We’re only three days away from our first F1 action of the year. Here’s the Tuesday round-up: Links Malaysia expects bumper F1 crowd (Mail & Guardian) “Ticket sales dropped sharply last year amid the global economic crisis, attracting only 80,000 spectators compared to about 120,000 in 2008. But the local economy is rebounding and Schumacher’s … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 9/3/2010
Last season was a reality check for Toro Rosso after their giant-killing feats in 2008. For the first time in their five-year history the team have had to manufacture their own car this season. How will they fare in 2010?
Toro Rosso returned to the Imola circuit, last used by F1 for the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix, to do some laps with their STR5. Jaime Alguersuari was at the wheel for what looks like a promotional filming day rather than a test. Imola has undergone a few changes since F1 last appeared there. The … Continue reading Toro Rosso in action at Imola (Video)
Renault have designed a special quick-release jack to speed up their tyre changes this year. They will also use specially-designed wheel nuts to get tyres on and off more quickly. Sporting director Steve Nielsen said: Although we always aimed to complete pit stops as quickly as possible, the main emphasis was on attaching and detaching … Continue reading Renault to use special jack for pit stops
Felipe Massa drove a 2008-specification Ferrari F1 car at Interlagos yesterday. According to Ferrari he used demonstration tyres for his appearance at the track to present the team’s new sponsor Santander. He was joined by twice-champion Emerson Fittipaldi and former Ferrari test driver Luciano Burti. A group of fans turned up to watch the event, … Continue reading Massa drives F2008 in Brazil (Pictures)
A BMW Sauber press release sent out over the weekend showed a new logo for the team (above) and referred to the team as ‘Sauber Motorsport’. The team has not officially announced the change of name and have not yet responded to questions about the new logo. It makes sense for the team to drop … Continue reading BMW Sauber to become Sauber Motorsport?
October 22nd, 2006: Michael Schumacher makes his last F1 start. There are 22 cars on the grid, each with traction control, grooved Bridgestone or Michelin tyres, and a fraction of the fuel needed to complete the race. F1’s changed a lot since the last time Schumacher raced. How will he cope on his return?
We’re in the run-up to the first race of the season. More 2010 previews and, of course, the Bahrain Grand Prix coming your way this week. Here’s the daily round-up: Links Nigel Mansell tips Lewis Hamilton to edge Jenson Button (BBC) “When asked if he might return, said: ‘Never say die. If there’s a good … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 8/3/2010