Sunday, May 24, 2009

Monaco Grand Prix Results With Details!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 78 Winner 1 10
2 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 78 +7.6 secs 3 8
3 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 78 +13.4 secs 2 6
4 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 78 +15.1 secs 5 5
5 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 78 +15.7 secs 8 4
6 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 78 +33.5 secs 6 3
7 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 78 +37.8 secs 9 2
8 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 78 +63.1 secs 14 1
9 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 78 +65.0 secs 13
10 10 Timo Glock Toyota 77 +1 Lap 19
11 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 77 +1 Lap 16
12 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 77 +1 Lap 20
13 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 77 +1 Lap 18
14 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 77 +1 Lap 15
15 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 76 +2 Laps 10
Ret 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 51 +27 Laps 7
Ret 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 28 +50 Laps 17
Ret 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 15 +63 Laps 4
Ret 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 10 +68 Laps 12
Ret 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 10 +68 Laps 11

Monaco Grand Prix Winner!!!!!

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the difficult race to drive and to overtake. And again Jenson Button is the Winner!!!!

It is becoming boring these days that Brawn GP has no competition at all this season. This is again a one two finish for Brawn GP with Rubens Barrichello finishing second.

Ferrari seem to have bounced back with Kimi and Felipe finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.

Overall an amazing race as always. Monaco Grand Prix always has some excitement with a great track along the side of water. Amazing corners and a great street circuit.

Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Pos No Driver Team
1 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
2 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
3 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
4 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
5 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari
6 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota
7 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
8 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
9 7 Fernando Alonso Renault
10 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota
11 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
12 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault
13 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes
14 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari
15 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
16 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
17 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
18 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
19 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota
20 10 Timo Glock Toyota

Monaco Saturday Practice

Pos No Driver Team
1 7 Fernando Alonso Renault
2 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
3 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
4 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
5 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari
6 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
7 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
8 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
9 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota
10 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
11 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota
12 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
13 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari
14 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes
15 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault
16 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
17 10 Timo Glock Toyota
18 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
19 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
20 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota

Monaco Thursday Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team
1 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota
2 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
3 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
4 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
5 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari
6 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
7 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
8 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
9 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota
10 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault
11 7 Fernando Alonso Renault
12 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
13 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
14 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota
15 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
16 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari
17 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
18 10 Timo Glock Toyota
19 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes
20 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber

Monaco Thursday Practice 1

Pos No Driver Team
1 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
2 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari
3 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
4 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
5 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
6 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota
7 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota
8 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
9 7 Fernando Alonso Renault
10 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
11 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
12 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault
13 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
14 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari
15 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes
16 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
17 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
18 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
19 10 Timo Glock Toyota
20 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota

Friday, May 22, 2009

Final Proposal to FIA

F1 team bosses are handing FIA president Max Mosley their final proposal in a bid to resolve the row rocking the sport.

Confirming common ground had been reached amongst all 10 teams, it would appear to represent the last hope of any compromise between FOTA and motor sport's world governing body.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ferrari Files Suit

Ferrari have filed legal proceedings for an injunction of the 2010 regulations with the French court and their case will be heard next Tuesday. Max Mosley says that he doesn’t think there is a crisis but does suggest that when one party files suit, it makes it hard to negotiate with them.

Briatore: Brawn Is A Winner!!!!!!!!!!!!

Flavio Briatore has dismissed Renault’s chances of winning the F1 Championship this season, saying Brawn GP is unstoppable.

Briton Jenson Button holds a 14-point advantage over his team-mate Rubens Barrichello while the team is 29.5 points ahead of Red Bull in the constructors' championship. Renault, meanwhile, are 59 points adrift.

Briatore believes Brawn GP cannot be caught. He said in Formula One nearly everything is possible, but I believe it is very difficult another team can win the title.

Formula 1 In Rome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Formula One race could be staged in Rome by as early as 2012.

A preliminary document has been presented to Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno and he is hoping the sport will come to the Italian capital in the near future.

