2009 Formula 1 Season Countdown – 60 Days To Go

60-days

Two months to go. Time to summarize what has happened during the past 10 days.

Three more teams launched their 2009 cars – Williams their FW31, Renault their R29 and BMW Sauber their F1.09. Toro Rosso still has one vacancy although rumours are the team will keep Sebastien Bourdais. With 60 days to go Honda team still hasn’t been sold. Red Bull has confirmed they will use KERS developed by Renault.


There were some not so positive news from F1 sponsors. Credit Suisse announced end of their sponsorship of BMW Sauber team, the close look at the F1.09 also revealed that the Dell logo is no longer there. ING (title sponsor of Renault) and RBS (main backer of Williams) announced they are reviewing their involvement in F1. Daily Telegraph summed up the not so rosy current sponsor situation in Formula 1 (click here for the complete article):

“F1 has lost a total of £64m in sponsorship this year and this doesn’t even include the departure of the nine brands.”

Williams in the meantime admitted that the cost cutting measures (and some cash in advance from Bernie) probably saved the team.

We had first few days of proper although mostly wet or windy testing in 2009 – in Mugello, Valencia and Algarve (Portimao).

And Bernie Ecclestone had something say.

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  1. TimmieNo Gravatar says:

    Charlie Whiting recently did an interview which is on another site.
    Talks about the car changes, restrictions for 2009 and also outlines engine use and the new safety car rules. Was good for some information that i hadn’t heard about yet or missed in the news in the past months.
    The eight engines for the season also apply to Friday practice
    The pitting issue under safety car has been reviewed with a novel idea that tracks cars positioning via the ECU and causes the car to only go so fast, kinda like a pit lane limiter.
    Also talked of the aim of the reduce in aerodynamic grip was a 50% reduction or close too and how the mechanical grip increase (via slick tyres) would hopefully be around 8%.
    Also pointed out that the gap between the two tyre choices would be bigger this year, and Charlie hoped it would be about a half a second difference instead of the 1 tenth of a second crap we had last year which totally negated the point of having two compounds!
    So yeah if you do have a chance to look at it, It’s on the F1-Live website and definitely worth a read for some extra little info from the great man that is Charlie Whiting!

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      thanks for pointng me to the interview, I am travelling right now, so it is not so easy for me to keep up. I am preparing a sum up post on the matters Charlie Whiting clarified in that interview

  2. [...] the eight engine per season rule exactly means. The other innovation were the safety car rules. Timmie pointed out yesterday the interview with FIA race director Charlie Whiting that also clarifies some of the new things in the 2009 F1 [...]

  3. BMWF1No Gravatar says:

    It does come fast doesn’t it. 60 days to go, wow.

    I’d have to say this is the most turbulent off season ever. Almost every day there is some troubling news to digest and figure out solutions for.

    BMWF1s last blog post..What’s up With the BMW Sauber Sponsors?

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