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Features for February 2005
28 February 2005

MARIO ANDRETTI 65 TODAY
Former Formula 1 World Champion and CART star Mario Andretti is today celebrating his sixty-fifth birthday.
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25 February 2005

DOORNBOS ANNOUNCED AS JORDAN THIRD DRIVER
Dutch driver Robert Doornbos has been announced as the third driver for the Midland team alongside Nicky Pastorelli. Doornbos was the Jordan third driver for the final three rounds of the 2004 season.
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BERNIE HEADS TO RUSSIA
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has travelled to Moscow in Russia to see firsthand the launch of the Jordan team, now owned by the Midland group headed by Russian-born millionaire Alex Shnaider.
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MARK SMITH JOINS RED BULL RACING
Mark Smith, formerly of the Renault and Jordan teams, has joined the Red Bull Racing team, where he will assume a 'foremost management role'.
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DR JOHN DAVIS MOVES ON
Dr John Davis, senior aerodynamicist with Williams and formerly with the Minardi and Arrows teams has moved on from the Grove team after resigning last June.
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24 February 2005

JILL BRADLEY PRESENTS THE NEW MASTERS
Artist Jill Bradley is currently working on a series of portraits of motorsport personalities, drawing influence in appearance and character of each subject from the works of the ‘old masters’. Her new paintings will be auctioned for charity.
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ADAM CARROLL TESTS FOR SUPER NOVA
Sutton Motorsport Images supported Adam Carroll is making his GP2 test debut for Super Nova at Paul Ricard this week.
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KARTHIKEYAN HELMET BANNED
The Indian Government have banned Narain Karthikeyan from using the Indian colours on his helmet, as they contrivine an existing flag code preventing Indian sports stars from doing so.
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23 February 2005

WHERE IS STEVE HARRINGTON?
Twenty years ago, a young Australian arrived in England to compete in the 1985 British Formula 3 Championship driving for Eddie Jordan Racing. We ask the question "where is Steve Harrington now?"
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FACIAL HAIR IN FORMULA ONE!
As Red Bull Racing Team Owner Dietrich Mateschitz has reportedly encouraged his driver David Coulthard to cultivate his facial hair if he so wishes, we take a look back at other razor shy F1 drivers and team personnel over the years.
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22 February 2005

MCLAREN SIGN JOHNNIE WALKER
McLaren have announced a long-term sponsorship deal with Johnnie Walker, the world's number one Scotch Whiskey. Their logo will appear on the car from August. West is likely to be dropped early in the season due to the EU cigarette advertising ban.
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JORDAN SIGN UP PASTORELLI
Reigning Euro F3000 Champion Nicky Pastorelli has been signed as an official test driver by the Jordan Team. He is the first driver to be initiated into the MidlandF1 Young Driver Programme.
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NICKY PASTORELLI CAREER HISTORY
The career of 2004 Superfund Euro 3000 champion Nicky Pastorelli.
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LEACH LEAVES MASERATI
Maserati have announced that Chief Executive Officer Martin Leach is to leave the company with immediate effect. Leach previously held the post of President and Chief Operating Officer of Ford Europe.
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KIMBALL TO RACE IN F3
Carlin Motorsport have signed Charlie Kimball to race in the British Formula 3 Championship. Kimball enjoyed a successful debut year in British Formula Ford in 2004.
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21 February 2005

WIMMER ON A ROLL!
Nascar driver Scott Wimmer managed to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons during last weekends Daytona 500 when he crashed in spectacular fashion coming out of turn four.
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SAUBER AND BMW
Sauber are in talks with BMW about an engine supply for the team in 2006. Sauber are currently powered by Ferrari engines re-badged as Petronas, a major sponsor of the team.
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OZ GP FEVER BEGINS
The face of the 2005 Australian Grand Prix Melanie-Jade Netherclift has got the GP build-up underway by preparing to welcome the four rookie drivers to Melbourne.
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18 February 2005

