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Friday, February 24, 2012

F1 2012 - Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 24th February 2012 (4th day of test

Circuit: Catalunya, 4.655 kms
Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne
Car: STR7 – 01
Laps: 92
Best time: 1:23.792

“We achieved what we came here to do”

Jean-Eric Vergne: “I am much more confident in the car now than I was by the end of the Jerez test. We worked on many different aspects of the job and for example, today I had a much better understanding of the pit stops than I did after trying them yesterday for the first time. We did some good work today, acquiring plenty of data and I expect this will help us to improve still further next week.”

Laurent Mekies (Chief Engineer): “From a technical point of view, we completed our programme, working through a large number of test items, which are the type of thing you can only achieve in winter testing when you have a lot of tyres. Some of the work of making these changes to the car was time consuming, which explains why we have not completed such a large number of laps, but it was important to get the answers on the items we wanted to evaluate here. We can be reasonably satisfied with the results achieved. The drivers are getting into the rhythm. Next week here there will be plenty of race simulations and our drivers will get a lot of time on track to experience race conditions. Overall this week, we achieved what we came here to do.”

There is now just one test session prior to the first round of the 2012 World Championship and it again takes place at the Catalunya circuit from 1 to 4 March. Jean-Eric Vergne will drive the first two days, before handing over to Daniel Ricciardo. When the test ends, it will leave just 12 days until the first free practice session of the year at Melbourne’s Albert Park street circuit.
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F1 2012 - Sauber C31-Ferrari Kamui Kobayashi Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 24th February 2012 (4th day of test)

Kamui Kobayashi was at the wheel of the Sauber C31-Ferrari for the final day of the first Barcelona test. It was another positive day for the Sauber F1 Team that evaluated further test items in the morning, did qualifying practice before lunch time and completed longer runs in the afternoon. This resulted in a total of 144 laps today.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km

Driver: Kamui Kobayashi (JP)

Weather: Sunny all day, air 9-21°C, track 11-30°C

Chassis / engine: C31.02 / Ferrari 056

Mileage today: 144 laps

Fastest lap: 1:22,312 min (before lunch, soft tyres)

Giampaolo Dall’Ara (Head of Track Engineering):
“It was another positive test day for us. We started in the morning with some further aero comparisons and set-up work. Before lunch Kamui did qualifying runs. Qualifying was actually a weakness of ours in the last two seasons and we have to resolve this. This obviously requires proper practice. Kamui started with the medium compound before he used two sets of soft tyres, and in the end he got his first taste of the 2012 super soft compound. He did his fastest lap on the second set of softs. This lap time now stands as the overall fastest for this week, but of course this doesn’t mean much because proper comparisons are never possible during testing with each team running different programmes. In the afternoon we did longer runs for race preparation.”

Kamui Kobayashi:
“I’m quite happy. We achieved a very good mileage today. The set up changes we did in the morning meant an improvement in lap times, which, of course, is very positive. There is still a lot of work to do in terms of understanding the car and the different tyre compounds at different fuel levels, but we are working in the right direction. I think it was a good test for us.”

What comes next:
For next week’s test, again in Barcelona, Sergio Pérez is set to drive on Thursday and Saturday, Kamui Kobayashi will be on duty on Friday and Sunday.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

F1 2012 - Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 23rd February 2012 (3rd day of test)

Circuit: Catalunya, 4.655 kms
Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne
Car: STR7 – 01
Laps: 78
Best time: 1:24.433

Jean-Eric Vergne took over driving duties for the last two days of this test and he had a trouble free day. The programme was a mix of set-up evaluation and working in race conditions, as it was our first test of the year with the full race team carrying out the pit stop practice. This was important as it is an area where we want to improve for the coming season. With higher temperatures than at the Jerez test and the past two days in Barcelona, conditions were approaching those encountered during the season, which provided useful data regarding tyre management and car cooling.

Jean-Eric Vergne: “It’s good to be back in the car after Jerez. We got through a lot of work today, including some aero evaluation and different set-ups. We ran all day long on the Medium tyres, which gives us a good baseline to analyse the data. We are learning more about our new car with every lap and it has performed well on this Barcelona track which is always a true test of how a car is performing. Towards the end of the day, I had my first experience of proper Formula 1 pit stops. It was a scary feeling at the beginning, coming in at 100 km/h and seeing so many people. At first, I was worried about hitting someone, but by the end I had got used to it. It’s an exciting experience!”

