races like last year's well-received Canadian Grand Prix, when the Bridgestones – which were often capable of lasting an entire race distance - wilted, prompting plenty of overtaking, multiple pit stops and strategic variety.

The Pirellis have certainly met that specification so far in testing, but Hamilton thinks that rather than spicing things up, the short-life rubber is forcing drivers to prioritise nursing their tyres over pushing hard.

"There is more to think about in the car, but Formula 1 does seem to have slowed down," he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

"The cars are slower on a race distance. Last year we had to make tyres last with heavier fuel load and now it's even slower.

"I did run the other day and it was painfully slow, it really was.

"Just not exciting, to be honest."

He said he was struggling to get even a short stint out of Pirellis in the most recent test at Catalunya.

"The first run – I didn't think I was pushing very hard – and the tyres were finished after nine laps, down to the canvas," said Hamilton.

"On the next run, I had to go easier. It was almost like doing an out-lap and I just about made it to 15 or 16 on a soft tyre."

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has also been critical of the tyre move, suggesting it could lead to chaotic races that will disadvantage the top teams.

"From what we have seen so far, degradation is very significant, which means we will have races with lots of pit stops," said Alonso.

"I'm not keen on that because I think this increased uncertainty does not favour the strongest teams.

"It's as if in football, it was decided to have a penalty per team each half hour in which case Barcelona and Real Madrid would not be jumping for joy.

"However, the situation is the same for everyone: it will be important to be fastest because I don't think we can make one stop less than our main rivals."

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старый 09.03.2011, 07:53   #6
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F1 2011 - Lotus Renault Presents New Car

Jan. 31, 2011 - Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Lotus Renault GP and Robert Kubica (POL) Lotus Renault GP unveil the new Lotus Renault GP R31...Formula One Testing, Preparations, Valencia, Spain, Monday 31 January 2011.

Formula One test drives Valencia

Russian Formula One driver Vitaly Petrov of Lotus Renault on track in the new R31 during test drives at Ricardo Tomo circuit in Valencia, Spain, 01 February 2011.



Mark Webber did little to dispel the theory that world champions Red Bull remain the team to beat heading into the new season by topping the times on the first day of the final pre-season test at Barcelona.

A little over two weeks on from what had originally been intended to be the sole test at the Circuit de Catalunya this winter, Webber’s best time of 1m22.544s was already eight hundredths quicker than Ferrari rival Felipe Massa’s best from the previous session despite Tuesday’s running getting underway in damp conditions.

The Australian’s benchmark, which was set during a short stint in the morning, proved to be over 0.3s quicker than McLaren driver Jenson Button’s best, although this will be encouraging for the latter having identified the need to improve both the MP4-26’s reliability and set-up this week.

Button, who racked up 74 laps, spent the early hours evaluating a number of new parts, including a front wing, and completing some pit stop practices before switching to longer runs and Pirelli tyre analysis in the afternoon.

Renault’s Vitaly Petrov took third despite not having been scheduled to be in the R31 until Wednesday, Nick Heidfeld having only completed limited running in the morning before stopping due to a cold.

Between them the pair only completed 47 laps, but the team’s day was more about validating the performance of their Australian Grand Prix-spec aero package which the squad believe represents “a step forward”.

Heidfeld, who still finished fifth on the times, said: “I have a cold at the moment so the team said I could try the car this morning and stop in the afternoon.

“The priority of the day was to assess some new aero parts.

“That’s why we did a lot of in and out laps for the aero mapping. We are still analysing the data, but the feeling was positive.

“Then, we used the rest of the morning to do a few starts, system checks and looked at some development items.”

Sergio Perez sandwiched the pair in fourth for Sauber, the Swiss team another to try out their definitive package for the first race. The Mexican rookie managed to rack up 90 laps despite being sidelined for a while in the early afternoon with a hydraulics leak.

Force India and Team Lotus both gave track time to test drivers on Tuesday, Nico Hulkenberg getting his final outing of pre-season for the former before giving the VJM04 over to race driver Paul di Resta.

