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Vijay Mallya bids for Formula One Team Spyker

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Vijay Mallya Formula One

In what is huge news to Indian formula one fans, Dr. Vijay Mallya , Indian liqour tycoon and the person most responsible for the new face of F1 in India has put in a strong bid for the ailing Spyker F1 division alongwith Michiel Mol.

“This offer has been accepted by the Board of Spyker Cars N.V. and exclusivity has been granted to the consortium Orange India Holdings Sarl to proceed with due diligence … to achieve completion within 30 days,”

He has confirmed the team will be renamed, and the word India will be in the team. Moreover he also hinted at the prospects of an Indian driver in the line-up.

There are also talks of Narain Karthikeyan getting a drive in Williams F1 next year. We will be keeping a watch on that too.

Christijan Albers

Written by Formula One Addict

September 1st, 2007 at 10:01 am

Felipe Massa leads Ferrari 1-2 at Turkey


Ferrari win Turkish Grand Prix

Ferrari resurfaced at Turkey to score a great 1-2 with Felipe Massa taking the chequered flag and Kimi Raikkonen coming second at the formula one Turkish Grand Prix 2007. Lewis Hamilton finished a disappointing fifth and had his championship lead cut. A puncture forced Hamilton to pit when he was in third place behind the scarlet Ferraris. Nick Heidfeld was as always impressive in his 4th place win. This guy really deserves a better car and i am sure if he was in a Ferrari, he would be a strong contender for the championship.

The Ferraris outpaced the McLarens at the track and even before the puncture , it didn’t look like Hamilton could do much to challenge the resurgent Ferraris. McLaren would have to make improvements in the car to match the Ferrari Pace.

2007 Formula One Turkish Grand Prix Results

1 Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1hr 26mins 42.161secs
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:26:44.436
3 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren-Mercedes 1:27:08.342
4 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:27:21.835
5 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes 1:27:27.216
6 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1:27:28.330
7 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1:27:37.939
8 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:27:38.868
9 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:27:41.652
10 David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault 1:27:53.569
11 Alexander Wurz (Aut) Williams-Toyota 1:28:01.761
12 Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota at one lap
13 Jenson Button (GB) Honda at one lap
14 Anthony Davidson (GB) Super Aguri-Honda at one lap
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso-Ferrari at one lap
16 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota at one lap
17 Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda at one lap
18 Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda at one lap
19 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari at one lap
20 Sakon Yamamoto (Jpn) Spyker-Ferrari at two laps
R Adrian Sutil (Ger) Spyker-Ferrari 53 laps
R Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 9 laps

R – Retired from the race

Race Reactions from the Ferrari F1 Camp ::

Felipe Massa
: “This is becoming a special place for me! It is a really great win! I maintained my concentration for the whole race, trying to control the situation. Only towards the end of the second stint did I make a small mistake at Turn 7 which cost me the gap I had over Kimi, who closed right up to me. I made a very good start and the car behaved perfectly even though it has to be said it was a difficult race. Today’s result is a great encouragement when looking to the final part of the season. It is fantastic to head to Monza after a weekend like this. We must continue to work in this same way and give it our best shot.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Of course I would like to have won but probably the race was decided in yesterday afternoon’s qualifying session. When your main rival is your team-mate, there are less unknown factors and even less room to come up with something. However, the important thing is to have put two Ferraris in front of everyone else and, in any case, we have made up ground on the championship leader. I got a good start then I had a bit of understeer which went away after a few laps. The second set of tyres did not work as well as the first. The quick lap at the end? I was a bit bored with spending the whole race behind another car and so I tried to see how quick I could have been. In Monza I will have to try and do a good qualifying to be in the best possible situation for the race.”

Photo : Ferrari Media

Felipe Massa gets pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton at Turkey

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Felipe massa Turkey Grand Prix
We are at Turkey and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa edged out McLaren’s rookie Lewis Hamilton to claim pole position for Sunday’s race. Kimi Raikkonen came third while Fernando Alonso finished the top two rows. Massa posted a time of 1:27.329, he was also the pole position man at Turkey in 2006.

Earlier this week both the McLaren drivers had claimed to put their differences aside and not fight like cats and dogs (something they had been doing for a long time)

The starting lineup for the 2007 Turkey Grand Prix (Qualifying Times)

1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m27.329s

2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m27.373s

3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.546s

4. ALONSO Mclaren 1m27.574s

5. KUBICA BMW 1m27.722s

6. HEIDFELD BMW 1m28.037s

7. KOVALAINEN Renault 1m28.491s

8. ROSBERG Williams 1m28.501s

9. TRULLI Toyota 1m28.740s

10. FISICHELLA Renault 1m29.322s

11. DAVIDSON Super Aguri 1m28.002s

12. WEBBER Red Bull 1m28.013s

13. COULTHARD Red Bull 1m28.100s

14. BARRICHELLO Honda 1m28.188s

15. BUTTON Honda 1m28.220s

16. WURZ Williams 1m28.390s

17. LIUZZI Toro Rosso 1m28.798s

18. R SCHUMACHER Toyota 1m28.809s

19. SATO Super Aguri 1m28.953s

20. VETTEL Toro Rosso 1m29.408s

21. SUTIL Spyker 1m29.861s

22. YAMAMOTO Spyker 1m31.479s

New Spyker F1 challenger fails formula one crash test

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Stringent FIA crash tests have forced the Spyker formula one team to postpone their B spec car by a week atleast. The B car which is very similar to the A car was expected to clear all tests, but its obviously embarrassing for the Spyker team to have a car failing the crash tests amid reports of a financial crunch.

CTO Mike Gascoyne added :

“It’s obviously very disappointing to delay the launch, especially considering the hard work everyone at the factory and track has put in.

“These tests are quite rightly very stringent and difficult to pass, but we did not expect to have a problem as the structure is very similar to the A spec one.

“We will now concentrate on doing the best we can this weekend. As we were aware we had a problem we brought two A-spec cars, as well as two B spec cars.

“We will not have any problems switching back, but it’s just disappointing not to have the performance increase as planned.”

Written by Formula One Addict

August 23rd, 2007 at 3:31 pm

Sakon Yamamoto bags Spyker F1 drive :: Photos

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Seems like Narain Karthikeyan’s money could not fetch him a seat with the Spyker formula one team, they have opted to go for the Japanese Sakon Yamamoto to race the remaining races in the 2007 formula one season.

Spyker Sakon Yamamoto 1
Spyker Sakon Yamamoto 2
Spyker Sakon Yamamoto 3

Sakon Yamamoto said,

‘I am very pleased to get the opportunity to race in Formula 1 again. I know all the circuits we are going to very well, having raced at them with Aguri last year. I also know the team from my test in 2005 so I feel ready for the chance. I want to do the best I can and help the team achieve their objective of moving up the field. I’m looking forward to working with them.’

Images Egmond/Spyker , Used with permission

Written by Formula One Addict

July 26th, 2007 at 11:40 am

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