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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Title rivals Pantano and Senna stop on final lap at Valencia (GP2)

The GP2 feature race at the Circuito Urbano Valencia came to a surprising end as title rivals Giorgio Pantano and Bruno Senna both ran out of fuel on the final lap. Pantano had run away with the race from pole position and was poised to win when his car rolled to a halt on the […]

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

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 […]

First impressions of Valencia’s F1 track

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 […]

2008 European GP preview (Video)

Video

Here’s the Valencia European Grand Prix preview video. It’s slightly later than usual, but now backed by Red Bulletin so those of you who enjoy the cheeky style of Red Bull’s magazine might get a kick out of it. There’s a 3D preview of the all-new track, and a historical perspective courtesy of – who […]

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

Pictures

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 […]

2008 European GP predictions

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 ?ǣ share […]

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

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 […]

Will the 2009 F1 rules allow Honda to catch McLaren, Ferrari & the rest?

Next year will see the biggest change in the technical regulations for some time. It’s certainly the greatest since the grooved tyre/narrow track switch in 1998, and perhaps the largest overhaul of the rules since turbo engines were banned after 1988. In 2009 F1 wing sizes will be reduced, movable front wing flaps allowed, slick […]