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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Schumacher Now a Mercedes Driver

Another F1GPnews prediction has come to be. Schumacher is now a Mercedes driver.

As for Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Jaques Villeneuve the pull of F1 is too great to resist a return for the great Herr Schumacher.

What a spectacle it will be when Button goes head to head in the same car with Lewis Hamilton and Alonso takes his Ferrari to the limit with Ferrari-favourite and former ambassador and multiple World Champion Schumacher in a Mercedes!

Four recent world champions on one grid. What a shame Raikkonen could not have hung on for one more year.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Why Schumacher Will Sign for Mercedes

When Michael Schumacher signs for Mercedes it will be to reunite him with Ross Brawn.

Jenson Button knew that this was imminent and McLaren tipped him off when he visited the factory in Woking and ended up signing for them rather than staying with Brawn. This was despite his world championship winning year with them and disregarded the risks of joining 'Hamilton's team'.

That is what appears most likely at this point in time. It's the guessing that makes F1 such a constant attraction and distraction in so many ways.

Schumacher's return will make 2010 incredibly exciting as he pits his skills against the reigning and previous world champions, his likely successor at Mercedes when his Red Bull contract ends, and another young german team mate whose father was F1 champion and held the all time lap record at Silverstone at 160 mph average speed.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Silverstone Contract

As suggested here on November 4th, Silverstone has signed a 17 year deal to host the British Grand Prix.

This will give the security needed to carry out a substantial redevelopment of the historic circuit.

A 5% annual cost uplift and 10 year break clause are understood to be part of the package.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Schumacher to Join Silver Arrows Brawn Mercedes


It is the reported opinion of Eddie Jordan that Michael Schumacher will join Mercedes Brawn F1 GP team.

In an interview with the BBC, Jordan, who gave Schumacher his F1 debut, expressed the clear opinion that Brawn's team will sign the seven times world champion for 2010. To clear the way he will need to be released from the conditions of his contract with Ferrari.

To read more about Michael Schumacher click here on the topics bar.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

McLaren vs Brawn

So as predicted here on November 11th, Jenson Button is now a McLaren driver and as suggested on November 9th Brawn will race in silver.

How will they get on? McLaren's long relationship with Mercedes is not dead as they will continue to use Mercedes engines. Brawn as a team will benefit from increased funding but perhaps suffer from interference into Ross Brawn's peerless engineering management.

What about Button vs Rosberg, the new Brawn driver? Button is an enduring racer and a consistent points scorer. Rosberg is quick in first practice.

More musings later.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

McLaren to Sign Button

Having been at Honda then Brawn for so long, my instinct is that Jenson Button will not be able to resist the new challenge of signing for McLaren Mercedes for 2010.

Although this may lay him open to accusations of moving for money, his defense will be that this opportunity may not arise again. To have the current and former world champion in the same team will be a revival of the Prost-Senna era.

It is very unlikely that there would be any of the friction that arose when Alonso was Lewis Hamilton's parter.

That would give Kimi Raikkonen the option of moving to Brawn and reunite him with Ross who helped him to his championship at Ferrari. Ross Brawn is used to drivers who will push in every race regardless of whether this may lose them points. Many believe that Button is that sort of driver but Brawn may not be convinced. Raikkonen does not need the money since Ferrari are effectively paying his salary for next year with his premature severance pay to make way for Alonso.

Button's alternative is to negotiate more freedom for income through endorsements whilst accepting a lower salary from Brawn GP.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Brawn to Race In Silver?

With Mercedes rumoured to be looking to take a 75% stake in Brawn GP - the question arises as to whether they would race in silver rather than the now familiar white and yellow.

Jenson Button will no doubt be interested in the outcome of such a takeover and the investment it would draw in.

One of his options is to join the McLaren team itself. Would he be joining a team that would become to Mercedes what Toro Rosso is to Red Bull?

Either way there is little doubt that Ross Brawn remains probably the best engineering manager and stategist in the pit lane. With Button's own World Championship he becomes the most successful manager of drivers world champions considering his pivotal role in all of Schumacher's successes also.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Silverstone Signs Deal for 2010 British Grand Prix

This is the headline all British grand prix fans want to see and many others elsewhere.

Although only £600,000 profit was made this year from the event, the spin offs are worth hundreds of times that sum to the economy.

It seems likely that a deal will be done within the next week with Silverstone remaining on the formula one calendar.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Jenson Button | My Championship Year

To celebrate Jenson Button's 2009 F1 World Championship win, the book 'My Championship Year" is available to order now from F1 GP Bookstore.

Jenson came home 3rd to close out the season with a podium finish in Abu Dhabi.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Hamilton Hot in Abu Dhabi | Button's Form Deserts Him

Lewis Hamilton set a blistering pace to take pole by half a second at the brand new Abu Dhabi circuit. New world champion Jenson Button spoke of having to change his safety helmet and then vibration under braking as distractions leaving him able not to do better than fifth.

In case you had hoped to order a ticket for a 2010 British Grand Prix before the end of November 2009, you will be disappointed to know that a deal has still not been signed.

The galvanised scaffold grandstands I have sat in since fhe 1960s remain strangely silent.



Friday, 30 October 2009

Silverstone Circuit Designs


Silverstone have already commissioned designs for redevelopment including a new pit complex.

These were prepared by HOK Sport. Whether or not they will go ahead may be part of the deal.

HOK Sport worked with Foster and Partners on the Wembley Stadium. Does Silverstone have the time and cost control in place to realise such a scheme?

Picture credit : Building.co.uk

F1 | Architects

Architects are used to working with design technology - you don't need to go all the way to Abu Dhabi to find good examples.

I have worked with svaarchitects in Berkshire and they came up with some good designs too.

F1 News | Silverstone Circuit vs Abu Dhabi


As Donington gets the thumbs down from Bernie Ecclestone, Silverstone is again endeavouring to get an agreement on staging the 2010 British Grand Prix.

The negotiators are Bernie vs Damon. Two different syles here.

No doubt contrasts will be drawn between the facilities in Abu Dhabi and those at Silverstone. Questions of funding will arise and a compromise will be reached that allows Silverstone to make some minor changes while continuing to hold the GP.

Talking of differences in style it is a good time to mention the excellent architects Hani Rashid and Lisa Anne Couture of New York based Asymptote who were responsible for the building most often featured in shots of the Abu Dhabi facilities - not a grandstand or a club house but a hotel - the Yas Hotel in fact.

