Posted on August 25, 2009
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Over the weekend I heard that the Brawn team had signed a new sponsor for 2010 and had some off the record chats about it with some of the people there. Today I see that the story is in the open as Autosport has got Nick Fry to talk on the record about it, “We’ve signed some nice contracts, and those will come out into the open when we launch the car next year, but we will see what happens. There is zero worry on our side,” he said. Brawn has had a great year by anyone’s standards and look More…

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Posted on August 25, 2009
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Jenson Button had another low key weekend in Valencia, his fourth in a row. It’s not the end of the world, championships are won by keeping the scoreboard ticking over and Button has scored in every race. But unlike the previous races, Valencia was a race where the Brawn car was the fastest – for time really since Monaco – and this meant a chance to take a much needed win or podium to release some of the pressure which has been building on him. Instead Rubens Barrichello was the faster car all weekend, qualified well on a high fuel More…

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Posted on August 24, 2009
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Ferrari’s official website has a nice story today about Felipe Massa contacting his friend and fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello after his emotional win in Sunday’s Grand Prix in Valencia. Massa replaced Barrichello at Ferrari in 2006 and the older man carried a get well message to Massa on his crash helmet all weekend and after the race dedicated the win to him. Although it was not in any way Barrichello’s fault the spring which hit Massa in the head in Budapest fell from the rear suspension of Rubens’ car. He said over the weekend that he feels no responsibility for More…

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Posted on August 24, 2009
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Stefano Domenicali has had a few character building weekends since he took over as boss of Gestione Sportiva, otherwise known as the Ferrari Formula 1 team. But this past weekend with the requirement to make something of 38 year old Luca Badoer, who had not raced for 10 years, must rank high on his list of challenges. It was an unconvincing performance by Badoer to say the least and afterwards Domenicali left the door ajar for a rethink on the plan that Badoer will drive until Massa returns. He also acknowledged that Ferrari needs a young driver programme and said More…

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Posted on August 23, 2009
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McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh said after the race that the slow second pit stop of Lewis Hamilton did not cause him to lose the race, he believes that he was going to lose it anyway. Hamilton approached the pits on lap 37, while leading the race. At that stage Rubens Barrichello had closed up to be just 3.6 seconds behind him. He had four to five more laps of fuel in the car at the time and the general rule is that you need about one second lead for each extra lap your opponent is doing. It’s probably true that More…

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Posted on August 23, 2009
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Rubens Barrichello won the European Grand Prix at Valencia, putting to an end a five year winless streak. A year ago it was being suggested that his career might be over, but he triumphed in style at Valencia with a determined, consistent performance. It was the 100th win for a Brazilian driver in F1 and it brought him to second place, 18 points behind Jenson Button, who was seventh today, in the world championship. When he drove down the pit lane to parc ferme most of the teams came out of their garages to applaud him, a sight rarely seen More…

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Posted on August 23, 2009
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It’s 8-30am, I’ve just arrived at the track, travelling through empty streets, the city still coming to life. The track is down the end of the main avenue which leads to the docks. There are boats in the marina, including two super yachts owned by McLaren’s Mansour Ojjeh and Force India’s Vijay Mallya. They are trying but this place is still more Tilbury Docks than Monaco. There haven’t been many people here all weekend, the crowds in the stands have been sparse, not Turkey levels, but still pretty low. The recession is blamed for the low attendance and also the More…

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Posted on August 22, 2009
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I went to dinner at Bridegstone this evening with some of my colleagues from the UK and Irish media. We got talking about the race ahead and it struck me that Heikki Kovalainen is in an awkward position tomorrow in the race, so I thought I’d come back here to the press office and share it with you. The way I see it, Heikki has been under some pressure from the McLaren management lately, with team boss Martin Whitmarsh saying on Friday during practice that, “He’s done some great qualifying, but we know and he knows that he has got More…

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Posted on August 22, 2009
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Pity poor Luca Badoer; he pounds around test tracks at the wheel of championship winning Ferraris for years, dreaming of his chance to race one of the blood red cars in a Grand Prix. When the call comes from President Montezemolo he has ‘no choice’ in his words but to accept and travel to Valencia, to a track he does not know, to qualify and race a car for the first time in ten years when he hasn’t been able to test. The dream turns into a nightmare. In third practice, the last one before qualifying, he was just under More…

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Posted on August 22, 2009
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Lewis Hamilton took his first pole position of the season and the 14th of his career at Valencia today, beating his McLaren Mercedes team mate Heikki Kovalainen into second place. Rubens Barrichello was third for Brawn GP. Sebastian Vettel was fourth with Jenson Button fifth. The other title contender, Mark Webber was down in 9th place. Hamilton tacked the session with great confidence, doing only one run and saving a set of tyres in the second part of qualifying. He said afterwards that it has been a long time since he had the car to do this. But he was More…

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