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#51 BlackCat

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 00:13

Lotus is quite seriously considering Korjus-Stanaway their next drivers after Räikkönen-Grosjean

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#52 IceSkyrim

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 03:58

Any news of Nasri?

Nasri has just announced a shift to GP2 @ DAMS to partner Valsechi.
The reason was GP2 was closer to a F1 than WSR and uses the same kind of tires.

It was rumoured that Nasri had offers from McLaren and Ferrari.
FN was depending on a big team support to race.
I guess it is a Ferrari connection bcs McLaren has just announced Magnussen.
Nasr also has OGX and Banco do Brasil as sponsors.

#53 jamiegc

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:13

FN was depending on a big team support to race.


Strange, as Nasr turned down RB backing.....

#54 Brandz07

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 14:32

Any news of Nasri?


Nasri still plays for Man City... If you meant Nasr then he's at DAMS :p

#55 highdownforce

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 16:51

Nasri still plays for Man City... If you meant Nasr then he's at DAMS :p

Yes, but GP2's DAMS.

#56 expert

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 18:56

Any news on Hartley returning this year?



#57 IceSkyrim

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 19:18

Any news on Hartley returning this year?

Rumour says Hartley will take over Schumachers place next year.

Then Mercedes will run the Brenda and Britney Show. :rotfl:


#58 jamiegc

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 19:37

Any news on Hartley returning this year?


He tweeted a few days ago that he had just got back into the UK and was about to start looking for a team.

#59 IceSkyrim

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 21:30

Nasr confirmed he is negotiations with McLaren and Ferrari for a test hole.

His intention after British F3 was WRS, but the reason he signed GP2 is all top teams in WRS signed other drivers.
Meanwhile there were good GP2 teams with open positions.

Well, at least all F1 can follow him in GP2 in some races.

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#60 Mastah

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 04:32

Mikhail Aleshin @mikhailaleshin
Renault World Series this year again! But now with team Russia - RFR yeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/NgYcE49F


RFR = KMP.


Meanwhile Albert Costa will be racing in Megane Trophy, lol.

#61 jamiegc

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:08

Brendon Hartley @BrendonHartley
Another day of searching for a good 2012 race seat ahead. Tempting to dust off the cobwebs from my mountain bike, its getting warmer!



#62 noikeee

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:29

Meanwhile Albert Costa will be racing in Megane Trophy, lol.


That's a ridiculous waste. At least he keeps in touch with the WSR folks, and will be top of the list if any team need a mid-season replacement (albeit without any money he's not going to get even a super-sub role).

#63 RF1 fan

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:26

Bird will be racing for ISR.

#64 HaydenFan

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:33

Bird will be racing for ISR.


As well as Jake Rosenzweig, which is just outstanding. How much money does that kid have? It isn't results that are getting him a ride.

#65 noikeee

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:40

Pretty much anyone that gets a top ride is at least 70% because of money.

Bird actually had a great start in GP2 and seemed genuinely promising at that point (altho he sure as hell didn't get that ART seat based on his F3 results neither). I haven't watched much GP2 the past season but he seems to have stagnated his progress, or even backtracked a little bit?

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 13:29

Does anyone know which channels are going to be carrying FR 3.5 this year in the UK?
I'm going to have to get SKY/Virgin to watch f1 anyway, so i'd like to get a package that includes as many other series as possible! Googling it I've found references to ESPN and Eurosport, but nothing definitive...
thanks

#67 Bloggsworth

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 13:58

Smart move by Sam Bird, it doesn't pay to stay too long in one class, a change of dynamic is always good for a driver.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 13:59

Does anyone know which channels are going to be carrying FR 3.5 this year in the UK?


It was covered *badly* by Eurosport last season and I would imagine will be again this season.

Smart move by Sam Bird, it doesn't pay to stay too long in one class, a change of dynamic is always good for a driver.


Especially when you have more backing that talent.....

"acclimatising" is a great excuse...

Edited by jamiegc, 26 February 2012 - 14:01.


#69 jamiegc

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:36

Lotus join forces with Gravity-Charouz

#70 HistoryFan

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:31

Not a surprise. Now just one seat left.

WSbR has some good drivers but I thing the whole GP2 field is stronger than the whole WSbR field.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 14:45

Lotus join forces with Gravity-Charouz

Yeah,Marco and Richie are wonderful as well..

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:46

Not a surprise. Now just one seat left.

WSbR has some good drivers but I thing the whole GP2 field is stronger than the whole WSbR field.


Really?
I think the FR 3.5 is nearly an all star line up of the best young talent on show at the moment.
Set to be an exceptional series. Similar to Moto2 this year.


