Wednesday, 2 November 2011


- a FIA commission will discuss, on Thursday, 3 requests for team name change for 2012
1. Virgin Racing Formula 1 team wants to change into MARUSSIA(the team’s major sponsor)
2. Renault is hoping to race under Lotus name next season
3. Team Lotus is hoping to change its team name to Caterham

- Pastor Maldonado is set to drop ten places on the grid at the forthcoming 2011 Formula 1  Abu Dhabi Grand Prix because he will have to use his ninth engine of the season at Yas Marina (each driver may use no more than eight V8s during a championship campaign and, if they do need to use additional units, they will incur a grid penalty); Maldonado's Williams gearbox failure that led to his early retirement in India at the weekend, means he will have to make use of a ninth engine in Abu Dhabi

- Bahrain and Korea could be removed from the 2012 calendar, which opens the way for Turkey Grand Prix. Teams will analyze, on Thursday, in a Commission meeting in Geneva the possibility that F1 of Bahrain and South Korea to be removed, but the reasons are completely different. Bahrain still has not resolved many security issues that led into the cancellation of this year's race and Korea could leave Formula 1 after only two years because of the participation taxe wich are considered too high
- Martin Whitmarsh has accidentally revealed the length of Jenson Button's new contract (3 years) after was asked by a BBC reporter whether or not Jenson Button's performance improved at McLaren following his new contract and replied by saying Button just fits the team really well and that he hopes to see 3 great years of Jenson at McLaren

- Red Bull have revealed that Jean-Eric Vergne (21 year-old, who has been a member of Red Bull’s young driver programme since 2007, finished this year’s Formula Renault 3.5 series as runner up, in 2010 he won the British Formula Three championship after taking 13 wins and 20 pole positions and in 2009 finished runner-up in the European Formula Renault 2.0 series) is to take charge of their championship-winning RB7 at the forthcoming Abu Dhabi young driver test. Vergne recently sampled Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso STR06 during the opening Friday practice session in Korea
- GP2 driver, Stefano Coletti, has revealed that he is to drive for Toro Rosso at the Abu Dhabi young driver test later this month. It will be the first taste of F1 power for the 22 year-old from Monaco. Coletti has been racing single seaters since 2005, winning in championships including Formula BMW, Formula Renault and Formula Three. After two GP3 podiums in 2010, he stepped up to GP2 and this season took one victory in the Asian series and two in the main series with Trident Racing. The Abu Dhabi young driver test takes place on November 15-17 in the week following Abu Dhabi GP
- Red Bull Racing have confirmed that Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Christian Horner and chief technical officer Adrian Newey will all attend a celebration show run event in Milton Keynes next month. Red Bull have organised the display to celebrate their achievements this year and mark their double championship success for a second successive season. Milton Keynes (base of RedBull team) is a large town in Buckinghamshire, in the south east of England, about 79 km north-west of London.

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