2008 Formula 1 Season Countdown – 60 Days To Go

60 Days

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.

4 Comments Post a Comment
  1. rickyNo Gravatar says:

    I love F1 but these days I find it kinda predictable. I wish there could be a bit more variety and drama. Lately I’ve become a big fan of Japanese drifting, which is more than just about turning corners at high speeds.

  2. Black ZeddNo Gravatar says:

    Quote: “The teams are calling for budget cap (and probably already looking for ways how to get around it)”

    No rules are going to limit this sport. It’s a constant wizardry on and off-track that makes F1 so unique! Let’s hope 2008 brings more:)

  3. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    well said Zedd!

  4. Ram RaoNo Gravatar says:

    Hey this is also to let u know that F1’s newest entrant Force India F1 will be launching its car soon. Feb 7. is the launch date. Bernie Eccelstone is supposed to be there.

    Also id like to tell u that Force India F1 has an official Fan club. You’ll find a lot of discussions like these. So do visit and hopefully blog about it:) – lets make the numbers of F1’s smallest team bigger! May the Force be With You.


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