How close will the F1 field be in 2009?

The F1 rules get a radical shake-up this year. History tells us that when that happens, one team usually nails the new rules better than anyone else and dominates at least the early part of the season. But F1 testing so far suggests that the top teams are actually quite close on performance, and the […]

2009 F1 testing: March 11th (Update: pictures and video added)

It’s all change at Barcelona today as most of the teams swap their drivers around for the last two days of official testing before the 2009 season gets started. Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Robert Kubica are among those joining the test today.

F1 links: Mosley attacks press over privacy

Max Mosley attacks Paul Dacre and Press Complaints Commission to MPs [Mosley] accused the journalists responsible for the NoW story against him of a "semi-criminal act" and said his victorious privacy action against the NoW ended up costing him £30,000, because the amount of money he was awarded was less than his legal costs. JA […]

Hamilton remote control McLaren video


I’ve had loads of emails and Tweets about this, so if you haven’t seen it yet, here it is: Brilliant! Thanks to everyone who sent in the tip. It’s worth remembering Hamilton actually cut his teeth on radio controlled cars before he even got started in karting. I wonder how many other racing drivers got […]

Brendon Hartley gets dual F1 test role

New Zealand teenager Brendon Hartley has been confirmed as the official test driver for both Red Bull and Toro Rosso, following Sebastien Buemi’s promotion to the latter’s race team. I met Hartley at Oulton Park last year during a Formula Three race. He was not in a fantastic mood having just been beaten to pole […]

Webber cancels 2009 Tasmania challenge

Mark Webber will not be running the Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge in 2009. He has been running the event since 2003 but broke his leg during last year’s race. A statement on his website reads: The 2008 Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge saw the conclusion of some major sponsorship contracts, making it a logical […]

2009 F1 drivers helmets (Pictures)


Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Nick Heidfeld have all changed their helmet designs for the 2009 seasons. Several others have made minor changes to their designs. Here’s a look at each of the helmets this year’s F1 drivers will be using.

2009 F1 testing: March 10th (Updated: pictures added)

BMW flexed their muscles in testing yesterday with Nick Heidfeld half a second faster around the Circuit de Catalunya than anyone else. They almost certainly don’t have that great an advantage over their rivals – and nor should McLaren be quite as slow as Heikki Kovalainen’s time yesterday suggests. But an impression is growing that […]

F1 links: BWin tipped for Brawn deal

Interesting Stuff 2009-03-09 " seems fairly impressed" Quote from Mark S about the BBC's F1 site made it onto the BBC Internet Blog. Nice one Mark! Brawn to get backing from bwin? "The new Brawn GP team is reported to have landed funding from the Austrian online betting company Bwin Interactive Entertainment." Bullish Trulli predicts […]

McLaren struggling or sandbagging?

Heikki Kovalainen’s McLaren was at the bottom of the testing times today, 2.6s slower than Nick Heidfeld’s BMW. McLaren haven’t shown much pace in the pre-season build-up so far, and speculation abounds as to whether the MP4-24 is a dud, or whether they’re ‘sandbagging’ to fool the opposition. Let’s put the theories to the test.

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