Last year saw Singapore and Valencia stage their first Formula One races.

To have a Formula One race in Rome was one of the dreams of Enzo Ferrari, founder of the motor sport giants.

The circuit is planned for Rome's financial district EUR and the length of the track would be 4.66 kilometres.

Italy has Monza in the annual Formula One calendar but the San Marino Grand Prix was excluded in 2006.

Hamilton feels He is a Prisoner

Lewis Hamilton claims he has become disillusioned with Formula One and compared the current political to wrongful imprisonment.

The 24-year-old has had a turbulent start to his career since his rookie season in 2007, and this year he has been embroiled in the "lie-gate" affair after being accused of misleading stewards following the Australian Grand Prix.

To compound Hamilton's woes, McLaren are off the pace this term, and the world champion was heavily critical of his car during the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona last weekend.

Hamilton, whose hopes of defending his world champion title this season are extremely slim, added: It hasn't affected my driving. I won't allow anything to affect my driving. But it affects your life, it affects the way you are.

Lola Entering Formula 1

British race car makers Lola have announced they will be lodging an entry for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship after completing their evaluation of the technical regulations for cost-capped teams announced by the FIA last month.

Lola, who last participated in Formula One racing in the late 1990s.

Whilst several existing teams have objected to the fact that cost-capped entrants will be given more technical freedom, Lola believe it to be essential if new entrants are to have a chance of competing with their more experienced rivals.

Entries for the 2010 championship must be lodged between May 22 and 29. A list of the 13 successful teams will be published on June 12.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mclaren Mercedes Away From Revolt!!!!!!!!!!

Mercedes Motorsport boss Norbert Haug is refusing to join his Formula One rivals in their stance against the FIA.

Renault yesterday joined Ferrari in threatening to withdraw from Formula One unless fundamental changes are made to the recently-announced regulations for next year.

Team boss Flavio Briatore and president Bernard Rey both denounced the FIA over their plans to introduce a £40million budget cap that would in turn result in a two-tier F1.

Yet whilst Ferrari, Toyota, Renault, Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso - the latter two teams through owner Dietrich Mateschitz - have all voiced their opposition, Mercedes have so far remained silent.

The view is Mercedes do not want to be heard speaking against the FIA after the organisation took a lenient view on McLaren over the 'spy-gate' saga last month.

We will try to help to find a solution. All the teams are agreed that there cannot be two regulations in one series.

The FIA see their system as simple: you either choose not to accept the cap and race under the current regulations, or abide by the cap and enjoy a degree of technical freedom.

However, those cars would have a considerable performance advantage via greater engine and KERS power, as well as aerodynamic aids.

But it is Mosley's governance of the sport that has enraged so many, and the fact he unilaterally acted without consulting the teams, who also fear the way the cap would be policed.

Blaming Kimi!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen has blamed costly mistakes for his team's less than impressive start to the F1 season.

The Finn has not rediscovered his form like last season and his best finish this year has been sixth at Bahrain.

When you are winning it is always easy, you can always be safe with certain things. For sure we could have done many things better this year but we are learning from all the things and I am sure we can get back at that level.

We know what we need to do, and like I said at some point we will get it back and be where we want to be.

Raikkonen has plenty of work to do if he is to challenge for the world title - he currently sits a massive 38 points behind leader Jenson Button.

The Finn failed to finish in Barcelona but still managed to draw some positives from the performance of his Ferrari.

Apart from that it was a difficult weekend for us but hopefully we'll get some better races. We have not been very lucky with many things lately but at some point it will turn and we will be back.

Mclaren Can Turn the Corner

Lewis Hamilton has declared that McLaren will unlock the hidden the potential that their MP4-24 car has for the rest of the season.

The McLaren car has not been able to match Brawn or even Red Bull in the first five races of the season.

Although Hamilton has admitted that the current car cannot win the title, he stressed that the team were working hard to make improvements.

He also said he thought the car was not fundamentally flawed, meaning that the team could yet unlock its potential.

While stressing that McLaren were not expecting a great deal from their car in Spain, Hamilton expressed his hope that the team could take a step forward once again in Monaco next week.

