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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Next weekend four British drivers will compete in home circuit Silverstone, Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, McLaren’s Jenson Button, Force India’s Paul di Resta and Marussia's Max Chilton.
"Silverstone is so special for the British drivers and the weekend is made by the amazing support from our home fans," Hamilton said.
"The atmosphere, the flags flying around the circuit and just seeing everyone supporting us really does lift you. I hope we can put on a good show for them and we'll be pushing as hard as possible to give them a great weekend."
"Winning the British Grand Prix in 2008 was an incredible moment for me. I've been aiming to repeat it every year since and I'd love to win my second race at Silverstone.”
“We have a good car this year so I hope we can do it and it would be great to make the team proud at my home race."
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Lotus F1 team confirmed that, Infinity Racing acquired a 35% stake in the team. But still Genii Capital retains control of the team and Gerard Lopez continuing as chairman position.
Genii CEO Eric Lux said he believes that the co-ownership is the start of an "exciting journey" for the team. Lotus F1 Team was previously 100% owned by an investment vehicle of Genii Capital – a global investment management and financial advisory firm headquartered in Luxembourg – which retains a controlling stake of 65% in the Team. Gerard Lopez, co-founder of Genii Capital, will remain Chairman of Lotus F1Team. Eric Lux, CEO of Genii Capital, will continue his role on the Team’s Board of Directors.
“Infinity Racing's principals have exceptional expertise and a proven strong track record in developing and delivering high quality technologies. This partnership will enable us to increase Lotus F1 Team's competitive advantage related to [kinetic energy recovery] technology as it becomes more central to Formula One's push for environmentally sound racing, while also making Lotus F1 Team more marketable as a brand, opening up additional major sponsorship opportunities.” Lopez said.
“Since Genii Capital took over control in December 2009, we have been focused on growing the value of the organization and developing the infrastructure at its Enstone [U.K.] headquarters,” Genii CEO Eric Lux said.
“As Lotus F1 Team results have continued to improve every year, we have been waiting for the right investor who will help make the jump to the top spot in the constructors' championship.
“In Infinity Racing, we have found a partner with the right connections in addition to technological expertise and a global reach in major markets with key sponsors to achieve this goal. We look forward to working with Infinity Racing as we continue on this exciting journey.”
Mansoor Ijaz, Chairman and Suhail Al Dhaheri, Vice Chairman of Infinity Racing said: “Gerard Lopez, Eric Lux and the entire Genii Capital team are building Lotus F1 Team to make it a serious competitor at every race and a winner on a par with the top racing teams in Formula 1. The recent developments at Enstone and results of the Team’s high-quality drivers are testament to this. Patrick Louis, Chief Executive, and Eric Boullier, Team Principal, are continuing the time-honoured traditions of Lotus F1 Team and have re-established the Team as a competitive force in Formula 1.”
“We are honoured to be part of the Team’s forward march to the No.1 ranking and proud of the team spirit, down-to-earth nature and performance-oriented results that characterise the experts at Enstone, who endeavour to make Lotus F1 Team a title challenger in Formula 1 today.” Mansoor added.
AutoWeek reveals that the three companies in the U.K.-registered Infinity consortium are Crescent Investment Management (New Jersey), Al Manhal International Group (Abu Dhabi), and Universal Sports Group (Brunei), with their shareholding split 20-20-60.
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Most team’s still need using conservative tyre options, among the worries it could spoil their competitive form in remaining this season.
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery admits that he would have preferred being able to make bigger changes to the tyres and also the Italian company targets for an average of two stops.
"We have 19 circuits this year and that means a lot of variable conditions, sometimes we will be in the consecutive band, and sometimes we will be pushing it right to the end level because it is related to the circuit. Hembery told Autosport.
"The teams do improve their tyre management, as we have seen in the past few seasons where it tends to be lively at the start [of the season] and then by the time we get to Hungary things have levelled out a lot.
"But I think we will have tough races yet. We have Silverstone coming up - and if it is warm then that again can be a hard race from our point of view. So we will probably have some races with four stops, which we have said we don't want.” He added
"We would have needed to change the hard compound to avoid that, but to do that we would need the agreement from all the teams and we know that is not going to happen.
"We can do it if asked, but [in the event of four stops], my message would be stick with us for a few races. We talk about averages and over the course of the season we are aiming for an average of two stops."
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Sunday, June 16, 2013
The current contract will expire 2014 season, Montreal F1 race promoter Francois Dumontier says that long-term deals were becoming the trend in Formula 1.
"We are presently discussing an extension from 2015 to 2024, so ten years. That is the longest agreement that has ever been proposed to us. We had five years with options before." Dumontier said
"All new agreements now being signed are for ten years ... Ten years allows us to think long term, to think about improvements that can be brought to the circuit, about investments, etc. We are happy to work in this regard."
