Fine for Ferrari, Massa gets off free, and the FIA gets it wrong on every count

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Felipe Massa has not been punished following his incident in the pits with Adrian Sutil in today’s European Grand Prix. His Ferrari team has been fined ??10,000 (??7,979) for releasing him into the path of Sutil’s car following his second pit stop on lap 37. It’s a baffling verdict by the FIA and one that … Continue reading Fine for Ferrari, Massa gets off free, and the FIA gets it wrong on every count

Felipe Massa scores flawless win at Valencia (2008 European GP review)

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Felipe Massa is a hard man to beat from pole position and so it proved once again in the European Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton never managed to get on terms with the Ferrari driver but second place means he retains the lead in the drivers’ championship. But Massa is being investigated by the FIA stewards … Continue reading Felipe Massa scores flawless win at Valencia (2008 European GP review)

Ferrari mechanic injured and Massa faces penalty threat after pit lane problems

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Ferrari sufferd two problems with their pit stops within six laps of each other during the European Grand Prix. First Felipe Massa was released from his pit box as Adrian Sutil was going past him, and he had to drive alongside the Force India towards the pit exit. The stewards said they would rule on … Continue reading Ferrari mechanic injured and Massa faces penalty threat after pit lane problems

Ferrari engines fill top four places in speed traps in qualifying at Valencia

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So much for Mercedes giving McLaren a 25 horsepower advantage – the engine doing the business at Valencia this weekend is the Ferrari. Here’s who set the top four maximum speeds in the second sector of the lap at Valencia (where the highest speeds are reached) during qualifying today: Position Drivers Car Speed 1 Sebastian … Continue reading Ferrari engines fill top four places in speed traps in qualifying at Valencia

Felipe Massa pips Lewis Hamilton to pole (2008 European Grand Prix qualifying)

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Felipe Massa took pole position for the first ever European Grand Prix in Valencia. He will rejoin his battle with Lewis Hamilton from the Hungarian Grand Prix as the McLaren driver took second place on the grid. Robert Kubica will start from third place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. But the star of the session was … Continue reading Felipe Massa pips Lewis Hamilton to pole (2008 European Grand Prix qualifying)

Will the 2009 F1 rules allow Honda to catch McLaren, Ferrari & the rest?

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Next year will see the biggest change in the technical regulations for some time. It’s certainly the greatest since the grooved tyre/narrow track switch in 1998, and perhaps the largest overhaul of the rules since turbo engines were banned after 1988. In 2009 F1 wing sizes will be reduced, movable front wing flaps allowed, slick … Continue reading Will the 2009 F1 rules allow Honda to catch McLaren, Ferrari & the rest?

Renault join Ferrari’s call for softer tyres

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At the beginning of the month Ferrari claimed Bridgestone’s choice of harder tyres was disadvantaging them. Now Bridgestone has revealed its tyre choices for the final four races of the season and again it is bringing a harder set of tyres to one round – Interlagos, for the Brazilian Grand Prix. And now Renault as … Continue reading Renault join Ferrari’s call for softer tyres

Should Ferrari, McLaren or BMW throw their efforts behind one driver?

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Mathematically the drivers’ championship could still be won by anyone. Realistically, it’s likely to go to a Ferrari or McLaren driver, or just maybe one of the BMW duo. At present all three teams are operating equal status policies for their drivers. But as we saw at the end of last season the earlier a … Continue reading Should Ferrari, McLaren or BMW throw their efforts behind one driver?

Ferrari want softer Bridgestone tyres

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An interesting article on Autosport yesterday gives some more insight into how McLaren have suddenly got the upper hand in the world championship battle. Ferrari believe part of McLaren’s advantage has been because the tyres supplied by Bridgestone at recent events have suited the MP4/23 better than the F2008. With Bridgestone yet to announce their … Continue reading Ferrari want softer Bridgestone tyres

Lewis Hamilton heads McLaren one-two (2008 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying)

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Lewis Hamilton will start the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position for the second year in a row. McLaren banished memories of their disastrous performance at the same track last year by claiming the one-two they missed out on twelve months ago. Ferrari struggled to match McLaren’s pace and though Felipe Massa took third Kimi … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton heads McLaren one-two (2008 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying)

Why have the teams formed their own group and what does it mean for F1?

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Formula 1?s ten teams have formed a new group to represent their interests in the sport following a meeting at Ferrari?s Maranello headquarters. It looks like another move in the power games that have been going on between the sport?s regulators (the FIA), the commercial rights holders (FOM) and the teams, which intensified during the … Continue reading Why have the teams formed their own group and what does it mean for F1?

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