Farewell and good luck, Timo!

Through mutual consent, Timo Glock and the Marussia F1 Team are parting ways with immediate effect. The end of a truly great affair.

With the 30 year old German having raced with Marussia since its inception in 2009, Timo Glock has played a significant role in the up-and-coming growth of the team. To lose such an experienced member is a great loss, but due to unforeseeable reasons the team must take steps to secure its long-term future in an industry that presents more challenging economic conditions by the day.

John Booth, Team Principal of the Marussia F1 Team, commented, “Timo has made a very significant contribution to our Team over the past three seasons, helping us to develop our package to the point where, for a large proportion of the 2012 season, we were holding 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship. Timo is a fantastic driver and he has been a very popular member of the Team.

“Our Team was founded on the principle of benefiting from proven experience whilst also providing opportunities for young emerging talent to progress to the pinnacle of motorsport. We would like to

thank Timo for working with us to reach this decision, especially as he had a valid contract, and also for the contribution he has made to our Team. We wish him all the best for his future and I would like to congratulate the next team acquiring the services of such a competitive, professional and experienced racer.”

There’s more to that story. You can read the full article here.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 QNET FanHQ Competition!

The results are in! VFan and QNET have counted up the Fanpoints and are proud to announce our 1st and 2nd place winners of the QNET FanHQ Competition 2012!

Racing into 1st place is Yaseen Bitar from Dubai, and in 2nd place, Naguib Rizk from Egypt! CONGRATULATIONS to you both!!!!!  Staying on top of their game, Yaseen and Naguib are true Formula 1 and Marussia F1 Fans. And what exactly have they been speeding towards the finishing line for? Only to win the amazing GRAND PRIZE, the Ultimate Race Weekend at the F1 Malaysia Grand Prix 2013!!! Yaseen and Naguib will be able to treat themselves and one guest each to this once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience in sparkling Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March of next year! Your F1 dream starts now. Enjoy and be sure to tell us all about it!

And for all our F1 hungry readers, start preparing for the 2013 QNET FanHQ Competition to be launched very soon!! Check out FanHQ, and my VFan FB, Twitter and Blog pages for the latest updates on when you can start your own race to win a top-class grand prize!

– VFan

[Reblogged from QNET VFan: http://vfan.qnet.net/2012/12/14/the-results-are-in-for-the-2012-qnet-fanhq-competition/]

Be the Winner! Win the Ultimate Race Weekend at the Malaysia Grand Prix 2013

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The Ultimate Race Weekend at the Malaysia GP 2013!

  • 2 x Economy Round Trip Flights to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Airport Transfer Roundtrip to the hotel
  • 3 x Nights at a 5 star hotel accommodation for 2 people in Kuala Lumpur
  • 2 x Saturday and Sunday VIP Race Tickets
  • Transportation to and from Sepang Circuit over both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Access to the Marussia F1 Team Private Garage, Paddock, Pit Lane and the Team Tour
  • Meet and greet with the official Marussia F1 Team Race Car Drivers
  • Meet and greet with Dato’ Sri Dr. Vijay Eswaran and other Directors present

                                                         TOTAL VALUE OF THIS PRIZE: USD 20,000!

The FanHQ race is ON!!! Feast your eyes over the amazing Ultimate Race Weekend Grand Prize that could be yours!! It’s easy:

1)      Log into FanHQ through your VO or directly through the site at fanhq.qnet.net

2)      Check out “How to win Fanpoints” on the STARTING LINE homepage and play the FanHQ Quiz in THE GARAGE.

3)      Collect as many Fanpoints as you physically can and be in with your chance to win this spectacular prize at the Malaysia Grand Prix 2013! Be quick! You have until Friday, 7 December 2012 at 23:59 (Hong Kong Standard Time). Win this once-in-a-lifetime experience NOW!

Get Your Very Own Marussia F1 Team Rain Jacket Today!

via QNET Blog

The 2012 Formula 1 World Championship has successfully ended two days ago! The fun atmosphere and exciting aftermath are still hanging in the air! Treasure the memorable moments from this season by getting your hands on the Marussia F1 Team Rain Jacket to show off your team pride, now available in both Repeat and Redeem eStore!

The Marussia F1 Team Rain Jacket is striking red and black, adorning the team and sponsor logos together with Burrda sport wave detailing. It is shower proof and has a mesh lining, and concealed hood inside the neck with an adjustable elasticated hem to give you the perfect fit. This jacket is perfect for both men and women!

There’s no time to waste! We have limited stock of this fabulous product; visit your eStore to get your jacket today!

Source: Get Your Very Own Marussia F1 Team Rain Jacket Today!

Hamilton bags his 2nd Win in the US of A! [Reblogged] from QNET VFan

2012 United States Grand Prix | Circuit of The Americas
18 November 2012

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The F1 USA Grand Prix 2012 was victoriously claimed by 27 year-old Brit boy, Lewis Hamilton, as he sped into pole position for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes at the Circuit of Americas in Texas. Closely in tail, Sebastian Vettel, driving for the Red Bull team finished the race in 2nd position only just 0.675 seconds behind the win. What a nail biter! Clearly a great fight till the end by both drivers. With Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso taking 3rd place, the USA GP 2012 also marked a glorious moment for F1 placing all three world champions on the winners’ podium together for the first time.

Hamilton was super happy about this 2012 victory after having won the USA GP back in 2007 when America last held a Grand Prix, not to mention this also being his 21st F1 win in his racing career.

