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Features for March 2007
31 March 2007

SUTTON FINISHES SECOND ON FIRST PORSCHE OUTING
Sutton Motorsport Images supported driver James Sutton has finished second on his first race in the Porsche Carerra UK Cup at Brands Hatch today.
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ASCANELLI JOINS TORO ROSSO
Gianni Ascanelli will join Scuderia Toro Rosso as their new Technical Director. Ascanelli has moved to the Toro Rosso from the Maserati sportscar team but has previously engineered Gerhard Berger, Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet.
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30 March 2007

MELBOURNE THRU THE LENS
Veteran Formula 1 photographer Mark Sutton picks his favourite images from the Australian Grand Prix weekend and explains the story behind them.
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F1 TO OUTLAW TRACTION CONTROL IN 2008
The FIA has approved the banning of traction control in Formula One from 2008. The move has the approval of all the F1 teams and will now be easier to police as standard ECU boxes are being supplied to the teams.
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GROOVED TYRES TO REMAIN IN F1
The FIA will not re-introduce slick tyres to Formula One in 2008.
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NEWMAN/HAAS/LANIGAN CONFIRM RAHAL
Graham Rahal, son of Bobby Rahal, has been confirmed as a 2007 driver for the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Champ Car team.
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29 March 2007

2008 FRENCH GP IN DOUBT
The French motorsport federation, the FFSA, has suspended the French Grand Prix's place on the 2008 F1 calendar because "the conditions of a successful event are not guaranteed".
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FOUR MIRRORS FOR HAMILTON
McLaren have been running with four rear view mirrors on the car of Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia today.
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28 March 2007

MINARDI CONFIRM 2007 CHAMP CAR DRIVERS
The Minardi Team USA Champ Car team have named their 2007 driver line up. Robert Doornbos and Dan Clarke will drive for the team this year. Clarke stays on from CTE Racing HVM, the team that Minardi bought.
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FIA TO INVESTIGATE FLEXING FLOORS
The FIA are to look at the floors of the Ferrari and BMW Sauber F1 cars that allegedly flex and could be considered as moveable devices. McLaren engineer Paddy Lowe brought the matter to the FIA's attention after requesting permission to apply the technology to their MP4-22.
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HILL TO DRIVE MINARDI TWO-SEATER?
Damon Hill is in negotiations to drive a Minardi F1x2 car at the GPlive event at Donington in May. Damon Hill drove one of Paul Stoddarts F1x2 cars at Thunder in the Park in 2002.
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BRIDGESTONE TYRE MARKINGS
Bridgestone have been experimenting with different tyre markings in Malaysia, to find an easy way for spectators to differentiate between compounds. Yesterdays test with a red dot proved unsuccessful.
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27 March 2007

VALENCIA GIVEN ALL CLEAR FOR STREET RACE PREPARATIONS
Construction work is due to begin on a F1 standard street circuit to be built in Valencia after the Valencian Government gave the go ahead for the project. No F1 race has been green-lighted for Valencia at present but McLaren recently gave a demonstration around its streets.
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POINTS FINISH FOR KAZEEM AT SEASON OPENER
Sutton Motorsport Images supported Kazeem Manzur was the youngest driver to score points at the opening round of the 2007 Italian Open Masters Karting Championship.
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23 March 2007

DTM RETURN FOR PAFFETT
2005 DTM champion Gary Paffett will make his return to the series with Mercedes-Benz this year. He will drive a year-old car for the Persson Motorsport team.
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RACING RETURN FOR KARTHIKEYAN
Current Williams F1 test driver and former Jordan Grand Prix driver Narain Karthikeyan will compete in the new Speedcar stock car series that is due to start later this year. The Speedcar Series will pit 24 identical 600bhp cars against each other on tracks across Asia and the Middle East.
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21 March 2007

HERBERT BACK TO LE MANS
Former winner Johnny Herbert will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours this year with Aston Martin.
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20 March 2007

BMW REASSIGN ZANDER
BMW Sauber Chief Designer Jorg Zander has been relocated from the teams chassis department to their powertrain division in a bid to curb the cars unreliability.
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19 March 2007

HAMILTON STUNS ON DEBUT
Lewis Hamilton had a spectacular F1 debut. He qualified fourth, made a stunning overtaking move at the start and finished his first GP with a third place podium result.
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18 March 2007

Australian Grand Prix

Celebrations
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Podium
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Parc Ferme
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Finish
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Pit Stops
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Incidents
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Start
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Grid
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Driver's Parade
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KYLIE AND DANNII AT THE AUSTRALIAN GP
Australian singing siblings Kylie and Dannii Minogue were present on the grid at Melbourne.
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START OF TERM
The F1 drivers have lined up for their annual start of term photo this morning in Melbourne.
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HONDA TEAM PHOTO
Honda have lined up in pit lane for their team photo today.
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ATMOSPHERE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
All the atmosphere from Melbourne.
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GIRLS IN MELBOURNE
All the glamour from the Australian Grand Prix.
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VIP'S IN MELBOURNE
All the VIP's at the Australian Grand Prix.
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HOLLINGS SHOWING THE WAY DOWN UNDER
Brit driver Charlie Hollings has taken a first and two further podium places in the Formula Three races supporting the Australian Grand Prix.
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17 March 2007

