All the Formula One news

June 2012

June 30  Gary Paffett secures pole for DTM race at blazing hot Norisring

Briton Gary Paffett (Mercedes Team HWA) took pole position for the fifth DTM race of the season on the Norisring in Germany. Paffett is currently leading the DTM Championship with 83 points, and is followed by Mattias Ekstrom (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) who has 47 points, and Jamie Green (Mercedes Team HWA) is third with 44 points.

June 29   Cost cutting agreement for 2013 still divides Formula One teams

The battle about the RRA (Resource Restriction Agreement) is still dividing the Formula One teams. The definitive version of the 2013 cost cutting agreement still hasn’t the support of all teams despite countless meetings where team representatives together with the FIA and FOM have negotiated the terms of the agreement which should be in place before the start of the 2013 season.

June 28   Banker Gribkowsky sentenced to eight and a half years in prison

German ex-banker Gerhard Gribkowsky has been sentenced to eight and a half year imprisonment for tax evasion, bribery and breach of trust. A Munich court yesterday ruled Gribkowsky received a 44 million Euro bribe from FOM CEO Bernie Ecclestone when the German BayernLB state bank sold its stake in Formula One to CVC Capital Partners. The bribe was to ensure the stake was sold to CVC and not to another party.

June 27   Teams still struggling with Pirelli tyres

After the European Grand Prix at Valencia, it has become apparent most teams are still struggling to unlock the secrets and full potential of the Pirelli tyres. Even the top teams had to use an extra set of softs during Saturday’s qualifying to secure a position in the top ten, which also meant they only had one set of new softs left for the race.

June 25  Mercedes and Schumacher thrilled with podium place at Valencia

Mercedes and Michael Schumacher were quite happy with third place and the first podium place of the seven-times World Champion after his return to Formula One in 2010. During a chaotic race at the Valencia street circuit during the European Grand Prix, Schumacher made good use of his experience and took his 155th podium place after starting the race from 12th position on the grid.

June 24  Magic Alonso gives masterclass at Valencia

Only yesterday Ferrari described their qualifying for the European Grand Prix at Valencia as a ‘cold shower’, today Fernando Alonso emerged as the victor of the race, a race that became hotter and hotter after each lap.

June 23  Cost cutting agreement for 2013 still divides Formula One teams

The battle about the RRA (Resource Restriction Agreement) is still dividing the Formula One teams. The definitive version of the 2013 cost cutting agreement still hasn’t the support of all teams despite countless meetings where team representatives together with the FIA and FOM have negotiated the terms of the agreement which should be in place before the start of the 2013 season.

June 23  Vettel eases to pole position for European GP at Valencia

Sebastian Vettel took his third pole position of the season for Red Bull during qualifying for the European Grand Prix at Valencia, Spain this afternoon. The German topped the time sheets with a lap of 1m38.086s after one single run during the third and last qualifying session. Vettel did have to use a second set of soft tyres to take pole, be he reckoned it was worth it, as starting from the first place of the grid is certainly a huge advantage on a street circuit.

June 22  Vettel sets the pace for European GP at Valencia

Pastor Maldonado was fastest for Williams during the first practice session for the European Grand Prix at Valencia this morning, but it was current World Champion Sebastian Vettel who set the fastest overall time today with a lap of 1m39.334s during the second practice session in the afternoon.

June 21  Is Formula One heading for the Great Eight at Valencia?

Is Formula One heading for the Great Eight, the eighth winner of the eighth race of the season? That is the big question ahead of the European Grand Prix at Valencia, Spain. Jenson Button won the first race for McLaren in Australia, Fernando Alonso surprisingly won the Malaysian Grand Prix, and Nico Rosberg was the surprise winner of the Chinese Grand Prix.

June 21  Massa much more happy with the Ferrari F2012

It hasn’t gone unnoticed, Felipe Massa was much more happy with his Ferrari F2012 in Monaco and Canada. At the start of the season the Brazilian had many problems taming the F2012, a car difficult to understand and even more difficult to drive, even for his team colleague Fernando Alonso. But the Spaniard is now in second place of the Drivers’ Championship, while Massa is 14th with only 11 points.

June 21  Vijay Mallya: Force India needs to raise its game

Force India has to raise its game during the European Grand Prix at Valencia, team owner Vijay Mallya said this week. “We still need to lift our game, especially if we want to target fifth or sixth in the Constructors’ Championship. Yes, we’ve had one of our best starts to a season ever in terms of points scored, but the teams around us have also performed exceptionally well,” Mallya admitted.

June 21  Caterham pin hopes on upgrades for European Grand Prix at Valencia

Caterham are looking to improve their pace with new car upgrades for this weekend’s European Grand Prix, and the next race at Silverstone, according to Technical Director Mark Smith.

June 20  Gribkowsky confesses: Ecclestone paid ‘giant amount of money’

A dramatic turn of events today as German ex-banker Gerhard Gribkowsky in court confessed FOM CEO Bernie Ecclestone had paid him a ‘giant amount of money’ for the sale in 2006 of the stake the German BayernLB bank had in Formula One.

June 19  Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel: Overtaking in Valencia is risky

Sebastian Vettel, current Formula One World Champion and winner of this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix, thinks overtaking on the Valencia street circuit is risky. “In Valencia, we drive an average of more than 200kph, which means it’s one of the fastest street circuits in Formula One. Overtaking is possible, but only with some risk,” said Vettel.

June 19  Could Grosjean grab victory at European GP in Valencia?

Although Romain Grosjean retired from three of the seven Grands Prix due to accidents, he soon caught up with his team colleague Kimi Raikkonen and the 2011 GP2 Champion is now in seventh place of the Drivers’ Championship, just two points behind the Fin in sixth place.

June 19  Mercedes looking to improve reliability for European GP

Despite his five retirements in seven races, Michael Schumacher remains upbeat ahead of the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain this weekend. After a very disappointing Canadian Grand Prix where the seven-times World Champion had to retire after his DRS wing got stuck in its opened position, the German is adamant Mercedes has solved their reliability problems.

June 18  Podium finish gives Sauber confidence ahead of European Grand Prix

The third place for Sergio Perez in Montreal, Canada, has spurred on the Swiss Sauber team, who have shown they do have a fast car this season, and a car that is fast on all kinds of circuits. Sauber currently is in sixth position of the Constructors’ Championship, thus leaving their rivals Williams, Force India and Toro Rosso behind them.

June 18  Little breathing space for McLaren during European Grand Prix

The pressure is still on during the European Grand Prix at Valencia according to the victor of the Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton. After a magnificent win in Canada where he fair and square beat Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, Hamilton is certainly not going to rest on his laurels.

June 18  Second home Grand Prix for HRT at Valencia

Despite a disastrous weekend in Canada where both F112 HRT cars had to retire with overheated brakes, the Spanish outfit remains optimistic ahead of round eight of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain. Valencia, the fourth street circuit on this year’s calendar, will again be a test for the brakes, but Pedro de la Rosa is confident the problems have been solved.

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