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F1 2009 technology: Mid-region

F1 Fanatic guest writer John Beamer continues his technical analysis of the 2009 F1 cars with a look at the mid-section of this year’s designs. When comparing a 2008 and 2009 F1 car the wider front wing and squashed rear wing are the most dramatic changes. Look closely again and one can see equally striking […]

2009 F1 testing: March 19th

Yesterday McLaren gave their fans a glimmer of hope as Heikki Kovalainen wrong a low 1’18s lap out of the MP4-24 at Jerez – albeit on a short stint. How will McLaren and Williams fare in the final day of testing before the 2009 season starts? Don’t forget to rank the teams for 2009 – […]

Alonso criticises FIA rule changes

Fernando Alonso has criticised the FIA for making too many changes to the F1 rules. In a statement in Spanish on his official site he said: I don’t understand the need to change the rules of the sport constantly. I think this kind of decisions can only confuse the fans. Given the strength of public […]

Codemasters’ F1 game delayed to 2010?

A report in the Official Playstation Magazine claims Codemasters’ F1 game planned for 2009 has been delayed to 2010. A spokesperson for Codemasters said: It is all just speculation for now. The reason we haven’t said anything formally is that rumours regarding release dates crop up all the time. We’re going to be making an […]

2009 F1 testing: March 18th

And then there were two. Renault and Brawn GP polished off their pre-season preparations yesterday, with the BGP 001 on top yet again. McLaren and Williams are the only two teams left at Jerez, but even that probably won’t be enough for the MP4-24 to hit the top of the times sheets. Unless McLaren have […]

F1 links: Jean Todt leaves Ferrari

Todt and Ferrari part company "Todt’s ‘win at all costs mentality’ aligned with Schumacher’s and this led to some of the most controversial moments in recent F1 history, the ultimate being the decision to switch Barrichello and Schumacher so that the latter could win the Austrian Grand Prix of 2002, a move which led to […]

Which new rules will improve F1? (Poll)

A host of new F1 rules have been announced today. They include having the championship being decided by wins, changes to F1 publicity (including revealing qualifying fuel strategies) and a budget-capping provision. Which of these new rules do you think will improve F1? You can vote for more than one in this poll:

Budget caps for F1 in 2010

F1 teams will be allowed to run to different technical regulations if they agree to limit their budgets to ??30m (??33m / $42m) under new rules put forward by the World Motor Sports Council today. According to the FIA: This figure will cover all expenditure of any kind. Anything subsidised or supplied free will be […]

Qualifying fuel strategies to be revealed

Among the World Motor Sports Councils decisions for the 2009 F1 season are a series of measured aimed at improving media coverage of the sport. Most important of these is the news that the weight of every car will be published after qualifying. This will allow fans to know whether drivers in the top ten […]

F1 2009: the drivers

The 2009 F1 grid is remarkably unchanged compared to how the drivers lined up in 2008. Eight of the ten teams boast the same driver pairings as they did last year. How will those ten partnerships fare in 2008?