F1 2012 - Sauber C31-Ferrari Kamui Kobayashi Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 22nd February 2012 (2nd day of test)

Test in Barcelona – Day three

Kamui Kobayashi was back at the wheel of the Sauber C31-Ferrari today. It was a straightforward test day – no noteworthy problems but a programme that excites engineers rather than fans. Kamui did set-up and aero work, including a comparison between two different rear wings. Ninety nine laps produced a lot of recorded data and information to now go through.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km

Driver: Kamui Kobayashi (JP)

Weather: Sunny all day, air 6-21°C, track 9-26°C

Chassis / engine: C31.02 / Ferrari 056

Mileage today: 99 laps

Fastest lap: 1:23,582 min (before lunch, soft tyres)

Giampaolo Dall’Ara (Head of Track Engineering):
“We have had a straightforward test day. Kamui did almost a hundred laps. His programme was mainly about improving and confirming what we understand about the car. For example we were looking for improvements in the front tyre warm-up, evaluating different aero parts and ran different suspension configurations. The programme required a lot of five to ten lap runs. It was a productive day for Kamui and the team. Tomorrow’s test programme tends to become a bit more exciting, and that is also for the outside world.”

Kamui Kobayashi
“It was my first day of driving the new car here in Barcelona, and it was a good one. We had no noteworthy problems all day and went through a lot of test items. I can feel we have made some progress compared to the test in Jerez. But, of course, we have a lot more work to do and there is room for improvement.”

What comes next:
Kamui Kobayashi will continue driving on Friday, the final day of this test.


F1 2012 - Carterham F1 Team Vitaly Petrov Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 23rd February 2012 (3rd day of test)

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Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 23rd February 2012

Driver: Vitaly Petrov


Chassis: CT01-#2

Total laps: 70

Best lap: 1.26.448

Vitaly Petrov: “We spent quite a bit more time today looking at various areas of the car to help me find a setup I’m really comfortable with and can push on from. Once we’d sorted out this morning’s issue we were able to try a few different setup options in the afternoon and by the last couple of runs I think we were heading in the right direction, both mechanically and with the different tyre compounds.”

Steve Nielsen, Sporting Director: “That was a bit of a difficult day where we struggled to give Vitaly the sort of setup he wants. He did a good job today to drive around a couple of basic issues we knew we would encounter, but those will be solved with new parts that are coming for the next test, and they should not affect Heikki tomorrow. We have saved a number of tyres up for tomorrow and that means we can run through the whole tyre program we had set for the last day of this test which means we should leave here with a better understanding of how the 2012 compounds behave and decent amount of data we can use to prepare for next week’s test.”

Riad Asmat, Caterham Group Chief Executive Officer: “This was one of the tougher days we have had this winter, but we will learn a good deal from today. This morning we had a front suspension problem that we worked hard to fix and the solution meant we were able to lap consistently this afternoon. That sets us up better for tomorrow when Heikki’s back in the car and we are catching up with the plan for this week, so more hard work tonight and a clear day tomorrow and we should be able to achieve the targets for this test when the session ends tomorrow.”



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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

F1 2012 - Toro Rosso Daniel Ricciardo Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 22nd February 2012 (2nd day of test)


Circuit: Catalunya, 4.655 kms
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: STR7 – 01
Laps: 50
Best time: 1:23.639

Today was Daniel’s last day in the car for this test and he did not complete as many laps as expected because of a couple of stoppages. The last one cost the most time, due to a problem with a drive shaft. Tomorrow, Jean-Eric Vergne takes over driving duties for the final two days of this test.

Daniel Ricciardo: “The afternoon did not go to plan, but the morning was positive and we did all the runs we had planned for the first part of the day. We worked on making adjustments to the car balance, also trying some different mechanical changes to the car, which is why I did mainly short runs. I could feel the effect of these changes and the car reacted in the way we expected.”

