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Practice 2: Hamilton tops as Vettel crashes

Practice 2: Hamilton tops as Vettel crashes

Nov.11 (Reuters) McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton set the pace in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Friday while double world champion Sebastian Vettel crunched into the barriers. Vettel, returning to the Yas Marina circuit a year on from becoming Formula One’s youngest champion, skidded off at turn one with more than half an hour remaining […]

Vettel and Alonso end up in the same wall

Vettel and Alonso end up in the same wall

Nov.11 (F1 Media) World Champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso both shrugged off practice crashes this afternoon that saw their preparation for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix temporarily grind to a halt. Midway through the second practice session in twilight at the Yas Marina circuit Vettel went off at Turn One, sliding across the run-off […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Renault preview

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Renault preview

Nov.11 (Renault) Lotus Renault GP put their trio of driving talents to the test on the opening day of practice at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as Romain Grosjean lined up alongside Vitaly Petrov for the first free practice session; Bruno Senna returned to the cockpit of the R31 for the second session. Alan […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Ferrari report

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Ferrari report

Nov.11 (Ferrari) In the unusual and intriguing atmosphere of the Yas Marina circuit, where track action starts under the blinding light of the sun before going on to run under the floodlights, there was a busy first day of testing for the penultimate round of the 2011 season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The increased […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Williams report

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Williams report

Nov.11 (Williams) Team and drivers review the first practice day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, round 18 of the 2011 Formula 1 world championship, at the Yas Marina Circuit. Objectives P1 & P2 • Race preparation work • Car balance optimisation • Tyre testing Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: Pastor concluded a full […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Virgin Racing report

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Virgin Racing report

Nov.11 (Virgin Racing) The first two Free Practice sessions for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix took place today at the Yas Marina Circuit, where Marussia Virgin Racing Reserve Driver Robert Wickens got the chance to take part in the morning session as a reward for winning the 2011 World Series by Renault FR 3.5 Championship. […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: McLaren report

Abu Dhabi Day 1: McLaren report

Nov.11 (McLaren) Team and drivers review the first practice day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, round 18 of the 2011 Formula 1 world championship, at the Yas Marina Circuit. Lewis Hamilton: MP4-26A-04 “It was a really positive day for me. The car feels good – our long-run pace doesn’t feel too bad and […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Force India report

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Force India report

Nov.11 (Force India) Team and drivers review the first practice day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, round 18 of the 2011 Formula 1 world championship, at the Yas Marina Circuit. Free practice objectives: FP1: Co-ordinated aero tests on both cars, wing level evaluation FP2: Tyre data collection and continued race set-up Adrian Sutil […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Red Bull report

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Red Bull report

Nov.11 (Red Bull Racing) Mark Webber was the fastest of our drivers in both of today’s Free Practice sessions. Sebastian Vettel lost the car on the entrance to Turn 1 during the second session but only minor damage meant our mechanics were able to repair the car in time for him to attack the track […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Mercedes report

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Mercedes report

Nov.11 (Mercedes GP Petronas) Drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg completed the first two practice sessions for the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit this evening. • P1 took place in sunny afternoon conditions whilst P2 saw the floodlights switched on around the 5.554 km circuit • Michael and Nico completed […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: HRT report

Abu Dhabi Day 1: HRT report

Nov.11 (HRT) Day passed to night as the cars ran round the 5.554km Yas Marina Circuit on the first day of practice sessions at the penultimate race of the season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vitantonio Liuzzi made his return to the #23 car after stepping aside for Narain Karthikeyan in India with Daniel Ricciardo […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Sauber report

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Sauber report

Nov.11 (Sauber) At the end of the first day of practice ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the Sauber F1 Team drivers, Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez, were 10th and 11th respectively on the time sheet. Kobayashi lost a lot of track time in the first free practice session due to a gearbox problem, […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Team Lotus report

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Team Lotus report

Nov.11 (Team Lotus) Team and drivers review the first practice day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, round 18 of the 2011 Formula 1 world championship, at the Yas Marina Circuit. Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 – Chassis T128-04: “Not too bad at all. Both sessions were pretty straightforward and we kept making improvements all […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Toro Rosso report

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Toro Rosso report

Nov.11 (Toro Rosso) Team and drivers review the first practice day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, round 18 of the 2011 Formula 1 world championship, at the Yas Marina Circuit. Jean-Eric Vergne (STR6-03) First Practice Session Best lap 1:42.633, pos. 11th, 26 laps “This was really like a first session for me, as […]

Mercedes in no hurry to re-sign Schumi

Mercedes in no hurry to re-sign Schumi

Nov.11 (GMM) Mercedes GP is not rushing to re-sign Michael Schumacher beyond the 2012 season because the seven time world champion has no mind to switch teams. That was the explanation of Norbert Haug on Friday, one day after the German marque extended Nico Rosberg’s contract for 2013 and beyond. Schumacher’s existing deal similarly expires […]

Rivals would welcome Raikkonen back

Rivals would welcome Raikkonen back

Nov.11 (Reuters) Kimi Raikkonen’s possible Formula One comeback would liven up the post-race party scene as well as adding a sixth world champion to the starting grid, rivals agree. The 2007 world champion, who quit Formula One to go rallying at the end of 2009 but remains hugely popular with the fans, has been linked […]

Mallya’s Kingfisher airline $1 billion in debt

Mallya’s Kingfisher airline $1 billion in debt

Nov.11 (GMM) Away from the Formula 1 track, Force India boss Vijay Mallya is enduring tough times. Reports on Friday are revealing an ever-worsening situation within the Indian billionaire’s airline Kingfisher, which is crippled under more than $1 billion in debt. Flights are being cancelled, unpaid suppliers are threatening to reclaim planes and the share […]

Michael in attendance in McLaren pit

Michael in attendance in McLaren pit

Nov.11 (GMM) Sam Michael is in Abu Dhabi making his first appearance with McLaren. The Australian’s last race as Williams’ technical director was Korea, and it was expected that he would sit out the rest of the season on ‘gardening leave’ before starting his new job as McLaren’s sporting director in 2012. But Michael has […]

Abu Dhabi GP teams FIA press conference

Abu Dhabi GP teams FIA press conference

Nov.11 (FIA) FIA press conference on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on Friday, featuring  team representatives: John Booth (Virgin), Ross Brawn (Mercedes), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Saul Ruiz de Marcos (HRT), Frank Williams (Williams), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren). Q: A first question for all of you. To go back […]

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Pirelli review

Abu Dhabi Day 1: Pirelli review

Nov.11 (Pirelli) As part of its preparation for the 2012 season, Pirelli gave a new experimental version of the P Zero Yellow soft tyre its debut today, during the two free practice sessions at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has emerged quickest with a time of 1m39.586s, set during the second session […]

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