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Ecclestone tops Britain’s F1 rich list but sees wealth slashed by costly divorce

Those who blame the world’s wealthiest people for the financial crisis will get a does of schadenfreude from this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, as many have had billions wiped from their fortunes. F1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has seen his wealth slashed for an entirely different reason – his divorce from wife Slavica. On a […]

Another new helmet design for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has brought another new skid-lid for the Bahrain Grand Prix. It’s covered in diagrams of all the different F1 tracks and it looks like it was designed by a two year-old with a box of crayons…

Tyre compounds for next four races

Bridgestone has announced what tyres the teams will used at the Monaco, Turkish, British and German Grands Prix. At Monaco the tyre supplier will break with its 2009 policy of using tyres that are two stages apart, bringing the soft and super-soft compounds as it did in 2008. It will revert to type at Istanbul […]

How Lewis Hamilton can win the race – for Toyota (Bahrain GP pre-race analysis)

The fuel loads have confirmed the suspicions that the Toyotas ran with lower fuel loads than their rivals to take control of the first row of the grid. On row two we find the two drivers most likely to become our title protagonists: race winners Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button. Which one of these is […]

Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying: Pictures

Pictures

It all went wrong for Mark Webber but Jarno Trulli and Toyota celebrated their first pole position in four years. Here’s a selection of pictures from qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel carrying more fuel than Toyotas (Bahrain GP fuel and pit stops)

Jarno Trulli may have taken pole position but Sebastian Vettel is set to stop three laps later than the Toyota driver in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Here’s the fuel weights for each of the drivers and their predicted first stint lengths.

Bahrain Grand Prix grid

Here is the grid for the 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix: 1. Jarno Trulli 1???33.431 2. Timo Glock 1???33.712 3. Sebastian Vettel 1???34.015 4. Jenson Button 1???34.044 5. Lewis Hamilton 1???34.196 6. Rubens Barrichello 1???34.239 7. Fernando Alonso 1???34.578 8. Felipe Massa 1???34.818 9. Nico Rosberg 1???35.134 10. Kimi Raikkonen 1???35.380 11. Heikki Kovalainen 1???33.242 12. […]

Jarno Trulli leads first Toyota front row lockout (Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying)

Jarno Trulli leads the first ever one-two for Toyota with Timo Glock in second place. Chinese Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel edged Jenson Button for third by 0.03s. But Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber will start on the last row of the grid after being held up by Adrian Sutil.

F1 links: Stewart on British Grand Prix

Stewart: GP loss would be ‘irresponsible’ "We were the first to hold a world championship grand prix in 1950 and we've never missed it since. To lose that now would be irresponsible for the sport itself, maybe for the commercial rights holder and for the British government." A rare example of Jackie Stewart and Bernie […]

Donington Park has British Grand Prix deal until 2026, claims government

The transcripts from the House of Lords’ discussion on the future of the British Grand Prix makes interesting reading. According to them Donington Park’s deal to host the British Grand Prix has been extended from 10 to 17 years. The government also quoted Dutch financial institution ING saying “resources are in place” for the event […]