Posted on June 12, 2010
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Sebastian Vettel set the pace on Day 1 in Montreal, setting the fastest time ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari and Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes. It was a day when pretty much everyone suffered with tyre graining, due to the smooth surface of the track. The rears are suffering in particular and we could see drivers stopping twice in the race if it carries on like this. It’s been chilly all weekend so far in Montreal and although the sun made an appearance this afternoon, it didn’t pull the temperature up much, so that made the tyre graining problems even worse. Red More…

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Posted on June 10, 2010
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Today was cold and wet in Montreal, creating a subdued atmosphere after all the feverish excitement of the last Grand Prix in Istanbul. The drivers did their press briefings early to accommodate European press deadlines and predictably much of the talk was about the right and wrong ways of racing a team mate and about the risks of driving close to the walls here in Montreal. The body language of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber was interesting. Webber went first, sheltered under an awning with rain bouncing off the umbrellas and onto the media. When the subject of Turkey came More…

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Posted on June 10, 2010
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The results of a new F1 fans survey have been published today. The survey was carried out by the Formula One Teams Association, with help from LG and F1 Racing magazine. 85,000 fans around the world were sounded out. As with all surveys you can pull out what you want to suit your argument and this one isn’t going to bring about any revolutions, apart from the call for Grands Prix to be broadcast in High Definition. It’s a lengthy document which shows some fans’ opinions about F1, what they would like to see more or less of in the More…

Posted on June 9, 2010
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Felipe Massa has been retained by Ferrari for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, it was announced today. With the Brazilian’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, there were rumours that his seat may be up for grabs. Robert Kubica’s name was linked with the drive, as was Mark Webber’s. Prior to the Turkey GP team boss Stefano Domenicali said that he would retain both drivers for next season. “I am happy to be given the opportunity to drive for Ferrari for a further two seasons,” said Massa in a statement. “Throughout my entire Formula 1 career, More…

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Posted on June 9, 2010
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Ferrari has announced this morning that its Driver Academy has taken on an 11 year old kart racer named Lance Stroll. A native of Quebec, his signing evokes memories of Gilles Villenueve, whom Enzo Ferrari hired in 1977 and after whom the circuit in Montreal, which F1 visits this weekend, is named. Stroll becomes the youngest member of the recently formed academy, which is managed by former Ferrari race engineer Luca Baldisserri. The programme also has some promising talent higher up the ladder including French driver Jules Bianchi and Mirko Bortolotti. Stroll’s signing parallels the initiatives McLaren has been running More…

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Posted on June 8, 2010
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There’s a very interesting snippet in Le Parisien newspaper today in France, where FIA president Jean Todt says that F1 drivers who get into trouble on the roads, as Lewis Hamilton did in Australia this year, could face sanctions on the race track. Todt is putting the “Make Roads Safe” campaign the cornerstone of his presidency, with the mission of saving five million lives on the roads during a decade of action. High profile incidents like Hamilton’s “Hooning” charge, for which he is being tried in August, are embarrassing for Todt, who sees the world’s most famous drivers as vital More…

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Posted on June 8, 2010
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McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has dismissed the misunderstanding between his drivers at the end of the Turkish Grand Prix, saying that when Lewis Hamilton was told that Jenson Button would not pass him, this was an engineer’s “opinion”, rather than a team policy. Speaking in a Vodafone teleconference with the leading websites, he also said that in the new style F1 racing, it is hard to know when – or indeed if – to stop drivers from racing each other in the interests of the team. In the closing stages of the race Hamilton was told to save fuel, Button More…

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Posted on June 7, 2010
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Mark Webber will be Sebastian Vettel’s team mate for 2011 after the Red Bull team confirmed today that it was extending his contract. It will be Webber’s fifth season with the team. It was expected anyway, but it seems that the furore over the collision between the pair last week and the reaction to it may have hastened the confirmation. Webber, 33, is in the form of his career, leading the world championship with four poles and two wins this season. “It was an easy decision to remain with Red Bull Racing,” he said. “We began talking very early this More…

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Posted on June 6, 2010
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This is amazing. It was sent in by a JA on F1 reader and, although a few weeks after the event, I think it’s worth showing because you see Rubens Barrichello’s accident at Monaco and the infamous steering wheel incident so clearly. You also realise how incredibly brave the marshals are, tending a car on a blind bend on a street track.

Posted on June 4, 2010
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Red Bull has drawn a line under the episode in Istanbul where its two drivers hit each other, but the points remain lost. We calculate that the total points lost by Red Bull this season in the opening seven races adds up to 120. Under a photo with the caption “Sh*t happens” the team said that the two drivers plus Helmut Marko and Christian Horner met at the team’s HQ in Milton Keynes to clear the air. The statement also contained the first words from Vettel about the incident since his brief appearance in front of the microphones in Istanbul. More…



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