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It looks like Ferrari has some job to do if they want to win their home race. Raikkonen heavy crash on Saturday followed his technical problems on Friday. He walked away unhurt, but it remains to be seen if he will be able to fit his engine and gear box into the spare car and aoind grid penalty. The fastest time in the fina practice went to Alonso ahead of Hamilton. Massa was quite a bit behind McLarens. Williams and BMW continue to show good speed on this track.
Saturday Free Practice:
1) F. Alonso – McLaren 1:22.054 10
2) L. Hamilton – McLaren 1:22.200 11
3) F. Massa – Ferrari 1:22.615 11
4) N. Heidfeld – BMW 1:22.855 15
5) R. Kubica – BMW 1:23.287 14
6) N. Rosberg – Williams 1:23.454 13
7) A. Wurz – Williams 1:23.596 15
8) J. Trulli – Toyota 1:23.672 16
9) H. Kovalainen – Renault 1:23.672 12
10) M. Webber – Red Bull 1:23.708 13
11) J. Button – Honda 1:23.803 15
12) R. Barrichello – Honda 1:23.830 14
13) S. Vettel – Toro Rosso 1:23.853 14
14) G. Fisichella – Renault 1:23.877 12
15) A. Davidson – Super Aguri 1:23.942 12
16) T. Sato – Super Aguri 1:24.022 16
17) D. Coulthard – Red Bull 1:24.055 12
18) R. Schumacher – Toyota 1:24.167 13
19) V. Liuzzi – Toro Rosso 1:24.208 15
20) K. Räikkönen – Ferrari 1:24.442 3
21) S. Yamamoto – Spyker F1 1:24.736 17
22) A. Sutil – Spyker F1 1:24.943 18
Would it be wise for any driver hoping for future in F1 to ignore letter like this?
Dear Mr De La Rosa
As you will be aware, the FIA has recently investigated whether, how and to what extent McLaren was in possession of confidential Ferrari technical information. The FIA has subsequently been made aware of an allegation that one or more McLaren drivers may be in possession, or that such drivers have recently been in possession, of written evidence relevant to this investigation.
In the interests of the sport and the Championship it is important that the FIA as the regulator establishes unequivocally and rapidly whether or not this allegation has any basis in fact.
Ferraris were a bit ahead of McLarens in the first practice, with fastest time going to Raikkonen. Alonso’s session was hampered by technical problems, so his time may not reflect the true performance of his car. Rosberg had his usual quick practice session. Button’s time may surprise few. Spyker’s new car seems to be step ahead, if nothing else they closed the gap on and maybe even got ahead of Toro Rossos.
As the title suggests, all we have are rumours and rumours only. But this, from grandprix.com points into new direction:
The suggestion is that the damning evidence against McLaren is a series of e-mails between Fernando Alonso and McLaren ‘s test driver Pedro de la Rosa, from which it is clear that information that originated from Ferrari was used to help McLaren with its set-up. There is nothing to back up these rumours because the FIA continues to refuse to say anything on the subject. It is a suggestion that could have some validity. De la Rosa has worked closely with Mike Coughlan at Arrows and at McLaren and so the two men have had strong links in the past.
Here is a handy guide to the subject of aerodynamics as presented by Red Bull Racing:
AERO package – The wrapping on a chocolate bar called “Aero.” If your car looks like a bar of chocolate, it probably won’t go very quickly
Rear wing – When very old F1 drivers go to heaven they wear these on their back to get around quicker than normal people
It was quiet for quite some time, with the International Court of Appeal hearing planned for next week (September 13). Then all of a sudden we have 2 developments on the same day. First The Modena magistrate Giuseppe Tibis confirmed that there is a case against the former Ferrari engineer Nigel Stepney. There is supposed to reasonable proof that Stepney was involved in the Monaco white powder case. Then, later on on the same day, FIA came with announcement in the Stepney-Coughlan saga:
The 2007 season is close to its finale, it may be good time to see how the grid changed. Below are the liveries teams used in 2006. Some haven’t changed much, some are completely different
McLaren – Mercedes
Renault Tobacco Free
Renault Mild Seven
When talking about the teams in history of Formula 1, the name Kuzma does not get mentioned too often. But yet, it has more race wins then Minardi or Arrows and the driver Troy Ruttman shares his position in the race win table with drivers like Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button, Jean Alesi or Olivier Panis.
Troy Ruttman (Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
There are only 2 Grands Prix that never missed the F1 calendar – British and Italian. While the British GP changed the venues few times, all the Italian Grand Prix F1 races were held in Monza.
The Monza venue has 3 tracks – the current Grand Prix track, a junior track, and the old, historic high speed track with steep bankings – see the video in the article.
This day in 2001 the Belgian GP was held in Spa-Francorchamps. Juan Pablo Montoya started the race from pole position. The race had to be restarted after Frentzen’s Prost stalled on the grid. On lap 4 Luciano Burti crashed out after collision with Eddie Irvine. Race was stopped and restarted again for 36 laps.
The news are out about the 80 million Euro takeover of the troubled Spyker F1 team by Michiel Mol and Vijay Mallya. This may and probably will mean yet another name change for the former Jordan team.
Only few days ago news came out of China about their planned ban on tobacco advertising. The next anti tobacco drive came out of EUs health comissioner Marcos Kyprianou in his interview with Financial Times Deutschland.