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Features for February 2009
28 February 2009

FORCE INDIA TEAM PERSONNEL PORTRAITS
2009 Force India F1 team portraits.
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FORCE INDIA F1 HELMETS
Studio images of the Force India F1 drivers helmets.
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SPEEDCAR SERIES TEAM PHOTOS
The Speedcar Series competitors have lined up for their team shots in the Dubai pitlane today.
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DUBAI F1-X THEME PARK SUSPENDED
The construction of the worlds first F1 Theme Park, F1-X in Dubai, has been suspended by Union Properties due to the current financial market.
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27 February 2009

HONDA MOVE CLOSER TO TEAM BUYOUT
According to reports, formal paperwork is being prepared ahead of a management buyout of the Honda team that will be confirmed during the next fortnight.
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FIA SET TO ANNOUNCE RADICAL CHANGES TO SAFEGUARD FUTURE OF F1
The FIA are set to announce radical changes to reduce costs and make Formula One more attractive to new teams from 2010 onwards. The announcement is due in March.
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DRIVERS AGREE TO PAY SUPERLICENCES
To avoid distription at the start of the season the F1 drivers have agreed to pay their increased Super licence fees for 2009.
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KAWASAKI COMMIT TO MELANDRI & MOTOGP
Kawasaki have committed to MotoGP for 2009 with one bike for Marco Melandri. Melandri is currently competing in the Speedcar Series Event in Dubai.
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26 February 2009

BRIDGESTONE ANNOUNCE 2009 F1 TYRE SPECIFICATIONS
Sole F1 tyre supplier Bridgestone have announced the compound allocations for the first five rounds of the 2009 season. Softer compounds will be recognisable by a light green band around the tyre wall.
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RBS CONFIRM F1 PULL OUT IN 2010
Following record corporate losses Royal Bank of Scotland have confirmed they will not renew their Williams sponsorship deal when it expires at the end of 2010.
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VILLENEUVE OUT OF DUBAI SPEEDCAR
Jacques Villeneuve has been forced to withdraw from this weekends Speedcar Series event due to food poisoning.
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TORO ROSSO NEW CAR DEBUT DELAYED
Shakedown plans for the new Torro Rosso STR4 are rumoured to be running behind schedule.
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25 February 2009

WINDSHEAR WIND TUNNEL
USF1 will be using the state of the art Windshear Wind Tunnel in North Carolina for the development of their F1 challenger.
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24 February 2009

A1GP BOSS PLANNING F1 ENTRY
A1GP CEO Tony Teixeira is interested in entering a new Formula One team and has hinted that its base would be in Portugal and that he would have the full support of the Portuguese government.
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23 February 2009

GRONHOLM BACK FOR RALLY PORTUGAL
Marcus Gronholm will make his WRC return on Rally Portugal in a Prodrive run Subaru Impreza.
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MELANDRI CONTINUES WITH SPEEDCAR
Former MotoGP rider Marco Melandri will return to the Speedcar Series for the forthcoming Dubai round following his impressive debut in Qatar.
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HONDA ADMITS "NO SERIOUS" BUYERS FOR F1 TEAM
Outgoing Honda CEO Takeo Fukui has admitted that "no serious" offer has been found for their F1 team. This is despite an offer of help by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Also, proposed engine supplier Mercedes-Benz needs notice by the end of today that funds are in place for 2009.
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HONDA PRESIDENT AND CEO TO RETIRE
Honda's President and Chief Executive Officer Takeo Fukui is set to retire in June.
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ITALIAN AUTHORITIES DRAW LINE UNDER MCLAREN SPYGATE
The Italian authorities have concluded their legal action relating to the 2007 McLaren spying affair that involved Mike Coughlan and other senior McLaren engineers.
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NIKI LAUDA TURNS 60
Former F1 world champion Niki Lauda celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday.
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21 February 2009

MASSA VISITS A1GP
Ferrari's Felipe Massa has visited the A1GP paddock in South Africa today. Ferrari currently supply A1GP with chassis and engines.
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20 February 2009

WILLIAMS AGAINST WIND TUNNEL RESTRICTIONS
Team owner Sir Frank Williams is against the cost-cutting restrictions on F1 wind tunnel use as he fears his team could be at a disadvantage.
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18 February 2009

HONDA CONFIRM VIRGIN INTEREST
Honda have confirmed that Virgin are one of the parties interested in buying their F1 Team.
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SILVERSTONE UNVEILS CIRCUIT CHANGES
Silverstone Circuits Limited has unveiled plans for a number of modifications to the track ahead of the 2010 British MotoGP, which will take place at the Northamptonshire circuit.
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17 February 2009

VIRGIN F1?
Richard Branson's Virgin Group are the latest name mentioned in connection with the Honda F1 operation. Former BAR founder and shareholder Adrian Reynard is also named as having a possible involvement.
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16 February 2009

