Thoughts on qualifying and the start (2008 European Grand Prix)

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

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)

Ferrari engines fill top four places in speed traps in qualifying at Valencia

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 pips Lewis Hamilton to pole (2008 European Grand Prix qualifying)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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)

First pictures of the Valencia F1 street track (2008 European Grand Prix)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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)

Robert Kubica the best outside bet? (2008 European Grand Prix preview)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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)

Spain’s other Formula 1 street circuits: Pedralbes and Montjuich Park

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Drivers and teams explain how they prepare for the Valencia street track

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Ferrari want softer Bridgestone tyres

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Video: Valencia street track TV footage

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

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: