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Williams 'would've missed' Bahrain

Williams chairman Adam Parr says his team was unlikely to attend the Bahrain Grand Prix, had it not been cancelled earlier this week

Stoner tops Sepang test, Rossi sidelined

Casey Stoner set the fastest time in MotoGP testing at Sepang today, while Valentino Rossi missed the day due to illness

Bahrain hoping for swift F1 return

Bahrain is hoping to be able to return to the Formula 1 calendar "in the very near future"

Trulli's crash ends Lotus test early

Lotus has ended the final day of testing at Barcelona early after a car failure caused Jarno Trulli to crash this morning

Mixed response to Pirelli wear rates

Leading Formula 1 drivers say the need to preserve the new-for-2011 Pirelli tyres will totally change the way they go racing - though Mark Webber has warned that judgement should be withheld until they are tried in race conditions

Webber cautious about RB7's pace

Mark Webber insists that Red Bull remains cautious about the competitiveness of its RB7, despite the car showing signs of an advantage over its rivals

F1 trivial in Bahrain situation - Webber

Red Bull driver Mark Webber says whether the Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead or not is a very low priority issue amid the political tension in the country

Hamilton: Rivals' mileage 'incredible'

Lewis Hamilton believes it is essential for McLaren to be able to complete some race simulations in testing as soon as possible, having described rival teams' consistent mileage as 'incredible'

Ricciardo: Mixed weather a big help

Daniel Ricciardo believes the Formula 1 teams now have a much better grasp of handling the new Pirelli tyres in mixed conditions, following another wet morning at Barcelona today

Ecclestone to let Bahrain judge safety

Bernie Ecclestone says he will let the crown prince of Bahrain decide whether it is safe to the season-opening grand prix to go ahead

Rosberg: Performance not yet there

Nico Rosberg conceded that Mercedes still isn't happy with its car, despite completing the most laps today (131) and getting in several long runs

Alonso positive despite car troubles

Fernando Alonso remained upbeat after encountering his first reliability problems with the 2011 Ferrari

Petrov: Need reliability to judge R31

Vitaly Petrov says the Renault team needs more reliable testing mileage before it knows how competitive its R31 can be this season

Drivers surprised by durability of inters

The durability of Pirelli's intermediate tyre impressed drivers during the first hours of today's Barcelona test

Pirelli pleased with soft tyres wear rate

Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery insists the wear rate of its soft tyres is where it needs to be in order to force drivers to make two pitstops during races

Heidfeld says form impossible to predict

Nick Heidfeld says it is impossible to predict the form of his Renault team ahead of the start of the 2011 season

Senna: Team right to want experience

Bruno Senna says he accepts that Renault needs a 'more prepared' driver to stand in as Robert Kubica's replacement from the start of this season

Rosberg rues lack of running

Nico Rosberg was once again restricted to less running than he would have liked at Jerez due to more reliability concerns for Mercedes

Alonso won't be drawn on Ferrari form

Fernando Alonso says Ferrari has made 'very good progress' this week at Jerez but still refuses to measure the F150th Italia against its rivals

Barrichello on top as Jerez test ends

Rubens Barrichello took Williams to the top of the timesheets on the final day of this week's Jerez test, setting the fastest lap of the week with a 1m19.832s

Force India yet to try KERS, new wing

Force India has not used KERS or the moveable rear wing so far in testing at Jerez, choosing instead to focus on getting to grips with its new car

Kovalainen impressed with Lotus' pace

Heikki Kovalainen says he was encouraged by the pace of the Lotus T128 at Jerez, after finishing today's test in eighth place

Heidfeld quickest on Renault debut

Nick Heidfeld set the fastest time of the third test day at Jerez during his audition to substitute for Robert Kubica at Renault

Perez encouraged despite accident

Sergio Perez believes he is making good progress in his preparations for his rookie Formula 1 season, despite his crash at Jerez today

Massa: Ferrari not focused on rivals

Felipe Massa says Ferrari is spending no time worrying about the performance of rival teams for now - because it is more important to get its own car totally sorted for the start of the campaign

Button: Pirellis to produce fun racing

Jenson Button believes that Pirelli's new tyres are going to make the racing 'fun' in 2011 - as he had his first test on the rubber with his new McLaren MP4-26

Schumacher tops Jerez testing

Michael Schumacher set the fastest time of the second day of testing at Jerez for Mercedes

Sutil convinced VJM04 is step forward

Adrian Sutil is confident that the new Force India VJM04 is a significant step forward over last year's car, after driving it for the first time at Jerez today

Petrov ready to take bigger role

Vitaly Petrov says he is ready to take on the increased level of responsibility that has been thrust onto him at Renault in the wake of Robert Kubica's absence

