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Something for the Weekend – VIVa

By saltire | 16 Jan 2010 | 5 Comments | 973 views

Okay, corny title I know but how else was I going to be able to get VIVA in the title? Given the Roman numerals I had to work with this was the closest I was ever going to get! Inherently that means that there also has to be a VIVb post but since there has been so much interesting stuff published this week it shouldn’t be a problem and the (b) post will feature content from our away-day at Autosport International.

Over the last couple of seasons the teams have been pretty settled, with one or two obvious exceptions there hasn’t been much change to their core driver pairings but this year there will be new faces and new pairings to, so there is much to mull over which team-mate will have the upper hand.

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso

This first article by Joe Saward looks at the relationship between Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso and ponders whether the team is “Walking a tightrope” in matching the pair, he also considers the relationship between the McLaren team-mates and how the return of Michael Schumacher will impact on the field.

Continuing on in a similar theme is this post by fellow journalist James Allen This time the writer looks at how Fernando Alonso will shape up and Ferrari and whether or not he can bring the good times back to the Italian marque. I found this quote from Fernando very interesting as it tends to suggest that he still hasn’t come to terms with his time at McLaren. “I never asked to be number one driver in any team in my career and that’s coming from nowhere, and keeps repeating again from a minority. But what I don’t want to be, for sure, is number two, like it happened sometimes in 2007″. One thing is “for sure” it looks to be an exciting pairing and we should be in for some great entertainment from boys at Ferrari.

This next article by F1 Professor takes a look at the engineers who support the drivers in their quest to be numero uno. It considers the dynamic between race engineer and driver and what makes a good “fit”, looking into some of the psychological factors that are involved in a great working relationship. I’m liking this blog more and more so if you haven’t been there yet, head on over soon, you won’t be disappointed.

Another blog that was new to me was this one by Natural Born Racers. It ponders whether Campos Meta is faltering in their quest to make it to the starting grid in Bahrain through lack of resources. I must admit that Campos and USF1 are at the top of my worry list of who will or won’t be there, who are yours?

I will end with this article by Adie at F1 Tailpipe which takes a look at how the preparations for the 2010 car launches and testing season are coming along. All the dates and times you need to know about are there is his handy guide along with some analysis of what it means for those who are lagging a bit in their preparations.

As always, if you have found an article you would like to point our readers to leave a comment on site here, and if you have enjoyed a post I’ve mentioned then the author’s would love you to comment on their respective blogs. I’m off to Autosport International now so I’ll hopefully be able to add some pictures tomorrow in part b.

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  • Streky

    9af1.com (well it has AF in the middle so it cant be all that bad but OK i give you Viva sounds better ) … i agree i cant see USF1 name change saving them :) … Great Blog as always keep up the good work ..(Mav sent me pm saying add this line honest :P )

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  • Alberto Dietz

    Better check what Bruno said on Jan12 at http://www.brunosenna.com.br :
    ‘Sobre a Campos podem ficar tranquilos!’

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  • saltire (author)

    I’d love to be proven wrong about Campos Meta but they haven’t come across as being ready to launch in February. Wasn’t there talk about him being able to “jump ship” to Toro Rosso if the Campos deal fell through?

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  • Maverick

    I think all four new teams will make the grid, and will launch in February. Of the four, Campos are probably actually the best placed in terms of launching a car.

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  • Pitmonster

    But are Campos best placed in terms of completing the whole season?
    I’d say that honour goes to Lotus.

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