Here is an video released by Mercedes-Benz explaining the Formula One KERS technology and how it is used in similar form in Mercedes-Benz road cars. Funny the release of this video coincides with the decision of FOTA to abandon KERS entirely in 2010. McLaren, Ferrari, Renault and BMW Sauber are the only teams that used KERS this season. Only McLaren and Ferrari have been racing with KERS on regular basis. BMW Sauber, the biggest KERS advocate over the winter, quietly stopped using KERS several races ago…
Anyway, here is the video featuring Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Dr. Thomas Weber and Mercedes-Benz Motorsportchief Norbert Haug.
Max Mosley has written to FOTA with his proposed way out of the current mess:
The results of round 7 are here. The best score of this round goes to pk_dude04 with 21 points – what a score ! Wil has taken the provisional lead.
Few people missed this round and dropped down the provisional order. Well, no need to worry. As player will have the worst score erased after Abu Dhabi (only best 16 scores will count) missing one round may not matter that much.
Round 7 results:
Few years ago the main talking point about Jenson Button was whether he will ever win a Formula One race. He broke his winning duck on August 6, 2006 in Hungary, his 113th F1 race. He currently stands 3rd in the table of most races before first win behind Rubens Barrichello and Jarno Trulli. All these three are in danger of being overtaken by Mark Webber (at the time of the writing 128 races without win) or Nick Heidfeld (157) .
But with an “outrageous monster of a car” in his hands there are other more distinguished records in Button’s sight.
As the biggest number of visitors to this site comes from United Kingdom I believe that the British Grand Prix is the race of the season that most regular or ocassional readers may actually go to. For those who plan to go and want to show up in their favourite team colours, here are the links to 2009 F1 teams merchandise:
Brawn GP is probably the most popular team when it comes to merchandise these days. One of the reasons may be that the team is new and nobody has any caps or shirts from previous seasons . But their popularity also has something to do with the team’s performances … The latest addition to their products range is the Jenson Button flag.
Jenson Button won the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix, his 6th win this season. Red Bull drivers took over the rest of the podium – Mark Webber finished 2nd, Sebastian Vettel 3rd. Toyota returned to the points with Trulli 4th and Glock 8th. Robert Kubica scored his first 2 points of the season for 7th place. The three times Turkish GP winner Felipe Massa could only manage 6th this year.
2009 Turkish GP race result:
1. J. Button – Brawn GP – 1:26:24.848
2. M. Webber – Red Bull + 6.714
3. S. Vettel – Red Bull + 7.461
4. J. Trulli – Toyota + 27.843
5. N. Rosberg – Williams + 31.539
6. F. Massa – Ferrari + 39.996
7. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber + 46.247
8. T. Glock – Toyota + 46.959
This is getting ridiculous. First March Engineering (co-founded by Max Mosley 40 years ago) announced it has lodged the entry to 2010 F1 championship. Then Franz Hilmer, who bought the assets of Super Aguri team last year, filed his entry as Brabham Grand Prix, a news that came as a surprise to the Brabham family. And now Litespeed came out saying that they are using Lotus name for their potential 2010 F1 entry.
Some people behind some of these projects may have genuine Formula One plans. And yes, it would be nice to have these historic names back in Formula One. But, unfortunately, considering the circumstances, all this does not seem to be about bringing the old and long gone outfits back to F1. This looks to be more about piling up the pressure on the FOTA teams.
The message seems to be obvious – if the big names of today decide to go, F1 can continue with the big names of yesterday…
FIA released the post qualifying weights short while ago. It looks like Jenson Button will pit 2 laps later than Vettel and a lap later than Barrichello. Webber may stop on the same lap as Button. The lightest among the top 10 is Fernando Alonso, likely to stop on about lap 13.
Sebastian Vettel – 649.5 kg
Jenson Button – 655.5 kg
Rubens Barrichello – 652.5 kg
Mark Webber – 656.0 kg
Jarno Trulli – 652.0 kg
Kimi Räikkönen – 658.0 kg
Felipe Massa – 654.0 kg
Fernando Alonso – 644.5 kg
Nico Rosberg – 660.0 kg
Robert Kubica – 664.0 kg
Nick Heidfeld – 681.5 kg*
Kazuki Nakajima – 680.4 kg*
Timo Glock – 689.0 kg*
Heikki Kovalainen – 665.0 kg*
Adrian Sutil – 668.5 kg*
Lewis Hamilton – 696.5 kg*
Nelson Piquet – 689.6 kg*
Sébastien Buemi – 686.5 kg*
Giancarlo Fisichella – 688.5 kg*
Sébastien Bourdais – 701.0 kg*
* declared weight (cars eliminated in Q1 and Q2)
Sebastian Vettel will start the Turkish Grand Prix from the pole position. Next to him on the front row will be the championship leader Jenson Button. Their team mates will form the row 2 – Rubens Barrichello P3 and Mark Webber P4. It will interesting to see what are the fuel levels of Brawns and Red Bulls.
The only KERS cars in top ten are Ferraris – P6 Raikkonen and P7 Massa.
2009 Turkish Grand Prix qualifying result:
1. S. Vettel – 1:28.316
2. J. Button – 1:28.421
3. R. Barrichello – 1:28.579
4. M. Webber – 1:28.613
5. J. Trulli – 1:28.666
6. K. Raikkonen – 1:28.815
7. F. Massa – 1:28.858
8. F. Alonso – 1:29.075
9. N. Rosberg – 1:29.191
10. R. Kubica – 1:29.357
The final practice for the Turkish GP is over. Felipe Massa was the fastest man on the track, the only one in 1:27s. Toyota cars seem to be doing much better than 2 weeks ago in Monaco – Trulli was second, just ahead of his team mate Timo Glock. Robert Kubica’s 5th best time may be a sign that the new aero package (and diffuser) is working for BMW Sauber. Brawn and Williams look competitive too however pace of McLarens does not seem to be as competitive as Friday times might have suggested. But … this was still only practice, qualifying starts in less than 2 hours …
Turkish GP Saturday free practice times:
The Turkish GP weekend has started with Friday practice. Nico Rosberg was the fastest driver in the first session ahead of Hamilton, Trulli, Vettel, Massa and Nakajima. The session was red flagged for a while when the green carpet (astroturf) ripped away by cars going wide had to be fixed.
Heikki Kovalainen posted the fastest time of the afternoon session. Fernando Alonso climbed to second place on his final lap jumping ahead of Robert Kubica. Sebastian Vettel only stopped his car after only four laps (technical issues) but still ended up 5th fastest in this session. It was a tricky sessions with lots of spins (Hamilton, Nakajima). Most of the drivers experienced problems with the soft tyres.
2009 Turkish GP Friday practice 1 times:
It is Turkish GP weekend and time to get back to our prediction game. Here is round 7 – Turkish GP.
As usual you can wait till the last moment before the qualifying or make your prediction right away to make sure you do not miss the round (and change your prediction later if you feel like doing that). But do remember, the deadline is the start of the Saturday qualifying session ! So, make your prediction for the pole position, fastest lap and top eight finishers in the comments below this post. The results of round 7 will be published on Monday after the race.