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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Barcelona Test April 2008 – Day 2 – Fin and Ears

The day 2 in Barcelona felt a bit like deja vu. First either Adrian Newey did some freelancing for Renault, or Red Bull showed some aero love to their engine supplier, or Renault simply copied what they have seen in the next garage. Well, I though that the Renault car can’t get any more ugly that it already was. I was wrong apparently :-) .

Reanault Engine Cover Fin

It looks like in Honda they not only decided not to do much upgrading this year. They took it one step further, they are going retro :-) . The Dumbo ears back almost exactly a year after their premiere in Barcelona in 2007. Honda never used them in a race, but at least we had some Dumbo jokes :-) …

Honda Dumbo 2008

The only other obvious new develpment I spotted on Tuesday was what looks like a new front wing for Ferrari.

Ferrari Front Wing

Let’s see what today will bring besides Michael Schumacher … Toro Rosso are to test their new car so we may see yet another ugly fin covering the F1 engine …

For an in-depth report on all that has been tested in Barcelona so far I recommend checking out the comment from Kotenok below the previous post.

Just for the record, below are the times from day 2 of Barcelona tests. But as teams are testing very different packages, the times are of no significance. But it has been a while since Barrichello and Fisichella were on top of the timesheets.


Barcelona Test April 2008 – Day 1

Ferrari holeIt looks like the first day day of Barcelona testing was all about the new Ferrari hole. The fact that the combination of the new hole in the nose part of Ferrari car and the slick tyres resulted in 3 seconds gap between Massa and the second fastest car, Honda of Alex Wurz, is one of the reasons the expected hole got so much attention.

McLaren slow times should not be taken too seriously though. If you look carefully at the pictures from Barcelona, you can see the tiny almost Monza like rear wing on de la Rosa’s car. McLaren obviously spent the day focusing on 2009 season rather than updates for the next race. BMW Sauber did not run on slicks yesterday, so Heidfeld’s times can’t be compared to Massa either …

One thing remains fact nevertheless, the Ferrari was scary quick on Monday in Barcelona.

While browsing the pictures from yesterday’s test, the only other ineteresting thing I spotted were the front wheel covers on Renault. If I am not wrong, that is new.

There is a nice picture gallery from Barcelona here. The site is in Spanish.


2008 Formula 1 – Rookies and veterans – Part 3

I will close this series with a look at Kazuki Nakajima (almost rookie), Rubens Barrichello and Giancarlo Fisichella.

Rookie no 3 – Kazuki Nakajima

Kazuki Nakajima Bahrain 2008

Still can consider him a rookie after only one race in 2007 season :-) What to say … Can be quick in free practice but can’t get the best out of the car in qualifying. He pretty much ruins his races on Saturdays already. Kind of like Alex Wurz last year or kind of like Kazuki Nakajima in Brazil 2007 :-) … It may be way too early to judge him, remember Kovalainen and 2007 season. But if he does not want Williams to keep him only because of his Toyota connection, he needs to start thinking more about how to get his car into Q3 rather than how to get his helmet paint job on AirAsia plane

Veteran no 3 – Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello Honda

Rubens Barrichello is on track to become the most experienced F1 driver later this year (number of races he participated in). No one, even he himself does not know what race exactly will be the record breaking one, but some time this season he will break the 256 races mark set by Riccardo Patrese.


Formula 1 – 2003 Liveries

The break between races may be a good time to return the F1 liveries series of posts. Two weeks ago I made an overview of all 2008 liveries but it has been more than half a year since the 2004 liveries post … Here is the look back to 2003 – all ten teams, some alternative tobacco free liveries are also featured. For more F1 liveries of the past check the F1 Liveries History tag.

Ferrari 2003 livery

2003 McLaren livery West
McLaren Mercedes

2003 McLaren livery no tobacco
McLaren Mercedes (no tobacco)


Video preview of Singapore F1 track

I found this ITV video today and what has been said there is pretty much how I felt when I walked the track back in December (check the Part 1 and Part 2 post on my walk around Singapore track).

It is going to be great, can’t wait :-) .


2008 Formula 1 – Rookies and veterans – Part 2

After Part 1 it is time for part 2 – Sebastien Bourdais and Jarno Trulli Rookie no 2 – Sebastien Bourdais Bourdais may be a F1 rookie but he ain’t no rookie driver. The F3000 title (2002), 4 consecutive Champ Car titles (2004 – 2007) is probably the best he could achieve in open wheel racing outside Formula […]


2008 Formula 1 – Rookies and veterans – Part 1

Before the season resumes in Spain in about 3 weeks time I want to look at how the 2008 rookies and the F1 veterans have been doing so far this season. Rookie no 1 – Nelson Piquet Jr. Many people say that Piquet has yet to prove he deserves a seat in F1. Well, he […]


What is happening to Lewis Hamilton ? Should he be dropped ?

And now it is time for a very biased post Remember this ? 3 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 1 – 1 – 3 – 3 These are the first nine races of 2007 season (and Hamilton’s F1 career) – 9 podiums, 70 points Now compare with this: 5 – 2 […]


Bahrain F1 GP 2008 – Wolf’s Race Review

Two drivers started this race with new gearboxes, 14 drivers had new engines in the backs of their cars. Felipe Massa at the end seems to have kept his engine from Malaysia and clearly it did not do him any harm… Many expected Ferrari to dominate this race, thanks also to their winter test on […]


2008 Prediction Game Round 3 Results

Intersting results brought ineteresting scores. Only 2 players guessed the pole position right (Stew and nieuwe), no one predicted Kovalainen for fastest lap. Here are the results of Round 3: 22 – Ozzi 20 – kotenok, Kaylen 19 – nieuwe 18 – Ram 17 – Arun, Fisheye, Amrit 16 – stew, deaddogsmojing, zblkhwk, F1Wolf, daniel, […]


2008 Bahrain Formula 1 GP – Race Result – Massa wins

First win (and first points) of the season for Felipe Massa, first 1-2 finish for Ferarri (and for anybody) this season, second consecutive podium for Robert Kubica. Race to forget for McLaren … 2008 Bahrain Formula 1 GP Result: 1. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:31:06.970 2. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari + 3.339 3. R. […]


Live Blog – Bahrain – Race Day

Join us again for the Live Blog during the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Live Blog will begin half an hour before the race start. The Live Blog has now closed, you can replay the discussion and comments on this practice session inside the post. Next live blog will be from Bahrain Formula 1 race.


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


2010 Mercedes GP F1 Merchandise
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