There is a great feeling of solidarity and optimism in the team at the moment, we'll never give up.

Renault Plans To Quit Too!!!!!!!!!!!

Renault have joined Ferrari by wanting to withdraw from F1 next season unless recently-adopted rules are revised.

The proposed £40million budget cap would introduce a two-tier F1, sparking outrage, with five teams now confirming their intention not to compete from next year.

Renault team boss Flavio Briatore said: "Our aim is to reduce costs while maintaining the high standards that make Formula One one of the most prestigious brands on the market.

We want to achieve this in a co-ordinated manner with the regulatory and commercial bodies, and we refuse to accept unilateral governance handed out by the FIA.

Renault, like Ferrari, have also voiced their disgust at what they see as the FIA's failure to discuss the rule changes with all the teams.

Renault also believes it is paramount that the governance of the sport is co-ordinated with a spirit of consultation with all parties (FIA, FOM, FOTA) in order to achieve a better balance between the costs and the revenues.

Friday's meeting between Mosley and the teams would now appear to represent a critical juncture for the future of Formula One.

Ferrari Quitting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ferrari have confirmed their intention to pull out of F1 from next season as the battle over the FIA's proposed new rules escalates.

We confirm our opposition to the new technical regulations adopted by the FIA and do not intend entering our cars in the 2010 F1 Championship
Ferrari are among several teams to have been angered by the FIA's plans to impose a £40million budget cap on teams from next year.
Ferrari are the only team to have contested every season of the world championship since the modern format was introduced in 1950.
The decision to threaten to pull out of the 2010 championship came at a meeting of the Ferrari board of directors in Maranello.

Ferrari believe the FIA's new regulations would lead to an unacceptable two-tiered F1 championship, which they consider would be "based on arbitrary technical rules and economic parameters".

If these indispensable principles are not respected and if the regulations adopted for 2010 will not change, then Ferrari do not intend to enter our cars in the next Formula 1 World Championship.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ross Brawn: Barrichello Has Fighting Spirit

Ross Brawn believes Rubens Barrichello's bitterness following his latest defeat by team-mate Jenson Button is a healthy sign.

Barrichello was left surprised at the team's decision to switch Button from a three-stop strategy to two stops just a lap prior to his first trip into the pits whilst he remained unchanged.

The 36-year-old was clearly unhappy at missing out on a victory he felt should have been his after passing pole-sitter Button on the run down to the first corner.

Brawn, though, is delighted Barrichello is displaying the kind of fighting spirit he was unable to show during his years at Ferrari when he basically served as Michael Schumacher's stooge.

Rubens' unhappiness is natural, said Ross Brawn Brawn.

Despite the fact Button has now won four of this year's five grands prix to lead Barrichello by 14 points in the championship, Brawn is delighted with the job the veteran has done so far.

Ferrari Debating About F1 Future

In what could be seen as an attempt to put pressure on Max Mosley, Ferrari have announced that their board of directors will meet on Tuesday to debate their continued participation in F1.

While the efforts to cut costs in the sport have been welcomed, the FIA's plan to give those adhering to the cap unlimited technical freedoms has been met with opposition by F1's manufacturer outfits who foresee it resulting in a two-tier Championship.

Ferrari and FIA President Mosley have already clashed over the cap with the Scuderia's president Luca di Montezemolo warning that F1 is not a never-ending story for the Italian outfit.

Mosley responded by saying that the sport could survive without Ferrari, prompting F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to join the fray, stating that F1 and Ferrari are a marriage made in heaven, one of those super things that work well.

Ferrari are not stupid, he repeated yesterday. They don't want to leave Formula One and we don't want to lose them, so we'll get to grips with it.

Rubens Barrichello Threatens Ross Brawn

Brawn GP’s Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello, has threatened to quit Ross Brawn’s team if he finds out that the team is favoring his team-mate Jenson Button, winner of the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix thanks to a switch in the Brazilian’s pit stop strategy.

