Live Blog – Bahrain – Qualifying

The Live Blog is back for Bahrain Qualifying session. Follow the session and join the discussion !

he Live Blog has now closed, you can replay the discussion and comments on this practice session inside the post. Next live blog will be from Bahrain Formula 1 race.

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2008 Bahrain Formula 1 GP – Saturday Free Practice – Rosberg on top

Nico Rosberg Bahrain 2008Nico Rosberg in Williams confirmed a good form this weekend in the final practice for Bahrain GP. He finished the session 2 tenths ahead of Massa and Webber. It was quiet session for Ferrari, each driver barely managed 3 timed laps… Massa lead the timesheets since his first timed lap. Towards the end however many drivers embarked on quick low fuel runs and the table below is the result. As it is becoming a habit this season, McLarens did not show much pace in P3.:

Saturday Free Practice Times:

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Live Blog – Bahrain – Free Practice 3

Bahrain GP Mood

Follow the updates from the Third Free Practice session and join the brain behind the liveblogs, Keith from F1Fanatic, the moderators – Duncan from doctorvee, Ollie from BlogF1, John from F1-Pitlane, Arun, Journeyer and F1Wolf – and and big bunch of others in the discussion !

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2008 Bahrain Formula 1 GP – Friday Free Practice

Hamilton Bahrain 2008Ferrari dominated the Friday sessions in Bahrain with Felipe Massa ahead of Kimi Raikkonen both in the morning and in the afternoon. Just before the end of P2 Massa did the best lap of the day, the only lap below 1:32s.

Today was a good day for Williams. Rosberg was 3rd fastest in P1 and 6th in P2, Nakajima not too far behind. The headache of Sepang seems to be over.

McLarens were quite a bit off the pace of Ferrari today. Then in P2, just when the times started to get quicker, Hamilton crashed. He hit the wall pretty hard and damaged the car. He did not get a chance to go for the quick run as most of the other drivers. Hamilton ended the P2 in 4th place, half a second behind Kimi, almost one and half second behind Massa.

Kubica was faster of the 2 BMW Sauber drivers today, significantly faster. Not sure if Heidfeld was experiencing some problems with the car or was simply on different programme.

It looked to be pretty bad day for Renault, especially in P2. Both cars languished around the bottom of time sheets for most of the session. Then they managed to get their act together and Piquet squeezed into top 10. The midfield is however very crowded and there is not much between 8th and 18th …

Same as today, tomorrow you can also follow the action from Bahrain on Live Blog also here on F1Wolf. The Live Blog will be on for Saturday practice and also for qualifying. You can replay Live Blog from Practice 1 and Practice 2 to see what to expect.

2008 Bahrain GP – Friday Times

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Live Blog – Bahrain – Free Practice 2

Follow the updates from the Second Free Practice session and join in the discussion !

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Live Blog – Bahrain – Free Practice 1

The Live Blog is here ! Follow the updates from the First Free Practice session and join in the discussion ! Thanks to Keith from F1Fanatic for putting this togehter !

The Live Blog has now closed, you can replay the discussion and comments on this practice session inside the post. Next live blog will be from Bahrain Saturday Free Practice.

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Quick Update on Mosley – The teams and prince have spoken

The F1 teams kept radio silence for several day on the whole Max vs. NOTW issue. And then, not unlike in case of F1 news sites, several of them came out at the same time and made themselves heard:

BMW Sauber and McLaren-Mercedes

“The content of the publications is disgraceful. As a company, we strongly distance ourselves from it. This incident concerns Max Mosley both personally and as President of the FIA, the global umbrella organisation for motoring clubs. Its consequences therefore extend far beyond the motor sport industry. We await a response from the relevant FIA bodies.”

Mosley replied them in very weird manner:

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So how exactly is it with the engine replacements ?

One of the comments below the engine stats post draw my attention to the Technical Delegate’s Report from Malaysian GP that says this:

Malaysia Technical Delegate Report

The Article 28.4a of the 2008 Formula One Sporting Regulations says this:

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2008 Bahrain Formula 1 GP – Wolf’s Race Preview

Bahrain 2007 WilliamsThe Bahrain Grand Prix is just around a corner and perhaps for next few days we can focus on racing instead of … well we all know whom :-) .

