2008 Chinese F1 GP – Live Blog – Race Day

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2008 Chinese F1 GP – The Engine Blow Up by Mark Webber

Mark Webber's V8 let's go

Mark Webber's V8 let's go

Mark Webber will drop back 10 places on the starting grid of the Chinese GP in Shanghai due to his unscheduled engine change. The Renault V8 engine in the back of his Red Bull car let go during Saturday morning free practice session. And it was a spectacular blow up as the above picture reveals. Smoke and flames, we do not see that so often in Formula One these days.


2008 Chinese F1 GP – Qualifying – Pole for Hamilton

7th of the season and 13th career F1 pole position for Lewis Hamilton

7th of the season and 13th career F1 pole position for Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton will start the Chinese GP from pole position for the second year in a row. But it is a hostile territory around him, Kimi Raikkonen next to him, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso right behind. Robert Kubica, the 3rd driver still in the title hunt, struggled with his car and missed out on Q3. He will start from P11 after Mark Webber (qualified 6th) will be demoted 10 places following his engine blow up in Saturday morning practice. Toro Rosso has again both cars in top 10.

Update: Nick Heidfeld was handed 3 place grid penalty for his role in the incident involving also David Coulthard.


2008 Chinese F1 GP – Live Blog – Qualifying

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2008 Chinese F1 GP – Saturday Practice

Nick Heidfeld was the quickest driver in the morning practice, Kubica 3d, that BMW looks fast. Hamilton split the 2 BMWs with 2nd fastest time. Both Ferraris were rather low in this session as was Fernando Alonso. We will see in 2 hours whether these were cases of sandbagging or problems with the pace.

Lewis Hamilton in this practice ran wide at the pitlane entry, 2007 Shanghai deja vu :-) . Mark Webber’s engine blew up and he already used up his joker it looks like 10 place penalty for the Red Bull driver.

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2008 Chinese F1 GP – Live Blog – Saturday Practice

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2008 Chinese F1 GP – Friday Practice

Looked like exciting morning in Shanghai with quite some action on the track. Hamilton practiced some overtaking manuevres on Massa, Nelson Piquet jr tried to do “Hamilton” at the pit lane entry gravel trap while Bouradais explored the gravel at different part of the track. The top four places were occupied by McLarens and Ferraris with Hamilton setting the fastest time of the session ahead of Massa. Kubica and Alonso were best of the rest.

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2008 Chinese Formula 1 GP – Wolf’s Race Preview

Shanghai F1 Track - Ultramodern but where are the crowds ?

Shanghai F1 Track - Ultramodern but where are the crowds ?

The 2008 Formula 1 season is reaching its climax. It is time for the Chinese Grand Prix. The last 2 Shanghai races were affected by rain. Both started wet but later turned dry. Ferrari mastered these conditions best taking advantage of bad tyre calls by the main competitors. In 2006 the looser was Fernando Alonso (although he still finihed and podium and later went on to win the championship), the winner Michael Schumacher. In 2007 it was Lewis Hamilton who suffered on the drying track and after delaying his pit stop for at lest a lap too long he beached the car in gravel at the pit lane entry. He could have claimed the title in Shanghai. Instead he started his great title giveaway. Again there was a Ferrari car to take the advantage, Kimi Raikkonen’s win in Shanghai set up that exciting grand finale in Brazil … Ferrari also won the inaugural Chinese GP in 2004 when Rubens Barrichello dominated the weekend. While we are talking about Ferrari, Schumacher and Barrichello – both these drivers scored their final F1 wins on this track (although Barrichello may still in theory win some F1 race). The only non Ferrari win in Shanghai so far was Fernando Alonso with Renault in 2005.


2008 Chinese F1 GP – Video Preview

Here is the video preview of the 5th Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix race:

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This edit includes:
– the venue
– the people
– the previous winner
– the 2008 title contenders
– track preview
– feature on overtaking with Nico Rosberg

If for any reason the above video does not load fast enough you can watch it also on Facebook, at F1Wolf Club, on Dailymotion, on Vimeo or YouTube.


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


Kimi Raikkonen – How He Won The 2007 Title

Here is a short re-cap of how Kimi Raikkonen’s season went from Australia to Brazil, race by race.

Kimi Raikkonen Shanghai 2007

Raikkonen 10 (+2)
Alonso 8
Hamilton 6

Alonso 18
Raikkonen 16 (-2)
Hamilton 14


2007 Formula 1 – High Resolution Photos For Download – Lewis Hamilton

Here is part 2 of the series of high resolution photos for download – 2007 F1 Driver Championship runner up – Lewis Hamilton. All the photos are free but for personal use only. Right click on the links below and save.
Hamilton 1
Hamilton 1

Hamilton 2
Hamilton 2

Hamilton 3
Hamilton 3

Hamilton 4
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Hamilton 5
Hamilton 5

Photos of most of the other 2007 F1 drivers will follow. If you do not want to miss out on the new stuff, you may want to subscribe to F1Wolf. To subscribe to F1Wolf, click here.

You can also download some of my photos of Kimi Raikkonen.

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2014 Teams and Drivers

Red Bull
Sebastian VETTEL
Fernando ALONSO
Adrian SUTIL
Force India
Sergio PEREZ
Felipe MASSA
Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
Daniil KVYAT
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


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