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Neel Jani wins the feature at Kyalami.

 

neel-jani1A1GP Ace: Neel Jani, son of an Indian father and Swiss mother, took victory in Sunday’s feature race at Kyalami, near Johannesburg in South Africa. He now shares most wins – nine – in the World Cup of Motorsports with Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg. Team Switzerland now leads the championship.

Brazilian teenager Felipe Guimares was second with Clivio Piccione third. Young Canadian Daniel Morad was an impressive sixth driving for Team Lebanon, courtesy of his grandfather’s heritage. Marco Andretti, courtesy of his father’s patronage, was eighth for Team USA.

The sprint race was won by Dutch driver Jeroen Bleekemolen, his father, Michael, raced in Formula 1 briefly.

Neel Jani takes the victory in the A1GP feature race in South Africa.

Jeroen Bleekemolen took the Netherlands first win in the A1GP Sprint race.

Still no serious takers for Honda F1.

1. Neel Jani Switzerland 1h02:24.617
2. Felipe Guimaraes Brazil + 13.176
3. Clivio Piccione Monaco + 14.193
4. Jeroen Bleekemolen Netherlands + 17.024
5. Filipe Albuquerque Portugal + 17.995
6. Daniel Morad Lebanon + 31.210
7. Danny Watts Great Britain + 34.328
8. Marco Andretti USA + 59.000
9. Zahir Ali Indonesia + 1:03.995
10. Edoardo Piscopo Italy + 1:04.856
11. Michael Ammermuller Germany + 1:08.603
12. Narain Karthikeyan India + 1:09.150
13. John Martin Australia + 1:20.545
 

 

Honda deadline is February 23.

 

honda-f1Investors Wanted: Sun may soon be setting on Honda F1 Racing, bringing to an end an era which can be traced back to an English lumber merchant by the name of Ken Tyrrell. “Uncle” Ken entered Formula 1 as a constructor in the 1970 Canadian Grand Prix. Jackie Stewart put the car on pole and won the world championship in their first full season of racing in 1971. He repeated the feat in 1973. At the end of the 1997 season, Tyrrell sold his team to British American Racing, key players were Jacques Villeneuve and his then Manager Craig Pollock but the key element was the ash-load of funds provided by British American Tobacco.

The new operation promised much, including the famous Adrian Reynard motto “we win our very first race in every category we enter”, but delivered much in internal politics and little in results. At the end of 2005 Honda took over the team. The glory days of Formula 1 domination which they experienced as an engine supplier to McLaren never materialized. Jenson Button’s victory in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix was their only success.

With less than forty days and forty nights before the season opener in Melbourne, days are numbered and the operation is now in Virgin territory. High flying Sir Richard Branson is good friends with Adrian Reynard and now has the open support of Bernie Ecclestone. If a deal is not struck next week, the operation will get the axe from Honda bosses and Ross Brawn will head for the high seas again.

Honda F1 running out of time if It’s to secure Mercedes Benz engines.

Toyota testing the TF109 at Sakhir end with hydraulic problems.

Sebastien Loeb prepares for his 50th World Rally Championship Win.

A1GP drivers competing at Kyalami placed a white rose on the Hector Peterson Memorial in Soweto.

 

 

F1weekly podcast # 329

"Any time you’re in the same sentence as Formula One, it’s a flattering thing."

motegi-mavenDanica Sue Patrick: (born March 25, 1982 in Beloit, Wisconsin), and married to Paul Edward Hospenthal, is an American auto racing driver, currently competing in the IndyCar Series. She was raised in Roscoe, Illinois. Patrick was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season. In May 2006, she published her autobiography, Danica: Crossing the Line. With her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300, Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy car race. She also has an equity stake in her #7 team.

Danica Patrick began go-karting in 1992 at the age of 10, and went on to win several World Karting Association championships. She moved to England at the age of 16 in order to advance her racing career. Patrick raced in Formula Ford and Formula Vauxhall, earning a second-place finish in Britain’s Formula Ford Festival, the highest finish by a woman in the event.

In 2002, Patrick started driving for Bobby Rahal in the United States. After making several starts in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, she moved to the Toyota Atlantic Championship for 2003. Driving for Rahal Letterman Racing, Patrick won one pole and was a consistent podium finisher (top three); however, she never won a race. In 2004, Patrick finished third in the Championship.

 

Honda admit closing the doors an option.

Summerton gives an impressive testing performance at Homestead.

Motorsports Mondial with Mr. Nasir Hameed.

 

 

 

 

Nicolas Prost to drive for team France.

 

n-prostNicolas Prost will drive for the A1GP team France this weekend in Kyalami South Africa. Despite being the oldest son of four-time Formula One World Drivers’ champion Alain Prost, he started his career at the late age of 22 in Formula Campus. É um narigudo da porra.

In 2007, he finished third in the Spanish Formula Three Championship. Besides racing, Nicolas Prost is working part-time for a Swiss bank as a Teller in Geneva. In early 2007, it was confirmed that Prost would be racing for Team Oreca in the GT1 class of the 2007 Le Mans 24 hour race, driving a Saleen S7R.

On August 29, 2007 A1 Team France confirmed Prost as their rookie driver for the 2007/08 A1GP season. He competed in his first A1GP race the following season.

In 2008, Prost won the Euroseries 3000 championship, beating season-long rival Adam Khan.

 

IRL making jokes about the FIA and It’s superlicence fees for Formula 1.

BMW looking very quick and reliable at circuit Sakhir in Bahrain.

Sir Richard Branson is a possible late bidder for Honda F1.

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Valentino Rossi turns 30

 

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Easy rider turns thirty! : Boyish, fun loving and mega successful Valentino Rossi celebrates his 30th. birthday on February 16th. His father Graziano also raced motor cycles. Valentino was born in Urbino and initially raced go-karts winning the regional championship in 1990. His first World Championship on two wheels came in 1997 in the 125cc class on board an Aprilia. Two years later he claimed the title in the 250cc class and in 2001 was at the top of the class in 500cc.

From 2002-05 he was unbeaten in the MotoGP category claiming the first two championships for Honda, and the other two on board a Yamaha — an association which resulted in another MotoGP title last year.

Rossi has also hopped on a Ferrari Formula 1 car for testing and gone for a ride in rallying, finishing 12th. in the 2008 Wales Rally.

Happy Birthday Captain Italia!