Thursday, June 30, 2011

Forza Motorsports 4 gets the limited-edition treatment

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Forza 4 is set to hit stores on October 11th, and Turn 10 Studios wants you ordering the game before the leaves start to change color. A limited collector's edition has been announced, which is chock full of goodies, both virtual and real. For $79.99, Xboxers will receive a special tin that contains the game, a 96-page photo book titled Cars of Forza Motorsport 4 presented by Top Gear, vinyl stickers and a slew of downloadable content.

Those who opt for the limited collector's edition will be able to download the VIP Car Pack and Ship Bonus Car Pack. The former includes the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Ferrari 458 Challenge, Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, Noble M600 and Ruf Rt 12 R. The Cars of the Ship Pack are a 1965 Ford Mustang GT, Koenigsegg Agera, 1997 Lexus SC300, Ruf RGT-8 and Tesla Roadster. A pack of 10 muscles cars will also be available, as well the winning cars in a Forza-sponsored BMW design challenge contest.

Speaking of BMW, the 2012 M5 serves as the cover car for the limited collector's edition version of the game. The furious four-door is, of course, also available within the game.

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Reborn Morgan Three-Wheeler Can Do (Single-Wheel) Burnouts Just Fine: Here?s Video Proof

Morgan, the small British automaker known for its wood-intensive sports cars, is bringing back one of its coolest prewar designs (that?s pre-World War I, by the way) this year: the Three-Wheeler. To emphasize what kind of silly fun a small, lightweight roadster powered by a V-twin motorcycle engine can be, Morgan shot this donut- and [...]

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Tweeting Around The Circuit: Webber helps girl quit smoking, Hamilton makes a mess at Wimbledon and much more?.

And so another formula 1 Grand Prix has come and gone and yet the result remained pretty much the same. Sebastian Vettel?s stranglehold on the world championship remains as tight as ever after a dominant victory at the European Grand Prix, leaving the likes of McLaren and Ferrari scratching theirs about what to do next. [...]

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Hear the leading F1 engineers tackle fans? questions on DRS and blown diffuser ban

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Official: FIA confirms 1.6-liter turbo V6 F1 engines for 2014

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Formula One racing engines have been dropping cylinders like advanced trigonometry classes over the past couple of decades. The V12s gave way to V10s in the mid 90s. Those were replaced in turn by the current V8s in 2006, and now it's been confirmed that by 2014 two more cylinders will drop off the block for V6 propulsion.

Confirmation comes from the FIA, whose World Motor Sport Council adopted via fax vote the suggestion put forth by the Formula One Commission after consultation with the teams. The new regulations will take effect in 2014 instead of the four-cylinder formula that was set to take hold in 2013.

Displacement will drop as well from 2.4 liters to 1.6, but don't expect a big drop in performance, as the lost cylinders will be replaced by a turbocharger. The overall package, then, marks a little bit of history repeating. Until they were dropped in 1989, many of the cars on the grid were powered by 1.5-liter turbocharged V6 engines (like the '84-spec Honda unit pictured above), although this time they'll be coupled to a new Energy Recovery System that will replace the current Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). Official announcement after the jump.

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Paul di Resta - classic F1 2011

Scotland's Paul di Resta, who has made such an impressive start to his grand prix career with Force India this season, is the latest driver to feature in our revised classic Formula 1 series.

Ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, the 25-year-old has picked his five favourite all-time F1 races. We will broadcast highlights of each of his choices in this blog and on the BBC red button to whet your appetites for the action to come in Montreal this weekend.

Di Resta follows in the footsteps of Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Sebastien Buemi, Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso and Nick Heidfeld so far this season.

The drivers have all taken a different approach to this task. Vettel, for example, picked only races from his own career, while the others drivers we have showcased so far have all to one degree or another chosen a mix of races in which they featured and ones from before their own time in the sport.

Di Resta has raced in only seven grands prix so far, so it is no surprise that four of his five choices are from the archive.

His first is this year's Australian Grand Prix - after all, a driver will always remember his F1 debut fondly.

The rest are as follows:

The 1968 German Grand Prix, which has gone down in history as one of the great Jackie Stewart's most extraordinary victories, and one of the greatest of all time.

Di Resta says he "read about it in Jackie's autobiography - sounded exciting". The race, memorably described by Stewart himself, was held in teeming rain and dense fog, and Stewart was in a league of his own, winning by four minutes in his Matra.

