Lopez-US F1 announcement on Monday

Reuters reports that Jose Marie Lopez will be confirmed as the first of US F1’s two drivers on Monday. The US F1 team confirmed via its Facebook page that a major announcement is planned for next week. As mentioned here earlier, Lopez hasn’t raced a single seater car since 2006. Lopez was dropped by Renault’s […]

Massa racks up laps in Spain (Pictures)

Felipe Massa covered 400km – around 20 laps more than a Grand Prix distance – at the Circuit de Catalunya today. He was back behind the wheel of the F2008, the car in which he almost won the 2008 championship. The team have not yet released details of his lap times for comparison with

Jaime Alguersuari stays at Toro Rosso

Jaime Alguersuari will remain at Toro Rosso for the 2010 season, the team have confirmed. Team principal Franz Tost said: This season, he will again face a steep learning curve, as all the circuits in the first part of the season will be new to him. Jaime?s appointment also confirms our team?s commitment to bringing […]

Double diffusers ‘banned for 2011′

F1 will ban double diffusers in 2011 according to Autosport. The controversial diffusers were ruled legal after last year’s Chinese Grand Prix, forcing several teams to re-design their cars. They allowed teams to claw back much of the downforce they had lost because of changes to the rules in 2009. They were also blamed for […]

Budget cap architect Purnell leaves FIA

Tony Purnell, who helped devise Max Mosley’s controversial budget cap plan, has left the FIA. Formerly a team principal at Jaguar, Purnell joined the FIA in 2006. Together with fellow technical consultant Peter Wright, Purnell was also involved in introducing 2009’s radical aerodynamic changes designed to aid overtaking. But the budget cap proposal proved more […]

Five problems F1 designers face in 2010

F1 cars will weigh almost 100kg more at the start of a race this year compared to last. That presents a host of challenges to F1 designers such as brake wear, ride height, weight distribution and tyre wear. Any team which doesn’t get a grip of the problems will find themselves playing catch-up like McLaren […]

F1 Fanatic round-up: 22/1/2010

Felipe Massa will be testing a Ferrari F2008 at the Circuit de Catalunya today. Ferrari say the official purpose of the test is: “to gain confidence with the Formula 1 car after a long break, due to his accident during the qualifying at the Hungarian GP.” Still you have to wonder if other teams would […]

Rossi beats 2009 fastest lap at Barcelona

Ferrari have confirmed Valentino Rossi lapped quicker than any of the F1 cars during last year’s race during his test in an F2008 today. He was 0.8s quicker than the best lap set by Rubens Barrichello during the 2009 Grand Prix. But an F1 car with 2008 levels of downforce and running slick tyres (even […]

Massa joins Rossi at Ferrari Barcelona test (Video and pictures)

Valentino Rossi completed his two-day test for Ferrari at the Circuit de Catalunya today – and was joined by Felipe Massa in the afternoon. Massa arrived at the circuit ahead of his test in the F2008 tomorrow. See below for pictures and footage of Rossi in action.

Williams change tyres in less than three seconds in pre-season practice

With refuelling banned we’re going to see some wickedly fast pit stops in 2010. How fast? The Williams crew are already able to swap four tyres in less than three seconds. The fastest four-tyre pit stop recorded in F1 was 3.2 seconds – so who will be first to break that record, and just how […]

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