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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Button wins in Australia

Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix


  1. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1 hr 33 mins 36.531 secs
  2. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault +12.034 secs
  3. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 14.488
  4. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 16.304
  5. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 16.683
  6. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 29.898
  7. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes 59.847
  8. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams - Cosworth 1:00.536
  9. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:07.319
  10. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:09.391
  11. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:11.301
  12. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:14.084
  13. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 2 laps
  14. Karun Chandhok (India) HRT - Cosworth 5 laps

  • Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 17 laps
  • Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 32 laps
  • Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 33 laps
  • Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 49 laps
  • Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 49 laps
  • Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 54 laps
  • Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 58 laps
  • Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 58 laps
  • Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 58 laps
  • Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 58 laps
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Australia: Qualifying

It's a Red Bull front row in Melbourne, with Sebastian Vettel on pole.

It's likely Red Bull are on to something, and the other teams are in a bind. Rumors are swirling that the team is operating a device to illegally adjust the ride height of the car, something Red Bull flatly denies. A case of "if you can't beat them, challenge the legality of their car," perhaps?

At any rate, Ross Brawn has asked the FIA to look at it, in "fairness" to Red Bull.

Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher was again out-qualified by his younger teammate, Nico Rosberg, but complained of being blocked by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

Speaking of Hamilton, his weekend continues to get worse. Following having his road car impounded by police for overzealous driving, the McLaren driver saw himself unable to get into the top 10 shootout, and lines up 11th on the grid.

Sports News - March 27, 2010


  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1 min 23.919 secs
  2. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:24.035
  3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:24.111
  4. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:24.675
  5. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:24.837
  6. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:24.884
  7. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:24.927
  8. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams-Cosworth 1:25.217
  9. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 1:25.372
  10. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 1:26.036
  11. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:25.184
  12. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:25.638
  13. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes 1:25.743
  14. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1:25.747
  15. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 1:25.748
  16. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1:25.777
  17. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:26.089
  18. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1:26.471
  19. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 1:28.797
  20. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 1:29.111
  21. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 1:29.592
  22. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 1:30.185
  23. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 1:30.526
  24. Karun Chandhok (India) HRT - Cosworth 1:30.613
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Bernie's Big Apple dreams

Bernie Ecclestone is back on his F1 in New York (er... well... New Jersey) horse again, this time in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. His goal is 2012.

Rising Sea Levels Due To Global Warming Threaten Low-Lying New York City


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Australia: Practice

Robert Kubica had the fastest time in the Friday morning session, bringing in his Renault ahead of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes and Jenson Button in the McLaren.

Sports News - March 26, 2010


Rain disrupted the afternoon session. The McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Button set the top times before the rain hit. Mark Webber took third for Red Bull after the track started to dry out.

New tanks for Virgin

Citing reliability, the FIA will allow Virgin to fit a larger fuel tank to the car after it was determined it may not be big enough for some venues.

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A lap in Australia

Mark Webber takes us around Albert Park.



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Monday, March 22, 2010

Gearing up for Australia

F1 GP Australia, Melbourne 27.-29. March 2009


FIA throws door open to new applicants

The FIA announced its plan for replacing USF1 on the grid for 2011 last week, rather than giving the slot to Stefan GP.

It is also opening up the possibility of reserve teams in case the first choice falls through.

Talks of a merger between Stefan and USF1 for the later team’s grid slot had heated up last week, but such a merger only seemed to open up question marks, with the FIA looking into possible fines for the Charlotte outfit.

Also in question was the status of Stefan’s deal with Toyota, which it appears has come to an end.

Adam Cooper reports Toyota seem to have little faith in Stefan’s ability to put together a comercial package.

Something for the gamers

James Allen has a little commentary on the new F1 game due from Codemasters.

I don’t do the gaming thing anymore, but it looks pretty sweet. Check out the trailers and more at the Codemasters site.

Previewing Australia

Formula1.com has your Australia preview quotes.

Finally...

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Alonso wins in Bahrain

Fernando Alonso won his debut for Ferrari in Bahrain.

F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain - Race


Sebastian Vettel looked to be in control until a cracked exhaust header allowed the Ferraris of Alonso and Massa to catch him, delivering a 1-2 for the Scuderia.

Lewis Hamilton was third for McLaren, while a disappointed Vettel held on for fourth. Michael Schumacher was sixth in his return.

It was a tough race for the newbies, with only the two Lotus cars seeing the flag, both well back from the leaders.

