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Haas Formula One entry accepted by FIA

By Alan Baldwin (Reuters) - Formula One could have an American constructor on the starting grid next year after the governing FIA approved an entry for NASCAR team owner Gene Haas on Friday. The International Automobile Federation said it was also considering another application made by former F1 team principal Colin Kolles.

Formula One: NASCAR team chief Haas gets F1 go-ahead

Gene Haas, who already heads his own NASCAR outfit in the United States, has had his application to enter a team in the Formula One world championship accepted, the FIA confirmed on Friday. The FIA's World Motor Sport Council, meeting in Marrakech, also said that other high-standard applications had been submitted and that they are in the process of further examining another potential new team, Forza Rossa. Haas, 61, will bring plenty of experience to Formula One when his team lines up for a planned 2015 start.

Formula One: NASCAR team chief Haas gets F1 go-ahead

Gene Haas, who already heads his own NASCAR outfit in the United States, has had his application to enter a team in the Formula One world championship accepted, the FIA confirmed on Friday. The FIA's World Motor Sport Council, meeting in Marrakech, also said that other high-standard applications had been submitted and that they are in the process of further examining another potential new team, Forza Rossa. Haas, 61, will bring plenty of experience to Formula One when his team lines up for a planned 2015 start.

Formula One: Brazil's crumbling Interlagos gets $73m facelift

The famed but crumbling Interlagos motor-racing track will get a $73 million (52.6m euros) facelift so that the Brazilian Grand Prix can be saved, organisers and Sao Paulo officials said Friday. Last year, F1's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said the race could be scrapped if the 74-year-old circuit wasn't upgraded to keep the grand prix in the city until 2020. The money will be spent on resurfacing the track, building new stands as well as improving the surrounds of Interlagos after teams complained of cramped conditions.

Formula One: NASCAR team chief Haas gets F1 go-ahead

Gene Haas, who already heads his own NASCAR outfit in the United States, has had his application to enter a team in the Formula One world championship accepted, the FIA confirmed on Friday. The FIA's World Motor Sport Council, meeting in Marrakech, also said that other high-standard applications had been submitted and that they are in the process of further examining another potential new team, Forza Rossa. Haas, 61, will bring plenty of experience to Formula One when his team lines up for a planned 2015 start.

Formula One: Hamilton tops Bahrain practice times

Great Britain's 2008 Fomula One world champion Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time during the second day of testing Wednesday at the Sakhir circuit where he won the Bahrain Grand Prix at the weekend. Three of the five world champions still competing -- England's Jenson Button (McLaren), Finland's Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Germany's Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) -- did not take part in the testing which allowed certain stables to use their reserve drivers and Pirelli to test their new tyres.

Formula One: Hamilton tops Bahrain practice times

British driver Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time during the second day of testing on Wednesday at the Sakhir circuit where he won the Bahrain Grand Prix at the weekend. Three of the five world champions still competing -- England's Jenson Button (McLaren), Finland's Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Germany's Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) -- did not take part in the testing which allowed certain stables to use their reserve drivers and Pirelli to test their new tyres.

Formula One: Hamilton tops Bahrain practice times

British driver Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time during the second day of testing on Tuesday at the Sakhir circuit where he won the Bahrain Grand Prix at the weekend. Three of the five world champions still competing -- England's Jenson Button (McLaren), Finland's Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Germany's Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) -- did not take part in the testing which allowed certain stables to use their reserve drivers and Pirelli to test their new tyres.

Marussia F1 team now independent from car company

LONDON (Reuters) - The Marussia Formula One team is no longer owned by Marussia Motors and the closure of the Russian sportscar maker will have no effect on its operations, the British-based outfit said on Wednesday. The RIA Novosti news agency reported that Marussia Motors, who took a majority stake in what was the Virgin Racing team in late 2010, had shut down with staff leaving to join a government-run technical institute.

Rafael Nadal is the best known Spanish athlete around the world

Madrid, Apr 7 (EFE).- Tennis star Rafael Nadal is the best known Spanish athlete around the world, achieving greater recognition than Fernando Alonso, Pau Gasol and Iker Casillas, Spanish marketing firm Personality Media said in a report. Nadal, a 13-time Grand Slam champion who has won a record eight French Open titles, had an average 75 percent recognition rate in a survey done in the United States, Australia, Russia, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.
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