The last race in Malaysia was the 10th Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, Bahrain is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year. A look back to previous four races (scroll down to the bottom of this post) reveals that only Renault and Ferrari managed to win this race. It is hard to see Renault to get to the top of the podium this year. But Ferrari would be my top favourite for this race. Their performance in Malaysia suggests that Melbourne might have been just a weekend off for Ferrari. Unlikely all the rest of the field Ferrari (along with Toyota) tested in Bahrain during the winter and that should be a an advantage for them. It however remains to be seen how Felipe Massa handles the car without traction control on a dusty and sandy track … The fact that he plans to use his old engine and not to waste a new one suggests he might be again thinking about early retirement from the race (ooops, looks like am still in April 1st mood :-) )

McLaren did not have the best of weekends in Malaysia and BMW Saubers seemed to have matched their race pace. For no particular reason I expect McLaren to be closer to Ferrari than they were 2 weeks ago but still behind them. BMW Saubers will try again to squeeze between Ferraris and McLarens. They are obviously permanently on alert to capitalize on every mistake any of the top four cars make.

The midfield will be close again but I suspect that Toyota may have another good weekend. They are the surprise package of 2008 so far and their winter tests on this track should not do them too much harm. Williams had disapointing weekend in Malaysia and blamed it on new track surface in Sepang. Well, perhaps the dessert sand will suit them better. The fight to get to Q3 should be fierce again with Red Bull, Renault, Honda and Toro Rosso all eyeing the top 10 on the starting grid.

Force India’s ambitions are smaller, for now, Q2 is their goal, yet again …Fisi has been close twice this year, perhaps it will be his lucky day. Super Aguri will again be simply happy to be there.

The rain might mix everything up though, if it ever comes. This is what weather people have to say about Bahrain this weekend:

weather bahrain

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Some more on Max Mosley

Two days have passed since Max Mosley made the news for all the wrong reasons. What happened since then ? Simply put, the pressure on Mosley is mounting.

Mosley succeeded and having the photos and video removed from YouTube and The News Of The World site. The mainstream F1 sites broke the radio silence and published the story. All of them at about the same like if on command from somebody … And then various F1 figures began to voice their oppinions on the matter. Here is the collection:

Bernie Ecclestone:

“I’ve known him an awful long time. If somebody had told me this without the evidence I would have found it difficult to believe. Assuming it’s all true, what people do privately is up to them. I don’t honestly believe [it] affects the sport in any way. Knowing Max it might be all a bit of a joke. You know, it’s one of those things where he’s sort of taking the p***, rather than anything against Jewish people.”

and Bernie Ecclestone again on comments that Mosley may cancel travel to Bahrain:

“He shouldn’t go, should he? The problem is he would take all the ink away from the race and put it on something which, honestly and truly, is nobody else’s business anyway.”

… and Bernie Ecclestone on future of Max Mosley (for The Times)

“What Max should do is what he thinks is right because it is only him that’s involved, not the FIA. He must do what he believes, in his heart of hearts, is the right thing. If Max was in bed with two hookers, they’d say ‘good for you or something like that’. But this, as it is, people find it repulsive. I think that’s the problem. The trouble with Max is he’s been brave and there is bravado at the moment, but I don’t think it’s going to be easy. And if he starts to sue, from what I understand, the chances of him winning would be slim and, the trouble is, it’s just a lot more ink for the press.”

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Formula 1 steering wheels in action (video link)

Kotenok, the F1Wolf reader and one of the competitors in our Prediction Game sent me a link to the website of Spanish Telecinco TV. All the videos are with Spanish narration but even without understanding the commentary, some are quite interesting.

The link I was sent points to the video studying the steering wheel action without traction control. There is interesting side by side comparison between 2004 and 2008 Australian GP.

F1 steering wheel action

The video also analyzes the “wrong button” error by Heikki Kovalainen in Melbourne.

Kovalainen Mistake Australia 2008

To watch the video, follow this link to Telecinco. There are several other videos available (besides Max Mosley), like a take on Malaysian Grand Prix and shots of totally exhausted drivers on the podium … Their video gallery is worth browsing through. Thanks again to Kotenok !

2008 Formula 1 Liveries

I realized I haven’t come up yet with the overview of all the 2008 liveries, so here they are. At the bottom of the article are links to liveries from 2004 to 2007.

2008 Livery Ferrari
Ferrari

2008 Livery McLaren
McLaren

2008 Livery BMW Sauber
BMW Sauber

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Kevin MAGNUSSEN
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