29/03/2012

News round up- Parthiva, BIC, SFI

Parthiva Sureshwaren was in action this past week as the F2 series testing took place in Silverstone. There were 4 sessions in the day. During the first session Parthiva finished P8 with a time of 1:50.114 out of the 17 cars which ran. In the second session, he finished P16 with a time of 1:51.143 out of the 18 cars. In the third session he finished at P15 with a time of 1:51.276 out of the 18 cars. In the last session of the day he finished at P17 with a time of 1:50.613 out of the 18 cars. He ran about 55 laps during the whole day of testing. WEC driver Karun Chandhok visited him at Silverstone to help Parthiva. He has put in some good decent laps, times matter little in testing as we will know about the standings when the first race takes place in Silverstone in the weekend of 13th, 14th, 15th April.

Anybody fancy to take a ride at Buddh International Circuit? Your chance to drive your personnel car is here. The track will be opened for 6 days throughout the year, first of which will take place next month in April. There will be 4 sessions (3 sessions for cars and 1 for bike) in a day from 7AM-6PM, 30 fans can drive around in each session. For one session cars will cost Rs.8500 and bikes will cost Rs.6000. If a fan wants to drive in all the sessions then he can pay Rs.20,000 in all. Forms will be available for next week on the Jaypee Sports website.

Sahara Force India is set to appeal the High Court on its dispute with Team Lotus (Caterham)/ Aerolab after the court in Italy found out that Team Lotus (Caterham) had used some of the copyright components of the SFI team in the design of the 2010 car. Deputy team Principal Robert Fernley told AUTOSPORT, 
"We will ask the judge for appeal on number of things, and out legal team has not determined that yet. What cannot be appealed is the decision; what we are saying is we want more damages." He also said that they will press the FIA to look into the matter and investigate. To go through the whole article and what he said, click here.

Staying with the team, SFI targets the in-season testing in Mugello in May for it's big upgrade for the season of the VJM05. The team has had a decent start to the season with 9 points in the kitty, the reason for a bit slow start he said, "We are a little bit behind because our focus was trying to secure sixth last season and we are about four or five races behind our schedule. We just need to get through China and Bahrain and then we see where we go." He also praised the efforts of Hulkenberg & Di Resta in doing a stellar job in the car. He said that team is not worried about there rivals scoring some good points and that the team hoped that they will catch up with them with the in season developments like last season. Click here to read as to what he said to AUTOSPORT.

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