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Peugeot to race at Sebring

 

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peugeot-9081In 2008, Peugeot expanded their 908 program to include the 12 Hours of Sebring. Although the sole 908 led early, mechanical problems dropped the car from contention. However, the 908 completed the event, serving in preparation for a return to Le Mans. Back in the Le Mans Series, the two team 908s now had to face newcomer Audi, as they too entered two R10 diesels. The 908 however opened the season with a victory in Catalunya, marking the first time a 908 has beaten an R10. For Le Mans three 908s were entered and the team started on pole position as they had in 2007. However during a rain-soaked night at the race the Audi R10 was able to take the lead and go on to win their seventh Le Mans. Peugeots finished second, third, and fifth.

Peugeot finished their season at the 1000 km of Silverstone, but their streak of LMS race wins ended after two accidents involving both cars. The accidents not only allowed the Audis to win the race, but also allowed Audi to secure the Drivers, Teams, and Constructors Championships, titles Peugeot had led all season.

After their loss in the LMS, Peugeot announced their intent to bring two of their 908s to North America to compete in the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Drivers Christian Klien and Alexander Wurz would have rejoined the squad to face Audi’s North American R10s.However, because of accident damage to the 908s at Silverstone, Peugeot later opted to bring only one car. The sole 908 qualified in pole position and led several times over the race, but finished only 4.5 seconds behind the North American Audi team.

The Peugeot Sport line-up for 2009 features 9 drivers, with the team’s confidence going to the drivers who have made such a satisfactory contribution to the first two years of its current endurance programme:

– Sébastien Bourdais (France), 30.
– David Brabham (Australia), 43.
– Marc Gené (Spain), 35.
– Christian Klien (Austria), 26.
– Pedro Lamy (Portugal), 37.
– Nicolas Minassian (France), 36.
– Franck Montagny (France), 31.
– Stéphane Sarrazin (France), 33.
– Alexander Wurz (Austria), 35.

 

Peugeot confirm their 2009 entry for the 12 hours of Sebring.

Renault get financial help fron the French goverment

Renault, Toro Rosso, Williams and McLaren start testing at Jerez.

Ralf Schumacher gets a new Mercedes-Benz 2009 C-class in the DTM.

Jerez F1 test times – day one: 10 February

1. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 19.660secs 104 laps
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1min 22.177secs 61 laps
3. Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Toyota 1min 22.443secs 82 laps
4. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1min 22.634secs 60 laps
5. Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault-Renault 1min 23.313secs 35 laps
 

Red Bull RB5

 

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The new Red Bull RB5 looks very nice indeed but can it win races?

Peugeot to have two cars at the Sebring 12 hour race.

Max Mosley not backing down on high licensing fees.

Ken Anderson to make a formal annoucement on USF1 soon.

Sebastian Bourdais to drive for Peugeot at Le Mans.

F1Weekly Podcast # 327

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Motors TV reports on a number of race series including the Le Mans Series and the American Le Mans Series, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), Formula Three Euroseries, Australian and New Zealand V8 Supercars and the Champ Car World Series. Previously the channel has also shown the NASCAR Busch Series as well as the British Touring Car Championship and its supporting series.

In 2006 and 2007 Motors TV provided live coverage of the entire Le Mans 24 Hours as well as the scrutineering, qualifying and other events preceding it. With its coverage of the 2006 event, over the weekend of 17th and 18th June, Motors TV and German pay-TV network Premiere made history as the first television channels to provide coverage of the entire race.

On the 4th July 2008, Motors TV got the coverage for the FIA GT Championship in the UK from ITV for the rest of the 2008 season.

Photo by Peter Brazier

New Red Bull RB5 is unveiled in animated video here!

USF1 can this really happen in todays economic atmosphere?

F1 teams working towards a ban on the testing ban because of KERS.

Sebastian Bourdais is confirmed at Toro Rosso.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed

Interviews with "Motors TV" Frederic Viger and

Bonus interview with race driver Franck Montagny

Williams and Toyota believe their diffusers are legal.

