Monthly Archives: March 2011

Bahrain GP decision delayed until May

The 2011 Bahrain GP is still in doubt

The 2011 Bahrain GP is still in doubt

After the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was due to take place this weekend, the race organisers have been given until May 1st to decide the future of the 2011 event.

Speculation over the past few weeks has been mounting over if the 2011 race can actually take place, as the 20-race calendar contains very few empty slots for Bahrain to fill. Only two choices are currently being discussed. The first is to host the race during the summer break, in early July. However, the searing temperatures (up to 40 degrees) has discouraged this date.

The second option, and the better one in my opinion, is to move the race one week before or after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. However, this poses logistical problems to the teams, who would have up to 3 races in 3 weeks.

With a difficult decision on their hands, the Bahrain Motor Federation has been granted time to make their call, according to an FIA statement:

"The World Motor Sport Council asked the Bahrain Motor Federation to communicate by 
May 1st at the latest if the Bahrain Grand Prix can be organised in 2011."

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has also stated that he will look for every opportunity to host the race:

"I don't know how likely it is that there is going to be peace in Bahrain. But if 
there is, we will find a way.

The people there have been very big supporters of us, and are becoming bigger and 
bigger. We have much more support in Bahrain than we did when we first started 
there, and if they want the race we want to supply it for them."

Klien still in talks with Hispania

Christian Klien is still hopeful of a 2011 drive

Christian Klien is still hopeful of a 2011 drive

As it has been for some time, there is only one seat left to be filled for the 2011 season – the second driver role at Hispania. Christian Klien has revealed that he is still in talks to take the final race seat.

Klien, who drove for 5 races for HRT last year, impressed the team by out-qualifying Bruno Senna on multiple occasions. However, he has recently been on the back foot, as both Vitantonio Liuzzi and Giorgio Mondini have been testing in last year’s F110.

Despite this, Christian remains confident of racing in F1 this year. In an interview published on his own site, he stated:

"My manager Roman Rummenigge is in permanent contact with the team's management. 
Needless to say I would love to drive for HRT. I am convinced the team will make 
good progress and surprise a few people. In Geoff Willis and chief designer Paul 
White they have engineers who know very well how to build competitive racing cars. 
I would love to develop it further. And they are masters of efficiency like no 
other team on the grid."

Even if Klien gets the drive, he and the team will be faced with the huge challenge of developing a car, three weeks before the start of the F1 season, that hasn’t turned a wheel yet. Despite this, he remains hopeful that Hispania can become more competitive than last year:

"Each day matters. But if you look back how this team rose from the ashes of another 
operation at the beginning of 2010, you will have no doubt HRT will make the most of 
its limited resources in 2011. They have a solid and analytical way of facing 
challenges."

The rest of the interview is available on Christian’s website.

Glock to miss testing after surgery

Timo Glock will miss testing after surgery yesterday

Timo Glock will miss testing after surgery yesterday

Timo Glock is set to miss the rest of pre-season testing, after undergoing surgery for appendicitis yesterday.

There shouldn’t be any worries though – the Virgin team have stated that his absence is only precautionary, and he is well on course to racing at the season opener in Melbourne later this month.

Second driver Jerome D’Ambrosio will take Glock’s place for the rest of testing, which resumes on March 8th.

The team’s principal, John Booth, has stated:

“I can confirm that Timo had an operation yesterday to remove his appendix after a 
sudden case of appendicitis. The procedure was routine and Timo is recovering well 
in a Swiss hospital where he is likely to remain for a further 24 hours.

“To ensure a swift recovery, it is unlikely that he will take part in next week’s 
test in Barcelona and that Jerome will run on all four days instead, however, we 
will make a final decision early next week. We look forward to having Timo back 
with us very soon.”

 

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