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2008 Macau GP – Day Two – Mortara tops practice, van Dam fastest in qualifying

Edoardo Mortara looks like the man to beat this weekened in Macau. He was the quickest driver also in the 3rd session in Macau. He ended the final practice 0.117 ahead of Carlo van Dam.

There were several incidents in the final practice. Jaime Alguersuari crashed at the San Francisco Bend badly damaging his car. Another front runner, Carlo van Dam, had his off at the Lisboa but managed to stop the car before hitting the barriers.

Friday qualifying saw a change on the top – Carlo van Dam clocked the fastest time ahead of Sam Bird, Keisuke Kunimoto and the fastest driver in previous three sessions Edoardo Mortara. It was exciting session with Sam Bird on pole and improving in the first sector of his next lap when Kei Cozzolino hit the barriers at the Fishermen’s Bend. The session was red flagged with less than 4 minutes remaining. Only the cars with garages towards the exit of the pitlane had enough time to make one more run after the restart. It looked like Sam Bird may hold on to his pole but then Carlo van Dam grabbed the pole with only seconds remaining. Macau Formula 3 continues tomorrow with Qualifying Race.

You can listen to replay of radio commentary of two Friday’s sessions here (tri-lingual Portuguese, Cantonese and English):

Macau Formula 3 Friday Practice Radio
Macau Formula 3 Friday Qualifying Radio

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2008 Macau GP – Day One – Edoardo Mortara tops the time sheets

Edoardo Mortara fastest in Macau on Thursday

Edoardo Mortara fastest in Macau on Thursday

The 55th Macau GP begun on Thursday with the first practice and qualifying sessions. The fastest times in both Formula 3 session went to Italian driver Edoardo Mortara (Signature Plus), the runner up in 2008 Formula 2 Euroseries championship. Carlo van Dam, Roberto Streit and Roger van der Zande were all near the top in both sessions.

Macau is the track where it impossible not to crash and there were of these on Thursday. In the first practice Mika Maki crashed heavily at Fishermen’s Bend, Kazuya Oshima and Walter Grubmuller went off at Maternity Bend.

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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 Formula 1 – Wolf’s Driver rankings – Part 4 – 5th to 1st

Fernando Alonso returned Renault to the top of the podium

Fernando Alonso returned Renault to the top of the podium

Sebastian Vettel, Robert Kubica, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton – arguably the class of the 2008 Formula 1 field. Picking these five for my top 5 was the easy part. But how to rank them from 5 to 1 ?

All these five drivers outclassed their team mates, in Alonso’s case brutally. Those two with very equal machinery finished the season almost equal – one with 1 more point, the other one with 1 more win. Those three with less comepetitve cars in hand did not hesitate and took their chances when they came their way. All of them however also lacked the consistency, all of them had their days off or periods of slump. So here is how I rank the top 5 drivers of 2008 Formula 1 season:

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2009 Formula 1 – The 09 spec front wing

Front wings in 2009 will be much lower

Front wings in 2009 will be much lower

2008 style front wing on Williams F1 car

2008 style front wing on Williams F1 car

We may see more of these soon, the winter testing begins next week. But Williams are the first team offering us the sneak peak at the 2009 style aero. They tested the narrow and high rear wing in Barcelona back in September, yesterday they fitted the FW30 car with the new front wing too during their Kemble airfield shakedown.

The pictures above show the differences between 2008 and 2009 spec front wings. I must say that while the new rear wing looks funny, its cousing at the front of car does have the look of proper racing wing :-) .

More on 2009 F1 cars:

2009 Formula 1 cars look – The most obvious differences

How will the 2009 F1 cars look like ?

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2008

2008 Formula 1 – Wolf’s Driver rankings – Part 3 – 10th to 6th

The 2008 Formula 1 driver rankings continue with part 3 – ranks 10 to 6. I did not have too difficult time to select the five drivers for this post but giving them their ranks was a bit different story. Here is how I settled it: 10th Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari had bad start to the […]

2008

Macau Grand Prix – The Formula 1 connection – Trivia

Ferry tickets, hotel room, grand stand ticket and thanks to Nick Thomas (on the picture above) also the paddock passes – all set and ready to go. The 55th Macau GP long weekend will start this Thursday, November 13th. The first Macau GP was organized back in 1954. Since 1983 the Formula 3 race is […]

2008

This is the post number 1,000 on F1Wolf.com

The only purpose for this post is to mark this little landmark over here – the post number 1,000 on this blog. It took approximately 1 year and 9 months to get here. Thank you all who read this blog regularly and warm welcome to all those who end up here by accident .

2008

2008 Formula 1 – Wolf’s Driver rankings – Part 2 – 15th to 11th

I started my 2008 F1 driver rankings yesterday with Part 1, here comes Part 2 covering the ranks 15 to 11: 15th David Coulthard DC almost made it to Part 1 but at the end I found him a bit less disappointing than Heikki Kovalainen. Although Coulthard scored the only podium for Red Bull this […]

2009

Force India F1 Team Announces Technical Partnerships

Big changes happening at Force India. Last week Colin Kolles and Mike Gascoyne parted ways with the Silverstone based team. Vijay Mallya took over the job of team principal. The team also ended their engine deal with Ferrari. Today came the expected announcement of new technical parnerships with McLaren and Mercedes:

2008

2008 Formula 1 – Wolf’s Driver rankings – Part 1 – 22nd to 16th

It has been a week since the grand 2008 F1 season finale, it is about the time to begin the evaluations here. Not everything went according to pre-season predictions, some teams did better some much worse than expected (or hoped). But let’s forget about the cars and focus on the drivers here. This is the […]

2008

The Formula 1 Off Season News Round Up – Week 1

We have survived the first week of the official Formula 1 off season, here is brief summary of what has happened: It looks like ages ago now, but it has been only a week since Lewis Hamilton won the 2008 F1 driver’s title, the first for McLaren since Mika Hakkinen’s title back in 1999. The […]

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1. Sebastian VETTEL
2 Mark WEBBER
Ferrari
3. Fernando ALONSO
4. Felipe MASSA
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5. Jenson BUTTON
6. Sergio PEREZ
Lotus
7. Kimi RAIKKONEN
8. Romain GROSJEAN
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9. Nico ROSBERG
10. Lewis HAMILTON
Sauber
11. Nico HULKENBERG
12. Esteban GUTIEREZ
Force India
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15. Adrian SUTIL
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17. Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
18. Daniel RICCIARDO
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