16th January 2009, 22:54 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

Indonesian round cancelled, Mexican race moved (A1GP) 16th January 2009, 22:54

A1 Grand Prix’s attempt to bring its brand of racing to the streets of Indonesia have failed as the Lippo did not gain FIA approval in time: This follows notification this morning from the FIA that certain aspects of the track construction project, undertaken by the local promoter and organisers of the event, have failed […]

Ron Dennis’s three decades as McLaren team principal, 1980-2009

Ron Dennis is stepping down as McLaren team principal. Here’s how he turned the team Bruce McLaren founded into one of the most successful in F1.

McLaren MP4/24 revealed – pictures and video (2009 F1 car launches)

McLaren has shown off its 2009 F1 car, the MP4/24, with which Lewis Hamilton will be looking to defend his 2008 world championship. Pictures and video of the new McLaren launched at the McLaren Technology Centre below.

How the F1 rules changes for 2009 are meant to improve racing (part 1/3)

Over the last three years the rules that govern F1 have remained remarkably stable. In recent times the slowest car on the track (usually a Force India) has often been within 1.5s of the fastest. Ten years ago such a slim margin was unheard of. However, that will all change as the FIA has overhauled […]

Drivers will not get penalties for pitting during a safety car period in 2009

Alianora la Canta’s rigorous analysis of the 2009 sporting rules turned up a surprising and un-announced change. The ‘pit lane closure’ rule has been dropped. The controversial rule required the pit lane to be declared closed at the beginning of a safety car period, and any driver who pitted during that time received a penalty. […]