Citroën commits to wrc future.

Posted: November 19, 2015 by admin in WRC, WTCC
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This morning, Citroën CEO Linda Jackson confirmed the decision to concentrate all the firm’s sporting efforts on the WRC, along with plans to make a fresh start in the sport it dominated between 2004 and 2012.citroen wrc 2017 coem back

“With eight world titles and a record 94 wins, Citroën has certainly enjoyed unrivalled success in the WRC,” said Jackson

“Rallying is a fascinating sport, which tests the performance, reliability and solidity of the cars and drivers in some magnificent settings. The category is taking off again, with increasingly widespread live television coverage and the arrival of China on the calendar in 2016.

“In 2017, the appearance of a new generation of cars, which are purported to be very attractive, will coincide with our renewed involvement. Everything will therefore be in place for us to write a new chapter in our history. Given the brand’s rich heritage, this challenge had to be ambitious. We will however be modest in our approach, gradually stepping up our objectives to the very top.”

The decision to remain in the WRC will bring an end to Citroën’s participation in the WTCC. Having dominated the sport for the last two seasons, Citroën’s programme will conclude at the end of its third in 2016.

Citroën Racing boss Yves Matton said the 2017 changes to the World Rally Championship’s technical regulations represented an opportunity to compete on equal terms with rival manufacturers, and to use lessons learned on the race circuit.

“We have never hidden our interest in the 2017 WRC regulations and the entire team is extremely motivated by this new challenge,” he said.“We like the freedom granted to make the cars more spectacular, but also the possibility of reusing development work done on the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC’s engine.” Read the rest of this entry »

Ferrari and Red Bull discussed the idea of bringing the Alfa Romeo name back to Formula 1 during their aborted discussions over an engine deal, has learned.

After Red Bull failed in its attempt to convince Mercedes-Benz to supply it with engines for next year, the Milton Keynes-based team opened discussions with Ferrari about a potential tie-up.

And although Ferrari was adamant that it would not give the team Ferrari’sworks-status engines, an alternative plan was considered whereby the two companies could work together on their own development programme.

Sources have revealed that the idea was for Ferrari and Red Bull to create an engineering partnership to work together on an engine for 2016.

This starting point for this would be the current Ferrari power unit, but the partnership would be able to utilise the 32 tokens that manufacturers have available to make improvements over the winter.

And to get around the issue of F1 manufacturers not being allowed to run totally different specifications of homologated engines, as this engine could have used a different 32 tokens to the Ferrari, an idea of re-badging it as Alfa Romeo came up.

However, the discussions eventually stalled because of a wide range of factors. Read the rest of this entry »

Newly crowned 2015 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo reflects on tense finale at Valencia in Spain after securing third premier class title.lorenzo2015

The Movistar Yamaha rider led from start to finish but was placed under intense pressure in the final laps by Repsol Honda duo Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, although neither managed to attempt a pass.

Lorenzo kept his cool at the front and rode a faultless race to take the chequered flag, wrapping up the championship after a nerve-wracking final 30 laps at the Ricardo Tormo circuit to pip team-mate Valentino Rossi by five points after a roller-coaster year.

“It was one of the toughest races, if not the toughest races [of his career] because the tension was very high from the first corner,” said Lorenzo, who previously won the MotoGP title in 2010 and 2012.

“I tried to push like normal in the first laps with the new tyre, then it was Read the rest of this entry »

Haas F1 team signed Romain Grosjean.

Posted: September 29, 2015 by admin in Formula 1
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Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has signed to race for Formula 1 newcomer Haas next season.Romain Grosjean (FRA), Hass F1 team

Haas has called a driver announcement press conference at its headquarters in Kannapolis on Tuesday, with team owner Gene Haas and team principal Guenther Steiner present.

Alongside the duo will be Frenchman Grosjean, who is to sever his ties with Lotus at the end of this season after what will be four years with the Enstone-based organisation.

Although Haas is a start-up team, its reputation in motorsport in the United States, and more importantly its connections in F1 with Ferrari, have proven key selling points to Grosjean.

Haas is to be powered by Ferrari, which will also be supplying a number of other components given the change in the regulations.

Given the resources and facilities at Haas, and Ferrari has built a power unit that is now pushing Mercedes, it is understood Grosjean feels his new team could be a midfield runner out of the box. Read the rest of this entry »