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Bruni holds off Hamilton in Germany
Hockenheim - GP2 - Race 1
Gimmi Bruni has converted his second 2006 GP2 series pole into his second win of the season after a determined and impressive race in which he held off the advances of championship leader Lewis Hamilton to take the chequered flag by just over a second. The pair were joined on the podium by Timo Glock, who reached third place despite ... [ more ]
Hockenheim qualifying press conference
With Raikkonen, Schumacher and Massa
Kimi Raikkonen claimed his first Pole Position of the season today in Germany ahead of pre-race favourite Michael Schumacher. Felipe Massa starts third in the second Ferrari. Here’s what the fastest three had to say.

Q: Kimi, we all saw what happened on that second run, you ran wide onto the grass, first of all, talk ... [ more ]
Raikkonen on Pole for Michelin
German GP - Michelin - Qualifying
Kimi Raikkonen headed qualifying for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix in his Michelin-shod McLaren Mercedes – his first pole position of the season and Michelin’s eighth.

The Finn lapped the 4.574km track in 1:14.070s to annexe top spot by 0.135s. It is the 108th pole position in Michelin’s illustrious F1 world championship ... [ more ]
Alonso unhappy with Schumacher - Part II
“He left the pits without looking”
Fernando Alonso hit out at his championship rival Michael Schumacher today in Germany. The Spaniard claimed the German lacks respect after an incident during the final 15 minutes of qualifying when Schumacher was waved out of the Ferrari garage just as Alonso was driving along the same part of the pit-lane.
"I nearly crashed," ... [ more ]
Alonso unhappy with Schumacher
Stewards probe Schumacher-Alonso incident
Renault boss Flavio Briatore has admitted to disappointment with title leader Fernando Alonso's seventh place in qualifying at Hockenheim.
The Spaniard has been consistently one second per lap slower than championship protagonist Michael Schumacher in Germany, and was even beaten by team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella as ... [ more ]
Home Pole Position for Mercedes
German GP - McLaren Mercedes - Qualifying
Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's German Grand Prix from Pole Position having set the quickest time of 1:14.070 in the final qualifying session.

Pedro de la Rosa's ninth fastest time of 1:15.936 means he will be lining up on the fifth row of the grid.

Kimi Raikkonen
"It was great to get pole today ... [ more ]
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Confidence at Ferrari
German GP - Ferrari - Qualifying
Ferrari dominated in Q1 and Q2 today but come the final part of qualifying, had to settle for second and third with Michael Schumacher gaining the front row start with team-mate Felipe Massa behind. The team remain confident ahead of Sunday's race and believe they have the pace to challenge for the race win.

Michael Schumacher
“We ... [ more ]
Sato enjoying his new SA06
German GP - Super Aguri Honda - Qualifying
Super Aguri Honda enjoyed their best day yet as Takuma Sato out-qualified their nearest rivals by 0.651 seconds in his new SA06 to start the 2006 German Grand Prix in 17th position tomorrow.

Sakon Yamamoto, the youngest Japanese driver to debut in F1, ran well during the first half of final free practice this ... [ more ]
No birthday joy for Alonso
German GP - Renault - Qualifying
Renault endured a challenging afternoon during today's qualifying session for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
In ever-improving track conditions, and with temperatures steadily rising through the afternoon, both Renault drivers struggled for performance over a single lap during the qualifying session.

Giancarlo ... [ more ]
Problems for both Trulli and Schumacher
German GP - Toyota - Qualifying
Toyota will head into tomorrow's German Grand Prix with unfortunate results after today's hour of qualifying at the Hockenheimring. After having an engine failure on Jarno Trulli's car during the third practice session, he went into qualifying pushing hard during Q1, but the team decided to save the tyres during Q2 and Jarno only ... [ more ]
A disappointing day for the MF1 duo
German GP - MF1 Toyota - Qualifying
MF1 Racing continued to struggle at the Hockenheimring on Saturday, with both cars failing to match the promising pace they had demonstrated in recent races.