#73 THE "driverider"

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 21:42

Dean Stoneman?

#74 HaydenFan

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 21:44

Dean Stoneman?


We're hearing in America that he is rumored to be in the running for an Indy Lights seat with Andretti.

http://www.eformulac...4a650f715296233

#75 BlackCat

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 21:29

First test on Paul Ricard

1. Daniil Move - P1 – 1.48,456
2. Marco Sorensen - Charouz – 1.48,684
3. Alexander Rossi - Arden Caterham – 1.48,815
4. Robin Frijns - Fortec – 1.48,852
5. Walter Grubmuller - P1 – 1.48,895
6. Sam Bird - ISR – 1.48,940
7. Jules Bianchi - Tech 1 – 1.49,109
8. Anton Nebilitskiy - RFR – 1.49,127
9. Carlos Huertas - Fortec – 1.49,161
10. Lucas Foresti - Dams – 1.49,204
11. Richie Stanaway - Charouz – 1.49,222
12. Kevin Korjus - Tech 1 – 1.49,278
13. Andre Negrao - Draco – 1.49,297
14. Arthur Pic - Dams – 1.49,549
15. Nico Muller - Draco – 1.49,664
16. Kevin Magnussen - Carlin – 1.49,701
17. Nick Yelloly - Comtec – 1.49,753
18. Will Stevens - Carlin – 1.50,454
19. Vittorio Ghirelli - Comtec – 1.50,706
20. Yann Cunha - Pons – 1.51,459
21. Zoel Amberg - Pons – 1.51,477
22. Giiovanni Venturini - BVM Target – 1.51,846
23. Jake Rosenzweig - ISR – 1.51,951
24. Nikolay Martsenko - BVM Target – 1.53,357

25. Mikhail Aleshin - RFR - 0
26. Lewis Williamson - Arden Caterham - 0

#76 Fulcrum

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 19:28

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The new car looks great!

#77 HaydenFan

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 20:56

Good looking car. Similar to last year's but with the big wing. The Lotus does look a bit odd though. In that livery, the front end looks way too low.

#78 dau

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 21:03

Cars look good, but what's with the massive billboard at the rear?

#79 hammibal

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 21:16

Nasri has just announced a shift to GP2 @ DAMS to partner Valsechi.
The reason was GP2 was closer to a F1 than WSR and uses the same kind of tires.

It was rumoured that Nasri had offers from McLaren and Ferrari.
FN was depending on a big team support to race.
I guess it is a Ferrari connection bcs McLaren has just announced Magnussen.
Nasr also has OGX and Banco do Brasil as sponsors.

Cheers, by coincidence his deal was announced the day after i posted

Nasri still plays for Man City... If you meant Nasr then he's at DAMS :p

Funny guy :rotfl:

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#80 Zava

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 21:33

wow, never noticed the FWEP... it's ridiculous. :|
also, the rear wing resembles the new indycar one...

#81 EightGear

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 18:28

Robin Frijns looks very strong. :up:

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:08

Arthur Pic gave DAMS pole position for its Formula Renault 3.5 debut as he came out on top of the first qualifying session of the weekend at Aragon.

The Frenchman, who topped both free practice sessions on Friday, briefly led the way in the early stages of qualifying before Richie Stanaway grabbed top spot just 11 minutes in.

The Kiwi then boosted his chances of hanging on to pole by improving his time with only four minutes to go, before Pic snatched it away just two minutes later.

Stanaway, who had already been bumped back a place by Kevin Korjus, had to settle for fourth in the end. Shortly after Pic crossed the line to take pole, Nick Yelloly completed an impressive lap to grab second.

Korjus was one of several drivers to get caught up in traffic in the final couple of minutes, as many drivers slowed before the final hairpin to try to find space. Not only was the Estonian baulked by cars ahead of him, but he was almost hit by pre-season testing star Robin Frijns, who still managed to improve on his final lap but had to settle for 12th.

The third row of the grid appeared set to be an all-GP2 converts affair with Jules Bianchi fifth and Sam Bird sixth as the flag dropped, but late improvements from Jake Rosenzweig, Carlos Huertas and Nico Muller split the pair, pushing Bird back to ninth.

http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/99375

first race this afternoon

#83 DrProzac

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:11

DRS :rolleyes: Though at least it's a normal push to pass system.

About 2h to the race, right? :)

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:31

This is going to be an epic season, just look at the grid, it's packed with all sorts of hotshots. Folks who've impressed at various lower level categories, impressive WSR rookies last year, folks who've been at this level for a while but shown earlier promise, GP2 frontrunners moving back, and even a former champion in Aleshin.