Maybe that is a way of funding a visual update for Silverstone.

picture source: http://www.asymptote-architecture.com

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Raikkonen to McLaren

News is still awaiting confirmation but a move by Kimi Raikkonen to McLaren is a tantalising prospect.

Both Raikkonen and Hamilton are former world champions and both are blisteringly quick in a raw talent kind of way.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Brawn | Button Holding Out

Newly crowned World Champion Jenson Button has not yet signed a contract for 2010.

According to general news sources, funding has yet to be agreed. Ross Brawn expects this to be agreed within the next few weeks.

To put things in perspective and depending on the driver, an F1 driver's salary for between five days and two weeks is the equivalent of what a mechanic earns in one year.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Jenson Buttons World Title

Today Jenson Button clinched the Formula One World Championship. With four stunning overtaking moves he climbed from 14th to 5th in probably the most gripping race of the season.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Jenson Button World Champion | F1


Jenson Button World F1 champion 2009. Those words will resound from Brazil if he finishes in third place this weekend.

What would you do if you were in his position? Anyone who has taken part in a karting event with friends will know that you need to hammer it in qualifying to go for pole in the race.

From there you are clear of the danger of being tagged by other competitors in the melée of the first corner and can control the race thereafter.

Is it just Vettel who is a threat for victory? Barrichello will be out to please his home fans and Hamilton will be very fast. The one to watch is Mark Webber. He can be very influential over the result for Red Bull.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Race Averages | Last Eight

In F1 news of points scored is always interesting.

In the past eight races Button has averaged 3 points per race, Barrichello 4.5 and Vettel 5. If this average continues, Button will finish the season with 91 points, Barrichello 80 and Vettel 79.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Button Loses Ground

Sebastian Vettel built on his excellent pole position with a clear victory in Suzuka.

Button followed Barrichello into eighth to pick up one more point. Vettel reminded everyone before the race of Hamilton's debut year when a seemingly unassailable margin was overhauled by Kimi Raikkonen in the last three races.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Vettel on Pole

With several drivers struggling at Suzuka and having their qualifying cut short with crashes, Sebastian Vettel took pole position. The other championship contenders Barrichello and Button came in 5th and seventh respectively.

Ross Brawn clarified the unusual number of accidents by explaining that an oversteer set up is quick at Suzuka. This reduces the margins when the limit of adhesion is reached.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Hamilton's New Team Mate

Although yet to be confirmed, McLaren F1 appear to be lining up to announce the news of next year's driver line up.

Not since the days of Prost and Senna have McLaren had such a strong partnership as they will have should Kimi Raikkonen leave Ferrari one year early to join Lewis Hamilton.

Heikki Kovalainen is extremely talented and may well prove to be very successful in a new team.

Fernando Alonso would replace Raikkonen at Ferrari. On past experience of other team partners, it is not clear that Massa will find him as good company as Kimi has been.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Singapore GP | Hamilton Wins

Lewis Hamilton put in a flawless performance to win the 2009 Singapore GP.

The news is that Button with his fifth place only lost one point to Vettel and pulled out another on Barrichello. He has a 15 point lead in the championship with three races to go.

Monday, 21 September 2009

FIA Verdict

The Renault F1 Team received a two year ban suspended on the basis that no comparable offense is committed during that period. Failing this a permanent exclusion from the sport would be applied.

Following a frank admission of events leading to the deliberate crashing of Nelson Piquet's car, Renault will pay the full costs of the investigation and agreed to commit significant funding to the safety work of the FIA.

As a result of the crash a safety car was deployed and the combination of this and an early
refuelling of Alonso's car was alleged to have contributed to his race victory in Singapore.

FIA Hearing Paris

News is awaited of the FIA decision today on last year's Singapore GP events.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Briatore and Symonds Quit

Flavio Briatore and Director of Engineering Pat Symonds have left the Renault Formula One team.

There is no news on the future of the team.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Lotus | F1 | 2010


Excellent news has been released that Team Lotus will return to F1 in 2010.

Mike Gascoigne will be technical director.

Historic names such as Jim Clark and Graham Hill have driven Lotus cars to their six F1 drivers titles.

FIA Press Release:-

Following an intensive selection and due diligence process, the FIA has awarded the 13th entry in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship to the Lotus F1 Team.

The FIA also received an impressive application from the BMW Sauber Team. However, given that BMW has announced it will withdraw its support in 2010, there are still uncertainties regarding the future ownership of the team.

Nevertheless, the FIA considers that BMW Sauber’s application is of high quality and would constitute a competitive participant in the Championship. As such, it has awarded BMW Sauber the '14th place' in the Championship meaning that it will be entitled to fill any vacancy that arises on the 2010 grid.

In addition, the FIA believes that a good case can be made for expanding the grid to 14 teams. The FIA will be consulting urgently with the existing teams regarding the introduction of an appropriate rule change to expand the grid to 28 cars in time for the first Grand Prix in 2010.

Detailed below is information about the new team that has been confirmed to compete in the Championship from next year.

Company Name: 1Malaysia F1 Team Sdn Bhd
Team Name: Lotus F1 Team
Country: Malaysia
Team Principal: Tony Fernandes


A partnership between the Malaysian Government and a consortium of Malaysian entrepreneurs, 1Malaysia F1 Team returns the Lotus name as a constructor to Formula One for the first time since 1994. The team will initially be based at the RTN facility in Norfolk, UK, some 10 miles from the Lotus Cars factory. A 50,000 square foot fully equipped facility, RTN was built by Toyota for its initial Formula One programme and then used by Bentley for its successful Le Mans programme.

The team’s future design, R&D, manufacturing and technical centre will be purpose built at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit.

Team Principal Tony Fernandes is the founder and CEO of the Malaysian-based Tune Group, owner of the Air Asia airline. The team’s Technical Director Mike Gascoyne has over 20 years of experience in Formula One having previously performed the same role for the Force India, Toyota, Renault and Jordan Formula One teams.

As part of its application to compete in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, the team has agreed an engine supply deal with Cosworth and a wide variety of technical partnerships including Xtrac and FondTech.

Drivers Table After Monza

With four races left, Button and Barrichello would need a very unusual circumstance not to win the F1 drivers championship this year.

For example Vettel wins all four remaining races and Button fails to make the podium.

