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Monday, 21 February 2011

F1 News | Bahrain Grand Prix Cancelled?

Due to continuing uncertainty in the country an announcement is expected today that the March 11th to 13th 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix will be called off along with the testing due on March 3rd to 6th.

It may be rescheduled however to later in the year.

If this proves to be the case F1 fans will need to wait until March 25th to 27th as the teams move on to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

F1 News | Kubica Showing Encouraging Signs

After his serious crash in the Ronde di Ancora rally, Robert Kubica is showing encouraging signs.

He has been able to move his injured right hand.  On Thursday he will have a further operation to stabilise his right shoulder.  His surgeon Mario Rosello stated initially that up to one year will be needed for recovery.

Flavio Briatore commented after visiting Kubica that he looked better than he first thought and predicted a sooner return.

Kubica had been quickest in the pre-season F1 testing in Valencia with a time on day 3 of 1:13.144 ahead of Sutil 1:13.201.  Fernando Alonso was third quickest with a time set on day 2 of 1:13.307.  He was looking at a promising season this year.

Kubica is well respected and known to be one of the most talented drivers on the grid.  In 2008 he led the F1 championship up to mid season at which point BMW stopped development of the car.

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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Lotus Name Still in Dispute

On January 24th 2011, Judge Peter Smith declined to grant Group Lotus (2011 Renault title sponsors) summary judgement against 1Malaysia Racing team (the 2010 Lotus Team).

Group Lotus acquired an equity stake in the Renault F1 Team in December 2010 and intends to race as Lotus Renault GP.  1Malaysia Racing Team plans to race as Team Lotus, (Colin Chapman's historic F1 team name) with the permission of Team Lotus Ventures.  TLV claim to hold a number of trade mark registrations but Group Lotus challenges TLV's rights to use the name.

The link below gives some of the history of the application for further reading by those interested.

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