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Williams F1 Team confirm Valtteri Bottas for Young Driver Test

The Williams F1 Team today confirmed that it will run Valtteri Bottas during the Young Driver Test at Silverstone Circuit, UK on 12 and 13 July 2012.

Valtteri was promoted to Official Reserve Driver at the start of the 2012 season, and has so far taken part in six Friday practice sessions, impressing the team. As the reigning GP3 champion, Valtteri has focussed his attentions on working with the Williams engineers this year, attending every race and taking part in most first practice session's this season as well as a number of straightline aero tests.


Red Bull tie down Mark Webber to a new contract for 2013

mark_webber2Reigning Constructors' Champions Red Bull Racing today announce that Australian driver Mark Webber has agreed to extend his contract with the team for another year, and will as a result continue on with the team till 2013. Webber has been in stellar form this season, and is leading Red Bull's challenge in the 2012 Drivers' Championship, and won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone last weekend.

Mark Webber shared, "I've been with Red Bull Racing since 2007 and have achieved nine grand prix wins during that time. I'm high on confidence at the moment and firing on all cylinders. I know the Team well and I'm very comfortable here; we have grown together over the years and it feels like absolutely the right thing to stay with Red Bull for another season. The Team is constantly working hard to improve in all areas and we've shown that together we can win races. It's great to be able to make this announcement off the back of the win in Silverstone at the weekend and I'm looking forward to competing on the edge and pushing myself in every race again next season."


Parth Ghorpade excels again at 2012 Formula Pilota Championship

Upcoming Indian racer Parth Ghorpade continued his strong start to the 2012 Formula Pilota Championship with a win and a podium finish in the Asian category at the Ordos International Circuit. With three rounds taking place over the weekend the young Indian driver finished in 1st, 5th and 3rd places respectively. Parth had earlier qualified in 5th position for Races 1 & 3. Race 2 grid is determined by the order of fastest laps set in Race 1. In the overall category Parth had finished in 3rd, 9th and 5th positions respectively.

Parth had restricted running in the practice sessions as his car suffered technical and handling issues which left him more than 2 seconds off the pace of the leaders. Qualifying was a big improvement and he managed to claw back the deficit to less than half a second. In Race 1 Parth had a good start and passed Akash Nandy for the top podium spot in the Asian category. Race 2 was wet and Parth decided to stay out on wet tyres on a drying track which sent him backwards. Race 3 was a dry race which saw Parth finishing in the position he started (3rd in Asian category) after a long battle with Akash Nandy before settling for the points.


Disastrous British GP for McLaren as Hamilton and Button barely score any points

The McLaren team had a below par British GP at Silverstone as they struggled with both their cars failing to finish among the top half of the pack. Lewis Hamilton huffed and puffed his way to bring home his MP4-27 in 8th place. Meanwhile a late charge from Jenson Button ensured the Briton finished in 10th place, but his fight for the drivers' championship appears to be crumbling with each passing race.

The Woking based McLaren team had a deeply disappointing qualifying session as Lewis Hamilton could not get his MP4-27 to work when he needed it the most. Hamilton was dazzling in the wet conditions during Q1 and Q2, but in Q3 he could not get his intermediate rubber upto temperature robbing him of bite whilst on his final hot lap. This meant Hamilton had to be satisfied with 8th place on the starting grid. Jenson Button meanwhile had yet another disastrous qualifying as he could not get the front tyre temperatures he badly needed, resulting in early elimination in Q1. The Briton faced an uphill task as he started from 16th place on the grid with a points scoring finish possible only with a resolute drive.


Achilles Heel of Mercedes team exposed in Silverstone as cars struggle with tyres, Schumacher fights his way to finish in 7th place

The Mercedes team had a poor race at Silverstone as their cars did not seem to be in the fight for a podium finish right from the onset, as they struggled to get their tyres to work under perfect racing conditions at Silverstone. Michael Schumacher put up a brave fight to bring home some points as he finished in 7th place, whilst his fellow German teammate Nico Rosberg showed flashes of pace but could not keep it going long enough to finish in a points scoring position as he ended the race in a poor 15th place.

The qualifying fortunes for the German marquee brand were contrasting ones as Michael Schumacher demonstrated his mastery of the wet qualifying with a scintillating 3rd place. The veteran German endured a tricky Q2 up until red flags were shown, but pounced upon the restart to drive a stunning lap to aid his progress to 3rd place on the grid. His teammate though had a qualifying session to forget as Rosberg went off at Vale during Q2 which did not help his cause to get into Q3. The young German ace said he was surprised at the relative lack of pace in his sister Mercedes as he had performed better in the practice sessions, and thus had to settle for 11th place on the grid.


Webber stamps his authority to win a thrilling race at Silverstone, Vettel finishes 3rd to mark an excellent race for Red Bull

Mark Webber oozed class as he stamped his authority mid-way into the season as he took a gripping victory at Silverstone in a typically flawless race from the Aussie. Sebastian Vettel made it an excellent points scoring race for the Red Bull team as he finished on the last step on the podium in 3rd place having held off the charging pack comprising Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen behind him.

The Red Bull team had a nearly flawless qualifying session as Aussie Mark Webber was right in the thick of the action in the fight for pole position, having been bumped out of pole by just under five-hundredths of a second by Fernando Alonso. The mercurial Sebastian Vettel was for once overshadowed by his teammate and later said that he had a tough day at the office. However Red Bull looked very strong for the race as 2nd and 4th place on the grid hardly counts as a calamity.


Lotus forced to be satisfied with 5th and 6th places at British GP, Grosjean drives a stunning race to bring home crucial points

The Lotus team had to be content with 5th and 6th places after the end of yet another classic race at Silverstone. The team would now view their low grid positions as a reason for not getting the race positions they deserved as Kimi Raikkonen finished the race in 5th place, while his teammate Romain Grosjean was right on his tail in 6th place, having fallen to the back of the grid after a forced-early pit stop. The team showed they are one of the fastest cars out there on track but like so many races this season would view the race as a lost opportunity to maximize their points output.

The Lotus team flattered to deceive as Kimi Raikkonen qualified in 6th place - a good effort considering the Finn did not have KERS available on his E20 during the full length of qualifying. Romain Grosjean was serene in his progress into Q3 but an unforgiving mistake in the dying moments of Q2 cost the quick Frenchman a higher place on the grid. Grosjean spun his Lotus at Vale and ended in the gravel trap, thus preventing him from setting a timed lap in Q3. The Frenchman as a result started the race from a modest 9th place on the grid.


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