The next choice is the 1979 French Grand Prix, famous for the thrilling duel over second place between Ferrari's Gilles Villeneuve and Renault's Rene Arnoux in the final three laps, the two men passing and re-passing, banging wheels in lurid, thrilling fashion, until Villeneuve finally prevailed.

It was one of the iconic Villeneuve's landmark performances, a man of sublime talent transcending the limitations of his machinery and taking on faster cars.

A similar description can be applied to Di Resta's next choice, the 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington Park, which has entered F1 folklore as one of the late Ayrton Senna's greatest wins.

In a race of constantly changing conditions, Senna moved from fifth to first in the course of a stunning first lap and raced off into a league of his own. Such was his superiority that at one point he had lapped the entire field.

Finally, Di Resta has chosen the climax to the 2008 world title fight at the Brazilian Grand Prix, when, as he puts it, "the championship went to the last corner".

Many will recall that Ferrari's Felipe Massa would overhaul McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and take the title if the Brazilian could win, with Hamilton finishing lower than fifth.

Massa completed his part of the bargain and, as he crossed the line to take the chequered flag, Hamilton was down in sixth place, having recently been passed by Toro Rosso's Vettel.

In the Ferrari pit they celebrated, but with rain falling all was not lost for Hamilton. Ahead of him the Toyotas, which had decided not to stop for wet-weather tyres, were struggling, and the Englishman passed the gripless Timo Glock at the last corner of the race to sneak the place he needed.

As regular readers will know, we pick one of the driver's choices to highlight and I have to admit that the initial inclination was to run Di Resta's choices ahead of the German Grand Prix and show the '68 race at the Nurburgring.

Highlights of that race do not exist in the BBC archive, though, so instead we have moved Di Resta to Canada and chosen the '79 French race because of Villeneuve, after whom Canada's F1 track is named.

So the full 'Grand Prix' highlights programme broadcast on the evening of that race is embedded below - it has never been shown since that day 32 years ago.

Beneath it are links to long and short highlights of last year's Canadian Grand Prix. It was arguably the best race of the season last year, featuring a thrilling battle between all five of the men who fought out the championship - Hamilton, his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, Alonso's Ferrari and the Red Bull drivers Vettel and Mark Webber.

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH EXTENDED HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2010 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX

The details for the BBC red button on digital television in the UK are as follows:

Long highlights from France 1979, short highlights of Europe 1993, Brazil 2008 and Australia 2011 plus extended highlights of the Canadian Grand Prix 2010 will be broadcast on satellite and cable from 1500 BST on Wednesday 8 June until 1700 BST on Sunday 12 June.

Unfortunately, a lack of bandwidth because of the Queens tennis tournament means we are unable to broadcast these highlights on Freeview.

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Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green Riders Take Home Eight Championship Bears from Mammoth MX

Monster Energy Kawasaki Irvine, Calif. (June 28, 2011) Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green? converged in the beautiful resort town of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., for the Monster Energy Mammoth MX which ran from June 16-26. This unparalleled event is located at...

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Red Bull rivals appear ready to write off F1 title (PA SportsTicker)

By PAUL LOGOTHETIS AP Sports Writer

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Over the Wall with Sybil Summers

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71 Cuda.... An earlier build

well here is my 71 hemi cuda, it was a earlier build, i did it about 1 1/2 years ago so its not my best.. the color is testors purple-liciois or somthin like that I cant remember since I dont have the can anymore...

 

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Bridgestone Press Release: Hirohide Hamashima Talks Through What Happened At Assen

Press release from Bridgestone, discussing the problems that occurred at Assen, and what Bridgestone did to try to alleviate them:


Dutch TT debrief with Hirohide Hamashima

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Five players make perfect predictions in Valencia | Predictions Championship

There were five perfect predictions in Valencia - find out how you did here.

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The Final Lap Podcast #163 ? Rusty Wallace is our Guest

SHOW #163 – We have a great chat with NASCAR Champion Rusty Wallace, recap the Infineon/Road America weekend, discuss Stewart vs. Vickers, Juan Montoya vs. the entire field, and preview Daytona. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Paul Northrop LISTEN HERE (About 49 mins) Download audio file (tfl_podcast_163_11.mp3) SUBSCRIBE HERE DOWNLOAD HERE SUBSCRIBE FROM iTUNES: Take [...]

