Renault Testing in the UK Today “It?óÔé¼Ôäós the first time I?óÔé¼Ôäóve seen a 2009 specification car up close, and I can?óÔé¼Ôäót say the Renault looks any better in the flesh than it did during the launch.” More pics here. FIA clarifies engine regulations “Following enquiries made by autosport.com, the FIA has now confirmed that the … Continue reading F1 links: Renault test pics
Last world champion: Jacques Villeneuve, Williams, 1997 Last Grand Prix winner: Jacques Villeneuve, Nurburgring, 1997 Last Grand Prix starter: Jacques Villeneuve, BMW, Hockenheimring, 2006 Last Grand Prix: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2008 Canada is a new addition to the ‘lost nations’: Its Grand Prix has just been cancelled, and it had a former world champion … Continue reading Formula 1?óÔé¼Ôäós lost nations: Canada
Teams to seek diffuser clarification “The diffusers at the rear of the Williams FW31 and the Toyota TF109 appear to exceed the maximum height of 175 mm at their peak through clever aerodynamic shaping of the rear crash structure. Although both teams are confident that their designs are within the regulations, rivals outfits have expressed … Continue reading F1 links: Concern over diffusers
There’s been a huge amount of fuss over the looks of the 2009 F1 cars. Do you welcome the return to smooth sidepods? Do the wings still look out of proportion to you? Cast your vote below…
Last world champion: Mario Andretti, Lotus, 1978 Last Grand Prix winner: Mario Andretti, Lotus, Zandvoort, 1978 Last Grand Prix starter: Scott Speed, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2007 Last Grand Prix: Indianapolis, 2007 Although F1 has never been hugely popular in America, and probably never will be, it has a small but dedicated following in the … Continue reading Formula 1?óÔé¼Ôäós lost nations: USA
Kimi R?â?ñikk?â?Ânen at the Arctic Lapland Rally Video and photos of Kimi Raikkonen in the Arctic Lapland rally. Technical Briefing With Charlie Whiting Charlie Whiting explains the 2009 rules. But don’t be surprised if he suddenly changes his mind about them… I hope India hosts F1 race by 2011: Karthikeyan ‘”It is just possible. Now … Continue reading F1 links: Raikkonen rally video
The final 2009 F1 rules published by the FIA a few weeks ago revealed that the much-derided ?óÔé¼?£pit lane closure?óÔé¼Ôäó rule, which ruined several drivers’ races in 2007 and 2008, is finally being dropped. But today the it has revealed that instead of returning to the pre-2007 safety car rules, drives (and fans) will have … Continue reading The new safety car rules are an improvement but could still go wrong
The Times put together a Sporting Power 100 over the last six weeks. Six names made it onto the list, which focussed on “most influential people today in British sport.” Who made the list and, just as important, who didn’t?
Bernie Ecclestone bucks the trend in drawing up plans to avoid another Honda Bernie Ecclestone: “I always said we should give all those fancy engineers gold-plated consoles and send them off somewhere to play. That’s all they do anyway and it would be far cheaper. We could get the real job done. If the manufacturers … Continue reading F1 links: “We could sue the arse off them”
BMW completed the first test of its F1.09 in Valencia today. The team has now completed a greater distance with its 2009 F1 car than any of its rivals have with theirs. Here’s some notes and pictures from the test.
Williams told the world it had the budget in place to compete in F1 in 2009 and 2010 at the launch of its FW31 earlier this week. But the true scale of its financial plight has been made clear as it emerged that part of that money came in the form of a ?é?ú14.5m advance … Continue reading Williams gets ?é?ú14.5m from Ecclestone
Drivers in dispute over superlicence fee “High level sources have revealed to autosport.com that drivers have now taken the matter into their own hands because of a further minor increase in the licence costs due to be introduced for the 2009 season. The price of a licence has increased by ?óÔÇÜ?¼400 (to ?óÔÇÜ?¼10,400), while drivers … Continue reading F1 links: Superlicence fee row
It’s only when you get a look at pictures of the 2009 F1 cars alongside their 2008 predecessors that you realise how drastic the new 2009 rules are. Here’s some pictures of the 2009 Ferrari, McLaren, BMW and Toyota alongside last year’s cars.
It’s all about BMW today: Ferrari finished their Mugello test yesterday and the other teams have de-camped from a rather soggy Portimao. That leaves Nick Heidfeld in the F1.09 at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia the only testing action today.
India ‘will host 2011 Grand Prix’ ‘Ecclestone insists he and Indian company Jaiprakash Associates Ltd are “fully committed” to the project. “Of course we will deliver… otherwise we wouldn’t have entered into an agreement,” said Ecclestone.’ The financing of Formula 1 “Formula 1 is a big draw but when one analyzes the brand, there are … Continue reading F1 links: 2011 Indian Grand Prix bid
The University of Northampton is to give 1996 Formula 1 champion Damon Hill an honourary fellowship. Hill, who is now President of the British Racing Drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó Club, will receive the award next month. Press release in full: Formula One World Champion and President of the British Racing Drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó Club Damon Hill OBE and Theatre Director … Continue reading Damon Hill to get honourary fellowship
Following Formula 1 is going to get a lot more complicated in 2009. The nature of F1 inevitably makes it harder to cover on television than other sports such as football. But Formula One Management and the television compaines that broadcast its feed will have to be seriously on the ball this year. Here’s why.
Testing for the 2009 F1 season continues at three different venues today in Italy, Spain and Portugal. Heikki Kovalainen and Kazuki Nakajima are among the drivers getting their first taste of 2009 F1 cars. Ferrari and BMW are still testing on their own but yesterday we saw the first side-by-side test of 2009-specification cars in … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing notes: January 22nd (Update: new video and pictures added)
BMW is under pressure to abandon its opposition to a delay on the introduction of Kinetic Energy Reduction Systems (KERS). Luca di Montezemolo, Flavio Briatore and John Howett representing Ferrari, Renault and Toyota have all spoken in favour of postponing the introduction of KERS until 2010.
Is Sir Fred Goodwin revving up for a new start? “Whispers north of the border suggest Sir Fred has been sounded out over a role in Formula One, possibly in a post-Max Mosley world.” Yes that’s the same Sir Fred Goodwin of RBS who was being slagged off in the papers yesterday. Raikkonen happy with … Continue reading F1 links: RBS boss and the FIA rumour