January 2009 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

Formula 1′s lost nations: Austria 31st January 2009, 22:37

Last world champion: Niki Lauda, 1984 Last Grand Prix winner: Gerhard Berger, Hockenheimring, Benetton-Renault, 1997 Last Grand Prix starter: Alexander Wurz, Shanghai, Williams, 2007 Last Grand Prix: A1-Ring, 2003 Austria is the only European country on this list. It has had championship winners and dozens of Grands Prix, but no race and active driver today.

Toyota test the TF109 (Video) 30th January 2009, 18:52

Toyota has issued some video of the first test of its 2009 F1 car, the TF109, at Algarve Motor Park. There is a high quality playback option on the video above. Annoyingly, they seem to have added audio over certain portions of the video…

The FIA ??analysis? of Ecclestone?s medals proposal is flawed and irrelevant

Bernie Ecclestone?s plan to replace the F1 points system with the awarding of ??medals? for winners has been widely received as a bad idea. Today the FIA waded into the argument by publishing some research. Their effort shows much the same lack of care and consideration that Ecclestone put his idea forward with. Titled ??The […]

Will slicks put brakes under more stress?

One aspect of the 2009 rules I’m trying to get my ahead is how the return to slick tyres and the introduction of KERS might affect brakes. If my shaky grasp if F1 technology is right, I reckon brakes will have a seriously hard time in 2009. Check my working below.

Formula 1?s lost nations: South Africa

Last world champion: Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, 1979 Last Grand Prix winner: Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, Monza, 1979 Last Grand Prix starter: Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, Watkins Glen, 1980 Last Grand Prix: Kyalami, 1993 South Africa was a Grand Prix host for many years. But its only driver to attain Grand Prix success was Jody Scheckter – the […]

Good news from Aston Martin and Volvo 29th January 2009, 23:34

There has been a lot of doom and gloom for the motor racing fan since the end of last season. First Seat announced an abrupt withdrawal from the British Touring Car Championship ?ǣ just as it finally seemed to be on the cusp of success with its diesel Leons.

F1 links: Renault test pics

Renault Testing in the UK Today “It?s the first time I?ve seen a 2009 specification car up close, and I can?t say the Renault looks any better in the flesh than it did during the launch.” More pics here. FIA clarifies engine regulations “Following enquiries made by autosport.com, the FIA has now confirmed that the […]

Hamilton is top F1 driver on Facebook – but Valentino Rossi thrashes them all

For all the stick Lewis Hamilton gets on the internet, he’s not short of a fan or two as these stats from Facebook show. But Hamilton would lose his status as most popular F1 driver on Facebook immeditaely if Valentino Rossi’s much-rumoured switch to Ferrari came true…

Formula 1?s lost nations: Canada

Last world champion: Jacques Villeneuve, Williams, 1997 Last Grand Prix winner: Jacques Villeneuve, Nurburgring, 1997 Last Grand Prix starter: Jacques Villeneuve, BMW, Hockenheimring, 2006 Last Grand Prix: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2008 Canada is a new addition to the ‘lost nations’: Its Grand Prix has just been cancelled, and it had a former world champion […]

F1 links: Concern over diffusers 28th January 2009, 23:34

Teams to seek diffuser clarification “The diffusers at the rear of the Williams FW31 and the Toyota TF109 appear to exceed the maximum height of 175 mm at their peak through clever aerodynamic shaping of the rear crash structure. Although both teams are confident that their designs are within the regulations, rivals outfits have expressed […]