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Renault R31 launch pictures (31st of January)

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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Coke Zero 400 Preview

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Championship hopes almost finished, says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton was able to put on a brave face after the European GP, but it was clear that he wasn?t very happy with the outcome of the weekend. He eventually finished fourth and a massive 46 seconds off winner … Continue reading

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Fernando Alonso eyes home win at the Spanish Grand Prix 2010

Spanish Grand Prix will kick start on Sunday bring enough joy to the home crowd. The 2010 Spanish Grand Prix will feature three local drivers – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso) and Pedro de la Rosa (Sauber). There is obviously much to cheers about these three lads especially Fernando Alonso if he can [...]

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Vinales wins rain-shortened race

Maverick Vinales scored the second win of his 125cc career in a rain-truncated race at Assen, which championship leader Nico Terol had to sit out due to hand injuries sustained on Saturday. Aspar rider Terol was unable to take up his eighth place on the grid as he required surgery after crashing in both morning practice and qualifying yesterday, giving his rivals a golden opportunity to carve a chunk from the hitherto dominant Spaniard's points lead. Although the race was declared officially dry, drizzle began falling from the early stages

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Behind the glitz and glamour of Monaco shoot

BBC F1 presenter Jake Humphrey takes you behind the scenes at the shoot for the opening sequence for 2011 Monaco Grand Prix.

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Filmed & edited by Michael Cunliffe, Music - Bright Lights Bigger City by Cee Lo Green & Poker Face by Lady Gaga.

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Red Bull rivals appear ready to concede Formula One title

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Audi A1 by ABT Sportsline


ABT Sportsline has made tuning projects of the Audi A1 in the past, but their latest program for the German automaker’s sports hatch figures to be one of the most powerful A1’s this side of Audi’s out of this world, 500-horsepower A1 Clubsport Quattro.

Dressed in three unique color schemes - the Aloha, Klecks, and High Voltage - the 2011 iteration of their A1 package also comes with a prominent engine upgrade. Incidentally, these three color schemes also came with the 2010 ABT program, but that’s not the important thing. What’s new and different about the 2011 version is the powerful engine upgrade the A1 received that saw its output increase past the 200-horsepower mark.

All that was possible when ABT Sportsline gave the A1’s 1.4-liter TFSI engine an ECU remap, while also adding a dual-pipe exhaust system and a new sports muffler. All these modifications and changes bumped up the A1’s output all the way to 210 horsepower - a rarity for an A1 - while also giving it performance numbers that include a 0-62 mph time of just 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph.

Other aerodynamic components added to the Audi A1 include a new aluminum brushed front lip, side skirts, rear wing insets, rear skirt inset, a new rear spoiler, and a set of 17" or 18" ABT ZTitan wheels.

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For the ladies?

Formula 1 has been trying to expand its demographic (or at least some of those involved have been) and the latest move in that direction is an online viral from Vodafone, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button continuing their acting careers, having a go at being fashion photographers. Take a look, it’s fun.

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This Season?s ?Race To The Chase? Especially Wild

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Valencia weekend

The European Grand Prix in Valencia was a very dull event and a clear indication, once again, that the circuit must be changed. The track allows no overtaking even with KERS, DRS and the new generation Pirelli tyres. There is no point in trying to pretend that the race was good and rather look for [...]

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BIKES: 1984 Honda Ascot VT500

The Beginning of the Nearly No-Maintenance Motorcycle.

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BMW 1M drifts on world's highest helipad in LA [video]

BMW Canada has released another drift-tastic video which has fans asking, "real or fake?"

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Scott Jones Goes Dutch: Friday Photos From Assen


Red and white


Randy de Puniet's problems are not for want of trying

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Volkswagen GTI: A History in Pictures

Our first drive of the Euro-market GTI Edition 35 sent us rummaging through our archives for photos and info on the history of VW?s pocket rocket. We thought we?d share. Conceived by a small group of engineers under the ?Sport Golf? code name, the original Golf GTI is somewhat engineered from the corporate parts bin. [...]

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One-Off Rolls-Royce Drophead Coup� Created for Masterpiece London 2011, Has Space for the Family Jewels

What does Rolls-Royce do in honor of British antique and art fair Masterpiece London? It drops a Phantom Drophead Coup� on ‘em, Harry! Ginned up especially for the event, but no doubt soon to be snatched up by some well-heeled aficionado of the finer things, the Masterpiece London 2011 Drophead Coup� is the first Roller [...]

