Posted on November 4, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 193

I’ve just come back from the premiere of the new Senna movie which took place in a very smart cinema complex in the Jardim area of Sao Paulo. There is a real buzz about the film as you might expect, here in Brazil. It is scheduled to open next week here at over 130 cinemas and is likely to expand from there. The premiere was attended by many Brazilian stars, models, even the coach of the national football team! From the racing world there were Felipe Massa and Emerson Fittipaldi. The event was hosted by Viviane Senna, Ayrton’s sister, who More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on November 3, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 193

The tension is showing in the run up to the final pair of races in this year’s world championship as the three team bosses fighting for the titles lead their troops into the great unknown at Interlagos. And with it has come a suggestion from Red Bull that if Fernando Alonso wins, there will be a stain on the result because of the team orders row back in July. “It would be frustrating (if Alonso won the title) because we’ve obviously worked under the auspices that team orders have been illegal,” Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner told BBC Radio. More…

Posted on November 2, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 193

Today we are launching a new feature on the JA on F1 website – an online auction to raise money for the Grand Prix Mechanics Trust. I’m delighted to say that the first item we have under the hammer is a signed set of F1 racing overalls from one of the fans’ favourite drivers, Kamui Kobayashi. These genuine Sauber racing overalls, manufactured to exacting F1 safety standards, from fireproof material by Puma, have be worn this season by Kamui and he has signed them. Just to buy a set of unbranded Puma overalls of this standard would cost over £1000, More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on November 1, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 193

This will be an important week in the ongoing development of the Lotus F1 team. During the Brazil Grand Prix weekend, there will be an announcement that the team is to use Renault engines for the next two seasons. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, no less, is expected to be at Interlagos to convey the message. Brazil, booming economically, is a very important market for Renault. Ghosn said recently that one of Renault’s key objectives is to increase market share there from 6% to 10%. With the rapidly increasing middle class, millions of Brazilians are able to own a car for More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on October 31, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 193

For the past few weeks the word inside the F1 paddock has been that a deal for Pastor Maldonado to race for Williams F1 next year is done. There is an assumption that this would be at the expense of Nico Hulkenberg, who is in his first season in F1. Williams currently refuse to confirm or deny this, however they did announce this week that Maldonado will take part in the Young Driver test for Williams at Abu Dhabi next month. At 25 he is not exactly a young driver by today’s standards, but he qualifies in terms of his More…

Posted on October 29, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 193

On Wednesday this week the Grand Prix Mechanics Trust held a reunion at the Williams F1 team conference centre, attended by close to 200 current and former mechanics. Also there to pay tribute to the unsung heroes of the pit lane were former drivers Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill, Martin Brundle and John Watson. Many ex F1 drivers have donated to the Trust, along with most of the big names at the top of the sport. The Trust was founded by Sir Jackie Stewart in 1987 to campaign for higher safety standards in the pitlane and to provide security and More…

Posted on October 26, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 193

Fernando Alonso’s win in Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix meant the 8th change of championship leader this season. Alonso has been on a run of 133 points from seven races and returns to the summit for the first time since the Australian Grand Prix and he does so at a crucial time, with just two races to go. His lead over Mark Webber is 11 points, while Lewis Hamilton is 21 points behind and Sebastian Vettel 25 adrift. It means he can clinch the title in Brazil if he wins the race and Webber finishes fifth or lower. Basically it’s about More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on October 25, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 193

There had been so much focus on the delays in completing the Yeongam circuit in Korea that not much discussion had been had about it’s nature as a circuit. When the cars started running and the drivers fed back their thoughts it soon emerged that the track has been designed to have several characters in one. The three sectors each had distinctive characteristics, each flattering different aspects of a car. So it is a track which cannot be said to suit any one car in particular. It’s not a Red Bull circuit, for example, because of the long straights and More…

Posted on October 25, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 193

The Korean Grand Prix was a difficult race to control, with the delays at the start due to the rain, incidents throughout and then bad light at the end. And it didn’t help that the drivers were using the modern phenomenon of radio transmissions being played out on the TV to try to influence things. Because the race finished three hours after it was supposed to start, the light was fading fast. It goes dark very quickly in this part of the world and in another two laps it would have been dark. Race Control judged it just right and More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on October 24, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 193

Today’s Korean Grand Prix featured some very strong performances by drivers who got a result and by those who didn’t make it to the finish So who was your Driver of the Day? Fernando Alonso Close to Red Bulls in qualifying, did everything right and when the Red Bulls failed in the race he picked up the pieces. Had to recover from a slow pit stop to repass Hamilton and did so easily. Now firmly in charge of the title race. Lewis Hamilton Didn’t have the pace in qualifying or in the wet to challenge for the win, but second More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:


COUNTDOWN TO NEXT RACE
Strategy Report
Innovation and Technology brought to you by TATA Communications
Senna DVD
Download the Chequered Flag Podcast here
MTS
Darren Heath
Sport Right Now