Marussia reveals MR02 launch date

Marussia has become the final Formula 1 team to announce its 2013 launch date, as it confirmed the covers will come off the MR02 on the morning of the opening test day.

The unveiling will take place in the Jerez pitlane on the morning of Tuesday February 5.

Caterham is set to launch its new car at the same time.

Marussia has hailed its 2013 car as the start of a new era, as it will be the first car designed completely under its new technical structure, featuring Pat Symonds as a consultant and using windtunnel technology for the first time.

But rookie Max Chilton is the only driver currently signed by Marussia, as it released Timo Glock last week in order to hire a funded driver.

GP2 runner-up Luiz Razia has been strongly linked to the vacant seat.

2013 pre-season dates


Car Launches

Team          Date 
Lotus         January 28
McLaren       January 31
Ferrari       February 1 
Force India   February 1
Sauber        February 2
Red Bull      February 3 
Mercedes      February 4 
Toro Rosso    February 4 
Caterham      February 5
Marussia      February 5
Williams      February 19

Venue         Date 
Jerez         5-8 February 
Barcelona     19-22 February 
Barcelona     28 February-3 March


The new McLaren MP4-28

The MP4-28 is the 2nd car after the Lotus E21 that was released for the F1 2013 season.

Before the main presentation of the car, they showed Mclaren road course and F1 cars over the past 50 years including cars from McLaren legends like Bruce McLaren, James Hunt, Ayrton Senna, Mika Häkkinen and Lewis Hamilton.

In front of 250 guets their showed the new car with teamboss Martin Withmarsh and McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez.

The car has no big differences from the last years MP4-27 in the aerodynamics and exhaust system. The engine has been revised, due the last years engine issues.

For the first time since 1990 McLaren has to pay for their engines. McLaren wants to win the constructeurs title after 14 years and of course the drivers title since 2008.

Button is cleary the Number 1 in the team but Perez also plays a big role, especially for the constructeurs championship.

Ferrari names new 2013 car F138

The name is a combination of the current year and the number of cylinders in their V8 engines.

The V8 units, which were introduced in 2006, will be replaced in 2014 by turbo-charged V6s.

The Italian outfit, who finished second to Red Bull in 2012, will launch their car at their Maranello factory ahead of testing which starts next week.

Ferrari is the only team to have competed in every year of the Formula 1 World Championship and the F138 will be the 59th car to be built by the Scuderia.

The Italian team has won 31 championships – 15 drivers’ and 16 constructors’ – 219 race victories, 207 pole positions and 228 fastest laps.

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Lotus new runner for 2013

Lotus presented yesterday their new Lotus E21 for F1 in 2013. It’s the first F1 car from 2013 that has been officialy announced.

The E21 has still black and gold on the livery, but there are also some red splashes on it (because of the sponsorship with burn).

The front and rear wing has been revised, the car has also a new exhaust system (no double DRS)  on the back of the car.

The teams target for this year is, as teamboss Eric Boullier said before the presentation, the 3rd place in the constructeurs table.

The car is looking good and the driver lineup also looking pretty competitive to do it (Grosjean has to  switch his brain on at the start of a race to make this happen though).

Last years Lotus E20 had seven podiums and one Grand Prix win with Kimi Räikkönnen at the Abu Dhabi GP.

Ganassi-BMW wins the 24h of Daytona 2013

Ganassi-BMW squad Juan Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimball, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won after 678 laps the 51st Rolex 24h of Daytona, the season opener of the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series ahead of  the  Wayne Taylor Racing Chevy Corvette from Ryan Hunter-Reay, Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor.

Montoya wins for the 3rd time after 2007 and 2008, for Pruett it’s already the 5th win after 1994, 2007, 2008 and 2011, he equals with Hurley Haywood.

In GT class Alex Job Racing drivers Filipe Albuquerque, Oliver Jarvis, Edoardo Mortara and Dion von Moltke won in a Audi R8 ahead of the APR drivers Marc Basseng, Rene Rast, Frank Stippler and Ian Baas.