If I get the slightest sniff that the team are favoring Jenson, I’ll hang up my helmet tomorrow,” stated Barrichello

Ross asked me to drive for him and he knows that I want to compete fairly with Jenson

Team orders are a highly sensitive issue for Barrichello, who back in 2005 left Ferrari after being instructed not to compete against his team-mate Michael Schumacher.

BMW Back In Business!!!!

BMW Sauber may have only scored two points in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, but team principal Mario Theissen is convinced that the team have made significant progress with the revised car they introduced in Barcelona.

We know one thing for definite: the modifications have improved the BMW Sauber F1.09,” he told the team’s website following Nick Heidfeld’s seventh-place finish.

Rather than introducing incremental changes at previous races, BMW Sauber chose to concentrate on a major upgrade package for Spain.

Our goal is to use both a modified KERS and a multi-level diffuser in Istanbul.

BMW Sauber lie sixth in the constructors’ table, level with Ferrari on six points.

Max Mosley's Son Found Dead!!!!!!!!

A son of world auto racing boss Max Mosley has been found dead in his London home, police and the racing federation said Wednesday.

The body of 39-year-old Alexander Mosley was found in his west London apartment Tuesday afternoon.

This is very sad news and I really feel very bad for Mr. Mosley :(((

He died of a suspected drug overdose, a London police official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the force was not authorized to disclose details.

Max Mosley has been the president of the FIA, the international automobile federation which governs Formula One racing, since 1993.

Mosley called off plans to travel to this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

Max Mosley and his wife, Jean, have another son, 37-year-old Patrick.

Is Brawn favoring Button!!!!!!!

Much has been said since yesterday about Brawn GP changing Button to a 2-stop strategy, which eventually won him the race, and left his team mate, who had been leading for most of the first half of the race, in second.

Barrichello was visibly disappointed, when he was pipped to pole by not only Vettel, but his team mate Button, who he had been quicker than all weekend.

It was at the point when the strategy calls in Brawn GP became pivotal; Button was switched from the planned 3-stop strategy to a 2-stop, in fear that he would have been stuck behind Rosberg, who was fuelled long. Something which was proved, when Barrichello, came out on track less than a second ahead of the Williams.

So why didn’t Brawn GP switch Barrichello to a 2-stop?

Ross Brawn after the race stated a 3-stop strategy was a quicker option, and Barrichello’s times in the first half of the race go to prove that, however what ever happened to Barrichello in the second half of the race was his downfall, and whether it was just a case of Barrichello not pushing hard enough, or him having as issue with his car, it seems clear that the 3-stopper was a quicker strategy. Essentially they put Button on the slightly compromised strategy to make sure he was held up, potentially costing the team a 1-2

Ross also stated that the strategy used was essentially going to let Barrichello win, it just didn’t happen that way on track.

No Entry to two tier F1

Following Toyota Motorsport president John Howett’s comments from the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend about not wanting to participate in a two-tier Formula One, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has also added his concerns to the growing number of outfits.

As discussed in the previous post regarding Toyota, the teams are not happy with the current budget cap proposals, intending to limit teams who volunteer to the scheme to £40m per season.

Also concerning the manufacturers and Mateschitz’s two teams, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso, are the way the FIA have introduced this rule and intend to introduce others in the future. Currently, if the teams agree unanimously, a rule change can be dropped, adjusted or implemented.

While at times relations between the two bodies have appeared constructive and cooperative, this latest controversy has the potential to escalate very easily. However, FOTA Chairman Luca di Montezemolo is expected to meet with Max Mosley prior to the Monaco Grand Prix in a fortnight to discuss the concerns of the teams.

Long Term Deal For Sebastien Vettel

Red Bull is keen to secure the services of Sebastian Vettel for a long time, team boss Christian Horner has admitted.

The Austrian squad's contract with the 21-year-old German, the only driver apart from Jenson Button to have won a race this year, runs out at the end of 2010.

Alonso says they were lucky

Fernando Alonso realizes that luck can play a part of any F1 race but he is also keen enough to hunt for that luck. As was the situation in Today’s Spanish Grand Prix. Felipe Massa a serious lack of fuel that left him limping home on fumes and Fernando capitalized on that slow pace to reach and pass Massa for a coveted 5th place for Renault.

