2008 German F1 GP – Live Blog – Qualifying

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2008 German F1 GP – Saturday Practice

Heikki Kovalainen was fastest in the final practice session at Hockenheim, 0.07s ahead of Felipe Massa. As usual BMW Saubers did not show much speed in this session, Robert Kubica however seems to have had some technical problems. He did not run at all in final 10 minutes. This final practice session was dry but there are chances of rain for qualifying. You can follow the weather conditions at the track via this webcam.

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2008 German F1 GP – Live Blog Saturday Practice

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2008 German F1 GP – Nick Heidfeld’s Helmets

Nick Heidfeld has a new helmet design for the German GP this weekend. He used both – his usual one and the new one on Friday. Here are several pictures of Nick Heidfeld and his Hockenheim helmets.

Photos: © BMW AG

2008 German F1 GP – Friday Free Practice

The morning session started on wet track but later on the teams were able to switch to dry weather tyres. Hamilton and Kovalainen finished the session on top ahead of Massa. The only notable incident was Kubica’s crash.

The second practice took part in dry conditions. Lewis Hamilton was again the qucikest guy on track ahead of both Ferraris and Heikki Kovalainen.

To follow Hockenheim weather, you can check this webcam on the track.

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2008 German F1 GP – Video Preview

Here is a German Grand Prix video preview with a flashback to 2006. That was the last time Formula 1 visited Hockenheim and somehow I also happened to be there.

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Video includes:
– flashback to 2006
– current driver standings with photos
– race preview with Nico Rosberg
– flying, really flying, lap of Hockenheim with Sebastian Vettel and a Red Bull chopper

I have only just installed the video plugin and not everything may be working yet. So in case you have difficulties watching the video here, you can see it at Dailymotion or on Facebook.

Thanks to Mira Polak for quick music composition for this video !

Who will not run shark fin engine cover by the end 2008 season ?

It is obvious now that Adrian Newey has started a trend to follow. First it was the Red Bull during the Barcelona test back in February. In April, again in Barcelona, Renault came up with their version of finned engine cover and Toro Rosso introduced the Red Bull clone.

Force India were next to follow. Hoping to close the gap to the midfield they tested several aero updates 2 weeks ago at Silverstone. The fin was one of them. And yesterday we could see the first “finned” McLaren in action at the Hockenheim test… Half the grid has the fin now.

I am not sure how much advantage this thingy actually brings. But all the teams that have tested the weird looking engine cover went on racing with it. None of the teams has dropped it since. It looks like the shark fin is here to stay, at least till the end of the 2008 season.

Who will try it next ?

The “shark fin gallery” inside the post.


What are the F1 races I went to remembered for

I realized this weekend that the 2008 Australian GP was the 10th Formula 1 race I went to. As I am getting ready for my 11th in about 1 month time this may be a good opportunity to recap the events that happened at the races I went to:

2004 Chinese Grand Prix
– Jacques Villeneuve returned to F1 with Renault
– In a taxi on the way to track I opened the China Daily paper :-) I found in the hotel room. And there it was, small article announcing that Ford is leaving F1 at the end of the season. Jaguar is left looking for new owner, Jordan and Minardi start wondering what engines will they use…
– Rubens Barrichello wins his last Formula 1 race (this is true at the time of writing).

2005 Malaysian Grand Prix
– Takuma Sato got sick and Anthony Davidson raced for BAR-Honda instead
– Both BAR-Honda drivers, Button and Davidson, famously retired on lap 2 after engine failures
– Jacques Villeneuve spun off in front of me in Turn 1 and beached the car in gravel
– Jarno Trulli scored first ever podium for Toyota

2005 Chinese Grand Prix
– in the hotel room I read Red Bull is buying Minardi
– this race turned out to be the last race for Minardi, Jordan, Sauber and BAR in their former selves
– this was also last race for Barrichello in Ferrari and probably last Formula 1 race for Narain Karthikeyan
– Michael Schumacher colided with Christijan Albers… on the warm up lap …
– Juan Pablo Montoya colided with a loose manhole cover
– Narain Karthikeyan crashed heavily just after the banked corner leading to the long back straight

2006 Malaysian Grand Prix
– First 1-2 finish for Renault since they took the team over from Benneton

2006 German Grand Prix
– Jacques Villeneuve again crashed out in front of me in what turned out to be his last Formula 1 race, I saw the last of the former F1 champ in Formula 1
– some of my photos here


Formula 1 – Fun At The Races

Formula 1 – German Grand Prix 2006 Hockenheim

Sunny weekend with Kimi on pole, Ferrari 1-2 finish and end of F1 career for JV … Plus some cool GP2 racing.

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