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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?

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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.

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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.