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[25 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 2,398 views]

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The Weekend »

[19 Dec 2009 | 5 Comments | 635 views]

It’s been an interesting week for F1 news as the teams make a concerted effort to get out all their newsworthy items before the two week Christmas shutdown commences. We’ve had driver news, engine news, financial stories and partial takeovers, so there’s plenty of stuff worthy of recap if you missed the announcements earlier in the week.

First off is the news that Mercedes and Brawn were somewhat duped into believing that they had signed a lucrative 3 year sponsorship deal with Henkel, the company who manufacture Persil washing powder. It …

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[18 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 641 views]

Back to September 2008 first and the fourteenth lap of the Singapore Grand Prix as Nelson Piquet Jr spins out in to the wall at turn seventeen, necessitating a safety car deployment. Team mate Fernando Alonso subsequently goes on to win the race as the timing of the safety car plays to his advantage.

However, it wasn’t until this year that the truth behind just how convenient the timing of the accident was, came to light. Following his dismissal from the team after the Hungarian Grand Prix, Piquet alleged that he …

European GP »

[16 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 596 views]

So after the month long summer break it was onwards to Valencia and the European Grand Prix. There were two changes to team personnel as Romain Grosjean was promoted to the race seat at Renault following the sacking of Nelson Piquet Jr while Luca Badoer would substitute for the injured Felipe Massa at Ferrari.

On the back of their Hungarian Grand Prix victory, a resurgent McLaren found themselves monopolising the front row and seemed to have the race all sewn up. However, Rubens Barrichello, who had slipped down to fourth in …

German GP »

[13 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 881 views]

It had been such a long time in coming that we wondered whether the nearly man would ever get his chance to stand on the top step of the podium, especially after sustaining a compound a fracture to his right leg during a charity cycle he had organised a few months earlier. But Germany was to be his day: After 130 race starts Mark was to win a Formula One race in style and no-one was left in any doubt as to his ability.

That said, the stewards were less than …


[12 Dec 2009 | 5 Comments | 1,173 views]

Friction between the FIA and the teams had been slowly building since the middle of 2008 as the ongoing economic situation forced all parties to reassess the direction that Formula 1 was headed. However, there was little in the way of agreement as to how that could be achieved and Max Mosley’s proposal to use a standard engine only served to antagonise the car-manufacturer based teams.

Then at the beginning of the year, the FIA announced it would be opening up the grid to three new teams and in order to …