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French Journalist Gets Thumbs Up after Lucky Escape On Yamaha FJR1300

One of MCN’s French colleagues from Moto journal had an unfortunate accident last week while out testing the new Yamaha FJR1300.

While riding down a pier, he inadvertently clipped one of his pannier off a bollard, which was just enough to send him out of control…fjr

The journalist escaped luckily, with just bruising and an injured thumb.


The FIA Confirm Formula One 2013 Calendar

The FIA has confirmed that an additional race in European is to be added to the 2013 F1 calendar in a move which will see the title battle fought over 20 races.

The initial schedule published by the governing body back in September had featured 20 dates before the planned race in New Jersey was put back to 2014 at the earliest.

That looked set to leave 19 races on the calendar, but the FIA has now revised the schedule for 2013 at the latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.

2013 F1 calendar:

March 17 Australia
March 24 Malaysia
April 14 China
April 21 Bahrain
May 12 Spain
May 26 Monaco
June 9 Canada
June 30 Britain
July 7 Germany
July 21 TBC – Additional European race
July 28 Hungary
August 25 Belgium
September 8 Italy
September 22 Singapore
October 6 Korea
October 13 Japan
October 27 India
November 3 Abu Dhabi
November 17 United States (Austin)
November 24 Brazil

F1 Race Suits Sold for Charity | Button | Vettel | Hamilton

Formula One teams at Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus have joined together with Red Bull Racing to collect donations of worn and signed racing kit from the six Formula One World Champions competing in the 2012 season: Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.


The auction, which was carried out by Bonhams, saw suits worn by Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen go under the hammer to raise funds for the charity, which will go towards cutting-edge research projects and clinical trials across the globe aimed at accelerating progress towards a cure for spinal cord injury.Each of the six race suits was complimented by other donations from the drivers including pairs of signed race gloves and signed photographic prints.

“It’s been one of the most competitive seasons for Formula One drivers,” Vettel said following the sale. “I’m really proud to have won the Championship with the team and it’s great that these suits have raised so much money for such a fantastic charity.”

Wings for Life is the charity partner of Red Bull Racing and their logo features on both of the Red Bull Racing cars.

Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber and Vettel, along with ex-F1 racer David Coulthard, are ambassadors for the Wings for Life charity. AU996963 (1)

Wings for Life Charity sale:Michael Schumacher Print £180
Kimi Raikkonen Print £240
Fernando Alonso Print £260
Jenson Button Print £320
Kimi Raikkonen Gloves £350
Jenson Button Gloves £400
David Coulthard RB4 Nose Cone £400
Sebastian Vettel Print £480
Lewis Hamilton Print £500
Fernando Alonso Gloves £850
Lewis Hamilton Gloves £1,800
Kimi Raikkonen Race suit £1,800
Sebastian Vettel Gloves £2,200
Jenson Button Race suit £3,500
Lewis Hamilton Race suit £4,100
Michael Schumacher Race suit £4,500
Fernando Alonso Race suit £6,000
Sebastian Vettel Race suit £11,000

Spotted: The Stig in Tesco Extra


We’ve just received an urgent packet of tapes from the head of security at Watford Tesco. He isn’t happy. via Topgear

It would appear that our tame racing driver has ransacked the supermarket and bought every copy of his new book in order to hide the real story of the existence of The Stig.

Award-winning biographer Simon du Beaumarche has unmasked the truth on The Stig. After a year of research and interviews with those closest to him, including Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, leading figures from Formula 1, music, movies and the military. Beaumarche found out the real story and consigned it to words, then to paper, then bound together in a hardback book called The Stig: The Untold Story.

HRT Missing from 2013 Entry List | F1 | FIA

LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Formula One looks likely to be reduced to 11 teams next season after the official 2013 championship entry list was published without struggling Spanish-based HRT on it.

The 22-car list was published on the governing International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) website ( on Saturday after the expiry of a Friday deadline for teams to pay their entry fees.

Under the 2013 sporting regulations, Madrid-based HRT were required to pay entry fees of $500,000.

The owners of HRT, who have not scored a point in their three year existence, announced last month that the team was up for sale and talks were underway with various groups interested in buying them.

FIA sources indicated that HRT could yet be added to the list if they paid up and Spain’s AS newspaper reported that HRT had been allowed more time to try and find a buyer.

The team was founded by Spanish ex-Formula One driver Adrian Campos in 2010, when three new teams were invited to enter the championship, as Campos Meta but the outfit hit immediate financial trouble.

It was renamed Hispania in a rescue operation led by Murcia-based businessman Jose Ramon Carabante and Colin Kolles, a former principal of what is now the Force India team, before being taken over by Thesan Capital in July last year.

Spanish veteran Pedro De la Rosa and Indian Narain Karthikeyan were the two drivers this year, with the Cosworth-powered team finishing 12th and last overall after beating Marussia in the two previous seasons.

There has been considerable scepticism within the sport about the prospect of any buyer emerging.

