31 December


PATRICK HEAD STEPS DOWN FROM THE BOARD OF WILLIAMS GRAND PRIX HOLDINGS PLC

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31 December 2011. Grove, UK. Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (Ticker: WGF1) today confirms that Director of Engineering Patrick Head will step down from its Board of Directors with immediate effect.

Patrick co-founded Williams F1 in 1977 with Frank Williams and over three decades has led the team’s engineering department. In that time, Williams F1 has won 113 Grands Prix and secured nine Constructors’ and seven Drivers’ World Championships.
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21 December


KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN: “I can't wait to get back behind the wheel”


21 december 2011
Kimi, it has been three weeks since you were confirmed as a Lotus Renault GP driver for the 2012 season. How have you found the reaction to your F1 return?
KR: I have been surprised at how big the reaction has been so I guess people must have missed me!
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19 December


CATERHAM COMPOSITES AND FIVEº WEST ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

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December 19th 2011

Sports marketing firm Fiveº West today formally announced their performance partnership with Caterham Composites. The partnership will see Caterham Composites, a division of the Caterham Group, working with Fiveº West ‘s grand prix yacht racing campaigns.
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17 December


Interview with Luis Pérez-Sala


Madrid, 17th of December 2011
The recently appointed HRT F1 Team Principal, Luis Pérez-Sala (Barcelona, 15th May 1959) shares his sensations, hopes and objectives after his new role at the team was made official. A task which he is really looking forward to taking on, full of hope and with humility.
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16 December


Merry Christmas and all good wishes for 2012!


Hinwil, 16th December 2011 – The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce the impending arrival of Christmas. In true festive spirit, Technical Director James Key has overseen the construction of a carbon-fibre Advent wreath and bonded it to the 17-metre-high ceiling of the wind tunnel building using a pushrod-actuated wishbone construction. The wreath has a closed circuit design and weighs 640 kilograms (not including candles). Made from high-density beeswax, the candles are kept aspirated off-throttle to ensure optimum flame development. “The circular form of the wreath conforms strictly with Christmas regulations to ensure there aren’t any of those seasonal arguments,” explains CEO Monisha Kaltenborn. Team Principal Peter Sauber adds: “The wreath’s impressive performance really comes into its own on Sundays, when we need it most. Further development stages will follow in the run-up to Christmas Eve.” The team’s new high-speed sled (aka the Sauber C31-Ferrari) is due to be unwrapped in Jerez on 6th February 2012.
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Sahara Force India confirms Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg for 2012


Sahara Force India Formula One Team today confirmed that Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg will form its line-up for the 2012 season.

Paul continues with the team for his second season in a race seat, while Nico steps up from his role as reserve driver. Together they form one of the most exciting pairings on the grid.
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15 December


Luis Pérez-Sala, appointed as new Team Principal of HRT F1 Team


Madrid, 15th December 2011
Spanish former Formula 1 driver Luis Pérez-Sala (Barcelona, 15th on May 1959) takes on, as of today, the role of Team Principal of HRT F1 Team after the exit of the head sporting figure from the Spanish team.
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14 December


Scuderia Toro Rosso announces all-new driver line-up for 2012


Scuderia Toro Rosso will have a completely new driver line-up for the 2012 Formula 1 season, made up of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. It will be the first time since the team’s 2006 debut that it will begin the year with an all new line-up. Both drivers have come through the Red Bull Junior Driver programme and the decision to promote Daniel and Jean-Eric to Scuderia Toro Rosso was taken by the team in conjunction with Red Bull.
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HRT F1 Team and Dr. Colin Kolles part ways for 2012


Official Statement
Madrid, 14th of December 2011
Spanish outfit HRT F1 Team and Dr. Colin Kolles have reached an agreement to end their cooperation and therefore the Team Principal will abandon his post on the 15th of December 2011.

This is due to the new direction that the team has taken and the decision of the new management to move the team headquarters to Spain.

