2009 F1 testing notes: January 24th

BMW completed the first test of its F1.09 in Valencia today. The team has now completed a greater distance with its 2009 F1 car than any of its rivals have with theirs. Here’s some notes and pictures from the test.

Sergio Perez cruises to Bahrain sprint race win (GP2 Asia)

Sergio Perez took his first victory in GP2 Asia with a straightforward lights-to-flag drive from pole position at the Bahrain International Circuit. The Campos driver was chased to the flag by Davide Valsecchi, whose second place moves him up to second in the drivers’ standings. Kamui Kobayashi, who won yesterday’s feature race, was sixth and […]

Williams gets ??14.5m from Ecclestone

Williams told the world it had the budget in place to compete in F1 in 2009 and 2010 at the launch of its FW31 earlier this week. But the true scale of its financial plight has been made clear as it emerged that part of that money came in the form of a ??14.5m advance […]

F1 links: Superlicence fee row

Drivers in dispute over superlicence fee “High level sources have revealed to autosport.com that drivers have now taken the matter into their own hands because of a further minor increase in the licence costs due to be introduced for the 2009 season. The price of a licence has increased by ??400 (to ??10,400), while drivers […]

Kobayashi stretches title lead with Bahrain win (GP2 Asia)

Fresh from his Formula 1 testing duties in Portugal, Kamui Kobayashi turned up in Bahrain and won the GP2 Asia feature race with ease. Nico H???lkenberg, making his GP2 Asia debut, qualified on pole position and kept his lead through the first corner. But Kobayashi was quickly on his tail and while the two pulled […]

2009 F1 cars and 2008 cars compared


It’s only when you get a look at pictures of the 2009 F1 cars alongside their 2008 predecessors that you realise how drastic the new 2009 rules are. Here’s some pictures of the 2009 Ferrari, McLaren, BMW and Toyota alongside last year’s cars.

2009 F1 testing notes: January 23rd (Update: Pictures added)

It’s all about BMW today: Ferrari finished their Mugello test yesterday and the other teams have de-camped from a rather soggy Portimao. That leaves Nick Heidfeld in the F1.09 at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia the only testing action today.

F1 links: 2011 Indian Grand Prix bid

India ‘will host 2011 Grand Prix’ ‘Ecclestone insists he and Indian company Jaiprakash Associates Ltd are “fully committed” to the project. “Of course we will deliver… otherwise we wouldn’t have entered into an agreement,” said Ecclestone.’ The financing of Formula 1 “Formula 1 is a big draw but when one analyzes the brand, there are […]

Damon Hill to get honourary fellowship

The University of Northampton is to give 1996 Formula 1 champion Damon Hill an honourary fellowship. Hill, who is now President of the British Racing Drivers? Club, will receive the award next month. Press release in full: Formula One World Champion and President of the British Racing Drivers? Club Damon Hill OBE and Theatre Director […]

Four crucial things F1 fans must be told during races in 2009

Following Formula 1 is going to get a lot more complicated in 2009. The nature of F1 inevitably makes it harder to cover on television than other sports such as football. But Formula One Management and the television compaines that broadcast its feed will have to be seriously on the ball this year. Here’s why.

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