There are two ways how to watch the Macau GP when you are in Macau – with the ticket or without. This is how people watch the Macau GP without tickets:
The advantage is, you save money for ticket and you hear the noise, but… your viewing angle only gets you to see exactly as much as is visible on these photos:
Oliver Jarvis won the Formula 3 race at the 54th Macau GP in Macau earlier today, ahead of Japanese duo Kodai Tsukakoshi and Kazuya Oshima.
1) Oliver JARVIS – Team Reckless Tom’s – 38:29.452
2) Kodai TSUKAKOSHI – Manor Motorsport – 38:31.219
3) Kazuya OSHIMA – Team Reckless Tom’s – 38:33.842
4) Marko ASMER – Hitech Racing – 38:34.783
5) Robert STREIT – Prema Powerteam – 38:36.010
6) Sam BIRD – Carlin Motorsport – 38:36.600
7) James JAKES – Manor Motorsport – 38:39.025
8 )Romain GROSJEAN – ASM F3 – 38:39.628
Also at the Macau GP today Andy Priaulx clinched the title at the WTTC races.
More on Macau GP with photos later today.
The FIA’s International Court of Appeal has rejected McLaren’s case. There will be no changes to Brazilian GP results, and that means Kimi Raikkonen is now definitelly 2007 Formula 1 champion. I repeat one more time especially for F1 Racing magazine – it is Kimi Raikkonen who is the champion ! In the words of Jean Todt “a final and desperate attempt to change the result obtained on the track was rejected”. Before I head off to Macau for Saturday and Sunday, here are some immediate reactions:
On Friday most of the drivers improved their own best lap times set on Thursday. The second qualifying session saw three red-flags and several yellow flags. First Renger van der Zande hit the barrier, then Brendon Hartley crashed and a minute after restart Walter Grubmuller was the cause of another red flag. There were many position changes in the final 10 minutes of the qualifying. In the end Jarvis came out on top ahead of Marko Asmer, Kodai Tsukakoshi and Sebastien Buemi.
This is the grid for Saturday’s Qualifying race:
1) Oliver JARVIS
2) Marko ASMER
3) Kodai TSUKAKOSHI
4) Sebastien BUEMI
5) Edoardo MORTARA
6) Romain GROSJEAN
The 54th Macau Grand Prix weekend has begun today in Macau.
Romain Grosjean, one of the favourites for the Macau Grand Prix topped the first practice on Thursday, but his session ended early after he crashed out when was unable to avoid Stephen Jelley’s crashed car.
Sebastien Buemi (Raikkonen-Robertson Racing) was second British Formula Three champion Marko Asmer (Hitech Racing) third. Bruno Senna only managed 9th fastest time in the practice.
In the First Qualifying session it was Marco Asmer who claimed the provisional pole position. Grosjean set few quick laps towards the end of the session but it was only enough for 2nd fastest time.
Yelmer Buurman (Manor Motorsport) was third, Sebastien Buemi (Raikkonen-Robertson Racing).
Bruno Senna crashed out and was then hit by Takuya Izawa, resulting in red flag. Kamui Kobayashi who has just been confirmed as Toyota F1 team 3rd driver for 2008 was 7th fastest.
Results Qualifying 1:
1) Marko ASMER – EST – Hitech Racing – 2:13.122
2) Romain GROSJEAN – FRA – ASM F3 +0.207
3) Yelmer BUURMAN – NED – Manor Motorsport +0.283
4) Sebastien BUEMI – SUI – Raikkonen-Robertson Racing +0.314
There was no Michael Schumacher on track on the final day of Barcelona testing, so the honours could go to Massa. The times and order are not that important for the teams at this stage of testing. Except probably for Force India, the team that is using this and the next test in Jerez to select their drivers. In Barcelona Klien did a bit better than Liuzzi…
Everywhere else this test was mainly about the new ECU and no traction control or some new components for the 2008 cars. Being on the top of the time sheets definitely feels good anytime, but does not mean much right now.