The team's string of Q2 performances finally came to an end, with Christijan Albers managing only the 18th-fastest time of the first session and team-mate Tiago ... [ more ]
Off the Pole but looking strong
German GP - Bridgestone - Qualifying
Michael Schumacher will start his home grand from the front row of the grid tomorrow afternoon after qualifying in second place behind McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen.
Although the Bridgestone shod Ferrari driver’s time of 1m14.205s sees him line up second on the grid, the seven time world champion was actually the fastest man ... [ more ]
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A return to form in Germany
German GP - Honda - Qualifying
Honda enjoyed a good qualifying session in Hockenheim today as Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello found themselves competing at the top of timesheets once again. Button will line up on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's 67-lap race after posting the fourth fastest qualifying time. His team-mate was less than a tenth behind ... [ more ]
Webber satisfied with qualifying performance
German GP - Williams Cosworth - Qualifying
Mark Webber was relatively happy with his 11th fastest time in qualifying for the German Grand Prix and believes he could have been able to make it though to Q2 had he been able to rid his FW28 of understeer. Team-mate Nico Rosberg starts 14th.

Mark Webber
“We weren’t as competitive in qualifying as we will ... [ more ]
A solid run from David Coulthard
German GP - Red Bull Ferrari - Qualifying
David Coulthard made it through to the third part of qualifying and therefore starts a solid tenth for the Red Bull Ferrari team. With a heavy fuel load on board Coulthard was unable to make further progress while team-mate Christian Klien had to be satisfied with 12th.

David Coulthard
“It’s great to get through ... [ more ]
A struggle for Villeneuve and Heidfeld
German GP - BMW Sauber - Qualifying
The second home Grand Prix of the year in Germany will be tough for the BMW Sauber F1 Team as Jacques Villeneuve and Nick Heidfeld qualified 14th and 16th respectively.

Jacques Villeneuve
"We knew we would not be that quick, but this was disappointing as that was a mistake free lap. The balance of the car was good, ... [ more ]
Scott Speed shunts
German GP - Toro Rosso Cosworth - Qualifying
Qualifying for the German Grand Prix got off to a bad start for Scott Speed as he planted his Toro Rosso firmly into the wall on his very first qualifying lap.
Running wide, Speed kept his foot on the throttle before the car spun wildly and made heavy contact with the retaining wall on the opposite side of the ... [ more ]
FIA impose engine freeze for 2008
Engine costs set to fall
The cost of Formula One is set to drop considerably from 2008 after the sport's rule makers imposed a freeze on engine development. FIA President Max Mosley announced plans for a freeze in May to try to control spiralling budgets.

That was greeted with huge opposition from Formula One's engine makers, who did not want to cease ... [ more ]
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Interview with Henning Solberg
His goals for the second half of the season
Only two weeks to the restart of the FIA World Rally Championship 2006. An occasion for a personal talk with OMV driver Henning Solberg about his goals for the second half of the season, the new events in the FIA World Rally Championship 2007, family and holidays.

