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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 (www.fia.com) 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.


Vettel completes domination of Friday practice | F1

United States Grand Prix 2012

Free practice 2

Driver Teams Time
1 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1’37.718
2 M Webber (AUS) Red Bull 1’38.475
3 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1’38.483
4 LC Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 1’38.748
5 J Button (GBR) McLaren 1’38.786
6 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1’39.029
7 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1’39.448
8 B Senna (BRA) Williams 1’39.531
9 K Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber 1’39.653
10 M Schumacher (GER) Mercedes 1’40.115
11 KM Räikkönen (FIN) Lotus 1’40.166
12 P Maldonado (VEN) Williams 1’40.230
13 R Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1’40.286
14 S Perez (MEX) Sauber 1’40.326
15 D Ricciardo (AUS) Toro Rosso 1’40.435
16 JE Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso 1’40.516
17 N Hülkenberg (GER) Force India 1’40.700
18 P di Resta (GBR) Force India 1’41.430
19 H Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham 1’42.476
20 T Glock (GER) Marussia 1’42.652
21 V Petrov (RUS) Caterham 1’42.846
22 C Pic (FRA) Marussia 1’43.538
23 PM de la Rosa (ESP) HRT 1’44.453
24 KRN Karthikeyan (IND) HRT 1’45.114

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.

For more of Pilar, check out http://www.playboy.com/playground/tag/pilar-lastra

Chelsea Kick Off F1 Sponsorship Deal


The European Champions League holders and Sauber launched the innovative partnership in April to cross-promote their brands in order to increase global awareness.

But the pioneering arrangement between arguably the world’s two flashiest sports will now move a significant step forward with a commercial sponsor for the first time putting its name to both entities.

Speaking here, Gourlay said: “The first commercial joint venture will be announced in two months’ time.

“You are going to see some results of the partnership very, very soon.

“It’ll give us the foundation and platform to build.”

“They are all into racing so if you are going to pick another sport, Formula One is the one,” he explained.

“Neither of us wants this to be a failure.

“We have not just jumped into it; we have entered into a long-term project.

“When we deliver one or two [joint] sponsors, other clubs will see why we did it.

“It’s wider than just commercial.

“We both want to be winners in our field and have the same values.

“Through our relationship with Sauber, we can go into 19 different markets in one season.

“It’s about reach and building our fan base on a global basis.”

Sergio „Checo” Pérez introduces his team – Sauber F1 Team

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F1 | HRT Up For Sale


HRT has taken the unusual step of confirming on its website that the team is up for sale and that negotiations are ongoing.

The statement said: “The current owners of HRT Formula 1 Team, TC II S.a.rl., would like to confirm that they are currently in talks with a number of groups interested in buying the team. HRT Formula 1 Team’s current management hopes to conclude the sale in the upcoming weeks and, with it, enable the team to continue progressing and become a reference in modern-day Formula 1 after the important achievements already accomplished in this 2012 season. HRT Formula 1 Team hopes to communicate the name of its new owner in the upcoming weeks.

“We believe the moment to let new investors come through for HRT Formula 1 Team has arrived. We’re very proud of the work done by the entire team and of the excellent sporting evolution achieved but the time has come for the team to continue growing with new financial backing. We’re convinced that the sporting potential of the team is huge and that the presence of new investors can give it a big boost.”

F1 | USA Finds A “fixed home” for GP


Mario Andretti believes F1 has found a “fixed home” for the United States GP.

Over the years Formula One has struggled to find a permanent home in America with the last US GP held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 2000 to 2007. The race, though, was dropped when the Indy organisers failed to reach a new agreement with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Five years later Formula One is back in America, this time at the newly-constructed Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

And one man who is proud of the new track is Andretti, the 1978 F1 World Champion.

“When I saw the place in June I had my doubts about this ever going ahead,” the 72-year-old told The Observer.

“But I’ve been amazed at the work that has taken place since. There were big difficulties, because the whole project fell into different hands. But there was a passion and a resolve to perform miracles and make it work.

“And now this can be the fixed home of the US Grand Prix. And I think that fact will see the event not only surviving but thriving in the future.

“It’s a great host city and I think the track, borrowing a bit from Silverstone here, a little of Hockenheim there, will go down great with the drivers.”

As for plans to Formula One to race through the streets of New Jersey, a deal that has been postponed by at least a year from 2013 to 2014, Andretti said: “Can you imagine New York as the backdrop?

“It could be fantastic. But right now Austin is all we’re thinking about.”

Rio de Janeiro In Bid For Formula 1 Race


Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes is reportedly preparing a bold proposal to bring Formula One to the Brazilian city.

Paes is seeking talks with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone about the prospect of making Rio Brazil’s second venue on the championship calendar after the Interlagos track in Sao Paulo, reports Xinhua.

It is understood Paes is hesitant to enter in a direct dispute with Sao Paulo for the event, but will do so if Ecclestone rules out the prospect of staging two Grand Prix races in the country.

Speaking at an announcement for Rio’s new international speedway Friday, Paes said: “Be prepared Sao Paulo because I am going to steal the Formula 1 from you.”

Interlagos, which is contracted to host an annual F1 race until 2015, was Brazil’s first Grand Prix home in the 1970s before losing its host status to Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarepagua circuit in 1981.

The event returned to Interlagos in 1990 and has remained there since.

QPR’S Tony Fernandes to step down as team principal of Caterham

Tony Fernandes is to step down as team principal of Caterham before the end of the season so he can focus more on developing his road car business.

“On the racing side we have come to the conclusion that it is better if someone else takes over the team principal role to move forward,” he said in a joint interview with AUTOSPORT’s sister publication Autocar.

“We are definitely better at business than finding tenths of seconds around a lap.

“It was right for us to lead the team initially and set a template of how it should be. That vision is now set and the team is ready to move forward to the midfield.”

It is not clear who Fernandes’ successor will be, but he revealed it would be someone already working in F1.

“I know who it will be – and can tell you that today as I had confirmation earlier,” he said.

“[But] I cannot tell you their name yet. All I can say is that they are from within F1.”


F1 | Qualifying | Hamilton Grabs Pole – Vettel Bemused

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -Two-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel and a representative from his Red Bull team are meeting with stewards Saturday to explain why his car stopped on the track at the end of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The German, who crashed out of last year’s race, leads the drivers’ championship by 13 points from Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso with three races remaining.

Vettel qualified third on the grid and Alonso seventh.

Vettel didn’t say why his car stopped. But McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh told The Associated Press that he believes it’s because he “didn’t have enough fuel in the car to finish the lap which, if that is true, he would be in trouble with stewards and … would start from the back of the field.”

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.497 1:40.901 1:40.630 15
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:41.933 1:41.277 1:40.978 17
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:42.160 1:41.511 1:41.073 16
4 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:41.981 1:41.907 1:41.226 22
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:42.222 1:41.532 1:41.260 20
6 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.342 1:41.873 1:41.290 20
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:41.939 1:41.514 1:41.582 17
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.926 1:41.698 1:41.603 17
9 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:41.974 1:41.846 1:41.723 17
10 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:42.046 1:41.620 1:41.778 24
11 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:42.579 1:42.019 16
12 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.624 1:42.084 17
13 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:42.572 1:42.218 16
14 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:42.735 1:42.289 14
15 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:43.298 1:42.330 18
16 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:43.582 1:42.606 17
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:43.280 1:42.765 14
18 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:44.058 9
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:44.956 11
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:45.089 10
21 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:45.151 11
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:45.426 9
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:45.766 8
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:46.382 9
Q1 107% Time 1:48.601

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