Felipe Massa has the cards stacked in his favour: he’s starting from pole position at Valencia with the benefit of the clean side of the grid – now the organisers have swapped the grid around. But will the F1 pack get through the tricky first corners without a crash? What are their strategy options for … Continue reading Thoughts on qualifying and the start (2008 European Grand Prix)
So much for Mercedes giving McLaren a 25 horsepower advantage – the engine doing the business at Valencia this weekend is the Ferrari. Here’s who set the top four maximum speeds in the second sector of the lap at Valencia (where the highest speeds are reached) during qualifying today: Position Drivers Car Speed 1 Sebastian … Continue reading Ferrari engines fill top four places in speed traps in qualifying at Valencia
Felipe Massa took pole position for the first ever European Grand Prix in Valencia. He will rejoin his battle with Lewis Hamilton from the Hungarian Grand Prix as the McLaren driver took second place on the grid. Robert Kubica will start from third place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. But the star of the session was … Continue reading Felipe Massa pips Lewis Hamilton to pole (2008 European Grand Prix qualifying)
The European Grand Prix qualifying live blog has now finished. You can review the session in full below:
Join in the European Grand Prix free practice live blog below. Here are some useful links: Links to live F1 video (please post any new video links here) Live F1 timing Radio commentary (UK) To read earlier messages in the live blog it will be easier if you turn off automatic scrolling using the button … Continue reading 2008 European GP practice 3 live blog
I’ve been surprised by some of the negative reactions to the new Valencia F1 track. Watching the practice sessions yesterday I found a lot to like about the circuit. The setting is a bit more industrial than we expected but the parts where the circuit passes alongside the harbous look good and there are some … Continue reading First impressions of Valencia’s F1 track
The Circuito Urbano Valencia saw F1 action for the first time today. Before the race weekend I wasn’t sure how good the track would look – footage from the first race at the circuit made the track look a bit featureless. But I thought it looked better during today’s free practice session. Here’s a selection … Continue reading First pictures of the Valencia F1 street track (2008 European Grand Prix)
The second free practice session for the 2008 European Grand Prix has now finished. You can review the live blog in full below.
The European Grand Prix free practice 1 live blog has finished. You can review the session in full below.
Yesterday I made a case for why I thought Robert Kubica would do well at the new Valencia street track. But there are plenty of convincing reasons his McLaren and Ferrari rivals could find the Valencia circuit suits them well. Here are my predictions for the top three in the European Grand Prix ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ share … Continue reading 2008 European GP predictions
Seeing the BMWs of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld at the sharp end of a Grand Prix isn’t really a surprise any more – not since their one-two finish at Montreal anyway. The team are yet to re-capture the high Kubica’s maiden win. But I think Kubica could be a dark horse for victory this … Continue reading Robert Kubica the best outside bet? (2008 European Grand Prix preview)
Here’s the second part of Journeyer’s video guide to the European Grand Prix. Read part one here. One reason that the European Grand Prix became a regular round of the championship can be summed up in two words: Michael Schumacher. His popularity was such that from 1995 Bernie Ecclestone decided to have 2 races in … Continue reading European GP history 1984-2007 (video)
F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer is back with a two-part series on the history of the European Grand Prix. The European Grand Prix is an oddity. It’s unique in that it doesn’t necessarily represent a single country, but a whole continent. Various versions of the name have been in use ever since the world championship … Continue reading European GP history 1950-1997 (video)
The Circuito Urbano Valencia will become the sixth Spanish circuit to host a round of the world championship this weekend. It will also be the third Spanish street track to hold a round of the championship. The previous two such circuit – Pedralbes and Montjuich Park – were lost from the championship following concerns over … Continue reading Spain’s other Formula 1 street circuits: Pedralbes and Montjuich Park
This video includes footage of the new Circuito Urbano Valencia including the attractive pit buildings in the old port warehouses and the novel swing bridge (which presumably will be kept closed during the race…) Toyota’s engineers explain how they are preparing for the track including the very high braking demands they expect to encounter.
It’s becoming clear from what the drivers are saying about the Circuito Urbano Valencia that it’s not a typical street track. Here’s a look at a lap of the circuit and some of the ways in which it seems more like Montreal than Monaco and other famous street circuits.
The European Grand Prix next weekend will be held at a new circuit for the teams: the Circuito Urbano Valencia in Spain. The venue is so new it only held its first race a few weeks ago, so how are the teams preparing for this leap into the unknown? Here’s what Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, … Continue reading Drivers and teams explain how they prepare for the Valencia street track
Last week Ferrari suggested the harder tyres Bridgestone have brought to some races have played into McLaren’s hands. If that is what’s going on the red team are likely to be disappointed by the tyre allocations for the final race of the season where Bridgestone again are bringing a harder set of tyres than last … Continue reading Final tyre allocations good for McLaren?
An interesting article on Autosport yesterday gives some more insight into how McLaren have suddenly got the upper hand in the world championship battle. Ferrari believe part of McLaren’s advantage has been because the tyres supplied by Bridgestone at recent events have suited the MP4/23 better than the F2008. With Bridgestone yet to announce their … Continue reading Ferrari want softer Bridgestone tyres
Here are two more videos of the Circuito Urbano Valencia, which will host its first F1 race in three weeks’ time. I posted some onboard video from the Spanish street track earlier this week which started us wondering how good the circuit would look on TV. This footage should give us a good impression: