Driver Line-up 2012 COMPLETE

Hi Racers,

The completed, confirmed driver line-up for the 2012 Season.

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

2012 Team Line-Ups

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel

Mark Webber

McLaren

Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton

Ferrari

Fernando Alosno

Felipe Massa

Mercedes

Michael Schumacher

Nico Rosberg

Lotus (Prev Renault)

Romain Grosjean

Kimi Raikkonen

Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi

Sergio Perez

Torro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo

Jean-Eric Vergne

Force India

Paul Di resta

Nico Hulkenberg

Marussia (Prev Virgin)

Timo Glock

Charles Pic

Carterham (Prev Lotus)

Heikki Kovalainen

Jarno Trulli

Williams

Bruno Senna

Pastor Maldonado

HRT

Pedro de la Rosa

Narain Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan completes driver lineup for 2012 Season

Karthikeyan confirmed for HRT in 2012

Hi Racers,

FINALLY, we have a completed driver line-up for the 2012 Season.

Karthikeyan has been confirmed to drive for HRT in 2012, after signing a contract with the team. It may seem surprising however, seeing as he was replaced by Ricciardo half way through the season, and was consistently out paced by his team-mate.

Karthikeyan said of the placement:

 “It has taken a lot of hard work to make this happen but I am absolutely elated to feature on the 2012 grid with HRT F1 Team.

“I was pleased with our strong performance at the Indian Grand Prix, in front of my passionate home fans and I look forward to building on this result in 2012. I have been training hard since the end of 2011, ensuring I was ready for the rigours of F1 if an opportunity arose. I am delighted to have signed with HRT F1 Team. With the new management, Pedro, and the team, there is definite potential for progress.

“We need to understand that F1 is new to India, we hosted our first race only last year which was a resounding success. To build on that momentum, an Indian driver will certainly keep the interest engaged throughout the season. I am proud to secure an opportunity to forge a stronger connection between India and Formula 1 once again.”

 

Lets hope he can make it happen for him, and the team in 2012.

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

Bruno Senna Confirmed for Williams in 2012

Its official. Another Senna for Williams. Congratulations to Bruno Senna

Hi Racers

Finally! Its official. Bruno Senna has been confirmed to be racing for Williams, after signing an initial year contract with the iconic team that his uncle, Ayrton Senna was a driver.

In the official statement at williamsf1.com Senna adds:

“I feel very privileged that Williams has selected me as one of their race drivers. The team has a great heritage and I hope I can help write a good chapter in their history. The evaluation process has been intense and methodical but the time I have spent in the factory has demonstrated that the team has great people and all the resources needed to achieve better things this season”

Ayrton driving for Williams. Brazil 1994

“It will be very interesting to drive for a team that my uncle has driven for, particularly as quite a few of the people here actually worked with Ayrton. Hopefully we can bring back some memories and create some great new ones too. I also want to get some good results in return for the support my country has given me to help get me to this position today. I am very proud to be Brazilian and more motivated than ever to demonstrate what I can do. Ever since I first sat in a go-kart I never wanted to do anything else.” 

For many fans of the Senna name, this is a really exciting time. Senna proved himself as a stable rookie in the 2011 season, and I am glad he has secured himself a place in the 2012 grid.

You can follow Bruno on twitter: @BSenna

After Williams lost their 4.5M Euro sponsorship deal with T&T, they needed a high sponsorship driver to fill the void. Senna certainly does that, bringing with him almost 14 Million Euro in Brazilian Sponsorship with him to the team.

However, Senna himself will only be earning around 200-250,000 EURO for his year of driving this year. That is a guess, using Maldonardo, his team mate as a comparison (200K EURO)  and also what he was being paid at HRT (150K EURO). As long as he is on the up and up, thats all he can ask for, yes?

There is, however, an element of sadness to see Rubens Barichello go. After 19 years racing in Formula 1, we are losing an iconic name from the track. Many are already hoping that Rubens continues to be a name in F1, with suggestions of pit lane reports, or even a commentating role in the future. Whatever happens for him, I wish him all the best.

Now, there is only one grid position left for 2012 for HRT. Lets hope it isn’t much longer?

On another note – Red Bull have officially announced that their challenger Formula 1 car for the 2012 season will be released on 6th Feb… Keep your eyes peeled!

