Posted on August 29, 2009
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Today was nothing short of extraordinary, with Giancarlo Fisichella taking the pole for Force India ahead of Jarno Trulli and Nick Heidfeld and tomorrow should be a really exciting Grand Prix. A lot is likely to change from the top ten we have on the grid and any one of three or four drivers could win the race. The pace of Fisi and the BMWs in particular caught out the Red Bull team who were competitive in Q2, especially with Sebastian Vettel and so went for the slightly higher fuel load in Q3, as part of their standard tactic of More…

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Posted on August 29, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 258

Today was a completely extraordinary qualifying session with many of the biggest names in F1 failing to make the cut for the top ten shootout and Giancarlo Fisichella giving Force India, F1′s lowest budget team, it’s first pole position. Fisi acknowledged that perhaps the rabbit he hit in the morning session, which broke his front wing, may have brought him luck! Jarno Trulli was second with BMW’s Nick Heidfeld third. Of the the main title rivals, Rubens Barrichello is the best placed in fourth place, while his team mate and title leader Jenson Button was only 14th. It was a More…

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Posted on August 29, 2009
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Donington appears on the draft F1 calendar for 2010 on July 11th as the home of the British Grand Prix, but the next hurdle it has to overcome next month is to prove to F1′s commercial rights holder, Bernie Ecclestone, that it has the funding to run the race. Recycling a quote from a couple of months ago, I’ll remind you of what Bernie said about Donington to Bob McKenzie of the Daily Express, “They have got until the end of September to produce a bank guarantee and their contract depends on that. If they don’t, it’s adios amigos.” “I’m More…

Posted on August 29, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 258

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says in today’s Times that the team would like to run a third car next season for seven times world champion Michael Schumacher, provided he is able to fully recover from his neck injury. “Going back to Michael, it is correct to say that, if everything is fine, why not see him in one of our cars?” said Domenicali. “It is true that we are pushing [for three cars]. We feel that it is for the benefit of Formula One and it is better to make sure that the biggest teams have three cars because 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

There is a draft 2010 calendar doing the rounds this weekend. It’s an 18 race calendar and it starts with Bahrain because Australia needs to be scheduled for a date after the clocks go forward to shorten up the time difference and make the race time in Europe later. Turkey will be chilly in April, I’m ecstatic to see Montreal back as it is a great venue, a wonderful city and one of the best supported races of the year with a huge, knowledgeable crowd all three days. Valencia moves to June, when it will be cooler (thank Heavens!), The More…

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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…



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