One month to go ! Time to recap what happened in last few days.
BMW Sauber, Toyota and Ferrari tested in Bahrain, this time without sandstorms. The times still do not tell us much but there was surprisingly little between performances of these three teams.
Force India announced they will show us their car on this coming Sunday (after their Silverstone shakedown yesterday). The new Toro Rosso should be out next week as well.
The main topics of recent days were Honda (or ex-Honda) and USF1. While USF1 announced their plans on Speed TV Honda is yet to announce anything. All we have are rumours. Autosport and BBC however claimed yesterday their sources told them “Honda” guys are ready to go testing.
Today F1GPUpdate claimed the ex-Honda team will be present next week at Silverstone for shakedown.
Tony Teixeira seems to have intentions to enter F1 as well. But Paul Stoddard (former Minardi boss) has his doubts about chances of any new teams (including USF1) making it to the grid in the near future:
“I think we are going to see a bit more pain before there is any upside. We’ve currently got 10 teams, just, and are we going to be able to say that at the end of 2009? Let’s see what happens to Honda, see what happens to perhaps one or two others out there that maybe are having second thoughts. I am more concerned that we keep 10 teams than get too worried about (the arrival) of 11 and 12.“
Allianz (one of Williams sponsors) leaked images of what may be team’s final 2009 livery. Staying with Williams – some good news from the sponsors for the team finally. Yes, the RBS news is good news. Yes, RBS will leave F1 but only after 2010. Williams also extended their partnership with their paint supplier PPG.
I finalized my Australian GP tickets this week and lucky me will be in the Paddock on Friday. Saturday and Sunday I will watch the action from the Brabham Stand.
And, finishing this post with the most important stuff – the 2009 F1Wolf Prediction Game is on. Click on the image below for details !