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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Pirelli - F1 Tyre Testing gets underway tomorrow

    On Friday and Saturday, the 12 teams will try out next year's Pirelli tyres for the first time Slick tyres in medium and soft compounds will be used, distinguished by a coloured stripe on the sidewall. Each team will have eight sets of tyres available to them for the two days of testing The test in the United Arab Emirates marks Pirelli's return to F1 after a 19-year absence. The Italian tyre company has brought 384 tyres and 30 people to Abu Dhabi for its debut Pirelli's Formula One team has now concluded the first phase of testing, following eight private tests and 7000 kilometres on challenging circuits all over Europe Paul Hembery, Pirelli's motorsport director: ---
    "We come to these tests with plenty of confidence and satisfaction with our work carried out so far. The tests in Europe have given us all the data we needed at this current phase of development. Tomorrow, the second phase gets underway..." --- Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), 18 November 2010 - The 5.5 kilometres of the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi will play host to Pirelli's debut as Formula One's official tyre supplier tomorrow, as the Italian company returns to the pinnacle of motorsport following a 19-year absence. The 12 teams, which have just concluded the 2010 Formula One World Championship at the Yas Marina circuit, will test Pirelli's tyres for the first time - giving the green light to the new season and the three-year tyre supply deal with the legendary Italian firm. Two days of testing will take place tomorrow and Saturday from 0900-1700. Sunshine, light wind and ambient temperatures around 34 degrees, which translate to a track temperature of about 48 degrees, will be the order of the day throughout this weekend's action. The first taste of the new tyres that all the teams will have comes after a programme of eight private tests that Pirelli has carried out, starting from the 19 August when the tyres took to the track for the first time. Since then, the Toyota TF109 chosen as a development car has racked up around 7000 kilometres with Nick Heidfeld, Romain Grosjean and Pedro De La Rosa at the wheel, in all sorts of weather conditions on a variety of European circuits. Pirelli's engineers, led by motorsport director Paul Hembery, have been to Mugello, Monza, Barcelona, Valencia, Jerez and Le Castellet to try out all the different types of tyre that will be supplied to the teams next year according to FIA regulations: four slick tyres (ranging from super-soft to hard) one intermediate tyre, and one rain tyre. "We come to these tests with plenty of confidence and satisfaction with our work carried out so far," said Hembery. ---
    "The tests in Europe have given us all the data we needed at this current phase of development. From tomorrow, the drivers and engineers from every team will give us their opinions and feedback, which are of vital importance for the second phase of testing: a challenge that we are already well-prepared for." The Abu Dhabi tests are conducted by the teams, who have determined the programme and parameters that they would like to cover during the next two days. Both the medium compound slick and the soft compound slick will be used, distinguishable by a coloured stripe on the sidewall. Each team will run just one car. Every team will have eight sets of tyres available, four for day one and four for day two, which adds up to a total supply of 384 Pirelli tyres. During the test, the teams will be fully supported by Pirelli's engineers and technicians. In particular, each team will have an assigned engineer throughout the test as well as being able to rely on the back-up of the entire group, which numbers 30 people in Abu Dhabi. Today, Pirelli's engineers and technicians will meet all the teams for a general briefing, during which details of the forthcoming test programme will be discussed. At the end of each day of testing, there will also be an additional debrief between all the teams and Pirelli in order to compare information. After Abu Dhabi, Pirelli will move on to Bahrain in early December for more private testing, in preparation for the first official tests with all the teams next year, which get underway in January. The Pirelli F1 team, composed of a variety of international personnel, is based in Milan at the Pirelli Tyre Research and Development Centre. This facility is at the heart of the Pirelli Group's tyre technology, which employs 1000 researchers based in five centres all over the world. Motorsport is the laboratory in which Pirelli has traditionally created some of the most important innovations in the tyre sector, so it is of crucial importance. Throughout 2011, Pirelli will supply 50,000 tyres to the Formula One World Championship. The tyres for the world's premier motorsport division will be produced at Pirelli's Izmit factory in Turkey, one of the most modern of its kind, which is dedicated to competition tyres. Pirelli's technicians have developed machinery and production processes that are perfectly adapted to making these cutting-edge tyres. The Formula One tyre supply agreement underlines Pirelli's commitment to motorsport, which the Italian company has been involved in since winning the epic 1907 Paris-Peking road race. Pirelli is currently engaged in some of the most important international motorsport series in the world on two wheels and four, such as GP3, WRC, the Rolex Sports Car Series in North America and the Superbike world championship. As well as these, Pirelli supports more than 70 more national and international championships. Pirelli's last Formula One participation was the 1991 Australian Grand Prix, and the last Pirelli victory was in Canada the same year, as a partner of the Benetton team. ---

