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Aug 21

Sirotkin Set For Sauber F1 Demo Run

Teenager Sergey Sirotkin will make a demo run for Sauber. (Photo: Sauber F1 Team)

Teenager Sergey Sirotkin will make a demo run for Sauber. (Photo: Sauber F1 Team)

Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin will have a taste of F1 power when he does a demo run for Sauber in Sochi on Sept. 27, a little over a year before the first GP at the venue.

Sirotkin, who turns 18 next week, visited the team’s Hinwil base this week, where he had a chance to sit in a F1 car for the first time.

“My visit to the Sauber F1 Team headquarters was busy,” he said. “I learned a lot about the team and many other things. I had a seat fitting, met the engineers and learned about the car and what happens over a race weekend.

“I also had a lesson with the steering wheel. I am happy because, if you had told me six months ago that one day I would visit this workshop and meet this team, I would have never believed you. It’s great. The dream is so close to becoming reality now.”

Team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said: “We are proud to be doing the demo run next month. It will be a historical moment when a Russian driver drives a Formula One car for the first time at the track in Sochi.”

Aug 21

Williams Is A Great F1 Team, Says Symonds

Pastor Maldonado drives the Williams F1 car. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado drives the Williams F1 car. (Photo: Getty Images)

Having left his previous job at Marussia, Pat Symonds started work as chief technical officer of Williams earlier this week, and the former Benetton/Renault man now faces the difficult task of helping to turn the team around as Formula One heads into the new turbo era – one that will see a new partnership forged with Mercedes. Here’s an insightful Q&A with Symonds issued by the team on Aug. 21.

Q: You have recently been appointed chief technical officer of the Williams F1 Team. What does this new challenge entail?

“Firstly, I think it’s a great team. The facilities are top class, we have a huge number of talented people and yet the results on the track are not a reflection of the quality we have. So I think my challenge is to analyze why this is happening, make the changes that are needed to empower the people and really get the focus in one direction: performance.”

Aug 20

Racing Industry Remembers Floyd Ganassi

Photo Credit: Chip Ganassi Racing

Photo Credit: Chip Ganassi Racing

Condolences continue to stream in after Monday’s passing of 87-year-old Floyd Ganassi, father of NASCAR, GRAND-AM and IndyCar Series team owner Chip Ganassi, who helped his son to become an Indy car driver in the 1980s and later to build the championship-winning Ganassi Racing program that opened its doors in 1990.

The elder Ganassi was a fixture in Indy car and stock car paddocks across North America, forging deep relationships with many of those he came in contact with. The late Pittsburgh, PA.-based businessman has received a number of touching tributes in the 24 hours since the news was revealed by the team.

Aug 20

Ferrari Can Still Win F1 Title, Boss Tells Team

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 08: Fernando Alonso (R) of Spain and Ferrari is seen with his Team Principal Stefano Domenicali as he prepares to drive during practice for the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2011 in Northampton, England.

Photo Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali gave his crew a pep talk at Maranello team headquarters on Tuesday, and insisted that Fernando Alonso can still win the 2013 World Championship.

Domenicali’s speech, recounted on the Ferrari website, comes after some tension was created in the camp by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo’s reaction to Alonso’s comments. Alonso has been frustrated by the team’s drop-off in form in recent weeks.

Aug 20

Magnus Racing’s Unlucky Break At Kansas

Last weekend’s SFP Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway was a race to forget for Magnus Racing, as their No. 44 Porsche was the victim of a freak incident that subsequently took drivers John Potter and Andy Lally out of the Rolex Sports Car Series GT championship lead.

A multi-car Daytona Prototype accident scattered debris across the infield road course with less than 90 minutes to go. With no visible yellow flags, Lally inadvertently plowed into the debris at nearly full speed, puncturing the Porsche’s radiator and requiring a nine-minute pit stop for repairs.