Spain is renowned for its fiery passion and its natural beauties, and this sovereign state is home to numerous World Heritage Sites and cities. Spain is also home to many renowned Formula One race car drivers such as Fernando Alonso, and is the world’s eighth largest automotive producer in the world. Browse all articles on Spain
Frenchmen Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena edged closer to a ninth World Rally Championship title this weekend, as the Citroën duo bested rivals Jari-Matti Latvala and Miika Anttila (Ford World Rally Team) to win another Rallye Deutschland. Loeb and Elena’s Citroën team-mates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen claimed the final podium spot.
The first six cars were covered by just 6,1 seconds at the end of 78 laps. While this may not have been a gripping race if you want overtaking, it was a Monaco classic where victory went to the driver looking after his tyres, running the best strategy available in the evolving conditions
Four races into the season and I’m running out of superlatives. Yet another fascinating race in Bahrain brought the fourth different winner; the first time that’s happened since the start of 2003. And it also brought another upset to anticipated form. Gone from the podium were McLaren and Mercedes, replaced by Red Bull – and Lotus!
The Citroën World Rally team celebrated its seventh constructors’ title this weekend as Sebastien Loeb sealed the manufacturer’s championship for the French outfit at Rally de Catalunya in Spain with a dominant victory. The Frenchman now looks to seal his eighth world title as the season heads to Wales.
Formula One fanatics are going to have to wait an extra two weeks for the season to start, as organizers of the Bahrain GP cancel the race that was due to kick off the season on March 11. The first race will be the Australian GP on March 27.
Last year wasn’t the best season for Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen. Despite plenty of earlier promise, he was off the boil for the BP-Ford World Rally Team. He talks us through what the challenges were, new competition and a new formula, as well as the new Fiesta WRC…
Even with this year’s WRC season drawing to a close and the driver’s and manufacturer’s championship already spoken for – the penultimate event on the calendar proved to be quite the squabble for those in contention for the final top spots. Regardless of the dogfight between Dani Sordo and Petter Solberg, Sebastien Loeb went on to his 61st WRC win.
A few months back CAR senior associate editor Mike Monk had the privilege of sitting in the passenger of one of the bmw 1 Series M Coupe test mules for a quick lap of the demanding Ascari circuit in Southern Spain, but now he’s gone one better…He’s climbed behind the wheel of BMW’s upcoming baby M-car to give us a taste of what’s in store!
With Sebastien Loeb’s seventh world championship riding on a home win – this year Rally de France replaced the historical Tour de Corse – and a one-two for Citroën to bring the team a sixth world championship, the weekend couldn’t have ended sweeter for both parties.