The winter testing has started and after months of speculations we finally got some live presenation of what the 2009 Formula 1 cars may look like. It does not look that good , and according to Christian Klien these are the worst looking F1 cars, ever …
Pedro de la Rosa appeared behind wheel of Force India car in Barcelona. This fuels fresh speculations that following the Force India McLaren technial agreements the seats of Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella may not be as safe as they appeared to be. Spanish media are said to be sure it is done deal that de la Rosa will replace Fsichella (readers from Spain may help me on this one). De la Rosa however says that he has nothing to say and that all he has been given are 2 days of testing.
This test is also the last track appearance for quite some while for Force India. This is their last outing with Ferrari engines and they do not expect the new chassis built around Mercedes power plants to be ready till late February.
The battle for Toro Rosso and Honda seats is heating up. Jenson Button revealed that there is nothing on paper between him and Honda for next year but he (and pretty much everybody) expects to be retained by the big spending Brackley team. Rubens Barrichello, the endangered F1 spieces, is missing from Barcelona test. Instead his two younger compatriots Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna are trying to prove their case for Formula 1 seat. Does not look good for Rubens …
Takuma Sato is complicating the matters for Toro Rosso bosses. After his long racing break (only interrupted by few wet track laps with Toro Rosso few months back) he shows he is still quick, quicker that Bourdais and the top candidate for Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi.
Over at Red Bull Racing Sebastian Vettel went fastest on day 2 of Barcelona test. After quite some time he made the RB car to run quicker than the STR. But with every car in Barcelona testing something totally different, the times mean absolutelly nothing at this moment. Sebastien Loeb claimed his prize for winning the WRC title and tested the Red Bull F1 car. He was impressively quick !
Canadian GP organizers lost the hope and gave up. Bernie Ecclestone succeeded in eliminating another great race from F1 calendar. Formula 1 will not travel to North America next year … At the same time the money bleeding Chinese GP organizers are thinking whether to renew the money loosing contract with Mr. Ecclestone beyond 2010.
McLaren continues trying to be funny. After their “serious” preparations for Singapore night race here comes Lewis Hamilton and his not so good treatment by the media in this viral ad campaign for Vodafone:
The best of the new open wheel racing and possible the future of Formula 1 was on display in Macau last weekend, Keisuke Kunimoto won the action packed race. Few photos are here, some sounds and sights here.
Bernie Ecclestone is serious about taking the points away from drivers and give them medals instead. Unconventional idea that strangely seems to be getting thumbs up from the teams, all teams, at least that’s what Mr. Ecclestone is saying.