Alonso said, We were a bit lucky, and the car was good during the whole race so we could.

In the end we saw that we weren’t so light. he Brawns stopped ahead of us and the Toyotas too, so the strategy worked well.

He said, I only had a problem, which was a puncture. I was scheduled to stop on lap 45 but had to stop on lap 41, but I managed to stay ahead of Rosberg and nothing changed much.

MArtin Whitmarsh is Grateful to Lewis Hamilton

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has again been left thanking his lucky stars he has Lewis Hamilton on his side.

Hamilton may have finished a lap down on race winner Jenson Button, but that was harsh on the world champion as his efforts in a woeful McLaren went unnoticed.

No wonder Whitmarsh was effusive in his praise for the 24-year-old who has been left frustrated by his team's failure to give him a car with which to defend his title.

Whitmarsh is confident that at Monaco in 13 days' time, McLaren and Hamilton will prove the race in Barcelona was a blip on an upward curve following a disastrous start to the year.

It's a circuit that will suit us and we've great drivers - Lewis is mega there - so we just have to make sure we keep pushing and developing the car.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Racism in Formula One

F1 is dogged by racism again after a fan with a blacked-up face in imitation of Lewis Hamilton.

The pictures show a man with a blacked-up face, arms and hands, wearing a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes t-shirt and holding a Formula One style steering wheel.

An FIA spokesperson said: We are aware of it and we are looking into it.
Speaking about the incident, 13-times Grand Prix winner David Coulthard, now working for the BBC, said it was not a good thing to see.

Former team boss Eddie Jordan added it was totally and absolutely unacceptable.

The incident 15 months ago - when a group of people with their faces painted black, wearing curly wigs and t-shirts adorned with the words Hamilton's family, caused outrage - prompted the FIA to launch an anti-racism initiative, EveryRace.

Circuit bosses in Barcelona were warned they risked losing their place on the calendar should there be a repeat.

Raikkonen: Silly Mistake!!!!

Kimi Raikkonen shouldered the majority of the blame for a silly mistake in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. He foolishy chose to rest in the pit lane after he set a time in the initial 20 minutes of the qualifying at the spanish grand prix.

But as Raikkonen sat in the garage after only completing five laps, his name slowly slipped down the timing screens until settling at 16, his worst grid slot since last year's Australian Grand Prix.

Explaining himself, the 2007 world champion who ended Ferrari's points drought with sixth in Bahrain a fortnight ago, said: I thought we were going to get through.

It was a silly mistake because the car was much better here than before. But that's how it goes.

The media can blame me if they want, I don't mind, added the 29-year-old in preparation for the criticism likely to come his way.

Lewis Admits He cant win until Silverstone!!!

Lewis Hamilton does not believe he will win a race until he races in Silverstone in front of his home crowd.

It is a startling admission from the world champion. The British Grand Prix on June 21 is the eighth of the 17 rounds of this season's championship, by which time the gap to whoever leads the way could be too difficult to bridge.
He said for Moaco, we've a better upgrade coming, and hopefully that will make a bigger difference than we've seen here.

Asked if it would be the end of his championship chances, Hamilton added: It's difficult to say.

Spansih Grand Prix Results!!!!!!!!!!

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 66 Winner 1 10
2 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 66 +13.0 secs 3 8
3 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 66 +13.9 secs 5 6
4 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 66 +18.9 secs 2 5
5 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 66 +43.1 secs 8 4
6 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 66 +50.8 secs 4 3
7 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 66 +52.3 secs 13 2
8 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 66 +65.2 secs 9 1
9 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 14
10 10 Timo Glock Toyota 65 +1 Lap 6
11 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 65 +1 Lap 10
12 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 65 +1 Lap 12
13 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 65 +1 Lap 11
14 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 20
Ret 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 17 +49 Laps 16
Ret 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 7 Gearbox 18
Ret 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 0 Accident 7
Ret 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 0 Accident 15
Ret 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 0 Accident 17
Ret 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 0 Accident 19

Spanish Grand Prix Results : Winner Jenson Button

The Spanish Grand Prix was the first race European Race of the Formula 1 2009 Season. And what an end to the race.

