Today is the final day of the Jerez test. Most of the drivers on duty on Friday are returning today. The only changes are at Mercedes GP (Schumacher) and Renault (Kubica). This is the Saturday drivers line up:
Today is the day 3 of the Jerez test. The weather forecasts promise some rain or even storms so the day can get quite interesting. Virgin Racing should be back on track following their front wing failure yesterday. Here is the expected drivers line up for today – none of drivers driving yesterdays is expected on track today:
It is only 30 days to go to the start of first Grand Prix of 2010 F1 season. With only a month to go there are still some question over the shape of the 2010 F1 grid. Virgin Racing became the first one of the new teams to launch their car – the CFD designed VR-01 (images here, shakedown video here). The last of the “old teams” to have launched their 2010 challengers were Force India and Red Bull. Later today Lotus will unveil the first Lotus branded F1 car since 1994 (click here to see new 2010 Lotus F1 car – Lotus Cosworth T127). And that is about as much as we can be sure about.
The 2010 winter testing continues with the second day of action in Jerez. The weather is expected to be a bit better than on Wednesday. Michael Schumacher and Robert Kubica will replace Nico Rosberg and Vitaly Petrov today, the other eight teams will continue with same drivers as yesterday.The drivers in action today are:
The 2010 winter testing returns with the first day of action in Jerez. The seven teams that tested last week in Valencia will be joined by Red Bull (official launch later today), Force India and first of the new teams ready to test – Virgin Racing. The drivers in action today were:
Mercedes GP – Rosberg
Red Bull – Webber
Mclaren – Button
Ferrari – Alonso
BMW Sauber – Kobayashi
Williams – Hulkenberg
Renault – Petrov
Force India – Liuzzi
Toro Rosso – Buemi
Virgin Racing – Glock
Updates and images from the first day of testing in Jerez to follow.
Today is the last day of the first 2010 pre-season test in Valencia. Michael Schumacher and Pedro de la Rosa will be back for Mecedes GP and BMW Sauber. Then there are the debuts – Jenson Button for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Fernando Alonso for Ferrari and Vitaly Petrov for Renault. Nico Hulkenberg has tested for Williams before but this will be his first proper test as the teams test driver. Jamie Alguersuari may have spent half of the 2009 racing for Toro Rosso but today will be his first ever F1 test … Updates and images from today’s action in Valencia will appear here as the session progresses.
The Valencia testing continues with day 2. The test session begins at 10am local time. Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Rubens Barrichello, Robert Kubica and Sebastien Buemi continue for the second day in a row. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Kamui Kobayashi (BMW Sauber) are making their 2010 testing debuts today. Stay tuned for updates and images as the session progresses.
The time flies. It is now only 40 days to the start of 2010 Bahrain GP. In the last 10 days some vacancies were filled, new cars and new liveries introduced, doubts about future of some teams increased and more. Here is the overview where the F1 stands with 40 days to go.
The car launch season started with Mercedes although their big launch was only a presentation of their new siver livery painted on the 2009 Brawn GP car. Ferrari, McLaren, BMW Sauber and Renault followed. There is significant lack of sponsor logos on both BMW Sauber and Renault liveries …
BMW Sauber unveiled today in Valencia their first post BMW era F1 car – the Ferrari-engined C29. The car features high nose, shark fin and almost all white livery with dark sidepods and no sponsor logos (yet). It is very much the old BMW style livery with black (or dark grey) replacing the blue.
Earlier today the team announced new sponsorship deal with Japanese hair shampoo brand Scalp-D. The Scalp-D logo will be visible on the rear wing endplate of the new Formula One race car as well as on the team’s trucks and garage equipment.
New F1 teams, new F1 team owners resulted in (among other things) in new online presence. Here is an updated list of Formula One teams websites featuring all the 2010 F1 teams. Former BrawnGP website is now redirected to new Mercedes pages (new site to be launched on 25th January). BMW Sauber F1 (while still keeping the “BMW” as a part of the official team name) have been moved away from the BMW Motorsport site to a new blog like team site. Renault website reflects the departure of their title sponsor ING.
The 2010 season countdown is back. It is 50 days to the start of 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix. We are now only days from the first 2010 F1 car launches with Ferrari, McLaren, BMW Sauber and Renault all set to unveil their cars before the end January. McLaren team has announced their launch will be streamed live on the team’s official website on 29th January at 11:00 local time. Ferrari’s new car will only be unveiled on January 28 but some pictures of what the 2010 Ferrari livery may look like have been leaked out already – see here.
Contrary to reports that Giancarlo Fisichella is closing on the race seat with Sauber the Hinwill team has picked Pedro de la Rosa to partner the rookie driver Kamui Kobayashi for the 2010 season.
“Pedro has spent many years working for a top team at the highest technical level. We as a team stand to gain from his experience, and the same goes for young Kamui. The combination of a seasoned racer and an up-and-coming young driver has repeatedly proved a very fruitful one. I don’t expect either of them to disappoint in 2010. Of course it is also crucial that we provide them with a decent car; I feel positive about our in-house progress on that front too. We were able to continue work on our 2010 car as scheduled throughout the recent period of uncertainty.” – Peter Sauber
“I always firmly believed I would be given another chance as a team driver. Since the number of test drives were radically reduced, this was what I was working towards. I’m really excited about the season with Peter Sauber’s team, which has been a solid fixture in Formula One ever since 1993.” – Pedro de la Rosa
Pedro de la Rosa, the 38-year-old Spaniard,has 71 Grands Prix under his belt and worked with McLaren as a test and reserve driver for seven years from 2003 through to 2009. During that period he raced for McLaren the team in nine Grands Prix. In 2005 he finished fifth in Bahrain (substituting for injured JP Montoya) and claimed the fastest race lap. In 2006 he stepped in after Montoya left F1. In eight races he scored 19 points and took second place in the wet Hungarian Grand Prix.
De la Rosa made his first Grand Prix debut in Australia in 1999 for Arrows following his test driver job with Jordan a year earlier. He moved to Jaguar for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Then came his testing days with McLaren.
The last quality race seat remains with Renault. There is also Nick Heidfeld still without a drive for 2010 season.