The Marussia F1 Team made a great performance finishing in 19th and 20th position, as well as maintaining their 10th place position in the World Constructors’ Championship!

The beautiful Circuit of Americas also hosted a star studded crowd of Formula 1 racing fans, including the likes of Hollywood celebrities Michael Fassbender, Ron Howard, Matt Le Blanc and Patrick Dempsey, as well as celebrity chef and entrepreneur Gordon Ramsey.

You can read the rest of the article, with more photos from the race, at http://vfan.qnet.net/2012/11/26/yeee-haaaa-circuit-of-americas-hamilton-bags-his-2nd-win-in-the-us-of-a/

The Marussia F1 Team Show Car Tour makes the rounds in India

Photo from gaadi.com.

We know it’s late (it’s a shame we missed posting this!) but the Marussia F1 Team Show Car Tour around India was just phenomenal! Below is one of several reports about the tour. (You can find the other news here, here, here, and here.)

The Marussia F1 Team’s Show Car takes on the ultimate tour, visiting seven cities across one of the most vibrant and exciting countries in the world.

The QNET Show Car World Tour 2012 is on a journey around the world, and has reached to the Indian subcontinent where it will walk down to seven cities.

QNET is a leading international direct selling company with exclusive lifestyle brands, it is the team’s Official Direct Selling Partner and the organiser of this tour. Marussia F1 Team fans and supporters of the high-speed sport can enjoy the rare opportunity of seeing a stunning state-of-the-art F1 car over these four weeks, and it will lead up to the Airtel Indian Grand Prix on 28th October, 2012.

Motor sport enthusiasts and fans can join the QNET-sponsored Marussia F1 Team show car at the first stop, which will be at the Forum Koramangala in Bangalore, from Wednesday 3rdOctober, 2012 to Sunday 7thOctober, 2012. Then it will moved onto Chennai from Tuesday 9th October for two days, followed by Pune, where it will be stationed at Phoenix Market City, Viman Nagar from Monday 15th October, 2012 to Wednesday 17th October, 2012. The fourth stop off will be in Mumbai from 19th October, 2012, travelling onto New Delhi at the DLF Promenade for four days from 25th October. The impressive vehicle will then swing by Phoenix United in Lucknow from 31st October, departing on Thursday 1st November. The final stop of the show car’s tour will be in Kanpur for two days from the 2nd until the 3rd November.

Timo Glock, Driver, Marussia F1 Team, said, “QNET has done a fantastic job with its 2012 Marussia F1 Team world showcar tour. By visiting cities that do not currently have a race, QNET is giving F1 fans the opportunity to see our car up-close and give them an insight into the complexities of Formula One design and engineering. I would recommend going to see the Marussia F1 Team show car if it makes a pit stop near you.”

To read the full story, head on to this site.


Carlin: Chilton, Fourth in the championship

Despite a disappointing final race of the year, the Marussia Carlin GP2 team leave Singapore happy with a strong second season in F1’s strongest feeder series.   Despite tyre degradation and a difficult start hampering the progress of Chilton and Haryanto respectively, Chilton secures fourth in the drivers’ championship while Haryanto can reflect on an impressive rookie season. In only their second season in GP2, Carlin have come to be the team to beat in the final races of the season, taking three pole positions from the last four qualifying sessions and two Feature race wins.
Following his dominant win on Saturday, Chilton started eighth for Sunday’s reverse grid Sprint race.  Having made his way through the order in Saturday’s Feature race, Haryanto started just behind his team mate in ninth place.
As the lights went out Chilton made a good start to hold position, while Haryanto found himself blocked as the field narrowed to enter the tight first corner.  At the end of the first lap Chilton had dropped one place to ninth, while Haryanto was running in 14th.
Despite dominating the field yesterday, Chilton was involved in a close fight with Felipe Nasr for ninth place throughout the opening laps.  The fight became more intense after Nathanael Berthon was given the black and orange flag and was forced to pit, elevating Chilton to eighth, while Haryanto was still running in 13th.
On lap five Chilton lost eighth place to Nasr as his Super Soft tyres started to lose performance, and dropped to 10th shortly after.  A black flag for Sergio Canamasas effectively elevated Chilton from 10th to 9th and Haryanto to 12th, although Canamasas failed to serve his penalty for several laps.
The one and only safety car of the race came out after Robert Binder crashed and was left stranded across the start/finish straight.  After marshals had cleared away the accident, the racing action got underway again on lap 12 and at the restart both Carlin men held their position.  However, both Chilton and Haryanto came under attack and were 12th and 13th on lap 14.
Running on the Super Soft tyres, Chilton was clearly struggling for pace and was passed by his team mate on lap 15.  Haryanto continued to make progress and was involved in a close battle with Stefan Richelmi, which resulted in contact between the two on lap 20.  In a relatively uneventful end to the race, the young Indonesian went on to finish 11th, while Chilton was 19th.
Reflecting on his end to the season Chilton said, “I’m hugely happy and proud of what the team and myself have achieved over the past two years.  We have both developed as one and to grab fourth in the championship following our second Feature race win at the last round of the season is the icing on the cake.  I just want to thank the team and my engineer Andy for all their hard work which have made these results possible.”
Haryanto added, “It’s been a mixed season in GP2, as a rookie it’s been a steep learning curve and I’m happy to have shown my pace with a pole position and several battles for the podium but I’m frustrated that that hasn’t been converted into more points.  Having said that, I’ve built a great foundation this year for future seasons.”