The race Winner is Jenson Button. Second place goes to Mark Webber and 3rd place to Rubens Barrichello!!!!!!!!!!!

Fourth is Sebastien Vettel with Fernanando Alonso on 5th.

The race started with a great accident at turn 2. The accident started with Trulli spinning out of the track and coming inside the track again and Adrian Sutil banged into him. The 2 Torro Rossos also banged into them and all the four of them went out of the race at turn two.

This brought the safety car out and the drivers had to do some laps behind the safety lap because the marshals had to clear the debris on the track

Rubens Barrichello was leading the race from Jenson Button and Mssa was on 3rd position. But it all changed after the first pitstop.

Bad days for Mclaren Mercedes continued with Lew Hamilton falling at the back of the pack at turn 2 mishap and Heikki had a gear box issue and slowed down at the long straight and finally retired into the pits.

Kimi Raikkonen was running a good race but he had problems with his KERS at the start of the race or maybe during qualifying. But he too retired due hydraulics problem.

So it was on Massa to finish into points and he was looking strong.

Rubens Barrichello was on a 3 stop strategy and it was a strange one, because all the drivers were on a 2 stop strategy. But Rubens did some great laps and that brought him ahead of Felipe Massa into 3rd place.

Mark Webber who was driving his own race all this while took the second place after the last round of pitstops. A very clever move by the Red Bull team.

Sebastien Vettel had a hard day because he was chasing the Ferrari of Felipe Massa for the whole race distance and he was down on 5th place.

But it all changed at the final 4 laps of the race. The Ferrari engineers told Massa to conserve fuel because they had less fuel in his car and were not sure if Massa could end the race.

Felipe Massa was driving a very conservative race and this Vettel and advantage to push Massa.

And finally Ferrai told Massa to let Vettel pass him because they thought Alonso was 16 seconds behind Massa and Ferrari can finish in 5th place.

But Fernando Alonso knew the problems of Ferrari and he kpt on pushing and took nearly 4.6 seconds every lap and brought the gap down to Felipe Massa. He came very clsoe to Massa and overtook him from the outside on the fnal lap of the race. Felipe Massa could not do anything about it.

The Spanish Fans were very excited seeing this move and were cheering Alosno as if he has won the race.

So an amazing race and a great start to the European Season of the Formula One 2009 Season.

Full Race Results of the Spanish Grand Prix will follow soon..........

Button the Winner At the Spanish Grand Prix!!!!!!!!

Jenson Button does it again. He has won the Spanish Grand Prix. Rubens Barrichello takes the 2nd position and Mark Webber takes the 3rd position.

So again a 1-2 finish for the Brawn GP Team. What an amazing race. It was really a topsy turvy race.

Live Race Stats of the Spanish Grand Prix!!!!!

The race is below 10 laps now and Jenson Button has a comfortable gap. His team mate Rubens Barrichello is on 2nd place with a fantastic 3 stop strategy. But Mark Webber is closing on Barrichello and can give him a tough fight for the second position. Felipe Massa is on 4th position and I just heard the Ferrari team radio asking Massa to conserve fuel. Vettel is hustling Massa for the 4th position. Alosno the home hero is comfortable sitting on 6th position.

Lewis Hamilton another bad day for Mclaren Mercedes is on 10th position.

Spanish Grand Prix Live Race Stats

The 5h Round of the Formula 1 2009 Season is taking place at Spain at the Circuit De Catalunya.
The race is still going on. Jenson Button is leading the race. Felipe Massa is currently second with Vettel following him at 3rd place. Rubens Barrichello is on 3 stop strategy and is currently on 4th position. It seems Brawn GP is going to win the race. And finally we are going to see a Ferrari driver on podium this year after a disastrous first four races.

