Robert Kubica, not the happiest driver after 2008 season
The BMW Sauber team bosses are generally happy with the 2008 season. They are also happy with the overall progress of the team since the purchase of Sauber by BMW after 2005 season. Mario Theissen:
“BMW kept its schedule that was set in 2005 after acquiring Sauber: to be in the points in 2006, to be on the podium in 2007, to be on the top podium 2008. We made the two-way title campaign a three-way battle in the first half of the season. We did not have the fastest car in 2008, but the overall package counts. Reliability was an issue in 2007 and our focus on this in 2008 paid off as we had no single retirement because of a technical failure.”
The season of all the awards is here and F1Wolf is jumping on the wagon as well . You already know my 2008 Formula 1 drivers rankings (in case you don’t please check them out – click here ). Now I would like to know what the regular and accidental readers of F1Wolf think about the 2008 Formula 1 drivers. There are 2 ways of voting:
Santander will switch from McLaren to Ferrari from 2010 season
I planned only one round up a week (roughly) during this off season but this day deserves its own wrap up. Some of the developments of last 24 hours may have some serious implications of the future of Formula 1. Or not …
We are all yet to digest Ecclestone’s idea of having drivers rewarded with medals instead of points and we have FOTA coming with their suggestions to spice up the show. The teams (at least some of them) are dicsussing some radical change to to qualifying (yet again). From what has been said it does look like the plan is to have sort of elimination race on Saturday to decide the grid.
I am taking way too many photos … It took me over a week to go through all the pictures from Macau GP but they are all sorted out now. See the gallery inside this post, simply click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. You can check the Race Photos page for more photos from my F1 and other racing travels. My photos are also on Flickr and F1WolfClub.
Only two weeks after the end of 2008 Formula One season all the F1 teams except Toyota returned to the track to begin preparations for 2009 season. Thanks to major rules and regulation changes this winter season promises to be exciting one. It will take a while before teams roll out anything that is close to the cars they will race next year. At the moment each team seems to be collecting different sorts of data and in different ways. This means that the times we see on the timesheets mean very much nothing. So let’s look at what the teams were up to in Barcelona this week:
McLaren worked with 2 cars. Both of them with simulated 2009 levels of downforce, one of them with KERS (the MP4-23K). Both cars also ran the slick tyres that will return to Formula 1 next year. Gary Paffet tested for all three days, Pedro de la Rosa on Monday only before moving to the Force India garage for the other 2 days of testing.
Moto GP Champion Valentino Rossi started his Formula 1 Ferrari test at Mugello track. Rossi drove the Ferrari F2008 F1 car for 20 laps on his first day of testing. Same as the recent Sebastien Loeb’s Red Bull F1 test this Rossi’s test is a gift for the World Championship title, Rossi’s 6th in MotoGP.
Here are few photos from Rossi’s Ferrari F1 test at Mugello:
Sebastien Loeb received a gift for his fifth World Rally Championship title from Red Bull – F1 test in Barcelona this week. As we could see from the Barcelona times Loeb handled the switch from his Citroen C4 WRC to a Red Bull Racing F1 car very well, finishing the day safely in the middle of the time table. Here is a video from his preparations for the Barcelona test – seat fitting at Red Bull Racing’s Milton Keynes Factory and the subsequent test at Silverstone.
Hopefuly I will have time to prepare some proper video edit of my 2008 Macau GP experience. But before that happens, here are approximately 4 minutes of sounds and sights from garages and Lisboa corner.
It will take me a while before I manage to go through all my Macau GP photos. But as Macau Grand Prix is all about action I made some quick selection of some action photos from 2008 racing weekend in Macau.
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