KLIEN TO PARTNER COULTHARD AT RED BULL
Christian Klien has been confirmed as the second driver at Red Bull Racing for the Australian Grand Prix. He will partner David Coulthard. Vitantonio Liuzzi will fulfill the third driver testing duties.
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LIUZZI SECURES 3RD DRIVER ROLE
Sutton Motorsport Images supported driver Tonio Liuzzi has secured the 3rd driver role at Red Bull Racing. He has vowed to fight to take the second race seat later in the season.
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PASTORELLI TESTS FOR JORDAN
Dutchman Nicky Pastorelli has tested for the Jordan team at Barcelona today but has run using Narain Karthikeyan's helmet.
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WURZ TO LEAVE MCLAREN?
Reports suggest that Alex Wurz is unhappy with his repeated failure to get a race or Friday Grand Prix test role with McLaren and is looking to leave the team for a better opportunity.
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LG ELECTRONICS TO SPONSOR 2005 ITV-F1
LG Electronics are to sponsor the 2005 ITV coverage of Formula One in a deal worth £3.5m. The deal will cover all F1 TV coverage, the ITV-F1.com website and online viewer competitions. LG Electronics have also sponsored the Super Racing weekends.
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17 February 2005

RED BULL DRIVERS EXPERIMENT WITH NEW HELMET
Red Bull drivers David Coulthard, Christian Klien and Tonio Liuzzi have been evaluating a new Bell helmet design in F1 testing today.
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2MB SIGN RISING BRITISH TALENT
2MB, the new sports management company owned by Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell, have signed young British drivers Tim Bridgman and Sam Bird. Bridgman won the 2004 Formula BMW UK Championship and will drive for Hitech in British F3 this year. Bird will drive for Fortec in this year's BMW UK Championship after finishing second in last year's rookie class.
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16 February 2005

DOMINGUEZ SIGNS FOR MIDLAND... IN 2006
Mexican Mario Dominguez, who tested for Jordan last week at Silverstone, has signed a letter of intent to be a Midland driver in 2006.
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15 February 2005

KIMI CRASHES AT BARCELONA
Kimi Raikkonen has had a big crash during testing at Barcelona today. Kimi was visibly shaken but suffered no injuries.
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MINARDI SIGN FRIESACHER
Austrian Patrick Friesacher has been announced as the second Minardi driver at a press conference held in Austria today. Friesacher will be moving up from the International Formula 3000 Championship where he has been a race winner in recent seasons.
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PATRICK FRIESACHER CAREER HISTORY
The career so far of new Minardi signing Patrick Friesacher. Friesacher, a former Red Bull Junior driver, is a past International F3000 race winner.
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TOYOTA DEBUT NEW AERO PACKAGE
Toyota have debuted their substantial new aero package on their TF105 in Barcelona this morning. Jarno Trulli had the first chance to sample the changes.
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DE LA ROSA GETS 3RD MCLAREN
McLaren Test Driver Pedro de la Rosa has confirmed he will drive the 3rd McLaren in the Friday practice sessions in Australia, Malaysia and Bahrain. He gets the nod ahead of fellow McLaren Test Driver Alex Wurz.
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2005 NASCAR PREVIEW - DRIVERS
The drivers who will compete for the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup
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2005 NASCAR PREVIEW - CARS
The Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge NASCAR's that will compete for the 2005 Nextel Cup.
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14 February 2005

MINARDI TO RUN OLD CARS IN OZ
Minardi are said to be intending to run their 2004 cars in the first three races of 2005 despite the changes in regulations this year. Ferrari are said to be the only team standing in the way of the idea.
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MAURICE TRINTIGNANT PASSES AWAY
Former Monaco Grand Prix winner Maurice Trintignant has died aged 87.
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11 February 2005

SARAH KAVANAGH SETS SIGHTS ON GP2
Lady racer Sarah Kavanagh is hoping to inspire female race fans to support her as she sets her sights on the toughest challenge of her motorsport career - competing in the upcoming inaugural 2005 GP2 championship.
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DOMINGUEZ TESTS FOR JORDAN
Mexican Champ Car driver Mario Dominguez has tested for Jordan at Silverstone today.
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STODDART FOR PRESIDENT!
Rumours suggest that Minardi boss Paul Stoddart, who has been acting as an unofficial spokesman for the nine teams in dispute with the FIA, would consider running against current FIA President Max Mosley at the next election but only if it was for a more F1-specific role.
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GRID MODELS DISTRACT OFFICE WORKERS
Girls from the Grid Models model agency caused a welcome distraction for office workers in Golden Square in London recently. The girls were promoting their new 2005 calendar.
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10 February 2005

NEW PRESIDENT FOR TOYOTA
62 year old Katsuaki Watanabe has been announced as the replacement for Fujio Cho as the President of the Toyota Motor Corporation.
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RED BULL LIVERY TO REMAIN
Christian Horner has confirmed that the current Red Bull livery will remain on their cars for the start of the 2005 F1 season.
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CARROLL QUICKEST BAR JUNIOR
Sutton Motorsport Images supported Adam Carroll was quickest of the three drivers selected for the BAR Young Driver Programme in Valencia last week.
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09 February 2005

