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Formula 1: 2011 to 2012 driver/team changes untangled

It takes a man of surpassing focus and clarity to actually untangle the information contained here, but one Adam Reeve put it together, so good on 'im! Likely more changes to come, but this was the lay of the F1 landscape as of Jan. 29, 2012.

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Formula 1: Update - Caterham, Lotus, Marussia, and Schumi

Photo: Mathieu Bitton TESTING: The first round of testing for the 2012 season will take place in Jerez, Spain, Feb. 7-10. EX-LOTUS: Caterham , last year’s Team Lotus, has targeted scoring points as its goal for 2012. The team’s best performance in 2012 was 13th, which it hit three times, but the addition of KERS on the new Renault-powered CT01 vehicle has sparked optimism. Even at 13th, Lotus showed the most development of the three teams that debuted in 2010, easily besting HRT ...

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Formula 1: Update - Kimi, Bruno, Buemi, and Bobby

KIMI’S RETURN--Kimi Raikkonen returns to Formula 1 in 2012 after a two year absence, driving for Team Lotus (last year’s Renault). He’s met with engineers, had his seat fitted, and will be testing with the team in Spain next month. Raikkonen will be joined on Team Lotus by Romain Grosjean. The first round of winter testing is Feb. 7-9.   BRUNO WILLIAMS--Bruno Senna, who drove for Renault last year, is rumored to be joining Williams for 2012, to drive alongside Pastor Mal...

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Formula 1: US Grand Prix 2012 - It's On!!

Circuit of The Americas has reached an agreement with Formula One Management ensuring the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix remains on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship race calendar for 2012. Red McCombs, chairman of McCombs Enterprises and founding partner of Circuit of The Americas said: “Mr. Ecclestone received his check today. We want to thank the fans supporting us, the local officials and businesses that have encouraged us, the State of Texas, Circuit of The Americas&rs...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Brazilian Grand Prix

Well, that's a wrap. The last race of the season didn't go entirely to script (my version: Sebastian Vettel leading from start to finish to close the year in much the way he ran it), but in so doing served as the second consecutive reminder of how thin the margin of even Vettel's dominating performance was. He didn't repeat Abu Dhabi's DNF, but a gimpy gearbox detected on Lap 16 forced him from the lead on Lap 30 and left his point average over the last two events at 9. Project that over the cou...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

The Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi was a good reminder as the 2011 season winds down of exactly how fine the line between champion and also-ran can be in Formula 1. Practice sessions saw the continued ascent of McLaren whose cars consistently ran better than Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton in particular had always been very fast at Abu Dhabi and this continued to be the case, with the assembled well-heeled masses given good reason to believe that Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's stranglehold on ...

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Formula 1: US Grand Prix - Ecclestone wants moved to 2013

Organizers of Circuit of The Americas responded to reported statements in the media by Bernie Ecclestone as follows: “We have been excited for and working towards a 2012 USGP race and now understand that Mr. Ecclestone is interested in moving the Austin race to 2013. We know the US market is important to the teams and their sponsors and 2013 certainly allows time for the Circuit of The Americas to be ready.” The Associated Press reported that the 2012 US Grand Prix would b...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Korean Grand Prix

And that's a championship again! RBR-Renault secured its second consecutive Formula 1 manufacturers' championship at the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam, though not without at least a small fight. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) became the first non-Red Bull pole-sitter of the 2011 season in Korea. By Turn 4,  however, Sebatian Vettel had claimed P1 and his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber passed Jenson Button in the other McLaren to move into 3rd place. Vitaly...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Japanese Grand Prix

Photo: Getty Images for Red Bull Racing And that's a championship! Barring a racing scandal of the highest order, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) will be crowned Formula One World Drivers' Champion following the 2011 season finale in Brazil, becoming the youngest two-time champion ever. Going into race weekend in Japan the only combination of events that could have kept Vettel from wrapping up the title were a Jenson Button (McLaren) win and Vettel finishing entirely out of the ponts. The first ...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Singapore Grand Prix

Monza and the Italian Grand Prix brought the European portion of the 2011 Formula One season to a close and brought Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) within striking distance of becoming the youngest back-to-back F1 champion ever. Singapore is the first of three consecutive races in the Far East, the only one on a street circuit, and the longest race of the year. It is also the only night race on the Formula One calendar.   Going into the weekend there were a number of possible outcom...

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