Posted on August 17, 2009
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Renault today achieved something which doesn’t happen all that often; they successfully appealed a Formula 1 Stewards’ decision. The result is that they will not be banned from this weekend’s Grand Prix in Valencia and the Spanish fans will be able to see Fernando Alonso in all his glory. Remember that he was the pole sitter in Budapest (albeit fairly light on fuel) and we should expect more fireworks from him this weekend, no doubt. We can also expect to have it confirmed that Romain Grosjean will take the place of Nelson Piquet in the second car. This is something More…

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Posted on August 16, 2009
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Renault will face the International Court of Appeal tomorrow (Monday) in the hope of reducing their one race ban for releasing Fernando Alonso from the pits with an unsafe car in the Hungarian Grand Prix. The stewards threw the book at them after the race for knowingly sending the car out on track in racing conditions with a loose front wheel and making no attempt to stop it. When I first heard about the punishment, it seemed extremely harsh, especially as this kind of thing has happened in the past and no-one got banned for a race for it. On More…

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Posted on August 14, 2009
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I was on holiday in Italy with my family recently and we went to visit Jarno Trulli’s vineyard, Podere Castorani, which is about an hour outside Pescara on Italy’s Adriatic Coast. The Abruzzo region is Italy’s third most important wine growing region and it has more grapes growing there than there are in the whole of Australia. I’ve been wanting to go there for years, as a big fan of Italian red wines and particularly Jarno’s. He uses Montepulciano grapes and the wines have a lovely rounded taste. Jarno’s grandfather was a wine maker and he spent a lot of More…

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Posted on August 13, 2009
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Michael Schumacher’s comeback-that-never-was, has drawn the attention in recent days and it was clear looking at his face and his body language at the Geneva press conference how disappointed he was. There was a point to him coming back; Massa, his friend, was injured, Ferrari needed him, they want to finish third in the championship to salvage some respectability from a disappointing season and Schumacher’s presence in the car would have given some much needed airtime and exposure to their sponsors and backers. So it made sense for him to do it from many angles. Sadly the comeback was allowed More…

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Posted on August 12, 2009
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News Digest by Lawrence Barretto Just two weeks after announcing a shock comeback to Formula One, Michael Schumacher pulled off another surprise yesterday by calling the whole thing off. The German held a press conference this morning where he expressed his disappointment at not being able to race for Ferrari at next weekend’s European Grand Prix in Valencia. Ultimately, he simply couldn’t risk his health. Some in the media questioned the reasons behind Schumacher’s comeback with The Guardian suggesting medical reasons weren’t the only factors in him deciding to pull out of his comeback. “Only Michael Schumacher knows if the More…

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Posted on August 11, 2009
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Michael Schumacher will not drive the Ferrari at the European Grand Prix on August 23rd, nor at any of the remaining races of 2009. The comeback is officially off. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo confirmed this morning that test driver Luca Badoer will take his place at Valencia, we will see what will happen at the remaining races. As I posted here last week, Schumacher always said that his comeback was subject to passing medical tests on his neck, which he injured in a motorbike accident earlier this year. Everyone had got terribly carried away with the story and forgotten More…

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Posted on August 11, 2009
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I was interested to see some quotes from Jenson Button’s race engineer Andrew Shovlin in a story on the BBC website about what the team has done to send it’s 2009 challenger down the wrong path on development. Since Jenson Button’s last win, in Turkey three races ago, he has not featured in the top three in qualifying or the race and the only podium has been Rubens Barrichello’s at Silverstone. Button toiled there, largely it was assumed, because he could not get the tyres up to temperature, but in the final laps he suddenly got on to the pace, More…

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Posted on August 9, 2009
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If you ever ask the question, “What should I pay for a crash helmet?” invariably you will get the answer, “What’s your head worth?” Felipe Massa’s miracle escape from the incident at the Hungarian Grand Prix, where he was hit on the head by a 500g metal spring at 150mph, is testimony to the strength of the modern F1 crash helmet and makes you realise how invaluable it is. I’ve spoken to a few drivers lately who never really considered being hit on the head until the tragic incident of Henry Surtees and then a week another freak accident, for More…

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Posted on August 8, 2009
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“No one needed this win more than me,” said McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh in the immediate aftermath of the win in Budapest. We were standing in the McLaren motorhome, with Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ pumping out of the stereo. A pressure release valve had popped off and the team was in the mood for celebration. The team has changed a lot in tone since Whitmarsh took over. There is always a cool playlist on the go whenever you go into their hospitality area, concocted by music loving press officer Steve Cooper. The air of tension which always hung over More…

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Posted on August 6, 2009
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Following on from the comments from Bernie Ecclestone on Monday that the Canadian Grand Prix will be back on the calendar next year, something the F1 teams are urgently demanding, a story has appeared in the Canadian paper the Globe and Mail with details of the offer on the table. According to the paper’s well informed F1 writer, Jeff Pappone, Ecclestone rowed back a little this week from his initial enthusiasm, saying “We’re doing our best to make sure it happens.” Pappone’s story says that Canadian GP officials met Ecclestone in London two weeks ago with a proposal. The deal More…

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