Last week was a race week, finally … But several interesting things happened before that. First we had Valencia joining the 2008 race calendar. One would expect F1 to appear on the existing race track, but Bernie went for the street race. Not even a day later a news arrived from Singapore about the Lion City joining in as well in 2008, and guess what, street race again, potentially night one. To sum up all the announcements, Barcelona renewed the contract for Spanish GP till 2016. Let’s hope they actually do something to the track to make the excitement last beyond the first corner …
Good news for some is bad news for others.
Renovation and investment at Imola may not, more likely will not, bring the F1 back. Silverstone also continues to get alarm signals from Bernie about their future. But it became quite clear, that we are heading towards 20 race calendar.As Valencia will act as an European GP, it may be a good idea for Hockenheim and Nurburgring to work out their naming issues. I don’t think Bernie plans to run 2 European GPs a year …
Hamilton made it to the top of the standings. There are again lots of people praising him, some are stunned, but there are also voices questioning (again) the current points system that allows driver who hasn’t won a race to lead the championship. However, there are 2 Ferraris on the grid that are at the moment better cars than McLaren. Also, the other McLaren is driven by defending world champion. To finish 4 times in a row on a podium with these guys around fully justifies leading the championship.
Jos Verstapen may be driving Spyker in Belgium during Friday session. Prodrive aim for top half of the grid next year. Renault still focus on the current season, and target 3rd in the constructors game. The ever optimistic Honda does not plan to throw in the towel anytime soon.
James Rossiter switched from Honda proper to Super Aguri.
This week we will have testing at Paul Ricard, with Bourdais testing for Toro Rosso. Next week the circus moves to Monaco!