Brazilian GP is remembered for many lasts. The last win for Jordan F1 team (Fisichella in 2003), the last win so far for Williams (Montoya in 2004), the last F1 win for Montoya himself (in 2005 with McLaren), the last Formula 1 race for Michael Schumacher (2006) and actually also for his brother Ralf in 2007 (but who remembers him now ).
At the moment there is only one driver who will officially enter the 2008 Brazilian GP as his final race – David Coulthard. Coulthard announced his retirement back in July during the British GP. He is to remain working with Red Bull and is said to travel to all the races next year. He has also been linked with BBC job following the BBC’s F1 broadcasting deal starting from 2009 season.
Formula One without Ferrari ?
It has been Mosley’s way of dealing with things for quite a while. Come out with some ridiculous ideas, force them on the teams only to settle on some “compromise” that he planned from the very beginning. But I am not sure what he actually intends to achieve now with his “standard engine” idea.
I do understand the need to cut down the cost of running the F1 teams. The current state of global markets does show clearly what the excesses and living beyond means can result in. F1 lost several independent teams in the recent years. They either went bust or were taken over by manufacturers. Those takeovers look like a good thing and well may be. But the side effect is the amount of money being spent in F1 these days. The excesses that the remaining independents simply can’t afford or do not want to match. So, here comes the need to stop the wasteful spending no matter if there is or is not any financial crisis.
Here comes the final race video preview of the 2008 F1 season – video preview of 2008 Brazilian F1 GP:
This edit includes:
- look back at some recent races
- the 2007 3 way title fight
- road to Brazil
- preview of the Interlagos track
- and some Brazilian tunes
If for any reason the video above does not load properly or quick enough you can watch it also on Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, YouTube and of course at the F1Wolf Club.
Hamilton vs Massa - Who will laugh after Brazil ?
The 2008 Formula 1 championship fight is going down the wire. Same as last year Lewis Hamilton goes into the final race with 7 points lead. The difference is that this year he has only one rival left and he does not need to fight with his team mate. I would say that on paper this makes Hamilton’s job much easier than in 2007. However we have seen this season on several occasions how unpredictable Formula 1 can be and that anything can happen. So let’s have a look what Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa need to do to stand a chance to win the title and what they should not do to help each other.
It has been a while since the last post displaying the Formula 1 liveries of the past. The long running series returns here with the 2000 Formula 1 liveries. I almost forgot that Minardis were not always black and that Yahoo! logo used to be on F1 cars .
The guys from FIA met the representatives from FOTA yesterday to discuss the ways how to make the whole F1 to burn less money. Few days before the meeting Mr. Max Mosley spiced the whole issue up with the announcement of the standard engine supplier tender. The manufacturers involved in F1 were not exactly excited about the stadard engine idea. In an unusual expression of F1 teams unity the FOTA (Formula One Team Assoaciation) came up with own cost cutting ideas. So how did talks go ? Judging from the statement issued by FOTA (represented at the meeting by Luca de Montezemolo from Ferrari and John Howett from Toyota) it looks like not too bad:
Felipe Massa, helped Kimi in Brazil, helped by Kimi in Shanghai
The way Felipe Massa overtook Kimi Raikkonen yesterday in Shanghai sparked again some debates on the legality of such move. There were however no such voices coming out of the Formula 1 circles and even the person most affected by that move, Lewis Hamilton, accepted what has happened as normal team work.
The team orders used to be normal practice in Formula 1. However the 2002 Austrian GP fiasco, when Rubens Barrichello was ordered to slow down before the start finish line to allow Michael Schumacher to take the win, resulted in ban on team orders.
So officially the team orders are banned, specificaly the team orders that can affect the outcome of the race. But despite the ban they are still around, used and generally accepted and even predicted. Only the last 2 seasons brought several high profile occurences of team orders:
2008 Chinese GP - Podium
The smog covered 2008 Chinese GP was a boring affair that brought us back to the dull F1 reality. The quickest car started from the pole position and bar some mishap it never looked like anybody was going to challenge Lewis Hamilton. There is very little to say here. Hamilton was simply the best for the whole weekend and he won the race. He extended his championship lead to 7 points. This is the same lead he had last year ahead of the final race of the season and so same as last year it is now Hamilton’s title to throw away.
His team mate Heikki Kovalainen had again all the bad luck. First the tyre failure then retirement. But, again, as often this year, even without the bad luck he was disappointing. While Hamilton in the same car was pulling away from everybody Kovalainen was clearly outpaced by both Ferraris and even Fernando Alonso’s Renault. I am wondering if the 1 year extension of his contract with Mclaren is not just a stop gap before Nico Rosberg’s contract with Williams is up …
Round 17 brought some high scores and 22 points was needed to win this round. Well done Ben ! Not the best round for F1Wolf though . With a lap to go it is still very tight at the top. But watch out. The pre-season prediction of the driver champion is worth 25 points. So, you may want to check back your championship predictions to see where you stand and whom you want to support (or not to support) in the final race .
Here are the results of rouns 17:
Lewis Hamilton, 2008 Chinese GP Winner
Lewis Hamilton kept out of trouble and recorded the his 5th win of the season and the first Chinese GP race win for McLaren. None of te Ferraris, with or without the shark fin, could find the answer to Hamilton’s pace. Felipe Massa kept the title fight alive with second place. Kimi Raikkonen finished 3rd after letting Massa ahead with 8 laps to go. Both Renaults and BMW Saubers finished in points but Kubica’s 6th place means he is now officially out the championship fight. So it is only between Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa now. With 7 points separating them it is advantage Hamilton. Massa will now have to win the Brazilian GP and hope Hamilton will finish 6th or lower in the final race of the season (or if Massa finishes Brazilian GP 2nd he needs Hamilton to finish 8th or worse). What are the odds ? Well, Massa has won 5 races this season and Hamilton finished 5 times 7th or worse .
Chinese F1 GP Race Result:
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Mark Webber's V8 let's go
Mark Webber will drop back 10 places on the starting grid of the Chinese GP in Shanghai due to his unscheduled engine change. The Renault V8 engine in the back of his Red Bull car let go during Saturday morning free practice session. And it was a spectacular blow up as the above picture reveals. Smoke and flames, we do not see that so often in Formula One these days.