Posted on April 22, 2010
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Bernie Ecclestone and Mercedes boss Norbert Haug have both stepped in to support the struggling Michael Schumacher in the last couple of days. Schumacher’s failure to rekindle the old magic is becoming increasingly awkward, particularly after a subdued performance in Shanghai. But both Ecclestone and Haug believe that Schumacher still has the capacity to thrill and it is only a matter of time. “Nico is very talented and Michael was on holiday for three years,” Ecclestone says on the official F1.com site. “Ask me the same question after another two races but, at the moment I would say, don’t underestimate More…

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Posted on April 20, 2010
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The Chinese Grand Prix has provided a whole host of fascinating talking points. But in terms of the key decisions taken on the day, they revolve mainly around whether or not to pit for wet tyres in the first few laps and then how to recover from the wrong decision. And these were game changing decisions, which decided the results of the race. The race started in drizzle. Not enough for a change of conditions to be called, so everyone started on the soft compound Bridgestone tyre. At the end of that lap the first batch of drivers wanting a More…

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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…



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