HRT F1 Team would like to thank Dr. Colin Kolles for his work and dedication throughout these past two years and wish him the best in his future projects.
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13 December


2012 FIA Regulations highlights (Part2) - with James Allison


13 december 2011
Following on from last week's FIA 2012 season Technical and Sporting Regulations announcement, we caught up with the team's Technical Director James Allison for some further views on the key changes we can expect to see in 2012. We feature part two below.
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12 December


Romain Grosjean - “I've got the seat with Lotus Renault GP”


Following Friday's announcement, that Romain Grosjean will race alongside 2007 world champion Kimi Räikkönen next season, we caught up with our new race driver in Paris-Bercy at the Masters Karting yesterday…
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Official Statement


Madrid, 12th of December 2011
After the recent information appearing lately in the media, HRT F1 Team is obliged to deny that Caterham Technology and Innovation, a subsidiary company of Caterham F1, will be in charge of the design and fabrication of the F112’s monocoque.
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“Formula One is a completely different world”


Hinwil, 12 December 2011 – Sauber F1 Team driver Sergio Pérez has an eventful rookie season in Formula One behind him. The first Mexican driver for more than 30 years had to deal with high expectations. He had to get used to a new world and to recover from a heavy accident. The 21-year old looks back at the highs and lows. In 17 races he scored five times and finished the 2011 season 15th in the drivers’ championship with a total of 14 points.
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09 December


Interview with Romain Grosjean, Lotus Renault GP driver in 2012


Romain Grosjean, Formula 1 race driver for 2012 – how does that sound?
A Formula 1 driver! Wow! It's a dream come true. It's difficult to find the right words to describe what I feel. It's quite simply fantastic and I can't wait to be at the start of the Australian Grand Prix on 18th March next year!
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Romain Grosjean to race alongside Kimi Räikkönen in 2012


Enstone, 9th December 2011
Lotus Renault GP and TOTAL are delighted to announce that Romain Grosjean will race alongside 2007 world champion Kimi Räikkönen next season. The two companies are also pleased to confirm that they have renewed their sponsorship agreement for another year.
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Vettel Collects Another Trophy…


09/12/2011
After a year of triumphs Sebastian Vettel’s closing reward came at the appropriately-named Kingdom of Dreams in New Delhi, India, host venue for this year’s FIA Prize Giving Gala. The 2011 FIA Formula One World Champion collected the coveted trophy from FIA President, Jean Todt, while Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner was presented with the 2011 Constructors’ Trophy by Bernie Ecclestone. Jenson Button and Mark Webber also received awards for second and third places respectively in the Drivers’ Championship.
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08 December


TEAM LOTUS CONFIRMS JOHN ILEY APPOINTMENT


Hingham, UK - 8th December 2011
Team Lotus has today confirmed that John Iley, one of the leading aerodynamicists in global motorsport, has joined the team as Performance Director, heading up all aerodynamics, CFD and related activity for the team and reforming the successful partnership he previously enjoyed with Mike Gascoyne at Jordan and Renault F1.
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07 December


2012 FIA Regulations highlights - with James Allison


7 december 2011
Following this morning's FIA 2012 season Technical and Sporting Regulations announcement, we caught up with the team's Technical Director James Allison who explains some of the key changes we can expect to see in 2012. We feature part one below, with part two to follow tomorrow.
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06 December


”Decisions weren’t always easy“

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Hinwil, 6th December 2011 – Kamui Kobayashi reviews what was his second season in Formula One. By coming fifth in the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix, the Japanese driver put in the Sauber F1 Team’s best race result of the entire season, and by finishing ninth in Brazil he achieved a positive result in the season’s finale. The 25-year old scored points in nine out of 19 races. With 30 points in total he finished 12th in the drivers’ championship.
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05 December


Silver Arrows works team to race as MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team


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5 December 2011
The Mercedes-Benz works Silver Arrows team will compete under the name 'MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team' from the 2012 season.
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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes becomes the world’s first ever carbon-neutral Formula 1 team

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We are pleased to announce that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has today been certified as fully carbon-neutral; in doing so, our team has become the world’s first ever carbon-neutral Formula 1 team.

This has been a long-held ambition for all at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, but the route to achieving carbon-neutral status has been a challenging one.
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02 December


PASTOR MALDONADO CONFIRMED FOR 2012 WITH VALTTERI BOTTAS JOINING AS RESERVE DRIVER


1 December 2011. Grove, UK. AT&T Williams today confirmed that Pastor Maldonado will enter his second season in Formula One as Williams’ race driver; and also announced the promotion of Valtteri Bottas to Reserve Driver.
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