The Australian’s work sheet called for mainly short runs this morning, using three of the four tyre options available – the Medium the Soft and, for the very first time this year, the Supersoft Pirellis.
This afternoon, longer runs are on the agenda. Ricciardo was fourth fastest behind Hulkenberg, Perez and Vettel.

F1 2012 - Sauber C31-Ferrari Sergio Pérez Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 21st February 2012 (1st day of test)

Test in Barcelona - Day one

Sergio Pérez was at the wheel of the Sauber C31-Ferrari on the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. The day was hampered by some technical issues, which resulted in a total of 66 laps for the young Mexican.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km

Driver: Sergio Pérez (MX)

Weather: Sunny all day, air 5-17°C, track 7-24°C

Chassis / engine: C31.02 / Ferrari 056

Mileage today: 66 laps

Fastest lap: 1:24,219 min

Giampaolo Dall’Ara (Head of Track Engineering):
“We obviously didn’t cover the mileage we wanted to today, but such things happen in testing. In the morning we had some doubts related to the structure, which didn’t occur in Jerez and therefore appear to be track related. It is important to discover something like this during testing instead of at a Grand Prix weekend. We touched base with our experts in Hinwil for analyses and at the same time found a mechanical solution here at the track. In the afternoon we then had another unforeseen break due to a mechanical issue with a rear anti roll bar. Not actually a big issue, but quite time consuming as the gear box had to be removed again, etc. So now we will concentrate on our test programme for tomorrow and hope for a rather smoother session then.”

Sergio Pérez:
“It wasn’t an easy day for us. Nevertheless during the 66 laps we collected some very useful data, which we will analyse tonight, so in this regard it was still a satisfying day. I am very much looking forward to tomorrow and I hope we can get a lot more work done then.”

What comes next:
Sergio will continue to drive tomorrow before Kamui Kobayashi takes over for Thursday and Friday.


F1 2012 - Sauber C31-Ferrari Sergio Pérez Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 22nd February 2012 (2nd day of test)

Test in Barcelona – Day two

The Sauber F1 Team and Sergio Pérez had a much better day. The Mexican completed a good test programme at the Circuit de Catalunya, including a full tyre comparison of all compounds, as well as aero and set up work. For Thursday and Friday Kamui Kobayashi will take over at the wheel of the Sauber C31-Ferrari.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km

Driver: Sergio Pérez (MX)

Weather: Sunny all day, air 6-19°C, track 9-26°C

Chassis / engine: C31.02 / Ferrari 056

Mileage today: 85 laps

Fastest lap: 1:22,648 min (before lunch, super soft tyres)

Giampaolo Dall’Ara (Head of Track Engineering):
“This was a far more positive day. Despite an exhaust problem in the late afternoon, we went through a good programme. Quite a few high priority points have been ticked off the job list. In the morning we started with aero comparisons, and then did some proper mechanical set up work. We also carried out a full comparison of all tyre compounds – super soft, soft, medium and hard – and ran different fuel loads. Of course it is not possible to really judge the car’s performance yet as we don’t know the other teams’ programmes, but today was productive and now we can work out the programme for tomorrow when Kamui takes over.”

Sergio Pérez:
“Today was a lot better, even though in the end we lost a bit of track time because of the exhaust problem. I am happy with how things went, we have gathered plenty of information to go through now and I believe we are working in the right direction. I hope we get some more work done with Kamui driving the next two days, and then we will be well prepared for next week’s final pre-season test session.”

What comes next:
Kamui Kobayashi takes over on Thursday and Friday.

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F1 2012 - Carterham F1 Team Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 22nd February 2012 (2nd day of test)

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Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 22nd February 2012

Driver: Vitaly Petrov


Chassis: CT01-#2

Total laps: 69

Best lap: 1.26.605

Vitaly Petrov: “I think that was a pretty positive day. We completed 69 laps and got through most of what we had planned. This morning we had a couple of issues with the seating position and the brakes, but you expect that from a new car and they were little things that we were able to fix quickly. In the afternoon we put in a few more long runs and that’ll give us a lot of data to work on tonight and I think tomorrow it will be more of the same.

