2009 F1 testing: March 9th (Update: pictures and video added)

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As the start of the 2009 F1 season draws tantalisingly close, today sees the beginning of the final major test before the Australian Grand Prix. Scuderia Toro Rosso will reveal their STR4 which we expect to be very similar to the Red Bull RB5, but with a Ferrari engine. And we’ll have our first chance … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: March 9th (Update: pictures and video added)

2009 F1 testing: 5th March (Update: pictures added)

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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)

2009 F1 testing: March 4th (Update: pictures added)

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Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen join in the testing action at Jerez today. McLaren have been using their 2008-spec rear wing again recently, prompting speculation over whether they are having problems with their MP4-24. Timo Glock has been fastest for Toyota over the past two days. Will Jarno Trulli keep the team on top as … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: March 4th (Update: pictures added)

2009 F1 testing: February 11th (Update: pictures added)

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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)

2009 F1 testing: February 10th (Update: video and pictures added)

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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)

McLaren’s technical innovations have put the MP4/23 ahead of the pack

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McLaren have made a clear step forward in performance in the last two races and Ferrari have struggled to compete. What has made McLaren so competitive all of a sudden? Like every other team they constantly develop their car through the season but three particular changes seem to have made a significant different: a new … Continue reading McLaren’s technical innovations have put the MP4/23 ahead of the pack

McLaren out of ’07 championship and fined $100m

2007 F1 season

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The FIA have announced that McLaren will not score constructors’ championship points this year and face an unprecedented $100 million fine for their role in the ‘Spygate’ espionage case. However Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso will still be allowed to score points towards the drivers’ championship. McLaren will also not be allowed any constructor’s representatives … Continue reading McLaren out of ’07 championship and fined $100m

Alonso’s tainted triumph

2007 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying review

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As if McLaren didn’t have enough problems off the track – now one of their drivers has employed some extraordinarily unsavoury tactics against the other. Fernando Alonso deliberately delayed Lewis Hamilton in the pit box to prevent his team mate from setting his final lap. The Spaniard then took pole position off his team mate. … Continue reading Alonso’s tainted triumph