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Saturday, November 22, 2008

F1 roundup 11/22/08

Mark Webber Challenge

Webber breaks leg, will miss winter tests

Mark Webber will miss winter testing after breaking his leg in a collision with a car during his charity event, the Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge.

Webber underwent surgery for the leg, but sources report that was the extent of significant injuries, far better than earlier reports of multiple broken bones.

Webber will also miss the Race of Champions, where he was to pair with bike star Troy Bayliss for Team Australia, but Red Bull believes the driver will be fit for the 2009 season opener in Melbourne.

"While it looks like he's out of the winter testing programme, we fully expect Mark to make the starting grid in Melbourne next March," the team said. "Everyone at Red Bull Racing would like to add their best wishes to Mark and hope for his speedy recovery."

Again with the Qualifying format?

The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) will be discussing qualifying at its December 4 meeting.

"The new idea to be looked at consists of all cars jumping onto the track at the same time and with the same amount of fuel, with the slowest driver being eliminated after each lap.After 14 laps, the six fastest drivers would then fight for pole position, fitting new tyres but still using the same amount of fuel," Autosport reports.

There is also talk of awarding a point for pole position, as well as prize money.

If a new format is agreed upon, the next step will be submission for FIA approval.

Fisi not worried about '09 seat

Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella has joined teammate Adrian Sutil, saying he is confident of his place for 2009, despite speculation the team's new deal with McLaren may alter the driver lineup.

"I am not anxious," Update F1 reports Fisichella told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I do not think that there will be problems for me. I have a signed contract and Vijay Mallya announced that the drivers for 2009 will be Adrian Sutil and myself."

It's official: Slavica files for divorce

A spokeswoman for Slavica Ecclestone confirmed the wife of the F1 ringmaster has filed for divorce.

The announcement kicks off a feeding frenzy of speculation of just how much of Bernie Ecclestone's estimated £2bn. fortune may be at stake.

Rossi test concludes

Deteriorating weather brought a premature end to Valentino Rossi's Ferrari test at Mugello.

"The test went quite well," Rossi said. "Unfortunately I could just go out for a couple of laps on a dry track in the morning, but we also tried it on the wet track… The car is fantastic and all in all it was a good test. I want to thank the guys from the Team and obviously Luca di Montezemolo and Stefano Domenicali, who were really committed over the last two days. I felt like a real Formula One driver!"
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Anonymous said...

Hmm... looks like it didn't post, last time.
I though they'd settled on a Qualifying system that worked well for everyone. Why not leave it alone for awhile? What didn't they like, anyway?

SpeedRead said...

teams aren't happy pole position is going to the car lightest on fuel, it seems

Anonymous said...

If you can make it work, over the course of a race, what's wrong with it? They're currently not giving a point for pole, so leave it that way. It adds to the race strategy. What's next, no splash and dash near the end? Is this racing or choreography by committee?

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