I am about to move in the Albert Park direction for Friday practice, before doing so, here is quick summary of the F1 news from Thursday:
The diffuser issue – Following the protest from Ferrari, Renault and Red Bull (and the thrown out one from BMW Sauber) the stewards investigated the controversial diffusers used by Toyota, Williams and Brawn GP. Late on Thusrday night he FIA stewards rejected the protest and Brawn GP, Williams and Toyota have been given the go-ahead to take part in the Australian Grand Prix. It may not be the end of the story with appeals expected but for now everybody can focus on racing in Melbourne.
Jenson Button’s new 2009 helmet – Jenson Button will be racing with new helmet. The union jack colours will be replaced with yellow design – see all 2009 drivers helmets here.
Virgin to sponsor Brawn GP – Reports by Times online and Autosport suggest that Sir Richard Branson is enroute to Melbourne to finalize a major sponsorship deal with Ross Brawn’s team. Earlier yesterday Brawn GP announced partnership with Henri Lloyd – a British clothing manufacturer – as Official Supplier of Clothing and Footwear Technology.
FIA revised the final 2009 entry list returning the numbers 20 and 21 to Force India and assigning 22 and 23 to Brawn GP. There will be no car number 18 and 19 on the grid this year.
Lewis Hamilton joined GPDA.
FOTA confirmed that Briatore, Howett and Dennis represented the position of the entire FOTA when they met with Ecclestone last week.
And Fernando Alonso added his voice to the opposition against the winner takes points system.
And now it is time to go to the track.