Trulli regrets troubled opening day

Jarno Trulli admitted he was hoping for a better day as testing kicked off at the Jerez circuit on Thursday

Massa fastest on Jerez test day one

Felipe Massa's Ferrari topped the opening day of this week's pre-season test at Jerez

Le Mans reveals 24 Hours entry list

Le Mans 24 Hours organiser the ACO has revealed the 56-car entry list for this year's event

Bianchi fastest as Yas Marina test ends

Jules Bianchi set the fastest time of the final day of GP2 testing in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Asia Series opener later this week

Glock: First test crucial for Virgin

Timo Glock says this week's test at Jerez will be crucial for Virgin Racing's attempt to move up the Formula 1 grid this season

Briatore visits Kubica, predicts recovery

Flavio Briatore has predicted that Robert Kubica will be back racing in Formula 1 in six months, after visiting him in hospital

Co-driver explains Kubica crash

Robert Kubica's co-driver, Jakub Gerber, has explained how their accident on Sunday's Ronde di Andora rally happened

Jaafar sticks with Carlin in British F3

Jazeman Jaafar will remain with Carlin for a second season of British Formula 3 this season

Glock sets sights on early season points

Timo Glock says Virgin Racing is aiming to score points from the beginning of the season, following the launch of the MVR-02 in London today

Virgin targeting established teams

Virgin Racing can go into its second Formula 1 season expecting to compete against the more established teams on a more equal footing this year, believes team CEO Graeme Lowdon

Hamilton: Extra buttons not a worry

Lewis Hamilton is confident McLaren has found solutions to minimise the difficulty its drivers will face with the additional buttons they will have to use in 2011

Button says strong start is a must

Jenson Button says a strong start to the season is a "must" if his McLaren team is to be fighting for the titles again

McLaren not ruling out forward exhausts

McLaren has hinted about following the new trend for an innovative exhaust layout for its new MP4-26 when it hits the track for the first time early next week - although it has drawn short of stating whether it will copy Renault's sidepod design

McLaren: New car secrets still hidden

McLaren says the biggest secrets of its new MP4-26 have remained hidden for now - after it went to extreme lengths not to give away too much about its 2011 challenger at its launch on Friday

Schumacher unfazed by laptimes

Michael Schumacher says he is not concerned by Mercedes GP's laptimes after the first week of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Valencia

Kubica puts Renault on top at Valencia

Renault's innovative forward-exhaust R31 set the fastest time on its third day of Formula 1 testing as the opening week of running at Valencia concluded on Thursday

Alonso: New cars still hard to judge

Fernando Alonso admits it is hard to judge the competitiveness of his car - and those of his rivals - during off-season testing

Vettel fastest in first test of 2011

World champion Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time on the opening day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Valencia

Renault to give junior drivers F1 mileage

Renault plans to give its academy drivers Formula 1 mileage in older-spec cars this season

Grosjean hopes for new chance in F1

Romain Grosjean is hoping his deal with Renault will lead to a second chance that allows him to shine in Formula 1

Senna aiming for race seat in 2012

Bruno Senna is aiming to use his time as Renault's third driver to convince the team he is worthy of a race seat in 2012

Sauber 'stabilised' with new backing

Sauber says it is in a much more stable position starting 2011 than it was a year ago - but denied that it has signed new driver Sergio Perez purely because of the sponsorship money he can bring

Kobayashi feels ready to lead team

Kamui Kobayashi is confident he is ready to lead the Sauber team forward in 2011 even though he is only just starting his second full year in Formula 1

Massa confident of fighting for title

Felipe Massa believes he still has opportunities ahead of him to challenge for the world championship again, despite playing a supporting role to Fernando Alonso last season

Sachsenring to host World GT1

The GT1 World Championship will visit the Sachsenring in May this year, for the German round of the series

Conquest to test Vernay at Sebring

Jean-Karl Vernay will have his first IndyCar test for Conquest Racing at Sebring next week

Full BMW ILMC campaign for Priaulx

Andy Priaulx will not return to the World Touring Car Championship this year, and will instead contest the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup for BMW

McNish, Kristensen lead Audi in ILMC

Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen will lead Audi's assault on the full Intercontinental Le Mans Cup this year

Brundle returns to F2 for 2011

Alex Brundle will return to the Formula 2 championship in 2011, following a year in F3 last season

Drivers set to get front-tyres boost

Michael Schumacher's hopes of getting tyres better suited to his driving style have been boosted by Pirelli confirming it has tweaked the design of its front tyres since last year's Abu Dhabi test

De la Rosa rules out Hispania drive

Pedro de la Rosa has admitted it is highly unlikely that he will race in Formula 1 from the start of this season after ruling out a deal with HRT, the last team believed to have a vacancy