Day 3 Times:
1. Massa – Ferrari – 1:21.044
2. Kovalainen – Renault – 1:21.136
3. Montagny – Toyota – 1:21.363
4. Vettel – Toro Rosso – 1:21.486
5. Coulthard – Red Bull – 1:21.555
6. Badoer – Ferrari – 1:21.741
7. de la Rosa – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:21.805
8. Rosberg – Williams – 1:21.820
Part 13, the final part of 2007 Formula 1 high resolution downloads – 14 pictures of Spyker team and their drivers Adrian Sutil, Sakon Yamamoto and Christijan Albers. Unfortunatelly I do not have any shots of Marcus Winkelhock. All the photos are free but for personal use only. Right click on the links below and save. Enjoy ! These are photos from the one and only season of Spyker in Formula 1.
Part 12 of 2007 Formula 1 high resolution downloads – 12 pictures of Super Aguri team and their drivers Anthony Davidson and my favourite Takuma Sato ! All the photos are free but for personal use only. Right click on the links below and save. Enjoy !
The f1gpudpate.net revealed “exclusively” that “The Force India Formula 1 team will reveal its 2008 driver line-up after the team completes its three-day test session in Jerez next month”. Fine. But then they say “The team is currently testing in Barcelona with five different drivers and it is very likely two of them will be chosen to become the team’s official race driver. The “two of them” part caught my attention. Isn’t Adrian Sutil already a confirmed driver for Force India F1 for 2008 ? This is what he said just a day ago while acknowledging that he is lucky to have a race seat with Force India next season.
“I’ve had a very nice season working with this team, and I’m glad that I have a drive for next year, when a lot of drivers are still looking.”
So why is Force India talking about choosing 2 drivers ? It may be a typo from f1gpudate, it may be that they count Sutil as one of the 2 as he also testing for the team this week. But it also may mean that Force India is also considering their options should Sutil move to another team… This is what Sutil told The Telegraph:
“I would love to be driving with Lewis again. Maybe some time in the future. But next year would be good.”
It is obvious what team is on Sutil’s mind. In the meantime, Liuzzi, Sutil and Klien were closely matched on their first day of testing with Force India.
Michael Schumacher surprised few including himself with his speed on his return to the Ferrari F1 car after over a year away. He topped the timesheets on both Tuesday and Wednesday tests in Barcelona. This is not a Michael Schumacher fan site, but one has to give it to him, he has the racing in blood. And it seems it does not matter whether it is on 4 or 2 wheels. During his recent run on Ducati MotoGP motorbike, Michael Schumacher recorded a lap only 6 second slower than the current MotoGP champion Casey Stoner… See the video.
As David Coulthard said the other day, making case for himself too:
“It shows that age does not matter – if he was back in Formula One, he would be at the front. If McLaren is still looking for a driver, Michael would be a fantastic solution. Just as Paul McCartney can never unlearn great music, Michael will never forget how to drive a car damn fast.”
The second day of Barcelona test and Michael Schumacher was the fastest man on the track again. His best time was about 6 tenths faster than Massa’s.
Force India cars took over the bottom end of the time sheets. The day ended better for Klien but he was only a tenth of a second quicker than Sutil and Liuzzi. These guys are not making it easy for the team …
After Andreas Zuber on Tuesday, Honda gave today chance to test the F1 car to another GP2 driver – Luca Fillipi. He was only 2 tenths slower than Button.
Barcelona Test Day 2 Times:
1. M.Schumacher – Ferrari – 1.21.486
2. de la Rosa – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:21.857
3. Kovalainen – Renault – 1:21.894
4. Massa – Ferrari – 1:22.044
Probably not, but he is stirring the waves. He seems to be well aware that stripping Raikkonen of the 2007 F1 title and giving it to Hamilton may seriously damage the already spy damaged reputation of Formula 1. This is what he said according to The Guardian just a day before the McLaren appeal hearing:
“If anyone thinks that’s the best thing for Formula One then I’d have very serious thoughts about me retiring. I don’t think anything’s going to happen if it goes through. In my opinion, they don’t have to change the results of the race – it’s an infringement of the regulations. On the same weekend, McLaren used an extra set of tyres, which they shouldn’t have used – that was an infringement – so maybe if anything does happen at this Court of Appeal, maybe they’ll treat it exactly the same as the tyres.”
Not many expect a ruling that would change the outcome of the Championship. But for the F1 supremo to come out and openly say whay is the desirable outcome of an appeal hearing and even suggesting how the case should be handled seems to be a bit unappropriate…
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