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Ricky Carmichael, No. 30 Monster Energy Chevrolet Impala Daytona International Speedway Preview

No. 30 Monster Energy Chevrolet Impala RICKY CARMICHAEL QUICK FACTS No. 30 Monster Energy Chevrolet Impala Subway Jalapeno 250 Daytona International Speedway July 1, 2011 No. 30 Monster Energy Chevrolet News and Notes � The Goat: Daytona Edition… Ricky Carmichael has no problem finding his way to Daytona International Speedway’s (DIS) famous victory lane. He...more»

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Vettel set for titles aplenty


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Tom Cary says in his column in the Daily Telegraph that the man dubbed ?Baby Schumi? has plenty of time to match or even surpass his compatriot?s record haul of seven world titles after he cinched his first in the Abu Dhabi night.
?Here, after all, is a young man, already dubbed ?Baby Schumi? by Germany?s tabloid press, winning the first of what will presumably be multiple world championships, and all at the tender age of 23. Plenty of time yet to match Schumacher's incredible haul of seven world titles. And yet, their phenomenal ability to drive racing cars apart, there is little similarity between the two men. ?There are still lingering doubts over his racing ability but with such blistering qualifying pace he is nearly always leading from the front anyway. Vettel is set for multiple world championships. Just don?t call him Baby Schumi.?
The Guardian?s Paul Weaver says it was difficult to begrudge Vettel his moment of glory after he won the first of what will be many world titles. He also looks back at some of the season?s highlights.
?An amazing Formula One season produced its final twist here on Sunday when Sebastian Vettel, who had never led the title race, won his first world championship. It is difficult to begrudge him his glory, for he had more poles (10) than any other driver and shared the most wins (five) with Fernando Alonso. There will be red faces as well as red cars and overalls at Ferrari, though, for deciding to bring their man in when they did, only to see him re-emerge into heavy traffic. ?Among the highlights, and every race felt like a highlight after the bore-start in Bahrain, there was that wonderful beginning to his McLaren career by Jenson Button, who won two of his first four races, even though he couldn't keep up the pace, especially in qualifying. ?Hamilton once again drove his heart out, and outperformed a car that looked a little too ordinary at times. He was superb in Montreal. Then there was Webber, the Anglophile Aussie who was the favourite among most neutrals to win the title. There was that spectacular crash when he ran into the back of Heikki Kovalainen and the most famous of his four wins, at Silverstone, when he said to his team at the end of the race: 'Not bad for a No2 driver.' ?But in the end there was only one German who mattered. It was the remarkable Vettel. This will be the first of a clutch of championships for him.?
The Independent?s David Tremayne focuses on the plight of the other title contenders, writing it is easier to feel more sorry for one than the other.
?It was impossible not to feel for both Webber and Alonso. Yet while a frustrated Alonso gestured at Petrov after the race, the Australian, predictably, refused to complain about his pitstop timing. ?A world championship seemed an inevitable part of Sebastian Vettel's future, but it came a little sooner than most expected, after his recent tribulations. You wouldn't bet against several more, and if that record-breaking streak continues, perhaps even Schumacher's achievements will be overshadowed.?
And the Mirror?s Byron Young elaborates further on the petulant behaviour of Fernando Alonso on his slowing down lap after his title dreams ended behind the Renault of Vitaly Petrov.
?Fernando Alonso was hurled into more controversy last night for a wild gesture at the former Lada racer who cost him the title. But the Spaniard brushed off accusations he gave Russian Vitaly Petrov the finger for ruining his title hopes by blocking him for 40 laps as they duelled over sixth place. "The Ferrari ace was caught on television cruising alongside the Renault driver on the slowing down lap and gesticulating from the cockpit. Petrov was unrepentant: "What was I supposed to do? Just get out of his way, pull to the side? I don't think that is how we race. It was important for the team for me to get points."

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Report: Chrysler legal bid to halt 'Imported From Detroit' merchandise sales falls short

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Imported from DetroitAutomotive News is reporting that Chrysler has failed to stop a clothing manufacturer from selling "Imported from Detroit" apparel on the grounds of trademark infringement. U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow ruled in favor of Pure Detroit, saying that the automaker's request failed to show that the manufacturer would suffer any irreparable harm by the apparel company's actions. The judge also pointed out that Chrysler doesn't actually have a trademark on the "Imported from Detroit" slogan. After Chrysler aired its ad for the company's 200 during this year's Super Bowl, Pure Detroit began churning out T-shirts. The automaker sued Moda Group in March, and Pure Detroit counter sued in April.

The clothing maker's suit argued that Chrysler doesn't hold a trademark on the phrase in part because of the fact that the slogan is geographical and somewhat misleading, as Chrysler is actually based in Auburn Hills and the 200 is assembled in Sterling Heights. Apparently Judge Tarnow agrees with Pure Detroit's assessment.

