Luiz Razia Announced as the New Marussia F1 Team Driver

It’s official! 23 year old Brazilian Luiz Razia, 2012 GP2 Series runner-up and Marussia F1 Team Reserve Driver in 2010, is joining forces with Max Chilton to complete the Marussia F1 Team driver line-up for 2013.

After months of negotiations, Marussia have snapped up Razia, putting him straight to work today! Starting Day 2 of the teams test drive programme, Razia will be testing the new Marussia MR-02 racing car for the first time today in Jerez, Spain, after Max Chilton’s test drive yesterday.

Read the rest of the article here.

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/]

Rápido! Formula One 2012 Ends With An Incredible Race at the Brazilian GP! [Reblogged from QNET VFan]

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Brazilian Grand Prix | Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, São Paulo

25 November 2012

 PIC P12 1:20.310

GLOCK P16 1:19.686

Crowds were wowed by one of the most dramatic races that  Formula 1 has seen in a long time. The Brazilian Grand Prix, which hosted the final race of the year, saw Sebastian Vettel able to secure his world championship for Red Bull by a mere three points more than Fernando Alonso and Ferrari. This made Vettel the youngest ever triple World Champion. But McLaren truly dominated the race at Interlagos, São Paulo this weekend, with Lewis Hamilton starting from Pole and leading for a large portion of the race, to then have his endeavours cut short as he was shunted off the track by Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg. However with Jenson Button taking control of the situation and fighting his way to the front of the pack, eventually taking the chequered flag, McLaren ended third in the World Constructors’ Championship.

Timo Glock and Charles Pic performed to the max, achieving a brilliant race result for the Marussia F1 Team ending in 16th and 12th positions respectively. Timo had a great start to the race reaching 7th position at one point, showing his experience and prowess, but was hit from behind by Jean-Eric Vergne and sadly for the Marussia F1 Team could not recover all the way to his advantage. The pressure was on for Charles to maintain his position in the race, but despite a sustained battle with Caterham’s Vitaly Petrov, the Russian managed to overtake Pic with 7 laps remaining, unfortunately costing Marussia F1 Team their 10th position in the Constructor’s’ Championship…

You can read the rest of the article (with high resolution pictures from the race!) at http://vfan.qnet.net/2012/11/30/rapido-formula-one-2012-ends-with-an-incredible-race-at-the-brazilian-gp/

QNET sponsors bid to include Squash in the 2020 Olympics

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Exciting news for all QNET sport fans! QNET has sponsored the bid to include squash in the 2020 Olympics, which took place at the Finals of the Hong Kong Squash Open last Sunday where members of the Olympic Committee (OOC) is making the big decision!

This Sunday, at the Hong Kong Squash Open, every spectator will be given a ‘Back The 2020 Squash Olympics Bid’ t-shirt with the QNET logo on.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANicole David, World No. 1 Women’s squash player and Malaysia’s best known export, was in Hong Kong last weekend to play in the Hong Kong Squash Open (25/11 to 2/12) and to retain her title.
She has been the world number one for over six years now and in unrelenting form. 2012 has probably been the highlight of her career and she won all the first four tournaments she entered including the first ever World Series Finals in January, alongside the PSA event at Queen’s Club, London.

Small and slight, the girl nicknamed the Duracell Bunny is unbelievably fast on court and a great retriever with a fully rounded attacking force.

She is one of the top supporters and icons of the World Squash Federation’s bid for squash to be included in the 2020 Olympics.  “I’d gladly give up my 6 world titles for one Olympic Gold”, she said.   WSF has selected this year’s Hong Kong’s Squash Open to be the showcase event for the OOC to judge whether it’s good enough to be included in the 2020 Olympics.

Burkina Faso’s Ouedraogo wins Tour Du Faso 2012

Rasmaney from Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU (Burkina Faso), Oct 28, 2012: It was a day of national joy and pride for Burkina Faso when Rasmane Ouedraogo was crowned the Champion of Tour Du Faso 2012.

The local boy achieved this feat after completing a gruelling 1,337.3km over 10 stages under the punishing sun, crossing tough but magnificent landscape in this West African nation.

The 26th edition of the Tour Du Faso, one of Africa’s premier cycling events attracted 15 teams and 70 riders including a team each from Germany, France, Netherlands and Belgium.

Champion Ouedraogo, who took up cycling as a sport in 2002, said he is very happy that QNET has come on board to sponsor the Tour. He attributed his success to determination and hard work. “I spent the last four months in France preparing for the Tour Du Faso with an intensive training program prepared by my coach.

“Since this is the fourth time I am participating in this Tour, I know the level of competition is very high and I was determined to be fully prepared,” he said.

QNET Director of Sports Sponsorships, Mr Joachim Steffen, said he is delighted that a local rider from Burkina Faso won the 2012 edition of Tour Du Faso.

“We share the joy and pride of the people of Burkina Faso today, and I say congratulations to you. It is truly amazing what Ouedraogo has achieved in this very competitive cycling event.

“As a company that prides itself in harnessing the power of sport, QNET is truly proud to be a part of the Tour Du Faso. We look forward to seeing cyclists from Burkina Faso and Africa in general go on to win many more international cycling awards,” he said.

QNET actively engages in sports sponsorships – from motor sports and football, to hockey and badminton – and aims to promote collaboration and giving back to local communities, through its sponsorships.

The company believes their association with the Tour Du Faso will help positively raise the profile of the event, while drawing on the passion, teamwork, drive and success that is associated between sports and its direct selling business, as both are platforms for true excellence and performance.

QNET announces sponsorship of Tour Du Faso

October 19, 2012: Global direct selling company, QNET, said today it is excited to be a partner of Tour Du Faso, the 10-day annual cycling event in Burkina Faso. The sponsorship signifies its commitment to sports in the African continent.

QNET Director of Sports Sponsorships, Mr Joachim Steffen, said he is extremely pleased to work with the Burkina Cycling Federation to support this Tour.

“As a company, we pride ourselves with our portfolio of sponsorships and value the manner which sport acts as a tool to bring communities together. We are thrilled to be associated with this Tour and look forward to a successful race. We wish all the cyclists a safe and enjoyable competition,” he said.

QNET Regional Director for Africa, Mr Krishna Kumar, added that he was pleased at the company’s strong support for such a magnificent event as the Tour Du Faso.

“Cycling is a tough and enduring sport. It reflects QNET’s innate ability to persevere to the end as we aim for success. We hope the people across Burkina Faso and the surrounding region will turn out in full force to watch the race, cheer on the teams and enjoy the evening concerts,” he said.

The Tour Du Faso was first staged in 1987 and has since prospered, becoming an integral part of the Burkina Faso calendar. This year’s race takes place from October 19 to 28. It will flag-off and end in Ouagadougou.

QNET actively engages in sports sponsorships – from motorsports and football, to hockey and badminton – and aims to promote collaboration and giving back to local communities, through its sponsorships. The company believes their association with the Tour Du Faso will help positively raise the profile of the event, while drawing on the passion, teamwork, drive and success that can be associated between sports and its business in direct sales since both are platforms for true excellence and performance.

In this 26th edition, the Tour Du Faso will make its way through 10 stages, crossing some of the magnificent landscape of this West African nation.  The total distance covered by the cyclists is a staggering 1,337.3km over 10 days.

QNET will be present at each stage of the race, supporting the cyclists. In the evenings, it will sponsor concerts in every location along the race route, where the organisers expect to see between 10,000 to 30,000 attendees each night.