Posted on April 12, 2010
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I was interested over the weekend to see that McLaren’s preview to the Chinese Grand Prix features team boss Martin Whitmarsh saying that the team’s start to the season has not met its expectations. So let’s look more deeply into it. They have won one of the three races, but the wins have been shared out between them, Ferrari and Red Bull, which means that McLaren sits in second place behind Ferrari in the constructors’ table, while Jenson Button is fourth in a tight drivers’ championship race and Lewis Hamilton sixth. But the warning signs for Whitmarsh are the mistakes More…

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Posted on April 10, 2010
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I’ve been interested by the discussions about bringing back KERS this past week, following the FOTA meeting in Malaysia at which it was on the agenda. KERS, for anyone not familiar with the term, is Kinetic Energy Recovery System, which harvests energy from braking, stores it as electrical energy and then reintroduces it to the system as a power boost. Under last year’s rules it was worth about 80hp for around 7 seconds per lap. I always thought it was a good idea for F1 to have something like this to keep it in step with the road car industry’s More…

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Posted on April 9, 2010
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The official F1 live timing app, for which JA on F1 provides the live text commentary, has been updated for 2010 and is also available for the new ipad, which hit the shops in the USA this week and will be in the UK soon. It’s a very cool app and one I’m delighted to be involved in. The app was launched last year and was voted by Apple one of the best 25 launches of 2009. It gives live timing and the ability to follow the race a new way using a 3D track map. This has been refined More…

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Posted on April 8, 2010
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Peter Sauber has just issued a Q & A with himself about the team’s poor start to the season and the changeover in the technical department with ex Force India technical director James Key coming in to replace Willi Rampf. The team has been through a lot in the last 12 months. Last season, as BMW Sauber, it failed to build on the success of the 2008 season and had a disappointing car for the 2009 campaign. In August BMW announced that it was pulling out, although it has left behind its name and a toned down version of its More…

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Posted on April 8, 2010
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I’m always keen to break new ground, so today is quite a special one for me as my biography of Michael Schumacher “The Edge of Greatness” is being published in Russian. It has already been translated into Dutch and Portuguese, but it’s quite a trip to see it in Russian Cyrillic script and I’m looking forward to getting my copy through the post. Interestingly, Schumacher’s name in Cyrillic script has ‘max’ in the middle of it, which is ironic given how close Schumacher was to then FIA president Max Mosley, one of the more intriguing revelations in the book. I More…

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Posted on April 7, 2010
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The Malaysian Grand Prix was all about making the right decisions, particularly in qualifying. We have seen in all three races so far that qualifying is having a significant effect on race outcome, because the options for doing something completely different on race strategy are reduced with the refueling ban. Cars which qualify out of position struggle to make up the places, while midfield cars who are able to take advantage can go on and score big points in the race because overtaking is hard. Force India’s Adrian Sutil managed to keep Lewis Hamilton behind him despite the McLaren having More…

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Posted on April 7, 2010
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Ferrari lead both the drivers’ and constructor’s championships after the first three races of the season and have shown that their pace is closest to the Red Bulls, but there is an uneasiness about their position at the moment, particularly in light of the operational and reliability problems they encountered in Malaysia. The engine which let Fernando Alonso down on Sunday will arrive back at the Ferrari engine department today for examination, while yesterday’s debrief at Maranello focussed on the wider reliability problems, with both Saubers’ Ferrari engines breaking and the mistakes made in qualifying which led to Alonso and More…

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Posted on April 6, 2010
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The Malaysian Grand Prix was a weekend of sunshine, heavy showers and quick decisions. Sebastian Vettel called his Red Bull team mate Mark Webber “Pokerface” after his risky call on intermediate tyres in qualifying gave him pole, but the German had the last laugh on race day when he slid down the inside of Turn 1 and won the race, putting himself at the heart of the championship battle. Relive some of the beauty of the event with these stunning images from top F1 photographer and JA on F1 collaborator Darren Heath. Look out for a great shot of Massa More…

Posted on April 5, 2010
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Lewis Hamilton put in another fighting drive from 20th on the grid to finish 6th in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. But he said afterwards that the McLaren team need to stop making life difficult for themselves and drew some criticism from Renault for the way he resisted the challenge of Vitaly Petrov. Hamilton changed direction four times in front of Renault’s Vitaly Petrov and was warned by the stewards for his driving, but not penalised. The incident happened at the start of lap eight. Hamilton had passed Petrov into the final corner at the end of lap five, but the More…

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Posted on April 4, 2010
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After leading but failing to win the first two Grands Prix Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix today at Sepang, thanks to a bold pass on his team mate the pole sitter Mark Webber at the start of the race. It was another race where the start was decisive. That move by Vettel was the key. Webber finished second, with Nico Rosberg third. Robert Kubica had another strong performance, jumping up to fourth place at the start, as in Melbourne and holding that place until the finish. And Adrian Sutil underlined Force India’s credentials with a strong drive to More…



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