And another 10 days gone, we are now only 2 months from the start of the 2008 Formula 1 season. Since the 70 days mark 4 teams launched their 2008 cars. First came Ferrari followed by McLaren only a day later. Toyota did not wait too long and introduced another boring red and white car. The last ones so far to unveil the 2008 challenger were BMW Sauber. They also announced their new partner – T-Systems.
Super Aguri did not launch yet but will do so on February 19, at least that is what they say. What car will it be remains to be seen.
The driver’s line up is close to being complete. Giancarlo Fisichella was confirmed by Force India on January 10. Vitantonio Liuzzi is staying in F1 but as a third driver only. The only team that has not officially confirmed the drivers is Super Aguri.
There are still some test drivers jobs available. Villa and Asmer are tipped for BMW Sauber, Kiwi A1 driver Jonny Reid says he is close the a testing deal in F1.
Prodrive team announced they are shelving their F1 plans for now. Who knows where the 12th team will come from …
Williams team will be commemorating their several anniversaries with 6 different interim liveries during the winter testing season – the company’s 30th year of racing, its 500th entry in a Formula One Grand Prix (2008 Turkish Grand Prix). Williams team will also record its 50,000 racing lap during the 2008 season. On top of it some Frank Williams personal specials – The Monaco Grand Prix will be his 600th Formula One Grand Prix as a F1 entrant, and he will become F1’s longest serving entrant with 39 years in F1. Williams may also be celebrating a new investor with Icelandic money reportedly on the way.
Jenson Button aims for the title, but in 2009. Martin Blundell thinks Massa will win it, and he has a support of one of the competitors in the F1Wolf.com Prediction Game too. Yes, there is first vote for a driver other than Raikkonen or Hamilton.
Ben Evans thinks 2008 will be Ferrari landslide. Kimi Raikkonen said that drivers who think F1 is too dangerous probably shouldn’t be in the sport.
Michael Schumacher said he will attend some races in Europe and he also finally found his place in the Ferrari team. He will be developing and testing the cars. Anthony Hamilton will go to all the races.
The teams are calling for budget cap (and probably already looking for ways how to get around it ). The engine freeze period was cut from 10 to 5 years.
The first official test got underway in Jerez, and at the time of the writing (I am now on the plane somewhere over the Pacific ) it was all about Ferrari…
The countdown will return in 10 days.