Friday, 31 May 2013

2010 Opel Insignia OPC Spied

2010 Opel Insignia OPC Spied
2010 Opel Insignia OPC Spied - Latest News, Features, and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
We catch engineers testing a 2010 Opel Insignia OPC - a midsize sedan that may move as well as it looks.

Hot on the heels of the new-for-2009 Opel Insignia, engineers are busy prepping an Insignia OPC version that promises to be hot on the street.


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Photo Gallery: 2010 Opel Insignia OPC Spied - Latest News, Features, and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2010/0809_2010_opel_insignia_opc/index.html

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2007 Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

2007 Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon
2007 Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
Alfa could be bringing the 159 Sportwagon to the US. Check it out here.

The attractive Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon is derived from the recently introduced 159 sedan, and the overall length remains the same at 183.5 inches. To give a sense of size, that's roughly the same length as a Saab 9-3 SportCombi or an Acura TSX. The Sportwagon will ride on a control-arm front suspension and a multilink setup at the rear, and its power will come from one of six powerplants, including three gasoline engines that range in output from 160 hp to 260 hp and three turbo-diesels that will produce anywhere from 120 hp to 200 hp. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a six-speed manu-matic, and 260-hp versions can be had with all-wheel drive.


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Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_alfa_romeo_159_sportwagon/index.html

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Custom Mercedes-Benz Vans Are The Maybachs of Minivans

Only a Rolls-Royce is more luxurious.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/custom-mercedes-benz-vans-are-the-maybachs-of-minivans-226971.html

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F1 2012 Championship Standings after United States GP

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Drivers ask FIA to give them a say in rule-making | 2013 F1 season

Drivers urged the FIA to ensure racing is policed consistently and to give them a voice in the rule making process at the first Drivers' Commission meeting.

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Robert Kubica Could Be Ruled Out For At Least A Year Following Accident

Polish racing driver Robert Kubica will spend at least one whole year recovering from a rally crash he suffered this morning, according to his surgeon. Kubica, who races for Renault Lotus crashed the Skoda Fabia rally car this morning and was airlifted to hospital suffering serious injuries. He has spent many hours in surgery, with [...]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/robert-kubica-cold-be-ruled-out-for-at-least-a-year-following-accident/

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2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid First Look

2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid First Look
2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid First Look - Automobile Magazine
Infiniti's third hybrid.

Presently, the number of Infiniti hybrid models stands at one, but that figure will triple for the 2014 model year. In addition to the Q70 Hybrid (nee M35h) that's presently on sale, the new Q50 sedan (formerly known as the G37) will spawn a hybrid variant, and the QX60 crossover -- once known as the JX35 -- will also be offered in hybrid-electric form for 2014.


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Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2013/1303_2014_infiniti_qx60_hybrid/index.html

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BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Concept Unveiled

Unveiled alongside modern tribute to R 90 S motorcycle.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/bmw-pininfarina-gran-lusso-coupe-concept-unveiled-226257.html

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS -New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
The hardcore 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is finally coming to the US! Celebrate with us here.

The GT3 RS is a Porsche 911 for those with no fear. We didn't get the 996-series GT3 RS, but Yankee speed freaks soon will be able to flog the 997-series follow-up. The RS is lighter than the already svelte GT3 thanks to the use of carbon fiber for the car's hood panel and its adjustable rear wing. Wider rear fenders like those from the 911 Carrera 4 cover the RS's increased rear track. Sharing its 415-hp flat six and six-speed manual gearbox with the regular GT3, the RS will be offered with black or silver paint as standard, but buyers can pay extra to have their cars sprayed in funky, 1970s-style shades of orange or green. The 911 GT3 RS hits the track in early 2007.