“Physically I feel really good. It’s obviously been a while since I’ve been in a car, but I’ve kept up my fitness levels and I enjoyed myself on track, so it’s a good first day back. One thing I have noticed is that this car behaves a little differently from my previous experience and I think I may have to adjust my driving style to get the best out of it – I’ve been quite aggressive before, but I think this car responds better to smoother inputs, so that’s something I can work on, and work with the engineers on. Let’s see what we can come up with for tomorrow.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “A very reasonable first day with Vitaly in the car. We spent some time this morning getting him acclimatised, focusing particularly on the brakes, but he has settled in well and did exactly what we asked of him today. We have a few points to work on tonight, one of those being to understand how to give him a setup he feels most comfortable with, so tomorrow we expect to be able to continue to progress when he’s back on track for the second day.”

Riad Asmat, Caterham Group Chief Executive Officer: “A good way to introduce Vitaly to the team on track. He acquitted himself well today, putting in a decent number of laps and working well with us to fine-tune the basic setups we need to give him so he’s comfortable in the cockpit. As first days go this was pretty much faultless, and that’s exactly what we wanted from him.”



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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

F1 2012 - Carterham F1 Team Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 21st February 2012 (1st day of test)

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Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona - 21st February 2012

Driver: Heikki Kovalainen

Chassis: CT01-#2

Total laps: 31

Best lap: 1.26.035

Heikki Kovalainen: “That obviously wasn’t how we wanted day one here to go, but that’s what testing is for – pushing everything to the limit to make sure we get rid of the problems before we get to the first race. It’s hard to learn a lot from limited laps, but I’m back in the car on Friday and I’m sure we’ll be able to push on with the program between now and then and make sure we get as much as we can out of the next three days on track.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “We had a rear track rod failure on Heikki’s third run this morning which brought him to a halt on track. As soon as we had the car back in the garage we identified the issue and managed to fix it on site, and we have more parts coming out tonight to make sure we don’t have the same problem again. We know that this car is fundamentally reliable, so the aim for the next three days is to complete the plan for this test and put ourselves back on schedule.”


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F1 2012 - Azkar, new official supplier of HRT Formula 1 Team

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Transportes Azkar S.A., an international integrated logistics operator with its headquarters in Spain, and HRT Formula 1 Team have signed a collaboration agreement for the renowned logistics operator to become a collaborator of the renewed team, joining as an Official Supplier for the 2012 season.

With a fleet of three trucks that cover more than 16,000 kilometres on the road to European Grands Prix and that transfer cars and material to the airport, HRT F1 Team’s transport needs are very demanding. Therefore, having a first class national partner, such as Azkar, was a fundamental objective.

Alfonso Hostaled, Azkar CEO: “At Azkar we back sports and national companies that wish to open up overseas and that is why HRT’s project as a Spanish team fits in perfectly with our market strategy. Azkar puts at the disposal of HRT logistics services that meet the challenging demands of Formula 1. On another note, through this association, we look to bring our clients closer to this thrilling sport”.

Luis Pérez-Sala, Team Principal HRT F1 Team: “As a part of the team’s renovation process, we are working on many fronts, all of them being important. There are many aspects besides the car and staff, such as telecommunications and logistics, which are vital for a team to function properly in such a demanding world as is Formula 1. We want to count with first class national partners for this. Azkar is the standout logistics operator and we are very proud to have them as collaborators. In a paddock which is crammed with German and English trucks, to find Spanish trucks aswell is proof that there are national companies with the same capacity as any other company to perform at this demanding level”.

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The team is now working hard on the 2012 season, which will begin next March in Australia. The priority is to build a good base, which is stable from a sporting and economic point of view, enabling the team to be more competitive. Besides improving technically and self-designing the car, the team also has a fundamental pillar in drivers Pedro de la Rosa, Narain Karthikeyan and Dani Clos, alongside a new headquarters at the Caja Mágica in Madrid, Spain. These being the first targets accomplished in HRT F1 Team’s new era. Apart from the sporting objectives, HRT also works tirelessly on meeting its targets of being competitive, close, approachable and socially responsible.

