2009 F1 testing: January 19th (pictures)

Six F1 teams were in action at two different circuits today. Ferrari made a last-minute decision not to appear at the group test in Portugal and instead worked on the F60 at its home circuit, Mugello. Here are notes and pictures from the tests.

2009 F1 car comparisons: Ferrari, McLaren, Renault, Williams and Toyota

Half of the 2009 F1 grid has now been launched providing us with some insight into the different design directions taken by likely front-runners of 2009. Here’s how the freshly-launched Renault R29 and Williams FW31 compare to the Ferrari, McLaren and Toyota that appeared last week.

Is this how the Renault R29 was supposed to look?

Renault launched its R29 F1 car for 2009 today to more howls of revulsion about what they’ve done with their livery. But Renault’s bizarre front nose arrangement also drew some concerned glances. Its bulbous shape and low-hanging vertical strips look unwieldy compared to most of its rivals. In the comments thread Luke and PrateekF1 unearthed […]

Renault R29 revealed in Portugal – pictures (2009 F1 car launches)

Renault’s 2009 F1 car has broken cover. The R29 is the car they hope will improve on the performance of the R28 (two wins last year) and propel Fernando Alonso into contention for the drivers’ championship. The first pictures of the new Renault R29 are below. Update: Is this how the Renault R29 was supposed […]

Williams FW31 introduced in interim livery (2009 F1 car launches)

Williams has revealed its 2009 F1 car – the FW31. The team go into 2009 with Toyota engines for the third year in a row. The FW31 has been presented in an interim livery. Its final paint scheme for the 2009 F1 season will be revealed next month. Pictures of the new Williams below.

Can you make 2009 F1 cars look good?

As we’re in the thick of the F1 launch season there’s much discussion about the look of the cars. Do the new wings make them look stupid? Are the teams’ liveries too boring? Bruno Mantovani has designed alternative liveries for Ferrari (above), McLaren, BMW and Toyota’s 2009 which you can see on his website. How […]

Renault R29 pictures leak out early


Pictures of the Renault R29’s bodywork have appeared on the internet ahead of the car’s official launch later today. The pictures of Renault’s 2009 F1 car appear to show a revised livery with more use of yellow and orange and less blue. Dutch website F1today.nl claims the team will carry Total branding in additional to […]

Mike Hawthorn memorial this Sunday

A parade and memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Mike Hawthorn will be held in Surrey on Sunday 25th January. Hawthorn won the world championship in 1958, becoming the first British driver to do so. He retired from the sport after that victory, but was killed in a road accident […]

F1 links: BMW F1.09 teaser video

I was at a stag party last night so no time to do the links round-up. Here’s a bumper weekend collection of F1 reading instead! BMW Sauber F1.09 – The countdown is on. Part 1/3. Video teaser for the 2009 BMW launch on Tuesday. New-look Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 makes debut in Portugal “After a […]

Massa?s number four and Kubica?s number five ?ǣ but who’s number 13?

Earlier this week the FIA published the list of official team and driver entries for the 2009 season. Pitpass* found it surprising that Robert Kubica had been elevated to number five, giving him a lower number than Nick Heidfeld, which wasn?t the case last year. I didn?t find that remarkable in the slightest. What caught […]

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