Then in the 1st qualy session Pic and Yelloly who neither would be among the biggest names, beat all of them and fill the 1st row...

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:53

, GP2 frontrunners moving back


I'd suggests it's GP2 drivers stepping up a level. GP2 is a joke these days.

Its no coincidence that half the F1 grid have their young drivers in WSR.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:36

First lap carnage!

Good old junior formulae

#87 BlackCat

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 16:11

unlike F1, in this class they can use DRS whenever they want but the time is limited (15 min per race in Aragon). so if somebody wants, he can do many laps in a row with DRS involved. problem? as Korjus has said: we'll need a left thumb trainer now. as the button for DRS is under left thumb.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 17:00

I'd suggests it's GP2 drivers stepping up a level. GP2 is a joke these days.

Its no coincidence that half the F1 grid have their young drivers in WSR.

It was just won by a nobody, so no, it's still down a level from GP2.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 17:15

It was just won by a nobody, so no, it's still down a level from GP2.


To be fair i'd venture that Davide Valsecchi is as much of a nobody as Yelloly.

McLaren (Magnussen), Red Bull (Williamson), Mercedes (Bird), Ferrari (Bianchi), Caterham (Rossi) all have their young drivers in WSR over GP2 for a reason....

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 17:26

To be fair i'd venture that Davide Valsecchi is as much of a nobody as Yelloly.

McLaren (Magnussen), Red Bull (Williamson), Mercedes (Bird), Ferrari (Bianchi), Caterham (Rossi) all have their young drivers in WSR over GP2 for a reason....

That's just being silly, isn't it? He is a F1 team's third driver (Lotus), like the luminaries you listed. He has won in GP2, and incidentally in FR 3.5 as well.

Yelloly has won precisely one race, in F/ Renault 2.0. He did really well today, but it doesn't say much for all those other young drivers. Maybe they are in WSR because they couldn't cut it in GP2

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 17:35

That's just being silly, isn't it? He is a F1 team's third driver (Lotus), like the luminaries you listed. He has won in GP2, and incidentally in FR 3.5 as well.

Yelloly has won precisely one race, in F/ Renault 2.0. He did really well today, but it doesn't say much for all those other young drivers. Maybe they are in WSR because they couldn't cut it in GP2


You can't compare Yellowly and Valsecchi, Davide's been around for years and hasn't done brilliantly until this year, Nick's just coming through.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 18:47

First lap carnage!

Good old junior formulae


From Stanaway's FB:

engine shut down on grid, no idea what happened just lost power, we will have to wait until we get the data to see what went wrong, didn't even get out of my grid box, terrible way to start the championship. Anyway, lets focus on tomorrow and try to grab some points.


The fact that so many cars failed to make clean getaways suggests it might have been an issue like the shut-down bug the junior drivers had at the Spa support races.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 19:31

To be fair i'd venture that Davide Valsecchi is as much of a nobody as Yelloly.

McLaren (Magnussen), Red Bull (Williamson), Mercedes (Bird), Ferrari (Bianchi), Caterham (Rossi) all have their young drivers in WSR over GP2 for a reason....


Also the current F1 WDC bypassed GP2 and was competing in WSR the same year he was called up into F1. Doesn't seem to have hurt him.  ;)

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 09:49

Don't forget Stanaways signed up with Lotus now.

#95 Zava

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:36

Robin Frijns looks very strong. :up:

do I remember well, is he a graduate from 2.0 last year?
if so, then indeed seems strong so far, 3rd starting grid for the second race. seems like a good prospect. :up:

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:43

do I remember well, is he a graduate from 2.0 last year?
if so, then indeed seems strong so far, 3rd starting grid for the second race. seems like a good prospect. :up:


Yes, you're right. He was 2.0 champion last year and FBMW Europe champion in 2010.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:36

Anyone got a stream?

#98 scheivlak

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 19:37

I read that Jules Bianchi is excluded from the race 1results because of a technical infringement http://www.renaultsp...on_race_1-3.pdf

This would lift Frijns -who was 17th after lap1- to 3rd place in race 1!

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 23:24

I read that Jules Bianchi is excluded from the race 1results because of a technical infringement http://www.renaultsp...on_race_1-3.pdf

Thats a shame cuz he had a good race.

DRS doesn't seem to do much for the racing, though. I think its a mistake to let them use it so much in the race as its a no-brainer to use it everytime you get on a long straight.

Also, I dont think WSBR is above GP2 driver-wise. They seem pretty equal to me.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:39

f*ck me, Frijns is already leading the championship?
I need to tune in eurosport at home, this kid seems to be worth watching.