Posted on October 3, 2009
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Jenson Button has been moved back five places on the grid for not observing the yellow flags warning him of debris on the circuit. Not ideal, but he is quite calm about it because his team mate Rubens Barrichello got the same penalty for the same offence. No-one has the slightest idea of exactly where on the grid he will start; estimates vary from 9th to 12th, depending on how you calculate it. So little changes between them and Button can watch his team mate closely in the race. Even without the penalties it was another less than perfect qualifying More…

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Posted on October 3, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 249

The stewards have made a decision on the drivers who failed to observe the yellow flags during qualifying in Suzuka today. We have just been told that there is to be a five place drop on the grid for Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso, Adrian Sutil and Sebastien Buemi. In an unrelated matter, it seems that Heikki Kovalainen may have to move back five places also due to the need to change gearbox after an accident. Button and Barrichello are due to speak shortly. Ross Brawn confirmed that neither lifted for the yellow flags which were put out to More…

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Posted on October 3, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 249

Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on a day when qualifying was stopped three times for accidents. Jarno Trulli took a very strong second place for Toyota and Lewis Hamilton a rather surprising third for McLaren, given that the team wasn’t expecting to go well here. The Brawn drivers were fifth and seventh and it looks like they have fuelled the cars heavily anticipating that they will be given a penalty and moved back down the grid after a stewards’ enquiry. Jenson Button did not slow down at the end of Q2, when yellow More…

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Posted on October 3, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 249

Jarno Trulli set the fastest time in the final practice session before qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. The veteran Italian was down the time sheets until his final run, which looked like a low fuel qualifying simulation. No many drivers did one of those; Nico Rosberg, Romain Grosjean certainly did. It was a frantic session, because yesterday was largely lost to rain. The teams and drivers had to get a lot of set up work done in just one hour for both qualifying and the race. Sebastien Buemi in the Toro Rosso led the way for much More…

Posted on October 3, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 249

Toyota’s John Howett has been doing a bit of firefighting in the last couple of days after his team principal Tadashi Yamashina was quoted as saying that the company’s future in F1 was ‘unclear’. Toyota has been dogged by rumours that it may pull out at the end of the season. Earlier this year there was a political dimension to this; it suited some people to cast doubt on Toyota’s commitment. Generally there is no doubt that the sudden withdrawals of Honda last Christmas and BMW this summer have dented confidence within F1 circles in the manufacturers’ assurances of participation. More…

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Posted on October 3, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 249

Ari Vatanen has hit back against Max Mosley’s claims that he will ‘lose and lose badly’ in the FIA presidential elections later this month. Speaking to the Guardian newspaper he said that he now has over half the votes and believes that the tide is turning in his favour, “It happens in smaller elections too and this is a Barack Obama thing happening: we believe we have more than half of the votes already and there is a tendency the tide has turned,” Vatanen said. “The [Todt] camp has been very faithful to tactics [Mosley has] employed over the years. More…

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Posted on October 2, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 249

Lewis Hamilton had his first taste of Suzuka today, a track which he admits he has always dreamed of racing on. A lot of this has to do with his great admiration for Ayrton Senna. Hamilton has a yellow crash helmet styled after Senna’s and is well aware that many of the most iconic moments in the Brazilian’s career happened here, like the championship -deciding collisions with Alain Prost in 1989 and 1990. Hamilton is unusual among drivers in having a pretty good knowledge of and interest in, F1 history. Even though it was a bit of a washout today, More…

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Posted on October 2, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 249

Michael Schumacher has posted a short quote on his website saying that Ferrari’s move to hire Fernando Alonso has his full backing and, what’s more, he was in on it from the start. “Fernando with Ferrari, that’s something I like a lot. I was involved from the very beginning in this decision, and I always liked the idea. I am sure Fernando will feel well with us, and I can only say: Welcome, Fernando!” Much has been made of the apparent strain in relations between the two following their intense battle for the 2006 world championship. Alonso was very angry More…

Posted on October 2, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 249

The Guardian newspaper is reporting that FIA president Max Mosley has sent a stern letter to Prince Feisal, of the Jordanian Royal family, warning that the candidate he supports in the FIA election later this month ‘will lose and lose badly’. Prince Feisal has been nominated by Vatanen as one of his vice presidents on the sporting side. The gloves are now well and truly off in the fight to be elected Mosley’s successor. The support of Prince Feisal was quite a decisive win for Ari Vatanen and could change the dynamic of the Middle East quite considerably. Mosley is More…

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Posted on October 2, 2009
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Felipe Massa has hit out on Brazilian TV, claiming that he was ‘robbed’ of last year’s drivers world title because Renault cheated. “All of what happened was robbery – but regarding the race nothing has happened, the result remains the same. This is not right. The robbery changed the outcome of a championship and I lost (the title),” Massa says that the result of the race should be annulled, which would mean that Lewis Hamilton would lose the six points he gained for his third place finish and Massa would be world champion. Massa compares the situation to the Italian More…

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