F1 – Testing Day 3 for Team Lotus

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RICARDO TEIXEIRA:“I want to thank Team Lotus for giving me the chance to drive the T128 today. I am really pleased I could help out with the filming this morning and after my first taste of an F1 car I can’t wait to have another go.”

HEIKKI KOVALAINEN: “Valencia was an excellent test for me. Even though we had some issues with the power steering on the first couple of days you have to remember we weren’t even at the first two tests last year. Now we have a car that was ready to go with everyone else at the first test and to be able to run today without any problems is great. We have been able to start looking at the balance of the car in much more detail and I’ve had the same feeling that I did on day one – I think we have a good car for this year and as we continue to work on it here and at the other pre-season tests we can put some proper mileage on it without the reliability worries we had last year. On the car itself one of the most tangible improvements from last year is the lower centre of gravity we have this year. It’s a smaller chassis and we can place ballast under it much more effectively, which means the whole car feels balanced in a way we didn’t experience last year. Now, I can turn in without having to constantly correct oversteer or understeer and as the whole rear end has been designed with the Renault engine and Red Bull gearbox in mind, it is aerodynamically much more efficient. It’s basically a very good platform for us to develop, and to be able to feel that immediately is a very positive sign for me and the whole team for the season ahead.”

JARNO TRULLI: “It was a great day for the whole team. We completed 91 laps with basically no problems and we’ve been able to start to get a feel for the car which was really what this test was about. I agree with Heikki about the balance – it feels like we have a good car to work on in the next few tests and I think that we can pretty quickly get it to a point where it will give us a chance to fight with the teams ahead. The next test is only a few days away but I think there will be a lot more to come there in performance terms, and it will be good to get back in the car in Jerez and get more mileage under our belts.”

MIKE GASCOYNE: “An extremely productive day. It was good to get the power steering fixed and back on the car for today so well done to everyone at the factory for turning that around so quickly. We completed 91 laps today with no real problems and both drivers managed to get a good feel for the car and the tyres. We weren’t able to do any set up work – that will wait for Jerez, but it was an excellent day and we achieved the main goal of completing a decent mileage today. We also managed to complete our filming runs this morning and that work was done by Ricardo Teixeira who did an excellent job in difficult conditions, but he acquitted himself well and that was exactly what we needed him to do.”

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F1 – Mclaren launch the MP4-26 in Berlin

In a unique event attended by hundreds of fans, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes this morning brought together members of the public to construct and reveal its new MP4-26 chassis, the team’s challenger for the 2011 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Revealed at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, the famous public space that sits on the fringe of the old Berlin Wall, the car was built up by dozens of Vodafone competition-winners, fans and customers carrying components into the arena, where the new chassis was gradually pieced together in front of a huge crowd. Read more of this post

F1 – Force India make changes to technical structure

Responsibility for the development of the Force India 2011 challenger, the VJM04, and subsequent cars will be taken by newly-appointed technical director, Andrew Green, who steps up from his current role as director of engineering.

Andrew has over 20 years of top level motor racing experience including F1, F3000 and F3. He commenced his motorsport career in 1987 as a designer with Reynard Cars and was part of the small group of design engineers who started Jordan GP in 1990. After working his way up the company in positions within test and race engineering, Andrew joined British American Racing in 1998 as head of mechanical design. After four years with the company he moved on to become head of R&D at Red Bull Technology in 2004 and then rejoined Force India in July 2010. Read more of this post

F1 – Force India extends McLaren Applied Technologies partnership

Following on from its most successful FIA Formula One World Championship season to date, the Force India F1 Team is pleased to announce the first in a series of developments to aid the team in its campaign to reach the upper echelons of the sport.

The team, based in Silverstone, UK, is delighted to confirm it has extended its technical partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies until the end of the 2012 season, giving it complete technical stability for a further two years. From the 2009 season Force India has enjoyed a highly successful relationship with McLaren, which has supplied gearboxes and hydraulics. Over the same period Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines has also supplied its renowned V8 engine, effectively giving Force India the same drivetrain as the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team, which secured five wins in the 2010 championship. Read more of this post

F1 – Massa “Shame about the time lost”

Felipe Massa was not happy, nor did he want to hide his disappointment at the end of his troubled debut at the wheel of the F150. The third and final day of testing for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro began with a technical problem this morning, when a pipe broke leading to a heavy loss of oil during the first run of the day, which meant the Brazilian had to endure a long period of inactivity in the garage. Felipe got back in the car at 14.30 and did not stop until he took the chequered flag at 17.00. He thus managed to fit in 80 laps, the quickest in a time of 1.14.017. “We had a problem right at the start of the morning, when I was out on very old tyres,” explained Felipe. “It was not nice having to stop pretty much before I’d started the real work, but then, it was a relief to find out it was nothing that serious. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of time and, in the afternoon I tried to make up for it and get a feeling for the new car.” Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 3, Hispania

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In this third and last day of testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Cheste, Hispania Racing has achieved its goals and leaves Valencia with the homework done. The shiny sun and blue sky have been once again the principal characters of the day, obviously after the drivers and their single-sitting cars. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 3, Williams

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Sam Michael, Technical Director:
The main target for today was to get the KERS running and for Pastor to familiarise himself with the FW33. He did a good job learning all the control systems. There is a lot for a driver to think about in the cockpit now with the KERS, the rear wing, the brakes as well as keeping the tyres up to temperature. We did more set-up changes today to keep learning about the car and some longer runs for stabilised temperature checks. We ran 100 laps trouble-free so are quite happy with that. Overall it has been a good shakedown test for us. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 3, Red Bull Racing

Mark Webber was back in the RB7 cockpit today, for the final day of testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia.

The majority of today’s test focused on the new Pirelli tyres, as the team worked to gain a greater understanding of how they behave and how to get the best out of them. As Mark didn’t attend the Abu Dhabi tyre test at the end of last season, it was the first chance he had had to experience them for a full day – as well as the new RB7. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 3, Force India

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Adrian Sutil was back on duty for the Force India F1 Team on the final day of the first pre-season test in Valencia, Spain. The German completed more than 100 laps with the VJM03, the first time he has driven the car since the tyre test in Abu Dhabi last November. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 3, Mercedes GP

The first winter test of the 2011 Formula One season concluded in Valencia today with Michael Schumacher rounding off the three-day programme for the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team.

The focus was once again on reliability and mileage accumulation with the new MGP W02 car, as well as giving Michael the opportunity to familiarise himself with the Mercedes KERS system for the first time. A strong day of running saw Michael complete 110 laps in total. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 3, Lotus Renault GP

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Robert set the pace on the final day in Valencia as the team completed its first test with the R31.

What we learned today:
–       The team measured the downforce produced by the car with some aero runs this morning. This involves running the car at constant speed on the straight. Everything ties up well with the wind tunnel figures.
–       Initial set-up work was very productive and the team found some good directions.
–       Almost all of the routine systems checks have now been completed, allowing the team to focus on performance work and tyre evaluation in Jerez next week. Read more of this post

F1 – Jackie Stewart becomes a partner in Genii Business Exchange

Genii Business Exchange is delighted to announce the arrival of Sir Jackie Stewart, triple F1 world champion, as a partner for the years to come. Sir Jackie’s mission will be to reinforce the existing commercial, technological and industrial links between the world of racing and the motor car industry, as well as Genii’s core sectors including new technologies, infotainment and cleantech related industries. This is a bridge that Genii Capital is particularly keen on building with companies involved in the design of new-generation on-board telecommunications systems, lightweight braking systems and more generally advanced technologies that have a positive environmental impact. Read more of this post

F1 Testing Day 3, Sauber

Sergio Pérez and the Sauber F1 Team enjoyed a very productive third day of testing in Valencia with the new Sauber C30-Ferrari covering over 100 laps in ideal track conditions. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 3, Mclaren

More tyre testing using the new Pirelli P Zero tyres. Jenson’s input – along with that of Lewis and Gary – has given us a very broad dataset with which we can begin to understand and hone the tyres and car set-up for 2011.

“Today was mostly about tyre work,” said Jenson. “It was an interesting day and a new experience for me to try the Pirellis. They obviously work in a different way to last year’s tyres – but most of my runs were reasonably good. I was quite happy with the way the car was working; we did a lot of good work on set-up. We’re moving in the right direction.

“There’s degradation – but you’ll find that on any tyre – particularly on the Super-soft tyre, but that’s to be expected. Now I’m looking forward to seeing the new car tomorrow and starting to test it properly next week.”

Finally, this was the conclusion of the much-loved MP4-25’s active service. MP4-26 will be unveiled tomorrow in Berlin and begins its duties at Jerez next week

F1 – Testing Day 3, Ferrari

Third and final day of testing for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, working again today along with eleven other teams, at the Cheste circuit, near Valencia. Read more of this post