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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The return of Sato – Takuma Sato testing for Toro Rosso – Photos

Toro Rosso search for their 2009 drivers has been on for weeks. The team does not plan to make any decisions until late November early December but the drivers evaluations are going on. Sebastien Buemi tested the STR03 in Jerez on Wedndesday, Thursday saw the Formula 1 return of Takuma Sato, his first F1 drive since the demise of Super Aguri. Sato may not be the greatest driver F1 has ever seen but he has definitely been very popular, especially in Japan. Here is a little photogallery of Sato’s return behind the Formula 1 wheel. I think this the first time I see him driving a F1 car that is not powered by Honda …

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos.

See also – Toro Rosso and Takuma Sato – Can that go wrong ?

Photos: Red Bull/GEPA

Walk Around The Singapore Formula 1 Track – Part 1

As a part of the Countdown to Singapore Grand Prix I am refreshing some older posts on the Singapore GP topic. Here is the second one, originally published on F1Wolf on December 5, 2007 – my walk around the Singapore track as it looked that time. You may wait till tomorrow for part 2, or may simply click on the link at the end of this post and check out the rest of the track right away.

I went to Singapore last weekend for a short weekend break. One of the reasons I picked Singapore as a destination was to check out the place and the future F1 street circuit. I downloaded and printed out this circuit map from f1Singapore.com, took my camera and started walking.

Singapore F1 Track Map

I took off at point nearest to my hotel, this intersection:

Intersection Esplanade Raffles Nicoll
If you look at the track map, these are the turns 8 and 15, this is the part of the track that drivers will pass twice. Photo is taken from the hotel room window with the everpresent trees blocking the perfect view.

The track runs anticlockwise, and exactly in the oposite direction of the normal Singapore traffic.

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2009 Formula 1 cars – The rear wing

There has been a lot of speculations about the look of 2009 cars. The tall and narrow rear wing that Williams ran yesterday at Jerez may be the first indication of things to come. As expected, return to early 1990s :-) .

It will be interesting to see if any other teams test some 2009 features during this final test of 2008 season.

Photo: Williams/LAT

The future of Toro Rosso

Takuma Sato ready to test for Toro Rosso

Takuma Sato ready to test for Toro Rosso

Not surprisingly there has been renewed talk about the future of Toro Rosso following their maiden F1 win last weekend. There are basically 2 questions:

a) Who will drive for Toro Rosso next year
b) What will happen with the team after 2009 season

Not much has changed with the drivers situation. Although the Sebastien Bourdais has been doing better recently, especially in qualifying, his future is still very uncertain. On one hand the team bosses sound a bit happier about Le Seb’s performances, on the other hand Bourdais himself does not see much point in continuing with the team if he can’t get a car that would suit his driving style. So let’s see. For the time being Toro Rosso are looking at the Sebastien Buemi and Takuma Sato. Both are with the team in Jerez for the final test session of the season. Buemi was behind the wheel yesterday, today (Thursday) will be Sato’s turn. There hasn’t been much said about Bruno Senna recently though …

What is more interesting is what lies ahed of the team itself. I was wondering whether Dietrich Mateschitz would change his mind about selling the team. But what the media say this week is right, he never put the team up for sale in the first place:

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Singapore Grands Prix Of The Past

As a part of the Countdown to Singapore Grand Prix I will be refreshing some older posts on the Singapore GP topic. Here is the first one, originally published on F1Wolf on September 2, 2007 focusing on the history of the Singapore Grand Prix. Yes, there is history.

Singapore will be hosting its first Formula 1 race in 2008 but it will not be its first Grand Prix. The Singapore Grand Prix was a regular feature in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The Formula Libre & Australian AF2 rules races were held on a Thomson Road clockwise 4.865km long clockwise street circuit.
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2008

So, what to do next about current Formula 1 engines ?

When the FIA first announced the plans to freeze the engine development back in 2006 the first thing that came to my mind was – “How can that be ?” The logic of saving huge money by not having to spend millions only to gain few horsepowers more than the theguys in the next garage […]

2008

Countdown to Singapore Grand Prix – Let’s start with McLaren

The Singapore Grand Prix, the first ever Formula 1 night race, is just around the corner. I will have several posts leading up to the race, I will also resurrect some of the older ones I made in the past 12 months, just to refresh the memory. And of course there will be some reporting […]

2009

Formula Two closer to reality ?

The FIA announced the winner of the Formula Two chassis and engine supplier tender – MotorSport Vision (MSV): MotorSport Vision (MSV) has won the tender to supply chassis and engines for the new FIA Formula Two Championship, following a fax vote of the FIA World Motor Sport Council. As part of the winning tender it […]

2008

It is unofficial – Raikkonen to support Massa

Kimi Raikkonen is still in the title fight. With 4 races to go and 40 points still to fight for he can still in theory make up the 21 points gap that at this moment separates him from the championship lead. His team mate Felipe Massa however is only 1 point behind the leader Lewis […]

2008

Adrian Newey wins again – this time with STR03

Adrian Newey did it again. After winning races and titles with both Williams and McLaren he ended his winless streak and added another race win to his already impressive tally of Formula 1 race wins. Williams raced Newey built cars between 1991 and 1997 winning 59 races in the process (Red Bull’s website says 58, […]

2008

2008 Italian F1 GP – Wolf’s Race Review

This was a funny Formula 1 weekend. Rain in Monza turned this classic but recently often processional race into a grand theater. As expected, we have a first time Monza winner. But few would have expected that this would be Sebastian Vettel – now the youngest ever Formula 1 race winner (and pole position holder). […]

2008

Prediction Game Round 14 Results

Surprising race results caused that for the first time there is not even single correct prediction of pole position or the race winner. Thanks to the usual Kimi’s fastest lap few people at least guessed that one right . Well done Ozzi, impressive score, considering the freaky result ! So here are the results of […]

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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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