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Photo Gallery: 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS -New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0609_2007_porsche_911_gt3_rs/index.html

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Team order rule needs a re-think


Jean Todt arives for Wednesday's hearing © Getty Images
Formula One should look at abolishing the controversial ban on team orders after Ferrari escaped further punishment for their manipulation of the German Grand Prix result. That is the view of the Daily Telegraph’s Tom Cary, who is of the opinion that the team orders rule now needs to be seriously looked at because of its obvious shortcomings.
“Whether you are for or against team orders, if the FIA could not back up its own rules and nail a competitor in a blatant case such as this the rule really does need reviewing. Perhaps Ferrari’s thinly-veiled threat to take the matter to the civil courts if they were punished too harshly scared the governing body, who as much as admitted the flimsiness of its rule."
Paul Weaver, reporting for the Guardian in Monza, was in favour of the ruling which keeps alive Ferrari’s slim chances in an enthralling championship.
“The World Motor Sport Council was right not to ruin a compelling Formula One season by taking away the 25 points Alonso collected in Germany. That would have put him out of the five-man title race. But the council was widely expected to increase the fine and possibly deduct points from the team, as opposed to the individual. In the end, it could be argued that common sense prevailed. But the decision will dismay those who were upset by the way Ferrari handled the situation as much as anything else.”
The Daily Mail's Jonathan McEvoy expressed outrage at the FIA tearing up its own rule book by allowing Ferrari to escape unpunished.
"Although the race stewards fined them £65,000 for giving team orders in July, the FIA World Motor Sport Council, to whom the matter was referred, decided not to impose any further punishment. It leaves the sport's rulers open to derision. It was, after all, their rule they undermined. In a statement, the WMSC said the regulation banning team orders 'should be reviewed'."

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/09/team_order_rule_needs_a_rethin_1.php

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2013 Mille Miglia: Epilogue

The end of Jean's Mille Miglia journey.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/2013-mille-miglia-epilogue-226133.html

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid First Look

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid First Look
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid First Look - Automobile Magazine
More MPG, no compromises.

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is the first of the company's vehicles to adopt a new hybrid system that combines a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor-generator to provide power equivalent to a V-6, with better fuel economy. The Pathfinder Hybrid, which debuts at the New York auto show, will eventually be followed by hybrid versions of the Altima and Murano.


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Photo Gallery: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid First Look - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2013/1303_2014_nissan_pathfinder_hybrid/index.html

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Hamilton glory cannot hide the hurt

Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Italian Grand Prix was his second in three races and McLaren’s third in a row, confirming their position as the form team in Formula 1.

They have won nearly twice as many races as any other team this season – their five compare with the three of Ferrari and Red Bull. No-one else has won more than one.

Just as worryingly for their rivals, the last two victories – Hamilton’s on Sunday and Jenson Button’s in Belgium seven days previously – were utterly dominant.

The retirement of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel with his second alternator failure in a race this season also helped Hamilton move into second place in the championship.

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Lewis Hamilton (centre) celebrates winning the Italian GP on the podium with Sergio Perez (left) and Fernando Alonso (right). Photo: Getty 

The 27-year-old may be 37 points behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, but there are 175 still available in the remaining seven races.

Alonso is, by common consent, the stand-out driver of 2012, but Hamilton has also driven a superb season and has almost certainly been second best.

Had it not been for a number of operational problems early in the championship, he may well be leading the championship. Even as it is, he has every chance of making a fight of it to the end of the season.

For a man in such a position, after a strong weekend, Hamilton was in a subdued mood after the race, as indeed he was throughout the four days in Monza.

He insisted that the BBC Sport story in which Eddie Jordan said that Hamilton was on the verge of leaving McLaren and signing for Mercedes had not affected him, but it did not look that way.

Whatever was prompting him to keep his answers short and to the point in his news conferences and television interviews certainly did not affect his driving.

He was in excellent form throughout the three days, tussling with Alonso for the honour of being fastest man at Monza.

And once the Spaniard was put out of the reckoning for victory with a rear anti-roll bar problem that left him in 10th place on the grid, Hamilton always looked odds-on for victory.

His task was made easier when Ferrari’s Felipe Massa beat Button away from the grid and held on to second place, with the McLaren never really hustling as it might have been expected to do, until he made his pit stop on lap 19. By then, Hamilton had the race won.

There was no evidence Button would have been able to challenge his team-mate had he got away in second place.

Button did close a little a few laps after their pit stops, but it was clear Hamilton was measuring his pace, and he let Button get no closer than seven seconds before holding him there until the second McLaren retired with a fuel system problem.

It was a mature, controlled drive, just as were his victories in Canada and Hungary. Alonso, who rates him as his toughest rival, will take the threat from him in the championship very seriously.

