1. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes, 1’20.527 2. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault, 1’20.660 3. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes, 1’20.762 4. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1’20.934 5. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault, 1’21.049 6. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1’21.247 7. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1’21.254 8. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1’21.392 9. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota, 1’22.558 10. Robert Kubica, BMW, 1’22.685 11. Kazuki Nakajima, … Continue reading Spanish Grand Prix grid
With a depressing air of familiarity, McLaren head off to the World Motor Sports Council today to hear the outcome of the latest investigation into the team’s conduct. The team have already been stripped of Lewis Hamilton’s third place in the Australian Grand Prix for what some elements of the media have dubbed, with little … Continue reading The FIA should send McLaren home without a punishment for the good of F1
After 203 starts and over 10,000 laps, Jarno Trulli finally set his first fastest lap in a Grand Prix yesterday. Plus, Nick Heidfeld is set to finally beat Michael Schumacher’s records for most consecutive race finishes if he’s still running at the end of the Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.
Jenson Button scored his third win of 2009 after fighting through from fourth on the grid.
Drivers’ championship Jenson Button 31 Rubens Barrichello 19 Sebastian Vettel 18 Jarno Trulli 14.5 Timo Glock 12 Mark Webber 9.5 Lewis Hamilton 9 Fernando Alonso 5 Heikki Kovalainen 4 Nick Heidfeld 4 Nico Rosberg 3.5 Kimi Raikkonen 3 Sebastien Buemi 3 Sebastien Bourdais 1 Nelson Piquet Jnr 0 Felipe Massa 0 Kazuki Nakajima 0 Giancarlo … Continue reading Championship standings after Bahrain
1. Jenson Button 2. Sebastian Vettel 3. Jarno Trulli 4. Lewis Hamilton 5. Rubens Barrichello 6. Kimi Raikkonen 7. Timo Glock 8. Fernando Alonso 9. Nico Rosberg 10. Nelson Piquet Jnr 11. Mark Webber 12. Heikki Kovalainen 13. Sebastien Bourdais 14. Felipe Massa 15. Giancarlo Fisichella 16. Adrian Sutil 17. Sebastien Buemi 18. Robert Kubica … Continue reading Bahrain Grand Prix result
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
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)
Jarno Trulli may have taken pole position but Sebastian Vettel is set to stop three laps later than the Toyota driver in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Here’s the fuel weights for each of the drivers and their predicted first stint lengths.
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
There have been 806 rounds of the F1 world championship – and yesterday Red Bull became only the 34th team to win a race. All the stats from China below including a first for Lewis Hamilton, a career best for Mark Webber, and Nick Heidfeld on the verge of a new record.
Sebastian Vettel’s second Grand Prix win had a touch of deja vu about it – he started from pole position but the wet race started behind the safety car.
1. Sebastian Vettel 2. Mark Webber 3. Jenson Button 4. Rubens Barrichello 5. Heikki Kovalainen 6. Lewis Hamilton 7. Timo Glock 8. Sebastien Buemi 9. Fernando Alonso 10. Kimi Raikkonen 11. Sebastien Bourdais 12. Nick Heidfeld 13. Robert Kubica 14. Giancarlo Fisichella 15. Nico Rosberg 16. Nelson Piquet Jnr 17. Adrian Sutil Did not finish … Continue reading Chinese Grand Prix results
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
The gigantic Shanghai International Circuit dwarfs the F1 cars and provides an unusual backdrop to the action. Here’s a selection of pictures from qualifying.
The top three qualifiers have all fuelled very lightly for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix – with Fernando Alonso potentially making his first stop for fuel after just nine laps. It’s likely a ploy to get a stint on the unfavourable super-soft tyre out of the way as quickly as possible – but it could backfire … Continue reading Chinese GP fuel weights and strategies
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)
Here’s the grid for the Chinese Grand Prix. The weights of each of the cars will be announced in a few hours’ time. 1. Sebastian Vettel 1’36.184 2. Fernando Alonso 1’36.381 3. Mark Webber 1’36.456 4. Rubens Barrichello 1’36.493 5. Jenson Button 1’36.532 6. Jarno Trulli 1’36.835 7. Nico Rosberg 1’37.397 8. Kimi Raikkonen 1’38.089 … Continue reading Chinese Grand Prix grid
The timing of Ron Dennis’s announcement that he is stepping down as CEO of McLaren Racing is bound to provoke speculation that it is a consequence of the FIA’s latest investigation of the team. But could Lewis Hamilton and father/manager Anthony have played a role in Dennis’s departure? Or did he quit in the hope … Continue reading The explanations for Dennis’s departure
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