“I hope they find a buyer, an investor, and I hope they don’t shut. But clearly there’s a good possibility that they might,” McLaren principal Martin Whitmarsh had told reporters in Brazil last weekend.

“I think we’ve got to recognise that after probably the four top teams, all the teams have got really big challenges and costs are escalating.”

Japan’s Super Aguri were the last Formula One team to fold, during the 2008 season due to financial problems.

Only five of the teams named their full driver lineup, including Williams who announced only this week that Finland’s Valtteri Bottas would be racing for them next year in place of Brazilian Bruno Senna.

Sauber and Toro Rosso, who have both finalised their lineups, did not name any drivers. ($1 = 0.7689 euros) (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris)

Brazil 2012 | F1 The end of an era

Ex-BMW Sauber team principal Mario Theissen gave Vettel his big break in the 2007 United States Grand Prix.”He certainly has a chance,” Theissen told BBC Sport. “Anything can happen.”He is one of the very few big names. If everything goes well, Sebastian has got another 10 years ahead of him.”

“He was quite different to the other boys,” recalled Theissen. “When he arrived, it became immediately clear that he was very talented but also much more mature, focused and determined than other guys of his age.

“He’s got a lot of the working ethic and determination of Michael Schumacher and this is something which has lasted throughout his career.”

Vettel’s records

Sebastian Vettel in 2006
  • Most points scored in a season: 293 (2011)
  • Most poles in a season: 15 (2011)
  • Most laps led in a season: 739 (2011)
  • Youngest driver to compete at a grand prix: 19 years, 53 days (Turkish GP, 2006 free practice)
  • Youngest driver to score an F1 point: 19 years, 349 days (US GP, 2007)
  • Youngest pole-sitter: 21 years, 72 days (Italian GP, 2008)
  • Youngest race winner: 21 years, 73 days (Italian GP, 2008)
  • Youngest podium scorer: 21 years, 73 days (Italian GP, 2008)
  • Youngest F1 world champion: 23 years, 135 days (2010)
  • Youngest double world champion: 24 years, 99 days (2011)
  • Youngest triple world champion: 25 years, 146 days (2012)

The Brazilian Grand Prix marked the end of an  era.

The legend that is  was racing his last ever Grand Prix before slipping off into a well deserved retirement (this time for good).

Whilst the German is easing into his slippers and enjoying the delights of day time TV, we will have a look back at his ground-breaking career.

Here are the highlights of the seven-time world champion in F1.


“Terror” The Tractor | Motorsport

Check out this crazy Swedish farmer he has decided to ditch  his rather elderly tractor and removed the wheezy diesel engine and replaced it with a petrol engine from a Volvo 240 Turbo. And called it “Terror”.

In the video you’ll see the farmer doing donuts and full-throttle starts. Enjoy.

2012 United States Grand Prix TV Times

Here are the details of Sky’s live video coverage and the BBC’s highlights of the United States Grand Prix here in the UK:

Friday 16th November 2012

Session Channel Coverage starts Session starts Session ends
United States Grand Prix first practice live Sky Sports F1 14:45 15:00 16:30
United States Grand Prix second practice live Sky Sports F1 18:45 19:00 20:30

Saturday 17th November 2012

Session Channel Coverage starts Session starts Session ends
United States Grand Prix third practice live Sky Sports F1 14:45 15:00 16:00
United States Grand Prix qualifying live Sky Sports F1 17:00 18:00
United States Grand Prix qualifying highlights BBC2 22:30

Sunday 18th November 2012

Session Channel Coverage starts Session starts
United States Grand Prix live Sky Sports F1 17:30 19:00
United States Grand Prix highlights BBC1 22:30

Sebastian Vettel quickest in first practice | USA Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel led the first practice session at the Circuit of the Americas by over a second.

His final two laps were the quickest of the session, the last putting him 1.4s clear of second-placed Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton led the way for much of the session but pitted a few laps before the end reporting a loss of grip from his front-left tyre.Fernando Alonso was third fastest for Ferrari, 2.2s slower than Vettel.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’38.125
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.543 1.418
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’40.337 2.212
4 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.528 2.403
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.650 2.525
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.966 2.841
7 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’41.023 2.898
8 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.036 2.911
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.159 3.034
10 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.473 3.348
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’41.783 3.658
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.825 3.700
13 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.833 3.708
14 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’41.880 3.755
15 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’41.998 3.873
16 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’42.539 4.414
17 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.588 4.463
18 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.288 5.163
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’43.443 5.318
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’43.522 5.397
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’44.464 6.339
22 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’44.548 6.423
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’46.917 8.792
24 23 Ma Qing Hua HRT-Cosworth 1’48.559 10.434

Playmate rides in F1 car with Mario Andretti

Playboy Playmate Pilar Lastra taking a ride around Circuit of the Americas in an F1 car with Mario Andretti driving! We were very honored to be invited to the Circuit of the Americas first lap ceremony.

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