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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?

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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.

-- Post From My iPhone

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.

-- Post From My iPhone

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.