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Japanese GP »

[20 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,199 views]

Onwards to Suzuka and with just three races remaining it was still mathematically possible for Barrichello or Vettel to overhaul Jenson Button’s narrowing lead and become WDC; Sebastian would need the win, whilst Rubens could make do with a podium. However, the route to the start line was not to be a simple one with the qualifying session itself having more twists, turns and penalties than we’d normally see during a full race.

Of course the weather had something to do with it; on a slippery track there were outings galore …

Italian GP, Singapore GP »

[19 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 678 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 | 698 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 …

Belgian GP »

[17 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 580 views]

Onwards to the twelveth race of the season and one the fans had been looking forward to; the Belgian Grand Prix at the ever popular Spa Francorchamps. The potent mix of speed, changing gradients, hairpins, flat out corners and blind apices requiring a supreme level of skill and bravery make this a circuit that the drivers love too. Kimi Raikkonen had been a strong contender here in the past winning on three previous occasions, could he work his magic again here, in a Ferrari that had thus far underperformed?

Qualifying itself …

European GP »

[16 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 662 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 | 656 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 …