For the few that don't have it in their head - here's the F1 points system from first to eighth:-

10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

A couple of DNFs however and the pressure is back on. And if Barrichello wins the last four, Button will need to be right behind him...

Monday, 14 September 2009

Brawn 1-2 | F1 News | Monza | Brawn 1-2


There was something just right about the race at Monza.

Many drivers appeared to be pushing the limits of their cars. Hamilton did so until finally the grip gave way on the last lap and hit the barrier.

Button was swapping fastest sector times with Hamilton as they both chased Barrichello.

A Ferrari on the podium in the shape of Raikkonen again was just the right thing.

Then Ross Brawn, the architect of 9 world championships, gave a calm, professional interview stating that for the rest of the season, both drivers will be given the same open treatment to close down the championship.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Mansell Advises Button


The great entertainer and proven winner Nigel Mansell has advised Jenson Button to loosen up ahead of the Monza F1 GP.

We all remember Murray Walker announcing excitedly 'Mansell's on a charge', race after race.

Mansell gave the impression he was fighting for every point and that is what is needed for the rest of the season.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Massa Plastic Surgery


'Today Felipe Massa had plastic surgery at his brain box.'

In case this sounds rather flippant - please see felipemassa.com.

The operation took place yesterday at Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein hospital.

Picture credit: felipemassa.com

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Vettel at Monza

Sebastian Vettel won the 2008 Italian Grand Prix at Monza in a Toro Rosso.

This year he goes to Italy in his Red Bull with 53 points - 19 behind championship leader Jenson Button.

A win in the wet like last year would close the gap, particularly if Button follows the form of his races from Silverstone on.

Monday, 7 September 2009

F1 | News | Drivers Table



As the Monza GP Italy approaches this is the drivers table.

With 5 races to go Button needs 35 points to secure the title. That assumes that Barichello wins all remaining races. The reality is that, along with Button himself, wins will likely be divided between Raikonnen, Hamilton, Webber and Vettel. On that basis Button looks even more secure.

His best strategy would still be to go out and win the next two races.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Fisichella Joins Ferrari


Force India driver Giancarlo Fisichella, contrary to previous denials by his team, has joined Ferrari for the remainder of the season.

The 36 year old driver has won three races to date and was second in the last race at Spa. His form may well continue to Monza which will of course be his home race and a popular Italian drive.

As you can see from this photo he looks like boy who has at last been given a toy he has always wanted.

image credit: Ferrari.com

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Ferrari Vacancy

Now that Michael Schumacher has postponed his return due to his neck injury and Felipe Massa has been cleared by his medical team but not to race until next year, the seat at Ferrari for Monza is still in debate.

The current incumbent Luca Badoer as had a less than successful at deputising rounding out the field last at Spa while his team mate competed 4 wins out of 5 at the Belgian circuit.

Force India have ruled out releasing Fisichella for Monza preferring to believe that they can repeat their second place success at Spa with him or do even better.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Belgian Grand Prix | Ferrari Force Win

As Kimi Raikonnen took Ferrari's first victory of the season, Force India came in second with Fisichella being quicker for most of the race. Beaten by KERS at the start, it was not possible to take the win but only a second separated first and second at the end.

Vettel closed the championship gap on Button with third place. Button had his first DNF of the year after being hit from behind by Grosjean on lap 1.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

India Force Spa Front Row

Giancarlo Fisichella put his Force India F1 car on pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix tomorrow. This is of course the team's best ever result and is a fitting reward for some steady development progress this year.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

F1 Champs


This weekend the F1 GP team moves to Spa Francorchamps. This is perhaps the most evocative of all circuits and in particular the Red Water Road or Route de l'Eau Rouge. This corner creates immense compression and lateral G-Forces which may have concerned Schumacher when considering whether his neck was up to a return this year.

Picture credit: www.spa-francorchamps.be

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Rubens Dedicates Win

Rubens Barrichello dedicated his win in Valencia today to his absent friend Felipe Massa.

In an emotional mood he drove the BrawnGP to his first victory in five years.

As Vettel retired with a broken engine and Webber finished behind him, Jenson Button was able to limit the damage from his seventh place.

-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Hamilton on Pole | F1 | Valencia

Remember our blog from Hungary?

"if Lewis Hamilton continues his Hungary form and closes out the season by winning the next 7 races he could be world champion with 89 points".

Well he is moving forward to this goal by setting an excellent pole time with Button back in 5th.

F1 Valencia

Alonso celebrated his permission to race by setting FTD in Friday practice.

Jenson Button came in second fastest.

Meanwhile Vettel's Valencia was marked by his confirming a seat at Red Bull again next year.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Alonso in Valencia

The FIA Court of Appeal have reduced the sentence passed on the Renault F1 team. This followed their expulsion from the next Spanish Grand Prix in Valencia after failing to secure a wheel on Fernando Alonso's car in Hugary and then failing to notify the problem.

The sentence has been reduced from a ban to a fine which means that Alonso will race after all.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Massa To Race at Monza | F1 News

Rumours are spreading that Felipe Massa will reappear at the Italian Grand Prix to race for Ferrari again.

However all will depend on the medical prognosis from his accident.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

The Third Car

Schumacher surpassed Fangio's record of 5 F1 World Championships which had stood for 46 years.

Imagine him driving a Lancia Ferrari, Maserati or Alfa Romeo as a third car next year entered by Fiat group.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Schumacher in a Lancia Ferrari


What will Schumacher do next is a question that has been posed on this site and others.

How about a Lancia Ferrari drive?

Come on Luca you know it makes sense...

Maserati For F1


As Luca di Montezemolo proposes 3 Ferrari cars for next years F1 grid there must be a better alternative...

If the funding is there for an additional car let's have instead a Maserati from di Montezemolo's group or an Alfa Romeo.

Far more exciting and evocative.

Imagine a Maserati 2050F!

Meanwhile here's an older version...

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

What Will Schumacher Do Now?


You will likely have seen Michael Schumacher testing in advance of his recent announcement. He used a kart which he considers to be the closest thing to the Formula One driving experience.

The kart was supplied by 2008 karting world champions Tonykart.

In terms of balance, steering input, reflexes and hand to eye coordination, karting is viewed generally as the best preparation for the demands of F1.

Picture courtesy of TonyKart website.

Schumacher Says - 'I'll Not be Back'

Unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Schumacher will not be back.

