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[19 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 391 views]

As the season moved towards its climax, a resurgent Lewis Hamilton was to enjoy mixed fortunes as he pushed the McLaren to its limits with back-to-back poles at the Italian and Singapore Grand Prix.

First up Monza, and the powerful Mercedes engine was all set to dominate with McLaren, Force India and Brawn prominent throughout the free practice sessions. And so it was that Hamilton clinched pole ahead of the Force India of Adrian Sutil. However, Hamilton was on a two stop strategy along with Sutil and Kimi Raikkonen. Behind them …

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[18 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 346 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 | 324 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 …

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[15 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 355 views]

It’s now the end of July and completely out of the blue, BMW-Sauber announce that they will be leaving Formula One at the end of the season following a “strategic alignment” of the parent company. Peter Sauber, the former owner seeks to buy the team back in time to sign the Concorde Agreement which would guarantee his place on the 2010 grid but BMW ask for too much money and the deal falls through. With no buyer in sight the BMW board fail to sign the agreement, potentially losing millions …

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[14 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 405 views]

The Hungarian Grand Prix had a surprise pole-sitter in the form of Fernando Alonso although it was a rejuvenated McLaren and Lewis Hamilton that looked to have the car to beat and they duly delivered. However, all that was overshadowed by the injury of Felipe Massa.

Just the weekend before, Henry Surtees had been tragically killed in a Formula Two race at Brands Hatch. It was a reminder that even with all the safety improvements , motorsport was still a dangerous business. Therefore Formula 1 held it’s breath as Massa veered …

German GP »

[13 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 354 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 …