    On Friday and Saturday, the 12 teams will try out next year's Pirelli tyres for the first time

    Slick tyres in medium and soft compounds will be used, distinguished by a coloured stripe on the sidewall. Each team will have eight sets of tyres available to them for the two days of testing

    The test in the United Arab Emirates marks Pirelli's return to F1 after a 19-year absence. The Italian tyre company has brought 384 tyres and 30 people to Abu Dhabi for its debut

    Pirelli's Formula One team has now concluded the first phase of testing, following eight private tests and 7000 kilometres on challenging circuits all over Europe


    Paul Hembery, Pirelli's motorsport director:
    ---
    "We come to these tests with plenty of confidence and satisfaction with our work carried out so far. The tests in Europe have given us all the data we needed at this current phase of development. Tomorrow, the second phase gets underway..."

    ---


    Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), 18 November 2010 - The 5.5 kilometres of the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi will play host to Pirelli's debut as Formula One's official tyre supplier tomorrow, as the Italian company returns to the pinnacle of motorsport following a 19-year absence. The 12 teams, which have just concluded the 2010 Formula One World Championship at the Yas Marina circuit, will test Pirelli's tyres for the first time - giving the green light to the new season and the three-year tyre supply deal with the legendary Italian firm. Two days of testing will take place tomorrow and Saturday from 0900-1700.

    Sunshine, light wind and ambient temperatures around 34 degrees, which translate to a track temperature of about 48 degrees, will be the order of the day throughout this weekend's action.

    The first taste of the new tyres that all the teams will have comes after a programme of eight private tests that Pirelli has carried out, starting from the 19 August when the tyres took to the track for the first time. Since then, the Toyota TF109 chosen as a development car has racked up around 7000 kilometres with Nick Heidfeld, Romain Grosjean and Pedro De La Rosa at the wheel, in all sorts of weather conditions on a variety of European circuits.

    Pirelli's engineers, led by motorsport director Paul Hembery, have been to Mugello, Monza, Barcelona, Valencia, Jerez and Le Castellet to try out all the different types of tyre that will be supplied to the teams next year according to FIA regulations: four slick tyres (ranging from super-soft to hard) one intermediate tyre, and one rain tyre.

    "We come to these tests with plenty of confidence and satisfaction with our work carried out so far,"
    said Hembery.
    ---
    "The tests in Europe have given us all the data we needed at this current phase of development. From tomorrow, the drivers and engineers from every team will give us their opinions and feedback, which are of vital importance for the second phase of testing: a challenge that we are already well-prepared for."


    The Abu Dhabi tests are conducted by the teams, who have determined the programme and parameters that they would like to cover during the next two days. Both the medium compound slick and the soft compound slick will be used, distinguishable by a coloured stripe on the sidewall. Each team will run just one car. Every team will have eight sets of tyres available, four for day one and four for day two, which adds up to a total supply of 384 Pirelli tyres.

    During the test, the teams will be fully supported by Pirelli's engineers and technicians. In particular, each team will have an assigned engineer throughout the test as well as being able to rely on the back-up of the entire group, which numbers 30 people in Abu Dhabi.