He states on his website "Yesterday evening, I had to inform Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal Stefano Domenicali that unfortunately I'm not able to step in for Felipe. I really tried everything to make that temporary comeback possible, however, much to my regret it didn't work out. Unfortunately we did not manage to get a grip on the pain in the neck."

Instead test driver Luca Badoer will take the seat.

Schumacher to Fly in Space

According to magazine Arabian Business Michael Schumacher has signed up for a trip into space on the Virgin Galactic. It is not clear whether he will be allowed to train for this or carry out testing in advance.

Schumacher's Track Day

While the rest of F1 is observing a testing ban as a cost-cutting measure. Michael Schumacher has to get out his own personal cheque book.

He has to hire a 2007 car for a test day and pay for it himself including the petrol.
This is in order not to to infringe the ban on testing a 2009 specification car imposed on all the teams.

Should his neck not hold up he may not be able to claim this hire cost against expenses, as a failure to pass the impending medical will mean Ferrari have to look elsewhere for a substitute driver. This may prove difficult as the testing will not be wholly in connection with his profession. Rules, rules rules.

By the way track days are great fun.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Silverstone | F1| 2010


I am sure the British Grand Prix will be at Silverstone in 2010.

As you will see from the earlier post, Eddie, Johnny and Damon would rather perform at Silverstone than Donington. It is not clear at this time whether Beyonce will also be on stage after the Singapore show. Eddie used to work opposite, Johnny has won there and Damon is BRDC President so the clubhouse is a short walk.

I remember going to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and Brands Hatch. To me Silverstone is the place.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Quotes March 2009 - Times Change!

"If they carry on like that they will win the championship by the end of the year".

So spoke Felipe Massa, last year's runner up to Lewis Hamilton about BrawnGP in Australia.

The F1GPnewsonline.com Blog continued 'Let's not forget also that Button was on pole in Australia as recently as 2006. That year Ferrari were 11th on the grid (Schumacher) and in the other Ferrari (Massa) no time was set due to a crash in qualifying.'

Now Schumacher is back and Massa is in recovery.

Button Getting Fitter

Jenson Button continues is 2009 fitness regime by taking part in triathlon events, most recently the London Triathlon.

Motor racing is viewed by many as somehow not requiring the fitness levels of other sports.

However all serious drivers have a fitness regime comparable to any other top athlete.

Of course Mark Webber has only recently returned to full fitness following his pre-season cycle race accident and injury to his leg and shoulder. Clearly training is itself not without risk.



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Does Schumacher Have the Neck to Return to Formula 1?

It is well known what G-Forces modern Formula 1 cars create due to braking and cornering. Drivers have to train with weights to strengthen their necks. Schumacher has already complained that his injury in a motorcyling accident earlier this year is giving him pain. He is continuing his training in the gym and in 2-stroke karting which is excellent for training cooordination and handling balance.

Schumacher understandably does not want his return to create a pain in the neck for himself or others to have to deal with.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

F1 | GP Testing Ban Between Races

The BBC reports that Ross Brawn may face a ban for alleged high speed driving in Devon.

Brawn is well aware that high speed driving and testing vehicle limits between races is banned. It is not clear whether Brawn components were being used on the car.

Meanwhile Schumacher continues to test using GP2 tyres on older models of his car.

Eddie Jordan to Perform at British GP

As Singapore GP promoters prepare for this years race, meanwhile the British Grand Prix promoters may perhaps consider a return by Eddie Jordan, Johnny Herbert and Damon Hill to play as a band at Donington. It is felt however that BRDC president Hill would prefer to perform at Silverstone.

Beyonce to Appear at Singapore F1 GP

As part of the race promotion, 24-26 September 2009, the F1Rocks concert will feature Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, ZZ Top and Jacky Cheung.

This will take place at Fort Canning Park Singapore and is a measure of the serious import the race promoters are giving to F1.

Monday, 3 August 2009

F1 News | Return of Red 5?


We hope sincerely that there are no more accidents this year. However if Nico or Kazuki should fall victim to the swine flu - Maybe Nigel will make a comeback!

Should Schumacher re-enter F1 Part Way through the Season?

Let's not forget that Schumacher replaced Roberto Moreno at Benetton part way through the 1991 season. He also replaced Bertrand Gachot at Jordan in the same manner.

F1 News | Massa Flies Home to Brazil

Following his accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa boarded a private jet today.

He returns to Brazil with his wife to continue his recovery from head and eye injuries sustained in the accident when he was hit by a flying spring from Barrichello's BrawnGP. Massa walked unaided onto the jet.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Brawn vs Ferrari in Valencia


Jenson Button must be looking forward to qualifying in Valencia.

The weather will be hot. Michael Schumacher is back. Schumacher's long-term engineer and strategist is on Button's side now and Brawn does not like to be beaten.


Friday, 31 July 2009

Schumacher Applies for Driving Licence

Just had a thought as Schumacher applies for a renewal of his F1 Superlicence.

I could just picture him staring at an application form as we all have at some time in our lives. We get to the section which asks for a statement of qualifications and experience. Often the box has a comment similar to 'Please continue on a separate sheet if insufficient space'.

Then Schumacher gets out his old typewriter and hammers away patiently, trying not to sound unrealistic or to be exaggerating. Get the picture?

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Will Schumacher Ever Return to F1?


Yes he will! The seat will be filled.

The question - 'How would he do against Hamilton and Vettel and a rejuvanated Button?' - many thought would never be answered.

Subject to the result of an intensive fitness training programme and the prognosis on the neck and back injuries he sustained in a bike accident in February, Schumacher will be battling it out in Valencia.

He will have no opportunity to familiarise himself with the F1 Ferrari until Friday practice owing to the current testing ban.

This return comes at a time when Ferrari are closing the gap and have made it back to the podium again at last in recent races.

Schumacher's return will add another ingredient to the field who have been taking points off each other following initial Brawn dominance this season and should make for a tighter closing seven races.

BMW to Quit F1


One of the most vociferous critics of cost capping in F1, BMW, have announce that this season will be their last.

Company spokesman Norbert Reithofer cited 'strategic realignment' as the reason and indicated that the company will continue to be actively involved in other motorsport series.

Maybe BMW will move to the LM series where they entered and won the Le Mans 24 hours in 1999. The team was directed by Gerhard Berger and the winning car driven by Winkelhock, Dalmas and Martini.

