Posted on July 11, 2009
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A lot of the teams this evening are talking about tomorrow’s race being one of those wet/dry, chaotic races with loads of pit stops as the conditions change. I’m sure that Mark Webber would like a nice uncomplicated race, in the dry, so that he could convert his well-earned pole position and car advantage into a first GP victory. Meanwhile plenty of drivers with nothing to lose, like Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen and Adrian Sutil will be going for it, taking risks and strategy gambles in the hope of nicking an unexpected win. Sutil did an amazing job today, not More…

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Posted on July 11, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 265

Sebastian Vettel was not his usual chirpy self this evening. I caught up with him at 4-30pm local time with some other media colleagues and fired a few questions at him. I’ve heard from other teams’ engineers that the data shows he’s been a little tentative this weekend. No-one would blame him for being tentative in the insane, changeable conditions we had this afternoon, but generally it seems that the occasion may have got to to him a little bit. This is totally understandable. He has inherited the mantle of Germany’s sporting hero from Michael Schumacher and the country doesn’t More…

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Posted on July 11, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 265

Mark Webber drove a nerveless final lap in qualifying today to take the first pole of his 128 race career. This was one of the most sensational qualifying sessions in recent memory, with intermittent rain falling throughout the second and third sessions, making tyre choice and timing of runs absolutely critical. The most extreme part of the session was qualifying 2, where there was a window of about three minutes to be on the slick tyre as the track began to dry out, before it started to rain again. Webber, Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel all got through safely but More…

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Posted on July 11, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 265

Bernie Ecclestone has come out with the strongest indication yet that his old friend and colleague Max Mosley is in the final months of his FIA presidency and will stand down. Speaking to his favourite journalist, Ed Gorman in the Times, the same paper to which he gave the fateful ‘Hitler got things done’ interview, Ecclestone says that Mosley will follow through on his promise when his current term is up in October, “I have no doubt in my mind, as long as I’ve known Max, he’s always done what he said he would do. He’s an honourable person. I’ve always More…

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Posted on July 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 265

Former world rally champion Ari Vatanen has confirmed that he will run for the FIA presidency in October. Whether he will run against the incumbent, Max Mosley is unclear at the moment. After a week of intense negotiations it seems that the Formula One Teams Association is making it a condition of signing the new Concorde Agreement that Mosley stands by his promise at the recent FIA world council meeting to stand down at the end of his term in October. If the teams sign the new Concorde Agreement and a legally binding document to work together to reduce costs More…

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Posted on July 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 265

The politics which have dominated Formula 1 appear to be more under control now and as a result the talk here in the paddock is all about drivers movements for next season. Normally this subject is top of the agenda at this time of year, but teams and journalists have been too tied up dealing with possible breakaways. One move which seems to be on the cards is Nico Rosberg to BMW in place of Nick Heidfeld. The 24 year old is in his fourth season with Williams and clearly feels it is time to move on. He said yesterday More…

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Posted on July 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 265

The Force India team had an embarrassing moment this morning when a legal dispute spilled over into the paddock as German police officials tried to impound their motorhome and other assets. It relates to a dispute with a supplier over the motorhome. It happened at breakfast time and guests of team sponsor Medion were forced to go to the Williams motorhome for a coffee. The team were able to compete in both practice sessions and it has indicated that the situation has been resolved and there will be no more disruptions this weekend. Giancarlo Fisichella had a strong first practice, More…

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Posted on July 10, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 265

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh confirmed today that the team will reduce development of this year’s car after the next race in Budapest and throw most of its efforts into ensuring that it has a race winning car in 2010. Speaking to Radio 5 Live today, Whitmarsh said, “This race and Hungary we will have a big push from the team and let’s hope it puts us in the hunt. Then inevitably we have to put effort into making sure we have a very fast car next year. There’s a lot of effort as the car will be radically different More…

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Posted on July 9, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 265

Last night it looked as though World War Three had broken out again between the F1 teams and the governing body, but having got to the Nurburgring and heard both sides, it seems to me that, bizarrely, a lasting solution is close. Despite the fire and brimstone of various statements over the last 48 hours, in fact the two sides are close to signing a new Concorde Agreement which would return stability to the sport. This document would also be signed by venture capital firm CVC, who are majority shareholders in the commercial rights holder, with Bernie Ecclestone. CVC and More…

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Posted on July 9, 2009
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Geoff Willis, the technical director of Red Bull Racing has left the team, with barely half of the season gone. The exact reasons for his departure are not known as yet but Sebastian Vettel confirmed it in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live’s Holly Samos this afternoon. Vettel added that the team would not be destabilised by the departure. “Geoff did a lot of work and thanks to him we are where we are now. It’s always very difficult if someone leaves but we have a very good harmony in the team and it shouldn’t affect our performance at More…

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