When asked why he thinks Formula One was starting to look more towards ten-year deals, Dumontier hinted the upcoming planned flotation on the Singapore Stock Exchange could be one factor.
"There are several reasons, but I believe they want to consolidate the good grands prix. Montreal is such a race, undoubtedly. We saw as much [at last week's race] with the full grandstands and the comments made by the drivers and teams. F1 has a project to enter the stock market. Ten-year contacts have a certain value when entering the stock market."
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Last Friday Pirelli confirms the British, German and Hungarian Grands Prix tyre choice, British GP will battle with this season special hard and medium compounds and also Hungary will run with the same zompound, German Grand Prix will fight the medium and soft in action.
Lotus Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane says that Pirelli’s selection are too conservative.
"It's unusual to take the same tyres to Hungary as to Bahrain and Silverstone," Alan Permane told BBC Sport.
"We didn't have those tyres last year. We had medium and soft last year and people did two stops. So it absolutely doesn't make sense - they're too hard for that track."
"They went softer to try to encourage more pit stops. There's no point in them going softer with the tyres if they're just going to take different harder tyres everywhere.” He added
"This is exactly what they did in the last few races of last year. They brought harder and harder tyres and we just ended up doing one stop.
"And last year they said they didn't want to interfere in the Championship so they took conservative tyres, but I never really understood what that meant."
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Leffler, 37, died Wednesday, a little more than three months after returning to the world of short-track open-wheel racing after focusing on NASCAR circuits for more than a decade, according to his website.
"Sitting here in disbelief. ... All I can think about is Charlie," NASCAR racer Elliott Sadler said, referring to Leffler's 5-year-old son.
Leffler's death at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, New Jersey, came during a qualifying race during the Night of Wings event, a 25-lap race for sprint cars equipped with stabilizing wings.
Sprint cars are high-powered cars that usually run on dirt or paved oval tracks.
Leffler was on the fourth turn of the preliminary heat when his car left the banked dirt track and flipped several times down the front straightaway, the South Jersey Times newspaper reported, citing witnesses.
He had to be pulled from the vehicle, the newspaper said.
"NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening," NASCAR said Wednesday in a statement. "For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed."
Condolences poured in from fellow drivers.
"Lost a good guy tonight in Jason Leffler. Prayers with your family!" racer Bobby Labonte said in a Twitter post.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Jason's family and friends," driver Jeff Burton posted. "Breaks my heart thinking of his little boy."
Leffler began racing when was 12 years old, according to his website, and went on to win four U.S. Auto Club racing championships -- including three back-to-back championships from 1997 to 1999 -- and a place in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
In 2000, he finished 17th in the Indianapolis 500.
He switched his racing focus that same year to NASCAR's Nationwide Series and later to the Camping World Truck Series in 2002, according to his website.
The Long Beach, California, native won two Nationwide Series races and finished in the top 10 in points for six consecutive years, according to his website.
He decided to return to dirt racing for 2013, planning to compete in up to 65 sprint car races.
"I've got a lot of learning to do," he was quoted as saying on his website in March. "It's cool to be able to race 3 times a week and figure things out."
Sprint car racing can be a dangerous sport, and accidents are not infrequent.
A 22-year-old driver died three weeks ago in a crash at Bloomington Speedway in Monroe County, Indiana, CNN affiliate WTHR reported.
In March, two spectators died when a car veered off-track at Marysville Raceway Park, outside Sacramento, California.
In that incident, a car hit two tractor tires, sending it airborne and striking two spectators, a 68-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy. The driver was uninjured.
In 2012, a 20-year-old driver died when his sprint car hit the wall at Calistoga Speedway in Napa County, California, according to the Napa Valley Register.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Both qualifying and race is too terrible for McLaren and he added that this year McLaren machine was terrible for the drivers and clearly admitted he was uncertain if they can even win a race this season.
Currently the 2009 world champion twelfth in the drivers’ championship.
“I have never been so pleased to get out of a car. The car is very different to the last three years. The geometry is new for us but our ride quality is poor. Button said
”In previous years, a McLaren has always looked stiff on the bumps but this years it is different and given how bumpy it was, it was terrible for us. The pace isn’t there and we got lapped easily. There are no positives from last weekend.
“I don’t know if we’re going to win a race this year. All we can do is keep trying to improve it. The new parts we put on didn’t work in Canada but hopefully it will work around Silverstone.”
“In Canada, we came away scoring more points than the team we want to beat — and that is McLaren. The Brit added.
”At Silverstone we need three consecutive days of building on our performance. If we do that, we can have another good day.
”The car is the best it has been in this team. We can improve on it and we will push for the grands prix coming up.”
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