Wolf is taking a break

After almost 4 years the wolf is tired and needs a break. The motivation is no longer there. With that also is gone the willingness to voluntarily sacrifice all the time needed to keep the site going. Even that bare minimum of time the wolf devoted to the site in 2010 … So, after a […]

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Sebastien Bourdais dropped by Toro Rosso

Le Seb's F1 career with Toro Rosso came to an end ...

Le Seb's F1 career with Toro Rosso came to an end ...

So, it is official now. Sebastien Bourdais’ F1 career with Scuderia Toro Rosso is over. The team has decided to bring new driver for Hungarian GP. Franz Tost:

“In Sébastien’s second year with us, the partnership has not met our expectations and therefore we have decided to replace him as from the next round of the World Championship, the Hungarian Grand Prix.”

And so Sébastien Bourdais becomes the first driver since Scott Speed in 2007 to be dropped by the team during the season (if we do not count Alex Wurz who dropped himself and retired the same year with a race to go). He also joins the privileged company of Juan Pablo Montoya, Jacques Villeneuve and others – the drivers whos F1 seasons or careers ended in July

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Video – Mark Webber – The scream

For those who missed it, here is the video featuring Mark Webber and his scream following his first F1 win. I disabled the autostart so please click on the play button to start the video. There is 15 seconds Oral B toothpaste ad before the scream comes on.

From organizing F1 GP to jail or worse – The Chinese jailbirds

The jailbirds

The jailbirds

There were 3 high ranking Chinese officials greeting the spectators from the 2005 Chinese GP official program (click on the above image). Two of them are now in jail for graft …

The case of Yu Zhifei, general manager of the Shanghai International Circuit Management and Development Co Ltd has been making headlines for a while. The investigation of the man credited with bringing the Formula One to China begun in 2007. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison for embezzlement of funds in the late 1990s when he was head of Shanghai Shenhua Football Club.

The future looks much more gloomy for Chen Tonghai, former president of Sinopec, China’s second-largest oil company and until this year also the main backer and title sponsor of the Chinese Formula One GP. He was convicted today of corruption and taking bribes and received a suspended death sentence. Chen Tonghai was convicted of illegally receiving 190 million yuan (US$27 million). His death sentence came with with a two-year reprieve. Such sentences in China usually are commuted to life in prison.

What a difference can few years make …

Max Mosley confirms he will not run again

Max Mosley

Max Mosley

Max Mosley, the FIA president, sent a letter to all the FIA member clubs confirming he will not run for re-election in October. This is the part of the letter that should satisfy also FOTA:

“I began some months ago to rearrange my family life with effect from next October. I also informed senior FIA staff that I would not be a candidate. To continue now would greatly complicate my domestic arrangement and be inconsistent with my obligations to my family, particularly after our recent loss. Also, I have felt for some time that I would like to work less. After all, I will be 70 next year.

Therefore, with these new arrangements in place, extremely grateful though I am for all the letters, emails and messages I have received, I have decided to reconfirm my decision. I will not be a candidate in October.”

Mosley also for the first time made public whom he would like to see to take his place. No surprises here, it is Jean Todt.

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2009 Prediction Game Round 9 Results

The results of round 9 of our prediction game are here. The best score went to Wil (20 points) and thanks to outscoring everybody around him Wil also took the provisional lead. We had few predictions for Webber’s pole position and win but nobody guessed the fastest lap for Fernando Alonso. Also nobody had Heikki Kovalainen among top 8.

There is now three way tie at the top of the provisional standings.

Round 9 results:

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2009

July, the month when F1 teams often change drivers

Cristiano da Matta, Patrick Friesacher, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jacques Villeneuve, Christijan Albers and Scott Speed have one thing in common. All of them were sacked by their teams in July (between 2004 and 2007). The 2008 season was a rarity. We haven’t seen a single driver change for the entire season. At the moment there […]

2009

Mark Webber’s maiden F1 win – The celebrations in pictures

It took him 130 races but he finally did it today at Nurburgring. Mark Webber has become the 102nd Formula 1 Grand Prix winner. Here is the photogallery – the celebrations in pictures. Mark Webber was one happy man today . The pictures are in high resulotion, if the lightbox does not work for you […]

2009

2009 German GP – Race result – Maiden F1 win for Mark Webber

Mark Webber dominated the field, survived a drive through penalty and went on to win his first ever Formula One race. This was Webber’s 130th race start. Sebastian Vettel completed the 1-2 for Red Bull, Felipe Massa finished 3rd, his first podium of the season. Nico Rosberg finished 4th, Jenson Button 5th, Rubens Barrichello 6th. […]

2009

2009 German GP – Some interesting qualifying statistics

Here are some interesting facts and stats following the wet dry wet damp qualifying session for the 2009 German GP: As everybody is probably aware by now, Mark Webber scored his first ever pole position. He became only 4th driver on pole this season. The last remaining zeros disappeared from the 2009 head-to-head qualifying statistics. […]

2009

2009 German GP – Post qualifying weights

FIA released the post qualifying weights short while ago. Both Brawn cars are rather light, the lightest of all. Mark Webber on the other hand is quite heavy – not a bad position to be. Adrian Sutil has the heaviest fuel load among top 10. However with the weather the way it is this weekend […]

2009

2009 German GP – Qualifying – First ever pole for Mark Webber

Mark Webber won the tactical Q3 gamble and will start the German GP from pole position, the first one in his F1 career. Rubens Barrichello in on P2, Jenson Button P3, Sebastian Vettel P4. The post qualifying weights (see here) will be published later on today. It would be interesting to know who gambled on […]

2009

2009 German GP – Saturday practice

Interesting last practice session it was with rather unusual order. Lewis Hamilton was fastest again, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. Obviously some cars were focused more on the low fuel runs while some other went for race fuel simulation. Can’t wait for qualifying … Saturday practice times:

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2013 Teams and Drivers

Red Bull
1. Sebastian VETTEL
2 Mark WEBBER
Ferrari
3. Fernando ALONSO
4. Felipe MASSA
McLaren
5. Jenson BUTTON
6. Sergio PEREZ
Lotus
7. Kimi RAIKKONEN
8. Romain GROSJEAN
Mercedes
9. Nico ROSBERG
10. Lewis HAMILTON
Sauber
11. Nico HULKENBERG
12. Esteban GUTIEREZ
Force India
14. Paul di RESTA
15. Adrian SUTIL
Williams
16. Pastor MALDONADO
17. Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
18. Daniel RICCIARDO
19. Jean Eric VERGNE
Caterham
20. Charles PIC
21. Giedo van der GARDE
Marussia
24. Jules BIANCHI
25. Max CHILTON

2013 F1 Calendar

15-17 March - Australia
22-24 March - Malaysia
12-14 April - China
19-21 April - Bahrain
10-12 May - Spain
23-26 May - Monaco
07-09 June - Canada
28-30 June - Great Britain
5-7 July - Germany
26-28 July - Hungary
23-25 August - Belgium
06-08 September - Italy
20-22 September - Singapore
04-06 October - Korea
11-13 October - Japan
25-27 October - India
01-03 November - Abu Dhabi
15-17 November - USA
22-24 November - Brazil

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