All in all, it was a tense weekend at McLaren. The Hamilton/Mercedes story made it a difficult weekend for the team and the relationship between their two drivers is frosty, presumably following Hamilton’s decision to post a picture of confidential team telemetry on the social networking site Twitter on the morning of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Button said he was “surprised and disappointed” by his team-mate’s actions, for which read “seriously hacked off”.

“I didn’t concentrate on it too much,” Button said on his arrival at Monza. “I thought it was important to say how I felt. It’s very easy not to say anything; also if you say something you can clear it up quicker. That was the last race. We’ve moved on from that.”

Perhaps, but the body language between the two men was palpably cool throughout the weekend, and they were not troubling to hide it, even in public arenas such as the restaurant at their hotel.

One night, sitting at adjacent tables, they did not even look at or acknowledge each other, let alone exchange a word.

McLaren insiders were relaxed about the situation, though. They like their drivers to race and a bit of edge focuses their minds, one senior figure pointed out.

Hamilton admitted his victory would have been a lot harder had Alonso qualified on the front row, as he looked certain to do before his problem in qualifying.

As it was, Alonso was forced to salvage what he could from 10th on the grid and, typically, he made the most of the situation.

An aggressive and clinical first few laps go him into fifth place by lap seven, but there his progress halted against the back of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull.

The world champion was robust in his defence, and Alonso was not able to pass before they made their pit stops together on lap 20.

Ferrari’s slick pit work, consistently among the best this season, almost got him out ahead of Vettel, but the Red Bull edged ahead, forcing Alonso to get past on the track.

When he went for the big move, around the outside of Curva Grande at 180mph on lap 26, Vettel unceremoniously barged him on to the grass, the Ferrari bucking scarily as Alonso wrestled for control.

Understandably, he was furious, although he kept his counsel after the race. It was a sure-fire penalty, in the context of a clarification on acceptable driving which was issued verbally to the drivers at the Spanish Grand Prix and then in written form in Canada.

The assumption was that Vettel was getting Alonso back for a similar situation, with roles reversed, in last year’s Italian Grand Prix. That one, in which Vettel passed Alonso with two wheels on the grass, has rankled with the German ever since.

He has brought it up at every opportunity, and this looked very much like revenge.

The difference was that, then, Alonso left Vettel just enough room, and Vettel took to the grass when he could – just – have stayed on the track. This time, Vettel left no room, and his behaviour was clearly unacceptable.

Vettel has the arrogance and self-belief that is required of all great drivers but there is also sometimes a sense of entitlement about him which is less than appealing.

He got this one wrong, and one hopes that when he watches a video of the incident, he will recognise that himself.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/09/lewis_hamiltons_victory_in_the.html

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

2009 Chevrolet Corvette SS ZR1 Blue Devil Spy Shots

2009 Chevrolet Corvette SS ZR1 Blue Devil Spy Shots
2009 Chevrolet Corvette SS ZR1 Blue Devil Spy Shots - Spy Shots and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine
Call it what you want -- Corvette SS, ZR1, or Blue Devil -- but we're finally getting a close look at Chevy's forthcoming supercharged Corvette.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the best pictures yet of the forthcoming Corvette SS. What, you've never heard of the Corvette SS? That's because it's also been called the Corvette Blue Devil. And, more recently, the Corvette ZR-1.


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Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2009/2009_corvette_ss_zr1_blue_devil_spy_shots/index.html

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Bernie Ecclestone - No plans to put the brakes on


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In an exclusive interview with the Guardian as his 80th birthday approaches, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone speak out about a variety of subjects, from the future of the sport to Margaret Thatcher, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, democracy, football and what continues to drive him.
The way I feel at the moment, why stop? I do it because I enjoy it. And yesterday is gone. I don't care what happened yesterday. What else would I do? People retire to die. I don't get any individual pleasure because we don't win races or titles in this job. I'm like most business people. You look back at the end of the year and you see what you've achieved by working out how much money the company has made. That's it.

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/10/bernie_ecclestone_no_plans_to.php

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Alonso: Perez Crash no Surprise

Fernando Alonso believes that Sergio Perez’s crash with Kimi Raikkonen was no surprise. The Mexican and the Spaniard had almost clashed earlier on, as the McLaren man adopted an aggressive approach. After a few impressive passes, he eventually collided with Raikkonen, an incident that Alonso predicted may happen at some stage: “He has the car [...]

