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Fri 31 Dec 2010
Stewart tips di Resta to join 'best ever' grid in 2011
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Stewart tips di Resta to join 'best ever' grid in 2011

Sir Jackie Stewart has tipped fellow Scot Paul di Resta to make his Formula One debut in 2011. 24-year-old di Resta, the new DTM champion, was Force India's reserve and Friday driver in 2010 and is being considered for a race seat with...

Wind tunnel plans may take two years - Gascoyne
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Wind tunnel plans may take two years - Gascoyne

It will be some time before Team Lotus has its own wind tunnel up and running, technical boss Mike Gascoyne has admitted. Late in 2010, the Tony Fernandes-led outfit announced it would soon build a tunnel at its Hingham headquarters. But when asked...

2011 Ferrari passes monocoque crash tests
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2011 Ferrari passes monocoque crash tests

Ferrari's 2011 chassis has passed a sequence of crucial crash tests, according to Italian media reports. The mandatory monocoque tests reportedly took place under FIA guidelines and in the presence of an official observer at the CSI technical...

Website admits Santander/HRT story a hoax
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Website admits Santander/HRT story a hoax

A Spanish website has admitted a news story about Santander buying into the Spanish team HRT was a hoax. The website said the bank had bought 40 per cent of the struggling team and would announce the deal at the same time as confirming Pedro de la...

RB7 to be evolution of 2010 Red Bull - Newey
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RB7 to be evolution of 2010 Red Bull - Newey

Red Bull's 2011 car will be a further evolution of the pace-setting cars of the past two seasons. This year, the championship-winning RB6 was an evolution of the similarly Adrian Newey-penned 2009 car, which although beaten to the title by...

Red Bull keeping F1 engine 'options open' - Horner
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Red Bull keeping F1 engine 'options open' - Horner

Team boss Christian Horner has backed reports that Red Bull's F1 cars might one day be powered by their own brand of engine. When Volkswagen was recently linked with an engine supply foray in the future, the closely-aligned Red Bull was mooted as a...

Alonso among top Spaniards on 'net in 2010
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Alonso among top Spaniards on 'net in 2010

Taking into account news items, blogs and forums, Fernando Alonso was the hottest Spaniard in sport this year. But the study by vipnet360 showed that when Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are also factored in, the Ferrari driver ranks only...

HRT to use old car for first 2011 test
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HRT to use old car for first 2011 test

HRT's 2011 car will not be present for the start of the official pre-season test period in early February. Owner Jose Ramon Carabante recently announced that the Hispania team will be running at the first group session at Valencia on 1...

Germans not predicting Schumacher title in 2011
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Germans not predicting Schumacher title in 2011

More than 70 per cent of those surveyed by the major German news agency SID do not believe Michael Schumacher will win an eighth world title in 2011. The most successful driver in F1 history had a difficult return to the sport in 2010 after three...

Rosberg not sure Mercedes can catch up in 2011
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Rosberg not sure Mercedes can catch up in 2011

Nico Rosberg is confident of a more successful season for Mercedes in 2011. But the 25-year-old German, who this year finished 70 points ahead of his famous teammate Michael Schumacher, is not so sure the team's progress will be enough to close the...

Alonso not worried about Vettel/Ferrari rumours
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Alonso not worried about Vettel/Ferrari rumours

Fernando Alonso insists he would have no fear if he was paired at Ferrari with F1's new youngest world champion Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said in recent days that the 23-year-old German will drive a red car "sooner or...

Pirelli to return to Bahrain in January
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Pirelli to return to Bahrain in January

The next private test for 2011 F1 tyre supplier Pirelli will also be in Bahrain. With the 2009 Toyota and delayed for a day by a sandstorm, test drivers Romain Grosjean and Pedro de la Rosa recently tested at the Sakhir track over five...

Lauda wants Sutil, Hulkenberg at Force India
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Lauda wants Sutil, Hulkenberg at Force India

Force India is now the last significant team with driver vacancies for the 2011 season. With HRT likely to select a pair of well-financed racers much closer to the start of the season, a handful of highly rated candidates are clamouring for the two...

HRT engineer says F1 KERS systems 'inefficient'
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HRT engineer says F1 KERS systems 'inefficient'

A prominent engineer at the Spanish team HRT has proffered a cynical view of F1's returning KERS technology. Originally debuting in 2009 and now returning for the 2011 season, the controversial systems store energy collected under braking that...

Santander buys into HRT team - report
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Santander buys into HRT team - report

F1 sponsor Santander has reportedly bought 40 per cent of the struggling Spanish team HRT. Existing owner Jose Ramon Carabante said before Christmas that a new "major sponsor" for the 2011 would be announced "soon". "It is one of the five most...

2011 was last chance for F1 dream - Perez
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2011 was last chance for F1 dream - Perez

Sergio Perez has admitted that his F1 dream would have likely slipped away if he had not been signed to make his debut in 2011. The 20-year-old Mexican, backed by the Carlos Slim-led Telmex company, is quoted by the Spanish website motor21.com: "I...