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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.