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2007 Nissan Maxima

2007 Nissan Maxima
2007 Nissan Maxima - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
It's time for a mid-cycle face-lift for Nissan's flagship sedan, but you'll have to look closely at the face of the 2007 Maxima, because Nissan's stylists were awfully stingy with the Botox. The freshened front end has had its nose stretched slightly, and new, sleeker headlamps are surrounded by more wedge-shaped sheetmetal. A bigger rear spoiler for the SE model, more aggressive side sills, and a reshaped rear bumper round out the exterior modifications.

It's time for a mid-cycle face-lift for Nissan's flagship sedan, but you'll have to look closely at the face of the 2007 Maxima, because Nissan's stylists were awfully stingy with the Botox. The freshened front end has had its nose stretched slightly, and new, sleeker headlamps are surrounded by more wedge-shaped sheetmetal. A bigger rear spoiler for the SE model, more aggressive side sills, and a reshaped rear bumper round out the exterior modifications.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Nissan Maxima - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_nissan_maxima/index.html

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Caterham picks Giedo van der Garde for second seat

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Monday, 27 May 2013

Kevin Harvick finds right time to lead, wins bizarre Coca-Cola 600

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/26/2920222/kevin-harvick-pulls-ahead-to-win.html

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2007 Jaguar XKR Coupe and Convertible

2007 Jaguar XKR Coupe and Convertible
2007 Jaguar XKR Coupe and Convertible - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
The addition of 120 hp is the primary difference between the XKR and the normally aspirated XK, but it's by no means the only one. Consider also the stiffer suspension, a new rear suspension brace, and larger front brakes. A bespoke, aluminum-trimmed front bumper, body-color hood vents, unique nineteen- or twenty-inch wheels, and quad tailpipes distinguish the XKR's exterior.

The subtle whine of the supercharger and the healthy growl of the exhaust motivate you to keep the transmission one gear lower than necessary. The well-damped suspension perfectly modulated the optional twenty-inch wheels over rough sections of tarmac, and the light but communicative steering points you exactly where you want to go. This is a car that inspires you to stop, tap the paddle shifter down to first, and hit the gas for another intoxicating run through the gears, just to experience the blissful marriage of the engine and the fast-shifting manu-matic. Welcome to the new Jaguar XKR.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Jaguar XKR Coupe and Convertible - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0609_2007_jaguar_xkr/index.html

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Warrior Alonso bides his time

Almost Fernando Alonso's first act after what must have been the huge blow of seeing Sebastian Vettel slash his world championship lead to just four points at the Japanese Grand Prix, was to quote that country's great swordfighter and philosopher Miyamoto Musashi.

"If the enemy thinks of the mountains," Alonso wrote on his Twitter account, "attack by sea; and if he thinks of the sea, attack by the mountains."

That the Ferrari driver can reach for the words of a 17th century kensei warrior and strategist in a moment of such strain reveals a lot about the manner in which he combines an indomitable fighting spirit with a status as possibly the most cerebral Formula 1 driver of his generation.

But it will take more than relentlessness and clever strategy for Alonso to hold on to a lead for which he has struggled so hard this season, but which has now dwindled to almost nothing.

The 31-year-old, who spun out at Suzuka with a puncture after being tagged by Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus on the run to the first corner, has carried his Ferrari team on his back this year.

Alonso has won three races and taken a series of strong points finishes to establish what was until recently an imposing championship lead in a car that has never once been quick enough to set pole position in the dry.

He did so by driving, in terms of consistency and lack of mistakes, one of the most perfect seasons there has ever been - a feat made all the more impressive because it was done in not the best car.

Fernando Alonso leads Sebastian Vettel in the Championship by four points. Photo: Getty

Yet now, through no fault of his own, Alonso has failed to finish two of the last four races and in that time Vettel has made hay, taking 37 points out of his rival's lead.

Heading into Japan, it was already beginning to look as if Vettel was going to be hard to resist.

While the Red Bull has been a forbiddingly quick race car all season, the team did not in the first half of the season find it very easy to get the best out of it in qualifying.

But since mid-summer they have found consistency, and started to qualify regularly at the front of the grid as well. At the same time, luck has deserted Ferrari and Alonso.