VILLENEUVE'S BLACK HELMET
Jacques Villeneuve has tested with a plain black helmet design in Jerez today.
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KARTHIKEYAN GETS FIRST EJ15 RUN
Narain Karthikeyan has had his first taste of the Jordan Toyota EJ15 at Silverstone today.
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SATO CRASHES AGAIN
Takuma Sato has had his second big off in as many days at Jerez today. Fortunately he has again emerged unscathed.
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PREMAT GETS ART-ISTIC
Macau and Marlboro Masters F3 winner Alexandre Premat has signed for the ART GP2 team, run by Nicolas Todt, for 2005. He will team up alongside former F3 rival Nico Rosberg.
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08 February 2005

MCLAREN RUN 'HORN' WING
McLaren have run with a unique 'horn' wing on their MP4/20 cars at Jerez today. It is similar to the mid-wings run by a number of teams in recent years but with flipped-up ends.
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ISTANBUL TRACK CONSTRUCTION
The brand new Istanbul F1 circuit is taking shape ahead of the first ever Grand Prix to be held at the venue in August.
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PIQUET JR TESTS WITH BAR HONDA
2004 British Formula 3 Champion Nelson Piquet Jr has today tested for the BAR Honda team in Jerez.
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IHARA SET TO JOIN CARLIN
Japanese lady driver Keiko Ihara is set to join Carlin Motorsport for the 2005 British Formula 3 Championship. Ihara has previously tested for Carlin and has competed in French F3 and Formula BMW Asia.
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TONY GEORGE SET TO RUN OWN IRL TEAM
Indianapolis Motor Speedway boss Tony George has bought the Kelley Racing IRL team. His stepson, Ed Carpenter, will drive for the team.
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07 February 2005

RED BULL RACING RB1 FIRST TEST
The Red Bull Racing F1 team are testing their new RB1 in Jerez today.
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RUSSIAN FOR MIDLAND TEST ROLE
Russian 23-year-old Roman Rusinov has been hired by Midland boss Alex Shnaider to test and develop the 2006 Dallara chassis. Rusinov has been a winner in the GT class of the Le Mans Endurance Series.
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BAR HONDA TO RUN PIQUET JR
2004 British F3 champion Nelson Piquet Jr is to test a BAR Honda 006 in Jerez tomorrow. The opportunity enables the long association of the Piquet family and Honda to continue. Nelson Piquet won seven GP's with Honda power.
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03 February 2005

INDIAN NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN IN F1
Narain Karthikeyan will become the first Indian Grand Prix driver when he competes in the 2005 F1 season. He will partner Tiago Monteiro at Jordan-Midland.
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TIAGO MONTEIRO CAREER HISTORY
As Jordan-Midland announce Tiago Monteiro as a race driver for the 2005 season, we take a look back at his career history.
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NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN CAREER HISTORY
We take a look back at Narain Karthikeyan's career history.
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02 February 2005

MINARDI ANNOUNCE NISSANY
Minardi have announced Israeli Chanoch Nissany as an official test driver for the coming season.
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FIA READY TO END TYRE WAR
F1 could return to a single tyre manufacturer as early as 2006, it was revealed, after the FIA met last week with Ferrari to discuss measures of increasing competition and reducing costs. Other measures discussed included a return to slick tyres, a reduction of the Grand Prix weekend to 2 days and the banning of tyre warmers.
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ASTON MARTIN REVEALS LE MANS DRIVER LINEUP
Aston Martin has revealed the driver lineup for its 2005 sportscar programme - David Brabham, Stephane Ortelli, Pedro Lamy, Peter Kox, Darren Turner and Tomas Enge.
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SIDHU ANNOUNCES CONSULTANCY AGENCY
Nav Sidhu, former Head of Formula One Communications and Brand Communications at Jaguar, has set up a London based Communications Consultancy Agency, with colleague Cecile Simon.
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01 February 2005

KARTHIKEYAN IN AT JORDAN-MIDLAND?
According to Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan's manager Sanjay Sharma a race seat with the Jordan-Midland F1 team has been offered for 2005.
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GORDON MURRAY TO LEAVE MCLAREN
Designer Gordon Murray is reported to be leaving the Mclaren team. We take a look back at his career history, both in and away from Formula One.
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DURAND JOINS CHEEVER
Former Jordan Technical Director Henri Durand has joined Red Bull Cheever Racing in the Indy Racing League Championship.
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