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Features for January 2009
29 January 2009

BTCC RETURN FOR VOLVO?
After a ten-year hiatus, Swedish manufacturer Volvo are planning a return to the BTCC with a pair of bioethanol-fuelled C30's. Volvo famously competed in the series with 850 estates in the mid-1990's.
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ISC TO CONTINUE AS WRC PROMOTERS
The FIA have announced that International Sportsworld Communicators will continue in their role as WRC promoters in a new ten-year deal. ISC was formerly owned by Prodrive's David Richards.
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WILLIAMS AND TOYOTA QUESTIONED ON DIFFUSERS
F1 Teams are to to ask the FIA for a rule clarification on the Williams FW31 and Toyota Tf109 diffusers.
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HONDA REQUEST GOVERNMENT HELP
According to the Guardian newspaper the Honda F1 Team at Brackley have approached the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for a tax payers bail out.
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28 January 2009

ADAM KHAN ANNOUNCED AS RENAULT DRIVER
Renault F1 have appointed 23-year-old Briton Adam Khan to spearhead the team's demonstration activities for 2009.
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NEW SAFETY CAR RULES CONFIRMED BY FIA
The FIA have changed the F1 Safety Car regulations for 2009. New software tests that would end the need for the pit lane to be closed during the early part of safety car periods has proved successful.
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27 January 2009

ING TO REDUCE F1 SPONSORSHIP
Renault F1 title sponsor ING have announced that they will reduce their F1 sponsorship commitments. The Dutch insurance company is expected to make a huge loss and shed thousands of jobs.
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25 January 2009

REUTEMANN FOR PRESIDENT?
Reports from Argentina suggest that former F1 ace Carlos Reutemann will run for President in 2011.
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21 January 2009

LEWIS MAKES MP4-24 DEBUT
Lewis Hamilton has made his debut in the new McLaren MP4-24 at Portimao today, and has also debuted the 2009 McLaren rear wing.
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ALONSO DEBUT IN R29
Fernando Alonso has made his track debut in the Renault R29 in the Algarve today.
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TF109 DEBUT FOR GLOCK
Timo Glock has driven the Toyota TF109 for the first time in Portugal today.
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20 January 2009

BMW SAUBER F1.09 FIRST RUN
Robert Kubica has given the BMW Sauber F1.09 it's track debut in Valencia today.
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BMW SAUBER F1.09 DETAIL
Technical detail images of the newly launched BMW Sauber F1.09.
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BMW SAUBER DRIVER PORTRAITS
Portraits of BMW Sauber drivers Robert Kubica, Nick Heidfeld and Christian Klien.
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ROSBERG MAKES FW31 DEBUT
Nico Rosberg has taken his first run in the Williams FW31 in the Algarve today.
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TRULLI MAKES TF109 DEBUT
Jarno Trulli has made his first run in the Toyota TF109 today.
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RENAULT DRIVER DEVELOPMENT 2009 PROGRAMME
Renault have announced that Davide Valsecchi, Charles Pic and Marco Sorensen will take part in the 2009 Driver Development Programme.
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19 January 2009

RENAULT DRIVER PORTRAITS
Official portraits of Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jr.
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RENAULT R29 FIRST RUN
Nelson Piquet has given the Renault R29 its debut run in the Algarve today.
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WILLIAMS FW31 FIRST RUN
Nico Hulkenberg has given the Williams FW31 it's track debut at the Algarve today.
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RENAULT R29 DETAIL
A close up look at the Renault R29.
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WILLLIAMS FW31 DETAIL
A detailed look at the new Williams Fw31.
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MCLAREN MP4-24 FIRST RUN
Pedro De La Rosa is giving the new McLaren it's first public test in the Algarve today. However, the car appears to be running with last years rear wing.
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16 January 2009

DENNIS STEPS DOWN AS MCLAREN TEAM PRINCIPAL
Ron Dennis has announced he is stepping down as McLaren Team Principal from March 1st. He will though remain as Chief Executive of the McLaren Group.
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WHITMARSH NEW TEAM PRINCIPAL AT MCLAREN
Martin Whitmarsh will be the new Team Principal at McLaren when Ron Dennis steps down from the position on March 1st.
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MCLAREN MERCEDES MP4-24 DETAIL
Detail images of the newly launched McLaren Mercedes MP4-24.
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15 January 2009