More than that, Red Bull also appear in recent races to have made a significant step forward in the performance of their car.

Vettel looked very strong in Singapore two weeks ago, trading fastest times with Lewis Hamilton throughout the weekend and taking victory after the Englishman's McLaren retired from the lead with a gearbox failure. And in Japan the Red Bull looked unbeatable from as early as Saturday final practice session.

How much of this is to do with the new 'double DRS' system which came to light in Suzuka is unclear.

Team boss Christian Horner said he thought it was more to do with the characteristics of the track suiting those of the Red Bull car. Perhaps, but the 'double DRS' certainly won't be doing any harm.

Unlike the system that Mercedes have been using since the start of the season, which uses the DRS overtaking aid to 'stall' the front wing, Red Bull's works entirely on the rear wing.

What it means is that they can run the car with more downforce in qualifying without the consequent straight-line speed penalty caused by the extra drag, because the 'double DRS' bleeds off the drag.

This does bring a straight-line speed penalty in the race, when DRS use is no longer free. But as long as the car qualifies at the front, this does not matter, as it is quick enough over a lap to stay out of reach of its rivals.

It is not clear how long Red Bull have been working on this system at grand prix weekends, but to the best of BBC Sport's knowledge, Japan was the first time they had raced it. Coupled with a new front wing design introduced in Singapore, it has turned an already strong package into an intimidating one.

Vettel used it to dominate the race in the fashion he did so many in 2011 on his way to his second-consecutive title. As he so often does in the fastest car when he starts at the front of the grid, he looked invincible.

Alonso, though, is not one to be intimidated easily and will take solace from the fact that Ferrari's pace compared to Red Bull was not as bad as it might appear at first glance.

Alonso may have qualified only seventh, but he reckoned he was on course for fourth place on the grid before having to slow for caution flags marking Raikkonen's spun Lotus at Spoon Curve.

And judging by the pace shown by his team-mate Felipe Massa in the race, Alonso would have finished in a sure-fire second place had he got beyond the first corner. He might even have been able to challenge Vettel, given how much faster the Ferrari has been in races than in qualifying this year.

Alonso's problem for the remainder of the season is that salvaging podiums is no longer enough - he needs to start winning races again. Which means Ferrari need to start improving their car relative to the opposition.

Meanwhile, spice has been added to an already intriguing final five races by a seemingly innocuous incident in qualifying in Japan.

After slowing as he passed Raikkonen's car, Alonso continued on his flying lap, but when he got to the chicane, he came across Vettel, who blocked him.

Ferrari reckoned this cost Alonso somewhere in the region of 0.1-0.2secs, which would have moved him up a place on the grid. The stewards, though, decided to give Vettel only a reprimand.

They justified this on the basis that they believed Vettel had not known Alonso was there - and they let him off not looking in his mirrors because they felt he had reason to believe no-one would be continuing on a flying lap following the Raikkonen incident.

But some would see that as flawed thinking. Alonso was one of several drivers who had at that point not set a time in the top 10 shoot-out, and all of them were likely to be continuing their laps because whatever time they did set was going to define their grid slot.

Although there is no suggestion Vettel held up Alonso deliberately, the Red Bull driver is a sharp cookie, and almost certainly would have known this.

Even if he did not, his team should have warned him. And on that basis, it can be argued that Vettel's offence was no less bad than that of Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne, who was given a three-place grid penalty for delaying Williams's Bruno Senna in similar fashion earlier in qualifying.

Ferrari were distinctly unimpressed by the stewards' verdict, but Alonso being Alonso, he has not mentioned any of this publicly. Alonso being Alonso, though, he will have lodged it away for the future.

In the meantime, before heading to Korea for another potentially pivotal race next weekend, might he be studying Musashi a little more?

You must "know the times", Musashi wrote. "Knowing the times means if your ability is high, seeing right into things. If you are thoroughly conversant with strategy, you will recognise the enemy's intentions and thus have many opportunities to win.

"If you attain and adhere to the wisdom of my strategy, you need never doubt that you will win."

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/10/post_4.html

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Korea highlights

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/10/korea-highlights.html

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Raikkonen fumes at Perez over “stupid move” | 2013 Monaco Grand Prix

An unhappy Kimi Raikkonen blamed Sergio Perez for costing him points in the championship with a "stupid move".