In the new GX class Naptelon-Porsche won with Camache/Donohue/Lewis/Norman.

It was a spectacular race with a DP (Daytona Prototype) lead battle in the last three hours.

In GT class Markus Winkelhock in the Rum Bum Audi R8 was on second position until the last lap when he run out of fuel and was ending the race with the 7th position.

The new GX class with cars with alternative engines and technologies had only six cars including three Naptelon Porsche Cayman S and three Mazda 6 from the Speed Source team, But the Mazda 6 with the Diesel engine didn’t had so much speed, actually it was the slowest car of the field. Mazda should have invested in the LMP2 Diesel eingine for Le Mans this year than for a GX car. And the Grand Am ist the only series that has this class.

The 51st Daytona 24h was the last in his current form. Than next year are ALMS and Grand Am doing one North American Sports Car series mergue. So we’re seeing LMP2 and GTE cars driving in Daytona, this will be exciting.

The next round of the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series 2013  is on the 2nd March at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.


Results from the Daytona Prototypes:

01. 01 Ganassi-BMW (Kimball/Montoya/Pruett/Rojas) – 709 Runden

02. 10 Wayne-Taylor-Chevrolet (Angelelli/Hunter-Reay/Taylor) – +21.921

03. 60 Shank-Ford (Allmendinger/Ambrose/Negri/Pew/Wilson) – +55.585

04. 9 Action-Express-Chevrolet (Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Frisselle/Rockenfeller) – 1 Runde

05. 90 Spirit-of-Daytona-Chevrolet (Garcia/Gavin/Taylor/Westbrook) -12

06. 2 Starworks-Ford (Bourdais/Dalziel/McNish/Popow) -13

07. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Chevrolet (Fogarty/Gidley/Gurney/Law) -14

08. 5 Action-Express-Chevrolet (Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Friselle/Nasr/Piquet Jr.) -21

09. 42 Sahlen-BMW (Cameron/Nonnamaker/Pagenaud) -45

10. 3 8Star-Chevrolet (Davidson/Lamy/Minassian/Potolicchio/Sarrazin) -92

11. 02 Ganassi-BMW (Dixon/Franchitti/Hand/McMurray) -115

12. 50 Highway-to-Help-BMW (Beck/de Quesada/Defoor/James/Pace) -192

13. 6 Shank-Ford (Cumming/Concalvez/Valiante/Yacaman) -201

14. 8 Starworks Ford (Baron/Bellarosa/Charouz/Hartley/Mayer/Perez) -268

15. 43 Sahlen-BMW (Junqueira/Nonnamaker/Nonnamaker/Sahlen) -287

16. 27 BTE-Ford (Anassis/Massari/Peterson) -405

17. 77 Doran-Ford (Bennett/Braun/Lowe/Tracy) -423

Results from the GT class:

01. 24 Alex Job (Albuquerque/Jarvis/Mortara/von Moltke) – Audi R8 – 678 Runden

02. 52 APR (Baas/Basseng/Rast/Stippler) – Audi R8 – +1.476

03. 69 AIM (Assentato/Lazzaro/Longhi/Wilkins) – Ferrari 458 – +14.057

04. 63 Scuderia Corsa (Balzan/Beretta/Frezza/Pier Guidi) – Ferrari 458 -+31.642

05. 44 Magnus (Amindo/Lally/Lietz/Potter) – Porsche GT3 – +2.351

06. 23 Alex Job (Bleekemolen/Faulkner/Holzer/MacNeil) – Porsche GT3 – +18.249

07. 13 Rum-Bum-Racing (Biela/Haase/Plumb/Winkelhock) – Audi R8 -1 Runde

08. 56 AF/Waltrip (Aguas/Bowyer/Kauffman/Waltrip) – Ferrari 458 -1 Runde

09. 03 Extreme Speed (Brown/Hedlund/Sharp/van Osterbeek) – Ferrari 458 -5

10. 17 Burtin (Baldwin/Burtin/Farnbacher/Ragginger/Renauer) – Porsche GT3 -6

11. 62 Snow/Wright (Bachler/Maassen/Seefried/Snow/Snow) – Porsche GT3 -10

12. 51 APR (Bell/Empringham/Farano/Figge/Lacey) – Audi R8 -11

13. 59 Brumos (Davis/Keen/Lieb/Sellers) – Porsche GT3 -15

14. 72 Park Place (Cole/Dumolin/Phipps/Skeen/Vess) – Porsche GT3 -21

15. 45 Magnus (Boden/Carter/Espenlaub/Plumb/Putman) – Porsche GT3 -22

16. 73 Park Place (Graeff/Hart/Lindsey/Long/Pumpelly) – Porsche GT372 -25

17. 78 Racers Edge (Camarillo/Fuentes/Peralta/De Lara) – Mazda RX-8 -44

18. 94 Turner (Auberlen/Dalla Lana/Johnson/Martin/Said) – BMW M3 -47

19. 80 TruSpeed (Collins/Fogg/Haacker/Walsh) – Porsche GT3 -51

20. 66 TRG (Bergmeister/Farnbacher/Keating/Wittmer) – Porsche GT3 -56

21. 61 Risi/AIM (Fisichella/Papis/Segal/Vilander) – Ferrari 458 -64

22. 19 Muehlner (Costabal) – Porsche GT3 -68

23. 57 Stevenson (Edwards/Liddell/Magnussen/Milner) – Camaro GT.R -79

24. 64 Scuderia Corsa (Longo/Matos/Negrao/Serra) – Ferrari 458 -98

25. 30 NGT/Momo (Cisneros/Edwards/Giermaziak/Pilet) – Porsche GT3 -136

26. 67 TRG (Collard/Dumas/Jonsson/Krohn) – Porsche GT3 -220

27. 20 Dener (Figueiredo/Junior/Lunardi/Mauricio/Visconde) – Porsche GT3 -292

28. 21 Dener (Barrichello/Figueireido/Giaffone/Kanaan/Mauricio) – Porsche GT3 -326

29. 68 TRG (Breukers/Lewis/Michaelian/van de Laar) – Porsche GT3 -394

30. 18 Muehlner (Estre/Thomas) – Porsche GT3 -450

31. 32 Konrad/Orbit (Christensen/Engelhart/Tandy/Willsey) – Porsche GT3 -497

32. 31 Marsh (Achenbach/Curren/Davis/Said) – Corvette – 542

33. 87 Vehicle Technologies (Ave/Heylen/Peterson) – Dodge Viper -677


Results from the GX class:

01. 16 Napleton (Camache/Donohue/Lewis/Norman) – Porsche Cayman – 635 Runden

02. 22 Bullet (Clay/O’Young/Rogers/Thomas/Thmpson) – Porsche Cayman -10

03. 38 BGB (Davis/Eversley/Foss/Mosing/Tecce) – Porsche Cayman -21

04. 70 Speedsource (Bomarito/Franchitti/Hinchcliffe/Tremblay) – Mazda6 GX -584

05. 25 Speedsource (Carbonell/Long/O’Doski/Whitis) – Mazda6 GX -590

06. 00 Speedsource (Miller/Nunez/Pigot/Terada/Vautier) – Mazda6 GX -602


Timo Glock signs BMW DTM deal

Former Marussia F1 driver Timo Glock has agreed a three-year contract to race in Germany’s DTM touring car series with BMW. The official announcement is likely to be made on Friday (25/01/2013).


Marussia a few days ago announced that it is replacing the 30-year-old with an as-yet undecided pay-driver, Glock headed to Valencia where he tested BMW’s M3 DTM car.

“The car is great,”he said. “I can finally go for wins.”

“The team already feels like family to me. I’m all fired up for the season.”

The 2013 DTM season begins at Hockenheim in early May.

Former HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan held talks with Marussia team last week, although he showed interest Indy series for 2013.