NEWS ARCHIVE

31 JANUARY 2011

LAUNCH FEATURE: SAUBER C30

The launch of the new Sauber C30 at Valencia is, the team hopes, the beginning of an upturn cycle after a difficult 2010 after BMW withdrew from the sport at the end of the previous season. Peter Sauber, Key and Kaltenborn were all on hand in Valencia to give their thoughts on Sauber's season ahead:

RENAULT R31 REVEALED

In the final unveiling of the day at Valencia, Renault has launched is R31 chassis in the pitlane prior to the three day winter test that starts tomorrow.

RENAULT NAMES SENNA AND GROSJEAN AS THIRD DRIVERS

At the launch of the new Renault R31 at Valencia today, the team also announced it's new driver lineup, naming Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean as third drivers.

SAUBER LAUNCHES C30

At Valencia this morning, Sauber launched it's new C30 chassis that it hopes will bring improved pace and reliability for the coming season.

TEAM LOTUS UNVEILS T128

Team Lotus has unveiled it's 2011 F1 challenger, the T128, claiming that it is a significantly more aggressive design than last season's chassis and hopes the car will figure strongly in the mid-field.

30 JANUARY 2011

SENNA MOVIE SCOOPS TOP AWARD

The new Senna movie has won a prestigious American award at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

MERCEDES RELEASES SNEAK-PEAK OF W02

Mercedes has released a sneak peak of its 2011 Formula 1 chassis, the W02, before it's first public showing on Tuesday at Valencia.

28 JANUARY 2011

FERRARI UNVEIL 2011 CHALLENGER

Ferrari became the first team to unveil its new car for the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship when it pulled the covers off the F150 at Maranello today.

MONTEZEMOLO: I WANT TO BE WINNING

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, at the launch of the team's new F150 chassis, says that Ferrari wants to win the championship after all of Italy's heartbreak in losing at the final race last season.

27 JANUARY 2011

NEW MCLAREN TECHNICAL TEAM LOOKS BACK

"The first project I did at McLaren was the power-braking system in 1993," recalls new technical director Paddy Lowe. "It was really exciting because we only had six races to invent it, deliver it and race it."

LOWE PROMOTED TO TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AT MCLAREN

Paddy Lowe, formerly McLaren's engineering director, has been promoted to the role of technical director in a team reshuffle.

ITALIANS CHASE BRIATORE TAX

Reports from Italy say that authorities have frozen €1.5 million from bank accounts held by Flavio Briatore in Italy and Monaco.

26 JANUARY 2011

FORCE INDIA CONFIRMS DI RESTA

In a move that has been widely anticipated, the Force India F1 team has announced that driver Paul di Resta will join Adrian Sutil for the 2011 season. Nico Hulkenberg has been named as reserve driver.

Q&A WITH FORCE INDIA'S DRIVER LINEUP

A question and answer session with Force India's new driver lineup, Adrian Sutil, Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg.

SIMULATOR PROBLEMS HINDER SCHUMACHER PREPARATIONS

Michael Schumacher's 2011 preparations have not been helped by motion sickness problems affecting his time in the team's simulator, although the team says it is not a major issue.

24 JANUARY 2011

LOTUS F1 NAMING DISPUTE SET FOR FULL TRIAL

The High Court in London decided on Monday that the dispute over the use of the Lotus name in F1 racing will go to a full trial starting on 21 March.

MORE CONCERN OVER MELBOURNE COSTS

Melbourne's Lord Mayor has told Australian newspaper The Herald Sun that the city could become the first to walk away from a grand prix when the current deal with Formula One Management expires in 2015.

21 JANUARY 2011

F1 TELEVISION VIEWERSHIP RISES

Following an exciting year in F1 this past season, Formula One Management announced today that the television audience for Formula 1 increased by 1.3% in 2010.

WILLIAMS CONSIDERS PUBLIC STOCK OFFERING

Frank Williams has issued a statement today that the team will look at making a public stock offering to secure the long-term financial stability and health for the future.

BRDC CHAIRMAN STEPS DOWN

The chairman of the British Racing Drivers' Club, Robert Brooks, has stepped down.

20 JANUARY 2011

BUTTON'S FERRARI RELIEF

John Button, father of 2009 world champion Jenson, caused a bit of a furore with the Italian police when he reported his Ferrari 550 stolen.

19 JANUARY 2011

RENAULT NAMES FAUZY AS RESERVE DRIVER

Renault has announced that Malaysian driver Fairuz Fauzy has been signed as reserve driver for the 2011 season.

18 JANUARY 2011

GROUP LOTUS ATTEMPTS TO EXPEDITE NAMING VERDICT

Group Lotus is pursuing a summary judgement in the row over the Lotus F1 naming rights, with a hearing scheduled for next Monday, January 24.

17 JANUARY 2011

SYMONDS: I STILL HAVE A LOVE OF F1

Pat Symonds, the man at the centre of the Renault 'Crashgate' scandal with Flavio Briatore, says that he still has a passion for F1 and is keen to get involved once again.

14 JANUARY 2011

PRODRIVE CONSIDERS F1 FOR 2013?

David Richards has said that Prodrive may have another look at Formula 1 when the regulations change in 2013.

KOREAN GP ORGANISER FIRED

The chief organiser of South Korea's first F1 Grand Prix race has been fired.

13 JANUARY 2011

ALONSO IS WARY OF SCHUMACHER

Fernando Alonso, surprisingly, rates Michael Schumacher as a big threat for the 2011 world championship despite the seven times champion's difficult F1 return.

12 JANUARY 2011

FERRARI TARGETS BETTER START IN 2011

Stefano Domenicali, speaking at Ferrari's media 'Wroom' ski event at Madonna di Campiglio in Italy, says the Scuderia is targeting a stronger start to its 2011 campaign than last year.

11 JANUARY 2011

BRUNDLE IS NEW BBC MAIN COMMENTATOR

Martin Brundle has taken on the role of lead F1 TV commentator for the British BBC TV network and will be joined in the commentary box by David Coulthard.

TYRRELL DESIGNER DEREK GARDNER DIES

Derek Gardner, the designer of Tyrrells in the 1970s, including the legendary six-wheeler, has died at the age of 79.

10 JANUARY 2011

HRT KICKED OUT OF FOTA?

Hispania Racing has confirmed it is no longer a member of the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) but there are conflicting reports about the way in which the split happened.

BUTTON IN PARADISE

Even through the off-season Jenson Button continues to train hard.

6 JANUARY 2011

KARTHIKEYAN TO DRIVE FOR HRT

Narain Karthikeyan has told the Indian press that he has signed a deal to race for the HRT team in 2011, although the Spanish-based team has yet to announce it.

GRIBBOWSKY PROBED OVER KICKBACK FOLLOWING F1 SALE

German bank executive Gerhard Gribbowsky has been arrested for allegedly accepting a $US50m kickback from the sale of a large stake in the holding company of F1's commercial rights.

4 JANUARY 2011

FRY IS NEW FERRARI ENGINEERING CHIEF

It seems that Chris Dyer has paid the price for Ferrari's strategic error in the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

3 JANUARY 2011

CONSTRUCTION STARTS AT NEW US GP SITE

Work has begun on constructing the circuit in Austin to complete it in time for the inaugural 2012 race.

1 JANUARY 2011

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