The big question after qualifying is this: how much fuel does Fernando Alonso have in his Renault? The Spanish driver in his home race sent the crowd into rapture by snatching provisional pole position, only to lose it at the last to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
The first official test since the start of the season ended at Barcelona today. The four-day test threw up some confusing times as some drivers tried out slick tyres for next year while others stayed on grooves, and today’s running was spoiled by rain. They will be back at the track in just eight days … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 11: Catalunya
The dusty surface at Bahrain will cause more problems than usual for the teams with traction control banned. This new video from Toyota explains why. Watch more F1 videos
Lewis Hamilton shrugged off the disappointment of losing the 2007 championship at the final round and started the new season back at the front of the title race.
A lot of mixed messages have been coming out of Toyota this winter. First boss John Howett back-tracked on reported remarks that the team had to become successful within two years: The rumours about us leaving the sport have always been groundless. Having signed the Concorde Agreement, we are in it at least until 2012. … Continue reading 2008: Toyota
The final big test before the 2008 season was completed this week and it wasn’t Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen or Michael Schumacher who set the fastest time – it was Jarno Trulli. Afterwards a confident Trulli praised the new Toyota: The TF108 is a completely different car. Last year straightaway I knew we had a … Continue reading F1 testing round-up 10: Catalunya & Jerez
Drivers don’t pay compliments to other drivers or other teams very often. On the face of it, Jarno Trulli seems to think Kimi Raikkonen should start clearing a place on his mantlepiece for the 2008 FIA F1 World Drivers’ Championship trophy: When you watch Ferrari’s performance on the track your arms drop [in amazement]. They … Continue reading Is Jarno Trulli complimenting or complaining about Ferrari?
Ferrari and Toyota left the other F1 teams behind by testing in Bahrain this week – perhaps McLaren wished they’d followed them after the events at the Circuit de Catalunya? It may prove an advantage for them as the other teams are not likely to test at Bahrain before its Grand Prix, but Ferrari and … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 6: Bahrain
Toyota has revealed the car it hopes will achieve the team’s first race victory in its seventh year of competing in F1.
Toyota’s new car will be unveiled on January 10th 2008. I think we can all guess what the livery’s going to look like…
Timo Glock has been confirmed as Jarno Trulli’s team mate at Toyota in 2008 following a lengthy dispute with BMW. Glock, who won the GP2 championship this year, was BMW’s test driver and the Munich marque became involved in a tug-of-love for Glock’s services with Cologne-based Toyota. The Contracts Recognition Board ruled last week that … Continue reading Timo Glock finally confirmed at Toyota for 2008
Toyota may have ended the 2007 World Constructors’ Championship in sixth place, but it’s tempting to describe them as the worst team in the sport. Having strode into F1 with virtually limitless funding five years ago they have accomplished little and show no promise of improvement in the future. They had yet another middling season … Continue reading F1 07 review: Toyota