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Sunday, 26 May 2013

First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTI

First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTI
First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTI - Automobile Magazine
Golf in sheep’s clothing.

The seventh-generation VW Golf -- still a year off for Americans -- is already on sale in Europe, with the new GTI about to follow. We borrowed a pre-production model for a revealing eight-hour shakedown drive in the Ile de France region around Paris.


Photo Gallery: First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTI - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTI - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/geneva/2013/1303_2015_volkswagen_gti/index.html

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2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder

2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder
2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
The GranSport Spyder is the convertible version of the GranSport Coupe. Check it out here.

Maserati's L.A. and Detroit auto show stands featured, for the first time in the U.S., the new GranSport Spyder. Not surprisingly, the sporty two-seater is nothing more than a convertible version of the GranSport Coupe. The GranSport designation indicates the fitment of pronounced aerodynamic add-ons, chrome mesh front and rear grille inserts, sexy tailpipes, and multi-spoke nineteen-inch wheels. A 0.4-inch ride height reduction combines with standard Skyhook active suspension to further sharpen the handling of the Spyder. The glorious, Ferrari-sourced 400-hp V-8 is unchanged for GranSport duty, but the Cambiocorsa sequential manual--the only transmission available--has been reprogrammed for 35% faster gear changes.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_maserati_gransport_spyder/index.html

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2014 Buick Regal First Look

2014 Buick Regal First Look
2014 Buick Regal First Look - Automobile Magazine
A fresh face.

The Buick Regal may bring plenty of European sophistication to Buick's line-up, but buyers have collectively shrugged their shoulders of late; the Regal is now outsold by its American sibling, the Verano. To stay fresh, the Regal needed an infusion of technology and a bit more style and technology, which would explain why the 2014 Regal offers all three.


Photo Gallery: 2014 Buick Regal First Look - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2014 Buick Regal First Look - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2013/1303_2014_buick_regal/index.html

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1999-2003 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning

1999-2003 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning
1999-2003 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning - Used Car Review - Automobile Magazine
After three years of production, the Ford SVT Lightning still does not care about you. It does not want to hear you complain about the lack of a rear seat. It will not chip in $10 at the gas pump. It will not tolerate your trepidation behind the wheel whenever rain starts to fall. Like the drill sergeant to the new recruit, when the Lightning tells you hit the gas, you will ask how hard. Thank you sir, may I have another?


After three years of production, the Ford SVT Lightning still does not care about you. It does not want to hear you complain about the lack of a rear seat. It will not chip in $10 at the gas pump. It will not tolerate your trepidation behind the wheel whenever rain starts to fall. Like the drill sergeant to the new recruit, when the Lightning tells you hit the gas, you will ask how hard. Thank you sir, may I have another?


Photo Gallery: 1999-2003 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning - Used Car Review - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/trucks/0305_ford_svt_lightning/index.html

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

2014 Acura MDX First Look

2014 Acura MDX First Look
2014 Acura MDX First Look - Automobile Magazine
This time, no pretense -- just production.

Enthusiasts may point to the revival of the NSX as a sign of Acura's revitalization, but the brand's actual sustenance relies on far less exotic sheetmetal. Take, for instance, the MDX midsize crossover. Launched in 2001 and redesigned in 2007, it's long been one of Acura's best-selling nameplates. In fact, in its first year on the market, the MDX was the brand's second best-selling model, and became the best-selling Acura model in 2010 -- a distinction it's held ever since.


Photo Gallery: 2014 Acura MDX First Look - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2014 Acura MDX First Look - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2013/1303_2014_acura_mdx/index.html

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2014 Buick Regal First Look

2014 Buick Regal First Look
2014 Buick Regal First Look - Automobile Magazine
A fresh face.

The Buick Regal may bring plenty of European sophistication to Buick's line-up, but buyers have collectively shrugged their shoulders of late; the Regal is now outsold by its American sibling, the Verano. To stay fresh, the Regal needed an infusion of technology and a bit more style and technology, which would explain why the 2014 Regal offers all three.


