In the round-up: Toto Wolff doesn’t want to make predictions, but his software has, on Mercedes’ Singapore GP chances
Junior drivers from four Formula 1 teams are among those who will take part in Formula 3’s post-season test at Jerez which starts tomorrow.
Felipe Massa finished his first test for Williams on a high by setting the fastest time on the final day of running
The 1986 Spanish Grand Prix witnessed one of the closest finishes in F1 history.
Last week I went out to Jerez for the second F1 test session. I’ve had a lot of questions about going to the test, which F1 events I’ll be covering in future and requests for a “behind the scenes” article on the test. Find out more about my experience at the track below.
I’ve had confirmation through from one of the teams of the dates of this year’s test sessions. These are as follows: February 1st – 3rd – Valencia (Ricardo Tormo), Spain February 10th – 13th – Jerez, Spain February 17th – 20th – Jerez, Spain February 25th – 28th – Circuit de Catalunya, Spain So far … Continue reading 2010 F1 testing dates confirmed
Testing for the 2010 season officially begins today as nine of this year’s teams assemble in Jerez where a total of 19 young drivers will sample F1 cars over the next three days.
The Guardian claims to have details of the Formula One Teams’ Associations’ planned calendar for its rival F1 series in 2010. As well as bringing back the United States and Canadian Grand Prix, it suggests race are planned in Argentina, Finland and Mexico. Plus, many of F1’s most popular venues – with two unfortunate exceptions … Continue reading FOTA’s rumoured ‘new F1’ calendar for 2010 revives USA and Canadian rounds
It’s the final day of F1 testing at Jerez this week although Renault have packed up and left the test already after Fernando Alonso went fastest yesterday. Force India have done the same. Much of yesterday’s discussion surrounded exactly what McLaren are up to and whether their continued use of a 2008-spec rear wing hints … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: 5th March (Update: pictures added)
More rain at Jerez yesterday meant Ferrari didn’t even bother sending Felipe Massa out on track. Fernando Alonso joins the test today and Adrian Sutil will get his first run in the Force India VJM02. But will they get a reprieve from the rain?
Testing continues at Bahrain and Jerez today with eight teams putting more miles on their 2009 cars. Among the many things to keep an eye on today is the planned return of Mark Webber to the cockpit, 82 days after breaking a leg in a cycling accident. He was seen limping during the Red Bull … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: February 11th (Update: pictures added)
Now the run-up to the 2009 F1 season really gets under way, with major tests on three of the next four weeks. After the launch of Red Bull’s RB5 yesterday there are now seven new F1 cars in action. The first of those starts today with F1 teams running in Jerez and Bahrain. Follow today’s … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: February 10th (Update: video and pictures added)
2009 F1 testing is under way and we’ve already seen most of the F1 teams in action. Here’s a summary of the known dates for 2009 testing, along with maps of the tracks they will be visiting.
F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer is back with a two-part series on the history of the European Grand Prix. The European Grand Prix is an oddity. It’s unique in that it doesn’t necessarily represent a single country, but a whole continent. Various versions of the name have been in use ever since the world championship … Continue reading European GP history 1950-1997 (video)
Here’s a video showing how a BMW mechanic suffered an electric shock and was thrown to the ground when he touched a car fitted with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS): The incident occured during testing at Jerez last week. Links below.
The response to my invitation for guest writers was fantastic and I’m very happy to share the first of these new articles today. Journeyer, a long-time contributor to the comments and Live Blogs on F1Fanatic, covers the history of the Spanish Grand Prix. Formula 1 has been around for 58 years now. With it goes … Continue reading Spanish Grand Prix: memorable races
Here’s an hour of footage from the last F1 test at Jerez with several interesting moments. Robert Kubica’s BMW seems to make an unusual sound under braking – are the team running a new system to aid the car under deceleration? And David Coulthard is caught spinning off the track as high winds caused problems … Continue reading Video: F1 testing at Jerez (part 5)
Max Mosley has re-affirmed his threat to cancel this year’s two Grands Prix in Spain if there is any repeat of the racist abuse aimed at Lewis Hamilton at the Circuit de Catalunya last week. He has also revealed Hamilton was racially abused by Spanish spectators at the Chinese Grand Prix: Anthony Hamilton told me … Continue reading Mosley reiterates Spanish GP threat ahead of test
Here are some more videos of last week’s F1 test at Valencia where Ferrari, McLaren, Toyota, BMW, Renault, Honda, Red Bull and Williams had their 2008 cars. There’s also video from the earlier Jerez test with some nice shots of F1 cars travelling sideways in the wet. More of that in 2008 please…
How much can you tell from F1 testing times in January? Not very much, especially when rain interrupts the running as happened at Jerez this week. It’s too early to say for certain who’s fastest and which driver is doing better than his team mate. But trends are emerging already: Ferrari and McLaren not only … Continue reading 2008 testing round-up 3