Posted on April 19, 2010
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The incident where Fernando Alonso passed Felipe Massa on the way into the pits in yesterday’s Chinese Grand Prix has sparked a great deal of debate and is likely to be the subject of a significant amount of internal discussion at Ferrari, once everyone finally gets back to Maranello. Will the management want to calm the troubled waters or express their admiration for the killer instinct of their new driver? It didn’t kick off in Shanghai, because Felipe Massa chose to play it straight and not moan about his team mate’s actions, as many drivers would have done in the More…

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Posted on April 19, 2010
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Fernando Alonso had another astonishing afternoon in the Chinese Grand Prix, coming through from the 17th place to claim fourth spot. Afterwards he said he had had enough of F1′s wacky races and wanted some more straight forward weekends, “We hope we get to have a normal race, ” he said. “These GPs with 5 pit stops don’t help us – I’m not even sure how many stops we had. Up to now we have only had one normal race, in Bahrain. I won that race, and we were first and second.” He’s right that since Bahrain the races have More…

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Posted on April 18, 2010
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Jenson Button’s victory in the Chinese Grand Prix today, which puts him in the lead in the championship, is one of those results which can change perceptions in Formula 1. Let’s take a balanced look at this situation. Last year he took a big early lead in the championship in a car with a big technical advantage and then had a patchy second half to the season, holding on for dear life to win the title. Nevertheless I put him as ‘Driver of the Year’ because his peaks were very high and on some of his bad weekends he made More…

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Posted on April 18, 2010
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Jenson Button won a thrilling Chinese Grand Prix today, his second win of the season and one which puts him on top of the drivers’ championship. It was a 1-2 finish for McLaren with Lewis Hamilton following his team mate home having made twice as many pit stops. It takes McLaren to the top of the constructors’ championship. “This victory is very special,” said Button, who stopped only twice in the race. “It is not luck we came out on top today. We chose correctly in the conditions. It was a tricky race and again we called it right. It’s More…

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Posted on April 17, 2010
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Sebastian Vettel took his third pole position of the 2010 season and Red Bull’s fourth – a clean sweep so far this season. As in Australia he headed team mate Mark Webber in a Red Bull front row grid lock out. But the margin was quite large, by their standards, over two tenths of a second, compared to the 8/100ths of a second in Melbourne. It was quite a turn around by Vettel, who had been shaded by Webber throughout the weekend to date and once again showed the German’s star quality. He admitted afterwards that he had been forced More…

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Posted on April 16, 2010
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The Chinese Grand Prix is the fourth race in six weeks, all of which have been in long-haul destinations. But in the two weeks since Malaysia, some teams have been able to produce a host of technical updates to the cars, while others are saving up their work for one substantial upgrade in Barcelona in three weeks time. Here, in layman’s terms, is a look at some of the tech stories from this weekend in Shanghai. Shanghai has gone F duct crazy The rear wing concept known as the “F-duct” or “drag-reducing rear wing”, pioneered this season by McLaren, has More…

Posted on April 16, 2010
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As in Malaysia two weeks ago, McLaren headed the times on the first day of practice for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. Jenson Button was fastest in the morning with team mate Lewis Hamilton on top in the afternoon, with Nico Rosberg second, Button third and Michael Schumacher fourth, making it four Mercedes engines in the top four places. We didn’t see what the McLaren was capable of in qualifying in Malaysia because rain intervened. The forecast for Shanghai tomorrow is sunny with only a 10% chance of rain, so we will see whether the team has managed to close the More…

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Posted on April 15, 2010
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Michael Schumacher is adamant he’s still got every chance of winning an eighth Formula 1 World Championship this season despite taking his time to get back up to speed. After the opening three races, he is one of only five drivers not to outqualify his team mate. The 41 year old began the season with a sixth place finish in Bahrain, but struggled to tenth place in Australia, a week later, and retired after just nine laps in Malaysia with a wheel nut problem. However, the Mercedes GP driver said today in Shanghai that he was pleased with his start More…

Posted on April 14, 2010
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Ferrari’s engine chief, Luca Marmorini, has said that the Ferrari drivers will use the engines they raced in Bahrain at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix and they have no worries about their reliability. This comes after three Ferrari engined cars retired in Sepang; Fernando Alonso and both Sauber drivers. Marmorini said that analysis of the engine which failed in Fernando Alonso’s car during the Malaysian Grand Prix revealed, as expected, that it was likely to have been caused by Alonso’s gear selection problems and was not related to the last minute changes made in Bahrain, “We have carried out an More…

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Posted on April 13, 2010
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McLaren’s engineering director Paddy Lowe took part in a Vodafone teleconference today to discuss the ongoing debate over adjustable ride heights, a hot topic at the moment because of the advantage Red Bull have in qualifying by appearing to be able to run the car low to the ground in qualifying, but then raise the car up for the race when 160 kilos of fuel go in. He said that McLaren has dropped its programme to develop its own ride height control system in light of the FIA’s rule clarification last week, but said that he believes McLaren will be More…

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