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Super Aguri in, McLaren promoted

The teams have arrived at Melbourne for the first race of the season – and the McLaren and Super Aguri trailers have already generated a pair of headlines.

Forza Minardi! (Simon Vigar, 2008)

A few years ago I went for dinner at one of those trendy Italian restaurants where the tablecloth is a big sheet of paper and they give you a jar of crayons. Knowing one of the waiters was an F1 fan I scrawled “Forza Minardi” in fat letters on my side of the table. “Who […]

2008: Ferrari

On paper, 2008 should be all about Ferrari. Double champions last year, they ended the season on an upswing in form that saw them dominate the Brazilian Grand Prix. They appear to have carried that momentum through into the off-season where Kimi Raikkonen has usually been the man to beat. As far as technical director […]

Soapbox: The big story of 2008 (pt 1)

With the new Formula 1 season just around the corner I wanted to get the thoughts from the top F1 bloggers on what will be the big story of 2008. First up is Clive from F1 Insight, who expects big things from Williams this year:

Moto GP gets it, F1 does not

The Moto GP season starts this weekend and the promoters have made sure that anyone who uses Youtube knows about it. An official promotional video is listed on the front page of the web’s favourite videos site.

F1 blogs review – 2008 is on

Great to see The Times’s excellent Formula 1 blog back in time for the new season. Renault also have their official blog up and running in time for Melbourne and have previewed the first race.

Pictures: new SL 63 AMG F1 safety car

Pictures

Heading into the first Grand Prix no-one can claim for certain they’re going to win a race this year. But Mercedes can guarantee they’ll lead one – because they provide the safety car. There’s a brand new safety car this year based on the SL 63 AMG. See below for high-resolution pictures.

2008: BMW

BMW were Formula 1′s third-best team in 2007: an excellent achievement given they only took over the Sauber team two years ago. Their challenge for 2008 is to reduce the gap to the leading teams, McLaren and Ferrari, It’s a big ask, and early in winter testing it looked as though they’d actually taken a […]

F1 news review: changes at Honda

What’s going on at Honda? Reports indicate chairman Yasuhiro Wada, the man behind Super Aguri, is leaving the team. So is chief designer Kevin Taylor, who had apparently been squeezed out by the rival of ex-BMW man Jorg Zander. Is this Ross Brawn getting his outfit ship-shape?

2008: Renault

Renault are one of the most fascinating propositions of 2008 for me. As Felipe Massa said yesterday, many expect them to struggle again in 2008: If you have to take on Alonso it’s better that he’s driving for the French team than McLaren because it seems to me that Renault aren’t at the same level […]