Kobayashi to replace Glock in Brazil

Kobayashi will race for Toyota in Brazil

Kobayashi will race for Toyota in Brazil

Toyota announced earlier today that Timo Glock will not be able to race in Brazil due to injuries he suffered in qualifying at Suzuka. Glock was initially diagnosed with only a minor cut to his leg. Subsequent medical checks in Germany have however revealed a cracked vertebra. Toyota’s third driver Kamui Kobayashi will replace Timo at Interlagos.

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2008 Formula 1 – The cars in March, the cars in November

We expect some big changes in the look of the Formula 1 cars in 2009 but as the season progresses the cars change even without new rules. Let’s have a look how the 2008 F1 cars looked in Melbourne and compare them with their look in Brazil:

2008 Livery Ferrari
Ferrari – Melbourne

Ferrari - Brazil

Ferrari - Brazil

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2008 Brazilian F1 GP – Wolf’s Race Review – This was the grand finale !

Bittersweet victory for Felipe Massa

Bittersweet victory for Felipe Massa

I though that we we had in Brazil in 2007 was as good as it gets when it comes to title deciding season ending Formula 1 races. I was wrong :-) .

Both Hamilton and Massa could have had wrapped the title before the Brazilian Grand Prix. But the reliability problems, driver mistakes, safety cars, rain soaked races and some controversial decisions of stewards created the foundations for potentially interesting final race.

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2008 Brazilian F1 GP – Win for Massa, title for Hamilton

First title for McLaren since Mika Hakkinen

First title for McLaren since Mika Hakkinen

We can positively say that the title race went down to the wire. Lewis Hamilton had his title in control for most of the race. But then the rain came in the final laps and 2 laps from the end he dropped behing Sebastian Vettel to 6th place. While the cameras focused on Hamilton vs Vettel fight for 5th place the fourth placed Glock slowed down (loosing 22 sec on the last lap) and Hamiton took the 5t place back in the last corner. Massa’s camp did not notice that and went on celebrating, Hamilton’s camp realized that and went on celebrating too … It was bizzare but nail biting finish to the 2008 season, the title was decided on the last corner of the final race of the season :-) .

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2008 Brazilian F1 GP – Live Blog – Race Day

And here comes the season finale. Welcome to the Live Blog coverage of the title deciding Brazilian GP. Join the debate below !

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Brazilian F1 GP – Helmet Special – Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is another driver who decided to race with a bit different helmet this weekend. Piquet celebrates his home race, Barrichello his racing hero, Vettel his last race for his current team Scuderia Toro Rosso. His Brazilian GP helmet sports the farewell message “Grazie mille Toro Rosso!” accompanied with Italian tricolore and photos of his one and half year Toro Rosso career. Here are few images:

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2008 Brazilian F1 GP – Qualifying – Massa on pole, Hamilton P4

Massa on pole in his home race

Massa on pole in his home race

It is advantage Massa … Felipe Massa will start the final race of the 2008 Formula 1 season from the pole position, his 6th P1 of the year. Jarno Trulli will be his neighbour on the front row. Behind them Kimi Raikkonen P3 and Lewis Hamilton P4.

It does look good for Felipe Massa – pole position, potential Trulli train and then chance of Kimi Raikkonen’s help in managing the gap between himself and Hamilton. But the race is 73 laps long and P4 is still a title winning position for Lewis Hamilton… Interesting set up for the title deciding race we have …

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2008 Brazilian F1 GP – Helmet specials for home drivers

Rubens Barrichello, 2008 Brazilian GP

Rubens Barrichello, 2008 Brazilian GP

David Coulthard came to Brazil with differently looking car, the home drivers Nelson Piquet and Rubens Barrichello are sporting different look helmets.

Nelson Piquet’s 2008 Brazilian GP helmet special includes the Brazilian national flag, design that obviously celebrates first home Formula 1 race for Piquet.

Rubens Barrichello’s 2008 Brazilian GP helmet special design honours a man who gave him his first ever racing helmet – Barrichellos family friend Ingo Hoffman. Hoffman is a Brazilian Stock Car racing legend and also raced for Fittipaldi F1 team back in 1976 and 1977.

Both Piquet and Barrichello probably hope that unlike in Coulthard’s case their special Brazilian GP designs will not also mark the final Formula 1 races of their careers …

See the picture gallery inside this post:

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2008 Brazilian F1 GP – Live Blog – Qualifying

Welcome to the Live Blog coverage of Brazilian Grand Brix – Qualifying. Join the debate below !

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2008 Brazilian F1 GP – Live Blog – Saturday Practice

Welcome to the Live Blog debate covering the Saturday free practice. Join the debate below !

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2008 Brazilian F1 GP – Friday Practice

Fernando Alonso, fastest in Brazil on Friday

Fernando Alonso, fastest in Brazil on Friday

The fastest time of the day on the mostly damp track in Brazil went to Fernando Alonso who topped the time sheets in the second free practice. Felipe Massa seems to have the upper hand over hist title rival Lewis Hamilton so far. Massa was quickest in FP1 and second fastest in FP2. Lewis Hamilton ended FP1 right behind Massa but managed only 9th in FP2. But as it is always the case on Fridays it is very hard to read into these times. One should also remember that Lewis Hamilton does not have to go for the win in this race and so his practice program can be more conservative. What can worry Hamilton however are the numerous tyre lock ups he suffered on Sunday. Flatspotting his tyres would not be a good idea in the race on Sunday…

Friday Practice 1 Times:

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2008 Brazilian F1 GP – Weather forecast – Damp weekend ahead

It looks like we may have the added excitement of wet or at least damp weekend for the 2008 Formula 1 season finale. The reports from Interlagos say that with only about an hour to go to the Free Practice 1 the track is currently damp and showers are forecasted for the all day. The temperatures are expected to remain cool with high of about 18 degrees. Saturday should be warmer but with threats of thunderstorms followed by expected light rain on Sunday.

To get more conflicting reports on Sao Paulo weather simply google “Weather Sao Paulo” :-)

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