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Lotus F1 keen to retain Grosjean

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Lotus F1 gas claimed that star driver Romain Grosjean remains very much a part of their plans for the future, despite the fact that they failed to announce his name for the 2015 season while confirming that Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado will remain with the team.

The Frenchman scored six podium finishes for the team last season and was a revelation alongside Kimi Raikkonen but the new car this season has been very disappointing and has led to the team struggling on the grid with Grosjean himself scoring just eight points and this has led to immense speculation that he might be lured by some of the major players on the grid and that is something the team is keen to aboid.

Federico Gastaldi, the team principal of Lotus F1 stated that Grosjean has been a part of the Lotus family for a very long time, since his days as a driver in the GP2 series. He went on to add that Grosjean is a top driver and he is not happy with how this season has turned out and that is the same feeling echoed by everyone else associated with the team.

He went on to add that although he cannot announce anything right now, it will be done once both parties are comfortable with the timing of it but he did mention that it is the team’s intention to have him around for a long time and continue what has already been a great relationship.

He also spoke about the renewal of Maldonado’s contract, terming it as a renewal of vows after what has been a very difficult honeymoon period for them. Gastaldi added that the driver is very much a part of their plans for the future and he is happy that he has committed himself to the cause as well.

Mattiacci Insists On Aerodynamic Progress By Ferrari

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci has insisted on good aerodynamic progression by his Formula 1 team in the recent races.  The progression is believed to have rendered a fantastic start for the squad in the 2nd half of this season.

Mattiacci is the new team principal for the esteemed Formula 1 team since April 2014, replacing Domenicali. However, the new change of power hasn’t sparked any sort of drastic turnover in regards to fortunes in Maranello. The team is still to emulate its very podium finish since his initial weekend as the principal at Sino Grand Prix. According to sources, Fernando Alonso has openly complained about Ferrari’s aerodynamics after his Silverstone stint and has even noted that it’s the aerodynamic issues which hindered him from overtaking World Champ Vettel in the race for 5th. However, Ferrari’s new team principal is continuosly stressing on adequate aerodynamic progression.

“I need to say that we have come up with a great deal of aerodynamic progress in the previous races that led that led to a serious positive result on track- hence we consider it as a great starting point in comparison to the events in the past”, remarked Mattiacci while stressing on the aerodynamic enhancement in the current Ferrari cars.

“I feel it takes little time. There’re issues that actually have been pretty persistent on our car for sometime and we are striving our best to improve whatever possible soon. Fernando is pretty well aware of it.”

Post the Brit Grand Prix, Ferrari’s new Team Principal assured that he had been looking forward to build up a different squad for 2015 yet he doesn’t feel that there’s necessarily some quick-fix on some lingering problems Ferrari has experienced this season.

“On the operational side, I don’t feel we can come up with immediate improvements for the car”, he added in.

Rain Hampered The Series

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The rain hampered out the event of Sprint Cup series at Texas motor speedway which became the NASCAR’s first season’s rainout. After an interruption of about four hours NASCAR pulled the plug. At Sunday’s race the Robertson family from duck dynasty had major roles termed as duck commander 500. However uncle Si never got the opportunity to give the authority to begin the engines.

The race will be held on Monday just nine hours before the commencement of the NCAA national championship game near to Arlington. Tony Stewart after missing the last four months of the previous year with a broken leg can make a comeback this season.

Out of seven Sprint series cup three times rain has hampered the event this season. The two postponements at Bristol motor speedway totaled more than five hours and the season beginning Daytona 500 was clogged up for more than six hours.

The supporters who dared the rain enjoyed the activities of the Robertson family. A stable rain flooded the track on Sunday. Though the rain poured for long hour it made the task very difficult. There was no season of raining but still it rained. Nascars new roadway drying system needed two hours to dry the 1.5 miles speedway.

The big hoss TV and the TMS big screen awarded the supporters of the heavy rain on Sunday. The episodes of duck dynasty were also shown by the high definition led video board.

Si said that he tried to talk with them for permitting him to take a duck commander car but they won’t do it. In response to that CEO said that if he can figure out how to open the door they will let him drive the car. A representative from Guinness book of world record publicly certified the hoss TV as the largest HD led video board past Sunday.