Williams and Toyota believe their diffuser designs for 2009 are legal.

New nose design for the Renault R29 in the works.

Nico Hulkenberg hoping to make his Formula One race debut in 2010.

nico-hulkenbergHülkenberg made his karting debut in 1997, at the age of 10. In 2002 he was German Junior Karting Champion and the following year he won the German Kart Championship.

2005 saw his debut in German Formula BMW. His first season was a very successful one, with Hülkenberg dominating the championship and winning the title comfortably. He finished first in the Formula BMW world final but was stripped of the win after it was claimed he had brake-tested his rivals during a safety car period.

Hülkenberg moved up to Formula 3 for 2006, winning one round in the German championship. He also joined the German A1 Grand Prix team for the 2006-07 season. Nine wins in his rookie season made him the most successful driver in A1GP history. It meant he almost single-handedly won Germany the championship with 128 points, 35 more than Team New Zealand.

For 2007 he switched to the Formula Three Euroseries with the ASM team that had taken Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta to the last two championships. His first win came at the Norisring from 18th on the grid, he won again in the rain at Zandvoort and added a third at the Nürburgring. But he ran into trouble at Magny-Cours, being penalised in qualifying for passing the chequered flag twice, and crashing into Filip Salaquarda in the race.

He won the (non-championship) Ultimate Masters of Formula 3 race at Zolder from team mate (and F3 Euroseries championship leader) Romain Grosjean after the Swiss stalled at the start.

Hülkenberg is currently managed by Willi Weber, the long-time manager of Michael Schumacher. Weber has gone on record saying that Hülkenberg would be ready for Formula One by 2008. He has also praised Hülkenberg as an "unbelievable talent" and says he reminds him of Schumacher as a young driver.

F1weekly interview with Nico Hülkenberg on podcast # 283

usf1logo-sep08Can this be for real? Sources indicate that USF1 plan to construct their own chassis at their Charlotte North Carolina base.The ban on in-season testing making it more feasible for an F1 team to be based outside of Europe for all but the stretch of European races. Conceived by American design engineer Ken Anderson and former Williams team manager, Speed TV commentator and writer Peter Windsor. USF1 is Planning to be on the grid in 2010 improving the chances of bringing Formula One back to North America including a promised lineup of American drivers!.. More on this in the next Podcast.

Teddy Mayer 1935 – 2009

 

Former McLaren team principal and founder passes away at 73

teddy-mayer-and-james-huntMayer was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While studying law at Cornell, he became involved in the Rev-Em Formula Junior team whose drivers included his brother Timmy and Peter Revson. After graduating in 1962 Mayer followed his brother and Revson to Europe and joined Bruce McLaren who was setting up his Formula One team. Despite the death of his brother in 1964, Mayer continued to be involved in motor sport and assumed control of the McLaren team after Bruce McLaren was killed in 1970.

For much of the 1970s McLaren enjoyed considerable success, with both Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt taking the drivers title.In addition to Formula One, McLaren also competed in CART and CanAm racing under Mayer’s management.

Towards the end of the decade the team’s results began to decline and title sponsor Marlboro engineered a merger with the Project 4 team run by Ron Dennis. Mayer remained as joint managing-director until 1982, when he sold his shares and left the team he had helped to create.

Citroen takes the lead in rally Ireland.

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Sebastien Loeb has taken the Victory in rally Ireland.

Renault very confident on their KERS system being ready for Melbourne.

Nico Rosberg not happy with the current weight rules in F1 and counting calories.

1. Sebastien Loeb      Citroen 2h48:25.7
2. Dani Sordo              Citroen + 1:27.9
3. Mikko Hirvonen        Ford + 2:07.8
4. Henning Solberg     Ford + 6:32.4
5. Chris Atkinson        Citroen + 7:51.9
6. Sebastien Ogier      Citroen + 10:44.0
7. Matthew Wilson       Ford + 11:23.8
8. Khalid Al Qassimi    Ford + 14:07.9
9. Eamonn Boland      Subaru + 15:23.4
10. Urmo Aava             Ford + 15:35.4