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Features for February 2006
28 February 2006

REVISED SUPER AGURI RUNS IN TESTING
The Super Aguri SA05 ran with revised 2006-specification bodywork and aerodynamics in testing at Silverstone today.
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LAPWORTH LEAVES SWRT
Manager David Lapworth has left the Subaru World Rally Team to work on "unspecified projects" at Prodrive. This heightens speculation that Prodrive are serious about entering F1.
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AUDI SIGN FRENTZEN FOR DTM
Audi have signed Heinz-Harald Frentzen to compete for them in the 2006 DTM. Frentzen previously drove for Opel until their withdrawal from the series last year.
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27 February 2006

DAVID RICHARDS PLANS PRODRIVE F1 TEAM
Former BAR team principal David Richards is close to authorising a Prodrive Formula One Team that would enter the sport in 2008.
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MONTOYA'S EXPECTING SECOND CHILD
Juan Pablo Montoya and wife Connie are expecting their second child. The news comes less than a year after Connie gave birth to their son, Sebastian.
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PAFFET JOINS 2MB MANAGEMENT
DTM champion and McLaren test driver Gary Paffett has joined 2MB Sports Management with the approval of former manager Martin Hines. 2MB is the driver management company owned by former F1 drivers Mark Blundell and Martin Blundell.
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NASCAR BANS SHANE HMIEL FOR LIFE
NASCAR has banned upcoming driver Shane Hmiel for life after failing a third drugs test. Shane is the son of Steve Hmiel, the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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26 February 2006

SHIMODA ROLLS AGAIN
Hayanari Shimoda has rolled Japan's A1 car again, after making contact with Team New Zealand under the safety car early in the Sprint Race.
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PODIUMS FROM MONTERREY
All the podium celebration from Mexico.
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SIMPSON LOSES POLE
South Africa have lost their Pole Position and will start third on the Mexico grid due to a technical infringement on the car.
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MONTERREY ATMOSPHERE
All the atmosphere from A1 Grand Prix in Mexico.
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GIRLS IN MONTERREY
All the glamour from Mexico.
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24 February 2006

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALAIN!
Alain Prost celebrates his Birthday today. The former four-time Formula One champion is 51.
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WIRDHEIM TO COMPETE IN FORMULA NIPPON
Bjorn Wirdheim will compete in the 2006 Formula Nippon Championship with the NTT DoCoMo team. Wirdheim was previously a F3000 champion and most recently competed in the 2005 Champ Car World Series.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEAN TODT!
Ferrari Sporting Director Jean Todt will celebrate his 60th birthday tomorrow.
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THE NEW FACE OF FOSTERS FOR 2006
Fosters have revealed their new 'face of Fosters' girl for 2006. Images Credit: (c) Free "Australian GP" Editorial Use Only
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23 February 2006

STEVE RIDER MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE FOR ITV AT BARCELONA
Television presenter Steve Rider today made an appearance for ITV at F1 testing in Barcelona. Rider replaces Jim Rosenthal as the front man of ITV's F1 coverage.
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VALENCIA PUSHES FOR A GRAND PRIX
Members of the Valencian government have been involved in talks with Bernie Ecclestone over the possiblity of the Ricardo Tormo circuit being added to the Formula 1 calendar.
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22 February 2006

IDE MAKES SUPER AGURI TEST DEBUT
Yuji Ide has taken his first run for Super Aguri at Barcelona today.
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MONTAGNY CONSIDERED FOR SUPER AGURI THIRD SEAT
Ex Renault test driver Frank Montagny has been linked with the third seat at Super Aguri F1.
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21 February 2006

SUPER AGURI F1 DRIVER PORTRAITS
Driver portraits of Super Aguri F1 Team mates Takuma Sato and Yuji Ide.
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SUPER AGURI F1 MAKES TESTING DEBUT
The new Super Aguri F1 team have made their debut test at Barcelona this morning with Takuma Sato behind the wheel.
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RED BULL ENGINEERING COMPLEX
Red Bull Racing have a new high-tech engineering complex that sits on stilts above their transporters.
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20 February 2006

