The Fuji weekend got on the way with the first practice. Ferrari seems be getting used to the new track quicker than the others and Raikkonen quicker than Massa. The practice one order would not be far from a dream result for Ferrari Look at Adrian Sutil and imagine this guy in a better car… Nico Rosberg and his Williams again among the top…
1. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:19.119
2. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:19.498
3. F. Alonso – McLaren – 1:19.667
4. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:19.807
5. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:20.058
6. R. Kubica – BMW – 1:20.297
7. A. Wurz – Williams – 1:20.411
8. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:20.483 (more…)
Japanese Grand Prix traditionally held towards the end of the F1 season provided us with some excellent races and exciting individual performances in the past, even in the recent past. Last year, Michael Schumacher’s engine failure effectively decided the driver championship, requiring Schumi’s win and Alonso DNF in the last race. The 2005 race started with sort reverse starting grid, after the top drivers had to run their qualifying laps in the wet. This was one of the most memorable F1 races, with Kimi Raikkonen winning it after starting from P17. Then there is the 2002 Japanese GP and the excellent Sato bringing his Jordan home at 6th, in what was the last race for Honda powered Jordan. This all however happened at the Suzuka track. The coming 2 years the Japanese GP will be held at the Fuji Speedway, before returning to Suzuka in 2009.
As expected McLaren decided not to appeal the punishment handed to the by the WMSC on September 13.
‘Having now had time to study the judgement of the World Motor Sport Council with its lawyers and shareholders, McLaren thinks it is in the best interests of the sport, and its goal of winning races and World Championships, not to appeal. (more…)
As became the tradition, F1wolf and the gang will be shooting off to Shanghai in 2 weeks time for another weekend of racing and heavy partying. Some of you may be planning to go to Shanghai, here are our experiences from the past.
First and most important – you have to realize that Shanghai is China and China is, well, China. Expect unexpected.
Here is the last batch of 2007 Silverstone photos, Formula 1, courtesy of Vasek Penaz. Two of the drivers featured here are no longer on F1 grid. How many more will disapear before the next season begins… There are several hot candidates…
A CD landed on my desk earlier this week. Happens all the time, but very seldom it is a CD containing photos from an F1 race. Here is a first batch, courtesy of Mr. Vasek Penaz. I thought the best batch to begin with would be the Silverstone babes
When on December 19, 2005 news broke out, that Alonso will leave Renault and move to McLaren at the end of 2006 season, it caught many if not all by surprise. One of the people caught by surprise was for sure Alonso’s team boss, Flavio Briatore, who at that time also happened to be Alonso’s manager. Knowing nothing about his client (who also happened to be his team’s star driver and freshly crowned World Champion) negotiating a deal with Ron Dennis. Briatore kept a brave face despite the sharp stab in his back.
“I was at no time directly or indirectly involved in the conduct of these negotiations, Fernando made a personal decision that his future lies outside the Renault team when his current contract expires at the end of 2006. He contacted and negotiated with McLaren at his own instigation.”
Bernie Ecclestone also had his opinion on the whole matter: (more…)
How much more ridiculous the things can get? According to SpeedTV sources close to the Super Aguri team say that Honda effectively sabotaged its customer outfit’s chances at Spa.
Super Aguri were not allowed to use a wing design that it had used at the Spa test in July and found to be very competitive. Instead come the race weekend Honda provided Aguri only with less effective options, including a Barcelona-spec wing.
Indeed Anthony Davidson was so frustrated by the performance of his car in qualifying spec that he opted to drop out of parc ferme and start from the pit lane with a different wing fitted.
Ironically, in the race Takuma Sato still managed to fight his way past Jenson Button by going around the outside at the corner at the end of the straight, much to the embarrassment of the works team.
This would not be the best PR ahead of Japanese GP…I hope both Honda and Super Aguri deny this news as a piece of rubbish …
Jean Eric VERGNE
2014 F1 Calendar
14-16 March - Australia
28-30 March - Malaysia
4-6 April - Bahrain
18-20 April - China
9-11 May - Spain
22-25 May - Monaco
6-8 June - Canada
20-22 June - Austria
4-6 July - Great Britain
18-20 July - Germany
25-27 July - Hungary
22-24 August - Belgium
5-7 September - Italy
19-21 September - Singapore
3-5 October - Japan
10-12 October - Russia
31 October-2 November - USA
7-9 November - Brazil
21-23 November - Abu Dhabi