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F1 2012 - Caterham F1 Team Announce Sibur As First Russian Team Partner (объявили Сибур как первый русский партнер команды)

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Caterham F1 team has today announced that it has signed a deal with SIBUR  to be an official Team Partner. SIBUR, the largest petrochemical company in Russia and Eastern Europe, has also confirmed that it is continuing the partnership agreement it began in 2011 with Vitaly Petrov in his new role as Race Driver for the Anglo / Malaysian Caterham F1 Team. The SIBUR logo will feature on the CT01 cars and on Vitaly’s race suits throughout the 2012 season.

Tony Fernandes: “We are delighted to welcome SIBUR into our team and to help them continue their relationship in F1 with Vitaly, and now with Caterham F1 Team. F1 is a truly global sport, and SIBUR’s investment in our sport is proof of the value F1 can bring, on a national and international level, so we are looking forward to working closely with Mr Konov and his team at SIBUR to help them realize maximum benefit from this partnership.”

Dmitry Konov, CEO of SIBUR: I’m very glad that Vitaly’s career in Formula One is continuing with such an exciting new role at Caterham F1 Team. Vitaly plays a very important role for us, and all Russians. Formula One mixes cutting edge technology and the highest level of competition, and these are concepts SIBUR understands very well. We understand how big a challenge it is to succeed  in such an intense environment, and to maintain mastery of the conditions whilst always being at the very forefront of technical progress. That is why we are glad to give Vitaly and Caterham F1 Team our support. It is a real pleasure for us to continue our partnership in 2012, when Russia – thanks to Petrov as well – takes another step closer to Formula One.


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Overall, the company produces over 2000 different brands of products and invested more than $2billion in further developments in 2011. One of SIBUR’s top priorities is to invest in the modernization of its plants and technologies.

SIBUR is conscious of its social responsibility to create and ensure safe working conditions, to protect the health of its staff and the population living in the areas where the company conducts its operations. SIBUR develops and improves the corporate ecological management system in accordance with international standards.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

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Friday, February 17, 2012

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F1 2012 - Vitaly Petrov Joins Caterham F1 Team replacing Jarno Trulli

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 F1 Team has today announced that Vitaly Petrov has joined the team as race driver, replacing Jarno Trulli with immediate effect. The Russian was at the Anglo-Malaysian team’s factory in Hingham on Friday 17th February for a seat fitting ahead of his first run with the team at the second pre-season test in Barcelona, 21st to 24th February.

Team Principal Tony Fernandes: “We are all delighted to welcome Vitaly into our team and are very excited about the role he will play in helping us take the next steps forward in 2012 and for many years to come. When we first met it was immediately clear that Vitaly understands and shares our vision for how we want our team to grow. As the first Russian to race in F1 he carries the hopes of a huge nation with ease and his talents, experience with one of our current competitors and insights on and off track will play a huge role in our development as we fight to join the established teams ahead.

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank Jarno for the absolutely pivotal role he played in the formation and progression of our team since he joined us in December 2009. Jarno knew that when he joined us it would be a very different environment to where he had been before, and when we gave him the package he wanted he absolutely shone. With that in mind it was not an easy decision to bring Vitaly in to replace Jarno, but it was one we made to ensure that we give fresh impetus across the whole team and with a realistic eye on the global economic market. Jarno has an incredible natural talent behind the wheel, and his winning record and longevity in the sport will bear testament to that talent in the Formula 1 annals forever, but now it is time to open a new chapter in our team’s story, and Vitaly is the right person to help us do that.

“We have reached agreement with Jarno to bring an end to our partnership with him, but he will always be part of our family. Now we want to integrate Vitaly as quickly as possible into the team, and we will do everything we can to welcome him in, give him a car he can use to showcase his skills, and keep up the rate of development that has seen us go from an empty factory with just four employees to a fully established Formula 1 team in just over two years.”

Vitaly Petrov: “This is a very exciting day for me. I would like to thank Tony, Kamarudin Meranun and SM Nasarudin for giving me the chance to join a team that made its F1 debut at the same time as me, and has grown from one of the new teams to a serious force for future honours. The passion and spirit that Tony and the whole team have to keep moving forwards is infectious, and I am honoured to be able to join them and play my part in helping the team mount a serious challenge to the teams ahead in 2012 and for many seasons to come.