FRIESACHER FOR A1 TEAM AUSTRIA
Former Minardi F1 driver and F3000 winner Patrick Friesacher is to replace Mathias Lauda at A1 Team Austria for the upcoming race in Mexico. Lauda cannot race due to testing commitments.
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ANDERSON JOINS RACING ENGINEERING
Former Jordan and Jaguar technical director Gary Anderson has joined the GP2 Series Racing Engineering team and will work with Adam Carroll.
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ICKX TO DRIVE FOR AUDI IN DTM
Vanina Ickx, daughter of former F1 and sportscar driver Jacky Ickx, will compete in this years DTM championship. Ickx will drive an Audi in a team set up by Midland MF1 team manager Colin Kolles.
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17 February 2006

MCLAREN SIGN ROB TAYLOR
Red Bull Racing's chief designer Rob Taylor has signed for McLaren and will join their design team imminently. Taylor was responsible for the design of the RBR1.
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VIVA LAS VEGAS!
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed the US Grand Prix could be moved to Las Vegas in 2007 if a deal cannot be done with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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16 February 2006

UNIPART AND FORMULA ONE
Spare automotive parts manufacturer Unipart, who today announced a link up with the Mansell family this season, last had mass exposure in motorsport as a sponsor of the McLaren F1 team from 1981-1984.
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15 February 2006

SATO NUMBER 1 FOR SUPER AGURI
Takuma Sato has been officially confirmed as the number 1 driver for Super Aguri F1.
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YUJI IDE CONFIRMED FOR SUPER AGURI F1
2005 Formula Nippon runner up Yuji Ide has today been confirmed as the second driver for the newly formed Super Aguri F1 team.
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LEGGE LANDS CHAMP CAR DRIVE
Britain's Katherine Legge has landed a drive in the American Champ Car series for the PKV team.
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14 February 2006

GROSJEAN AND HANLEY JOIN RENAULT
Renault F1 have revealed that Romain Grosjean and Ben Hanley will join their 2006 Driver Development programme for young drivers. They will join Jose Maria Lopez and Luca di Grassi who are already part of the programme.
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TAHINCI TO DRIVE FOR FISICHELLA
Turkish driver Jason Tahinci has signed a two-year deal to compete in the GP2 Series with Fisichella Motor Sport International.
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JAMES SUTTON AIMS TO WIN FORMULA RENAULT UK CHAMPIONSHIP
Young British talent James Sutton is aiming to win the 2006 Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship after re-signing with Richard Dutton's Fortec Motorsport Team.
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MOSLEY SETS DEADLINE
FIA President Max Mosley has set a deadline for the manufacturers planning a breakaway championship, stating they must commit to Formula One by April 2007.
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MCLAREN DISPLAYS NEW COLOURS FOR 2006
Mclaren have unveiled their new colours on track for the first time in Valencia today.
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13 February 2006

300,000 IMAGES ON-LINE FOR SUTTON MOTORSPORT IMAGES
Sutton Motorsport Images, the world's largest independent motorsport picture agency, has surpassed 300,000 images available on-line at its Picture Desk website.
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ORIS EXTEND PARTNERSHIP WITH WILLIAMS
Swiss watch makers Oris have extended their relationship with the Williams F1 team. They have been the official watch supplier to the team since 2003, and have had branding on the cars since 2005.
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12 February 2006

PODIUM FROM INDONESIA
All the images from the podium celebrations.
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PARC FERME FROM INDONESIA
All the emotion from Parc Ferme.
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ATMOSPHERE FROM INDONESIA
All the atmosphere from the A1GP race at Sentul.
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INDONESIA AERIAL IMAGES
A look at the Sentul Circuit from the air.
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11 February 2006

A1 GP GALA DINNER
The A1 Grand Prix guests have had dinner with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ahead of the race on Sunday.
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10 February 2006

BERGER IN JEREZ
New Scuderia Toro Rosso shareholder Gerhard Berger is attending the current Jerez test to watch over the team.
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09 February 2006