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F1 in a twist over team orders

In Hungary

Formula 1 is in a fix. Over team orders. To keep the ban as it is or bin it - that's the question.

Or is there a middle way that would see the sport's law-makers provide a clarification that would specify precisely the circumstances when a team would be allowed to apply team orders and when they wouldn't?

Over the last two days here at the Hungaroring, I've canvassed opinion among leading members of teams in the pit-lane - team principals, team managers, technical directors and managing directors - who, it has to be said, all have their own agendas and specific team interests.

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The first finding to report is that nobody has a ready-made solution!

Significantly, the issue wasn't even on the agenda at Wednesday's meeting of the Formula 1 Teams' Association's Sporting Regulations Working Group. It was suggested, in the wake of the furore at last weekend's German Grand Prix that it should be discussed, but it wasn't added.

An overwhelming majority of the figures I consulted believed that Ferrari deserved further punishment.

And the majority view was that most suitable penalty, in addition to their $100,000 fine, was the loss of Ferrari's 43 points in the constructors' championship at Hockenheim.
The drivers, however, would retain theirs.

"How can you impose a really strict penalty for an offence that we all know the teams commit?" said one team executive.

Some thought a suspended race ban should also apply but, perhaps surprisingly, there was no call for another much heavier fine in line with the punishment handed out in 2002 after Ferrari's conduct at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Then, there was no rule outlawing team orders but the FIA imposed the $1m sanction because they ruled that the podium incident involving Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello had brought the sport into disrepute.

The only unanimous view I came across in all discussions is that rule needed to be clarified because team orders have always been, and will always be part of the fabric of F1.

So, if that's the case, surely it would make most sense for the sport to erase article 39.1 and allow team orders.

That would mean fans, the media and the authorities would know what to expect and there wouldn't be the outrage that surrounded last weekend's result.

"No", said one team principal. "There needs to be a deterrent. Otherwise you'll have another Austria 2002 when there was no ban on team orders yet Ferrari made the sport look stupid."

Support for that opinion came from one of the pit-lane's most experienced technical directors, who cited three examples of team orders which reflected what's acceptable and what is not.

"When (Felipe) Massa helped (Kimi) Raikkonen to victory in Brazil in 2007, and as a result the title, that was entirely understandable, entirely right," my source said.

"Massa couldn't win the title but his team-mate could. It was the last race of the season. And Ferrari explained it properly.

"Austria 2002 was blatantly wrong. It was only the sixth race of the season and Schumacher was already well ahead in the championship. He had no need for assistance.

"Then you had Hockenheim last weekend, and that's somewhere in the middle of the range. Alonso was clearly quicker and is their best bet for the championship.

"What made it so messy was the way Ferrari handled things after the race. It was a farce. They treated the public so stupidly."

But given the current ban, how else could Ferrari explain the Massa-Alonso switch, without openly admitting they had broken the rules?

As it is, another senior technical director believes the stewards got it wrong in Hockenheim.

He claims a more meaningful, damaging penalty for Ferrari would have been a 10-second time penalty for Alonso, which would have relegated him from first to third, promoting Massa to victory.

None of the people I've spoken to this week thought Ferrari got it right in Germany - and yet privately all will tell you that their biggest offence was not imposing the order on Massa but carrying it out so blatantly.

As one team official put it bluntly: "It comes down to how well we can cheat the fans, because if we do it well, under this current rule, nobody knows."

When I pressed for a form of words or a mechanism that allowed for team orders in certain circumstances, only in the final third of the season as some have suggested, nobody had a recommendation.

The same source indicated that drafting the sporting regulations could become a legal minefield with officials challenging the scope of the rule - "interfering with the race result" - in the same way that engineers challenge the technical regulations.

"Everything we do can interfere with the race result. What about the Red Bull front wing at Silverstone, for example? Only for Vettel, not for Webber."

Prompted by a leading technical director, I checked out the 1998 ruling from the World Motor Sport Council following McLaren switch between David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen at the Australian Grand Prix that year.

The FIA verdict read as follows: "It is perfectly legitimate for a team to decide that one of its drivers is the championship contender and the other will support him.

"What is not acceptable in the world council's view is any arrangement which interferes with the race and cannot be justified by the relevant team's interest in the championship."

This ruling stood until the end of 2002 when the ban was imposed.

As discussed in Andrew Benson's blog after the race on Sunday, there's a contradiction in F1 over team orders.

It's not so much what the teams do, it's how they do it.

