Practice and qualifying sessions take place on Friday and Saturday (10 and 11 May) with the F1 Grand Prix at 2pm on Sunday 12 May. The current F1 lap record of 1:21.670 at Circuit de Catalunya was set by Kimi Raikkonen in 2008.
Date: 12 May 2013
Venue: Circuit de Catalunya
Starting on Friday 31 August with two practice sessions, followed by the third practice session and qualifying session on Saturday 1 September, the Belgian F1 Grand Prix will take place on Sunday 2 September at 14h00. The race covers a distance of 308.052 kms in 44 laps. The current lap record of 1:45.108 was set by Kimi Raikkonen in 2004.
Date: 2 September 2012
Venue: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
The first and second practice sessions will take place on Friday 20 July, with practice session 3 and qualifying rounds on Saturday. The Formula 1 Grand Prix Santander Germany 2012 will start at 2pm on Sunday 22 July 2012. The race covers a distance of 306.458 km (67 laps x 4.574km). The lap record of 1:13.780 was set in 2004 by Kimi Raikkonen.
Date: 22 July 2012
Time: 2:00 PM
Many NASCAR, Rally and Formula 1 fans were speculating on the future of Kimi Raikkonen, as there were rumors that he might be moving over to NASCAR like his former McLaren team mate, Juan Pablo Montoya. But up until Saturday it was merely stories. On Saturday the formal announcement was made that Kimi Raikkonen had signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports, and confirmed that Raikkonen was leaving rally driving behind to enter the world of NASCAR. It is hoped that Kyle Busch’s NASCAR experience and Raikkonen’s driving talent will be a winning combination for the motorsport team.
Kimi Raikkonen, a Finnish driver nicknamed Iceman, entered the Formula 1 circuit in 2001, and spent nine years in this racing industry, driving for Ferrari, Sauber and McLaren. At the end of 2009, it was announced that Raikkonen would not continue driving for Ferrari in the 2010 season and negotiations with other teams failed. Raikkonen then made the transfer to rally driving in 2010, participating in the World Rally Championship for the Junior Citroën Team. He established his own team, Ice 1 Racing for the 2011 season, and has now officially been contracted by Kyle Busch Motorsports for NASCAR.
He will be making his debut for the team at the Charlotte Motor Speedway where the Trucks Series will be hosted, and will be driving a KMB Toyota Tundra. Raikkonen expressed his excitement in regard to his new venture saying, “Kyle is one of the best in NASCAR, and being able to draw on his knowledge will be a valuable asset as I make my transition to a new form of racing. He has put together an experienced team that builds fast race trucks. I look forward to being a part of a team that has proven to be a winner on and off the race track.”
Jeff Gordon, who has won the NASCAR championship four times, seems excited that yet another Formula 1 driver has made the leap to NASCAR, commenting, “I can’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it when Juan Pablo made that announcement. So many things going through my mind. I think it says a lot about NASCAR that somebody like him is considering coming here. I admire him for wanting to take the step and go Truck racing and not just jump in a Cup car.”
Scuderia Ferrari is the name of the Ferrari automobile company’s Formula One racing team. Literally translated, the team’s name is Italian for “Ferrari Stable”, but it is more commonly referred to as “Team Ferrari.”
Scuderia Ferrari was first founded in 1929, racing till 1939 for Alfa Romeo. Ferrari’s first attempt at competing in Formula One was in 1950, and through the decades has seen much success. This makes Ferrari one of the oldest, as well as the most successful team racing currently in Formula One. For many years the team has been top of the F1 racing world, holding a host of different records for the drivers’ championships, podium finishes, the most constructors’ championships, wins, points and so on.
Recent years have seen much of the team’s victorious streak being linked to Michael Schumacher. He has been the most dominant competitor and consistent champion in all of the history of F1 racing. Michael Schumacher retired from F1 racing at the end of the 2006 season.
Felipe Massa had a great 2006 season with two wins and finishing third over all, and the Ferrari team signed up Kimi Raikkonen for the 2007 season to replace Schumacher. Ferrari launched a new car, naming it the F2007, and with Kimi Räikkönen behind the wheel, the car crossed the finish line first in the inaugural race of the 2007 season. The Ferrari F1 Team went on to win the 2007 Constructor’s Championship, however controversy involving espionage carried out by a Ferrari employee and a McLaren engineer hung as a dark cloud over the team that year until the matter was resolved.
The 2008 season opened with disappointing results for Ferrari, but things started to look up when Kimi Raikonnin took first place at the Malaysian Grand Prix. The team’s use of a traffic light-type system to signal drivers to leave the pit-stop counted against them when it was triggered too soon resulting in Massa driving off with the fuel pipe still attached at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. The 2009 Championships had the worst season start in the team’s history, suffering a further setback when Massa was injured by a part from a competitor’s car which hit him on the helmet and knocked him out while he was traveling at 162 mph. Fortunately, no accident resulted, but his injuries prevented him from competing for the rest of the season, and Ferrari finished in fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
The Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team for 2010 has Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso as principle drivers, with test and reserve drivers being Giancarlo Fisichella, Luca Badoer and Marc Gené.