BERGER BUYS 50% OF TORO ROSSO
Gerhard Berger has bought a 50% share in Scuderia Toro Rosso.
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TORO ROSSO STR01 BREAKS COVER
The new Toro Rosso STR01 has run for the first time in Jerez today.
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FC RAPID VIENNA IN JEREZ
The Rapid Vienna soccer team are in Jerez to watch F1 testing today.
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08 February 2006

SPA 2006 AXED
Bernie Ecclestone has announced the cancellation of the 2006 Belgian Grand Prix, following financial problems with the promoters of the race.
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07 February 2006

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI TO DRIVE FOR A1 TEAM BRAZIL
A1 Team Brazil have announced that Christian Fittipaldi will take over from Nelson Piquet Jr as lead driver for the rest of the season. Christian is the nephew of A1 Brazil's team principal, Emerson Fittipaldi.
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TOMBAZIS TO FERRARI
Nicholas Tombazis has left the McLaren team and will return to Ferrari in the position of Chief Designer. He will take up his new position at the beginning of March.
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EECKELAERT TO HONDA
Former Sauber Technical Director Jacky Eeckelaert has joined the Honda F1 team.
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GLOCK TO RETURN TO EUROPE
Timo Glock has left Champ Car to join the BCN Competicion GP2 Series team for 2006, with an eye on returning to Formula One. Glock was previously a test driver in F1 for Jordan in 2004.
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SUPER AGURI TO CONFIRM SATO?
Super Aguri F1 are expected to confirm that Takuma Sato will join the team as its lead driver for 2006, according to his manager, Andrew Gilbert-Scott.
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06 February 2006

RACECOURSE BIDS TO RUN SILVERSTONE
Northern Racing Plc are to bid for a 25-year contract to run Silverstone and are said to be the preferred bidder. The company currently runs nine racecourses in Britain. It is not the first time that horse and motor racing have been linked as Aintree once hosted the British Grand Prix.
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03 February 2006

SUPER AGURI F1 SA05 ARTIST'S IMPRESSION
An illustration of the Super Aguri F1 Team car, the SA05 (working model, subject to change).
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MF1 TOYOTA M16 DETAIL IMAGES
Detail images of the newly launched MF1 Toyota M16.
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SILVERSTONE CONSTRUCTION WORK
Work has commenced at Silverstone on rebuilding new grandstands at Luffield to accommodate extra fans for the British Grand Prix.
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SUTIL AND MONDINI SIGN FOR MIDLAND
Adrian Sutil and Giorgio Mondini have joined MF1 Racing as their test and reserve drivers for 2006. Mondini has F1 experience, having tested for Renault last year.
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DE OLIVEIRA MAKES DEBUT WILLIAMS TEST
Current Japanese F3 Champion Joao Paolo de Oliveira is testing with the Williams F1 team in Valencia today.
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02 February 2006

LUCKY STRIKE LEAVING F1
British American Tobacco have said that they are committed to pulling their Lucky Strike branding out of Formula One at the end of the 2006 season.
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01 February 2006

ROSSI SHOWS FERRARI SPEED
After yesterdays spin Valentino Rossi has proved to be on the pace at Valencia today.
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DRIVER SLEEP OVER
Many of the current F1 drivers testing at Valencia, including Rossi and Klein, are staying in their luxury motorhomes at the circuit overnight.
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MILD SEVEN TO LEAVE F1
Japanese Tobacco have confirmed that they will withdraw their Mild Seven brand from Formula One at the end of 2006 after fourteen years in the sport.
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FAURE TO RETIRE
Chairman of Renault Sport Patrick Faure has announced he is to step down from the role in the summer of 2006. Faure has held the position since 1986.
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DE OLIVEIRA TO TEST FOR WILLIAMS
It is reported that current Japanese Formula Three Champion Joao Paulo de Oliveira will test for Williams at Valencia this week.
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EARLY RUNNING FOR FW28
Williams are using the current Valencia test to put the initial miles on their new FW28.
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FILIPPI SIGNS FOR FISICHELLA GP2 TEAM
Luca Filippi has become the first driver to sign for the Fisichella Motorsport team and will compete in the GP2 Series.
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