Massa Recovering

Excellent news is coming from several quarters, the Hungary hospital and from visitors, to the effect that Felipe Massa's eye injury may be less serious that first feared.

In addition to this he has been speaking in three languages to visitors - a good sign that his faculties are intact. All would unite in wishing his recovery may continue in this positive way...

Monday, 27 July 2009

A Model for Safer F1 Cars?

While many are looking for ways of making F1 cars safer, perhaps inspiration can be drawn from historic cars such as this 1950s F1 Vanwall.

The screen could be made from bullet resistant polycarbonate.

Drivers would remain visible to spectators but be in a safer environment.

With the low seating position of modern F1 cars a screen of similar size would be level with the top of the driver's head and give good protection from frontal impact while allowing full accessibility in the event of an accident. This is clearly preferable to a 'jet pod' full enclosure proposed by others.

Hamilton's Hopes | World Champion 2009?

Now that McLaren have developed a winning car, if Lewis Hamilton continues his Hungary form and closes out the season by winning the next 7 races he could be world champion with 89 points!

Far-fetched? If Button carries on as he is with two points per race he will end up with 84 points only. Last year Hamilton won with 98 points.

So Brawn are in for a busy three weeks of development leading up to Valencia. Button's impression is that the recent modifications have made the car less balanced.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Motorsport Safety Concerns

The last week has highlighted the need for additional reviews of motorsport safety.

First Henry Surtees and now Felipe Massa have been victims of being hit by stray components. Currently Massa's condition is described as stable.

The incident with Alonso's car could also have resulted in a wheel striking another driver or spectator.

The FIA will investigate and report on what can be implemented in future regulation.

We have come a long way since cars regularly vaulted unbarriered banking at Brooklands or Monza. However, despite progress from straw bales to Armco, from grass run-offs to gravel traps, from cloth caps to full face helmets and HANS devices, further reflective analysis will no doubt lead to improved safety.

Hungry Hammy

Lewis Hamilton dominated proceedings in Hungary today to take a well deserved victory after waiting patiently since China last year.

McLaren have taken time to adapt to the new rules. With Raikkonen's Ferrari also on the podium it looks as if the old guard are on their way back...

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Audi F1

In case you found the Auto Union picture enticing - here's a link to an Audi F1 in the mind of another muse...

Audi to Enter F1?


Following the encouragement for new teams to enter F1 - Audi is a conspicuous omission.

It would be excellent to see the other silver arrows last seen with Auto Union on an F1 grid.

After all they already have rear engined F1 experience!

Here's a picture to get the mind racing...

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

GP Hungary


This weekend all eyes will be on Button and Barrichello and BrawnGP.

Will Button be able to strengthen his attack on the title with another win? Will Barrichello fight back after the misunderstandings in Germany?

Either way Red Bull and a resurgent Massa will have some say in the proceedings...

Monday, 20 July 2009

Surtees

Henry Surtees was killed at Brands Hatch yesterday after being hit in the head by a wheel bouncing from a competitor's car and then hitting the barriers.

John Surtees, 7 times motor cycle world champion and F1 champion with Ferrari, was poised to see his son progress further in motorsport who was competing in F2 at the age of 18.

Our thoughts and sympathy are with John Surtees and his family at this time.

MG Live


Last weekend Silverstone hosted MG Live.

There were some good reminders of past glory years when MG not only entered Le Mans but broke the land speed record in a car piloted by Phil Hill and Stirling Moss. I was especially taken by this two seater...

Monday, 13 July 2009

Webber Wins in Germany

Congratulations to Mark Webber for his first F1 win!

Annoyed and disappointed as Rubens Barrichello was after the race, Webber's race pace was unattainable for the Brawn team. Despite a stop-go penalty, Webber won with relative ease.

Brawn had a fuel rig problem which finally relegated Barrichello to 6th but as Ross Brawn pointed out the lap times of the Red Bull cars were beyond his team's reach in the race.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Webber Axes Pole

Mark Webber took a fine pole position in variable conditions for today's German GP at the Nurburgring.

In a first for the Aussie, he snatched it from Barrichello and Button followed up by Seb Vettel.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Goodwood


As always the Festival of Speed was an uberfest of car mania. Officially it was a celebration of Audi's achievements in motorsport this year. There were some nice Audis - the short wheelbase Quattro and the Auto Union classics. However I was especially taken by this Zagato Alfa. Can you see the influence this had over Aston Martin's noses?

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Goodwood | Festival of Speed | 2009

If you have any interest at all in motorsports, historic racing cars, or motor racing in any category then Goodwood is the place to be this weekend.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

F1 News | Peace has Broken Out!

Have you noticed how things have gone quiet? No FIA or FOTA wrangles. We will see when we get to the Nurburgring...

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Luca di Montezemolo

Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo has suggested he will work toward measures to make F1 more exciting in advance of next years series.

Proposals may include a revised qualifying format.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

FIA Formula 1 Peace Deal

The FIA have agreed a peace deal today in Paris which is acceptable to the Formula 1 Teams Association members. This includes cost cutting measures. Max Mosley will therefore not be seeking reelection.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

FOTA | FIA

Don't hold you breath but according to Bernie Ecclestone an agreement on a five year FIA deal with FOTA is imminent.

Friday, 19 June 2009

FOTA | Silverstone Grand Prix | 2010

So after all Silverstone may have a Grand Prix. The FOTA teams can race there and the FIA can go to Donington.
It will be interesting to compare attendance figures. As noted in the previous post the other circuits who have yet to arrive at a deal for 2010 with the FIA can join in too.

FOTA Breakaway


It looks like the last post was more real than imagined at the time of writing.

FOTA have met and agreed terms of a breakaway series.

Let's see what today brings. No doubt the lawyers will be sharpening their pencils to consider who had signed up for the 2010 series and what compensation is due or obtainable. Notably it is alleged that Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro Rosso have a long-term agreement with the FIA which must be honoured.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Grand Prix 2010

OK I am wound up for this one...

Here's a proposal - Ferrari, Renault, Toyota, BMW, McLaren and Brawn race in 2010 at Silverstone, Imola, Spa, Estoril, Adelaide, Indianapolis, Hockenheim and Magny Cours. Hopefully Williams, Red Bull and Force India can join in too. Lotus and Brabham would add some famous old names into the mix.

Does that sound like a sane solution? I for one would watch it.