HAWKINS AND RUPPRATH VISIT TOYOTA
Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins and World Champion swimmer Thomas Rupprath have visited the Toyota team today.
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SLATER AND WARNE VISIT MCLAREN
Surfing Star Kelly Slater and cricket legend Shane Warne have visited the McLaren team today.
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PIT WALL GANTRIES
A look at the 2007 F1 pit wall gantries.
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16 March 2007

EARTH LIVERY TAKES TO THE TRACK
Honda's Earth livery has made its track debut today in Melbourne Practice.
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15 March 2007

F1 DRIVERS HELMETS
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OFFICIAL DRIVER PORTRAITS
The F1 drivers have lined up for their official 2007 portraits.
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SPYKER ANNOUNCE ETIHAD
Spyker have announced Etihad as a new sponsor in Melbourne.
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SHELL PRESS CONFERENCE
Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa have attended a Shell Press Conference in Melbourne today.
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ALONSO AND HAMILTON SUPPORT YOUNG TALENT
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have met Australian young talent Chris Hayes at the Stoke House today.
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THINK BEFORE YOU DRIVE CAMPAIGN
Ralf Schumacher has turned out in support of the "Think Before You Drive" campaign in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens today.
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JENSON AND RUBENS GO BACK TO SCHOOL
Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button have helped Albert Park Primary School with an energy saving initiative today.
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14 March 2007

SUPER AGURI UNVEIL SA07
Super Aguri F1 Team have unveiled their new challenger for the 2007 season, the SA07, today in Melbourne.
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MELBOURNE ZOO VISIT
Anthony Davdison has visited Mellow the Koala Bear at Melbourne Zoo today.
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MOTLEY CRUE VISIT TORO ROSSO
Motley Crue band members Tommy Lee and Lukas Rossi have visited Scott Speed today in the Toro Rosso garage.
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RALF GOES OFF ROADING
Ralf Schumacher has driven a range of Toyota 4 x 4 vehicles through the bush at The Werribee 4WD Park.
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13 March 2007

AFL V F1 FITNESS COMPARISON
Franck Montagny and St. Kilda AFL player Nick Riewoldt have undergone fitness tests at the Langham Hotel in Melbourne today.
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AERIAL VIEWS OF MELBOURNE
Looking down on the City of Melbourne and Albert Park.
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PIT STOP TENNIS PRO-AM TOURNAMENT
Mark Webber and other stars of Formula One have taken part in their annual Pit Stop Tennis Pro-Am Tournament in aid of charity.
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AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY
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12 March 2007

MICHELIN TO SUE FIA
Michelin have launched legal proceedings against the FIA alleging "irregularities in the tender process" of sole tyre supply to the WRC. Pirelli won the tender despite Michelin supplying all works teams in the WRC under their BF Goodrich brand. The FIA have yet to comment.
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QUANTAS TO SUPPORT AUSTRALIAN GP
Australian airline Quantas are to be secondary sponsors for the 2007 ING Australian Grand Prix.
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DAVID RICHARDS BUYS ASTON MARTIN
David Richards has been successful in his bid for Aston Martin. Richards and a consortium made up of Kuwaiti investors have bought the marque for £470m. Prodrive currently build the Aston Martin DBR9 for racing.
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09 March 2007

SCHUMACHER THE TEAM BOSS?
It has been reported that Michael Schumacher is considering a return to F1 as a team boss. His manager Willi Weber has suggested he may buy the Toro Rosso team from Dietrich Mateschitz and Gerhard Berger.
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BACK THE BRITS!
Silverstone has asked the British public to support the four British drivers at this year's British Grand Prix by launching their "Back the Brits" campaign.
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08 March 2007

HONDA RACING F1 TEAM SIGNS MIKE CONWAY
2006 British F3 champion and Sutton Motorsport Images supported GP2 driver Mike Conway is to join the Honda F1 team as a test driver.
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07 March 2007

A1-RING TO BE REBUILT?
There are reports that Red Bull, Volkswagen and Audi are to invest in a rebuild of the A1-Ring in Austria to grand prix standard. The circuit has been out of use since a previous attempt to rebuild it by Dietrich Mateschitz failed.
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05 March 2007

PREMAT SIGNS FOR AUDI
Frenchman Alexandre Premat has signed for Audi and will compete in the 2007 DTM Series.
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HONDA PLAN MODIFIED RA107 FOR MALAYSIA
Honda technical director Shuhei Nakamoto has said that the RA107 will run with revamped aero and mechanical changes at the Malaysian GP after admitting a lack of performance with the current car.
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02 March 2007

SAF1 ANNOUNCE NEW CAR LAUNCH DATE
The Super Aguri F1 Team will launch their 2007 car on the 14th March in Melbourne. The team, who have been testing an interim car, are "working relentlessly" to finish their new car.
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01 March 2007

MUBADALA TO PAY US$50M TO HOST ABU DHABI GP
Abu Dhabi investment company Mubadala have agreed to pay a franchise fee of US$50m to the FOM to host the Abu Dhabi GP in 2009. The deal, linked with a Ferrari theme park, has been assisted by sponsorship agent Luciano Secchi.
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$1.6BN NEEDED TO DEVELOP F1 THEME PARKS
Dubai-based company United Properties are to borrow $1.6bn to develop their planned F1 based theme parks. The first, in Dubai, will cost $360 million and a second is planned in Europe. This was confirmed by CEO Simon Azzam.
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BAHAR TO JOIN FERRARI?
Dany Bahar, right hand man to Dietrich Mateschitz at Red Bull, is rumoured to be leaving the company to join Ferrari.
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