Posted on October 11, 2009
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Timo Glock will miss the Brazilian Grand Prix next weekend after medical checks revealed that he cracked a vertebra in his huge qualifying accident in Japan. Glock had a gash on his his leg following his accident, but according to a Toyota team statement, “subsequent medical checks in Germany have revealed a cracked vertebra. Doctors have therefore ruled him out of this weekend’s race.” This is slightly surprising as one would imagine that the FIA medics would have wanted him X rayed in Japan after such a massive accident and an injury like this would surely have been picked up. More…

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Posted on October 11, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 248

No-one could accuse Bernie Ecclestone of failing to give Donington Park a decent chance of hosting the British Grand Prix. But now it seems that the 79 year old’s patience is running out as the circuit once again failed to meet a deadline to produce a bank guarantee. Ecclestone had given Donington chief executive Simon Gillett an extra week past the agreed 28th September deadline, but on Friday night that expired. There is concern that the circuit will not be able to raise the £145 million it needs and in any case time is running out to build the infrastructure. More…

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Posted on October 10, 2009
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I’ve picked out a couple of Darren Heath’s images from Japan to write a short post about as they offer a nice behind the scenes insight. Some of you may be familiar with these things but others might appreciate it. In this first picture, you can see the timing page 1 from the official FOM timing system. This is different and more detailed than the page you see on the F1.com website, which only gives lap times to the nearest tenth of a second and does not give the last lap time on the right. I always prefered looking at More…

Posted on October 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 248

Felipe Massa came through the first day of medical tests in Paris yesterday, with the doctors confirming that his eyesight has not be affected by the accident he suffered in July when he was hit in the forehead with a 700 gramme metal spring. “Today Felipe Massa started a series of neurological and ophthalmological exams by the FIA at the Pitié Salpetrière hospital in Paris, ” announced Ferrari, “Part of the Brazilian driver’s recovery programme after the accident in Budapest on 25 July. Today’s exams ended at 7:30pm and will restart tomorrow afternoon. The first outcomes are positive: especially the More…

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Posted on October 8, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 248

There has been a lot of talk about the US F1 team lately, including Bernie Ecclestone suggesting that the team might not make it onto the grid next season. Many existing teams in the F1 paddock seem to be sceptical as well. There have been rumours that the factory is empty, that they have had little contact with Cosworth, that one of the sponsors didn’t materialise and the team are well behind. As I posted the other day, the Sauber team is watching the situation carefully because its only chance of getting a slot on the grid next year is More…

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Posted on October 7, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 248

Disgraced former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore will learn tomorrow (Thursday) whether he is to face exclusion from football as well as motor sport. Briatore was banned from motorsport for life by the FIA last month for his part in the Renault race fixing scandal at last year’s Singapore Grand Prix. Now the Football League is set to meet to decide whether the 59 year old meets the ‘fit and proper person’ rule for team ownership. Briatore’s other great sporting passion is football. Since February 2008 he has been a DIrector and major shareholder of Queens Park Rangers, along with More…

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Posted on October 7, 2009
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Robert Kubica has brushed aside concerns over the Renault cheating scandal and has put his faith in the team, signing for next season. As one of the most highly rated drivers in F1, he had a choice of seats for next year, but he has gone with Renault. The Pole has been figuring out what would be his best option since BMW’s shock announcement of withdrawal from F1 in July. His manager, Daniele Morelli is a very smart man and has a good radar for F1 trends and developments. A month or so ago, I thought Williams was Kubica’s favourite More…

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Posted on October 7, 2009
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The Sauber team faces an uncertain future as the rest of the F1 teams voted at the weekend not to allow a 14th team on the grid next year. The Malaysian-backed Lotus team was handed the coveted 13th slot on the same day as BMW announced that it had sold the team to Qadbak, a mysterious investment group with Swiss and Arab investors. One of the names in the Qadbak set up is Russell King, who was once involved with Jenson Button’s management and who has had several abortive attempts to do deals with McLaren to set up a team More…

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Posted on October 6, 2009
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Mark Webber’s Japanese Grand Prix looked like a bit of a write-off; he finished last, two laps behind his team mate who won the race in the same car. But it could turn out to have been a very worthwhile afternoon. The Australian crashed on Saturday morning, doing enough damage to his car for it to be scrapped and this meant he had to miss qualifying and start the race from the pit lane. He was back into the pits twice in the first few laps to fix a loose headrest. From then on his race was a test session. More…

Posted on October 6, 2009
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Felipe Massa arrived back at Maranello yesterday, some two months after the accident which threatened his career. The Brazilian is anxious to get back into a car and race again as soon as possible, but team boss Stefano Domenicali, who managed to beat most of the F1 paddock back to Europe by at least half a day, said again that the team is “not in a hurry” Massa understandably wants to re-establish himself solidly at the team before Fernando Alonso arrives. The date of Alonso’s release from Renault has not yet been decided, but Ferrari would like it to be More…

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