Then Team US F1, Campos and Manor can fight it out for the FIA championship at the other circuits booked for next year.

Monday, 15 June 2009

British Grand Prix 2009


OK so this is the big one... The last British Grand Prix at Silverstone for some years maybe. But who knows?

Jenson Button will be more fired up than ever before to continue his astounding run of driving this season.
Everyone wishes him all the best - including Lewis Hamilton.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Brabham Back In F1

The Brabham family are not keen but the Brabham name has been touted as a possible introduction back into F1 for next year
having been bought by a german businessman. Of course Bernie Ecclestone was once team principle...

Ferrari in rival series?

Would Ferrari join a breakaway series?

Meanwhile Brabham and Lotus names are being lined up as entrants for next year.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Button Sews up in Istanbul

Ascari, Fangio, Clark and Schumacher. Six races out of seven is a record shared by these drivers. Now Jenson Button joins this elite group.

On to Silverstone...!

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Vettel Settles as Button Blips

Sebastian Vettel beat BrawnGP and Jenson Button to pole position for tomorrow's Turkish Grand Prix. However Rubens Barrichello managed to lock out the second Red Bull of Mark Webber leaving him fourth.

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Monday, 1 June 2009

Will Jenson Button Stay in F1 with BrawnGP?

This has become a hot topic - after so much success Jenson Button is likely to be in demand by other teams.

However he appears to value loyalty after so many years with BAR and Honda and has acquired a lot of goodwill for that attitude. This is true both in its own right and in stark contrast to some of his rivals.

Whilst other teams may offer greater financial reward there is an opportunity to start a run of success in partnership with Ross Brawn.

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Monday, 25 May 2009

Brawn Hungry for Further Success

Now would seem to be a time to rest on your laurels after such an excellent start to the 2009 Formula One season. However Ross Brawn the kingmaker is not one to do this. He will be actively plotting the strategy to get his cars onto the podium in Turkey and on to another world championship season with his new team.

Jenson Button World Champion 2009?

After a stunning victory in Monaco by Button, this is a good time to keep in mind that last year Lewis Hamilton was World Champion with 98 points.

To equal this Button needs 47 points to add to his 51. With 11 races to go this should not be too much of a task. He can win 5 of the 11 and retire pointless from the others which seems increasingly unlikely given the proven reliability of the BrawnGP.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Button Runs to Victory!

Jenson Button joins Clark, Stewart, Coulthard, Hamilton, Graham Hill and Stirling Moss as British winner in Monaco!

Having parked in the wrong place he then ran to the victory enclosure.


Saturday, 23 May 2009

Formula One Teams

Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart - all former F1 drivers who started teams under their own name. Of these only McLaren remain on the grid.

Past engine makers, Coventry Climax and Cosworth who dominated racing for decades, are no longer are seen in F1.

Consider Lotus, BRM, ERA, Vanwall, Alfa Romeo, Matra, March - all names no longer competing.

In this context the term 'manufacturers' and fears over pull-outs may be viewed in a different light.

Of Ferrari, Toyota, BMW, Williams and McLaren which would be the biggest loss in terms of F1 history?

Friday, 22 May 2009

Nico or Leonardo?


Has Leonardo diCaprio been seen in Monaco this weekend?

F1 News

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Thursday, 21 May 2009

Monaco Winner

I never like putting my neck on the block - who does?

However I am going to say Hamilton will win on Sunday...

There you go egg on face, hat eating or a warm glow of 'told you so'. Let's see.

F1 Thrives on Crises

Have you noticed how F1 appears to thrive on a crisis?

'Silverstone to lose the British Grand Prix | Bernie Ecclestone to buy Silverstone.'

'Manufacturers to set up their own F1 series | manufacturers will not sign up for 2010 | new teams to come in | Ferrari to pull out.'

Now Alonso threatens to leave F1 if new rules are sustained.

Normally all is OK and the status quo is resumed. But maybe Alonso is right that without the major players it will no longer truly be 'Formula Number One - the pinnacle of motorsport.

Let's not underestimate the 'Brawn effect' either. It is a very long time since a new team came in with a lower budget and embarrassed the establishment. It is true that Honda bankrolled the development last year of this year's car but in the terms that interest manufacturers - brand reinforcement - the benefit to Honda is slender and the other manufacturer teams are fully aware of this. They may share a concern that the newer teams applying for entry in 2010 may also prove to be competitive and with a budget restriction it would be much more difficult to suppress them.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Ferrari Injunction Marinated

The Paris court entrusted with adjudicating the Ferrari protest over budget control has found in favour of the FIA. This was as predicted by Max Mosley.


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Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Bernie Says No to Two Tier System

Bernie Ecclestone has stated publicly that all F1 team parties agree to a single set of rules for next year. The only remaining issue is the
the final cost cap and what figure can be negotiated as acceptable.

McLaren Optimistic

Following a disappointing start to the season, McLaren go to Monaco with a renewed sense of optimism.

Further improvements to the car combined with Hamilton in particular stressing this to be his favourite circuit may prove to be at last the beginning of a better season for the Woking company.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Formula 1 to Lose Ferrari and Renault?


Both Ferrari and Renault have made official statements this week to the effect that unless proposed rule changes for 2010 are revised and withdrawn they will not be participating in the championship.

Their issue is with the suggested two-tier arrangement whereby teams agreeing to a fixed budget below £40 million will have greater technical freedom than those that do not.

This would end the 60 year participation of Ferrari in F1.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

F1 Monaco Grand Prix 2009


So its on to Monaco for arguably the greatest Grand Prix in the calendar.

Graham Hill made it his own, as did Ayrton Senna (remember his duel with Mansell in 1992?).

Will Jenson Button continue his form and dominate the street circuit?

As you ponder why not read some history...

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Monday, 11 May 2009

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Sunday, 10 May 2009

All Buttoned Up


Brawn's brains and Button's speed and determination seem to be unstoppable this season.

We are now past the 'what a fairytale - from jobless to race winner'. Over the 'ah but their aero package is a trick interpretation of the rules - they will be ruled out by the scrutineers and lose their points'. Past 'the rain/safety car/hot weather helped them'. Well past any idea that the big money teams would catch up by the time we head to Europe.

Now we are seeing what a patient man Jenson Button has been from early promise with Renault and Honda, through the bleak post -Dave Richards Honda era efforts to now.