Photo Gallery: 2014 Buick Regal First Look - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2014 Buick Regal First Look - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2013/1303_2014_buick_regal/index.html

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2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT

2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT
2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
The Sport GT receives an updated transmission and several other improvements over the standard Quattroporte. See it here.

Los Angeles, which is Maserati's largest market in California, which is in turn Maserati's largest market in the U.S., which happens to be--you guessed it--Maserati's largest market in the world, was the site of the U.S. launch of Maserati's sexy Quattroporte Sport GT. First shown in Frankfurt last September, the Quattroporte Sport GT was conceived as sportier version of the brand's big sedan--if not a more powerful one. With enhancements on the decidedly subtle side, the Sport GT nonetheless should help remedy the car's major malady--the clunky six-speed manu-matic transmission--as the car boasts a reworked gearbox that allegedly shifts 35 percent faster than the frustratingly slow-witted previous tranny. The Sport GT model also gets twenty-inch wheels, suspension tweaks, and special interior accoutrements such as carbon-fiber trim and blue and red stitching for the steering wheel and parking brake. A mean-looking, blackened crosshatch grille also adorns the Quattroporte Sport GT.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_maserati_quattroporte_sport_gt/index.html

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2014 Kia Soul First Look

2014 Kia Soul First Look
First Look: 2014 Kia Soul - Automobile Magazine
Track'ster-inspired.

The car you're looking at above is not, in fact, the Kia Track'ster concept from last year's Chicago Auto Show. But it is the 2014 Kia Soul, the five-door production version of the concept that is headed to an urban dweller's parking spot near you.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2014 Kia Soul - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: 2014 Kia Soul - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/new_york/2013/1303_2014_kia_soul/index.html

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Glock signs BMW deal, Kubica happy after DTM debut

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Vettel Hits Out At Media

Sebastian Vettel believes that the media have been unfair to Red Bull regarding Pirelli’s 2013 tyres. The Constructors’ Champions have been very vocal against the new rubber, suggesting that the sport is no longer about the quickest racer/car and a case of who can manage their tyres most effectively. But, Vettel says that almost every [...]

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Life in the pit lane


The Mercedes pit crew prepare for Michael Schumacher in Singapore © Getty Images
Away from the world of multi-million-pound car development laboratories and drivers whose small change takes care of the Monte Carlo harbour fees, another drama will play out in Singapore this week. The Independent's David Tremayne joins F1's unsung heroes.
These are not select millionaires but up to 16 ordinary, yet gifted, guys; team mechanics who have worked their way up the system and often migrate from team to team, are paid real-world wages of between £30,000 and £50,000 a year, are drilled to perfection – and whose split-second synchronisation brings their teams huge rewards.

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/09/life_in_the_pit_lane.php

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Tyres Controlling F1 Says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes that Pirelli’s 2013 tyres are having too much of an effect on the sport. Mercedes have struggled with the new equipment, with degradation rates preventing them from converting a number of promising qualifying displays into points finishes. Hamilton, who started second in Spain only to miss out on points all together, voiced [...]

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Pirelli criticise “ludicrous” wait for 2014 tyre decision | F1 Fanatic round-up

In the round-up: Pirelli could leave F1 without 2014 deal • Raikkonen says Lotus are improving • Ecclestone to meet Renault on engine costs

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2007 Lincoln MKZ

2007 Lincoln MKZ
2007 Lincoln MKZ - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
Lincoln's MKZ (formerly known as the Zephyr,) shares nearly every component with the Ford Fusion, including high hopes for brand rejuvenation. Lincoln is in need of a fresh and proper flagship to accompany the aging Town Car and LS. However, it's questionable whether or not new and younger customers will flock to Lincoln/Mercury dealers for the smallish front-wheel-drive MKZ, especially with the lower-priced Fusion joining the plethora of solid import and domestic competitors.

Lincoln's MKZ (formerly known as the Zephyr,) shares nearly every component with the Ford Fusion, including high hopes for brand rejuvenation. Lincoln is in need of a fresh and proper flagship to accompany the aging Town Car and LS. However, it's questionable whether or not new and younger customers will flock to Lincoln/Mercury dealers for the smallish front-wheel-drive MKZ, especially with the lower-priced Fusion joining the plethora of solid import and domestic competitors.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Lincoln MKZ - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_lincoln_mkz/index.html

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