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24th July 2014, 12:11 at 12:11 pm #267927
Another ex-F1 driver steps up – Nelson Piquet Jnr to test a Formula E car:
Nelson Piquet Jr to test Formula E at Donington
Current Global Rallycross championship leader Nelson Piquet Jr will drive tomorrow for Team China Racing at the official FIA Formula E test day at Donington Park, UK.
Headed up by Steven Lu and Yu Liu, Team China Racing has invited Nelson to test for them ahead of the start of the inaugural FIA Formule E Championship, which kicks off in September in Beijing, China.
Team China Racing started in 2004 in Beijing as one of the A1GP Teams, authorised by the Ministry of Sports of China. It has competed in several different international racing series including A1GP, Superleague Formula and FIA GT1, and also has rich experience in motorsport operation and management having organised 10 events in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Zhuhai and Ordos, including two street races in Beijing.
Nelson has a successful history in single-seater racing, although in recent years his focus has been on NASCAR and rallycross. He won the South American F3 Championship, was the youngest driver to win the British F3 Championship and finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in the 2006 GP2 Series. He is currently competing in the Global Rallycross championship series, and is leading the championship four rounds in.
Nelson Piquet Jr: “It’s going to be good to get back in a single-seater and I’m really interested in the Formula E concept and technology and what the car is going to be like. It’s a pretty crazy week for me as last weekend I was racing in New York, this weekend I’m racing in North Carolina and I’m doing this UK test in between, but I was really excited to have the chance to test the Formula E car. It’s been a while since I’ve driven at Donington but it was a track I loved back in F3 days.”
Nelson Piquet Jnr to compete in a series comprised entirely of street circuits? The jokes write themselves…22nd July 2014, 22:58 at 10:58 pm #267847
@andae23 Wow loads of good stuff now! Will have this on the site tomorrow.22nd July 2014, 22:55 at 10:55 pm #267846
Sounds like a pretty serious development for F1 fans in Brazil. Is the “lack of interest and low ratings” bit just PR spin by them because the rights have been bought by someone else?
Also is the tone of the article really that definite? I don’t speak Portuguese and an online translation has the headline as ‘Globo considering quitting the show Formula 1 2016′.21st July 2014, 21:51 at 9:51 pm #267671
@andae23 That’s more like it! Going to have a good crop this week. Surely some caught sight of Kvyat.
By the way I’ve found if you repeat the searches too frequently in a short space of time it can trip Google’s anti-bot warning which prompts you to do one of those ‘type in the letters’ tests. Shouldn’t be a big deal though.21st July 2014, 21:48 at 9:48 pm #267670
@Girts That was a risky moment. Good job they were a bit more sure-footed than the Canadian marshals:21st July 2014, 15:03 at 3:03 pm #26755721st July 2014, 10:59 at 10:59 am #267532
Another Massa angle:
Seemingly none of Hamilton’s shunt though.21st July 2014, 9:20 at 9:20 am #267516
Starting to see more comments about this on Twitter. Here’s an example:
#F1 was in Sepang directly after MH370 loss and duly respectful. To go to Sochi in October would seem wholly peverse after MH17 mass-murder.
— Ian Fergusson (@fergieweather) July 21, 2014
It needs major teams & Bernie to make a stand. Bernie could make it happen at v short notice (another circuit). Is the moral courage there?
— Ian Fergusson (@fergieweather) July 21, 201420th July 2014, 9:04 at 9:04 am #267219
Slim pickings so far. Disappointed no one got Hamilton’s crash.
Also #lets talk’ might be one to add to the exclude filter.20th July 2014, 8:59 at 8:59 am #267217
Absolutely fascinating stuff – haven’t got time to watch them all now but will have a look later. Did see a little clip in the final video of the rather muted response when Hawthorn drove his race-winning D-Type Jaguar back in, though under the circumstances it’s remarkable the race continued at all.19th July 2014, 18:56 at 6:56 pm #267155
We’ve got Bourdais on pole position for today’s race for the first time since his Champ Car days:
1. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 58.9479 (107.179)
2. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 59.1025 (106.899)
3. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 59.1499 (106.813)
4. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 59.2672 (106.602)
5. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 59.3972 (106.369)
6. (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 59.9987 (105.302)
7. (16) Luca Filippi, Dallara-Honda, 59.2753 (106.587)
8. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 59.3406 (106.470)
9. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 59.3526 (106.449)
10. (8) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 59.5319 (106.128)
11. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 59.8201 (105.617)
12. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 1:00.2193 (104.917)
13. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 59.4455 (106.282)
14. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 59.9495 (105.389)
15. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 59.5367 (106.119)
16. (20) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 59.9904 (105.317)
17. (34) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 59.5708 (106.059)
18. (98) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 1:00.1856 (104.975)
19. (17) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 59.6806 (105.864)
20. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 1:00.2304 (104.897)
21. (18) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 59.7244 (105.786)
22. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 1:00.2379 (104.884)
23. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 59.9816 (105.332)17th July 2014, 15:56 at 3:56 pm #266823
@andae23 Alright those changes have been made now.
I should add, by default it searches from yesterday to today, I’ll add a tweak to make that more readily adjustable later.17th July 2014, 9:22 at 9:22 am #266775
@andae23 Hedonismbot is my favourite Futurama character. I would insert a tasty video clip here but couldn’t find a decent one so we’ll just have to make do with a pic:
I generally don’t use ‘live’ as I have found some legitimate videos with it in the title, but I’ll add livestream and stream. It’s also not handling stuff with spaces in properly at the moment but that should be a quick fix (and would allow us to add ‘live stream’).16th July 2014, 22:30 at 10:30 pm #266749
@w-k Thanks for the tip. Is this for the UK?
What does it cost without the introductory discounts?
Also, can you actually subscribe for just 10 months? Ordinarily there’s a minimum 12-month requirement.16th July 2014, 15:01 at 3:01 pm #266717
Meanwhile Rossi pops up at Campos in place of Sato:
Alexander Rossi will join Campos Racing this weekend for the sixth round of the 2014 GP2 Series Championship. Following his decision announced earlier today to part ways with Caterham F1 Team, and subsequent EQ8 Caterham Racing seat, Alexander will take the place of Kimiya Sato and partner the Spanish racing team for one weekend.
Adrián Campos: “We are very pleased to welcome a driver of Alexander’s speed and experience into our GP2 team and we’re looking forward to a good weekend in Hockenheim. It’s a great opportunity for both us and Alexander and we’re confident that he will settle into the car very quickly and we will work together to get the absolute maximum out of the weekend. He will replace Kimiya Sato who is currently leading the Auto GP Championship and, due to a clash of races this weekend, the decision was made for him to focus on that series. Alexander has clearly shown his talent, speed and skill by winning races and bringing home several podium positions, so we are very much looking forward to working with him.”
Alexander Rossi: “I’m very much looking forward to joining the Campos GP2 team this weekend in Germany. I had a chance to work with the team’s Technical Director Philippe Gautheron during the latter part of the 2013 season, including my win in Abu Dhabi. I feel we have a very good opportunity for a strong race weekend in Hockenheim.”