Button has now drawn a great deal of goodwill and has prompted messages of 'he deserves this' from Hamilton and others.

Button Brawn Pole

Jenson Button pulled out all the stops to take pole position in Spain on the last lap of qualifying with only seconds to go. Ross Brawn admitted "I can't claim that one... Jenson had to slow to let Robert (Kubica) by, we didn't intend to cut it that fine".

Ferrari have made progress, with Massa producing their best session this year.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Grand Prix Spain 2009

The F1 GP circus is back in Europe after visiting Australia, Malaysia, China and Bahrain. Now that the aero disputes are settled we will see how far Brawn, Williams and Toyota have been caught by the development chassis of the other teams.

So far, albeit in Friday practice only, Williams and Brawn are still leading the timesheets.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Historic Kiwi Drivers




I should have mentioned Hulme, McLaren and Amon were all accessible too for autographs. They were great to watch in their Brabham Repco, McLaren BRM and Ferrari 312 respectively in '67.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

When I met Jim Clark

I remember as a young boy walking in the paddock at Silverstone looking for drivers to ask for their autographs. Who should walk by but Jim Clark himself. He happily paused on his way to the Lotus pit, took my copy of the programme and signed his name using his knee as a support.

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Friday, 1 May 2009

Brendon Hartley

Brendon Hartley joins a line of historic F1 Kiwi drivers - Denny Hulme, Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon
in becoming the reserve driver for Red Bull from the next race.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Try this One Past the Scrutineers



Call that a diffuser, Williams/Toyota/Brawn?...

THIS is a diffuser!

The Brabham Alfa fielded by what was Bernie Ecclestone's team at the time (1978).

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

BrawnGP Testing

Martin Brundle said on the BBC website this week:-

'The ban on in-season testing means their (Brawn's) rival teams will not be able to try out major technological updates before they arrive at the Circuit de Catalunya other than straight line aero testing at a bumpy airfield.'

Which British circuit did he mean?

Meanwhile Damon Hill and others continue talks with Bernie Ecclestone on the future of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and track upgrades while Donington plans falter over financial issues.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

No KERS button

Proving on the second fastest circuit on the calendar after Monza that not using KERS is no handicap to Brawn, Jenson and team took 3 wins out if four in Bahrain.

After an audacious move on Hamilton early in the race, Button held off Vettel and Trulli for a win with no rain or safety cars to cloud the quality of the victory.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Toyota Trulli Quick in Bahrain GP

Trulli and Glock closed out the front row of the grid in Bahrain.

Hamilton came in 5th with Vettel then Button in between.

Glock Beats the Clock

Timo Glock topped the timesheets in final practice.

Massa must be a little encouraged to be second but in qualifying we will see if he can repeat the success of his past years in Bahrain.


Friday, 24 April 2009

Why are Ferrari Pointless?

Here's a controversial suggestion...

Give Michael Schumacher one of the two cars tomorrow morning and see where he ends up. Then we will know what the problem is if anything.




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Thursday, 23 April 2009

F1 | Lola | Aston

Two new teams could be entering the F1 grid next year. Both have deep veins of history to draw on. Who can forget the mighty Lola T70 or the Le Mans Astons of the 1950s?

Lola are a highly equipped unit with long experience as Indy series suppliers. Dave Richards needs no introduction with his experience with Subaru, BAR and Aston.


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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Vettel in Fine Fettel

Will Seb Vettel be in fine fettle in Bahrain this weekend?

He should be as his confidence will be sky high after he dominated the treacherous conditions in China to see off Webber and Button.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

What Great Drivers are There Today?

In the 1960s Jim Clark won the Belgian Grand Prix by 5 minutes and the Indy 500 by two laps.

What drivers on today's grid bear comparison?

Vettel Puts Away the China

Who else has been struck by the maturity of Sebastian Vettel in a complex GP in China beset by safety car episodes, atrocious weather and the need for maximum concentration and composure?

Vettel Takes Victory!


Vettel Wins in China

Vettel takes Red Bull's first victory!

Webber and Button complete the top three.

Chinese Grand Prix

Alonso times a perfect stop just before the safety car pulls in.

Toro Rosso driver Sebastian Buemi makes rapid progress in the rain taking Raikonnen.

The safety car is called for a second time on lap 19. Button pits first.

Massa stops out on the circuit. As the safety car pits Hamilton passes Raikkonen into 4th.

Lap 30 and Button slides wide allowing Webber into 2nd place behind Vettel.

Lap 37 Vettel makes his final pitstop and rejoins in 3rd place.

Vettel retakes the lead with 16 laps to go. Button pits and rejoins in 4th.

F1 China

A safety car start takes away any advantage for those with a lighter fuel load.


F1 China

Alonso is running on lighter fuel so may burn away at the start.

Barrichello has the heaviest fuel load.

Alonso and Renault are notably fast starters.

Wet conditions bring the 'Regenmeisters' to the fore.

This may favour Hamilton, Button and Vettel and based on Silverstone last year will work against Massa for example.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

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F1 Chinese Grand Prix Grid

In the Shanghai shoot out young Sebastian Vettel blows away the opposition.

But Flavio must have had a word with Fernando as he closed out on the front row of the grid.

The second Red Bull came in third. Followed by Barrichello and Button.

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F1 Chinese GP Qualifying

Red Bull go into final qualifying first and second from Q2.




-- Post From My iPhoneRed Bullgi into final qualifying first and second.

Briatore Plays with Words

Paracarro or Barrichello... Was Flavio just Piqued?

Let's see who is Flaviour of the month in qualifying. Does Fernando need a Firmhando?

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Friday, 17 April 2009

F1 Pole Shoot Out China

Tomorrow morning will reveal whether McLaren's hasty aero additions will continue to give their drivers the extra pace they appeared to have in free practice.


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Red Bull on the Pace

Incidentally there are four German drivers in the top ten without one Michael Schumacher.

Red Bull China

Despite many teams stating that the rest of the 2009 F1GP season is made a mockery by the FIA diffuser ruling, two Red Bulls are in the top four so far in free practice timings.

As is well known their diffuser arrangement was not in contention. Maybe this shows that there was a little hot air flow through rival teams who are less competitive this year. . Overall aerodynamic excellence has been achieved by Adrian Newey and his team.
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Thursday, 16 April 2009

Rubens Barrichello Oldest Driver

Rubens - the oldest driver on the grid in 2009 sits only 5 points behind Jenson Button after two races.

