Team Germany, helmed by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher, have romped to a dominant Race of Champions Nations Cup victory for the sixth year in a row.
The duo were in peerless form to win each of their head-to-heads throughout the competition, held for the first time in Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium, fending off the French team of Romain Grosjean and Sebastien Ogier, in the final.
It is the sixth consecutive year that Germany has won the title, each time courtesy of Vettel and Schumacher, and this year’s victory came courtesy of an unbeaten display in the group stages, where it knocked out India and Thailand, before heading off an Australia team comprising of V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup and former motorcycle grand prix champion Mick Doohan.
Meeting France in the final, after the F1/WRC duo beat the ‘All Star’ line-up of Jorge Lorenzo and Tom Kristensen in their semi, Schumacher first beat Grosjean in the KTM X-Bows before Vettel made victory conclusive by out-performing Ogier.
Elsewhere, Team Americas, represented by IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and Production World Rally Champion Benito Guerra, and British duo Andy Priaulx and David Coulthard were eliminated during the group stages, along with Team India and Team Thailand.
The ‘Champion of Champions’ event takes place tomorrow (Sunday), with Ogier looking to defend his title, while Vettel and Schumacher will return to bid for a first individual victory.
Heikki Kovalainen considering to do what Kimi Raikkonen did four years ago if he doesn’t find a drive in Formula One next season i.e participating in the World Rally Championship.
His chances of remaining on the Formula One grid in 2013 looking to be slim, the Finn doesn’t rule out a change to other form of motorsport next season.
“There’s not much outside of Formula One that interests me,” he said, “but rallying is one of those things. Sometimes I think it’s a bit surprising that I didn’t become a rally driver earlier in life; I had lots of opportunities when I was growing up to drive on forest tracks, like most kids in Finland, but then I discovered racing circuits! Next year we’ll see what happens: there’s life outside Formula One as well.”
Kimi Raikkonen spent two seasons in the FIA World Rally Championship between 2010 and 2011 during a sabbatical from grand prix racing. He bagged several top 10 finishes and a fastest stage time in Germany along the way.
If Heikki Kovalainen did make the move to rallying and the WRC in particular then he would be in good company with several Finnish drivers in regular action in the global series, including works Citroen pilot Mikko Hirvonen and factory Volkswagen runner Jari-Matti Latvala.
Heikki Kovalainen is one of the few people to have defeated Sebastien Loeb in an identical rally car: the two went head-to-head in the Champion of Champions final at the 2004 Race of Champions, with Kovalainen beating Loeb in a Peugeot 307 WRC – despite never having sat in the car before. He consequently became the first non-rally driver to win the Henri Toivonen Memorial Trophy.
Indian aviation regulator DGCA has suspended the licence of Dr.Vijay Mallya’s carrier, Kingfisher Airlines.
The license was suspended as the management failed to present a credible revival plan and will remain in place until the carrier can present a convincing financial plan for its future.
The airline currently has a debt of $1.4 billion and never turned a profit since it commenced operations in 2005.
Number of Laps: 53
Circuit Lenght: 5.807 km
Race Distance: 307.573 km
Lap Record: 1:31:541 – Kimi Raikkönen (2005)
Repeat winners (drivers)
Michael Schumaher: 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 20
Motoharu Kurosawa: 1969, 1973
Gerhard Berger: 1987, 1991
Ayrton Senna: 1988, 1993
Damon Hill: 1994, 1996
Mika Hakkinen: 1998, 1999
Fernando Alonso: 2006, 2008
Sebastian Vettel: 2009, 2010
Last race 2011
Pole position: Sebastian Vettel – RedBull 1.30.785
1. Jenson Button McLaren 1:30:53.427
2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
3. Sebastian Vettel RedBull
Michael Schumacher has been confirmed for this year’s edition of the Race of Champions scheduled to be held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Besides the head-to-head rounds, the German will also team up with compatriot Sebastian Vettel for the Nations Cup, which the pair has won for the last five years.
This 25th Race of Champions will be held at the 50,000-capacity Rajamangala Stadium, which was built for the 1998 Asian Games, on the weekend of December 15-16.
“I have never raced in Thailand before so this will be an interesting addition to my motorsport travels,” Schumacher said.
“Racing in a stadium is sensational – and it’s a very different experience for us drivers to hear the fans so close,” he added. “And of course we are all professionals so the moment we close the visor we want to win…”
The BBC’s Formula 1 presenter Jake Humphrey has announced he will leave the corporation at the end of the year to join BT Vision’s new football channel.
The 33-year-old has led the BBC’s coverage of F1 since they acquired the rights’ in 2009, but recently announced he is to become a father, and therefore has made the decision to leave the channel altogether due to the commitment required and the significant time spent travelling to cover a global motorsport series.
In a statement he thanked the BBC and the viewers for supporting him.
“I’ve grown up at the BBC, and whilst I hope to work with them in the future, I’d also like to place on record my thanks to them,” said Humphrey.
“I am incredibly grateful to all colleagues, and of course the viewers, for their incredible support from CBBC all the way to Formula One.
“My focus from the start of 2013 is on making BT’s coverage of football the best this country has ever seen.”
The BBC haven’t yet announced who will replace him, though Lee McKenzie is thought to be favourite.
Source: The F1 Times
Alex Zanardi has added to his time trial gold medal by winning the men’s H4 road race at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi added a second gold medal to his London 2012 haul after breaking out of the pack to win the men’s H4 handcycling road race at Brands Hatch.
The Italian, who endured spells at both Jordan and Williams during two brief spells in the top flight between more successful times in the US-based Champ Car World Series, had already secured gold in Wednesday’s 16km time trial, but played a waiting game in the group race before putting in the perfect sprint finish to leave his rivals trailing at the former British Grand Prix venue.
“To win this race in this way, in such a dramatic way and sprinting makes me really proud,” admitted the 45-year old, who beat South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk and Belgian Wim Decleir to the line, “It shows that I am a complete cyclist, even if I have no legs.
“The race did not go as I expected. I thought that I could take off soon and that I would only need to stay calm but, at the fourth lap, I tested my opponents and understood my tactic would not work, so I changed it completely and only tried to save, save and save. I managed my energies well. It’s been a tough race, I could have very well lost it.”
Zanardi will complete his Paralympics adventure with the team relay late on Saturday afternoon (8 September).
Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi has won his first Paralympic gold medal at London 2012 with a dominant victory in the handcycling time trial.
Zanardi completed the 16km course at Brands Hatch in 24m50.22s to take gold for Italy from German Norbert Mosandl. Zanardi had a lead of 14 seconds at the first time split after 8km and extended that to eventually win by over 27 seconds.
Zanardi took part in 41 grands prix during his career before a crash at the Lausitzring when racing in IndyCar saw him lose both his legs. He has since turned his attentions to handcycling and won the New York Marathon’s handcycling class in 2011.
Now Zanardi has a Paralympic gold medal to add to that achievement, and will be racing again at Brands Hatch in the handcycling road race on September 7 and then the team relay on September 8.
Source: ESPN F1
Lucas di Grassi has been announced as the development driver for the FIA’s new electric championship, Formula E. Starting in 2014, the series is the FIA’s vision for the future of motorsport in what will be a significant year for the industry.
In 2014, Formula 1 will switch to 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines with Energy Recovery Systems (ERS). In the pit lane, electric motors will be used in order to further support the FIA’s bid to promote the environmentally-friendly image of the sport. At the same time, Formula E will be launched with a grid of ten teams each running two drivers.
Brazilian di Grassi, who competed in Formula 1 for Virgin Racing in 2010, is currently in Barcelona for a Pirelli tyre test. The company is concentrating on its products for 2013.