Articles tagged Sam Bird

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"It just keeps on giving"

Motor Sport was offered an exclusive opportunity to try Audi’s 2014 Le Mans-winning R18. Your chauffeur? Harry Tincknell, who scored an eye-catching class victory on his Sarthe debut Writer: Sam Smith Mid-August, Italy. Shutdown. The towns and cities have emptied, their citizens headed for the Adriatic. Bronzed tourists line up, sardine-like, and bake on the scorched beaches of Riccione. A few...

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International news

The electric age dawns Prost/Heidfeld shunt provides talking point in China | By Gary Watkins The new FIA Formula E Championship hit the headlines at the first time of asking in Beijing. The inaugural round of the 2014/15 series was big news courtesy of a last-corner accident that sent Nick Heidfeld’s Venturi Spark-Renault electric racer flying into the debris fencing. The talk after the first ‘...

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Le Mans 24 Hours

In a sparkling new era of fuel efficiency and high technology, how fitting that Le Mans should be the scene of a 24 Hours that harked back to how it used to be. We’ve taken astounding levels of reliability for granted in recent years, as top-line drivers select sprint mode for the great enduro, despite the length, duration and grind that awaits them. But this time, each of the ‘big three’ proved...

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International news

Nissan ZEOD on targetLe Mans racer poised to fulfil electric dreams, by Gary Watkins Nissan’s radical ZEOD RC Le Mans 24 Hours racer is on course to complete the first all-electric lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe in June, according to the programme’s architect. Darren Cox, who is head of Nissan’s global motor sport programmes, believes the petrol-electric hybrid – which takes the Garage 56 grid...

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A web untangled

Brabham history goes online In late 2012 David Brabham – son of 2011 inductee Sir Jack – won back the rights to the Brabham trademark after a seven-year legal battle in the German courts. He has now launched a website celebrating the achievements of the racing dynasty. “It’s fantastic for all of the family finally to launch our first official website,” said David, “but I am especially proud to...

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Matters of moment

The outpouring of dismay and heartfelt sadness at the passing of John Button said so much. Jenson’s old man, who died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 70 on January 12, was a popular character in Formula 1, that rare case of a figure universally liked. He just made everyone smile. That crinkly face with the mischievous grin and twinkle in the eye, the permanent tan and ‘dangler’ gold...

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Who's next?

There are four British drivers on this year's F1 grid and another four in 6P2, in tantalising reach of the summit. We spoke to them about hope and ambitionwriter Simon Arron Before we begin, it's important to appreciate the fragmented mess that passes for an international single-seater ladder. The sport used to have a pleasingly simple structure, although starter categories varied according to...

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The Motor Sport Month - International News

Senna swaps F1 for GT seat Aston Martin has pulled off a coup by signing Bruno Senna for its 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship campaign. The nephew of three-time Formula 1 world champion Ayrton will drive one of the Prodrive-run Aston Martin Racing team's Vantage GTE contenders in a full WEC programme, including the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. The 29-year-old, who parted company with the...

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Grand Prix Scene

Vettel win 'icing on cake' for Red Bull Sebastian Vettel earned himself a place in the record books at Abu Dhabi when he became the youngest World Champion in Formula 1 history, although the man himself modestly admitted that Lewis Hamilton — whose previous mark he beat by some six months — could have won his first title a year earlier than he did. Remarkably the 23-year-old is the first champion...

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The final flourish?

Marina Bay, September 21-22: the comeback as an art form, but could this be the last time for GP2 in Singapore? The destiny of the ninth GP2 Series title will be settled a matter of days after this issue hits the shops. Swiss Fabio Leimer and Englishman Sam Bird are separated by just seven points ahead of the Abu Dhabi showdown, while Felipe Nasr and Stefano Coletti are mathematically distant but...

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