Widely respected as a driver, Barrichello is perfectly capable of making a bid for the championship this year. His particular skill is in car set up - something highly values by Ross Brawn who worked with him at Ferrari.

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Jenson Button Upbeat

Fresh from his wins in Australia and Malaysia Button is upbeat as he heads for China.

Any doubts about even having a job for 2009 are now a distant memory. The FIA diffuser appeal is behind us and Button can now focus on building a case to be 2009 F1 champion.


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F1 Diffuser Development

The remaining teams will be working hard to reevaluate their aerodynamic strategy up to the European phase of the 2009 F1 series.

Meanwhile it seems likely that Brawn Williams and Toyota will be setting the pace.
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F1 China 2009

Lewis Hamilton will seek to avoid another visit to the gravel trap this year. The last time in 2007 cost him the championship when he slid to a halt just short of the pits.


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F1 China Crisis

Other teams start their catchup today now that Brawn, Williams and Toyota have been vindicated in their interpretation of the rules.
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

FIA Diffuser Decision

Panasonic Toyota, Virgin Brawn and ATT Williams have been vindicated in their interpretation of the FIA rules.

They will be allowed to retain their individual diffuser design. This decision today means that the other teams Ferrari, Renault, Red Bull, BMW etc will need to rethink their aerodynamic strategies if they maintain the belief that the design gives a performance advantage.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

FIA Hearing Paris 14 April

The FIA have started their meeting 'in camera' today on the rear diffuser issue.

A decision is expected tomorrow.

Monday, 13 April 2009

F1 Aerodynamics

All is quiet for the moment...

Next week's FIA hearing on the aerodynamic regulations will do much to shape the rest of the season.

Rory Byrne a former colleague of Ross Brawn at Benetton and Ferrari is convinced that if the suspension is visible from below the car then any vent holes creating this are against the spirit of the regs.  Byrne remains a consultant to Ferrari and although a good friend of Brawn maintains his own views.

Let's not forget that Brawn employ one of the leading aerodynamicists - Loic Bigois.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Why are we waiting?

Bernie is adding more GP dates each year. It still seems like a long wait between races don't you think?

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Diffusers and F1 Aerodynamics

As we approach the FIA hearing on the question of the legality of diffusers it is hard not to recall the past...

Williams Toyota and Brawn are pursued by the other teams who assert that the diffuser system in the rear of their cars is a breach of current regulations.

We remember Colin Chapman and others before the days of extreme sponsorship and relatively less hype. Engineering expertise and innovation were the only means available of obtaining a competitive edge on limited funds. The use of ever lighter components, ground effects, wings that were adapted from the pioneering Chaparral CanAm cars, the 1.5 litre Coventry Climax engine adapted from a fire pump unit, and so on.

Whatever the outcome, one of the areas that has retained fascination in F1 has been observing how the cleverest engineers innovate within the rules.


Button Wins!

Two straight wins for Button as he masters the rain to take the second victory of the season.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Sepang - Malaysian Grand Prix

Jenson Button took his second pole position of the 2009 season with a display of ultra smooth driving which has become his trademark over the years.

Button had struggled with instability in practice which he described as 'not my forte'.

Friday, 3 April 2009

McLaren Sporting Director

Dave Ryan McLaren's sporting director has been suspended.

Hamilton stated in his press conference today that he was told by Ryan to deny to the stewards that he was instructed to let Jarno Trulli past.  Radio conversations showed the opposite to be the case.

Hamilton apologised profusely describing this as the worst day of his life.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Hamilton Loses Australian GP Place

Did McLaren ask Hamilton to call Trulli by?

How damaging would this be if proven?

At Spa last year Hamilton won the race and was pulled back.

What is surprising after the Australian GP according to Eddie Jordan speaking to the BBC is that although Toyota officially withdrew their protest on Tuesday, the FIA decided to go ahead with their own investigation.

"This will be a big blow to Hamilton" concluded Jordan.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Sounds of past F1

Lancia Ferrari 801. What a sound!

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Closing Laps Australian Grand Prix

With 4 laps to go Button leads from Vettel with Kubica 0.7 seconds behind him.

3 laps to go and Vettel collides with Kubica both retire moving Barrichello into second place.

The safety car is deployed meaning Brawn will finish with a 1,2 in their maiden race!!

Lewis Hamilton also benefits after so much disappointment in qualifying.
Button pits with 12 laps to go and makes it out 3.5 seconds in front of Vettel who has Barrichello 3.5 seconds behind him.  Massa retires, Hamilton drops to 10th.
Lap 34 Kubica in 3rd place sets fastest lap and closes on Vettel.

Safety car leaves

As the safety car peels away on lap 25, Piquet goes into the gravel trap.  Button plays it cautiously to hold his lead with Vettel staying behind him.  Hamilton moves into 11th.


Lap 18 Barrichello pits then Button just before safety car is deployed due to Nakajima hitting the wall.  Good timing.  
Lap 11 Button leads from Vettell.  Barrichello 4th.

Button

Lap 5 Button pulls out a 6.7 second lead.  Barrichello is 7th.

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Australian Grand Prix- The Start

The Ferraris are both on soft tyres.  Button and Barrichello lead away on the formation lap.

Button snakes to warm up tyres.

Barrichello drops well back at the start as Button storms away.  Kubica faces of Raikonnen against the wall and holds his place.

Barrichello hits the side of Mark Webber and continues.

Heidfeld picks up a puncture as Button pulls away a 4 second lead over two laps.

Quotes

Ross Brawn during Martin Brundle's pitwalk:-

"Our pitstops are not as polished as we would like but we are just delighted to be here."
David Coulthard said on the BBC  pre race.  "Rubens came back looking fit.  With a car like that he is in for a few wins."

Richard Branson added,  "We celebrated too soon yesterday.   The race is what matters." 

Eddie Jordan summed up Virgin Brawn F1 being first and second on the grid in their first race
by saying "This could make on of the best sporting stories of all time."

Quotes March 2009

"If they carry on like that they will win the championship by the end of the year".

So spoke Felipe Massa, last year' runner up to Lewis Hamilton.

Let's not forget also that Button was on pole in Australia as recently as 2006. That year Ferrari were 11th on the grid (Schumacher) and in the other Ferrari (Massa) no time was set due to a crash in qualifying.