Mayfield- Hero Turned Villain

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Jeremy Mayfield the former diver of Nascar has been convicted for the crime of possessing drug paraphernalia and stolen goods and he was taken to the Catawba County Court this Monday. Mayfield was also suspended from his 45 day sentence and was placed for unsupervised probation for a period of 18 months. As a fine he also had to pay $1100 and on top of that he was charged $88124.41 for the restitution to the victims and also for other costs. A recent press release regarding Mayfield gave all these details.

A statement was also passed by James Gaither, the District Attorney where it was said that the sentence which Mayfield was serving was in fact a part because of the of the death of a key witness. The first sign of his wickedness was noticed in the year 2009 when he was first suspended by Nascar. That year he was convicted twice for the use of methamphetamine.

The suspension got upheld after two appeals because of the fact that he denied the usage of illegal drugs. Later that year on the 1st of November there was a raid done by the police and he was found to possess stolen property. The police acquired heavy machinery from his house that was stolen from some nearby company and also found several equipments that belonged to a particular racing operation.

Mayfield’s house went into foreclosure and he along with his wife were taken into custody by the police in 2012 in the month of November. In the month of December his 12000 square foot mansion was burned to ashes by the firefighters in Catawba because it was a part of their practice drill. With the records Mayfield held it was not at all expected that he would turn out to be such a spoilt sport.

Gateway getting ready for 2014 return in NASCAR

Monday, November 25th, 2013

With Camping World Truck Series going to Gateway Motorsports Park next year, NASCAR racing would also return in the St. Louis area that bred the likes of Ken Schrader and the Wallace brothers (Mike, Rusty and Kenny).

A productive event can keep Gateway on the chart to move up and finally get back its position on Nationwide Series calendar that it held from the year 1997 to the year 2010; before it was closed by Dover Motorsports, the former owner.

This weekend, Jim Cassidy, the NASCAR vice president of racing operations told that they were reintroducing stock car racing to the region. The 1st step in doing that is bringing back the trucks and making it the biggest and best event they could.

Now under Curtis Francois’ care, Gateway has been developing over the past year because of Francois’ redevelopments to the tune of US$ 11.5 million. He came in a lease for the chase in the year 2011 and after that he bought it directly in this last spring.

Since taking Gateway’a control, Curtis has tempted back the NHRA and has now been able to do very same thing with NASCAR. He said the Post-Dispatch that he anticipates the local people to back the CWTS program and a new Gateway.

Curtis Francois told that the supporters in this region good racing and the NASCAR truck series really bring it. They were doing all the things at the track to make it relevant in updating the facilities and to offer a good fan experience.

Toro Rosso not rushing to name replacement

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Formula One team Toro Rosso has stated that the team feels absolutely no compulsion to rush into naming a replacement for the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo for the new season.

Red Bull Racing, the sister team of the Italian constructors announced recently that they will be promoting Ricciardo to the senior team as a replacement for the departing Mark Webber for the new season leaving Toro Rosso with a man short for the 2014 racing season.

The team is expected to keep hold of Jean Eric Vergne for the new season as well with the open driver’s slot going to one of the team’s young test drivers, according to sources close to the team. Antonio Felix da Costa, the Formula 3.5 driver is the early favorite to fill in the vacant slot left by Daniel Ricciardo but the likes of GP3 drivers Daniil Kvyat as well as Carlos Sainz Jr. both of whom tested for the team at the Silverstone Young Driver Test earlier this year are names doing the rounds as well.

Franz Tost, the team principal for the team was equally unmoved when asked about the possible replacement for Ricciardo in the team as he stated that the team will look at the options at their disposal and make a decision on the new driver at a later date, adding that they are in no rush to name a replacement for the outgoing driver.

He also extended his blessings for Daniel Ricciardo stating that he would have preferred to keep him in the team as he is a great young driver and has done a brilliant job for the team as well but at the same time, when a big team comes calling, it’s only fair that an ambitious driver heads that way to further his progress and desire for success.