Read the official statement and countdown here:

http://www.redbullracing.com/cs/Satellite/en_INT/Article/RB8-Unveiled-On-February-6-021243150755392

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom

Ciao Marco – An International Tribute

Marco Simoncelli

Hi Racers

I was lucky enough to be involved in an incredible, international tribute to the late Marco Simoncelli on my friends ( and great sports writer and blogger ) Alex Goldschmidt’s Blog.

You can check it out here:

http://alexgoldie.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/ciao-marco/

My contribution is below:

From a lover of all things Motorsport, the death of a competitor is always a startling reminder of the dangers, but also the courage these sportsmen take when they don the helmet and rev their engines. All in the name of love for their sport. Marco was, and will always be an incredible gift given to the world of MotoGP. His passing won’t be a waste, and in the form of Senna in F1, his accident with teach us and encourage to develop more safety and appreciation to the sport.
The king of the Afro (his helmet design must have needed tweaking to fit that in) and a solid young gun in the world of MotoGP. Your skill, courage & determination will be missed, as will your quirky sense of humor and outlandish personality.
Go the FRO!
Thanks to Bonnie Hutchins, aka @bonvonhutch from Perth, Western Australia, who is also a blogger.

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I will be back in touch soon, as Alex has also asked me to be involved in a 4 part Pre Season Series, that I was lucky enough to write for.

Of course, I will be keeping you all posted when its ready to be viewed.

Happy New Year!

Keep the revs high,

Vroom Vroom

Driver Profile – Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel in the RB6 at Perth festival of Speed 2010

Hi Racers

As promised, I am starting a series of driver profiles for the “new kids on the block” that have signed contracts for the coming year in Formula 1.

First cab off the rank is (of course) Australian born, Daniel Ricciardo.

Daniel was born in Perth, Western Australia on 1st July 1989. He began Karting at the age of 9, and it was quickly apparent he had some serious talent. In 2005 he entered the Western Australian Formula Ford Championship and finished 8th by the season end. The following year he won a scholarship into the Formula BMW Asian championship with Eurasia Motorsport. During his debut season, Ricciardo took two victories and also achieved a pole position. He finished third in the Drivers’ Championship with 231 points, 59 points behind the champion Earl Bamber. This was to be the beginning of his racing career.

Ricciardo in front in Formula Three - 2008

Daniel then moved to Formula Renault in 2007 ( aged just 18 ). By his second season he took his first European title in the Western European Cup and finished second in the Europcup.

The next move for Daniel was to Formula Three where he had great success, and quickly had the Formula 1 eyes on him after he secured the 2009 Formula Three Championship.

Formula 3.5 was the next stop and he was racing alongside other recruit ( now also being signed for 2012 ) Jean-Eric Vergne. After a successful season, and only failing to take out the championship by 2 points, Daniel was set to move to Formula 1.

Ricciardo made his track debut at the wheel of a Formula One car, when he tested for Red Bull Racing at the now well-known young drivers test from 1-3 December 2009.  On the final day of testing he clocked the fastest time of the test by over a second. This placed him as the only driver to go into the 1:17 bracket. Red Bull Racing’s team manager Christian Horner suggested that Ricciardo may replace his 2010 World Series team-mate Hartley as the team’s test and reserve driver. As it turned out, Ricciardo became the test driver for Red Bull & the sister team, Torro Rosso.

On 11 November 2010, Ricciardo was confirmed as the single driver to represent Red Bull Racing at the end-of-season young drivers test at the Yas Marina Circuit on 16-17 November. Ricciardo continued to show his one-lap prowess and dominated the event. So much so, that his fastest lap was a FULL 1.3 seconds FASTER than the 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettels qualifying lap the Saturday before. Extraordinary.

Just a few days following the session, Ricciardo was confirmed as Torro Rosso’s test and reserve driver for the 2011 Season.

At the 2011 Australian Grand Prix Ricciardo was placed 16th  on the time sheets after opening practice, just one-tenth slower than his experienced Toro Rosso team-mate Sebastian Buemi. The Australian managed to later finish 8th in practice for the wet Turkish Grand Prix Friday practice one session, a place ahead of competitor Buemi. Not bad in the wet you have to say 🙂

On 30 June 2011, Ricciardo signed for Hispania Racing (HRT) replacing Narain Karthikeyan for all the remaining races of the 2011 season except the Indian Grand Prix to allow Karthikeyan to race at his home Grand Prix.

Daniel signed to Torro Rosso for 2012.

