Posted on March 25, 2010
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The parc ferme rules in F1 are an important part of the ritual of a race weekend. From the moment qualifying starts on Saturday to the moment the cars go to the grid on Sunday, they are in parc ferme conditions, which means that no work or modifications can be done on the cars without FIA approval. It’s great for the mechanics, who get a guaranteed evening off, especially welcome at this time of the year. In Bahrain many teams did all-nighters on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. After qualifying the cars used to be handed over to the FIA and More…

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Posted on March 24, 2010
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I was interested to see the results of the recent fan survey conducted by FOTA with the support of LG Electronics and F1 Racing. They are fairly predictable, with Ferrari coming out on top with 30% of the support, well ahead of McLaren on 19% and Mercedes on 10%. 22% of fans said that they had no particular favourite team. On the driver side, Michael Schumacher has not lost his fan base and he tops the poll with 19.5%, ahead of Fernando Alonso on 9.7%, Kimi Raikkonen on 7.2%, Felipe Massa on 6.1% and Lewis Hamilton on 6%. Again it More…

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Posted on March 22, 2010
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We receive many messages asking, “How do I get a job in F1?” Renault has announced that it is expanding its intern programme, known as the Altran Engineering Academy, for this year and is offering a placement at the engine department at Viry as well as the team’s chassis HQ in Enstone. Renault is keen to encourage young engineers to come into F1 and three graduates of the programme have gone on to full time jobs with the team, one is still working there today. Last year’s winner was Helen Makey (pictured) Renault’s managing director Bob Bell says that ideas More…

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Posted on March 21, 2010
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Today is the 50th anniversary of the birth of Ayrton Senna. There are many dates to remember the great Brazilian by; key moments in his career or his very public death on 1 May 1994, but his birth should remain the key date in my view. Senna wasn’t like other racing drivers. He had the same skills as the very best of them, but what defined him was his intellect and the spiritual dimension of his character; it was a passion, a calling above and beyond the simple desire to compete, which drove him on and raised him to a More…

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Posted on March 20, 2010
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For those interested in the gaming side of F1, the official F1 game by Codemasters has had a revamp for 2010 and was unveiled in London this week. The game, due out in September, will be the first official F1 game to appear on the Xbox 360 platform and will be back on PC. It is also available for Playstation. The new game is also designed for HD consoles. The game is developed in Birmingham and uses the same proprietary technology as Colin McRae and DIRT 2. Last year’s game, the first by Codemasters after years of the contract being More…

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Posted on March 19, 2010
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The FIA has today announced that the application process for teams wishing to apply for the 13th and final slot on the F1 grid is now open and will close on 15 April. This is the slot created by the failure of USF1 to make it this season. Teams who wish to race in the 2011 and 2012 seasons must submit an expression of interest before then. The FIA will then undertake a process of due diligence. After 2012 there will be a new Concorde Agreement, but clearly any team which is accepted and which signs the existing Concorde Agreement More…

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Posted on March 19, 2010
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Ron Dennis launched the new McLaren roadcar the MP4/12 today and said that he had “moved on from F1″. Dennis’s career in F1 was full of success punctuated by some short bouts of uncompetitiveness, like the 1994-1997 period. But there is no doubt that he is one of the great team owners of the sport’s history. Now 62, he stood down from involvement in the F1 team this time last year after the scandal in Melbourne where Lewis Hamilton and McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan were found to have lied to the race stewards. Following on from the spy scandal More…

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Posted on March 17, 2010
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The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix brought out 17 of the 19 living F1 world champions to the season opener last weekend. Some of them took part in a parade in their championship winning cars or in other cars which were laid on for them to drive. On Sunday morning I went down to the tent behind the paddock to see the drivers getting into their cars before the parade. It was incredible. Here were the cars and drivers I had grown up watching. I have worked with and got to know quite a few of them, like Emerson More…

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Posted on March 16, 2010
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The debate rages on about how F1 can save itself from monotony this season. We’ve had an unprecdeented number of comments and suggestions here on JA on F1. Following on from Sunday’s uninspiring Bahrain Grand Prix there have been calls for radical steps to be taken to change the cars and improve the racing, with many people pointing to the aerodynamics and particularly the double diffuser, which the FIA decided to allow at the start of last season, as the prime culprit. The double diffuser is on its way out of the sport in 2011 anyway, having been voted out More…

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Posted on March 16, 2010
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It is being reported in Brazil that the new Lotus team, which made its debut in Bahrain at the weekend and got both cars through as classified finishers, has landed a sponsorship deal worth $9 million with Brazilian oil company Petrobras. It is said in Brazil that the cars will start running with the Petrobras branding from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards. Petrobras has not confirmed the reports in O Globo, and has said only that it is “in negotiations”, but sponsorship sources in the UK suggest that the deal is now done. Petrobras is understood to be on its More…

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