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Aug 21

Extreme Video! Hauser Climbs Hill In Dallara GP2

In Europe, there has long been a thriving FIA-backed hillclimb championship featuring some well-established venues in countries like Switzerland – where other forms of motorsports have been banned since the 1955 Le Mans tragedy.

Among the most famous courses is the St Ursanne/Les Rangiers climb, which has hosted an annual event since before WWII. In 1965, Jim Clark even had a go in a less-than-suitable Lotus 38, just weeks after winning the Indy 500.

We thought you might enjoy this mind-boggling clip of Luxembourg’s David Hauser in action in last weekend’s event, at the wheel of his Dallara GP2 car. He demonstrates just how brave some of these guys are, especially given that safety facilities appear to have changed little since Clark’s era.

Aug 21

F1 Indian GP Promoter Wants Government Help

The last Formula One Indian Grand Prix was held in October 2012 at Buddh International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

The last Formula One Indian Grand Prix was held in October 2012 at Buddh International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Indian Grand Prix promoter says that he is confident that the Formula One race will return in a healthy state in 2015 after skipping 2014 – but says that the event would benefit from government support.

Thus far, the race has run without any help, and indeed has been held despite the controversy over the government’s attempts to collect tax revenue from the visiting teams.

“We have a very sound contract with the F1 management,” Sameer Gaur of Jaypee Sports told NDTV. “Bernie Ecclestone is a wise man, and he believes in India as a destination. The 2014 Indian Grand Prix is not happening because of logistical problems, but those problems will be sorted out, and in 2015, bang on, we will be on target.

“We will continue to have the Grand Prix till our five-year contract runs [out]. But after five years, let us see how the situation is. We don’t want to disappoint the F1 enthusiasts in India, the ones who have gotten used to watching the Grand Prix here. We have that in mind, and God-willing, we will find a way out.”

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.