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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.

-- Post From My iPhone

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.

-- Post From My iPhone

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.

-- Post From My iPhone

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?

-- Post From My iPhone

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.

-- Post From My iPhone

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.

-- Post From My iPhone

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.

-- Post From My iPhone

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.

-- Post From My iPhone

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.

-- Post From My iPhone

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.

-- Post From My iPhone

F1 China Crisis

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

-- Post From My iPhone

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.