Davide Valsecchi won the sprint race at Shanghai quite comfortably from Earl Bamber. Javier Villa was third ahead of Chris van der Drift, Jerome D’Amrosio and Roldan Rodriguez. Rodriguez holds the lead in the championship having won yesterday’s race, with Kamui Kobayashi failing to score after retiring with damage. James Jakes impressed with a strong … Continue reading Davide Valsecchi converts pole to win in Shanghai (GP2 Asia)
Roldan Rodriguez lost the lead of the GP2 Asia feature race at Shanghai on the first lap, as Kamui Kobayashi dived past him at the hairpin. But he took the lead back five laps from the flag as Kobayashi ran wide at turn one.
In all the excitement of the F1 title finale I almost forgot that the GP2 Asia series begins its second season this weekend. British fans can catch the action on British Eurosport at 9am on Saturday (feature race live) and 10-11am on Sunday (presumably a re-run of the sprint race, possibly with highlights of the … Continue reading GP2 Asia starts this weekend
It’s a shame that Bruno Senna’s every move in motor racing evokes parallels with his uncle. But his victory at a soaking wet Silverstone in today’s GP2 race brought back strong memories of Ayrton Senna’s triumph in similar conditions at the same track 20 years earlier. Luca Filippi started from pole position courtesy of his … Continue reading Bruno Senna masters wet conditions to win at Silverstone (GP2)
Nine F1 teams tested at the Circuit de Catalunya last week – Force India were absent from the test. Each day’s running saw a little rain, but not very much, and the cars typically completed around 80 laps each. Here’s what they were doing and how they go on:
Here is a video of the moment Romain Grosjean squandered his lead in last week’s GP2 race. The ART driver ran wide under a safety car period and was later judged to have broken the rules in defending his position illegally from Kamui Kobyashi. You can read more about the Grosjean-Kobayashi incident at F1Fanatic and … Continue reading Video: Romain Grosjean and Kamui Kobayashi tangle in GP2
It’s early days, but Luca di Montezemolo’s comments last week about Ferrari not needing Fernando Alonso started me thinking about which drivers might be on the move for 2009. On the face of it Montezemolo doesn’t seem to want to change his pairing of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. And after three driver changes in … Continue reading 2009 F1 drivers – early predictions
Romain Grosjean had victory in the GP2 sprint race at the Circuit de Catalunya in the palm of his hand – until he threw it all away with a mistake behind the safety car folowed by a rash defensive move. Grosjean moved up from fourth to second at the run to the first corner as … Continue reading GP2: Kobayashi triumphs as Grosjean cracks under pressure
Alavaro Parente won on his first appearance for Super Nova in GP2 in the feature race at the Circuit de Catalunya, withstanding race-long pressure from Bruno Senna. It was a very impressive performance from the Renault World Series champion, who started second on the grid but took an instant lead when pole sitter Pastor Maldonado … Continue reading GP2: Alvaro Parente wins on debut in Barcelona
Romain Grosjean didn’t finish the GP2 Asia race at Bahrain this morning but by setting fastest lap he did enough to guarantee the title. From eighth on the grid Grosjean was in the lead by the end of the first lap and streaking away. But brake failure ended his hopes of victory in the second … Continue reading Romain Grosjean wins GP2 Asia title
He may not have won either of the race but for me Romain Grosjean was the star of the GP2 Asia races at Sepang. He stuck his ART car on pole by over three-quarters of a second, before becoming the something-hundredth driver to stall the notoriously flaky Mk 1 GP2 machine. Once he got going … Continue reading Grosjean impresses again in Sepang
Most of the teams tested at the Circuit de Catalunya this week, with BMW decamping to Valencia for a private test, and the beleaguered Super Aguri team cancelling their planned test amid continue doubt over their 2008 entry. The highly anticipated sight of Ferrari resuming testing alongside the rest of their rivals was dampened – … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 9: Circuit de Catalunya & Valencia
Ferrari and Toyota left the other F1 teams behind by testing in Bahrain this week – perhaps McLaren wished they’d followed them after the events at the Circuit de Catalunya? It may prove an advantage for them as the other teams are not likely to test at Bahrain before its Grand Prix, but Ferrari and … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 6: Bahrain
How much can you tell from F1 testing times in January? Not very much, especially when rain interrupts the running as happened at Jerez this week. It?óÔé¼Ôäós too early to say for certain who?óÔé¼Ôäós fastest and which driver is doing better than his team mate. But trends are emerging already: Ferrari and McLaren not only … Continue reading 2008 testing round-up 3
This week saw the final four days of testing of 2007. Although much was made of the opportunity to compare Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton on track at the same time, in reality the diversity of testing programmes being run meant that no worthwhile comparison was possible. Teams ran a mixture of grooved and slick … Continue reading 2008 testing round-up 2
Prodrive boss David Richards is pessimistic about his team’s chances of being in Formula 1 next year. Also the new Ferrari boss has a few things to say about team orders, Cristiano da Matta looks to return to racing following his horror crash, and watch some classic motor racing action online for free.
The 2008 winter testing got under way at Barcelona this week as the teams prepared for the first race without traction control since 2001. This was the first of two tests before the break, the second at Jerez next month. Here’s what the teams were all up to.
The news that Prodrive will not be using McLaren’s chassis next year raises more questions about who will be racing in F1 in 2008. Ralf Schumacher is leaving Toyota but his F1 career may not yet be over. Alexander Wurz’s departure opens up a space at Williams. And of course there is the unresolved question … Continue reading Alonso and Prodrive central to 2008 driver market
The championship contenders took a win apiece at Nogaro as Sebastien Buemi took a narrow win ahead of a host of pursuing ASM rivals. Buemi benefitted from second-placed Franck Mailleux stalling at the start to leap from sixth to second on lap one. Edoardo Mortara took the lead but lost it when he was called … Continue reading F3 Euro Nogaro 2: Buemi hangs on to win
Romain Grosjean cruised to a straightforward win at Nogaro with his ASM team mates in tow. Kamui Kobayashi followed him – a little too closely at times – to take second, while Nico Hulkenberg completed an ASM podium with third. Sebastien Buemi took fourth at the start and remained their till the end of a … Continue reading F3 Euro Nogaro 1: Grosjean wins as ASM dominate