    Today, Pirelli's engineers and technicians will meet all the teams for a general briefing, during which details of the forthcoming test programme will be discussed. At the end of each day of testing, there will also be an additional debrief between all the teams and Pirelli in order to compare information.

    After Abu Dhabi, Pirelli will move on to Bahrain in early December for more private testing, in preparation for the first official tests with all the teams next year, which get underway in January.

    The Pirelli F1 team, composed of a variety of international personnel, is based in Milan at the Pirelli Tyre Research and Development Centre. This facility is at the heart of the Pirelli Group's tyre technology, which employs 1000 researchers based in five centres all over the world. Motorsport is the laboratory in which Pirelli has traditionally created some of the most important innovations in the tyre sector, so it is of crucial importance.

    Throughout 2011, Pirelli will supply 50,000 tyres to the Formula One World Championship. The tyres for the world's premier motorsport division will be produced at Pirelli's Izmit factory in Turkey, one of the most modern of its kind, which is dedicated to competition tyres. Pirelli's technicians have developed machinery and production processes that are perfectly adapted to making these cutting-edge tyres.

    The Formula One tyre supply agreement underlines Pirelli's commitment to motorsport, which the Italian company has been involved in since winning the epic 1907 Paris-Peking road race. Pirelli is currently engaged in some of the most important international motorsport series in the world on two wheels and four, such as GP3, WRC, the Rolex Sports Car Series in North America and the Superbike world championship.

    As well as these, Pirelli supports more than 70 more national and international championships. Pirelli's last Formula One participation was the 1991 Australian Grand Prix, and the last Pirelli victory was in Canada the same year, as a partner of the Benetton team.

    ---

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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: BMW-Sauber - Interview with Sergio Pérez 18/11/2010 7:07pm

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: BMW-Sauber - Interview with Sergio Pérez

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    November 18th 2010

    Having slept over it, the 20-year-old from Guadalajara (MEX) reflects on what he learned on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi. Since when have you been dreaming about driving a Formula One car? Sergio Perez: ---
    "Since I was a kid. I was six years old when I went karting with my dad and my brother. Ever since then I dreamed of making it into Formula One one day. All my family has been involved in motorsport for a long time. My father was racing himself at one stage and he used to be a kind of driver manager for Adrian Fernandez. My brother Antonio, who is now 24, is a racing driver too. He just became Mexican NASCAR champion. It was always my aim to make it into Formula One and I always knew I had to sacrifice things. I knew I had to leave my country and my family and make my own life in Europe at a very young age. I was only 15 when I came to live in a small village in Bavaria. That wasn't easy." How do you feel a day after this dream came true - mentally and physically? Sergio Perez: ---
    "I feel stronger in both regards. My motivation to work on both areas has even increased. I have a few months now to get ready for my first Formula One Grand Prix and I will make the most of it." You are going to be the first Mexican driver to compete in Formula One in three decades - what does that mean to you? Sergio Perez: ---
    "I love Mexico and it's great to have this huge support from my home country and especially from Carlos Slim junior, who always was and still is a close friend and good adviser to me. Mexicans are very enthusiastic about racing and about having a driver in Formula One again. To me this is a very good feeling and incentive." What was the biggest difference compared to the GP2 car and what did you learn during your first day of testing? Sergio Perez: ---
    "The biggest difference to a GP2 car is in braking - the g-forces are huge. Also the grip level of the F1 car is unbelievably high compared to a GP2 car. Another major difference is the amount of information and procedures you have to deal with. The team is a lot bigger, with many engineers around you asking for feedback. To learn to work in this environment and to see what they expect from a driver, in and out of the car, was the most important thing I learned during this first day. The fact that I had already a signed a contract for next year helped a lot in this regard. I was not under pressure to do a super lap time, I could concentrate on learning. The programme over the course of the day was not aimed at producing the best possible lap times. In fact, because of some bad luck with red flags I only had one run on fresh tyres in the end." What will you be doing in the winter break? Sergio Perez: ---
    "Training like hell! I need to be as fit as possible for the first race. And I will be spending a lot of time with the engineers in Hinwil to try to learn as much as possible about the C30. In January I will be moving to Switzerland to be as close as possible to the team." Read More...

