Ecclestone tops Britain’s F1 rich list but sees wealth slashed by costly divorce

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Those who blame the world’s wealthiest people for the financial crisis will get a does of schadenfreude from this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, as many have had billions wiped from their fortunes. F1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has seen his wealth slashed for an entirely different reason – his divorce from wife Slavica. On a … Continue reading Ecclestone tops Britain’s F1 rich list but sees wealth slashed by costly divorce

How Lewis Hamilton can win the race – for Toyota (Bahrain GP pre-race analysis)

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The fuel loads have confirmed the suspicions that the Toyotas ran with lower fuel loads than their rivals to take control of the first row of the grid. On row two we find the two drivers most likely to become our title protagonists: race winners Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button. Which one of these is … Continue reading How Lewis Hamilton can win the race – for Toyota (Bahrain GP pre-race analysis)

Bahrain Grand Prix grid

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Here is the grid for the 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix: 1. Jarno Trulli 1?σΤιΌ??33.431 2. Timo Glock 1?σΤιΌ??33.712 3. Sebastian Vettel 1?σΤιΌ??34.015 4. Jenson Button 1?σΤιΌ??34.044 5. Lewis Hamilton 1?σΤιΌ??34.196 6. Rubens Barrichello 1?σΤιΌ??34.239 7. Fernando Alonso 1?σΤιΌ??34.578 8. Felipe Massa 1?σΤιΌ??34.818 9. Nico Rosberg 1?σΤιΌ??35.134 10. Kimi Raikkonen 1?σΤιΌ??35.380 11. Heikki Kovalainen 1?σΤιΌ??33.242 12. … Continue reading Bahrain Grand Prix grid

Chinese GP: thoughts on the start

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The top six drivers on the grid for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix are taking radically different approaches on strategy. The lead trio of Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber are light on fuel and will probably start on the super-soft tyre. Behind them Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button and Jarno Trulli are fuelled to go … Continue reading Chinese GP: thoughts on the start

Super-cool Vettel takes second pole in China (Chinese Grand Prix qualifying)

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Sebastian Vettel took the second pole position of his career – and Red Bull’s first – using just a single lap in Q2 and Q3 to deliver a perfect performance. Fernando Alonso surprised by grabbing second ahead of Mark Webber as Renault-engined cars locked out the top three – bumping back the Brawn duo of … Continue reading Super-cool Vettel takes second pole in China (Chinese Grand Prix qualifying)

McLaren to make major announcement

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News that McLaren is to hold a press conference has sparked intense speculation about what they are about to announce. Today’s Times raises the possibility of Ron Dennis severing his ties with the F1 side of the operation. It claims Dennis was implicated in the Hamilton/Trulli controversy at Melbourne: Dennis?σΤιΌΤδσs decision to step back is … Continue reading McLaren to make major announcement

Malaysian Grand Prix grid

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Here is the Malaysian Grand Prix grid following the application of penalties. The drivers’ starting weights have been published – see here: Malaysian GP fuel weights and strategies 1. Jenson Button 1’35.181 2. Jarno Trulli 1’35.273 3. Timo Glock 1’35.690 4. Nico Rosberg 1’35.750 5. Mark Webber 1’35.797 6. Robert Kubica 1’36.106 7. Kimi Raikkonen … Continue reading Malaysian Grand Prix grid