The streets of Valencia may not quite be a match for Monte-Carlo, but there was definitely a splash more colour about the place this year. Here’s a look back at the race in pictures, including Sebastien Buemi aand Timo Glock’s coming-together, Sebastian Vettel’s retirement – and a very happy Rubens Barrichello.
Rubens Barrichello ended his F1 victory drought of nearly five years with a classy win on the streets of Valencia. A crucial mistake by McLaren on Lewis Hamilton’s final pit stop gave Barrichello the opportunity to snatch victory – but his 35-second lead over team mate Jenson Button showed how well the Brazilian had driven.
Drivers’ championship Driver Points 1 Jenson Button 72 2 Rubens Barrichello 54 3 Mark Webber 51.5 4 Sebastian Vettel 47 5 Nico Rosberg 29.5 6 Lewis Hamilton 27 7 Kimi Raikkonen 24 8 Jarno Trulli 22.5 9 Felipe Massa 22 10 Timo Glock 16 11 Fernando Alonso 16 12 Heikki Kovalainen 14 13 Nick Heidfeld … Continue reading Championship standings after Valencia
1. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes 2. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 4. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes 5. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota 6. Fernando Alonso, Renault 7. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes 8. Robert Kubica, BMW 9. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault 10. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes 11. Nick Heidfeld, BMW 12. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes 13. Jarno Trulli, Toyota … Continue reading European Grand Prix result
Last year’s European Grand Prix was rated the worst of the season. Was this year’s instalment any better? Rate the European Grand Prix out of 10 and have your say about the race below.
McLaren locked out the front row of the grid for the European Grand Prix at Valencia while Ferrari newcomer Luca Badoer struggled badly.
1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes – 1’39.498 2. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes – 1’39.532 3. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes – 1’39.563 4. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault – 1’39.789 5. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes – 1’39.821 6. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari – 1’40.144 7. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota – 1’40.185 8. Fernando Alonso, Renault – 1’40.236 9. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault – … Continue reading European Grand Prix grid
An article in the Financial Times claims Fiat could enter the World Rally Championship in 2010: Two car manufacturers, believed to be Fiat and Volkswagen, are on the verge of joining Citro?â?½n and Ford in the World Rally Championship (WRC), says its chief executive. Fiat currently races in the rival Intercontinental Rally Challenge. As SJ … Continue reading Kimi Raikkonen for 2010 Fiat WRC team?
Romain Grosjean will take Nelson Piquet Jnr’s place in the second Renault at this weekend’s European Grand Prix. The identity of Fernando Alonso’s new team mate will not come as a surprise to many – Grosjean was linked to the seat as early as April 2008.
Fernando Alonso will race for Renault in this weekend’s European Grand Prix as the FIA quashed the swingeing penalty imposed on the team by the Hungarian Grand Prix stewards. With Nelson Piquet Jnr dropped by the team, GP2 driver Romain Grosjean is expected to race the second R29 alongside Alonso.
Renault goes before the World Motor Sports Council today to argue against its exclusion from the European Grand Prix. The stewards at the Hungarian Grand Prix banned them from this weekend’s race after the team knowingly allowed Fernando Alonso to leave the pits with a loose wheel during the race.
We’ve got eight drivers left to rank: so who has been the most impressive of 2009 so far? Here’s my take on the best drivers in the first half of 2009 – share your pick of the best below.
As first reported here on Saturday, Nelson Piquet Jnr has been dropped by Renault. And a statement from the Brazilian today gives insight into the simmering resentment between him and team boss Flavio Briatore. We discussed the Renault situation last week and there was some disagreement over whether Briatore had compromised Piquet in trying to … Continue reading Piquet’s scathing attack on Briatore
Nelson Piquet Jnr looks increasingly unlikely to finish the season with Renault. Rumours have intensified since the Hungarian Grand Prix that he will be replaced at the team by Romain Grosjean. And details have emerged of a row between Renault boss Flavio Briatore, the driver, and his three-times champion father:
Thankfully the prognosis for Felipe Massa seems to be getting better with every passing day. Though hope continues to grow he may be able to return to racing in the future, it looks increasingly unlikely he will be able to do so in Valencia next month. It leaves Ferrari in the same place they were … Continue reading Schumacher, Alonso, Kubica: Who will take Massa’s place at Valencia?
Renault are to be suspended from the next round of the world championship following Fernando Alonso’s wheel loss in today’s race.
Lewis Hamilton seized the lead of the Hungarian Grand Prix and never let it go as McLaren bounced back from their terrible start to 2009.
1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 3. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault 4. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota 5. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes 6. Timo Glock, Toyota 7. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes 8. Jarno Trulli, Toyota 9. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota 10. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes 11. Nick Heidfeld, BMW 12. Nelson Piquet Jnr, Renault 13. Robert Kubica, BMW 14. … Continue reading Hungarian Grand Prix result
Drivers’ championship Jenson Button 70 Mark Webber 51.5 Sebastian Vettel 47 Rubens Barrichello 44 Nico Rosberg 25.5 Jarno Trulli 22.5 Felipe Massa 22 Lewis Hamilton 19 Kimi Raikkonen 18 Timo Glock 16 Fernando Alonso 13 Heikki Kovalainen 9 Nick Heidfeld 6 Sebastien Buemi 3 Sebastien Bourdais 2 Robert Kubica 2 Constructors’ championship Brawn 114 Red … Continue reading Championship standings after Hungary
We have a curious grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix and an even more curious mixture of strategies. Pole sitter Fernando Alonso is ultra-light, but the two cars best placed to take advantage of that – the Red Bulls – are in turn threatened by Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren. And that’s before we add in Jenson … Continue reading Hamilton the biggest threat to Red Bull? (Hungarian Grand Prix pre-race analysis)