“I have been training hard all winter and am ready to get back into the cockpit and go to work. From what I have seen already, our new car is another good step forward from 2011 and now I cannot wait to see how it feels when we get to Barcelona. I would also like to take this chance to thank all my fans and partners for their support and their patience.” 

Jarno Trulli: “I want to take this chance to thank Tony, Kamarudin, SM Nasarudin, Riad, Mike and everyone in the team for the two seasons we had together. From zero we built up and established a solid F1 team. I'm really proud to have been part of it. I understand the decision the team has made and I want to wish to the whole team the very best of luck for the season ahead.”


F1 2012 - HRT: Arzak-Bokado will compete in formula 1 alongisde hrt

Press HRT F1 TEam 11:11 AM (18 minutes ago) to
Madrid, 17th of February 2012

The prestigious Basque chef, Juan Mari Arzak, will be in charge, through his catering company Arzak-Bokado, of not only satisfying Formula 1’s most exquisite palates but also feeding team members throughout the 20 Grands Prix this season.

The team of chefs that make up Arzak-Bokado will travel with the squad and will set up its operational headquarters in the new motorhome during European events, whereas at overseas races they will use the facilities offered by each circuit to maintain the same quality of service.

The particular logistics that are entailed with travelling around the world won’t affect the use of fresh, good quality, national products that characterize the extraordinary and renowned Spanish cuisine, with the company also seeking aid from chefs and suppliers in each country that is visited.

High standard cuisine which is ready to respond to the different needs of team members and exclusive guests, whilst also adapting to the characteristic timetables and demands that Formula 1 presents around the globe.

Besides the sporting targets that HRT F1 Team has set itself, the team takes another step in its objective of becoming a reference and platform through which to improve recognition and international prestige, thanks as well to synergies with renowned partners.

With three Michelin stars, Juan Mari Arzak is one of the most recognized chefs in the world and an international ambassador of Spain, having also been distinguished with the highest marks in international gastronomic guides. It is the first time that a chef of this category is in charge of a Formula 1 team’s nutrition.

The Basque group, Arzak-Bokado, combines the creativity and professional talent of the chef from San Sebastian with the dynamism and efficiency of the catering company Bokado, which has specialized in festive and gastronomic services in Spain and France for 15 years and been responsible for numerous culinary events in New York, Tokyo and Shanghai. Its promoters Jesús and Mikel Santamaría and José María Pikabea own prestigious establishments such as the restaurants Bokado-Museo del Traje in Madrid, Aquarium-Bokado and Bokado-San Temo in San Sebastian, catering services at the Las Ventas bullring and hospitality services at Illumbe in San Sebastian and  at VIP boxes for Real Sociedad, amongst other activities.

Juan Mari Arzak, Chef: “For any Basque it is an honour to be able to take part in a project of this international magnitude, but what really is incredible for me is to have the responsibility of promoting Spanish cuisine alongside a fantastic group of people who made this project possible. Spanish cuisine is an international reference, which not only promotes our culture but, through HRT F1 Team, shows one of the biggest tourist attractions that our country has: our gastronomy. It is a real challenge to compete from the stove with my Arzak-Bokado team, feeling the speed of a Formula 1 team like ours, without ever losing the quality of our dishes. It will be an exciting challenge”.

Jesús Mari Santamaria, Product Development Director of Catering Bokado: “The logistical challenge that we have with HRT F1 Team made us realise this was a huge opportunity to make our Basque gastronomy known and to count with many Spanish chefs around the world. Making them a part of this project by helping us to have the best fresh products in order to present the best service possible to our clients, guests and team. Our main objective will always be to promote our country as a platform for exportation for the benefit of all our collaborators”.

Óscar Leyva, Business Director of HRT F1 Team: “There are deals that you have to justify and others where the name says it all, and this is one of them. Having Arzak-Bokado in charge of the team’s kitchen at Grands Prix is something extraordinary and seeing the enthusiasm with which they are taking on this challenge makes us proud and, at the same time, reaffirms that we are doing things right and that the effort we have put in these last few months is giving its rewards”.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

F1 2012 - Mike Gascoyne Appointed Caterham Group CTO

Tom Webb 6:24 PM (1 hour ago) to

Hingham, UK - 16 February 2012 Mike Gascoyne has been appointed Caterham Group Chief Technical Officer (CTO) with immediate effect. Reflecting the ongoing evolution of the Caterham Group, and its determination to continue to develop and provide new opportunities for its staff at all levels, Mike will now be responsible for proposing, supporting and coordinating key technical initiatives in Caterham Group’s motorsport activities (F1 and GP2), Caterham Cars, Caterham Composites and Caterham Technology & Innovation. He will report directly to Caterham Group CEO Riad Asmat and will coordinate overall strategic technical projects across each of the Caterham Group companies.