You are competing in twelve rounds of the FIA ... [ more ]
Ekstrom testing in Austria
With his new co-driver
Red Bull Skoda has used the past few weeks to prepare intensely for the second half of the World Rally Championship season, for the events in Germany, Cyprus, Turkey and Wales.
“We give great importance to the drivability of the engine, worked particularly hard on balancing mass and the centre of gravity. Additionally, we re-tuned the ... [ more ]
Bridgestone tyre's development
Not as easy as it sounds! MotoGP tyre engineers are working in areas of extreme performance, where small differences are magnified to extremes. It's the nature of the surface grip that makes the difference, and quite small changes can mean big variations in levels of tyre performance. The strongest tracks for Bridgestone last year were Motegi in Japan and Sepang ... [ more ]
Kurtis Roberts to join Team Pedercini
As Neukirchner and the team part company
In a press release of only a few lines, Team Pedercini has announced that they and Max Neukirchner have jointly agreed to part company.
This divorce between the Mantova based team and their German rider comes as no surprise given the poor results achieved so far this season. Neukirchner has accumulated only nine points ... [ more ]
Bridgestone's working holiday
"The target was five race wins this season"
MotoGP heads off for three weeks of holiday after a punishing US GP. But for Bridgestone tyre development staff back in Japan, work goes on, to consolidate the advantage already gained this season.
"Development and work will not stop, even if MotoGP can enjoy a break," said Bridgestone Motorsport Motorcycle Racing ... [ more ]
Ducati two-seater lights up Laguna
More fun on Sunday morning with Mamola
Former GP winner Randy Mamola and the Ducati Team Desmosedici two-seater gave the Laguna Seca crowd something to get excited about before the US GP, taking seven actors and celebrities around the rollercoaster track.
All seven of today's passengers are bike fans, most of them track-day addicts and two of them racing heroes ... [ more ]
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Welcome to Kawasaki's newest team member!
His name is Denis Petak...
The Kawasaki Racing Team celebrated the arrival of their newest member on Tuesday 18th, when race mechanic Daniel Petak's girlfriend gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, who was immediately wrapped in a Kawasaki Racing Team blanket!
The baby, who the happy couple have named Denis, was born at 16.15 on Tuesday afternoon, measuring 52 ... [ more ]
Ben Bostrom wears a leather to Nepoti honour
At Laguna Seca
Ben Bostrom, 1998 AMA Champion and winner of 7 World Superbike rounds, joined the team of Stefano Caracchi just for half season during 2000, from Hockenheim round to the end of the season gaining for three times the podium and recording once the fastest lap of the race.

Now Ben is racing for Ducati Parts Unlimited team in AMA Superbike series, ... [ more ]
Jarno Trulli moves to the spare Toyota
Engine regulation discussions continue
Jarno Trulli has told reporters at Hockenheim that, with damage to his Toyota engine during Saturday practice, he will now slide into the T-Car for qualifying.
It will cost the Italian, who was using a new V8 engine in Germany, ten places on the grid.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes in the paddock motor homes, team ... [ more ]
Problems for some at Hockenheim
Monteiro, Yamamoto and Trulli have difficulties
Saturday got off to an eventful start at Hockenheim, with Tiago Monteiro being the most relieved racer on the German circuit after he narrowly averted a crisis.
It is understood that MF1 principal Colin Kolles was prepared to remove the Portuguese from his race cockpit, replacing him with Markus Winkelhock prior ... [ more ]
Massa, Kubica, wait in 'silly-season' queue
"I have a chance to stay at Ferrari" - Massa
As ever when the F1 calendar enters its final third, the 2007 driver 'silly season' found itself in a high gear at Hockenheim.
While speculation about Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen traditionally hogs the headlines, a number of other racers are also unsure about their future.
Schumacher's young team-mate ... [ more ]
Klien fastest as Schumacher remains strong
German GP - Third practice
The timesheets would suggest that Michael Schumacher is not particularly on the pace at Hockenheim, but the reality is that was it not for Sakon Yamamoto suffering a huge crash right at the end of the 60-minute practice session, the Ferrari driver would have moved fastest. As it was, Christian Klien finds himself a surprise fastest ... [ more ]
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Williams aiming to retain Webber
Contract discussions underway
Short of making a formal press announcement, Sir Frank Williams has given the biggest possible indication that Mark Webber will be retained by the Grove based team in 2007.
The Australian driver will only appear in blue overalls next year if 64-year-old Williams picks up an 'option' on his current contract, but he played down ... [ more ]
Speed recovered from back injury
Toro Ross racer fir for Germany
Scott Speed is now basically recovered from a back injury that nearly scuppered his participation in the German GP.
The 22-year-old Californian incurred whiplash after a shunt at Magny Cours, and raced at the French circuit in extreme pain.

