Posted on August 28, 2009
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Episode two of one of Formula 1′s most bizarre soap operas takes place this weekend as Luca Badoer attempts to show the bosses at Ferrari that he has the right stuff to remain a Ferrari race driver for the rest of the season, or until Felipe Massa is fit to return. Today he finished 20th and last again, some two seconds off the pace and this time Ferrari didn’t wrap him up in cotton wool to the same extent as in Valencia when it came to writing their press release. This is the opening sentence; “Once again, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro More…

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Posted on August 28, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 258

Bernie Ecclestone announced today that the season finale at the new Yas Marina Island circuit will be F1′s first ever day/night race, starting at twilight and ending in the dark. This seems to me like a really good idea and I must say that when I came away from Singapore last year I felt that this was what they should have done there. The reason is that with a full night race, on TV you get no sense of the surrounding space. Singapore track was surrounded by water, for example, but you had no idea of that from the TV More…

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Posted on August 28, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 258

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the second Friday practice session for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix. The world champion was not expecting to be a front runner this weekend as the McLaren has had a weakness all season on high speed corners, of which there are several here. Timo Glock was second, with Toyota looking more competitive than they have for a while, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber. Romain Grosjean did a strong job to end the session fifth in the Renault. Jaime Alguersuari, who set the 9th fastest time, pulled off the track in the closing More…

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Posted on August 28, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 258

Jenson Button lost his cool yesterday with the man from the Times, Ed Gorman, when he suggested that in the eyes of some, Button didn’t actually want to win the world championship. “I don’t think people are saying that seriously. Who could possibly say that?” said an incredulous Button. Button has made heavy going of shutting out this world title lately, especially in Valencia where he failed to turn a winning car into a winning result. He made a mistake in qualifying and then got boxed in at the start, dropping from 5th to 9th on the opening lap. This More…

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Posted on August 28, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 258

Giancarlo Fisichella was at the centre of attention yesterday afternoon in the Spa paddock, being photographed and interviewed left right and centre. This is because the odds are shortening all the time on him driving a Ferrari in the Italian Grand Prix next month and for the remaining races until Felipe Massa comes back. Exactly when that might be will become clearer this weekend as Massa will get a definitive opinion from racing medical guru Steve Olvey in Florida. By Monday the Ferrari team will know if Massa will race again this season. Then they can assess Luca Badoer’s performance More…

Posted on August 27, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 258

This afternoon I sat down, along with various press colleagues, with Fernando Alonso, Robert Kubica and Nico Rosberg and all three gave very interesting insights into their thought processes at this important time in the driver market. It’s quite possible that all three drivers will move teams for next year. Widespread rumour since last Christmas has Alonso going to Ferrari (either next year or 2011), Kubica has a choice of Williams, Renault and Toyota, Rosberg will probably either stay put or move to McLaren Mercedes. This stage of the season is all about trying to unpick the lock, to figure More…

Posted on August 27, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 258

Just arrived at Spa after a 6-55am BA flight from Heathrow. Ross Brawn and some of his senior engineers were on it as well as some of the photographers. Then the 90 minute drive from Brussels to Spa, which is about half an hour south of the city of Liege. Amazingly it’s a beautiful day here. I’ve been coming to Spa for the Grand Prix for 20 years and I can count on my fingers the number of times I’ve seen a hot sunny day here. Let’s hope it lasts. The forecast is for it to stay sunny or partly More…

Posted on August 26, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 258

Bruno Senna has been in Abu Dhabi for the last two days, driving the new Yas Marina Circuit and meeting the people there. Senna says he is more hopeful of getting an F1 seat next year as there are more opportunities than there were this year. With just over two months to go until the inaugural Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, Senna was able to drive the track in a 4×4 road car and get an impression of what kind of track it is and which of the current F1 teams it will favour, bearing in mind that the season More…

Posted on August 25, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 258

The efforts of the BRDC board to attract serious investment from outside sources to shore up the future of Silverstone took a step forward today when the members voted to allow the board to entertain offers. It has been rumoured that investors from the Gulf are interested in buying in. This should not be confused with a sale, as Silverstone is ring fenced as an asset from sale, a move made several years ago when it was under threat from various sides. The BRDC board can now go out and find investment partners willing to put capital into infrastructure projects More…

Posted on August 25, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 258

Ferrari president Luca Montezemolo chaired a meeting yesterday at Maranello at which it was confirmed that Luca Badoer would be given the opportunity to have a second race in the Ferrari. But, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he has been told that unless he does something pretty special, he may well be replaced for the following race at Monza. The range of alternatives has not really changed much, which is to say that there aren’t really any. So it would be interesting to see what they would do if Badoer remained a long way off the pace of Raikkonen. More…

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