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Lotus, Williams confirm drivers for 2011


With the 2010 World Championship consigned to the history books, the Formula One grid is gearing up for next season. Sixteen out of twenty-four seats have already been spoken for as Lotus and Williams have each confirmed both their drivers.

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After Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes confirmed that their duos will carry on for 2011, Lotus has followed suit in announcing that both Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen will be retained for next season as well.

Taking Nico Hulkenberg’s seat at Williams, meanwhile, will be GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado, driving alongside Rubens Barrichello for an all-South American line-up. Hulkenberg remains optimistic that he’ll be on the grid next season, but only Force India, Toro Rosso and Hispania have yet to confirm either of their drivers and both Renault and Virgin still have a seat each up for grabs, leaving his possibilities rapidly constricting.

With most teams carrying over their drivers, one exception is Sauber, which will keep Kamui Kobayashi on board, but after replacing Pedro de la Rosa with Nick Heidfeld, have replaced both with GP2 runner-up Sergio Perez for next season. Follow the jump to see who’ll be where for next season.

2011 Formula One World Championship

Red Bull-Renault
Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber
Reserve/Test Driver: TBA

McLaren-Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton
Jenson Button
Reserve/Test Driver: TBA

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso
Felipe Massa
Reserve/Test Driver: Jules Bianchi

Mercedes GP
Michael Schumacher
Nico Rosberg
Reserve/Test Driver: TBA

Renault
Robert Kubica
TBA
Reserve/Test Driver: TBA

Williams-Cosworth
Rubens Barrichello
Pastor Maldonado
Reserve/Test Driver: Valtteri Bottas

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Vitaphone Maserati MC12 claims victory in the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship


If there was any doubt as to who dominates the international sportscar racing circuit, let those doubts be put to rest. After taking top honors in the now-defunct FIA GT Championship with little exception every year since 2005, Maserati has claimed overall victory in the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship that has replaced it this year.

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Driving duties were handled with mastery once again by Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini for the Vitaphone Racing Team behind the wheel of the Maserati MC12. The Trident duo took the checkered flag at four out of the ten rounds that comprised this year’s championship, more than any other team, claiming 138 points in the drivers’ standings to runner-up Thomas Mutsch with 119 in the Matech Ford GT, and 195 in the teams’ standings to the Hexis Aston Martin squad’s 177. Other contenders included GT1-spec racers based on the Nissan GT-R, Chevrolet Corvette and Lamborghini Murcielago LP670.

Hexis won the final round in San Luis, Argentina, by a considerable margin with their Aston Martin DBR9, but it wasn’t enough to steal the title from the Vitaphone Maserati team, crowning the MC12 as the undisputed king of the hill.
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Mark Webber Reveals He Raced With A Broken Shoulder!!


If I had one bit of advice for Mark Webber, it would be to stay off of mountain bikes and stick to winning grand prix races. The Australian Formula One driver, as you may recall, suffered a broken leg and shoulder when he crashed his bike in Tasmania late in 2008. The injury almost forced him out of the 2009 season, but he recovered in time for the start of the championship at his home race in Australia and went on to finish fourth in the standings – his best result up to that point in his career. You’d figure the close call might keep him from jeopardizing his career again, but you’d be wrong.

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The Aussie contender just released his book, Mark Webber Up Front in which he revealed a second mountain bike accident earlier this year, the first time he got back on two wheels since the previous crash. According to Webber’s account, he fractured his shoulder again after colliding with a friend while cycling offroad around the time of the Japanese Grand Prix. By the start of the race, the fracture had yet to recover, so he kept it secret from the public and from his team, took an injection and raced the grueling Suzuka track with the injury. If you picture how much an F1 driver gets tossed around the cabin and how much he has to turn that wheel, often against extreme G-forces, you’ll have some idea of how excruciating the pain must have been.

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Ferrari changes the guard in test driver ranks

There are two approaches to hiring a Formula One driver. The first is to go with a seasoned veteran, a driver who’s already seen just about anything that is likely to come up on the track or off, and knows how to deal with it.

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Spy Shots: Audi Q3

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(Video) Jay Leno Drives the Hennessey Venom GT

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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Edition

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Hertz Will Rent All Electric Smart Car!!!!

Hertz has announced that it will start renting out the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive vehicle on December 15th, See Details after the jump.
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which follows recent announcements that it will soon be offering the all-electric Coda Sedan and Nissan Leaf in selected markets. As you might expect, however, the Smart ED will also be somewhat limited in availability, with San Francisco, New York and Washington D.C. being the only locations included in the initial rollout, and no word on any additional cities to follow.
Press Release:
HERTZ Global EV and smart usa PARTNER to OFFER SMART FORTWO ELECTRIC DRIVE FOR CONSUMER USE

– smart’s Electric Car to Join Hertz’s EV Fleet –

PARK RIDGE, NJ – December 6, 2010 – The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ) and smart USA, a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG), today announced a joint partnership to bring smart fortwo electric drive vehicles to Connect by Hertz car sharing and Hertz Rent A Car locations in New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco. The vehicle placements are part of the Hertz Global EV program, which will offer a variety of 100 percent electric and plug-in hybrids to car sharing and rental customers worldwide. The smart fortwo electric drive will be available for rent through Connect by Hertz car sharing in New York City beginning December 15.

“Hertz’s partnership with smart USA is another strategic element of our long term plan to provide consumers with electric vehicle access on a global scale,” said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman

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