TOYOTA CONFIRMS PARTNERSHIP WITH RE/MAX EUROPE
Toyota F1 has confirmed a new partnership with RE/MAX Europe, the provider of real estate services in 38 European countries.
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ECCLESTONE VISITS FERRARI SKI EVENT
F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone has paid a visit to Ferrari's Wrooom ski press event in the Italian Alps today.
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MARMORINI LEAVES TOYOTA
Toyota have announced that Luca Marmorini, the head of their F1 engine development, has left the company. He will be replaced by Kazuo Takeuchi.
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13 January 2009

MERCEDES COULD HELP HONDA
Mercedes motorsport director Norbert Haug has told the media that the manufacturer could offer a supply of engines to the Honda team providing the new owners could guarantee a safe financial package.
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POWER TO SUBSTITUTE FOR CASTRONEVES AT PENSKE
Indycar's Team Penske have confirmed that Australian Will Power will substitute for Helio Castroneves whilst the Brazilian prepares for his upcoming court case.
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MOTOGP TO MOVE BRITISH EVENT TO SILVERSTONE
MotoGP are set to announce that the British Grand Prix will move to Silverstone from 2010 after many years at Donington Park.
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12 January 2009

AINSLEY-COWLISHAW TO FERRARI
Former Super Aguri F1 Team Manager, Mick Ainsley-Cowlishaw, has moved to Ferrari where he will be in charge of assembly alongside Diego Ioverno.
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RIVOLA TO FERRARI
Former Minardi and Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Manager Massimo Rivola has been recruited by Ferrari to be in charge of logistics.
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10 January 2009

GIRLS AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL
There is plenty of glamour at this years Autosport International show.
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09 January 2009

TORO ROSSO ANNOUNCE BUEMI FOR 2009
Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi has secured a race drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2009 season it has been announced today.
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SEBASTIEN BUEMI CAREER HISTORY
We take a look back at the career of Sebastien Buemi.
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BLOODHOUND SSC ADVENTURE UNVEILED TO THE MEDIA
Former land speed record holder Richard Noble presented his new Bloodhound SSC project to the media today at Autosport International. The project aims to break the world land speed record by achieving 1,000mph.
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NICK FRY INTERESTED IN HONDA BUYOUT?
According to reports today current Honda F1 Racing CEO Nick Fry has expressed an interest in possibly purchasing the team.
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FOTA MEET AND SUCCESSFULLY AGREE COST REDUCING INITIATIVES
The FOTA Executive Committee yesterday met at Heathrow and agreed on a raft of future F1 cost cutting measures, primarily in aerodynamics, engines and transmission systems.
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KAWASAKI CONFIRM MOTOGP PULLOUT
As expected, Kawasaki have confirmed their decision to pull out of MotoGP with immediate effect.
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08 January 2009

MOTORLAND ARAGON EAGER FOR F1 TESTING ROLE
The bosses behind Motorland Aragon, a circuit currently under construction in northern Spain, are keen to host Formula One Testing in the future. The circuit plans were displayed at Autosport International.
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RICHARDS RULES HIMSELF OUT OF HONDA BUYOUT
David Richards has officially pulled out of the running to buy the Honda Racing team. Richards was linked to a Honda buyout late last year after talking to Middle Eastern investors.
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SINGAPORE TO REVISE TRACK FOR 2009
Despite the Singapore Grand Prix being a huge success the organisers are to make revisions to the track, in particular turn 10, in order to make overtaking easier.
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07 January 2009

BRUNDLE RELINQUISHES 2MB ROLE
Martin Brundle is to leave 2MB and will concentrate solely on his television career. His 2MB partner Mark Blundell will take over sole ownership of the driver management company.
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WEBBER EXPECTS TO BE FIT FOR RB5 LAUNCH
Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber, who broke his right leg in a bicycle accident late last year, expects to be fit for the launch and testing of the new RB5 on the 9th February.
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06 January 2009

FERRARI TO REINSTATE PIT STOP LIGHTS
Ferrari are to re-introduce their controversial pit stop lights for 2009 after making modifications to the system. The lights were blamed for a number of pit stop blunders in 2008.
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05 January 2009

GILLETT POSITIVE ABOUT DONINGTON PLANNING PERMISSION
A decision about Donington Park's planning permission is set to be announced on Thursday. Circuit boss Simon Gillett is optimistic about securing permission after the local council spoke of the benefits a Grand Prix would bring to the region.
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