Bridgestone’s new intermediate tyres are proving a challenge for F1 drivers who are reporting high levels of wear on the wet-weather rubber. Nico H?â??lkenberg said the tyres were wearing out quickly in yesterday’s wet session at Jerez: Even though we were picking up a lot of water on the track they still seemed too soft. … Continue reading Drivers report high wear on intermediates
New Williams team mates Rubens Barrichello and Nico H?â??lkenberg have appeared in their 2010 team kit – and it looks like they’ve been practising their moody gazes…
His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar became the first Qatari to drive an F1 car in a publicity event for Williams at Losail International Circuit. He drove five laps of the circuit in a 2009-specification FW31 and enthused about the experience afterwards: The Williams FW31 is a remarkable vehicle, unlike any other … Continue reading First Qatari drives for Williams at Losail
Nico H?â??lkenberg gets a head-start on his 2010 F1 rivals today as he makes his first testing appearance for Williams since being confirmed as a Grand Prix driver next year. The F1 rookies will be back on track in Jerez today with several new faces joining them including Mirko Bortolotti and Lucas di Grassi.
The in-season testing ban may have caused some problems but it has given us one thing to look forward to: tomorrow a three-day F1 test session exclusively for rookie drivers begins at Jerez. Already most of the teams have announced their drivers which include a host of champions plus several drivers from nations not currently … Continue reading F1 rookies test: Guide to the drivers
Here’s a video from a Williams activity day for their sponsors which was held last month at Silverstone. Among the machinery on display was Keke Rosberg’s 1982 championship-winning Williams-Cosworth FW08B. Appropriately, Williams will be using Cosworth power once again next year, though Keke’s son Nico will not be driving for the team any more. Nico … Continue reading Video: Williams F1 cars at Silverstone
With potentially six new places available on the grid for F1 drivers in 2010 we’re set for an influx of new names next year. Who will be the lucky half-dozen to get the places? Fresh new rookies? Experienced hands making comebacks? Third drivers hoping for race team promotions? Here’s a list of some of the … Continue reading Who do you want to see in F1 in 2010?
Nico Hulkenberg has taken a step closer to becoming an F1 driver in 2010 by winning the GP2 championship at Monza.
The F1 driver market for 2010 is a much more unpredictable one than we’ve had recently – or maybe it just seems that way because so many drivers stayed in the same teams this year as last. There are big names looking for new berths – Robert Kubica and Kimi Raikkonen – and top teams … Continue reading 2010 F1 drivers – who goes where?
Formula 1 cars from at least 14 different constructors will be demonstrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. They include a special tribute to Williams, Lewis Hamilton in one of Ayrton Senna’s old McLarens, the largest collection of Silver Arrows and, of course, plenty of modern F1 cars. Here’s a run-down of the … Continue reading F1 car and driver highlights at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The GP2 championship kicks off at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend with 26 drivers hoping to follow the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock and Nico Rosberg into Formula 1. But it’s not just the drivers who are looking for places in F1 – several of the teams are eyeing a step up under … Continue reading Which of this year’s GP2 drivers – and teams – could be in Formula 1 soon?
The GP2 series enters its fifth championship at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend. All the teams have announced their drivers so far except Trident and DPR – the latter having confirmed Michael Herck but not his team mate. David Price has sold the team to Michael’s father Andre, so it remains to be seen … Continue reading GP2 2009 drivers and teams in pictures
Last month we discussed which junior racing drivers have what it takes to become winners in F1. I suggested Romain Grosjean, Earl Bamber, Jaime Alguersuari and Paul di Resta, and a host of other names were put forward in the comments. Two particularly compelling suggestions were Nico H?â??lkenberg and Karol Basz. Here’s more about those … Continue reading Two future F1 winners named by you
The GP2 line-up for 2009 looks very promising with several top drivers retaining their seats and some intriguing new talent entering the championship. Lucas di Grassi is back for a fourth attempt at the series. Di Grassi, runner-up in 2007 and third last year despite only contesting part of the season, must be the title … Continue reading Promising GP2 line-up taking shape for 2009
The second GP2 Asia race at Qatar was largely decided by the hectic dash to the first corner. The Arden duo of Luis Razia and Edoardo Mortara locked out the front row courtesy of their seventh and eighth place finishes in the feature race. But they lost time keeping Davide Valsechi behind, pinching the Durango … Continue reading First corner shuffle opens door for Perez (GP2 Asia)
Sergio Perez took his first victory in GP2 Asia with a straightforward lights-to-flag drive from pole position at the Bahrain International Circuit. The Campos driver was chased to the flag by Davide Valsecchi, whose second place moves him up to second in the drivers’ standings. Kamui Kobayashi, who won yesterday’s feature race, was sixth and … Continue reading Sergio Perez cruises to Bahrain sprint race win (GP2 Asia)
Fresh from his Formula 1 testing duties in Portugal, Kamui Kobayashi turned up in Bahrain and won the GP2 Asia feature race with ease. Nico H?â??lkenberg, making his GP2 Asia debut, qualified on pole position and kept his lead through the first corner. But Kobayashi was quickly on his tail and while the two pulled … Continue reading Kobayashi stretches title lead with Bahrain win (GP2 Asia)
Six F1 teams were in action at two different circuits today. Ferrari made a last-minute decision not to appear at the group test in Portugal and instead worked on the F60 at its home circuit, Mugello. Here are notes and pictures from the tests.
Williams tester claims crown
Nico H?â??lkenberg captured the 2008 Formula Thre Euroseries championship in a less than inspiring fashion. He failed to get away at the start of the first race at Le Mans in France this weekend, and fell to the back of the field. But with title rival Edoardo Mortara unable to reach the seventh place he … Continue reading Nico H?â??lkenberg wins 2008 F3 Euroseries title at Le Mans