Fernando Alsonso is the home hero and currently on 7th position and there was a small fight with Hamilton when Alonso came out of the pit lane.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Spanish Grand Prix Fuel Weights

Name Weight Fuel (kg)
Jenson Button 646 41
Sebastian Vettel 651.5 46.5
Rubens Barrichello 649.5 44.5
Felipe Massa 655 50
Mark Webber 651.5 46.5
Timo Glock 646.5 41.5
Jarno Trulli 655.5 50.5
Fernando Alonso 645 40
Nico Rosberg 668 63
Robert Kubica 660 55
Kazuki Nakajima 676.6 71.6
Nelson Piquet Jnr 677.4 72.4
Nick Heidfeld 676.3 71.3
Lewis Hamilton 683 78
Sebastien Buemi 678 73
Kimi Raikkonen 673 68
Sebastien Bourdais 669 64
Heikki Kovalainen 657 52
Adrian Sutil 675 70
Giancarlo Fisichella 656 51

2010 FIA Rules

A lot of mixing and matching approach has been used by the FIA to come up with the 2010 formula one rules. One of the most biting issues, the budget caps has been confirmed by the FIA but with a twist.

Refuelling is again banned in formula one, last time it was so in the 1993 season after which to break the supremacy of the Williams F1 team, refuelling was introduced.

In the 2010 formula one season, teams shall be allowed to refuel their cars after the third qualifying. Also Tyre Warmers will be banned.

The FIA has increased the list of cars on the grid to 26, which translates to 13 teams. Probably Prodrive and USGP will launch their respective teams in the 2010 season. Bernie Ecclestone had told BBC Radio that he has a lot of people confirmed for next season.

The minimum weight for formula one cars will now be 620 kg from the 2010 Formula One season.

Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying Results!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pos No Driver Team
1 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
2 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
3 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
4 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari
5 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
6 10 Timo Glock Toyota
7 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota
8 7 Fernando Alonso Renault
9 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota
10 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
11 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota
12 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault
13 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
14 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
15 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
16 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
17 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari
18 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
19 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
20 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes

Jenson Button Another Pole Position

The 5th round of the Formula One 2009 Season is held at the Circuit De Catalunya in Spain. The Qualifying Session for Spanish Grand Prix just ended and its again Jenson Button who sits on Pole Position!!!!!!!!!! Brawn GP Has Done It Again!!!!!!

Felipe Massa was leading the Q1 session with Barrichello leading in the Q2 session. But in the Q3 session it looked like Vettel would take the pole, but Jenson Button did a flying qualifying lap and took the pole.

Ross Brawn has some magical power I guess because he manages his drivers to take pole positions and has some great pit strategies for the race.

Jenson Button just made to start his final qualifying lap, because as he crossed the line the flags turned red and that marks the end of the Qualifying Session. So Jenson Button was lucky to make before the Qualifying ended and got a pole position!!!!!!!!!

Way To Go Jenson Button and Brawn GP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will be uploading the full results for the Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying Soon!!!!

Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying Q3 Results!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Q3 Session has just ended and what an amazing Qualifying session it was. It looked as if Barrchello would be on pole, but Vettel did and outstanding lap and got the pole position. But in the final moments Button from nowhere took the pole and is leading the Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying.

The top 5 for the Q3 and the final Qualifying Session are Button, Vettel, Barrichello, Massa and Webber.

Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying Q2 Results!!!!

Te Q2 Session has just come to an end and the Ferrari dominance seem to slip down a little bit. Rubens Barrichello heads the time sheets for Q2. It was Felipe Massa who was leading in Q1 but now its again the Brawn GP.

The bad times for Mclaren Mercedes still continue with Lewis Hamilton not making through the Q3 and he is down to 14 on the grid. His team mate Heikki did not go through to Q2 and is at the very back of the grid.

The top 5 for Q2 are Barrichello, Glock, Webber, Massa and button.

The Q3 session has just begun and will update the results soon. I personally feel it will be Barrichello who will take the pole in the Spanish Grand Prix!!!!!!

Spanish Qualifying Q1 Results.

The Spanish Grand Prix is the first race in the European leg of the Formula 1 2009 Season.
The Q1 Session just got over and to a surprise Ferrari is back on top with Felipe Massa leading the time sheets. But on the other hand Kimi Raikkonen did not make into Q2 which is very strange. Mclaren Mercedes are still struggling with Hamilton on 10th in Q1 and Heikki not making through Q2. Fernando Alonso the Home Hero was not in a position to make through Q2 but finally he made the cut and is in Q2 now.

The top 5 are Felipe Massa, Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Sebastien Vettel and Nico Rosberg.

The Q2 results will be uploaded soon.

Spanish Grand Prix Saturday Practice Results!!!

Pos Driver
1 Felipe Massa
2 Kimi Räikkönen
3 Jenson Button
4 Rubens Barrichello
5 Robert Kubica
6 Jarno Trulli
7 Lewis Hamilton
8 Timo Glock
9 Sebastien Buemi
10 Fernando Alonso
11 Heikki Kovalainen
12 Nico Rosberg
13 Mark Webber
14 Sebastien Bourdais
15 Nelsinho Piquet
16 Sebastian Vettel
17 Giancarlo Fisichella
18 Kazuki Nakajima
19 Adrian Sutil
20 Nick Heidfeld

Friday, May 8, 2009

Spanish Grand Prix Friday Practice 2 Results

Pos No Driver Team
1 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota
2 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota
3 7 Fernando Alonso Renault
4 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
5 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
6 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
7 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
8 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault
9 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
10 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
11 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari
12 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes
13 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
14 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
15 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari
16 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
17 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
18 10 Timo Glock Toyota
19 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota
20 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes

Spanish Grand Prix Friday Practice 1 Results

Pos No Driver Team
1 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
2 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota
3 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
4 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
5 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota
6 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota
7 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault
8 10 Timo Glock Toyota
9 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari
10 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
11 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
12 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
13 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
14 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes
15 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari
16 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes
17 7 Fernando Alonso Renault
18 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
19 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
20 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Drivers Not Happy with Mosley's Remarks

Nick Heidfeld has reminded the FIA of their obligation to the fans following president Max Mosley's shock attack on Ferrari.

BMW Sauber's Heidfeld was the most pointed, referencing the fact the FIA had only recently conducted a worldwide survey of a broad cross-section of the public as to how F1 could be more attractive.

It was a bit strange hearing that.
I thought people were looking and listening to the fans worldwide, and Ferrari is obviously the biggest name in F1 with many fans.

World champion Lewis Hamilton admitted he "couldn't imagine it", whilst two-time champion Fernando Alonso added: "No, impossible."

Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, currently with Force India, pointed out that "Without Ferrari, I don't think it would be Formula One any more".

As for one of Ferrari's current stars, Felipe Massa, he admits to being thoroughly dismayed by the politics that surround the sport.

Alosno Speaks For Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has received advice from an unlikely source as he looks to repair the damage by the 'lie-gate' scandal.

At a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, McLaren were handed a suspended three-race ban which would only be enforced should they err again or further evidence into the case be discovered.

We had good competition that helped each other to find our limits, and I can say I miss that competition in a way because it was fun to push and find new limits for ourselves," remarked the Renault driver.

The problems I had there (at McLaren) were with the big bosses and the philosophy of the team, which is why I decided to move on from that period of my career.

He fought for the world championship in his first season in Formula One, and won it in the second season.

Spain Weather Update

This is the start of the European leg of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship. The race will be held at Circuit de Catalunya. This is the Round 5 for the Formula 2009 Season.

The weather will be again feature partial cloud and an ambient temperature of 18 degrees Celsius on Friday, dropping to 17 on Saturday and rising to 18 again for race day. Some forecasts suggest there could be showers in the region on Sunday.

The 4.655-kilometre circuit has an asphalt run-off area now in Turn Three, and modified kerbs in Turns Five, 11 and 15.

The race will run over 66 laps or 307.104 kilometres (190.825 miles) as usual, and will start at 1400 hours local time, which is two hours ahead of GMT.

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