by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 104
SILVERSTONE say the construction of their new pits and paddock complex in time for the 2011 British Grand Prix is running on schedule and should be completed by May, as the track looks to celebrate the second race on their 17-year contract with sparkling new facilities. If everything goes to plan, the F1 paddock will move from the crumbling structure on the current start/finish straight to a state-of-the-art pits building between Club and Abbey. Race organisers are hoping the new facility will help rubberstamp Silverstone's position as a premier racing destination and Britain's home of motorsport, with new garages, a race control building, flexible conference and exhibition space, a new podium, media centre, hospitality and VIP spectator zones all due to be delivered in the new complex. All construction work is due to be completed by May 2011, two months before the legendary Grand Prix gets underway on 10 July. “ We are on schedule to meet our self-imposed completion date of May 2011,” said Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited. “ This pioneering development, and the redevelopment of Silverstone at large, will provide a world-class facility where all forms of motor sport can be celebrated in style – by competitors and spectators alike. “As the iconic building on the circuit, the new Pit, Paddock and Conference Complex will reaffirm Silverstone's position as a premier racing destination and our status as a global leader.” The new pits and paddock building measures 350 metres in length and, by its completion, will have taken 54 weeks to build, totalling 260,000 man hours. The build project is requiring 3,540 cubic metres of concrete, 1,200 tonnes of steel and 8,000 tonnes of tarmac. new Silverstone pits on schedule for May completion n Ferrari’s Felipe Massa says he appreciates the support that president Luca di Montezemolo is giving him, as he battles to get back on form for the final three races. Massa has scored just four points in the last two races and crashed out on the first lap in Japan, but insists he is still getting the support from his team. “Knowing he [di Montezemolo] has faith in me is something I truly appreciate: he has an excellent understanding of the sport and he knows that you can sometimes go through tough times,” said Massa n Lotus Racing are expected to confirm Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen for 2011 shortly, with an announcement expected before the Korean Grand Prix. Both drivers have three-year deals with the team, but the uncertainty surrounding Trulli has now lifted, clearing the way for the imminent announcement. If confirmed, 2011 will be Trulli’s 15th in the sport and Kovalainen’s fifth. n Some teams have expressed concerns that the recently-laid surface on the Korean International Circuit may not be suitable for running, as the sport descends on the hastily-completed track this weekend. While some are concerned that the track may prove too oily to run, others are worried that the F1 cars may damage the surface, as happened in Montreal in 2008. Tyre supplier Bridgestone have not expressed any concerns publicly. n Formula One will not return to the African continent for at least another four years – that’s the view of FIA president Jean Todt. Africa is currently the only continent not on the annual calendar, while Europe remains best-represented. “At the moment it's only some rumours about some interest for some countries in Africa to organize a Formula One event but I don't see any opportunity in the next three to five years,” Todt said on a visit to Kenya, as the country looks to return to the WRC calendar. n Williams conducted one of their six days of straightline testing at Kemble airfield on Wednesday last week, although all its work was aimed at the 2011 car. A raft of regulation changes are coming into effect next year, including the return of KERS, new tyres and a moveable rear wing, making swift preparation for the season even more important. The team’s reserve driver Valtteri Bottas was behind the wheel. Short Straights MEXICO’s Sergio Perez is looking forward to partnering former GP2 Asia Series champion Kamui Kobayashi at Sauber next season, after making his first official visit to the team’s Hinwil factory last week. The 20-year-old made the trip in preparation for his first F1 test with the team next month in Abu Dhabi. “I know him a little from GP2 where we were both racing in 2009. I think he is a great driver, I rate him highly,” said Perez of Kobayashi. “ He has also done some really impressive racing in Formula One, so I think he will be a ver y good benchmark for me. We have to work together and develop the car in order to achieve the best possible results.” Perez revealed that he would be moving to live close to the factory in order to spend as much time as possible with his team in his rookie season. Moving to Switzerland also means he can avail of the country’s low income tax rates for racing drivers. “I came here to meet my future team and also to find out where I am going to live here. I want to be very close to the factory and to spend as much time as possible with them in my first season,” he said. “I'm looking forward to having this experience and succeeding with the Sauber team. I think they're a great bunch of people; they received me very, very well, and I am really happy.” Perez was also stunned by the team’s impressive factory: “It is a great factory, it is really huge,” he continued. “It seems that here you've got all the environment and resources which are needed to build a competitive Formula One car and to succeed. I hope everything goes well with preparations for the next season, and then we should have a good car.” new recruit Perez visits Sauber 10