Black Flag Archive I’d not seen Gurmit’s cartoons in a while – have had a good rummage through the archive and a chuckle :-) Dodgy driving standards in GP2 Asia (Video) “GP2 racers are supposed to be the Formula 1 drivers of tomorrow (although, in Yamamoto?óÔé¼Ôäós case, he?óÔé¼Ôäós a Formula 1 driver of yesterday).They and … Continue reading F1 links: Cartoons
Two drivers are side-by-side down a straight at speeds pushing 150mph. Then one driver swerves across and pushes the other straight off the track. Surely he was disqualified? Had his licence ripped up? Massive fine? Not in GP2 Asia, where a worrying lapse in stewarding has taken place.
Adam Carroll converted pole position into victory in the A1GP sprint race at Taupo in New Zealand, increasing Ireland’s lead in the championship. Video highlights from the sprint race can be viewed above. He was followed home by Switzerland’s Neel Jani – who then reversed the positions in the feature race, leading Carroll home. It … Continue reading Video: Carroll and Jani share honours at Taupo (A1 Grand Prix)
The Times put together a Sporting Power 100 over the last six weeks. Six names made it onto the list, which focussed on “most influential people today in British sport.” Who made the list and, just as important, who didn’t?
Bernie Ecclestone bucks the trend in drawing up plans to avoid another Honda Bernie Ecclestone: “I always said we should give all those fancy engineers gold-plated consoles and send them off somewhere to play. That’s all they do anyway and it would be far cheaper. We could get the real job done. If the manufacturers … Continue reading F1 links: “We could sue the arse off them”
BMW completed the first test of its F1.09 in Valencia today. The team has now completed a greater distance with its 2009 F1 car than any of its rivals have with theirs. Here’s some notes and pictures from the test.
Sergio Perez took his first victory in GP2 Asia with a straightforward lights-to-flag drive from pole position at the Bahrain International Circuit. The Campos driver was chased to the flag by Davide Valsecchi, whose second place moves him up to second in the drivers’ standings. Kamui Kobayashi, who won yesterday’s feature race, was sixth and … Continue reading Sergio Perez cruises to Bahrain sprint race win (GP2 Asia)
Williams told the world it had the budget in place to compete in F1 in 2009 and 2010 at the launch of its FW31 earlier this week. But the true scale of its financial plight has been made clear as it emerged that part of that money came in the form of a ?é?ú14.5m advance … Continue reading Williams gets ?é?ú14.5m from Ecclestone
Drivers in dispute over superlicence fee “High level sources have revealed to autosport.com that drivers have now taken the matter into their own hands because of a further minor increase in the licence costs due to be introduced for the 2009 season. The price of a licence has increased by ?óÔÇÜ?¼400 (to ?óÔÇÜ?¼10,400), while drivers … Continue reading F1 links: Superlicence fee row
Fresh from his Formula 1 testing duties in Portugal, Kamui Kobayashi turned up in Bahrain and won the GP2 Asia feature race with ease. Nico H?â??lkenberg, making his GP2 Asia debut, qualified on pole position and kept his lead through the first corner. But Kobayashi was quickly on his tail and while the two pulled … Continue reading Kobayashi stretches title lead with Bahrain win (GP2 Asia)
It’s only when you get a look at pictures of the 2009 F1 cars alongside their 2008 predecessors that you realise how drastic the new 2009 rules are. Here’s some pictures of the 2009 Ferrari, McLaren, BMW and Toyota alongside last year’s cars.
It’s all about BMW today: Ferrari finished their Mugello test yesterday and the other teams have de-camped from a rather soggy Portimao. That leaves Nick Heidfeld in the F1.09 at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia the only testing action today.
India ‘will host 2011 Grand Prix’ ‘Ecclestone insists he and Indian company Jaiprakash Associates Ltd are “fully committed” to the project. “Of course we will deliver… otherwise we wouldn’t have entered into an agreement,” said Ecclestone.’ The financing of Formula 1 “Formula 1 is a big draw but when one analyzes the brand, there are … Continue reading F1 links: 2011 Indian Grand Prix bid
The University of Northampton is to give 1996 Formula 1 champion Damon Hill an honourary fellowship. Hill, who is now President of the British Racing Drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó Club, will receive the award next month. Press release in full: Formula One World Champion and President of the British Racing Drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó Club Damon Hill OBE and Theatre Director … Continue reading Damon Hill to get honourary fellowship
Following Formula 1 is going to get a lot more complicated in 2009. The nature of F1 inevitably makes it harder to cover on television than other sports such as football. But Formula One Management and the television compaines that broadcast its feed will have to be seriously on the ball this year. Here’s why.
Testing for the 2009 F1 season continues at three different venues today in Italy, Spain and Portugal. Heikki Kovalainen and Kazuki Nakajima are among the drivers getting their first taste of 2009 F1 cars. Ferrari and BMW are still testing on their own but yesterday we saw the first side-by-side test of 2009-specification cars in … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing notes: January 22nd (Update: new video and pictures added)
BMW is under pressure to abandon its opposition to a delay on the introduction of Kinetic Energy Reduction Systems (KERS). Luca di Montezemolo, Flavio Briatore and John Howett representing Ferrari, Renault and Toyota have all spoken in favour of postponing the introduction of KERS until 2010.
Is Sir Fred Goodwin revving up for a new start? “Whispers north of the border suggest Sir Fred has been sounded out over a role in Formula One, possibly in a post-Max Mosley world.” Yes that’s the same Sir Fred Goodwin of RBS who was being slagged off in the papers yesterday. Raikkonen happy with … Continue reading F1 links: RBS boss and the FIA rumour
Here’s a selection of videos from BMW’s F1.09 launch yesterday. The first video shows the new car on track at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain: More videos from BMW’s F1.09 launch below.
Bernie Ecclestone has changed his approach in his ongoing row with the Formula 1 Teams’ Assoication over the distribution of money in F1. When Ferrari and FOTA boss Luca di Montezemolo first pressed Ecclestone to incresae the share of money the teams received, Ecclestone’s response was to try to embarrass Montezemolo by publicly reminding him … Continue reading KERS and the argument over costs