As a result of Mike’s increased responsibility across Caterham Group, Mark Smith, Caterham F1 Team Technical Director, will now lead the F1 team’s technical division day to day and will increase his presence at races throughout the 2012 season. Mike will continue to attend races in 2012, adding his wealth of experience and knowledge to the team when it is required.

Mike Gascoyne: “This is a very proud moment for me. Tony, Kamarudin, Nasa and Riad have established Caterham Group as a serious force for future development in a number of very exciting sectors. My new role will now give me the chance to help drive value across the whole group through the creation and delivery of new projects in all the sectors we are already working in, and opening up new opportunities for each of the Group’s companies to embrace.

“Mark Smith is exactly the right person to step up to the broader role he will now be taking on in the F1 team, and I am looking forward to working even more closely with Mark Edwards at Caterham Technology & Innovation, Phil Hall at Caterham Composites and Ansar Ali at Caterham Cars. This is a big challenge but one I am extremely excited about and I want to thank our shareholders for this opportunity.”

Tony Fernandes, Caterham Group Chairman: “We are all delighted that Mike has taken up the challenge we have presented him, to lead technical direction across the whole Caterham Group. His experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and creativity give him the perfect skill set to help us achieve the ambitious goals we have set for all the group companies, and I know Mike is excited about what lies ahead.”


Monday, February 13, 2012

F1 - HRT F1 Team. Dani Clos joins as its new test driver for 2012

Press HRT F1 Team 10:04 AM (5 hours ago) to
Madrid, 13th of February 2012

HRT F1 Team has reached an agreement with Dani Clos by which the young 23-year-old driver from Barcelona will become test driver of the Spanish outfit for the 2012 season.

The incorporation of Clos is another step in the team’s aspirations of establishing itself as a platform for young talents to reach the pinnacle of world motorsport.

Dani Clos will form an integral part of the team, taking part in several free practice sessions on Fridays and travelling to every Grand Prix throughout the season, with the main objective of learning and getting to know the team. There is a lot of hard work ahead of him but Dani will have the whole team’s support, including that of his teammates Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa, to help him learn and progress in such a demanding environment.

Dani Clos experienced his first contact with the team this past November, during the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, and made the most of the opportunity given to him. The good sensations that the team and driver had, along with the objective of strengthening HRT F1 Team, helped to reach a quick agreement that was desired by both parties.

The Spanish driver will start to exert his functions as the team’s test driver immediately and will be with the team for the third pre-season tests in Barcelona from the 1st to the 4th of March.

Dani Clos: “I’m very proud to be a part of HRT Formula 1 Team. It is a great step in my career, something that I have dreamt of all my life and, finally, my dream is starting to come true. I’m very impressed with the job the team is doing; they’re achieving fantastic things in a short space of time. The team has changed a lot since we met in the Abu Dhabi tests and I think it’s a great opportunity and an honor to form a part of this new team. What they’re achieving is very important for motorsport in our country and has a lot of potential. Also, being alongside Pedro de la Rosa is very important for me, since he and Karthikeyan can positively contribute to me becoming a better driver. I want to thank Saúl Ruiz de Marcos and Luis Pérez-Sala for the trust they’ve shown in me from the start and, above all, I would like to thank the people who have always been by my side, such as Leonardo Soldevila and my father. For me a new chapter is beginning, one where hard work and dedication are going to be my priorities; I’m going to give it my all so that this phase is as successful as it can possibly be for the team, my teammates and myself”.

Luis Pérez-Sala, Team Principal of HRT: “I'm very happy to have Dani on the team. He's a quick, talented driver who, above all, is very willing to progress. The incorporation of Clos is another step in our project of restructuring HRT but also fits in with our desire to promote young motorsport talents. I'm sure that it will be a very positive experience for both parties”.