In that context, it's hardly surprising that Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo would criticise the sport's "hypocrisy".

While the teams continue to believe in their unwritten rule which flies in the face of the official ruling, this latest controversy surely will not be the last.

And if the World Council isn't going to meet until 10 September - the Friday of the Italian Grand Prix, of all days - it guarantees that we'll all be watching the action even more closely.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jonathanlegard/2010/07/f1-in-a-twist-over-team-orders.html

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For the ladies?

Formula 1 has been trying to expand its demographic (or at least some of those involved have been) and the latest move in that direction is an online viral from Vodafone, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button continuing their acting careers, having a go at being fashion photographers. Take a look, it’s fun.

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/for-the-ladies/

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NASCAR’s McDowell settles suit over go-kart track

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/06/27/1306191/nascars-mcdowell-settles-suit.html

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Karthikeyan Makes Surprise F1 Return With HRT

Narain Karthikeyan has made a surprise return to Formula One after being announced as one of Hispania HRT’s drivers for the 2011 season. The Indian driver was unveiled as the first racer to be working with the Spanish based squad, who look likely to enter into a second season of racing despite on-going financial concerns. [...]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/karthikeyan-makes-surprise-f1-return-with-hrt/

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Red Bull Auction

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Bahrain F1: Live Race Results and Positions after 1st Lap

Sebastian Vettel has started from the Pole Position at the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix but its the Ferrari of Filepe Massa which has taken the lead.
Here are the standings after the 1st lap at Bahrain F1 Grand Prix:
1 VETTEL ? Red Bull
2 ALONSO ? Ferrari
3 MASSA ? Ferrari
4 ROSBERG ? Mercedes
5 HAMILTON ? McLaren
6 [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/formula-f1/~3/RBJWIX-d9BU/

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J.R. ? Better Watch That Speed!

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Vettel shrugs off mid season rule changes to take pole for European Grand Prix

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KL - Hong Kong - Shanghai

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/04/kl---hong-kong---shanghai.html

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McLaren drivers out of title race


Is it now a three-way battle for the title? © Getty Images
Fernando Alonso is still the driver in the best position to win the drivers? title according to the Daily Telegraph?s Tom Cary.
?Focus and concentration will be of paramount importance and there is none stronger in this regard than Ferrari?s Fernando Alonso.?
The Guardian?s Oliver Owen thinks that it is Mark Webber?s title to lose now, and that this may be the Australian?s last realistic chance of winning the title.
?He has driven beautifully. Monaco and Silverstone spring to mind. He has been an uncompromising racer, not giving Vettel or Lewis Hamilton an inch in Turkey and Singapore respectively. Most importantly, he has largely avoided the bouts of brain fade that can wreck a season ? his on-track hooning in Melbourne when racing Hamilton being the only exception. But there is a feeling that for Webber it is now or never, that a chance of a tilt at the title may never come again. He is certainly driving as if that is the case and that has been his strength.?
According to The Mirror?s Byron Young, both McLaren drivers are now out of the title hunt after their fourth and fifth place finishes in Suzuka.
?McLaren's title hopes died yesterday in a weekend from Hell at Suzuka. Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton finished fourth and fifth in a Japanese Grand Prix they had to win to have the remotest chance of keeping their title bid alive."
The Sun?s Michael Spearman was of the same opinion, saying ?Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button's title hopes were in tatters after a shocker in Japan.?

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/10/mclaren_drivers_out_of_title_r_1.php

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CUP: Edwards Looks To Strike At Daytona

Point leader Carl Edwards finished second in the Daytona 500?

Source: http://nascar.speedtv.com/article/cup-carl-edwards-looks-to-strike-at-daytona/

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Mike Neff races to third Funny Car victory of year

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/06/26/1303136/mike-neff-races-to-third-funny.html

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Q2: Here?s comes Vettel

Sebastian Vettel popped to the top of the timesheets in Valencia in the Q2 session on Saturday afternoon. He set the best lap, four-tenths ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren, shadowed (as always) by Jenson Button’s similar car. Fernando Alonso was relegated to fourth in his Ferrari, ahead of Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Felipe [...]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/q2-heres-comes-vettel/

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Marussia Virgin MVR-02 Launch pictures (7th of February)

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Massa: Hard tyres would harm Ferrari

Felipe Massa believes Ferrari's ever-improving challenge against Red Bull Racing could be stalled at the British Grand Prix if Pirelli elects to take its hard tyre to that event.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/massa-hard-tyres-would-harm-ferrari/

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