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Features for January 2007
31 January 2007

FRANK DERNIE LEAVES WILLIAMS
Williams engineer Frank Dernie will leave the team after it was announced that his contract would not be renewed. Dernie joined the team in May 2003.
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VAN DER GARDE MAKES SUPER AGURI DEBUT
Giedo Van Der Garde has made his Super Aguri F1 Team test debut at Valencia today.
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COULTHARD TESTS RB3
David Coulthard has made his debut in the new Red Bull Racing RB3 today at Valencia.
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ALONSO SETS FASTEST TESTING TIME
F1 world champion Fernando Alonso set the fastest time on day one of testing at Valencia despite a failure late in the day. He was nearly a second faster than Nelson Piquet Jr who was testing for Renault.
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SPYKER TEST ROLE FOR VALLES?
Adrian Valles is being linked to a test role with Spyker for 2007. Valles has already tested for the team at Silverstone late last year.
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30 January 2007

RAIKKONEN HAS FIRST TEST IN F2007
Kimi Raikkonen has made his debut test in the new Ferrari F2007 at Valencia today.
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TOYOTA TF107 FIRST RUN
Jarno Trulli and Franck Montagny have driven the new Toyota TF107 for the first time at Valencia today.
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RENAULT R27 TESTS WITH NEW LIVERY
The Renault R27 has run for the first time in the new livery that is faithful to sponsor ING.
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29 January 2007

BAHRAIN EXTENDS FORMULA ONE DEAL
The Bahrain International Circuit has renewed its contract with Formula One Management that will see the Sakhir circuit host Grands Prix until 2013.
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DOORNBOS HOPEFUL OF CHAMP CAR DRIVE
Red Bull Racing third driver Robert Doornbos is hoping to combine his F1 duties with a drive in Champ Car for 2007. Doornbos has tested for Forsythe Racing and more recently Minardi Team USA.
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26 January 2007

RED BULL RB3 FIRST RUN
The new Red Bull Renault RB3 has made its debut laps this morning at Barcelona.
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RED BULL RACING RB3 DETAIL
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RED BULL RACING DRIVER PORTRAITS
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RED BULL RACING VIP'S
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NEW HELMET DESIGN FOR JENSON
Jenson Button is running with a new helmet design today in Barcelona.
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RED BULL CONFIRM DOORNBOS AND AMMERMULLER
Robert Doornbos and Michael Ammermuller have been confirmed as Red Bull racing test drivers for 2007. Doornbos will also be the teams reserve driver.
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MERCEDES CONFIRM HAKKINEN FOR 2007
Mercedes have confirmed that Mika Hakkinen will compete in DTM for a third season in 2007.
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25 January 2007

HONDA RA107 FIRST TEST
The new Honda RA07 has made its first public test at Barcelona today.
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HONDA RA107 DETAIL
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NEW BARCELONA CHICANE
We take a look at the new Barcelona Chicane.
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FORD PULL PLUG ON CHAMP CAR SPONSORSHIP
Ford have announced that they are to cease their title sponsorship of the Champ Car World Series. The move means that Ford are no longer involved in any form of open-wheel racing but the news coincides with Ford making huge losses in the US.
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24 January 2007

RENAULT F1 DRIVERS
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RENAULT R27 DETAIL
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RENAULT AND ING VIP'S
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ABU DHABI TO HOLD F1 STREET PARADE
Abu Dhabi have announced an F1 Street Extravaganza on the 3rd February, to which most teams are expected to attend.
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RENAULT LAUNCH F1 TEAM CLIO
Renault have taken the wraps off a special edition F1 Team Renault Clio in Amsterdam today.
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ARNELL FOLLOWS KIMI TO FERRARI
Mark Arnell, the personal trainer to Kimi Raikkonen since his McLaren days, will continue his role with the Finn at Ferrari.
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23 January 2007

ORIS EXTEND WILLIAMS PARTNERSHIP
Williams F1 have announced that Swiss watch manufacturer ORIS have extended their deal with the team for a fifth straight year in 2007.
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SCHULP TO JOIN PRODRIVE
Tony Schulp, the CEO of Haymarket Worldwide, is to join Prodrive as their Group Commercial Director in March.
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22 January 2007