Now it's off to Melbourne in two weeks time.
  1. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1hr 39mins 20.396secs
  2. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari +00:16.099 secs
  3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 00:23.182
  4. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull-Renault 00:38.799
  5. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:40.213
  6. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 00:44.163
  7. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 00:45.280
  8. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull-Renault 00:46.360
  9. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes 00:53.008
  10. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams-Cosworth 01:02.489
  11. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 01:09.093
  12. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 01:22.958
  13. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:32.656
  14. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 1 lap
  15. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 2 laps
  16. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 3 laps
  17. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 3 laps
  • Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 21 laps
  • Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 32 laps
  • Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 33 laps
  • Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 36 laps
  • Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 38 laps
  • Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 47 laps
  • Karun Chandhok (India) HRT - Cosworth 48 laps

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Bahrain: Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel bested the Ferraris to take pole in Bahrain.

F1 2010 - Rd 1 Bahrain GP - Preparations


McLaren's leader, Lewis Hamilton, is a second off the pace while defending world champion Jenson Button starts eighth.

Some new guy named Schumacher is seventh, teammate Nico Rosberg continuing to have the edge for Mercedes this weekend, qualifying fifth. It's playing out much as predicted, with Red Bull, Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari occupying the top eight slots.

Robert Kubica leads the next group, qualifying ninth in his Renault, while among the newbies, Timo Glock was the best, starting 19th.

  1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 54.101s
  2. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 54.242s
  3. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 54.608s
  4. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 55.217s
  5. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 55.241s
  6. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 55.284s
  7. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 55.524s
  8. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 55.672s
  9. Robert Kubica Poland Renault-Renault 1m 55.885s
  10. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 56.309s
  11. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 55.330s
  12. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Force India-Mercedes 1m 55.653s
  13. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Williams-Cosworth 1m 55.857s
  14. Pedro de la Rosa Spain BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1m 56.237s
  15. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 56.265s
  16. Kamui Kobayashi Japan BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1m 56.270s
  17. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 56.619s
  18. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 57.071s
  19. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 59.728s
  20. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Cosworth 1m 59.852s
  21. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Cosworth 2m 00.313s
  22. Lucas di Grassi Brazil Virgin-Cosworth 2m 00.587s
  23. Bruno Senna Brazil HRT-Cosworth 2m 03.240s
  24. Karun Chandhok India HRT-Cosworth 2m 04.904s

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Friday, March 12, 2010

USF1 in 2011? Don't count on it...

Press Release
World Motor Sport Council
11/03/2010

"With regard to the USF1 team’s non-participation in the 2010 championship, the World Council mandated the FIA President, in full compliance with the new code of practice for disciplinary matters, to take forward the most appropriate action."

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Race prep: Bahrain with Mark Webber

A lap of Bahrain:



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Monday, March 8, 2010

Just days to go!

Bahrain is just days, make that hours away. Here are your Bahrain Grand Prix - team and driver preview quotes! Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

FIA releases official entry list

It's official, US F1 is out, but the FIA has not granted the team's place to Stefan GP, leaving the Serbians with a couple of useless Toyotas and some boxes in Bahrain:

The USF1 Team have indicated that they will not be in a position to participate in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship. Having considered the various options, the FIA confirms that it is not possible for a replacement team to be entered for the Championship at this late stage.

In the coming days the FIA will announce details of a new selection process to identify candidates to fill any vacancies existing at the start of the 2011 season.

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US F1 gives up on 2010

Reports emerged yesterday US F1 has put its staff on unpaid leave as the team abandoned its 2010 car. It still hopes to defer its entry to 2011.

USF1 awaits a decision from the FIA.

Ferrari’s “Serbian vultures,” Stefan GP, hope to fill the grid vacancy, but a volatile relationship with the FIA does not make that a forgone conclusion.

Three of Max Mosley’s new teams, Virgin, Lotus and Campos Meta, remain.

Speaking of Campos, the team has been re-christened Hispania Racing (HRT F1) following the team’s takeover by Jose Ramon Carabante.

A formal launch is scheduled for Thursday, which may shed some light on the driver lineup.

Bruno Senna had been confirmed under the Campos guise, Karun Chandhok has been rumored to be in line for the second seat, with US F1 refugee Jose Maria Lopez looking at a reserve role.

F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain - Race


So, as it stands, the following teams line up on the grid in a week or so:
  1. Ferrari - Alonso/Massa
  2. McLaren - Hamilton/Button
  3. Mercedes - Schumacher/Rosberg
  4. Red Bull - Vettel/Webber
  5. Toro Rosso - Alguersuari/Buemi
  6. Renault - Kubica/Petrov
  7. Williams - Barrichello/Hulkenberg
  8. Force India - Sutil/Liuzzi
  9. Lotus - Trulli/Kovalainen
  10. Sauber - de la Rosa/Kobayashi
  11. Virgin - Glock/di Grassi
  • Hispania (Campos) - Senna?/Chandhok?/Lopez?
  • Stefan - Nakajima?/Villeneuve?
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