Dani Clos – Profile

Date of Birth: 23rd of October 1988
Place of Birth: Barcelona (Spain)
Nationality: Spanish
Height: 1,77cm
Weight: 68 kg
Country and place of residence: Barcelona (Spain)
Twitter: @daniclos

Dani Clos was born in Barcelona on the 23rd of October 1988. With a renowned trajectory in karting, Clos made his debut in single-seater racing in 2004 in Formula Renault Italia 2.0, going on to win the Championship in 2006. A year later he joined Renault’s F1 programme and took part in the Formula Three Euroseries. In 2008 he entered Williams F1’s young drivers’ programme and finished in 2nd in the 24H Barcelona race. In 2009 he made his debut in the GP2 series, with a 3rd place finish in Portimao being his best result. In his second year in GP2 he achieved his first win in Turkey alongside various podium finishes. Last year, Dani Clos took one win and two podiums in what was his third season as a GP2 driver. Also in 2011, he took part in the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi with HRT F1 Team, completing total of 377.67km in one day and leaving a very good impression on the team.

Career Summary:

2011:                                 GP2: Racing Engineering, 9th in the Championship
                                         F1: Young Driver Test with HRT F1 Team
2010:                                 GP2: Racing Engineering, 4th in the Championship (1 race win)
2009:                                 GP2: Racing Engineering, 21st in the Championship
2008:                                 F3 Euroseries: Prema Powerteam: 14th in the Championship
2007:                                 F3 Euroseries: Signature Plus: 13th in the Championship
2006:                                 Formula Renault 2.0 Italia: Champion (8 race wins)
                                         Renault 2.0 Eurocup: 7th position
2005:                                 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0: 32nd in the Championship
                                         Italian Formula Renault Championship: 16th in the Championship

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

F1 - Raw video Pretemporada F1 2012 - Circuito de Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) día [9/02/2012]

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Diferentes momentos, tomas e imágenes tomadas durante la sesión de test de pretemporada de Fórmula 1, que tuvo lugar en el circuito permanente de Jerez de la Frontera el día 9/02/2012.

Friday, February 10, 2012

F1 - The Sauber F1 Team´s Kamui Kobayashi complete the fourth and final day of pre-season testing the Sauber 31-Ferrari in Jerez

Test in Jerez – Day four

Kamui Kobayashi was at the wheel for the fourth and final day of pre-season testing in sunny Jerez de la Frontera. After working on set-up, aero comparisons and tyre evaluation in the morning, a hydraulic leak in the afternoon caused him to stop on track with two hours to go. Thanks to the speedy work of the mechanics, Kamui was able to put in another 18 laps in the final hour of the test day. Including today’s 76 laps, the overall mileage for the new Sauber C31-Ferrari for the four days of testing in Jerez comes to 298 laps (1,320 km).

Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera / 4.428 km

Driver: Kamui Kobayashi (JP)

Weather: Sunny all day, air -2-16°C, track 1-25°C

Chassis / engine: C31.02 / Ferrari 056

Mileage today: 76 laps

Fastest lap: 1:19,834 min in the morning (medium compound tyres)

Giampaolo Dall’Ara (Head of Track Engineering):
“Overall the results of the first test with the new C31 are promising. After we had all the initial systems checks behind us on day one, when Kamui covered 106 laps, we did a good deal of aero work and learnt a lot about the 2012 tyres. On the setup side we would have preferred to run a bit more in Jerez but this was only the first test and we will catch up in Barcelona.”

Kamui Kobayashi:
“If I look at the whole picture I am happy with the first test. For sure we have found the right direction to go in. The car didn’t surprise us with any big issues, which allowed us to work on improvements straight away. We lost track time due to small problems and I want to thank the mechanics for all their work. Today especially they did a great job to get me out on track again. In the end I did 76 laps today which isn’t too bad. We have some ideas of what our next steps will be and I’m very much looking forward to the Barcelona tests.”

What comes next:
For the next test in Barcelona the provisional driver line-up is Sergio Pérez on duty for the first two days, 21st and 22nd February, and Kamui taking over for 23rd and 24th February.