Posted on May 7, 2010
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The Spanish Grand Prix, round five of the F1 world championship is the first European round after the flyaway races and as such is always an event where all the teams bring updates to their car to a greater or lesser extent and this year is no exception. What we are seeing this weekend is in most cases not as extreme as last season, when many teams were trying to catch the Brawn team by copying the double diffuser, but there are some quite significant and eye-catching changes on many cars. Perhaps the team with the most eagerly anticipated changes More…

Posted on May 7, 2010
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Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time on the first day of practice for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. The German, who has had three pole positions already this season and one win, easily topped the times in the faster second session in the afternoon. He set a lap of 1m 19.965, which is 1/100th of a second slower than the outright fastest lap in qualifying last year. Red Bull team mate Mark Webber was second fastest with Michael Schumacher in the revised Mercedes third. The Red Bull pair were separated by just 2/10ths of a second. Many rivals, including More…

Posted on May 7, 2010
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This morning in Free Practice the Red Bull team did a back to back test on the new front wing it has brought to the Spanish Grand Prix. After one run mid way through the session a mechanic took the wing off Vettel’s car and fitted it to Webbers and vice versa. They would do this to check some fine detail on how the wheel behaved in steering and to look at the yaw. This is the kind of fine detail work the teams are involved in as they test out their new aerodynamic parts ahead of qualifying and the More…

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Posted on May 6, 2010
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Nico Rosberg said this afternoon that he expects his team mate Michael Schumacher to come back strongly in this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, after a disappointing start to the season, now he is armed with the updated Mercedes car. Rosberg has had the edge on Schumacher at every race so far and in China the gap between them was significant. But both men believe that this was an aberration and Rosberg expects a tough fight from Schumacher from now on, starting this weekend, “He was very fast in Malaysia and China was a complete anomaly, so we need to be More…

Posted on May 5, 2010
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Among the teams bringing updates to Barcelona the ones likely to make the biggest gain are the new teams – because they are coming from the furthest back. In the case of Lotus their entry for 2010 was only accepted in September last year and they had one month to finalise the design before going into production, in order to make the pre-season tests. They put out a fairly conservative car for the opening races, always aiming at a major upgrade package for Barcelona. And technical director Mike Gascoyne says that a gain of around 1.5 to 2 seconds per More…

Posted on May 5, 2010
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Tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) we will be in the pit lane in Barcelona closely studying the updates the teams have brought to their cars for the start of the European season. It will not be as radical as last year’s first European event, when the race was on to fit a double diffuser as soon as possible to many cars. Nevertheless this year we will see some major aerodynamic and mechanical updates and F duct rear wings, the devices which ‘switch on’ at top speed to allow a car to shed drag on the straights, first pioneered by McLaren. The Ferrari More…

Posted on May 5, 2010
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McLaren is targetting the front row of the grid at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix with an updated car featuring new front and rear wings and a revised floor among a host of changes. The team is currently leading both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships and has two wins and two podiums, but qualifying has been its Achilles’ Heel and it has yet to get a car on the front row of the grid. However the designer of the McLaren MP4-25, Tim Goss, said today in a Vodafone backed McLaren team phone-in today with the leading websites that he was More…

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Posted on May 3, 2010
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Following on from the video of an on board lap of the new Silverstone Grand Prix track I posted on Thursday, in this latest film Martin Brundle and I take a more in depth look at the new corners, which will feature in this year’s British Grand Prix on July 11th. Judging from the response of many fans to the on board video, there is some concern that in adding the new section at the expense of the old Bridge corner and Abbey Chicane, the circuit may have lost some of its character and challenge. There are also questions about More…

Posted on May 3, 2010
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Fernando Alonso has been speaking about life at Ferrari in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The Spaniard has claimed Michael Schumacher’s decision to turn his back on Ferrari in favour of a return to Formula 1 with Mercedes GP has helped him settle in more quickly with Italian team. Alonso, who won the season opener in Bahrain and currently lies third in the championship with 49 points, is clearly enjoying competing at the front again after spending two relatively uncompetitive seasons at Renault and feels the absence of Schumacher, both as a driver and Ferrari team consultant, More…

Posted on May 2, 2010
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The British Sunday Times newspaper has published its first Rich List for sports stars and with seven of the top ten coming from F1, it appears that it is still a very lucrative business despite the credit crunch. Johnny Dumfries, a former Lotus team mate of Ayrton Senna and heir to one of Scotland’s oldest aristocratic families, is the best placed motor racing personality in third ahead of former Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine (£80million), 1979 F1 champion Jody Scheckter (£60million), who is in because he lives in the UK and Prodrive boss Dave Richards (£58million) David Coulthard (£50million), Nigel Mansell More…



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