Speed did not do the subsequent Jerez test, instead retiring to his Austrian base ... [ more ]
D'Damper-gate' means bumpy German ride
Alonso expecting Schumacher to be strong
Renault removed its controversial 'mass damper' system at Hockenheim on Friday, while Ferrari left the technology at its base in Italy.
The saga left a contentious taste as the 2006 German Grand Prix weekend got rolling on Friday, after race stewards disagreed with the FIA's technical delegate, Charlie Whiting, about ... [ more ]
Champ Car - 2007 Panoz unveiled
DP01 takes Champ Car into a new era
The future of Champ Car racing was unveiled to the public Friday night as the Panoz DP01 Champ Car made its debut to the racing community. The DP01 will serve as the exclusive chassis of the Champ Car World Series in 2007, becoming the first American-built chassis to compete in the series since 2000.
Replacing the fabled ... [ more ]
Horner, Red Bull, play down Klien gossip
Red Bulletin making things tricky in Germany
Boss Christian Horner and the Red Bull squad have played down a self-made rumour that Christian Klien will be shipped off to an American series at the end of the year.
The 'almost independent' paddock newspaper Red Bulletin gave 23-year-old Klien a shock on Friday morning when he read the story, and vowed to ask ... [ more ]
Howett denies Toyota disagreement
Going head to head with Williams
Toyota's John Howett has denied that an announcement about Williams' engine deal for 2007 was delayed for so long because of a 'difference of opinion'.
It was rumoured in Hockenheim that Toyota's F1 honchos at Cologne were not fully in agreement with the Tokyo cheque-writers regarding supplying the British team with works V8s.

Reportedly, ... [ more ]
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Paul Tracy leads the way
San Jose - Champ Car - Friday Qualifying
Paul Tracy was the first car on track at the beginning of first-round qualifying for this weekend’s Grand Prix of San Jose, but he saved his best for last in taking the top spot in Friday’s qualification session in front of a first-day crowd of 40,127.
Tracy turned a best lap of 50.156 seconds on his 13th trip around ... [ more ]
Bruni takes pole at Hockenheim
Hockenheim - GP2 - Qualifying
Gimmi Bruni has taken pole in a thrilling qualifying contest this afternoon at Hockenheim. The Italian bagged his second pole position of the season by three tenths of a second from local hero Timo Glock with a lap of 1:22.588. The times were incredibly close and quick, with Gimmi’s pole lap being just six seconds slower than the ... [ more ]
Talking F1 at Hockenheim
With Haug, Horner, Howett and Theissen
Following the first day of on-track action today at Hockenheim, Norbert Haug, Christian Horner, John Howett and Mario Theissen faced the press on behalf of McLaren Mercedes, Red Bull, Toyota and BMW.

Q: A question to all of you: the deadline passed on the engine discussions at the French Grand Prix. Can you tell ... [ more ]
Setting the Hockenheim pace on day one
German GP - Michelin - Practice
Robert Kubica set fastest time on the opening day of free practice ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in his Michelin-shod BMW Sauber.
Once the track had dried following a short rain shower at the start of the afternoon session, the Pole lapped in 1m 16.225s. Times were very closely matched at the head of ... [ more ]
Schumacher concerned by Alonso threat
Rain remains a threat at Hockenheim
Michael Schumacher is worried that Fernando Alonso could spring a surprise in qualifying for the German Grand Prix despite a strong free practice pace today at Hockenheim.
Schumacher was the fastest race driver and second overall for Ferrari in practice session, beaten only by Polish BMW Sauber test driver Robert Kubica. ... [ more ]
Renault remove controversial aid
Taking the safe option in Germany
World Champions Renault removed their controversial mass damper system from their cars ahead of free practice for the German Grand Prix today.
Despite the system being declared legal by race stewards in the morning, the French team did not use it in practice and will not fit it again until after the FIA rubber-stamp the ruling.

Renault's ... [ more ]
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