Posted on September 8, 2009
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Felipe Massa has spoken at length to the Guardian newspaper today, in a terrific interview with Donald McRae. You can listen to the whole interview on the Guardian website. The gist of it is that he feels that everything in life is pre-ordained, including his accident. This was something he had to come through, to serve some higher purpose, but he hasn’t worked out what that purpose might be yet. He is lucky to be alive, not to be blinded or brain-damaged by the 700 gramme alloy spring which fell off Rubens Barrichello’s car in Budapest and bounced into his More…

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Posted on September 7, 2009
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I must admit when I saw the story in the Telegraph this morning suggesting that Mercedes might be buying into the Brawn team I wasn’t sure. On the face of it, why would they need to do that, when they already have a 40% stake in McLaren? It seems all the more intriguing that they should be doing this at a time when other manufacturers like Honda and now BMW are pulling out and Toyota are dramatically reducing their spend on the sport. Who knows what Renault’s next move will be after the judgement is made on the Singapore race-fixing More…

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Posted on September 7, 2009
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A rather crestfallen Luca Badoer has blamed the media for causing him to lose his Ferrari drive at Monza this weekend. Badoer was parachuted into the drive after first Felipe Massa was injured in Budapest and then Michael Schumacher, the first choice replacement, failed medical tests on a neck injury. Not having driven in a Grand Prix for 10 years and with no miles under his belt in the car this year, Badoer inevitably struggled, finding himself last of the qualifiers and of the finishers in both the European and Belgian Grands Prix. He had convinced himself that he would More…

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Posted on September 6, 2009
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The Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper in Italy has been conducting a survey into how the Italian Ferrari fans, known as the ‘tifosi’, feel new boy Giancarlo Fisichella will get on at Monza this weekend. The results show a lot of faith in the choice of Fisichella to replace Luca Badoer and get a decent result. 49% believe he will score points at Monza. 23% believe he will score a podium 11 % believe that he could win the Italian Grand Prix. Sceptics are thin on the ground: only 8% think he will fail to score a point. A Ferrari has More…

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Posted on September 5, 2009
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The battle to be elected FIA president is hotting up and former rally champion Ari Vatanen has seen his campaign gathering traction lately. But some of his answers indicate that, if elected, he could be on a collision course with Bernie Ecclestone and CVC, not least his views on the 100 year agreement between the FIA and FOM and on the circuits that Grands Prix visit. Vatanen was in London yesterday to meet with some of the British media and I was invited along. The meeting place was the London Eye and Vatanen conducted his press briefings in one of More…

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Posted on September 4, 2009
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The Renault team has been summoned to appear before an extraordinary gathering of the World Council on September 21st, the Monday before Singapore, to answer a charge of bringing the sport into disrepute. It is alleged that the team conspired with its number two driver Nelson Piquet, to crash his car at last year’s Singapore Grand Prix to help its lead driver Fernando Alonso, win. It is a very serious charge and one which carries a range of punishments from fines to exclusion from the world championship. McLaren faced a similar charge over the Ferrari spy allegations and was fined More…

Posted on September 4, 2009
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On the Ferrari official website president Luca di Montezemolo has spoken about the reasons why he – eventually – chose Giancarlo Fisichella to stand in for the injured Felipe Massa. “I chose Fisichella for several reasons, starting with the fact he deserves it, that he’s on great form and that he is an expert driver,” he said. “On top of that, we all wanted to have an Italian driver in our car for Monza and lastly, because it takes the long term view, as he will be our third driver.” “It is an important moment, coming off the back of More…

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Posted on September 3, 2009
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Force India say that they released Giancarlo Fisichella to Ferrari with no commercial terms involved, for the good of the sport. There were rumours that the team still owed some money from its lease of engines last season, which may have been written off as part of the deal. After their slap-down of commercial director Ian Phillips on Monday over comments that Force India could expect a call to release Fisichella within 24 hours, team principal Vijay Mallya confirmed that the approach was made on the timetable Phillips suggested. “Giancarlo and his management team approached me yesterday with the proposal More…

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Posted on September 3, 2009
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Ferrari has decided to put its faith in Giancarlo Fisichella for the remainder of the season, replacing Luca Badoer. It is an ideal scenario for the 36 year old from Rome, who has been in Formula 1 since the 1996 season. He has tried before to get involved with Ferrari, but this cameo appearance of five races at the end of the season will give him a chance to live the dream and drive a Ferrari at Monza next week. “I’m in seventh heaven,” Fisichella said on the Ferrari website. “I still can’t believe it – that the dream of More…

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Posted on September 2, 2009
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This made me laugh. It’s Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton in a viral for Johnnie Walker, each making out that the “Pact” – not to drink and drive – was their idea. It’s funny because you can see the tells both men use when they are lying – as they clearly both are here. Mika is not a bad actor. There’s a moment at 40 seconds where he does this grin, which he used to do sometimes when you interviewed him. It’s a kind of involuntary show of emotion. I remember he did it after that amazing pass on Michael More…



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