PETROBRAS RULES OUT HONDA INVOLVEMENT
Brazilian oil company Petrobras has ruled out any involvement in plans to save the troubled Honda F1 team.
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ING TO PULL OUT OF F1
Renault F1 title sponsor ING have announced that they will leave the team and F1 at the end of 2009. The Dutch insurance company has suffered in the current economic climate and the company says that they have achieved their aims of brand awareness in F1.
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PATRICK TO TEST FOR US F1?
The fledgling US F1 team have admitted that they would be very keen to test IndyCar race winner Danica Patrick in the future.
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14 February 2009

MARCO MELANDRI MAKES SPEEDCAR DEBUT
MotoGP rider Marco Melandri has made his Speedcar debut at this weekend's round in Qatar, and has taken Pole Position in race two.
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LOSAIL INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT INFRASTRUCTURE
Photographs of the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
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13 February 2009

SENNA TO DRIVE FOR HONDA?
Bruno Senna has allegedly signed for the Honda F1 Racing Team and will partner Jenson Button. An announcement about the teams future is due but it is expected that Petrobras will support the team and that Mercedes-Benz engines will be used.
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NEWEY UNCERTAIN ON F1 FUTURE
Red Bull Racing designer Adrian Newey has admitted that F1's restrictive technical regulations have caused him to evaluate his future in the sport.
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DAVIDSON JOINS BBC 5 LIVE
Former Super Aguri F1 driver Anthony Davidson is to join the BBC 5 Live radio commentary team full time this year.
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SATO IN TALKS OVER RED BULL RESERVE ROLE
Having recently lost out on a drive to Sebastien Bourdais at Toro Rosso, it appears that Takuma Sato is in talks with Red Bull over the possibility of a reserve driver role within the team.
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US F1 TO LAUNCH ON 24 FEBRUARY
The newly announced US F1 team will be launched on the Speed TV channel on the 24 February according to journalist Peter Windsor.
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12 February 2009

SOLBERG STARTS OWN WRC TEAM
Former WRC champion Petter Solberg, who lost his drive following Subaru's withdrawal from the series, has created his own WRC team to run a Citroen Xsara in the remainder of this year's Championship.
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11 February 2009

PARENTE JOINS QI-MERITUS IN QATAR
The Qi-Meritus GP2 Series team have announced that Alvaro Parente will partner Marco Bonanomi in Qatar this weekend.
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SANDSTORMS STOP TESTING IN BAHRAIN
F1 testing has been halted in Bahrain as the track has been hit by Sandstorms.
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WEBBER RETURNS TO COCKPIT
Mark Webber has made his return to the cockpit in Jerez today following his broken leg in November.
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10 February 2009

ALEX ALBON TAKES FOURTH IN WSK OPENER
Sutton Motorsport Images supported Alex Albon took fourth place in the opening round of the 2009 WSK KF3 Karting Championship.
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CROFT LOSES NOISE CASE APPEAL
Croft Circuit in the North East of England has had its noise case appeal rejected by a judge. The circuit will now have to slash its activities to only 40-days per year and pay nearly £1m in compensation and damages to the complainants.
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09 February 2009

RED BULL RACING RB5 DETAIL
A close look at the new Red Bull Racing RB5.
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RED BULL RACING PORTRAITS
Driver and team portraits from today's launch.
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TURKISH GP FUTURE IN DOUBT?
Reports in the Turkish press suggest that the long term future of the Turkish GP is in doubt when it's deal with F1 expires in 2011.
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06 February 2009

BOURDAIS CONFIRMED AT TORO ROSSO
Sebastien Bourdais has been confirmed to drive alongside Sebastian Buemi at Scuderia Toro Rosso for 2009.
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TOYOTA & WILLIAMS DIFFUSERS CLEARED
According to Max Mosley the rear diffusers of both the new Toyota and Williams have been declared legal.
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05 February 2009

MAX MOSLEY PONDERS ANOTHER TERM
FIA President Max Mosley has suggested he may run for another term as President of the FIA.
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NO MORE GP2 FOR SENNA
Bruno Senna has announced he will not return to the GP2 Series in 2009, preferring to hold out for an F1 option.
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04 February 2009

MADE IN AMERICA
Reports on the Internet suggest that USF1, a US-based F1 Team is poised to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2010. Former Williams Team Manager Peter Windsor and former Ligier Technical Director Ken Anderson are believed to be attached to the project.
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03 February 2009

OCEAN RACING TECHNOLOGY SIGN CHANDHOK
Ocean Racing Technology have announced Karun Chandhok for the 2009 GP2 Championship.
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02 February 2009

TESTING U-TURN?
F1 Teams are believed to be discussing reversing their own FOTA decision to ban in-season testing this season due to the extra demands of the KERS systems.
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01 February 2009

TEDDY MAYER 1935 - 2009
Teddy Mayer, one of the founders of the McLaren team and its leader throughout the 1970s, has died at the age of 73.
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