    #F1 News: Petrov likely to sign 2011 deal in December

    GMMf1NET

    November 18th 2010

    Amid the 26-year-old's mixed rookie season, Renault has openly mused the possibility of a change of teammate for the highly rated Robert Kubica for next year. But the well-financed Petrov had a more solid finish to the recently-concluded 2010 campaign, and reports suggested the Kremlin might add to his coffers now that Russia is embarking on a F1 circuit project. "Since (Russian president) Vladimir Putin became a formula one fan, Petrov has even more support in his pocket," Nick Heidfeld, a potential suitor for the second Renault cockpit, told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. Petrov's manager Oksana Kosachenko on Thursday acknowledged the likelihood of a new deal. "I am still working in this direction, but so far nothing definite can be said," she told the Moscow published Sovetsky Sport newspaper. "Most likely, we'll sign a contract in the second week of December," added Kosachenko, revealing she is aiming for a new two-year deal. She said Petrov will not be testing Pirelli's 2011 development tyres in Abu Dhabi on Friday and Saturday. "Vitaly is on vacation now and he'll spend the next two to three weeks outside Russia," said Kosachenko, who said she has a backup plan to prolong Petrov's F1 career in the event he leaves Renault. Read More...

    #F1 News: HRT seat to cost de la Rosa millions

    GMMf1NET

    November 18th 2010

    It was believed the veteran driver was set to join the team next year thanks to the investment of Juan Villalonga, while an attractive Toyota-designed car with a Williams gearbox was in the making. But the Toyota deal has fallen through due to reportedly late payments, leaving not enough time for Hispania to separately build a new car for 2011. And team owner Jose Ramon Carabante has now admitted that HRT will again be relying on pay-drivers. "Pedro wants to come, but it depends very much on the support. Without money, there is no place for him. We can't allow ourselves a luxury like that. "He needs to contribute about eight or ten million. We have spoken with companies to try to attract sponsors, and we would like to have two Spanish drivers for our identity and someone like Pedro who can give us some direction for 2012," Carabante said on Cadena Ser radio. He confirmed that HRT is currently in a "crucial week, deciding the future of the team". "A budget needs to be above 120 or 130 million euros. With that we will achieve a leap into the top ten. "This year we had 45 (million) and next year it will be 55 and we would like 65 at least. Ferrari for example is in 400 million each season." Carabante said even the location of HRT's headquarters for 2011 is not decided. "We have offers from Madrid and Barcelona. For the logistics we would like to be in the centre of Europe," he added. Read More...

    #F1 News: Force India has 'open spaces' for 2011 - Mallya

    GMMf1NET

    November 18th 2010

    Adrian Sutil has not yet been confirmed by the Silverstone based team for next season, while the likes of Nick Heidfeld, Nico Hulkenberg and Karun Chandhok are all linked with his seat. And while Vitantonio Liuzzi has a contract for next year, team owner and boss Vijay Mallya has hinted that more than one place is available. "We are the most attractive team with open spaces," Auto Motor und Sport quotes him as saying. With India set to join the F1 calendar, the sport's chief executive Bernie Ecclestone thinks Indian Chandhok in the Force India is an ideal lineup. Mallya answered: "Well, everyone out there wants to drive for Force India. "We (will) sit with the team and decide in the next couple of weeks who our new drivers are going to be for next season," he told Gulf News Xpress. Meanwhile, it is believed that the potentially vacant seat alongside Robert Kubica at Renault is no longer available. "Since (Russian president) Vladimir Putin became a formula one fan, (Vitaly) Petrov has even more support in his pocket," Heidfeld is quoted as saying. Read More...

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