Just a few days before the Indian Grand Prix, Luizzi made way for Karthikeyan to race at his home team, therefor allowing Ricciardo to race, meaning much more experience for him.

Finally, on 14 December 2011 it was officially announced that Daniel Riccardo was signed to Torro Rosso for the 2012 season, once again racing alongside his previous team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.

I cant wait to see what Daniel can do in the seat of the Torro Rosso. He is a great young driver, with super enthusiasm and skill. Plus, another Australian on the grid is always a good thing 🙂

Daniel’s Formula 1 STATS 2011

Raced in 11 Races, highest finish place 18th ( twice ), highest qualifying result – 20th.

Race Results:

Grand Prix:

British – Started 24th, Finished 19th.

German – Started 22nd, Finished 19th.

Hungarian – Started 22nd, Finished 18th.

Belgian – Started 23rd, Finished RETIRED.

Italian – NC

Singapore – Started 23rd, Finished 19th.

Japanese – Started 22nd, Finished 22nd.

Korean – Started 24th, Finished 19th.

Indian – Started 23rd, Finished 18th.

Abu Dhabi – Started 20th, Finished RETIRED.

Brazilian – Started 22nd, Finished 20th.

FORMULA RENAULT 3.5 SERIES

Debut Season: 2009

Starts: 25

Wins: 6

Poles: 10

Fastest Laps: 7

Best Finish: 2nd in 2010

Ricciardo wins the 2009 British Formula Three Championship Title

CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES

2008 – Formula Renault 2.0 WEC

2009 – British Formula Three

I saw Daniel at the Perth Festival of Speed last year with Mark Webber. It was great to see two Australians who were in the Formula 1 arena at the same time.

Webber has always been a strong role model for Daniel, and a massive support.

Ricciardo treats the crowd in Perth, Australia to some flying rubber 🙂

I wish Daniel all the best of luck for his first official F1 Season.

Until next time,

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom

Mark Webber’s Merry Xmas Message

Hi Racers,

As always, Mark has posted a Merry Xmas message for his fans on his Youtube Channel ( AussieGrit ) from a nice secluded beach in sunny Australia 🙂

 

 

There are some other GREAT videos on his site – I especially like the video of him at the Festival of Speed in my home town of Perth – Here is it below.

 

 

Not long until Xmas now Racers!! – a little Card from our a Formula 1 team.

Vroom Vroom x

 

 

 

Milton Keynes Home Run – Champions Return

Hi Racers

Anyone lucky enough to get themselves over to Milton Keynes were in for a real treat, as the Red bull racing team and their drivers Seb Vettel & Mark Webber showcased their winning cars over the weekend.

There was a MASSIVE turn out of almost 60,000 fans who lined the streets to see their champion drivers return and celebrate their winning year in Formula 1.

Webber says of the event:

“It was something special to drive the car in Milton Keynes today in front of all the fans. The location was close to the factory and I live pretty locally too, so it was nice to give something back to the community. I know some of the roundabouts on the course from driving my road car, so it was something different to drive them in an F1 car! It was a nice atmosphere, the sun was shining and it was good for everyone to get close to the cars. It’s a great thing that Red Bull has done to say thank you to the fans.”

 

Vettel:

“It’s great to be here in Milton Keynes which is where the cars are built and everyone from the factory works. It’s nice to say thank you and to see all the fans from the area. It was good fun; we did some donuts and enjoyed ourselves out there. Thanks to all the fans that came today, we wanted to put on a great show, so I hope they enjoyed it. It’s a great way to finish the season.”

 

Christian Horner also joined the two Red Bull Drivers:

“To run an F1 car through the middle of Milton Keynes was fantastic, so many of our workforce are local and it’s great to see so many fans here. It’s flattering to have so many people turn out to celebrate what we have achieved. Without the fans, there’s no Formula One and no Red Bull, so it’s good to give something back and celebrate our double World Championship like this. I would like to say a huge thank you to Milton Keynes Council for what they have done for us. Closing the middle of the city on one if their busiest shopping days is highly appreciated, so a huge thank you to them for all their efforts.”

Check out the photos below, and also follow the link to see the video of Webber & Vettel revving it up for the crowd 🙂

http://www.redbull.com/cs/Satellite/en_INT/Video/Milton-Keynes-Home-Run-021243135554224

 

Vettel & Webber at the Milton Keynes Home Run

Vettel & Webber

 

Webber burns the rubber in MK

Did you get yourself to MK and witness the action?

Id love to hear about it.

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom