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2009 Italian GP – Fisichella’s and Liuzzi’s helmets

This weekend Giancarlo Fisichella is appearing for the first time in Ferrari colours, Vitantonio Liuzzi is back racing. Here are the pictures of the helmets these two Italian drivers are sporting this weekend at the Italian GP at Monza (click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images).

Both drivers chose the colours of the Italian flag. Liuzzi’s helmet (same as in 2007 click here) is painted in red on one side, green on the other :-) .

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2009 Italian GP – Friday practice

Adrian Sutil fastest in free practice 2

Adrian Sutil fastest in free practice 2

McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen were fastest in the first practice for the 2009 Italian GP at Monza. Adrian Sutil was 3rd fastest keeping the Force India yet again at the front end of the pack. It was not too bad Ferrari debut for Giancarlo Fisichella. After lacking some pace early on in the session he ended up with 8th fastest time with more less identical time as Kimi Raikkonen.
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Ferrari confirms agreement with Santander Bank

from 2010 we will see the Santander logo on Ferrari cars

from 2010 we will see the Santander logo on Ferrari cars

As expected Ferrari confirmed their agreement with Santander bank today in Monza. Here is the full text of Ferrari press release:

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the Santander Bank, which, as from 2010, will become one of the team’s most important sponsors. “We are very happy to have a new partner like Santander, with whom we are beginning a very important and long term collaboration,” commented President Luca di Montezemolo. “We share common values, such as striving for excellence, a passion for competition, an international approach and, last but by no means least, the colour red. These values will make this a fruitful partnership, noteworthy around the world.” The agreement, which is for a five year period, will see the Santander logo and branding on the cars, the drivers’ overalls and on the team kit.

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Mercedes, McLaren, Brawn GP

Merceds logo may soon appear on F1 cars other than McLaren

Merceds logo may soon appear on F1 cars other than McLaren

When Mercedes powered Brawn GP dominated the field early on this season many people wondered why Mercedes does not place their logo somewhere on the almost all white, race winning and title challenging car. It looks like there are indeed plans to paint Brawn GP cars silver next year and stick the Mercedes logo on them. But as it is turning out Mercedes may have much bigger plans with the Brackley team.

Early this week reports emerged suggesting that Mercedes is considering buying into Brawn GP. McLaren have been downplaying the significance of such step from their Mercedes partners:

“Mercedes-Benz’s engine supply contract with McLaren is a very long-standing one – it’s in its 15th consecutive year, in fact – and it will continue to run for many years to come,” said the spokesman.

“However, we’re supportive of our partner’s plans regarding engine supply of other teams in Formula 1, and we were delighted earlier this year that a Mercedes-Benz engine supply deal was able to be done with Brawn, thereby saving that team from likely extinction.

Both McLaren and Mercedes-Benz remain extremely satisfied with our Formula 1 collaboration, which has netted three drivers’ world championships and one constructors’ world championship as well as dozens of grand prix victories.”

While both parties may be satisfied with what they have achieved together in F1 they went their separate ways outside F1. The production of their Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren road car was scheduled to stop this year. Mercedes will introduce their new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG on 15 September 2009 at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The Ron Dennis led McLaren Automotive revelead photos of McLaren MP4-12C (due for production in 2011). (Click here for McLaren MP4-12C photo photogallery and technical info).

With little in common outside of F1 there may not be that much keeping these two together in F1. Well, at the moment there is, the exclusive deal between Mercedes and McLaren (although the deal obviously allows Mercedes to supply engines to teams other than McLaren). That deal will come to an end in 2011 and after that Mercedes will be free to do what they want. It does look like they are starting to lay foundations for their post McLaren only F1 era.

The talk is that 75% of the Brawn shares will be acquired by Abu Dhabi listed Aabar Investments (more on their Mercedes connection here) and transferred to Mercedes-Benz in 2012. For comparison, Mercedes only owns 40% of McLaren shares.

Not surprisingly there is already talk about the driver line up in future “Mercedes owned” Brawn GP. Well there has been only one new name mentioned so far, the same often connected with switch to McLaren – Nico Rosberg.

Interesting times ahead …

Piquet asked to crash or was it his idea ? – Updated

More details on Singapore 2008 emerge

More details on Singapore 2008 emerge

Less than 2 weeks before the WMSC hearing Autosport came up with more details on the Singapore-Renault-Piquet-Alonso story. Here are the main points of the article:

A meeting took place between Nelson Piquet, Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds few hours before the 2008 Singapore race. The tactics for the race was discussed. That is where the possibility of deliberate crash is said to have came up.

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2009

2009 Prediction Game – Round 13 – Italian GP

The Italian GP weekend is just around corner and so is also the round 13 of 2009 prediction game. This is the 4th race in a row that will feature some drivers changes. Giancarlo Fisichella will replace Luca Badoer in Ferrari and Vitantonio Liuzzi will take over Fisichella’s car in Force India. Renault has decided […]

2009

Liuzzi gets the race seat with Force India

It is back to business for Vitantonio Liuzzi. As expected Force India F1 decided to promote their third driver to racing duties. Vitantonio Liuzzi will be taking over the car no 21 from Giancarlo Fisichella for the remainder of the 2009 F1 season. The Italian GP will be Liuzzi’s first race since 2007 Brazilian GP […]

Italian GP

Wolf’s F1 Quiz Number 22 – Italian GP

Here is another F1 Quiz. This week the topic is the Italian GP. You know the drill. Complete all 10 questions, afterwards all the answers will be revealed. As usual please no googling for answers . And do not forget to share your result in comments ! If you missed the past quizzes you can […]

2009

Links: Renault has a date with WMSC

On Friday FIA announced that representatives of ING Renault F1 have been requested to appear before an extraordinary meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Monday, 21 September 2009. The team representatives have been called to answer charges, including a breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code, that the […]

2009

Here it comes – Fisichella gets the Ferrari drive

The announcement is here, no surprises. Giancarlo Fisichella will get the Ferrari car no. 3 for the rest of the season after Force India agreed to release him today. Vijay Mallya: “Giancarlo and his management team approached me yesterday with the proposal from Ferrari. For any Italian driver, a Ferrari race seat is a long-held […]

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Six races, six winners, doesn’t happen often in F1

The last six races this season had six different winners – Button, Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Barrichello and Raikkonen. I scanned the results of the F1 past to see how often something like this happens. Not that often … There were several recent seasons with 5 different winners in 5 consecutive races:

2010

2010 Formula 1 calendar draft – Where is Korea?

The teams and fans have the opportunity to see how the 2010 F1 calendar may possibly look. The draft circulating during Belgian GP weekend reveals several changes. The 2010 season may kick off in Bahrain instead of the usual Melbourne curtain raiser. Bernie obviously wants to run the Australian GP as a twilight race again […]

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2014 Teams and Drivers

Red Bull
Sebastian VETTEL
Daniel RICCIARDO
Ferrari
Fernando ALONSO
Kimi RAIKKONEN
McLaren
Jenson BUTTON
Kevin MAGNUSSEN
Lotus
Romain GROSJEAN
Pastor MALDONADO
Mercedes
Nico ROSBERG
Lewis HAMILTON
Sauber
Adrian SUTIL
Esteban GUTIEREZ
Force India
Nico HULKENBERG
Sergio PEREZ
Williams
Felipe MASSA
Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
Daniil KVYAT
Jean Eric VERGNE
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Marcus ERICSSON
Kamui KOBAYASHI
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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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