New name and colours for Super Aguri

Anthony Davidson, Super Aguri, 450150, Flickr

According to Autosport the new owners of Super Aguri are planning to give the team a new name and colour scheme in time for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The team have secured backing from the Magma Group which is funded by the Dubai government. We’ve already got Force India on the grid -will Team Dubai be next? How about a Dubai Grand Prix?

Photo copyright: Hasliy via Flickr

Heidfeld reveals McLaren start system

Nick Heidfeld has publicly praised a system he claims McLaren have to make their starts more effective. He told Sport Bild:

McLaren have a starting system that allows [Lewis] Hamilton and [Heikki] Kovalainen to pull away with only 9,000 revs. On the other hand, we [BMW] need to use much higher speeds when we begin to accelerate.

Heidfeld hasn’t said McLaren are doing anything wrong – but you don’t have to to attract the attention of the stewards. Is this BMW saying to McLaren, “We know what you’re doing and we’re going to get it banned”? Continue reading

Stop whingeing, Felipe

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 2008 pre-season testing, 450150

Felipe Massa’s peddling his hard luck stories again. Pass me the miniature violin:

Hopefully this weekend will go better than the last two in Australia. I have not been so lucky at this circuit in the past.

This after his claim that he lost last year’s title because of bad luck. No other driver chooses to constantly remind us of how hard done by he is. Continue reading

The Ben Evans Column: A new year

Melbourne sign

Early March rivals October as my favourite time of the motor sport year. October is great because for me there is nothing like watching Formula Ford from Paddock Hill Bend at Brands Hatch sipping a mug of coffee as dusk closes in. All the championships are playing out and the winners and losers of the year are becoming known.

On the other hand March is the start of the new season, everything seems fresh and exciting – motorsport cannot possible be boring. Continue reading

F1 news review: Dennis not quitting

Dennis insists he will not quit – Ron Dennis refutes rumours about his future saying he will not step down from McLaren. He apparently held a meeting with the team staff to tell them before flying out to Melbourne. More here.

Late start won’t save GP says Ecclestone – The Australian Grand Prix organisers offered Ecclestone a compromise on his demand that the race be held at night, but ‘compromise’ has never been in Ecclestone’s vocabulary (just ask Tony George). There is public opposition to the night race on grounds of expense and pollution. Continue reading

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