Posted on September 26, 2009
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Lewis Hamilton did the best job of the cars at the front of the field today, with a lap which was two tenths of a second faster than the man in second place, Sebastian Vettel, despite carrying an extra fuel weight penalty of over three tenths, so he was net half a second faster. Of course we never got to see what Vettel would have done on his second run because Barrichello hit the wall and the session was stopped prematurely. With all the intricate detail recently about how Renault fixed the result of last year’s race, the subject of More…

Posted on September 26, 2009
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Lewis Hamilton took a widely predicted pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix today, but he was given a helping hand by Rubens Barrichello who crashed with 26 seconds remaining, when Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg were both on potentially better laps. They ended up second and third respectively. It was an anti climactic ending to a session which was brought alive by the unexpected performance of Rosberg and the Red Bulls. Hamilton felt that he had a couple of tenths over the others in any case. “I came in today with a positive approach, ” said Hamilton. “My mechanics More…

Posted on September 26, 2009
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McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the third practice session at Singapore, pushing Sebastian Vettel down to second place. Nico Rosberg was third. It looks like being a very competitive qualifying session this evening, with McLaren, Red Bull and Williams all looking strong, while BMW seem to have made a big step with their heavily revised car. There is some work to be done at Brawn. Yesterday the car seemed to be working well but they made some changes in the third practice and Jenson Button radioed his engineer at the end of the session to say that More…

Posted on September 25, 2009
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Things are moving quickly now in the one key move in the driver market which will unlock the others. Today Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali said “In the last couple of days the situation has changed, so we will keep you updated as soon as we can say something. At the moment nothing to add on that.” What did he mean? Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo was in Madrid on Thursday and took part in a question and answer session with the readers of Marca, the leading daily sports paper. He was collecting one of their awards. He allowed himself to More…

Posted on September 25, 2009
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New Renault managing director Jean-Francois Caubet has said that Renault has suffered immense damage to its brand and considered an F1 pullout. It has decided to commit itself to the sport, but must put in place a management structure that will keep the team true to Renault’s values. This weekend has been utterly humiliating for the team so far, with the high profile rejection by two sponsors, ING and Mutua Madrilena. To be cast off like that by two blue chip international companies gives Renault a pariah status that is hard to comprehend for one of the world’s leading car More…

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Posted on September 24, 2009
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There was a very serious development this evening in the Renault cheating story. Two of Renault’s key sponsors have today pulled out of their relationships with the team with immediate effect. Title sponsor ING, which was due to end its $65 million a year deal at the end of this season and Spanish insurance company Mutua Madrilena is also calling time on its $5 million a year deal with the team. However both companies will continue their relationship with lead driver Fernando Aloso until the end of the 2009 season. The statement from ING reads as follows; “ING announced today More…

Posted on September 24, 2009
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Bernie Ecclestone has said in the last few days that he thinks that the penalty meted out to Flavio Briatore by the FIA World Motor Sport Council was too harsh. Ecclestone is a member of the WMSC himself and has a personal interest because Briatore is a close friend and business associate with whom Ecclestone spends his evenings at race meetings. Now, it seems their relationship is broken. Speaking at an LG press conference in Singapore today he said, “He’s not talking to me, I don’t know. He thinks I should have defended him, which I couldn’t.” But beyond that, More…

Posted on September 24, 2009
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This is a good short video I spotted of Lewis Hamilton talking about his last lap crash at Monza and looking ahead to this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. I like it for the body language; Hamilton is standing in the race bay at the factory while his mechanics toil to repair his damaged car. “How bad was it?” Hamilton asks, rather bashfully. “Pretty bad, ” grunts the man lying under the car. Click on the link below:

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Posted on September 24, 2009
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In the light of the Renault penalties over Singapore, Williams driver Nico Rosberg regrets that Fernando Alonso’s victory cannot be struck from the records, giving him his first race win. Rosberg finished second to Alonso, but as we no know, the victory was achieved as a direct result of the team cheating. Had Piquet come clean at the time, or even up to a month after the event, Rosberg might have had his win. But under FIA rules the deadline for changing the result of last year’s Singapore Grand Prix was the end of November. By then Piquet had been More…

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Posted on September 23, 2009
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Renault has just announced its new management team as it seeks to rebuild after the Singapore race fixing scandal. Bob Bell, the wily Irishman who has been technical director for many years and who has worked at McLaren in the past, becomes the team principal, until the end of the season when a permanent replacement will be found. Alain Prost’s name continues to circulate in France as a possible candidate. He would restore a lot of pride and prestige to the brand after this demeaning and damaging episode. Bob is very much a technical man, but he has a deep More…

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