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Feb 22

SBK: Guintoli Fastest Qualifer For Superbike Opener At Phillip Island

Sylvain Guintoli will start from pole in Sunday's Superbike season opener. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sylvain Guintoli will start from pole in Sunday’s World Superbike season opener. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sylvain Guintoli of France produced the fastest-ever qualifying time at the Phillip Island circuit to claim pole position for Sunday’s opening race of the Superbike World Championship.

Guintoli steered his Aprilia around the 4.445-kilometer circuit in 1 minute, 30.038 seconds, beating the previous best lap of 1 minute, 30.234 seconds, set by Carlos Checa last year.

Feb 22

F1: Pirelli Pleased With Tire Performance In Bahrain

Pirelli Formula One  boss Paul Hembery. (Photo: Getty)

Pirelli Formula One boss Paul Hembery. (Photo: Getty)

Pirelli Formula One  boss Paul Hembery says that the teams made good progress with its latest tires in Bahrain this week, and the conclusion is that they are more consistent and durable than last year.

Pirelli admits that it has taken a conservative route, but Hembery repeated that the company is willing to make changes if necessary.

Feb 22

F1: We’re Making Progress Insists Renault Boss White

Rob White, Renault F1′s deputy managing director. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Rob White, Renault F1′s deputy managing director. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Inevitably Renault was again in the spotlight at Bahrain this week, although the problems experienced by its four cars were by no means all down to the power unit supplier. After the test the company issued this Q&A with Rob White, Renault F1′s deputy managing director (technical).

Q: What were the key steps taken between Jerez and Bahrain?

Feb 22

F1: Nasr Tests Williams After Landing Reserve Role

Felipe Nasr, reserve driver, Williams F1. (Photo: Lat Photographic)

Felipe Nasr, reserve driver, Williams F1. (Photo: Lat Photographic)

As expected Felipe Nasr has been confirmed as the Williams reserve driver for 2014, and the Brazilian had his first experience of the new car in Bahrain today.

Nasr won the 2011 British F3 title and has raced in GP2 for the past two seasons. He also finished third in the 2012 Daytona 24 Hours. He will run in five Friday FP1 sessions.

Feb 22

F1: Mercedes Ends Bahrain Test On High With Rosberg Fastest

Nico Rosberg during day four of Formula One Winter Testing at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Nico Rosberg during day four of Formula One Winter Testing at the Bahrain International Circuit. (Photo: Getty)

Nico Rosberg and Mercedes topped the times in Bahrain today, and the German also set the fastest time of the week.

It was not a perfect day as he stopped on circuit and brought out red flag on two occasions, but still managed to record 89 laps, the highest number achieved by any driver today.