TELEFONICA TO SPONSOR SPANISH GRAND PRIX
Telefonica are to carry on sponsoring the Spanish Grand Prix in 2007, but will not remain with the Renault team.
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BARON EMMANUEL DE GRAFFENRIED 1914-2007
Pre-war GP winner, Baron Emmanuel de Graffenried, the last surviving participant from the first Formula 1 World Championship race at Silverstone in 1950, has died aged 92.
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BRISCOE GETS WORKS PORSCHE DRIVE
Former Toyota F1 test driver Ryan Briscoe will join the Penske-run works Porsche team in the American Le Mans Series LMP2 class for 2007.
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NEEL JANI JOINS PKV RACING
Neel Jani will race in the Champcar World Series this year with PKV Racing.
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WILSON TO STAY AT RUSPORT
Justin Wilson will stay at the Rusport team in 2007 to carry on in the Champ Car World Series.
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19 January 2007

RANDSTAD EXTEND WILLIAMS DEAL
Dutch employment company Randstad has extended their sponsorship of Williams to a further three years. Randstad worked with Williams last year and this year they will have their branding on the car.
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18 January 2007

YAMAMOTO TO RACE IN GP2 SERIES
Super Aguri F1 Team second test driver Sakon Yamamoto will race for BCN Competicion in the 2007 GP2 Series.
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WILLIAMS RUNS WITH AT&T BRANDING
Williams are running their interim car with new title sponsor AT&T and a new WilliamsF1 logo but without previous sponsors Budweiser, FedEx and Allianz.
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EXACT SOFTWARE & MEDION TO SPONSOR SPYKER
Dutch software company Exact & hardware company Medion have announced that they are to sponsor the Spyker F1 Team in 2007.
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F1RACING.NET TO SPONSOR SPYKER
Formula One news website F1Racing.net is to sponsor the Spyker F1 Team this year.
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RENAULT LOSE TELEFONICA
Renault has lost sponsorship from Spanish telecoms company Telefonica. The company had supported the team since 2004 but their logos have been absent from the R27 in this weeks testing.
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17 January 2007

MCLAREN MP4-22 MAKES TRACK DEBUT
Fernando Alonso has given the McLaren MP4-22 its track debut at Valencia today.
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HEIKKI MAKES R27 DEBUT
Heikki Kovalainen has made his Renault R27 debut this morning.
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FEDEX TO PARTNER MCLAREN
FedEx Express will partner Vodafone McLaren Mercedes in 2007 and will act as the teams official logistics partner.
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16 January 2007

RENAULT R27 BREAKS COVER
The Renault R27 has run for the first time at Jerez today.
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FIRST GRAVEL TRIP AND ENGINE FAILURE FOR RENAULT R27
Giancarlo Fisichella suffered the first trip into the gravel and then engine failure for the Renault R27 at Jerez this afternoon.
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BMW SAUBER DRIVER PORTRAITS
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BMW SAUBER VIP'S
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BMW SAUBER F1.07 DETAIL
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15 January 2007

MCLAREN DRIVER PORTRAITS
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MCLAREN MP4-22 DETAIL
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13 January 2007

DRIVERS, GUESTS AND VIP'S AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL
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GIRLS AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL
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12 January 2007

TOYOTA TF107 LAUNCH

TOYOTA TF107 DETAIL
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TOYOTA F1 DRIVERS
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TOYOTA F1 VIP'S
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FLY KINGFISHER SPONSOR TOYOTA
Fly Kingfisher logos have appeared on the new Toyota car launched today.
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MUBADALA TO SPONSOR FERRARI
Mubadala Development Company are to sponsor Ferrari and their logos will appear on the car and driver caps in 2007.
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SENNA AND ZAUGG SIGN FOR ARDEN
Bruno Senna and Adrian Zaugg have signed to race for Arden in GP2 this year.
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11 January 2007

PRODRIVE NOT TO TEST UNTIL DECEMBER
Prodrive boss David Richards, speaking today at Autosport International, has said that his new F1 team will not test before December this year.
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GOVERNMENT PLEDGES TO HELP BRITISH GP
The Rt Hon Richard Caborn, Minister for Sport, has pledged to help Silverstone save the British Grand Prix. He was joined by BRDC President Damon Hill on the stage at Autosport International.
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CONWAY TO JOIN SUPER NOVA
Sutton Motorsport Images supported British F3 champion Mike Conway is to step up to the GP2 Series for 2007 with Super Nova. His team mate will be Luca Filippi.
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SEAT CONFIRM TURNER AND PLATO FOR BTCC
SEAT Sport UK have announced that Darren Turner will join Jason Plato as a team mate for the 2007 BTCC season.
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TOYOTA TO PRESENT CAR TO FIA INSTITUTE
Toyota will present a TF105 show car to the FIA at the FIA Institute Safety Summit at Paul Ricard on 18 January. The car will be used for the international extrication training programme for medical and safety officials who work in single seater racing.
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CARLIN SIGN BIRD FOR F3
Sam Bird is to join Carlin Motorsport for the 2007 British Formula 3 season. Bird previously drove for Carlin in Formula BMW UK.
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09 January 2007

