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Saturday, 19 March 2011

F1 2011 | One Week to Go Go Go!

The new F1 Season is about to start.  Dont we know it!

Adrian Newey is the acknowledged master designer in the F1 paddock.  This year he will be seen to have produced yet another winning design for his current team Red Bull.

Equally however, when it comes to strategy, Ross Brawn is the acknowledged master.  With more pitstops for tyre changes, strategy will come to the fore.  Added to this Michael Schumacher was fastest in the pre-season tests in Barcelona.  So this year there will be challenges for the podium not only from Red Bull but from Mercedes GP who Schumacher elected to join when he chose to come out of retirement. 

To add to the mix, Renault have an innovative forward-facing exhaust to drive blown air over the rear diffuser in an effort to reclaim some of the downforce lost following the new regulations which have outlawed double diffusers.  Nick Heidfeld is standing in for the injured Robert Kubica who continues his recovery from a serious rallying accident during the closed season.  He has adapted to the new car very quickly.

Ferrari have been the most reliable outfit in pre-season testing and have two quick drivers including ex-world champion Fernando Alonso who narrowly missed out on the world championship last year to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Following the cancellation of the GP in Bahrain, the season starts next weekend in Australia.  The season promises to be more enthralling than ever.

Now McLaren are being vocal to those who have been ruling them out based on pre-season performance.  Martin Whitmarsh has explained that due to their policy of pushing innovations to the limits this has resulted in delays and some component failure.  He wants the team to be viewed as a serious threat from race 1.

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