Lotus, meanwhile, tried out two rookies, with young GP2 drivers Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia getting 50 and 29 laps respectively in the T128 around the demanding track.

Italy’s Valsecchi was first out in the morning but blotted his copybook slightly when he spun into the gravel, although fortunately for him his slip came at the end of his scheduled running time.

Sebastien Buemi experienced more lengthy frustrations in Toro Rosso after an component failure on the STR6 brought the Swiss to a halt on the pit straight early in the morning.

The unspecified part caused damage to the car itself and a tyre, meaning it wasn’t until the afternoon that Buemi returned which therefore meant he didn’t lap more than 48 times.

With the Circuit de Catalunya open for testing for five days until Saturday, Ferrari, Mercedes, Williams and Hispania arrive on Wednesday to begin their respective four-day sessions.
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Formula One test runs in Valencia – Trulli


Italian Formula One race driver Jarno Trulli of Lotus drives along the race track with his new race car during a test run in Valencia, Spain, 03 February 2011. The Formula One teams test their new cars and tires for the season 2011 until 03 February 2011. The first Formula One race takes place on 13 March in Bahrain.



There were concerns that Mercedes would start the season way off the pace as they struggled in the first three tests - but team boss Ross Brawn was always adamant that they was working on reliability first and would only bring in their definitive 2011 technical package at the very end of testing.

The upgrades were duly bolted on for Friday's Catalunya test - when Schumacher surged to the fastest time of the whole winter, and Rosberg took third place despite only getting a handful of laps in the car at the end of the day.

"It's been a good week here in Barcelona and we're certainly happy with our position going into the first race of the season," said a bullish Schumacher.

Rosberg agreed that Mercedes were clearly now heading forwards.

"We have made a lot of progress over the four tests this winter and it's really nice to see that things are going in the right direction," he said.

"We are on the up for sure, and all credit to the team for getting the upgrades on the car and, most importantly, to see that they are working as expected."

Brawn was very satisfied that his winter strategy had been vindicated by Mercedes' late charge to the top.

"We are happy with the structure that we applied to our pre-season testing programme, culminating in a good quantity of miles, and the car that we wanted to produce by the end of this test," he said.

But he warned against raising expectations too high - saying Mercedes' Catalunya pace did not necessarily mean they were going to be front-runners in Melbourne.

"Our upgrade package has performed as we expected, however Formula 1 continually moves forward, and as always, we will keep looking for more performance," said Brawn.

"Both drivers and the team have achieved a good amount of work for the new season in terms of race weekend simulations and it is now down to the final preparations for the first race.

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старый 22.03.2011, 17:13   #8
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McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that the squad probably took things too far in some elements of their design process this year.

The MP4-26 features some dramatic and radical concepts, but so far hasn't been either fast or reliable.
Whitmarsh stands by the decisions his team took, even though they haven't paid off so far.
"Over the winter, we set ourselves some extremely ambitious performance targets for MP4-26," he said.
"Vodafone McLaren Mercedes are an uncompromising team and, as with every car we build, we tend to push development to the limit.

"In some cases, we've pushed over those limits, and the resulting lack of mileage has invariably eaten into our pre-season preparation.
"However, it's called testing for a reason – and testing MP4-26 beyond its limit has, in some ways, been highly instructive."
The team boss is not convinced that McLaren are in as bad a shape as testing results suggested - though neither is he claiming they will be front-runners.

"Do I think our testing pace is representative of the pace we'll show in Australia? No," said Whitmarsh.
"Do I think we head into the weekend as race favourites? Unfortunately, no.
"But do I feel that we have the capacity to surprise a few people and be competitive? Very much so."
He added that McLaren's rivals should write them off at their peril.
"As with everything we do at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, we never give up," Whitmarsh declared.
"We're fighters – that's the spirit that has won us 20 world championships in the past and which makes us a team you can never under-estimate."

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