BAHRAIN COMPANY TO BUY INTO MCLAREN
The Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company is intending to buy a 30 percent share in McLaren, taking some of the shares owned by Ron Dennis and Mansour Ojjeh.
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VILLENEUVE SET FOR LE MANS
It has been reported that Jacques Villeneuve will race for Peugeot in the 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours, driving alongside Champ Car Champion Sebastien Bourdais and Ferrari test driver Marc Gene.
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SEPANG TO HOST F1 TEST
Sepang International Circuit is to host three days of F1 testing in March prior to the Malaysian Grand Prix. The test will take place on 27-29 March.
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SCHUMACHER TO HELP RAIKKONEN?
Ferrari could call on the services of former driver Michael Schumacher this year to help Kimi Raikkonen fit into the team, according to Jean Todt.
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NEW MONTEBLANCO CIRCUIT ALMOST COMPLETE
Construction work on the new Monteblanco Circuit in Southern Spain will be completed next month. The circuit, designed by the TN-GPO architecture group, is hoping to host Formula One testing in the future.
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08 January 2007

FIA ANNOUNCE COMMISSION FOR F1 MANUFACTURERS
The FIA have announced the creation of a commission that represents Formula One’s car manufacturers’ views. GPMA chairman Burkhard Goeschel has been invited to head the group of manufacturers while the FIA will be represented by Max Mosely, Charlie Whiting, Tony Purnell and Peter Wright.
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BOBBY HAMILTON 1957-2007
Former NASCAR driver Bobby Hamilton has died after battling neck cancer for nearly a year.
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MONTOYA TESTS A DAYTONA PROTOTYPE
Juan Pablo Montoya has taken part in the official test for the Daytona 24 Hours, ahead of his participation in the event with Ganassi Racing later in the month.
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NEW CAR MAY NOT BE READY FOR FERRARI LAUNCH
Ferrari have announced that they are to hold a launch for the media on Sunday 14 January in Maranello. The bosses and drivers will be present but there are question marks if the car will be ready. Only official Ferrari photographs will be released as photographers are not allowed into the event.
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05 January 2007

GASCOYNE TO END CAREER AT SPYKER?
Spyker Technical Chief Mike Gascoyne has admitted that his exit from Toyota last year hurt his confidence. He has also said that his career may end with Spyker after spending the last 20 years in F1.
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TOP HONOUR AWARDED TO TODT
Ferrari CEO Jean Todt has been awarded France's second highest honour, the Légion d’honneur, in recognition for his work with the Italian team.
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04 January 2007

NEW RECRUITS FOR GP MASTERS
Former Grand Prix stars Johnny Herbert, Alessandro Nannini, Roberto Moreno and Raul Boesel are to join the GP Masters series this year.
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BERGER IN NO RUSH TO NAME 2007 STR DRIVER LINE UP
Scuderia Toro Rosso team co-owner Gerhard Berger is under no pressure to name the 2007 team driver line up. Berger has stated however that current drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed remain the current favourites.
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ECCLESTONE LISTED THIRD IN GREY POWER LIST
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has been named as the world's third most powerful senior citizen in a survey by Virgin Mobile. He is behind Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough.
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03 January 2007

FRANCHITTI TO REMAIN WITH ANDRETTI GREEN
Dario Franchitti is to remain with Andretti Green Racing in the IRL Indycar Series this year. This will be his fifth consecutive year with the team in the series.
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GRONHOLM TO END HIS CAREER AT FORD?
Marcus Gronholm has said he will quit the World Rally Championship if he wins the title this year.
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LOEB TO RACE AT LE MANS FOR FREE?
It is reported that World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb has offered to drive for Pescarolo Sport for free at the 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours, to help the underfunded team's finances.
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DONINGTON PARK LEASE SOLD
Donington Park is in the process of selling its lease to a mystery consortium of motorsport enthusiasts.
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SCHUMACHER CELEBRATES HIS 38TH BIRTHDAY
Michael Schumacher is celebrating his 38th birthday today, his first since officially retiring from Formula One.
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MARCO HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO REACH F1
F1 legend Mario Andretti believes that his grandson Marco can make a successful transition to Formula One after the 19-year olds first test in late 2006.
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02 January 2007

SAKON YAMAMOTO SIGNS AS SECOND TEST DRIVER FOR SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM
Aguri Suzuki and the Super Aguri F1 Team have confirmed their continuing relationship with Japanese driver Sakon Yamamoto who will take on the position of second test driver in 2007.
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