Posted on September 12, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 255

It’s been great fun and we had over 300 people contributing ideas as to how close Giancarlo Fisichella would get to Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying for his Ferrari debut at Monza. Thanks to everyone who took part and I’m sure we will do this again soon. The prize is a signed copy of my biography of Michael Schumacher, The Edge of Greatness. I’m very proud to say that we had lots of really good estimates with over 30 comments being within five hundredths of a second – it’s even more competitive than the F1 grid itself! It shows that we More…

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Posted on September 12, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 255

Ferrari debutant Giancarlo Fisichella qualified 14th for the Italian Grand Prix and believes that the crash he suffered in the morning practice was largely to blame for him not making it through to the pole position shootout. In a tight field, Fisi was 0.475s slower than team mate Kimi Raikkonen, and with such a tightly bunched and competitive field, that was enough to put him out of contention. Fisichella looked tentative on the brakes, in particular. He said that he has more or less learned when and how to deploy KERS, but looking at him driving the car, it seems More…

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Posted on September 12, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 255

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Italian Grand Prix with a last minute lap to take it away from the Force India of Adrian Sutil. The German briefly went fastest, but had made a mistake at the Lesmo bends, which arguably cost him the pole, as he ended up two tenths of a second behind the world champion. Three of the top four cars are equipped with KERS, underlining its potency around Monza. Sutil will doubtless be swallowed up at the start by Kimi Raikkonen, who starts third and fourth place Heikki Kovalainen. Ross Brawn confirmed that both of More…

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Posted on September 11, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 255

The stakes were raised significantly today in the case of Renault and the crash which won the team the Singapore Grand Prix. Renault issued legal proceedings against the Piquets, father and son for defamation and blackmail, team boss Flavio Briatore spoke about the damage the bad press is causing to the image of Renault and FIA president Max Mosley said that the FIA considers this allegation to be more serious than cheating and that the team could be thrown out of F1 if found guilty on September 21st. In what is rapidly turning into the biggest in a series of More…

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Posted on September 11, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 255

Adrian Sutil kept up Force India’s excellent form from Spa with fastest time in free practice for the Italian Grand Prix. The German was on the pace throughout the day and set the fastest time at the end of the second session using the soft Bridgestone tyres. The Force India took a big step forward at Valencia but has really come into its own on the low downforce circuits. Meanwhile his former team mate, Giancarlo Fisichella, found himself in the Luca Badoer slot, 20th position on his first day as a Ferrari driver, albeit with far more prospect of eventual More…

Posted on September 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 255

FIA presidential hopeful Jean Todt is underlining his road safety credentials, ahead of the election next month. Todt has a strong motor sports background and is pushing hard on the saving lives aspect of the FIA. His partner, Michelle Yeoh is an FIA ambassador for Make Roads Safe. Yesterday at Vallelunga, Italy he hosted an event which highlighted technologies from the eSafety campaign of which he is president. He roped in some very big names from the world of F1, including Michael Schumacher, Heikki Kovalainen, Robert Kubica, Timo Glock and Giancarlo Fisichella. The eSafety Challenge is an event co-funded by More…

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Posted on September 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 255

Fernando Alonso spoke today at his usual Thursday afternoon press briefing about the investigation into the events of last year’s Singapore Grand Prix, which he won thanks to a safety car triggered by his team mate Nelson Piquet’s accident. “I’m very surprised. I cannot imagine this situation, so as I said, I’m surprised, and it’s time to think in another job, in Monza and the next grand prix because I’m not spending any more time on this.” He added: “I will not comment too much about this, as the team said we will not comment. For me it’s not even More…

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Posted on September 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 255

Giancarlo Fischella spoke to the Italian media the other day ahead of his Ferrari debut at Monza this weekend. It’s been a great week for the 36 year old Roman, who will become the first Italian to race a Ferrari at Monza for almost 20 years on Sunday. He said that of the current drivers only fellow veteran Rubens Barrichello rang him when the drive was announced, saying “Us old guys will be around forever!” He also revealed that he had called Felipe Massa from Stefano Domenicali’s office. Massa wished him well and Fisi told him, “The car is yours More…

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Posted on September 9, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 255

Autosport is carrying a story this evening with some amazing revelations about a meeting which took place between Renault’s Flavio Briatore, Pat Symonds and Nelson Piquet Jr at Singapore last year. Renault stand accused of deliberately causing Piquet to crash, just after Alonso’s early first pit stop, in order to give Alonso the chance to win the race, as the rest of the field would pit under the ensuing safety car. The first ever night race, the Singapore Grand Prix was sponsored by Renault’s title sponsor, ING, making it a perfect day for them. Autosport’s Jon Noble quotes ‘sources’, in More…

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Posted on September 9, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 255

Williams and Force India have been welcomed back into the Formula One Teams Association, having been asked to leave over the summer when they broke ranks and signed up to the F1 championship, rather than follow the breakaway movement. With the resolution of that conflict in late July, it was always expected that the two would be readmitted at some point, but at a FOTA meeting in Monza today they came in from the cold. This weekend marks the first anniversary of the key moment when FOTA was formed and I remember the atmosphere in the paddock as the team More…

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